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Marie Dealessandri, Academy Writer

Marie Dealessandri joined GamesIndustry.biz as its first Academy writer in October 2019. After living and working as a journalist in France and Canada, she entrenched herself in the UK games industry in 2015, working for B2B magazine MCV. She can be found occasionally tweeting @mariedeal, usually on a loop about Baldur’s Gate and the Dead Cells soundtrack.

Recent articles by Marie Dealessandri

Hyper casual dominated new mobile downloads in 2019

More than 75% of the 20 most downloaded new mobile games of 2019 were hyper casual

By Marie Dealessandri

A brief guide to writing for video games

Our EGX Rezzed Digital panel discusses the different aspects of being a writer in the games industry

By Marie Dealessandri

Six ways to improve your world building

Kate Edwards gives developers advice and tools to build fully realised game worlds

By Marie Dealessandri

Four steps to launching a VR game on Oculus

Richard Duck details the technical and content guidelines for launching a virtual reality game on Oculus

By Marie Dealessandri

Marketing tips for indie developers who hate marketing

Chris Zukowski discusses the fundamentals of marketing for indie developers who don't know where to start

By Marie Dealessandri

Why culturalisation matters as much as localisation

Kate Edwards discusses how to approach culturalisation, and how to navigate sensitive themes so your game can reach wider markets

By Marie Dealessandri

How to create a successful Patreon

Content creators tell the GamesIndustry.biz Academy about best practices when creating a Patreon page and how to grow your community

By Marie Dealessandri

Creative Chronicles: tutorials and insights into game development

Total War developer Creative Assembly share its tips on all aspects of building games, in its game development tutorial series Creative Chronicles

By Marie Dealessandri

How to approach mental health issues in the workplace

Games studios championing mental health awareness tell the GamesIndustry.biz Academy about how to support and safeguard your staff's emotional well-being

By Marie Dealessandri

Larian plays dungeon master for a new era of Baldur's Gate

CEO Swen Vincke talks Larian's growth, recreating the accessibility of D&D with Baldur's Gate 3, and finding the right balance when working on an iconic IP

By Marie Dealessandri

How to get a job in game art

The GamesIndustry.biz Academy looks into how to get a job as a game artist

By Marie Dealessandri

Hitmarker: Number of full-time esports jobs doubled last year

The number of senior-level jobs in esports grew an impressive 190% in 2019

By Marie Dealessandri

How to identify and avoid unconscious bias

The GamesIndustry.biz Academy explores the effect of unconscious biases on the workplace, and how you can steer away from them and towards diversity

By Marie Dealessandri

What is the best game engine: is Construct right for you?

The GI.biz Academy's in-depth guide to Scirra's Construct, the perfect introduction to game development and programming, and a powerful tool in the classroom

By Marie Dealessandri

How to get a job in the games industry

The GamesIndustry.biz Academy guides to finding games industry jobs in all sectors, from game design to journalism to games PR and more

By Marie Dealessandri

What is the best game engine for your game?

In-depth guides to finding the best game engine to develop your game, including Unreal, Unity, GameMaker, and more

By Marie Dealessandri

How to apply for Video Games Tax Relief and make a VGTR claim

Video Games Tax Relief is not easy to understand -- here's our in-depth guide to making a VGTR claim and passing the cultural test

By Marie Dealessandri

How to make the VGTR claim

The last part of our Video Games Tax Relief guide is dedicated to making the VGTR claim itself

By Marie Dealessandri

What is the best game engine: is Unity right for you?

The GI.biz Academy's in-depth guide to Unity Technologies' widely used Unity engine, the leader for indie and mobile game development

By Marie Dealessandri

How to get a job in the games press

The GamesIndustry.biz Academy looks into how to get a job as a games journalist

By Marie Dealessandri

How to apply for and pass the VGTR cultural test

The second part of our Video Games Tax Relief guide is dedicated to the cultural test, how it works and what you'll need to pass

By Marie Dealessandri

How to get a job in games PR

The GamesIndustry.biz Academy looks into how to get a job in games PR and how to become a publicist

By Marie Dealessandri

What is the best game engine: is CryEngine right for you?

An in-depth guide to Crytek's CryEngine, which balances huge visual power against a smaller community

By Marie Dealessandri

What is the best game engine: is MonoGame right for you?

An in-depth guide to MonoGame, the spiritual successor to XNA and one of the best engines for experienced coders

By Marie Dealessandri

What you need to know about VGTR and the certification process

The first part of our Video Games Tax Relief guide is dedicated to the certification process and answering the most pressing questions

By Marie Dealessandri

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