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Marie Dealessandri, Academy Writer

Marie Dealessandri joined 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

Italy introduces tax credit for game studios

Developers will get a 25% tax credit towards their development costs, up to €1 million

By Marie Dealessandri

Netflix looking to "do more with interactive entertainment"

Streaming company encouraged by response to Bandersnatch interactive show and Stranger Things mobile games

By Marie Dealessandri

What does Disney want in a development partner?

Glenn Dphrepaulezz discusses the entertainment giant's approach to licensing and how it attempts to reinvent Disney and Pixar IP with third-party partners

By Marie Dealessandri

The MIX celebrates Black developers with Black Voices in Gaming Freshman Class

The inaugural list brings visibility to 14 games from Black developers releasing in 2021/22

By Marie Dealessandri

Jam City reportedly going public at $1.2 billion valuation

The mobile studio is merging with Ludia and set to go public via special purpose acquisition company DPCM Capital

By Marie Dealessandri

Square Enix sees Outriders as "next major franchise" as it hits 3.5m players

People Can Fly's co-op shooter reached the milestone in just one month

By Marie Dealessandri

IGDA partners with ESA to promote indies at E3 2021

"We are reimagining E3 in a variety of ways, and part of that is engaging with indie developers by offering opportunities to help highlight them," ESA's CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis said

By Marie Dealessandri

Ubisoft has reportedly made minimal changes following abuse allegations

As legal proceedings are kickstarted, internal sources point at the lack of accountability since reports of toxic culture last year

By Marie Dealessandri

Devolver Digital reportedly preparing IPO at £1bn valuation

The publisher could be floating on the London Stock Exchange by the end of the year, reports say

By Marie Dealessandri

Kasedo acquires majority stake in Bulwark

Games developed by the Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus studio will exclusively be published by the indie label going forward

By Marie Dealessandri

Activision no longer working with Call of Duty actor after hateful sexist comments

Update: Jeff Leach apologises in public statement, Facebook Gaming ends its partnership with Leach and Luke 'NitroLukeDX' Pickering

By Marie Dealessandri

Madfinger Games secures €5 million investment from Nuverse

Funding will go towards strengthening the Czech developer's teams and improving its portfolio

By Marie Dealessandri

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut finally cleared for release in Australia

Having previously been banned, the extended edition of ZA/UM's game will finally release with a R18+ classification

By Marie Dealessandri

Nintendo Switch production plans "uncertain" as semiconductor crisis continues

President Furukawa also confirmed increased R&D expenses linked to the "development of the next generation of hardware"

By Marie Dealessandri

Bandai Namco revenues reach $6.8bn in pandemic year

The Japanese firm's amusement facilities business struggled, but home video games sales increased 19.2% year-on-year

By Marie Dealessandri

UK class action lawsuit targets Apple's "anti-competitive practices"

The collective action seeks compensation for a potential 19.6 million eligible iPhone and iPad users

By Marie Dealessandri

Unity reports strong Q1 2021, but losses widen

The company said $234.8m revenue exceeded expectations, but loss from operations represented $110.9m

By Marie Dealessandri

Entries open for Develop:Star Awards 2021

The awards ceremony will take place on October 27 during Develop:Brighton

US tech giants call for funding to solve semiconductor shortage

Apple, Microsoft, Google, Amazon Web Services form the Semiconductors in America Coalition

By Marie Dealessandri

CEO says Paradox "can do better" as Q1 profits plummet

"We are not satisfied with the quarter," CEO Ebba Ljungerud said

By Marie Dealessandri

Epic reportedly offered $200m to Sony for PlayStation exclusives

The firm also reportedly started discussions with Microsoft and noted that securing first-party Nintendo games would be a "moonshot"

By Marie Dealessandri

Ubisoft announces free-to-play The Division game

The publisher also has plans to bring the series to mobile

By Marie Dealessandri

"I felt that I had no choice," says Wolfire CEO about Valve antitrust lawsuit

"Most developers have little or no choice but to sell on Steam and do as they're told by Valve," David Rosen argued

By Marie Dealessandri

Metacore secures €150m credit line from Supercell

The funding will go towards growing the Merge Mansion developer's team and expand its operations

By Marie Dealessandri

Lost Ember developer launches publishing label Mooneye Indies

The new indie publisher will focus on narrative and wholesome games, and will debut with camping grounds sim Haven Park

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