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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

The Last of Us Part 2 | Games of the Year 2020

Naughty Dog delivered a powerful and introspective story of revenge, obsession and self-destruction

By Marie Dealessandri

Microids announces in-house distribution arm

Microids Distribution France is to handle the company's own games as well as products from partners

By Marie Dealessandri

Discord valued at $7bn as it raises $100m

The company is currently in the middle of a series H funding round which could see it raise up to $140 million

By Marie Dealessandri

China introduces new age rating system

The new guidelines, currently in pilot phase, will see games rated across three age categories: 8+, 12+, and 16+

By Marie Dealessandri

The Game Awards sets new viewership record with 83m livestreams

At the peak of the event, there were 8.3 million concurrent viewers worldwide

By Marie Dealessandri

Keywords Studios acquires Indigo Pearl and Jinglebell

The services provider purchased UK PR agency Indigo Pearl for £1.1m, and Italian recording studio Jinglebell for €1.5m

Esports to debut as medal event at Asian Games 2022

Esports will join the "intellectual titles" category of the 19th Asian Games, which already features events such as chess

By Marie Dealessandri

Parsec raises $25 million in series B round

The investment will go towards the development of its interactive remote access app, Parsec for Teams

By Marie Dealessandri

UK Members of Parliament call for ban on bulk buying consoles

A motion submitted on Monday asks to make the resale of products bought in large quantities using automated bots illegal

By Marie Dealessandri

Streamloots launches mental health support program for streamers

Streamloots Strong will give livestreamers access to resources to understand and support their mental wellbeing

By Marie Dealessandri

Keywords acquires High Voltage Software for $50m

The American studio brings 27 years of development experience to Keywords

By Marie Dealessandri

Apple introduces privacy labels to make data mining transparent

Apps who do not disclose their privacy policy on the App Stores will not be allowed to be updated

By Marie Dealessandri

Roblox purchases digital avatar firm Loom.ai

The real-time animation startup will bring emotions and facial expressions to Roblox avatars

By Marie Dealessandri

SteelSeries acquires KontrolFreek

The gaming accessories company aims at strengthening its console offering

By Marie Dealessandri

Lessons learnt from business development in Africa

During Africa Games Week, Nyamakop's Limpho Moeti explored how growing your business can benefit your local industry

By Marie Dealessandri

US law proposal could make streaming copyrighted material a felony

Proposal argues illegal streaming is an offence against the 'right of public performance,' could lead to prison sentences

By Marie Dealessandri

Cyberpunk 2077 features epileptic triggers

Update: Microsoft promises to improve certification processes to better identify triggers in future games

By Marie Dealessandri

Steam breaks concurrent users record at nearly 25m

Valve's platform broke its own concurrent users record twice in the past couple of days

By Marie Dealessandri

Roblox delays IPO to 2021

The company is hoping to get a higher IPO pricing by waiting until next year

By Marie Dealessandri

Orwell Youth Prize to introduce game design category

Entries will open next week, to encourage 12 to 18 year-olds from the UK to design games inspired by George Orwell

By Marie Dealessandri

Steam introduces new discovery tools

Steam games are now split across 48 genre categories, eight theme categories, and seven player mode categories, for a total of 63 new categories

By Marie Dealessandri

72% of all 2020 mobile revenue generated by games at $81bn

Mobile apps will overall hit 130 billion downloads across iOS and Google Play in 2020, 40% of which coming from games

By Marie Dealessandri

European consumers organisations collaborate on call for Joy-con drift reports

Several associations across Europe invited users to report Joy-Con drift issues

By Marie Dealessandri

Australia's Victorian government invests $25m in screen industries

Investment in local games development will double in the state

By Marie Dealessandri

Epic won't hold in-person Fortnite events in 2021

The company said that too much is "still unknown about what is practical and safe" due to the COVID-19 crisis

By Marie Dealessandri

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