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Marie Dealessandri, Features Editor

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

Twitch changes refund policy to avoid chargebacks

The new policy would prevent users from repeatedly asking for subscription refunds

By Marie Dealessandri

Deathloop | Critical Consensus

Arkane Lyon's newest game is a critical triumph, a masterful puzzle of deadly pieces supported by an engaging story and cast

By Marie Dealessandri

Apple refuses to reinstate Epic's developer account in South Korea

"We would welcome Epic's return to the App Store if they agree to play by the same rules as everyone else," Apple said

By Marie Dealessandri

Riot Games diversity figures slowly inching up

But 28% of the League of Legends studio's new hires in 2020 were women, versus 32% in 2019

By Marie Dealessandri

China reportedly slowing down online game approvals

Tencent and Netease were summoned by Chinese regulators, resulting in their stocks dipping

By Marie Dealessandri

Jagex shuts down Old School RuneScape HD mod

Update: Jagex reversed its decision, saying it's now "exploring options" to work with Runelite HD creators

By Marie Dealessandri

Young Horses implements four-day weeks

"If we're all happier because we're well-rested, I think we're going to be better off in the long run," co-founder said

By Marie Dealessandri

Garry's Mod reaches 20 million units sold

Garry Newman's sandbox title initially released in 2006

Stardew Valley has sold 15 million units

The milestone was reached as developer Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone announced he was now focusing on his next game

Kickstarted game guides project shut down due to "legal trouble"

Philip Summers' project had raised over $320,000 since launching on August 6

By Marie Dealessandri

Minecraft for Switch takes No.1 | UK Boxed Charts

The only new game in the charts this week was WRC 10 at No.40

By Marie Dealessandri

Sony to charge $10 for PS4 to PS5 game upgrades

But the platform holder reversed its decision about Horizon Forbidden West's PS5 upgrade

By Marie Dealessandri

Azerion acquires digital advertising company Sublime

With this acquisition, the games monetisation platform aims at strengthening its offering across Europe

Odeeo raises $1m for "non-disruptive" ads for mobile games

The company's audio ads aim to avoid disrupting gameplay

By Marie Dealessandri

Bravely Default 2 sells 950,000 units on Switch

Square Enix's title released on Nintendo's console on February 26, 2021, and is launching on Steam today

Multiscription raises €800,000

Latest funding round will go towards growing its subscription platform for free-to-play games

By Marie Dealessandri

Video games projects raised $13m on Kickstarter during H1 2021

184 video games projects reached their goal, versus 168 last year

By Marie Dealessandri

Apple to relax store rules for "reader apps"

"It's hard to discern the rationale that this is safe while Fortnite accepting direct payments remains unsafe," Tim Sweeney reacted

By Marie Dealessandri

Riot Games reportedly delaying procedure in discrimination and harassment investigation

Update: "Riot's severance agreements have never in any way prohibited speaking to government agencies," a Riot spokesperson said

By Marie Dealessandri

XR Games raises £1.5 million

Leeds-based developer is to grow its team with 20 new hires, and develop its own IP

By Marie Dealessandri

Control continues boosting Remedy's financials

The title has now reached 10 million players since launch

By Marie Dealessandri

What to do if you are harassed in the workplace

We look back at advice given by Cinzia Musio and Anisa Sanusi during the GamesIndustry.biz podcast on handling toxicity

By Marie Dealessandri

Rovio acquires hypercasual studio Ruby Games

The Turkish developer made $7.8 million in revenue from January to June 2021

By Marie Dealessandri

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