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Matthew Handrahan joined GamesIndustry in 2011, bringing long-form feature-writing experience to the team as well as a deep understanding of the video game development business. He previously spent more than five years at award-winning magazine gamesTM.

Recent articles by Matthew Handrahan

Doom co-creator Tom Hall joins Resolution Games

Industry veteran will be the Swedish VR specialist's senior creative director

By Matthew Handrahan

EA Sports renews exclusivity deal with La Liga for FIFA franchise

The extended deal includes a "joint commitment" to pushing further into esports

By Matthew Handrahan

Crayta launches Black Creators Prize Fund and Mentoring Programme

Initiative will award $10,000 in July and $2,000 a month for the rest of 2020 to the "most promising Black creators" in Crayta's community

Call of Duty: Mobile reaches 250m downloads after eight months

Sensor Tower estimates show sharp increase in revenue and downloads since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic

By Matthew Handrahan

Italian trade body IIDEA joins European Games Developer Federation

Support of the Italian industry will give EGDF "an even stronger and more united voice in Brussels"

Humble Bundle raises 3.5m for Black Lives Matter

Bundle of more than 50 games and books was bought by 130,000 people

By Matthew Handrahan

Shawn Layden: "I would welcome a return to the 12 to 15 hour AAA game"

At Gamelab Live, the former PlayStation exec discussed the industry's need to rethink the spiralling costs of AAA development

By Matthew Handrahan

Unity makes premium learning tools free on a permanent basis

More than 350 hours of online courses are now available to everyone due to ongoing impact of COVID-19

By Matthew Handrahan

Ex-Wargaming UK head founds Absolutely Games

James Brooksby previously founded Born Ready Studios and Edge Case Games

By Matthew Handrahan

Epic Games Store hit 61m MAUs during "The Vault" game giveaway

Epic's Steam competitor reached 13m peak concurrent users during campaign in which Grand Theft Auto 5 was given away for free

By Matthew Handrahan

Apple to allow developers to challenge App Store Review Guidelines

New systems will put devs in a stronger position to appeal Apple's decisions and change problematic App Store rules

By Matthew Handrahan

Police cars removed from Epic Games' Fortnite

The Wall Street Journal alleges that police vehicles were removed in response to the killing of George Floyd

By Matthew Handrahan

Former Microsoft employee accuses Mixer manager of racist comments

Milan Lee has a meeting with Microsoft's Phil Spencer to discuss an experience that made him leave the company

By Matthew Handrahan

South Australian government extends 10% rebate to its games industry

The production rebate is the first of its kind to be extended to game developers in Australia

By Matthew Handrahan

PAX Online opens submissions for panels with deadline of July 24

Disclosure: PAX Online is operated by the parent company of GamesIndustry.biz

Phil Spencer, Mark Cerny and Ken Levine join Gamelab Live

Update: Digital version of the Spanish conference adds new speakers to a line-up that already features Amy Hennig, Tim Schafer and Ilkka Paananen

By Matthew Handrahan

eFootball PES 2020 Mobile passes 300m downloads

Konami's mobile football title launched on iOS and Android in October 2019

The Sims 4 hit 10m MAUs in the last quarter

EA's six year old title also added 2.5m new players in the last two months, ahead of its relaunch on Steam

By Matthew Handrahan

This War of Mine will be added to school reading list in Poland

"I don't think we've ever encountered a game being officially included in the educational system on a national level as school reading"

By Matthew Handrahan

EA pledges tougher stance on toxicity with Positive Play Charter

The publisher has removed more than 3,500 player-created assets featuring "inappropriate and hurtful" language in recent weeks

By Matthew Handrahan

"The industry hasn't changed enough -- not even close"

POC in Play's Chella Ramanan and Adam Campbell on the industry's response to the Black Lives Matter movement, and the effort needed to make a lasting change

By Matthew Handrahan

Brawl Stars outpaces Clash Royale on Chinese App Store launch

Supercell's new game also earned more in one week in China than on its global launch, according to Sensor Tower estimates

By Matthew Handrahan

UK games industry gathers for Play & Talk initiative

More than 50 companies will ask their communities to gather this weekend to mark National Loneliness Awareness Week

PAX West, PAX Australia cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

Update: This year's edition of annual conventions to be replaced by PAX Online digital event running September 12-20

By Matthew Handrahan

Dundee's InGame centre names six new research projects

Dyslexia plug-in for video games among the projects added to the five announced at the start of the year

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