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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

Ustwo's Alba charity initiative reaches 1m trees planted

The studio planted a tree for every copy of the game sold, plus individuals could donate directly via platform Ecologi

Oculus Quest to rebrand as Meta Quest in 2022

The change will be made progressively from early next year, with the Oculus App also becoming Meta Quest App

By Marie Dealessandri

Federal Trade Commission sues to block Nvidia's Arm takeover

"Tomorrow's technologies depend on preserving today's competitive, cutting-edge chip markets," the FTC said

By Marie Dealessandri

Growing leaps and bounds: Polyarc on the trajectory of VR and Moss

Polyarc's Lincoln Davis and Michael Felice on Moss: Book 2, the growth of the VR market, and what made Quill a star

By Marie Dealessandri

Qualcomm unveils handheld dev kit powered by first dedicated gaming chip

The Android-based platform features 5G connectivity and can run games at 144 frames per second

By Marie Dealessandri

Niantic acquires Lowkey

"We share a common vision for building community around shared experiences," the studio said

By Marie Dealessandri

Cudo closes $250,000 pre-seed funding round

Formerly known as The SkyFarm Company, the firm plans to develop original IP across different mediums, including Roblox

By Marie Dealessandri

Unity acquires SyncSketch

The terms of the acquisition of the synchronised real-time collaboration tool were not disclosed

By Marie Dealessandri

Africa Games Week pushed back to 2022

The fourth edition of the event is being postponed due to the rise of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant

By Marie Dealessandri

Steam reaches record-breaking 27 million concurrent users

Out of these 27 million people, 7.8 million were in-game, SteamDB's data showed

By Marie Dealessandri

Nordisk acquires Flashbulb Games

The Danish studio is known for sandbox title Trailmakers

By Marie Dealessandri

Tencent expands global publishing team with new marketing director

Zoran Roso previously held leadership positions at Activision Blizzard, Take-Two and Sony

By Marie Dealessandri

Dragon Age senior creative director leaves BioWare

Matthew Goldman departs after 19 years at the studio

By Marie Dealessandri

Roblox 101: Adopt Me developer's tips on finding success

The GamesIndustry.biz Academy talks to Uplift Games' head of marketing David Statter about Roblox's best practices and how to make it on the platform

By Marie Dealessandri

Waysun takes majority share of Boss Bunny

Mobile games company to become Waysun's publishing arm for the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey

By Marie Dealessandri

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl remakes become second biggest Switch launch in Japan

Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl sold just shy of 1.4 million units in three days

By Marie Dealessandri

Atari invests in Anstream, may buy MobyGames

MobyGames deal could see Atari purchase the site and corresponding database for $1.5 million by March 2022

By Marie Dealessandri

Netflix hires VP of game studios

Amir Rahimi joins from Scopely, where he was president of games

By Marie Dealessandri

Activision Blizzard creates Workplace Responsibility Committee

Committee to oversee progress to "improve workplace culture and eliminate all forms of harassment and discrimination"

By Marie Dealessandri

Niantic raises $300m at a $9bn valuation for "real-world metaverse"

Pokémon Go developer aims at creating "ever-evolving AR map of the world"

By Marie Dealessandri

Star Citizen crowdfunding passes $400m milestone

Cloud Imperium Games' title, which has been in alpha for nine years, now has over 3,3 million backers

Judge dismisses Wolfire's antitrust lawsuit against Valve

Complaint did "not articulate sufficient facts to plausibly allege an antitrust injury based on that market"

By Marie Dealessandri

Nordisk Games takes majority stake in Star Stable

Copenhagen-based company now owns 57% of the Star Stable Online developer

By Marie Dealessandri

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