AI content generator from YAHAHA Studios steals the show at GDC
Friday, April 14, 2023 by Richard Harris
Game Developer Conference (GDC) 2023 saw YAHAHA taking over the convention from March 20th - 24th, drawing more than 2,700 participants to its in-booth speeches, over 5,000 people to its networking party, and supporting the creation of nearly 800 games during GDC. All games were created by attendees during YAHAHA's live events and supported by YAHAHA's code-free...
IGF Awards winners for 2023
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 by Brittany Hainzinger
Cosmo D Studios' Betrayal At Club Low won the Seumas McNally Grand Prize for Best Independent Game at the 25th annual Independent Games Festival (IGF) Awards tonight. The IGF Awards honors the most innovative and excellent independent games of the past year and took place as part of the 2023 Game Developers Conference (GDC) at the Moscone Convention Center...
Online gaming connectivity solution from Edgegap
Thursday, February 9, 2023 by Richard Harris
Mathieu Duperre explains what Edge computing is, how Edgegap is helping game developers solve connectivity issues, and reduce latency and lag, plus what the limitations are for large publishers that use traditional infrastructures. Even more, he goes into depth about the findings from the 2022 Online Gaming Connectivity Report which had responses from over 2000 gamers i...
Indie game dev platform The Mirror lands $2.3M in funding
Thursday, December 22, 2022 by Richard Harris
The Mirror has raised a $2.3M Pre-Seed Round led by Founders Fund. Participants in the round include early-stage investment firms Konvoy Ventures, Abstract Ventures, Florida Funders, and Palm Tree Crew. Founded in Miami, Florida, in 2022 by Jared McCluskey (CEO and CTO), The Mirror simplifies the complexities of game development into a single platform, providing indie g...
Monetize mobile gaming with NFT marketplace Vessel
Friday, October 21, 2022 by Richard Harris
AppLovin announced its first NFT marketplace to launch in app stores through its subsidiary, OpenVessel Technologies, LLC. Vessel, which is currently live in Apple and Google Play app stores, enables mobile game developers to easily integrate non-fungible tokens (NFTs) into games to drive engagement and revenue.
"Vessel represents the next evolution in mobi...
$50M in funding raised by Theorycraft Games
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 by Brittany Hainzinger
Theorycraft Games has announced an additional $50 million raised in Series B funding, led by Makers Fund with participation from NEA and a16z. Theorycraft Games will use this raise to continue building out the most talent-dense team in games and to ensure they can keep making deep, 10,000-hour games that are just better when played with friends, like the company’s...
Mobile tower defense game stats
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 by Richard Harris
One of the most popular genres in mobile gaming is tower defense games. The mobile tower defense games market is especially popular on smartphones and tablets, where gamers can easily take them with them wherever they go. In addition, tower defense games are great for keeping people occupied on long road trips or flights, as they require little to no interaction from th...
Secrets revealed from developers with over 20 mobile game hits
Monday, September 5, 2022 by Freeman Lightner
My Little Universe, Squad Alpha, Johnny Trigger, Jelly Shift, and Knife Hit are just a few of the successful mobile games created by Baltic game developer Estoty. The company is known for more than 20 hit mobile games that have attracted a total of 2 billion players. So what are the key ingredients for a successful mobile game? Estoty’s experts name the following ...
HotPlay in game advertising updates from NextPlay
Thursday, August 25, 2022 by Freeman Lightner
NextPlay Technologies, Inc., a digital native ecosystem for finance, digital advertisers, and video gamers, updates shareholders on continuing progress made by its HotPlay in-game advertising group and game studio towards commercial launch.
Progress includes the expected commercial release of HotPlay 2.0 in calendar 2022, which, when released, will off...
4Players appoints new Marketing Director Patty Toledo
Wednesday, August 10, 2022 by Freeman Lightner
Pioneering technology veterans 4Players has announced the appointment of industry leader Patty Toledo, as its first Marketing Director. Patty brings her considerable skills to 4Players as it prepares to launch new products to support game developers to create metaverse-ready, engaging player experiences, and will drive a marketing strategy to take the much-loved brand i...
Console gaming revenue increases
Thursday, June 2, 2022 by Freeman Lightner
The ongoing year will be a good one for most related to the console-gaming industry. According to the figures presented here by SafeBettingSites.com, Console gaming is set to grow by 8.4% YoY in 2022. Thus, the console gaming segment is set to witness the most significant spurt of growth in the entire gaming industry in 2022.
Console games to bring in $58.6B in 2022
N3TWORK Studios Inc lands $46M in funding
Friday, May 20, 2022 by Brittany Hainzinger
N3TWORK Studios has closed $46 million in a Series A financing round led by Griffin Gaming Partners, with participation from Kleiner Perkins, Galaxy Interactive, KIP, Floodgate, LLL Capital, and N3TWORK, Inc. As part of the financing, Griffin Gaming Partners' Peter Levin will join the Board of Directors. The funding will help further the development and launch ...
Solving game development bottlenecks with cloud computing
Friday, May 13, 2022 by Richard Harris
For years, baking lightmaps have been a necessary but time-consuming part of game development. Pre-calculating lighting information improves performance in-game, but consumes on-premises computing resources, tying up artists' workstations or valuable network machines for minutes, if not hours, at a time.
But now, thanks to the power of cloud computing, ...
Kingdom Guard from tap4fun launches
Monday, May 9, 2022 by Brittany Hainzinger
Flexion Mobile Plc (Nasdaq: FLEXM), the Android games distribution company announced that it has launched the new game Kingdom Guard from tap4fun on the Amazon App Store and the Samsung Galaxy Store.
NFT partnership to create fashion pieces
Friday, May 6, 2022 by Richard Harris
Ready has announced a new partnership with SmileyWorld, the lifestyle brand from Smiley that revolutionized Smileys in technology, and EPIK Prime Team, a licensing agency putting brands into video games. The brands will collaborate together to create virtual fashion pieces for Ready Games' app ICON Avatar Fashion Universe. This will be Ready and Epik's...
Playable NFT graphical novel Quantum Noesis lands
Monday, May 2, 2022 by Brittany Hainzinger
EVI (short for Electronic Virtual Intelligence) is on the verge of achieving sentience as the first true general Artificial Intelligence. But there are powerful forces at work to destroy her!
To safeguard the Noesis Network, EVI has gamified part of her security, transforming vulnerabilities in the code into audiovisual puzzles that are easier for the human mind to g...
Blockchain gaming organization partners with Crypto Oasis
Thursday, April 28, 2022 by Richard Harris
GamesCoin Group is a German blockchain gaming organization that has created an ecosystem for a gaming world that is more immersive and boundary-blurring than ever. Its partnership with Crypto Oasis is game-changing and exciting for the Middle Eastern crypto market because blockchain is restructuring the gaming industry, and GamesCoin Group is leading this revolution.
GDC 2022 highlights
Wednesday, April 6, 2022 by Brittany Hainzinger
The 2022 Game Developers Conference (GDC), the event serving professionals dedicated to the art and science of making games, concluded its 36th edition, after a week of networking, learning, and inspiration. The conference was the largest in San Francisco in the past two years, with a total of 12,000 industry professionals attending at San Francisco's Moscone C...
Game Developers Conference 2022
Tuesday, March 22, 2022 by Richard Harris
The 2022 Game Developers Conference (GDC), the world’s longest-running event for professionals dedicated to the art and science of making games, begins its 36th edition today, in person at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. The week-long conference, which also includes a virtual component, will feature more than 200 exhibitors, over 1,000 speakers, an...
Immersive AR and VR experiences from NextNav
Tuesday, March 1, 2022 by Brittany Hainzinger
NextNav announced they have partnered with echo3D. Through this partnership, NextNav’s vertical location service, Pinnacle, will provide echo3D developers with the crucial 3D location data needed to build immersive AR and VR content built on top of the physical world.
Over 16,000 developers rely on the echo3D platform for the tools and infra...
GDC 2022 Supercell talks
Wednesday, February 9, 2022 by Richard Harris
The Game Developers Conference (GDC) has announced that Supercell will return to GDC 2022 with two talks surrounding its popular title Clash of Clans. The studio will give an in-depth look into the creation and expansion of the Clash Universe, along with its move into social gaming with Everdale.
GDC 2022 Supercell talks about Expanding an IP: Case Study Cl...
Mobile market 2021 highlights
Thursday, February 3, 2022 by Freeman Lightner
At the end of the year everyone was talking about the future and making predictions, but what about the highlights of 2021? Last year was rich in sensations, new names appeared on the market, and many industry giants cooperated to enhance their power or work on large-scale joint projects. Apptica compiled a selection of the most significant events, cases, and changes th...
SRE hiring trends
Thursday, January 6, 2022 by Richard Harris
Ashley Stirrup, COO at Shoreline.io shares his 2022 predictions about the death of the Runbook, the rising cost of outages and SRE hiring trends.
Prediction #1: The death of the Runbook
In the coming year, we will see runbooks fuse out. Our team has been surprised in the last few months with how infrequently people have had true Runbooks. Runbooks are a great plac...
Videogame platform catches up to YouTube Gaming
Monday, January 3, 2022 by Brittany Hainzinger
Facebook Gaming had a dominant Q3 in 2021 which saw the video-game streaming segment of the social media giants accomplish several milestones. According to data presented by Safe Betting Sites, Facebook Gaming overtook Youtube Gaming in hours watched for the first time after recording an estimated 1.3B hours watched in Q3 2021.
Videogame platform catches up to Twitch...
Apple gaming studio predictions for 2022
Monday, December 20, 2021 by Justin Welter
If Apple were a person, it would seem they are (still) living on top of the world. Still flush with cash, flexing those privacy muscles with the final rollout of iOS 14.5 and then benching more with iOS 15, and up 29% year over year. But like a senior year quarterback with three championships already to their name, expectations are high and when they’re not m...
Mobile gaming report from Tapjoy
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 by Brittany Hainzinger
New market research from MobileVoice by Tapjoy shows that despite not having access to the internet until their 20s or 30s, Generation X is just as active on mobile as the younger generations. Nearly 60% replace their smartphones every 2-3 years to stay up to date with the latest technology, and 66% actually spent more time on mobile devices in the last year. Mobil...
Mobile game developers are capturing female audiences
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 by Brittany Hainzinger
Browsing social networks can be addictive and can cause feelings of inadequacy and isolation, even depression, say mental health professionals. However, when it comes to mobile gaming, the situation is not so dire. On the contrary, used in moderation, it could help people boost positive well-being, according to various sources.
Traditionally considered a domain for m...
Unity partners with Kindred to reinvent app monetization
Monday, November 22, 2021 by Russ Scritchfield
Kindred, the next-generation app monetization network, has announced it has been named a Unity Verified Solutions Partner, with a focus on reinventing in-app monetization and UX. Being a Verified Solutions Partner means that Unity’s Verified Solutions Partner team has tested and verified that the Kindred SDK for Unity is optimized for the latest version of the Uni...
Mobile gaming market turned upside down by Netflix
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 by Mike Gadd
Stranger Things have happened but at the beginning of November, the global streaming giant Netflix announced that it is moving into the mobile gaming market.
Though it's a low-key debut by Netflix standards, with just five mobile games initially available to download through its app on Android smartphones (with two focused on the entertainment juggernaut's 80...
iOS 15 benchmark updates from AppsFlyer
Monday, November 1, 2021 by Brittany Hainzinger
AppsFlyer is back with an updated data set for iOS14+ Benchmarks.
iOS 15 adoption hits 30% after 5 weeks since the release
The share of users who have upgraded their operating systems to version 15 has only reached 30% as Apple has yet to push this update among its users. Adoption is slower than usual, iOS 14 reached 40% in the same time frame.
iOS Shopping app...
Steam Founder Rick Ellis talks developing mobile real money games
Friday, October 29, 2021 by Richard Harris
Is developing mobile games that people play for real money the next big wave in game development?
Rick Ellis, lead developer and founder of the Steam platform and marketplace, and also a developer on Half-Life 2 has pivoted to mobile and he's making real-money tournament games alongside Ross Krasner, Ryu Games founder and CEO, and they have plenty to s...
NFT Decentraland awards in 2022
Thursday, October 28, 2021 by Christian Hargrave
Nominations are now open for projects in the global non-fungible token (NFT) community. Metaverse-themed awards program to feature a renowned judging panel and industry-leading partners.
Winners will be honored in an awards ceremony hosted in Decentraland on January 12, 2022.
Enjin to hold NFT Decentraland awards in 2022
Decentraland October 28th, 2021 Enj...
Boost game developers revenue with Kindred for Business
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 by Brittany Hainzinger
Kindred for Business officially launched a 'third way' for mobile game developers to boost annual revenues from players by as much as 400% without sacrificing all-important UX.
To date, mobile gaming studios have had to rely on in-app purchases and advertising to monetize users, both of which can negatively impact the UX for players and ultimately drive ...
Asia mobile gamers outweigh Europe and America combined
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 by Freeman Lightner
As the fastest-growing segment of the gaming industry, mobile games continue breaking records and making billions in revenue each year. The most significant part of mobile gaming profits comes from Asian countries, home to nearly half of all mobile gamers globally.
There are nearly 1.3B Asia mobile gamers
According to data presented by MejoresApuestas.com, the num...
Game Developers Choice Awards at GDC 2021
Monday, August 2, 2021 by Brittany Hainzinger
Organizers of the 21st annual Game Developers Choice Awards (GDCA) have revealed the recipients of this year’s Pioneer Award and Lifetime Achievement Award. Tom Fulp, creator of Newgrounds and trailblazer of the Macromedia Flash games that helped define a generation of indie developers, will receive the Pioneer Award, while influential game designer with 28 years ...