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Sony plots big PlayStation push into mobile gaming
Sony plots big PlayStation push into mobile gaming
Sony is plotting a big push into mobile gaming - with the biggest PlayStation games key to the effort. A job advertisement for Head of Mobile, PlayStation Studios, SIE, reveals plans for the successful candidate to "focus on successfully adapting PlayStation's most popular franchises for mobile". "You will be responsible for building and scaling a team of mobile leaders and will serve as the Head of this new business unit within PlayStation Studios." Read more
Never too late to learn something new | This Week in Business
Never too late to learn something new | This Week in Business
The Academy had a week full of insights on game design, localization, narrative direction, IP licensing, and performance capture
Grid secures $10m in Series A funding
Grid secures $10m in Series A funding
German-based esports data company will use the "investment to take on the US"
Construction On Super Nintendo World Hollywood Is Coming Along Nicely
Construction On Super Nintendo World Hollywood Is Coming Along Nicely
The second Super Nintendo World starts to take shape. The first Super Nintendo World park based in Universal Studios Japan is now ready and open for business, but let's not forget that two more versions of the park are already in the works, too. While the Orlando location's construction has been pretty heavily delayed, it appears that work on the Hollywood park is coming along very nicely indeed.
EA gets golf game exclusivity for The Masters
EA gets golf game exclusivity for The Masters
In wake of 2K securing Tiger Woods rights, EA Sports PGA Tour becomes the only game with all four golf majors
Atari changes CEO and sets up separate Gaming and Blockchain divisions
Atari changes CEO and sets up separate Gaming and Blockchain divisions
Former CEO Frédéric Chesnais remains to lead blockchain business
We previewed Euro Truck Simulator 2 – Iberia: Is it worth it?
We previewed Euro Truck Simulator 2 – Iberia: Is it worth it?
SCS Software has been in the business of making virtual renditions of the real world for many years now.
Death Stranding on PC drives Digital Bros' half-year results
Death Stranding on PC drives Digital Bros' half-year results
Kojima Productions' latest padded revenues by more than €23 million during last six months of 2020; Steam debut pushes Control's contribution to €16 million
Nearly 26% of Discord user reports in back half of 2020 were acted upon
Nearly 26% of Discord user reports in back half of 2020 were acted upon
Harassment complaints acted upon 15% of the time, while extremist or violent content reports led to action 38% of the time
ESIC say they're working with FBI in fight against CSGO match fixing
ESIC say they're working with FBI in fight against CSGO match fixing
As esports becomes bigger business, it's beginning to deal with the issues faced by more mainstream sports.
Keywords opens new recording studio in Paris
Keywords opens new recording studio in Paris
The studio, focusing on audio localisation, includes 11 recording booths
Play Ventures raises $135m to invest in game studios
Play Ventures raises $135m to invest in game studios
Indian startup All Star Games has already received $1.5 million from the new funding round
Inazuma Eleven: Great Road of Heroes Delayed Again, This Time To 2023
Inazuma Eleven: Great Road of Heroes Delayed Again, This Time To 2023
The long and winding road. There was a time when Level-5 was pretty darn hot; the Professor Layton series developed a devoted following, and there was a major sales breakthrough when Yo-kai Watch took off in Japan and was rolled out globally; more recently the development side of the business earned praise for its Ni no Kuni titles, too.
GameStop issuing shares to cash in on stock surge
GameStop issuing shares to cash in on stock surge
Retailer files prospectus with SEC to sell up to 3.5 million new shares, will use money "to further accelerate transformation"
Back Page: An Interview With Luigi, The Late Mario's Brother And Business Partner
Back Page: An Interview With Luigi, The Late Mario's Brother And Business Partner
Exclusive to Nintendo Life. It's raining hard in Brooklyn on the day we arranged to meet with Luigi Mario.
IronSource's Supersonic Studios opens Chinese office
IronSource's Supersonic Studios opens Chinese office
"[We] want to bring our expertise to all developers in China who are looking for a long-term publishing partner"
Consumers spend $32b on apps in Q1 2021 - App Annie
Consumers spend $32b on apps in Q1 2021 - App Annie
Total consumer spend on gaming hit $22 billion up 32% year-over-year
Certain Affinity hires Dan Ayoub to head Toronto studio
Certain Affinity hires Dan Ayoub to head Toronto studio
Industry veteran joins expansion studio as vice president and general manager
PlayStation store closures are a missed opportunity | This Week in Business
PlayStation store closures are a missed opportunity | This Week in Business
Permanently pulling the plug on the PS3, PSP, and PS Vita stores is both culturally and financially short-sighted
Tencent's Timi Studios may be the
Tencent's Timi Studios may be the "world's largest developer" now
Tencent's Timi Studios, the studio behind Call of Duty Mobile and Honor of Kings, generated revenue of $10 billion - £7.23bn - in 2020. Reuters, which broke the story, reports that if true, that makes Timi "the world's largest developer", providing the studio with "a hefty basis for its ambitions to move beyond mobile games and compete directly with global heavyweights developing expensive AAA titles on platforms such as desktop computers, Sony's PlayStation, Nintendo's Switch and Microsoft's Xbox". The news comes after Tencent publicly reported it had generated 156.1 billion yuan (£17 billion) in revenue from its game business, but stopped short of revealing the revenue for each individual studio.
Surprise! Platinum Games just released Apple Arcade exclusive World of Demons
Surprise! Platinum Games just released Apple Arcade exclusive World of Demons
Platinum Games just released an Apple Arcade-exclusive called World of Demons. World of Demons is an action game, which comes as no surprise given Platinum is the developer of some of the best action games in the business, such as Bayonetta and NieR:Automata.
Back Page: Our Sneak Peek At The (Definitely Real) Early Draft Of Ubisoft’s Female Game Reviewer Movie
Back Page: Our Sneak Peek At The (Definitely Real) Early Draft Of Ubisoft’s Female Game Reviewer Movie
A little bit of creative writing never hurt anyone, right? In the magazine business, the Back Page is where you'd find all the weird goofs that we couldn't fit into the rest of the pages.
CD Projekt moving to parallel development
CD Projekt moving to parallel development
Witcher and Cyberpunk studio's new strategy calls for juggling multiple AAA projects going forward; Digital Scapes acquired to form foundation of new CD Projekt Red Vancouver studio
Bloober Team withdraws from acquisition talks
Bloober Team withdraws from acquisition talks
The Polish studio says being acquired would "limit the potential growth of the company's value"
Tokyo Game Show 2021 will be online
Tokyo Game Show 2021 will be online
Organisers drop physical event for its 25th year, but an in-person press gathering will be arranged
Flip your dad's crap laundromat into a local hotspot in Arcade Paradise
Flip your dad's crap laundromat into a local hotspot in Arcade Paradise
You know how it is with kids. You leave on vacation and next thing you know they've turned your failing small business into a nightlife enterprise.
Turn a grim laundromat into a bustling 90s arcade in Vostok Inc. dev's Arcade Paradise
Turn a grim laundromat into a bustling 90s arcade in Vostok Inc. dev's Arcade Paradise
Vostok Inc. developer Nosebleed Interactive is trading space-capitalism for retro-tinged arcade management in its newly unveiled Arcade Paradise, coming to PC and consoles later this year. In Arcade Paradise, players are cast as Ashley, a teenager trying to transform the family's small-town laundromat into a bustling retro arcade, somewhere in the 1990s. What follows is a game of two halves; on the one side, Ashley will need to complete dull chores - washing clothes, clearing out the rubbish, cleaning toilets (all given a suitably entertaining mini-game twist) - in order to raise the money needed to turn the King Wash laundromat into a booming arcade hangout, managing the business and investing profits along the way. Read more
Nordisk Games acquires 30% stake in Supermassive
Nordisk Games acquires 30% stake in Supermassive
"There are few studios better at creating rich, narrative-driven games, built around unique stories and IPs," said Nordisk MD
Memory Pak: When Ace Attorney Pulled A Game Of Thrones-Level Twist
Memory Pak: When Ace Attorney Pulled A Game Of Thrones-Level Twist
I can't believe they got Sean Bean to play [REDACTED]. Is it even worth doing a spoiler warning for an article that literally has the word "twist" in the title? I will anyway, just in case: This article will contain spoilers for both Game of Thrones and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, as well as probably some of the other Ace Attorney games, but none of the ones that were released in the past few years because I don't remember their plots quite as well. Alright, now it's just us, let's get down to spoilers business.
Surprise, The 3DS Is Getting Another Physical Release This Year
Surprise, The 3DS Is Getting Another Physical Release This Year
Andro Dunos 2 already confirmed for Switch release. The 3DS may have turned 10 recently after fading from Nintendo's business strategy, but the console isn't quite ready to die yet, it would seem. French publisher PixelHeart has just announced that Andro Dunos 2 – which is also coming to Switch – is getting a physical release on the 3DS, too. Read the full article on nintendolife.com
Palace intrigue on the GameStop board of directors | This Week in Business
Palace intrigue on the GameStop board of directors | This Week in Business
Skyrocketing stock and pandemic store closures have made an eventful year for the brick and mortar retailer, but the biggest news has been happening behind the scenes
Lawn Mowing Simulator Revealed as a New Title from Skyhook Games and Curve Digital
Lawn Mowing Simulator Revealed as a New Title from Skyhook Games and Curve Digital
We’re happy to announce a new title today in the form of Lawn Mowing Simulator, a stunning mowing simulator and detailed business management game set in the British countryside, coming to Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S in Summer 2021.
UKIE releases Green Games Guide to help companies take action against climate change
UKIE releases Green Games Guide to help companies take action against climate change
Created with London Games Festival and Playing for the Planet, the guide aims at providing tools to create more sustainable businesses
Reggie Fils-Aime to leave the GameStop board
Reggie Fils-Aime to leave the GameStop board
Former Nintendo of America president is among eight directors stepping down this summer
MTG acquires Bloons studio Ninja Kiwi
MTG acquires Bloons studio Ninja Kiwi
Tower defense developer purchased for $142 million with another $47 million contingent on profitability targets
HiDef raises $9m for metaverse project
HiDef raises $9m for metaverse project
Veteran MMO dev Anthony Castoro, Echo Fox execs Jace Hall and Rick Fox, and Dr David Washington unveil new startup with Series A funding round
New Intel CEO reaffirms fixed 7nm EUV process and talks Meteor Lake CPUs
New Intel CEO reaffirms fixed 7nm EUV process and talks Meteor Lake CPUs
Intel held a press event today to pat its partners on the back and discuss a variety of topics relevant to its business model and products along the way.
Intel's creating its own contract foundry business to rival TSMC and help solve the chip supply crisis
Intel's creating its own contract foundry business to rival TSMC and help solve the chip supply crisis
Pat Gelsinger announces sweeping changes to put Intel at the centre of silicon manufacturing.
GameStop full-year sales down 21%
GameStop full-year sales down 21%
Profitable fourth quarter can't offset the rest of the retailer's pandemic-impacted year; chief customer officer departs with millions in severance and stock grants
2K acquires HookBang games business
2K acquires HookBang games business
Take-Two adds team that supported work on NBA 2K21, will move it to new Austin office
Blizzard: "We want women shaping the future"
Blizzard: "We want women shaping the future"
The Warcraft publisher''s Lydia Bottegoni, Jen Oneal and Saralyn Smith share their experiences of helping to diversify AAA at an executive level
Review: A-Train: All Aboard! Tourism - Switch Tracks With This Complex Business Sim
Review: A-Train: All Aboard! Tourism - Switch Tracks With This Complex Business Sim
You'll be chuffed to bits. Choo! Choooo! All aboard! Land ahoy! Now, we’re not train experts but we know a good game when we see one – and A-Train: All Aboard! Tourism signals (pun intended) the first-class return (intended again) of a unique management sim on the Switch (again) platform (yep).
As Activision Blizzard boss Bobby Kotick is poised to earn a bonus worth millions of dollars, staff brace themselves for layoffs across Europe
As Activision Blizzard boss Bobby Kotick is poised to earn a bonus worth millions of dollars, staff brace themselves for layoffs across Europe
Activision Blizzard has warned staff of impending layoffs across its offices in Europe. The news comes as Activision Blizzard boss Bobby Kotick is poised to earn millions of dollars in a bonus. GamesIndustry.biz reports the company behind Call of Duty, World of Warcraft and Candy Crush is closing all its publishing offices in Europe as part of a reorganisation that will see the business centralised within one hub in the UK. Read more
Stop normalizing abusive fandom | This Week in Business
Stop normalizing abusive fandom | This Week in Business
Maybe we should have expected a zombie game studio to excel at developing senselessly hostile hordes
How Phoenix Games helps studios establish their next hit
How Phoenix Games helps studios establish their next hit
Founder Klaas Kersting discusses the beauty of the free-to-play model, its challenges, and why it's not going anywhere
Pandemic drives UK games market to record £7bn year
Pandemic drives UK games market to record £7bn year
Spending on video games products and culture rose 30%, topping 2018 record by more than £1 billion
Sony co-buys fighting game tournament Evo
Sony co-buys fighting game tournament Evo
Sony has co-bought the long-running Evo fighting game tournament. Sony joined forces with RTS, a new venture from Endeavor's esports business, to buy the Evolution Championship Series, the world's largest fighting game event.
Sony And RTS Jointly Acquire Fighting Game Tournament EVO, Nintendo Responds
Sony And RTS Jointly Acquire Fighting Game Tournament EVO, Nintendo Responds
"We will continue to assess Evo". Sony Interactive Entertainment, in partnership with the esports business RTS, has acquired the annual fighting game tournament Evo.
The Bala brothers' guide to finding the magic
The Bala brothers' guide to finding the magic
At GDC Showcase, the Velan Studios founders detailed their business model, fuelled by divergent thinking
Keywords Studios acquires 85% interest in Tantalus Media
Keywords Studios acquires 85% interest in Tantalus Media
The services provider enters the Australian market for the first time
Tencent, Sony, Square Enix invest in cloud gaming company Ubitus
Tencent, Sony, Square Enix invest in cloud gaming company Ubitus
Tencent led the funding round, but the amount raised was not disclosed
Activision Blizzard lays off 50
Activision Blizzard lays off 50
Publisher cites impact of pandemic on esports business, says live events "still very much a part of both the Overwatch League and Call of Duty League strategies"
Activision Blizzard Esports Announces Layoffs
Activision Blizzard Esports Announces Layoffs
Activision Blizzard Esports will lay off around 50 employees, according to a report released today by Sports Business Journal. Read more...
Trufan raises $2.3m and acquires Playr.gg
Trufan raises $2.3m and acquires Playr.gg
The audience engagement company is planning its expansion in the games industry
EA's problem with the Ultimate Team sales scandal | This Week in Business
EA's problem with the Ultimate Team sales scandal | This Week in Business
The publisher is investigating reports that an employee is selling rare cards in FIFA's loot box game mode, but its objections don't hold much weight
My love-hate relationship with office multiplayer games
My love-hate relationship with office multiplayer games
Holding the line in Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance was the absolute business
Music Week: Meet Remute, the techno producer who makes music albums for retro consoles
Music Week: Meet Remute, the techno producer who makes music albums for retro consoles
How better to draw Music Week to a close than with a look at what happens when the past and the present collide? Video game music is big business.
GTA Online: Claim Double Rewards in Lamar Missions, Madrazo Dispatch Services, and More
GTA Online: Claim Double Rewards in Lamar Missions, Madrazo Dispatch Services, and More
This week in GTA Online, claim freebies for completing Heists, and double rewards in Business Battles, Transform Races, Hunting Pack Remix, and more.
Nintendo Will Release Its 2020-21 Fiscal Year Earnings Results In May
Nintendo Will Release Its 2020-21 Fiscal Year Earnings Results In May
Updates on best-selling games and hardware sales. Nintendo has revealed that its financial results for the fiscal year ending March 2021 will be shared on 6th May, falling in line with the company's usual annual timeline of earnings report releases. Typically, these reports provide us with the latest official figures for both hardware and software sales for Nintendo Switch and select past consoles; an overview of the company's performance over the year including its digital and mobile business, and online subscription stats; as well as an updated forecast for the year ahead. Read the full article on nintendolife.com
This Red Dead Redemption 2 mod lets you operate a gunsmith business
This Red Dead Redemption 2 mod lets you operate a gunsmith business
When Red Dead Online is in one of its quieter moments, I often turn to Red Dead Redemption 2 mods.
Crush your coffee shop rivals as the Espresso Tycoon
Crush your coffee shop rivals as the Espresso Tycoon
Build your business, manage baristas, design fancy coffee drinks, and even draw pictures in the foam—just like the pros.
Epic acquires Capturing Reality
Epic acquires Capturing Reality
Unreal Engine maker adds photogrammetry company that creates 3D models from pictures or laser scans
Crusader Kings 3 is getting an all-new system for duels
Crusader Kings 3 is getting an all-new system for duels
Crusader Kings III is all about the grimy business of medieval politics, and while duels have existed in the grand strategy game since launch, they've heretofore been a bit abstract.
GameStop establishes committee to help transform it "into a technology business"
GameStop establishes committee to help transform it "into a technology business"
Retailer's board of directors says new group will "further accelerate the company's transformation"
Polymega Release
Polymega Release "Still On Track" Despite Production Problems
Business licence suspension also being resolved. What a rollercoaster ride the Polymega has been.
Microsoft's ZeniMax acquisition approved by SEC
Microsoft's ZeniMax acquisition approved by SEC
Update: European Commission also allows Bethesda parent to become part of Xbox
Japan's Super Nintendo World to open on March 18
Japan's Super Nintendo World to open on March 18
Orlando's Super Nintendo World has been pushed to 2025
GamesIndustry.biz Academy resources to champion women in games
GamesIndustry.biz Academy resources to champion women in games
To celebrate International Women's Day, we gathered guides to help studios improve their gender balance
EA taking racism more seriously | This Week in Business
EA taking racism more seriously | This Week in Business
Banning a FIFA player who hurled racist abuse via Instagram shows that EA's "platform" rightly extends beyond the confines of the game
GAME owner Mike Ashley hits out at
GAME owner Mike Ashley hits out at "near worthless support package" for retailers
GAME owner Mike Ashley has hit out at what he calls the "near worthless support package" for retailers unveiled by the government this week - and warned of possible store closures as a result. In a statement issued to the London Stock Exchange, Frasers Group, which wholly owns GAME, slammed the business rates relief announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak as part of the budget this week. The rates holiday for non-essential retailers in England ends in June 2021.
A Reminder That A Lot Of Big Games Exploit Overseas Labor
A Reminder That A Lot Of Big Games Exploit Overseas Labor
While most big games released have a main studio that’s often based somewhere like the United States or Canada or the UK, they also frequently make use of outsourcing studios in other countries to get their games made.
Theorycraft Games secures $37.5m in Series A funding
Theorycraft Games secures $37.5m in Series A funding
Several former Blizzard, Bungie, and Riot developers land investment for their new competitive PvP experience
SaGa Frontier Remastered Is Getting A Physical Release In Asia, With English Language Support
SaGa Frontier Remastered Is Getting A Physical Release In Asia, With English Language Support
Launches alongside the digital edition on April 15th. Collecting physical editions of games can be a tricky business.
Motorsport Games acquires racing simulation tech firm Studio397
Motorsport Games acquires racing simulation tech firm Studio397
Dutch firm will retain brand and continue work on rFactor 2 platform, which will be used in future Motorsport titles
UK spending on video games reached £4.4 billion in 2020
UK spending on video games reached £4.4 billion in 2020
Games remain the biggest sector as entertainment market sees record revenues of £9.26 billion
Zynga acquires Echtra Games
Zynga acquires Echtra Games
Social publisher buys Torchlight 3 developer to help bring existing mobile franchises to consoles and PC
Epic acquires Fall Guys developer Mediatonic
Epic acquires Fall Guys developer Mediatonic
Fall Guys developer Mediatonic has been scooped up Epic Games, as part of the Fortnite and Unreal Engine developer's acquisition of the Tonic Games Group. Announcing the deal on its website, Mediatonic called the move a "huge win for Fall Guys", claiming that joining Epic "will accelerate our plans to improve the game and bring Fall Guys to as many players as possible, while continuing to support the community." According to the developer, it'll be business as usual for Fall Guys following the acquisition - "each season, we'll continue to expand...with new content, features, rounds, and costumes", it writes - and the game will continue to be available via Steam and the PlayStation Store.
Gotta cash 'em all: How Pokémon became the world's biggest games franchise
Gotta cash 'em all: How Pokémon became the world's biggest games franchise
As the critter-catching phenomenon turns 25, we explore the secrets of its success and where it might lead in the future
Video: We Take A Look At The Hidden Mario Golf Game That Didn't Star Mario
Video: We Take A Look At The Hidden Mario Golf Game That Didn't Star Mario
Does Mario Golf need Mario to be good? Camelot Software Planning has been in the business for decades.
2021 could be a thin year for new games | This Week in Business
2021 could be a thin year for new games | This Week in Business
As developers enter a second year of working from home, mounting AAA delays suggest blockbusters could be fewer and further between
MTG pursuing mergers and acquisitions despite down sales year
MTG pursuing mergers and acquisitions despite down sales year
CEO Maria Redin says increased stake in InnoGames and acquisition of Hutch "mark the beginning of a new growth journey" for company
UK government responds to petition calling for law change to combat console scalping
UK government responds to petition calling for law change to combat console scalping
The UK government has issued an official response to an online petition calling for a change in the law to tackle console scalping. The petition, created by Richard Glover, received over 15,500 signatures, thus sparking a response from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X have been in high demand since their late 2020 release, with stock selling out soon after it goes on sale.
Soccer Manager gets £3m investment
Soccer Manager gets £3m investment
Mercia leads funding round to help Middle East and Far East expansion, relaunch of online multiplayer game
Robox to begin trading shares in March
Robox to begin trading shares in March
The popular games platform is getting ready for its direct listing following a delay last December
The dark art of getting press coverage | This Week in Business
The dark art of getting press coverage | This Week in Business
If your Paragon PR campaign isn't getting traction, you could always try going Renegade
Lucid Sight acquires multiplayer engine Colyseus
Lucid Sight acquires multiplayer engine Colyseus
The multiplayer service will expand into the cloud, in an attempt to "democratize" multiplayer game server engines
Saudi sovereign fund invests over $3 billion in major game publishers
Saudi sovereign fund invests over $3 billion in major game publishers
The Public Investment Fund acquired stock in Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts, and Take-Two in the fourth quarter
Netmarble doubles full-year profits for 2020
Netmarble doubles full-year profits for 2020
Marvel Contest of Champions publisher reports revenue up 14% for the year
Switch Just Recorded The Strongest January Sales Of Any Games Console Since The Wii In 2010 (US)
Switch Just Recorded The Strongest January Sales Of Any Games Console Since The Wii In 2010 (US)
Another strong month for Switch. Just in case there was any doubt, the Switch is still doing the absolute business when it comes to sales; Nintendo's hybrid machine sold better than its industry rivals to be the best-selling system across the US in January. Not content with simply outselling the PS5 and Xbox Series X, the Switch actually sold more units in the US last month than any games console has managed since the Wii way back in 2010.
Pole to Win acquires 5518 Studios
Pole to Win acquires 5518 Studios
The art studio is to be merged with Orange Rock Studios, and operate under the new name 1518 Studios
Things you wish you knew before starting a studio
Things you wish you knew before starting a studio
Melissa Phillips reflects on what she's learnt in the 12 months since co-founding Silver Rain Games
Leaf Mobile: Kings of Green Mountain
Leaf Mobile: Kings of Green Mountain
Darcy Taylor on building a thriving business in the "green games" market, and what the $159m acquisition of East Side Games means for Leaf's future
Tencent buying a bit of Arma devs Bohemia
Tencent buying a bit of Arma devs Bohemia
Business as usual, Bohemia say
EA's Andrew Wilson talks about the Glu acquisition
EA's Andrew Wilson talks about the Glu acquisition
CEO explains the publisher's strategy toward M&A and what the two companies can do to bolster each other's mobile efforts
Definitely Not Fried Chicken is definitely not about selling hard drugs
Definitely Not Fried Chicken is definitely not about selling hard drugs
Let's say, hypothetically, that you had decided to open up a front business in order to hide an illegal drug manufacturing and distribution operation.
Tencent acquires minority stake in Bohemia Interactive
Tencent acquires minority stake in Bohemia Interactive
The Czech studio is targeting the Chinese market with its game creation platform, Ylands
Maple Story and mobile expansion push Nexon to record revenues
Maple Story and mobile expansion push Nexon to record revenues
Online game company's efforts to diversify business bearing fruit, surging Korean business offsets shrinking revenues from China
TinyBuild acquires three studios
TinyBuild acquires three studios
Developers behind Totally Reliable Delivery Service, Black Skylands and Cartel Tycoon now owned by indie publisher