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AppLift and NewZoo latest report finds global mobile games market to double by 2016

<i>This sponsored post is produced by AppLift.</i><p>In a joint market-analysis effort, mobile game-marketing platform AppLift and global game-market research firm Newzoo are working together to investigate the appeal of various areas of the world for mobile game publishers, shedding light on the growth …

Know your audience: 95% are freeloaders

<i>This sponsored post is produced by NativeX.</i><p>It’s no surprise that the biggest struggle for app developers in 2013 is monetization. The industry evolves year by year, but little has changed since the app stores launched. Apps have flirted with different monetization models (premium, paywall, and …

Report: Microsoft opening up Xbox One to self-publishing

Microsoft will take a less restrictive, more iTunes App Store-like approach to publishing games on Xbox One, according to a report from Game Informer, eliminating traditional software certification methods and title update costs.<p>Developers will reportedly have the option to set their own pricing …

Infographic: Top colleges and highest salaries in gaming industry

Video games are not a waste of time if you’re a programmer who studied at the University of California and you work for Bethesda Game Studios (Skyrim, Fallout). At least according to this data.<p>Casual-game developer Big Fish put together a giant infographic that lists the best schools for gaming, …

Developers spent more to acquire loyal gamers in April

The cost of acquiring new loyal gamers is on the rise. Referring users to other studios is one of the most effective ways for developers to monetize their games, but it’s also a major expense for new studios looking to gain traction. That’s going to continue, and the rich are just going to get …

Sid Meier cautious about Kickstarter

Kickstarter has attracted a host of industry veterans like Richard Garriott, Tim Schafer, American McGee, Chris Roberts, and Chris Avellone, but not all noted designers are on-board with the crowd-funding platform.<p>Speaking with Games Industry International, Civilization designer Sid Meier said he's …

Gaming Industry

Angry Birds dev launches Rovio Stars, third-party publishing label

Angry Birds maker Rovio Entertainment will soon begin publishing third-party mobile games under its new Rovio Stars initiative, the Finnish company announced today.<p>"Rovio Entertainment has positioned itself as one of the powerhouses of mobile entertainment, so moving into publishing is a logical …