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Sybo today announced that their longtime Chief Marketing Officer, Naz Amarchi-Cuevas will be departing the position. In her place the company has tapped Rovio and SERIOUSLY veteran Philip Hickey to fill the position. Hickey comes with a pedigree of experience working on marketing and communications for two prominent mobile games, Rovio’s hit Angry Birds and SERIOUSLY’s Best Fiends.Commenting on the hire, SYBO’s CEO, Mathias Gredal Nørvig said “We couldn’t be happier, in fact, delighted to welcome Phil, it was almost surreal and serendipitous to have been able to bring him on board during this time. It feels like a natural…

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The 2022 FIFA World Cup is in full flow right now and alongside the traditional TV output, football fans have a new way to enjoy the game via ITV’s KnockOut Live World Cup mobile game. New technology is altering not only how we consume traditional media, but also presenting new opportunities to interact with it.Live Tech Games are at the forefront of creating games that directly interact with television events, with KnockOut Live potentially being the company’s biggest effort yet, allowing players to face off in live trivia challenges based on the days events.We spoke to Live Tech Games co-founder…

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Eagerly awaited Desta: The Memories between was perhaps a surprising addition to Netflix Games’ lineup. Previously the studio had enjoyed huge success with the premium Monument Valley games and their subsequent in-app purchase expansions. Desta, however joins Netflix growing line-up of games offered ‘free’ to their subscribers.In an interview with Game Developer, lead game designer Joel Beardshaw has spoken about why they made the choice to use Netflix to bring the game to players.Beardshaw emphasised the reasoning behind the decision was to broaden their audience dramatically, by capitalising on Netflix’ large subscriber base. “Lowering the barrier to entry to gaming…

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Welcome to something brand new and very exciting! After 14 years of running the legendary PocketGamer.Biz global Top 50 Game Makers initiative, we’re growing the family with more focused, regional siblings – the Top 30 lists. It’s no coincidence that MENA is our first port of call. Analysts at NewZoo say MENA is the fastest growing region in the entire c.$190 billion global games market, both in terms of revenues ($7.1 billion forecast for 2022, up almost 11%), and player base (488 million, up over 8% YOY). The passion of the local game makers has always been in evidence since…

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It’s undoubtedly been an important year for mobile, as we’ve pointed out previously one of the biggest changes so far has been Take-Two Interactive and Activision-Blizzard posting mobile-first revenue shares for the first time.We’ve speculated as to the level competition they would face in Asia from Tencent, but in a recent interview with GameIndustry.biz, CEO of Tencent global games Michelle Liu has commented that this may not be the case. She indicates that their international outreach will have a strong core of AAA and console games to compete with other Western publishers and developers.Although the interview covered a wide variety of…

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Game development is more accessible than ever before. While previous generations have been dominated by companies with significant investment, now it’s simple for independent developers or even solo operations to bring a game to market.However, while this acts as a notable boon, it also imposes a new barrier. There are millions of apps available, each fighting for space in a crowded market.An accelerator program can help a business scale and bring its games to the attention of consumers, but some independent developers are wary about utilising one for a number of reasons, ranging from the loss of creative control to…

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Flexion today announced that they had agreed on a third deal with mobile game developer tap4fun to publish their new game Age of Apes on alternative app stores, including the Samsung Galaxy Store and Amazon App store. This will include an extension of their existing deals to publish Kingdom Guard and Kiss of War on alternative app stores as well up until February 2024. The company currently takes a 10% cut of revenue for games it publishes.Alternative app stores have always been a key competitor to established first-party app stores such as Google Play. CEO of Flexion, Jens Lauritzson said…

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On the second day of the PG Connects Advent calendar, we come bearing discounts for our London show this January.If you didn’t know, Pocket Gamer Connects London returns to The Brewery in the heart of London on January 23rd to 24th to welcome some 2,000 attendees to network, discover, pitch and learn from over 200 of the industry’s top executives and thought leaders. There is no better place to kickstart your 2023 in business than making new business connections and propelling your career to the next level at Europe’s favourite mobile gaming conference!Now is your chance to secure your ticket…

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The games industry moves quickly, and we don’t always get a chance to put our thoughts across about every story that breaks.As such we’ve created a weekly digest where members of the PocketGamer.biz team can share their thoughts on some of the more interesting things that have happened in mobile gaming over the past week.Here’s our Week In Views for the week November 28 to December 4.  Devolver Digital and Nerial release Reigns: Three Kingdoms through Netflix GamesThe mobile gaming and traditional publisher situation is weird, right?All of the biggest mobile publishers also tinker in PC & console spaces, and…

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Digital Development Management (DDM), the world’s leading business and talent agency specialising in the video game and digital entertainment industries, has appointed Guillermo Ariasto in a leadership role in their investment service division.This division acts as a merger and acquisition (M&A) broker, both for companies seeking a buyer and those looking to source acquisition targets.According to DDM Games investment review, 2022 is set to record the third highest total gaming investment ever recorded, with $2.2 billion in Q3 alone. Since initiating its investment services division, DDM has been responsible for a dozen investments, including a recent investment in PopReach Games by…

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