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‘Angry Birds’ maker Rovio plans to refocus on games after layoffs

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Angry Birds maker Rovio announced Wednesday that it’s laying off up to 260 people, a result of the company trying to do “too many things” in the last few years.

The restructuring, according to Rovio CEO Pekka Rantala, will allow the company to focus on three core projects: “creating magnificent gaming experiences,” “producing an amazing animation movie” and “delighting our fans with great products.”

The only department…

Solving energy problems on other planets in this game might make you think about our own

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Whether they run on power cables or rechargeable batteries, video games have a codependent relationship with energy. So when a game asks you to think about the wheres and whys of your energy consumption, it’s sometimes tough not to ignore the messenger.

But energy provider NRG has made a thoughtful puzzle game that will make its players more aware of clean energy alternatives. Mobile game The Path to Luma puts you in charge of enabling clean energy solutions across a galaxy, though without…

Post-apocalyptic ‘Fallout Shelter’ blasts onto Android in August

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Android device owners will soon get the joy of managing their own post-apocalyptic shelter and keeping its residents happy next month.

Bethesda Softworks announced the free-to-play Fallout Shelter will come to the Google Play Store Aug. 13, two months after it showed up iTunes. The game is set in the world of Fallout, which imagines what a post-bomb drop society would look like after a more technologically advanced Earth was turned to ash

Post-apocalyptic ‘Fallout Shelter’ blasts onto Android in August

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Android device owners will soon get the joy of managing their own post-apocalyptic shelter and keeping its residents happy next month.

Bethesda Softworks announced the free-to-play Fallout Shelter will come to the Google Play Store Aug. 13, two months after it showed up iTunes. The game is set in the world of Fallout, which imagines what a post-bomb drop society would look like after a more technologically advanced Earth was turned to ash

Post-apocalyptic ‘Fallout Shelter’ blasts onto Android in August

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Android device owners will soon get the joy of managing their own post-apocalyptic shelter and keeping its residents happy next month.

Bethesda Softworks announced the free-to-play Fallout Shelter will come to the Google Play Store Aug. 13, two months after it showed up iTunes. The game is set in the world of Fallout, which imagines what a post-bomb drop society would look like after a more technologically advanced Earth was turned to ash

6 games for when you’re ready to level up beyond ‘Candy Crush’

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Casual mobile games are the perfect introduction for new gamers. They’re cheap, easy and deliver quick hits of satisfaction to the player. In fact, some of the biggest fans of Candy Crush Saga, Plants vs Zombies or Flappy Bird may not even consider themselves gamers

But some of those casual fans are curious. They know there must be other options to explore, other games that offer more complexity, more nuance, and yes, more fun. But with thousands of game apps – not to mention the huge…

‘Candy Crush Saga’ maker sued for allegedly inflating user numbers

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LOS ANGELES — The makers of addictive mobile gaming sensation Candy Crush Saga are the target of a class-action lawsuit that claims the company deliberately hid a significant decline in users ahead of its IPO last year, according to court documents obtained Friday by Mashable.

Filed Tuesday in California Superior Court and only revealed now, the suit from investors Sean Debotte and Michael Nunes accuses San Francisco-based King Digital of misleading investors in its federal documents ahead…

How Nintendo could rock the mobile world, even if it is late to the game

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As the dust clears from Nintendo’s bombshell of an announcement Tuesday morning — bringing its fan-favorite franchises to mobile after years of resistance — it’s easy to focus on how long it took them to do this

Nintendo is notoriously resistant to change. Its previous console, the Wii, didn’t even support HD. While competitors at Sony and Microsoft have focused on bringing the biggest, best-looking game experiences to their respective consoles, Nintendo offered motion controls that…

Be the best thief in ‘Cut the Rope’ creators’ new game

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The creators of the adorable Cut the Rope mobile gaming franchise are taking on brand new game styles in King of Thieves, out Thursday for iOS.

King of Thieves challenges players to become just what the title suggests, stealing gold from their friends while setting up their base with as many traps as possible to keep rivals out. The game is a 2D platformer, with the same simplistic, colorful art style you’d expect from the creators of Om Nom.

Players…

Microtransactions and digital sales are dominating game developers’ profits

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Game developers made a majority of their profits from digital sales and microtransactions in 2014, according to a survey of more than 2,000 North American developers released Thursday, and off-the-shelf game sales aren’t pulling the weight they once were

The data were released as part the annual Game Developers Conference “State of the Industry” survey, which was sent out to registered attendees of GDC over the last two months