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Marie Dealessandri, Features Editor

Marie Dealessandri joined as its first Academy writer in October 2019. After living and working as a journalist in France and Canada, she entrenched herself in the UK games industry in 2015, working for B2B magazine MCV. She can be found occasionally tweeting @mariedeal, usually on a loop about Baldur’s Gate and the Dead Cells soundtrack.

Recent articles by Marie Dealessandri

TIGA publishes UK immigration guide, reiterates call to waive visas for Ukrainians

"EU countries have waived visa rules for Ukrainian refugees, the UK should be equally generous and establish a similar scheme"

By Marie Dealessandri

Ubisoft confirms "cyber security incident," says no evidence player data was exposed

"Our IT teams are working with leading external experts to investigate the issue," firm says

By Marie Dealessandri

Can Dreams teach you how to become a game developer?

The Academy explores how Media Molecule's creation platform breaks down the fundamentals of game design and can help you get a career in games

By Marie Dealessandri

UK games industry still predominantly young, white, and male

Only 10% of the workforce wants to go back to an office full time, latest UKIE games industry census found

By Marie Dealessandri

Trio of Activision Blizzard shareholders reportedly under investigation

Three businessmen with links to Bobby Kotick bought $108 million worth of shares four days before Microsoft acquisition

By Marie Dealessandri

Lost Ark passes 20m players

Amazon and Smilegate's RPG also reached 1.32 million concurrent users at its peak, the second highest in Steam's history

GMG Union wins fairer contracts for G/O Media workers

After four days of strike, the group secured higher salaries, better parental leave, trans-inclusive healthcare, and more

By Marie Dealessandri

Inworld AI raises $10 million to create characters for virtual worlds

A beta version of the company's AI characters creator platform is due in Q2

By Marie Dealessandri

Report: Twitch confronted with staff "exodus" over strategy disagreements

"Twitch's leadership is uncomfortable with mid-level and lower level employees pushing for change," a former employee said

By Marie Dealessandri

Twitch updates community guidelines to prevent misinformation spread

New policy targets "individuals whose online presence is dedicated to spreading harmful, false information"

By Marie Dealessandri

This War of Mine has raised almost $700,000 for Ukraine so far

11 Bit Studios previously vowed to donate all profits from the title's sales this week to the Ukrainian Red Cross

ESL bans organisations with ties to Russian government from Pro League

Players from teams affected will still be able to compete "under a neutral name, without representing their country"

By Marie Dealessandri

Doing accessibility right with Forza Horizon 5

Playground Games discusses how it's made the latest entry in its racing franchise more accessible than ever

By Marie Dealessandri

Little Orpheus release pushed back "in light of recent world events"

"We recognise some of the game's themes and content may be upsetting to players at this time," publisher Secret Mode says

By Marie Dealessandri

Riot Games postpones Valorant tournament due to war in Ukraine

"Our number one priority is to support the players, casters, staff and fans affected by the escalating crisis in Ukraine," Riot said

By Marie Dealessandri

Knockout City leaving EA, going free-to-play

Velan Studios to self-publish the dodgeball title going forward

By Marie Dealessandri

Tencent pledges to become carbon neutral by 2030

Chinese company to switch to green energy fully by the end of the decade

By Marie Dealessandri

Sony requests gender discrimination lawsuit to be dismissed

Lawyer says class-action lawsuit filed in November doesn't provide enough evidence

By Marie Dealessandri

US senator warns Bobby Kotick about undermining unionisation

"I urge you and the management at Raven Software to negotiate in good faith with the workers," she said

By Marie Dealessandri

Ubisoft cancels Rainbow Six tournament in Abu Dhabi following protest

The August 2022 event will be moved to another region, to be determined at a later date

By Marie Dealessandri

Activision reportedly delaying 2023's Call of Duty entry

This would the first year without an entry into the shooter franchise since 2005

By Marie Dealessandri

Uncharted has 4th biggest opening for a game adaptation in the US

The Ruben Fleischer film made $44.1 million during its opening weekend

By Marie Dealessandri

Video Game History Foundation criticises Nintendo over eShop closures

Organisation says Nintendo is "preventing institutional work to preserve these titles"

By Marie Dealessandri

Horizon Forbidden West was delayed to avoid crunch

Director Mathijs De Jonge says overtime "very rarely happens" at Guerrilla Games

By Marie Dealessandri

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