Week that was

The industry dissects iOS 8, Apple attempts to dominate app discovery, and we find out how Temple Run reached 1 billion downloads

The industry dissects iOS 8, Apple attempts to dominate app discovery, and we find out how Temple Run reached 1 billion downloads

The mobile games industry moves at breakneck speed, and with so much going on every week it can be hard to keep up.

Luckily, we're on hand to break down the past 7 days into bite-size chunks, and it'd be something of an understatement to say that this week was dominated by Apple chatter.

Hot on the heels of Apple's WWDC 2014 keynote, industry experts have been coming forward offering their take on iOS 8's bucketload of new features.

So far, the only thing they've been able to agree on is that iOS 8 is undeniably a mixed bag, containing innovation and danger in equal measure.

Of course, Apple might have been dominating the headlines, but there's still been plenty going on behind the Cupertino curtain.

Let's take a look at what you might have missed. 

PG Connects

  • With PG Connects only days away, there's still time to check our schedule which includes talks from Supercell CEO Illka Paananen and representatives from King, Nordeus, Rovio, and Wargaming (among many, many others).

Tools and Platforms


Industry voices

  • We shone some light on the making of the text-based exploration game, A Dark Room.  
  • The Mobile Mavens weighed in on iOS 8, discussing the good, the bad, and the downright dangerous. 
  • Heyzap's Jude Gomila suggested that iOS 8's more low profile features could have the biggest impact

User acquisition, retention, and discovery

  • As Apple moved to ban rewarded actions one source spoke out, claiming the firm wants to "own app discovery". 

Funding, acquisitions, personnel, and shutterings

  • The firm also revealed that The UK games industry has found its feet again, thanks, in part, to a mobile explosion.
  • Chinese app distribution got more interesting thanks to Alibaba's acquisition of UCWeb, in a deal valuing the company at around $4 billion. 

What do you call someone who has an unhealthy obsession with video games and Sean Bean? That'd be a 'Chris Kerr'. Chris is one of those deluded souls who actually believes that one day Sean Bean will survive a movie. Poor guy.


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