Old logic held that one should refrain from celebrating a deal or acting on a decision until after the ink's dried.

These days, deals are struck in all manner of creative ways - from handshakes to Facebook messages and LinkedIn invitations - with very few requiring actual ink to seal the deal.

That's why the volte-face pulled by BlackBerry this week caught so many in the industry by surprise. We almost forgot that formal deals, the ones struck by many besuited folk with serious faces in cloistered meeting rooms, can still fall through like so much plans made over a round of drinks in the hours after a conference.

As unexpected as the BlackBerry news was, however, we didn't let it distract us from focusing our laser-like gaze on the events of the week that was.

Tools and platforms

Industry voices

User acquisition and Retention

Funding, start ups and acquisitions

GDC Next
LA was a hotbed of industry news and takeaways this past week. Here are some of the highlights:

PG Connects

Pocket Gamer Connects conference is on track for January 20 - 21 in London, and we've revealed our first batch of confirmed speakers.

So far, King's Tommy Palm, Rovio CMO Peter Vesterbacka, Gamevil USA president Kyu Lee, Chukong GM Lei Zhang, and Harry Holmwood, CEO of Marvelous AQL are all on board - are you?

Visit the conference's page to secure your spot.