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Activision Blizzard gunning for NFL-scale eSports revenue
/ February 12, 2016 4:18 pm
Activision Blizzard gunning for NFL-scale eSports revenue

Game Industry Biz Reports, "In a call with investors following the publication of the company's full-year results, Activision Blizzard's executives laid out the scale of their ambitions for the eSports division the company started last year. Bobby Kotick, the company's CEO, first put it in terms of engagement: 14 billion games were played in Activision Blizzard's games last year, with spectators watching 1.5 billion hours of video content as a result. The 2014/15 season of the NFL, on the other hand, led to about 7 billion spectator hours." Read More


YouTube Acquires BandPage For $8M To Attract Musicians With Money-Making Tools
/ February 12, 2016 12:13 pm
YouTube Acquires BandPage For $8M To Attract Musicians With Money-Making Tools

YouTube wants to win the love of musicians by solving their biggest problem: how to turn popularity into cash. So today it announced it’s acquired BandPage, a startup that helps artists show off and sell concert tickets, merchandise, and exclusive fan experiences. Read More


Time Inc. Buys Myspace Parent Company Viant
/ February 11, 2016 2:47 pm
Time Inc. Buys Myspace Parent Company Viant

Variety reports "Myspace comes to the publishing and media company through Time Inc.’s acquisition of ViantTechnology, a data-marketing company based in Irvine, Calif. Terms of the deal, announced Thursday, were not disclosed. Time Inc. said it expects Viant to contribute about $100 million in digital-ad sales for 2016. For the full year 2015 Time Inc.’s digital advertising revenue was $331 million, up 11% from the year prior." Read More


Pandora Has Mixed Q4 Earnings With $336M Revenue And 3.8% Growth To 81.1M Listeners
/ February 11, 2016 2:45 pm
Pandora Has Mixed Q4 Earnings With $336M Revenue And 3.8% Growth To 81.1M Listeners

TechCrunch reports "Amidst rumors that it’s trying to sell itself, Pandora missed on its Q4 2015 earnings report where it said it had 81.1 million listeners, up from 78.1 million in Q3 but down from 81.5 million a year ago. Pandora saw $336 million revenue and $0.04 earnings per share, compared to expectations of $332 million and $0.07 EPS. Q4 total listening hours hit 5.37 billion, up 4.5% quarter-over-quarter and 3% since a year ago." Read More


Call of Duty saw double-digit growth in 2015, now has more players than ever before
/ February 11, 2016 2:43 pm
Call of Duty saw double-digit growth in 2015, now has more players than ever before

VentureBeat reports "Activision Blizzard revealed that its popular shooter franchise is alive and well while releasing the financial results for its the fourth quarter of 2015. The publisher noted that Call of Duty: Black Ops III, the latest release in the series, ended the quarter with the largest amount of monthly active players in the franchise’s history." Read More


Bento Box Animation Studio Launches Digital Division
/ February 11, 2016 2:41 pm
Bento Box Animation Studio Launches Digital Division

Variety reports "Bento Box Digital Studios plans to distribute its content across multiple digital and mobile platforms, including YouTube, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Snapchat and Instagram, as well as via live-streaming. For the new digital studio, BBE also struck an exclusive partnership with Littlstar, an aggregator of VR video, to produce, curate and distribute immersive animated VR content." Read More


Twitch’s Users Watch More Video In A Month, On Average, Than Typical YouTube Users Do
/ February 11, 2016 2:39 pm
Twitch’s Users Watch More Video In A Month, On Average, Than Typical YouTube Users Do

TechCrunch reports "Twitch, the Amazon-owned video game streaming site, has been growing in popularity as more of today’s younger users look to online video instead of traditional television for entertainment. Today, the company released figures that paint of picture of its user base and how deeply they engage with Twitch’s content." Read More

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