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Twitter Study: Box-Office Hits Have 150% More Tweets From Movie Talent
/ February 12, 2016 4:59 pm
Twitter Study: Box-Office Hits Have 150% More Tweets From Movie Talent

Variety reports "Twitter teamed with analytics firm Crimson Hexagon to analyze tweets for 33 movies released in 2015, spanning each film’s lifecycle from trailer release to post-premiere. The films included 15 “over-performers,” which had an average box-office-to-budget ratio of 2.5, and 18 “under-performers,” with a B.O./budget ratio of 0.5." Read More


Blizzard’s execs eye mobile as their next winning game strategy — but not virtual reality
/ February 12, 2016 4:54 pm
Blizzard’s execs eye mobile as their next winning game strategy — but not virtual reality

VentureBeat reports "Activision Blizzard is the fifth largest company in the world in terms of gaming revenue — second, if you include the revenue of mobile giant King Entertainment, which it acquired last year. It has the world’s largest subscription-based massively multiplayer online role playing game, the biggest collectible card game, and a burgeoning esports empire of paid competitions featuring its games. It is a juggernaut in the gaming industry, and the first movie based on its games will launch this summer." Read More


Uber Picks Up Another $200M From LetterOne To Push Into Emerging Markets
/ February 12, 2016 4:49 pm
Uber Picks Up Another $200M From LetterOne To Push Into Emerging Markets

Techcrunch reports "long with its new branding, it looks like Uber has picked up some new funding, too.LetterOne (L1), a fund based out of Luxembourg and headed by Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman, is putting $200 million into the transportation and logistics juggernaut to help it push further into emerging markets. This is a new, strategic investment, rather than a past investment only being disclosed now, the companies confirmed to us." Read More


Apple is reportedly filming its first original show … starring Dr. Dre
/ February 12, 2016 4:42 pm
Apple is reportedly filming its first original show … starring Dr. Dre

VentureBeat reports, "Apple appears to be the latest tech company to start producing its own television content. Following on Apple’s 2014 acquisition of Beats Electronics, the company is now making its own show called “Vital Signs,” starring Beats cofounder and music rapper and producer Dr. Dre, according to a report out today." Read More


YouTube Acquires BandPage For $8M To Attract Musicians With Money-Making Tools
/ February 12, 2016 4:37 pm
YouTube Acquires BandPage For $8M To Attract Musicians With Money-Making Tools

Techcrunch reports "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


Inside Amazon’s decision to make a video game engine
/ February 12, 2016 4:32 pm
Inside Amazon’s decision to make a video game engine

VentureBeat reports "Amazon launched its Lumberyard video game engine this week, showing its intentions to become a much bigger platform company in the games business. To date, Amazon has shown it wants to compete against the likes of Apple and Google with its own game app store, and it has its own game studios making mobile games and material for the Fire TV settop box. It also bought Twitch for $970 million to enter the gameplay livestreaming business in competition with the likes of YouTube." Read More


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

Gameindustry.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

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