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Jesse Eisenberg to Voice Mobile Game Character Tied to Fox’s ‘Rio’

Posted: 03-23-2017 | Author: Staff Report
The Hollywood Reporter reports: “Jesse Eisenberg is to voice a mobile gameplay character tied to Fox’s 3D Rio toon franchise. Eisenberg will reprise his role as Blu, a blue macaw taken by smugglers from his jungle homeland, in Rio: Match-3 Party for Fox Interactive and Israeli mobile game publisher Plarium. His role is based on […]

Virtual Reality You Can Touch: Nomadic Wants to Bring VR Experiences to Malls, Movie Theaters

Posted: 03-23-2017 | Author: Staff Report
Variety reports: “Headsets, immersive computer graphics, and… flashlights? Nomadic, a Northern California-based virtual reality (VR) startup that came out of stealth mode Thursday, has been busy working on bringing everyday objects into VR — and now, it’s getting ready to show the world what adding a real door, a stool, or said flashlight can add to […]

Warner/Chappell Inks Deal With Mint Digital Services

Posted: 03-23-2017 | Author: Staff Report
Billboard reports: “Only a few weeks into Mint Digital Services, a new joint venture between U.S. music rights organization SESAC and the Swiss authors’ rights society SUISA, the new partners are reporting Mint’s first contract, with publisher Warner/Chappell Music. Effective immediately, Mint Digital Services will assume the administration and invoicing of Warner/Chappell’s online licensing business […]

Fig announces fans and investors can own a stake in Wasteland 3

Posted: 03-23-2017 | Author: Staff Report
Venture Beat reports: “Fig Publishing announced today that fans and investors can now reserve shares in Wasteland 3, the new title coming from InXile Entertainment. The Securities and Exchange Commission approved Fig game shares for Wasteland 3, and that means that fans and investors alike can share in the financial success of the game, if […]

Instagram will begin blurring ‘sensitive’ posts before you can view them

Posted: 03-23-2017 | Author: Staff Report
The Verge reports: “Instagram has always been all or nothing when it comes to boundary-pushing photos and videos: either they made it through the company’s censors, or they got removed from the service. But that’s about to change. Instagram provided some clarity on what qualifies as ‘sensitive’ in emails to The Verge. The company said that, […]

YouTube’s $25 billion ad problem

Posted: 03-23-2017 | Author: Staff Report
Recode reports: “Big advertisers are punishing Google over its YouTube problem by pulling some of their ads.The good news for Google and its Alphabet parent company: This won’t hurt Google’s core ad business. The bad news for Google and its Alphabet parent company: Investors are worried anyway. Here’s what the second part of the equation […]

Soundcloud confirms new $70M credit line after failing to close $100M round

Posted: 03-23-2017 | Author: Staff Report
Tech Crunch reports: “Soundcloud — the popular, but unprofitable platform that lets creators post and share music and other audio files — may have been unsuccessful (so far) in closing a new $100 million round of funding, but it’s not running out of money soon. The company has secured a $70 million round of debt funding from […]

Jam City seeks another hit with more Family Guy, plans for IPO

Posted: 03-23-2017 | Author: Staff Report
USA Today reports: “You won’t see Jam City’s mobile games in the top 10, top 20 or even top 30 of the app download charts. But it’s ringing up sales, carving out a fat little niche that’s encouraged it to announce its ninth title Thursday. The game publisher made $330 million in sales last year, a number that will […]

WMG Launches ‘Streaming First’ Record Label

Posted: 03-22-2017 | Author: Staff Report
Hypebot reports: “Overseen by Kieron Donoghue, Warner Music VP, Global Playlists Strategy & Curation, the new ‘streaming first’ label Artists To Watch will be nested under Warner Bros. Records UK. Artists To Watch Records has already enjoyed success with MARC’s ‘Show You The Light’ which currently has over 12 million Spotify streams. ‘Artists To Watch […]

Tencent cleared $10 billion game revenue in 2016

Posted: 03-22-2017 | Author: Staff Report
Gameindustry.biz reports: “Tencent’s game revenues rose 25% to pass $10 billion in 2016, significantly more than established rival publishers like Activision Blizzard. In the calendar year ended December 31, 2016, Tencent earned ¥70.844 billion ($10.3 billion) in revenue from its online games, encompassing both smartphone and PC client products. Of course, 2016 was the year that […]