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Gismart launches way for musicians to make money from hypercasual games

Posted: 06-03-2020 | Author: Staff Report
VentureBeat reports: “Mobile game and app developer Gismart has launched a way for musicians to monetize their fame through Gismart’s new hypercasual games. Hypercasual games are quick mobile experiences that can be played in a minute or less, and they’ve become extremely popular in the app stores.” Read more

Study highlights gender gaps in gaming preferences

Posted: 06-03-2020 | Author: Staff Report
Gamesindustry.biz reports: “As much as the industry likes to say everyone is a gamer, a recent survey by NP Strategy Group shows a relatively small portion who actually identify as such.” Read more

Warner Music Group Sets IPO Price for Biggest U.S. Stock Launch of 2020

Posted: 06-03-2020 | Author: Staff Report
Billboard reports: “Warner Music Group is expected to officially begin trading later this morning on the Nasdaq exchange with its initial public offering carrying a $25 per-share price, which means that the company is realizing an equation valuation of $12.75 billion.” Read more

AMC Entertainment Sees Massive Q1 Losses Of Up To $2.4B On Writedowns In Preliminary Earnings Report

Posted: 06-03-2020 | Author: Staff Report
Deadline reports: “Giant exhib AMC Entertainment said it expects to report ballooning losses of between $2.1 and $2.4 billion for the first quarter ended in March on one-time charges compared with losses of $130 million the year before.” Read more

YouTube fights back against bias lawsuit from LGBTQ creators

Posted: 06-03-2020 | Author: Staff Report
The Verge reports: “The fight between a group of LGBTQ YouTube creators and the video platform’s parent company, Google, over censorship faced its first real test on Tuesday as a California court heard arguments from both groups to determine whether the case should be dismissed.” Read more

Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, and Amazon unite in support of Blackout Tuesday

Posted: 06-02-2020 | Author: Staff Report
The Verge reports: “Major streaming services including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and YouTube Music have pledged their support for Blackout Tuesday (also called “Black Out Tuesday”) with special playlists, moments of silence, and social media blackouts.” Read more

Activision delays Call of Duty content amid US protests

Posted: 06-02-2020 | Author: Staff Report
Gamesindustry.biz reports: “Activision Blizzard has pushed back plans for upcoming in-game events in three Call of Duty titles out of respect for the protests currently being held across America.” Read more

TikTok Blames ‘Technical Glitch’ for Suppressing View Counts on #BlackLivesMatter, #GeorgeFloyd Videos

Posted: 06-02-2020 | Author: Staff Report
Variety reports: “TikTok said a “technical glitch” last week made it temporarily appear as if videos using #BlackLivesMatter and #GeorgeFloyd hashtags had zero views — and the short-form video company vowed to do better in representing and supporting black creators.” Read more

LGBTQ+ Streamer Revry Launches on Samsung TV Plus, Roku (Exclusive)

Posted: 06-02-2020 | Author: Staff Report
The Hollywood Reporter reports: “The niche service aimed at the Queer community joins Samsung’s free smart TV platform and the Roku Channel in time for the Pride season.” Read more

Sony postpones PlayStation 5 event, in order for ‘more important voices to be heard’

Posted: 06-02-2020 | Author: Staff Report
TechCrunch reports: “Sony’s planned June 4 PS5 event has been postponed indefinitely, as the U.S. grapples with widespread protests over the death of George Floyd. It’s understandably a difficult time to focus on video game launches, amid national and global unrest.” Read more