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Facebook Instant Games trialling monetization options for developers

Posted: 10-20-2017 | Author: Staff Report reports: “Nearly a year after it first launched, Facebook’s Instant Games is introducing monetization for developers.Though the forthcoming changes are only trials, Facebook is rolling out in-game purchases for Android and advertisements. Additionally, the platform is making it easier for developers to submit and launch games. Facebook Instant Games boasts over 50 titles from developers […]

China Box Office Forecast to Surge to $8.3B in 2017

Posted: 10-20-2017 | Author: Staff Report
The Hollywood Reporter reports: “China’s movie box office is expected to surge 20 percent-plus in 2017, hitting a record total of $8.31 billion (55.0 billion yuan), the country’s media regulator said Friday. In yuan terms, the figure would be up 20 percent, while the growth in dollar terms would hit 26 percent. The sizable expansion […]

Nike is using its new digital studio to build a community of sneakerheads

Posted: 10-20-2017 | Author: Staff Report
Tech Crunch reports: “A year after acquiring Virgin Mega, Nike is revealing some of the early results of its experiments with augmented reality and community-building. Virgin Mega was a startup backed by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group that focused on fan communities and shopping. Ron Faris, who led the startup, told me that Nike acquired Virgin Mega […]

AMC Launches Virtual Reality App With ‘The Walking Dead’ Bonus Scene

Posted: 10-20-2017 | Author: Staff Report
The Hollywood Reporter reports: “AMC is betting that The Walking Dead will breathe life into its new virtual reality app. The cable network has launched AMC VR, its new hub for immersive video, with an extended bonus scene from the popular zombie drama. The 360-degree scene, which will feature Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Seth Gilliam, will debut on […]

Billboard Adjusts Chart Calculations To Favor Paid Streaming Over Ad-Supported Streams, YouTube

Posted: 10-20-2017 | Author: Staff Report
Hypebot reports: “As how people consume music shifts, Billboard has adjusted how it calculates the charts. Bowing to pressure from the recorded music industry, the latest set of changes give more weight to paid streams vs ad-supported streams including YouTube. Starting in 2018, there will be multiple weighted tiers of streaming plays for Billboard’s Hot 100, […]

New York Yankees invest in Vision Esports

Posted: 10-20-2017 | Author: Staff Report reports: “The New York Yankees are the latest big name to invest in esports. This follows on from a string of increasingly surprising investments into the industry starting with Shaquille O’Neal and ending with Jennifer Lopez. The Yankees – the most valuable team in baseball – has thrown its substantial heft behind Vision Esports which is the […]

Vox Media Editorial Director Lockhart Steele Fired for Sexual Harassment

Posted: 10-20-2017 | Author: Staff Report
Variety reports: “Lockhart Steele, Vox Media’s editorial director and former CEO and founder of Curbed Network, has been fired for sexual harassment after allegations made by a former employee. Steele’s name also has been removed from the Vox Media page listing company leadership. He joined the company through its November 2013 acquisition of Curbed, in a cash-and-stock […]

Spotify announces a program to ‘identify and break’ new music superstars

Posted: 10-20-2017 | Author: Staff Report
The Verge reports: “Spotify just announced a new program called RISE, intended to ‘identify and break the next wave of music superstars.’ The promises of the program are a little vague, but Spotify says its hand-picked artists will be aided with ‘multi-tiered marketing’ and ‘editorial programming,’ including social promotion, a special ‘mixed-media’ RISE playlist, ‘bespoke’ videos about […]

Tunecore Passes $1 Billion In Revenue To Artists

Posted: 10-19-2017 | Author: Staff Report
Hypebot reports: “Tunecore has passed the $1 billion milestone in revenue paid to artists from streaming and sales. That impressive number does not include revenue from other TuneCore offerings, such as Publishing Administration and YouTube revenue collection. According to the IFPI’s 2016 Report, while overall digital revenues for the global recorded music market grew by 17.7 percent, revenue […]

Nintendo Switch outsells Sony and Microsoft heading into the holiday season

Posted: 10-19-2017 | Author: Staff Report
Venture Beat reports: “Nintendo’s Switch has claimed another month in the console sales race. The home/portable hybrid was the top-selling system in September in the U.S., according to the industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. But it wasn’t the only successful Nintendo product of the month. The SNES Classic Edition launched in September. Nintendo has now sold 2 million Switches in the U.S. […]