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SAG-AFTRA Members Authorize Strike Against Video Game Industry


Members of SAG-AFTRA have voted overwhelmingly to give their leaders the authority to call a strike against the video game industry, which is expected to rake in more than $20 billion this year in the U.S. alone. The strike-authorization vote comes after negotiations for a new contract broke off in June. The vote doesn't necessarily mean that there's going to be a strike, but it gives union leaders a powerful bargaining chip when they return to the table. If future talks… Read


‘The Gamechangers’ BBC Trailer: Daniel Radcliffe As Grand Theft Auto Designer

The Gamechangers

File this under things we’re not able to see yet in the U.S. Daniel Radcliffe plays Sam Houser, who with his brother Ray was responsible for later titles in the Rockstar Games action-adventure videogame series that has sold something like 220 million units. The BBC drama pits Radcliffe/Houser against Bill Paxton/Jack Thompson, the U.S. activist/former attorney who led the fight against GTA over its graphic violence and sex. The Gamechangers, according to BBC press… Read


‘Star Wars’ Force Friday: How Disney Will Hit Hyperdrive With Global Sales Push

404356 03: Frank Lopez of Manhattan contemplates purchasing a Clone Trooper doll as the new line of Star Wars toys meant to coincide with the film "Star Wars: Episode II" were unveiled at midnight of April 23, 2002 at the Toys "R" Us store in New York City's Times Square. (Photo by George Best/Getty Images)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens won’t open until December 18. But this week the public will see the equivalent of a red carpet premiere for a key part of Disney’s effort to build Star Wars Inc. into a commercial force unlike anything Hollywood has ever seen. The entertainment giant will team with toy and merchandise manufacturers and retailers in an unprecedented collection of Internet and store-based events to introduce and sell consumer products. They’re calling it “Force… Read


Video Game Ratings Board Says No Changes Coming After Doctor’s Group Links Violent Vidgames To Aggression

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Only days after the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C., which is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the U.S., called on the Entertainment Software Rating Board to refine its video game rating system for violent video games, the ESRB said no. The APA made the request after its task force made up of doctors found that there was “a consistent relation between violent video game use and increases in aggressive… Read


Satoru Iwata Dies: Nintendo’s Popular, Game-Loving President Was 55

Satoru Iwata

Satoru Iwata, the beloved president of Japanese gaming company Nintendo, has died of bile duct cancer. He was 55. Iwata joined Nintendo in the 1980s, working on games including Balloon Fight, EarthBound and the Kirby franchise, working his way up the company ladder before taking on the top post in 2002. Stepping in for the retiring Hiroshi Yamauchi, the company’s president since 1949, Iwata became only the fourth president in Nintendo’s history and the first to be… Read


Former Tencent Employees Arrested As Chinese Anti-Graft Investigation Deepens

BEIJING, CHINA - APRIL 28: (CHINA OUT) (L-R) Hou Xiaonan, general manager of Tencent Open Platform, Lu Wei, general Secretary of Internet Society of China, Ren Yuxin, chief operating officer of Tencent, and Lin Songtao, vice president of Tencent Mobile Business Group, attend the 2015 Tencent Open Strategy Annual Conference at National Convention Center on April 28, 2015 in Beijing, China. The 2015 Tencent Open Startegy Annual Conference got held at National Convention Center and COO of Tencent delivered a speech that Tencent would start new integration of resources to created more innovative and entrepreneurial platform for society. General Secretary of Internet Society of China Lu Wei, COO of Tencent Ren Yuxin, vice president of Tencent Mobile Business Group Lin Songtao and general manager of Tencent Open Platform Hou Xiaonan attended the conference. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

Only a day after news broke of the detaining of former Tencent exec and current Alibaba Digital Entertainment Group head Patrick Liu Chunning, a number of other former employees at Chinese Internet giant Tencent have been arrested in a major anti-graft investigation. A statement issued by Tencent said, "ex-employees in the online video unit were involved in bribery. The police were notified and we are waiting for results of their investigation… Five or six ex-employees… Read


Ink Factory Reteams With ‘Billy Lynn’ Scribe Ben Fountain For TV Series, Ramps Up With New Round Of Financing

The Ink Factory

  EXCLUSIVE: The Ink Factory is re-teaming with Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk author Ben Fountain on an original one-hour TV series. Details of the project are being kept under wraps for now, but it represents the latest splashy move for a company that has also closed a round of financing that gives it the capacity to fully finance, if it wants to, its own features and TV series. That level of financial independence is turning Ink Factory into a home for sophisticated… Read


Emmy-Nominated TV Writer Chris Case Juices Up Latest SGN Game

Chris Case SGN Juice Jam design

EXCLUSIVE: Chris Case – a long-time writer on shows such as Spin City, Titus and Mad About You who is exec producer on Yahoo’s new Sin City Saints – ended up with a very different writing assignment recently, punching up the story line, characters and emotional engagement of a new mobile game, Juice Jamfrom SGN. “Mobile for me is the Wild, Wild West,” said Case. “It was an opportunity to understand what’s happening here. It’s really cool to try to innovate. It’s wide… Read


‘Star Wars Battlefront’ Game Trailer Looks Like A Live-Action Movie

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It’s been quite the weekend for Star Wars trailers of various sorts, no doubt in part because of the big four-day fan event in Anaheim this weekend focused on the franchise. First there was Thursday’s (really pretty thrilling) teaser for The Force Awakenswhich did plenty to awaken the force of fan frenzy for the film debuting in December. Then there was today’s teaser for first spinoff, Rogue One, which screened in a panel at the Anaheim show but hasn’t officially been… Read


Tom Ham Joins Create Advertising Group In Games Industry Play

Create Advertising Group

Tom Ham, a long-time figure in the videogame industry most recently overseeing show production for gamer-oriented online-video company Machinima, has joined Create Advertising Group in a new position. Ham will head business development in the game sector and the emerging business of virtual-reality programming. "When it comes to mapping today's gaming industry and knowing what is happening with the best developers and within the best companies, there are few executives… Read


Michael Bay’s New 451 Media Group Secures China Financing Deal

Transformers Michael Bay

Michael Bay’s new 451 Media Group has received a strategic investment from China's premier animation, toy, and entertainment group Alpha Animation and Culture. The financing will help Bay launch his new company, which will specialize in developing IP and turning premium content from Hollywood's top creative minds into mega-transmedia brands. 451 was co-founded by Transformers director Bay; John and Anthony Gentile, creators of such global toy and entertainment brands as Mi… Read