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Gamers Alert: ‘The Force Awakens’ Video Game Unveiled By Lego, Lucasfilm & Warner Bros

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The Lego Group and Lucasfilm today announced Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, marking the return of the Lego video game franchise. Launching on June 28, the game will allow players to re-create the action sci-fi film and introduce new gameplay mechanics to build, battle and fly through the galaxy far far away. New story content will link Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi with the Disney film, “providing additional insight… Read

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CW To Air Season Finale Of Web Series On Pro ‘Mortal Kombat’ Players

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Note to exasperated parents whose kids spend all day playing video games and claim it’s good for them: The digital docuseries about professional Mortal Kombat players is coming to broadcast TV. Well, part of it anyway. CW Seed today launched the five-episode Season 3 of Mortal Kombat X: Machinima’s Chasing The Cup, a web series that follows five of the world's top-ranked players. The bigger news is that The CW will air the season finale as a one-hour primetime special on… Read

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What Led GameStop To See Disappointing ‘Star Wars Battlefront’ Sales?

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You almost never hear anyone talk about a disappointment in a discussion of the revival of the Star Wars franchise. But retailer GameStop did today, telling analysts that there’s been no sign of the Force behind sales of Electronic Arts’ video game Star Wars Battlefront, which was released on November 17. “We had high expectations that diminished somewhat as it got closer, and then it failed to hit those lowered expectations,” GameStop COO Tony Bartel told analysts. The… Read

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Activision Blizzard Says ‘Call Of Duty: Black Ops III’ Sold $550M In First 3 Days

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05:  Atmosphere during the Call of Duty Black Ops III launch at One Mayfair on November 5, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for EA Sports)

Now that Activision Blizzard has announced its plan to launch a movie and TV studio, Hollywood might want to pay more attention to its hits — including today’s news regarding Call Of Duty: Black Ops III. In its first three days, the tentpole title generated $550 million in worldwide sales, the company says. That makes it “the biggest entertainment launch this year in any medium, and bigger than any theatrical opening weekend ever,” CEO Bobby Kotick says. That’s an… Read

Video

‘Warcraft’ Trailer: Bearded Guys Clash With Big-Tooth Beasts In Big-Screen Take On Video Game

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Universal and Legendary premiered the first trailer for their summer blue-chip Warcraft today at BlizzCon in Anaheim, with the film’s director Duncan Jones and cast members Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Paula Patton, Daniel Wu and Clancy Brown participating in a panel hosted by Chris Hardwick. What is BlizzCon? For those who’ve had their heads in the sand, it’s an annual convention held by videogame developer-publisher Blizzard Entertainment to promote their game… Read

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Activision Blizzard Launches Studio With ‘Call Of Duty’ And ‘Skylanders’ Plans

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Hollywood already generates a lot of movies and TV shows based on video games. Now one of the biggest companies in the field will become more directly involved: Activision Blizzard just unveiled its own operation — Activision Blizzard Studios — that will develop films and TV shows based on its hit games including Call Of Duty, SkylandersDiablo, Hearthstone and StarCraft. “We’re not in the film and television business, we’re in the franchise, intellectual property… Read

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Activision Blizzard Downloading Candy Crush’s King Digital For $5.9 Billion

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Call this a game-changer. Activision Blizzard, the company behind the juggernaut Call Of Duty and other huge video game franchises, is set to acquire Candy Crush maker King Digital for $5.9 billion — creating a new leader in the ever-expanding mobile gaming space. The combined entity will boast more than 500 million active monthly users in 196 countries. While Activision Blizzard is an industry leader in the console and PC gaming space, the deal makes it an immediate top… Read

International

Vivendi Increases Stakes In Video Game Companies Ubisoft & Gameloft

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French media titan Vivendi has increased its stake in Ubisoft and Gameloft for the second time in recent weeks and indicated it may acquire even more of the French video game companies. Vivendi now owns 10.39% of Ubisoft (11.6 million shares) and 10.2% of Gameloft (8.68 million shares). Both companies, though based in France, have global operations and audience reach. The acquisitions were financed through Vivendi’s disposable cash. Vivendi, which owns Canal Plus and… Read

Business

SAG-AFTRA Members Authorize Strike Against Video Game Industry

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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

International

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

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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

Business

‘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

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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