Skydance Media Buys Game Developer The Workshop And Launches Interactive Division
EXCLUSIVE: Skydance Media, which in March raised $700 million in new financing to grow its company, has moved aggressively in the area of interactive entertainment. David Ellison’s production/financing company has acquired leading game developer The Workshop Entertainment, Inc. He will use that as the beachhead to launch Skydance Interactive, LLC, a subsidiary that will create and own original video games and virtual reality experiences.
The deal gives Skydance Media the… Read
Marc Platt To Bring Sega’s ‘Shinobi’ To Big Screen
Is this the next big franchise? Producer Marc Platt has partnered with video game maker Sega to develop and produce a feature film based on its video game franchise Shinobi. He and his production company will work with Sega and Hakuhodo DY Group’s production arm and joint venture Stories International, Inc. on the property.
Shinobi is a series of video games that has been around since 1987 so it is well-known among gamers. Shinobi means “ninja” in Japanese. It is a… Read
‘Warcraft’ Trailer: “We Fight Together Or We Die Together”
When a trailer starts out with the words, “We’ve had peace in these lands for many years now,” you pretty much know the next line isn’t going to be, “and everything continues to be peachy!” No, instead it’s, “War is coming.” Game on.
Here is the latest look at Warcraft, Legendary and Blizzard Entertainment’s ambitious adaptation of the video game juggernaut. There is battlin’ aplenty — awash in the “shing” of unsheathed swords, bolts of electricity, ultraserious faces and… Read
Vivendi Hikes Its Offer For Gameloft By 20% After First Bid Rejected
French media giant Vivendi has upped its offer for vidgame company Gameloft after its initial bid was rejected by the board. Vivendi released a statement saying it had increased its offer to 7.20 Euros per share from the previous offer of 6 Euros per share. That would value the company at around 610 million Euros, or $660 million. Gameloft’s board rejected the first offer on the grounds that Vivendi’s takeover was not in the best interests of the company and "does not… Read
Gamers Alert: ‘The Force Awakens’ Video Game Unveiled By Lego, Lucasfilm & Warner Bros
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
CW To Air Season Finale Of Web Series On Pro ‘Mortal Kombat’ Players
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
What Led GameStop To See Disappointing ‘Star Wars Battlefront’ Sales?
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
Activision Blizzard Says ‘Call Of Duty: Black Ops III’ Sold $550M In First 3 Days
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
‘Warcraft’ Trailer: Bearded Guys Clash With Big-Tooth Beasts In Big-Screen Take On Video Game
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
Activision Blizzard Launches Studio With ‘Call Of Duty’ And ‘Skylanders’ Plans
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, Skylanders, Diablo, Hearthstone and StarCraft.
“We’re not in the film and television business, we’re in the franchise, intellectual property… Read
Activision Blizzard Downloading Candy Crush’s King Digital For $5.9 Billion
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
Vivendi Increases Stakes In Video Game Companies Ubisoft & Gameloft
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