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Pokemon Go Scam Tries To Get Users To Pay $12.99 A Month For Free App

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Scammers sent out an email today purportedly from Pokemon Go app maker Nintendo and Niantic that announced it will begin to charge $12.99 a month to use the full version of the massively popular game to compensate for the “overwhelming response” and “the need for more powerful servers.” The game is currently the most-downloaded free app at Apple's iTunes. According to the email, Nintendo would “freeze accounts in 24 hours if users do not upgrade through the app store.”… Read

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‘Rent A Hero’ Video Game Gets Big-Screen Treatment From Steve Pink, Jeff Morris

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EXCLUSIVE: Stories International Tomoya Suzuki and filmmakers Steve Pink and Jeff Morris are collaborating on a film adaptation of Rent a Hero, the Sega video game about a slacker genius who joins a high-tech start-up that is pitched as a company to improve people’s lives but is nothing as it seems. When company insiders plan to weaponize the technology, the slacker and his fellow Rent-a-Heroes must band together to stop them. Pink, whose credits include Hot Tub Time Machi… Read

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Nintendo Shares Soar On Success Of Augmented Reality Pokemon Game

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Nintendo is worth $9 billion more today than it was on Thursday on the eyepopping success of Pokemon Go, an augmented reality version of the game introduced in 1995. Nintendo shares appreciated 24.5% on the Tokyo exchange today, and are up more than 30% including Friday, following the release of the free-to-play app in the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand.  It’s the most-downloaded app at Apple’s iTunes. Pokemon Go enables mobile users to look for and catch the game’s… Read

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Activision Blizzard Studios Animated Series ‘Skylanders Academy’ Lands At Netflix With 2-Season Order

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Skylanders Academy, the first project from video game giant Activision Blizzard’s in-house production outfit Activision Blizzard Studios, has found a home on Netflix with a two-season order. It will debut on the streaming service in the fall. The series was first announced in November 2015 along with the creation of the studio. Based on the company’s successful Skylanders line of toys-to-life video games that combine playable figurines with video game content, Skylanders A… Read

International

‘Warcraft’ Sets China Record For Widest Release Ever, Wows With Pre-Sales; How Big Is Its Box Office Game?

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2ND UPDATE, TUESDAY AM: Adding to the WoW-za advance ticket sales that have been crafted by Legendary and Universal’s Warcraft in China comes a new record just as midnight shows are in full swing in the Middle Kingdom. The official bow is tomorrow, and with it, Duncan Jones’ feature take on Blizzard Entertainment’s video game phenom will be playing on an unprecedented 67.5% of all screens. The previous record holder for widest release was Universal’s own Furious 7 last… Read

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‘Warcraft’ Builds $16.3M Overseas War Chest Through Friday – Intl B.O. Update

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UPDATE, SATURDAY AM: From Legendary and Universal Pictures, the Duncan Jones-helmed Warcraft is seeing some Orc-sized debuts in its overseas start. After taking $9.3M through Thursday (see below), it’s upped the cume to $16.3M through Friday. The vidgame-to-bigscreen transfer has invaded a total 20 markets and is No. 1 in 19. Defying some pre-weekend expectations, the adaptation is looking at an opening frame upwards of $30M. It’s still got 45 markets to go over the next… Read

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‘Mirror’s Edge’ Video Game To Be Adapted As TV Series By Endemol Shine Studios

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Endemol Shine Studios, the scripted division of Endemol Shine North America, has acquired the action-adventure video game property Mirror’s Edge to adapt for television as a female-centered action series. Developed by EA DICE and published by Electronic Arts, Mirror’s Edge is set in a quasi-futuristic dystopian society in which a network of “runners” act as couriers to transmit messages while evading government surveillance. The game's main character and heroine is Faith… Read

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Will Disney’s Exit From Console Games Benefit ‘Star Wars’ Partner Electronic Arts?

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Disney’s decision to scrap its Infinity console game business is one of the many reasons Electronic Arts shares are soaring about 13% today: The game maker reported last night that sales of Star Wars Battlefront and Star Wars: Galaxy Of Heroes helped it to blast through analysts’ earnings expectations for the first three months of this year. “We’ll most likely have at least one Star Wars title a year over the next three years to four years,” CFO Blake Jorgensen told… Read

International

‘Angry Birds’ Is Early Bird With Cannes Event; A New Promo Strategy In Flight?

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Has Sony's publicity team hatched a new Cannes Film Festival marketing trend? Rather than wait for the event to begin, the folks behind The Angry Birds Movie are strategically aiming to get out in front of the media before heads turn towards the red carpet. The festival kicks off officially tomorrow evening with Woody Allen's Café Society. Today, The Angry Birds Movie crew was in town, hosting a photo call and reception with key international talent. Over many years of… Read

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Skydance Media Buys Game Developer The Workshop And Launches Interactive Division

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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

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Marc Platt To Bring Sega’s ‘Shinobi’ To Big Screen

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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

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‘Warcraft’ Trailer: “We Fight Together Or We Die Together”

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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