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
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
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
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, 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
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
Emmy-Nominated TV Writer Chris Case Juices Up Latest SGN Game
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 Jam, from 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
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 Awakens, which 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
‘Guitar Hero’ Back On Stage As Activision Revives Game Giant
Guitar Hero, the Activision game franchise that went from billion-dollar baby to bust faster than a VH-1 Behind The Music episode, relaunched today as Guitar Hero Live with a splashy, celeb-filled New York event.
Fall Out Boy frontman Pete Wentz, My Chemical Romance lead singer Gerard Way, Uma Thurman, High School Musical (Read
Tom Ham Joins Create Advertising Group In Games Industry Play
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
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