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Netflix’s ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ Sued Over Use Of “Choose Your Own Adventure”

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A Vermont children’s book publisher has sued Netflix for trademark infringement over its use of the phrase “Choose Your Own Adventure,” seeking damages of at least $25 million. In a suit (read it here) filed in federal district court, Chooseco says it has sold in more than 265 million copies of its popular Choose Your Own Adventure books, where the reader’s decisions influence the narrative’s plot and outcome. The company uses childhood nostalgia to market its books to… Read

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Is Netflix’s ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ Just Another Video Game?

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Netflix is garnering plenty of attention for its ambitious effort to introduce interactivity to the world of narrative filmmaking with today’s debut of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. The interactive film, which was 18 months in the making, follows a young video game designer who is trying to adapt a choose-your-own adventure novel given to him as a child. The premise creates the context for viewers to navigate their way through the story, making choices along the way that… Read

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Jam City Takes Over Operations Of Disney’s Glendale Mobile Games Studio In Partnership Deal

Los Angeles-based mobile game developer Jam City is taking over operations of Disney’s Glendale Games Studio, the group that created the popular Disney Emoji Blitz game, as part a multi-year agreement that also gives it rights to develop mobile games based on popular Pixar and Disney animated characters. Employees of the Glendale Games Studio will join Jam City, where they’ll continue their work on Emoji Blitz, as well their development of a new mobile game┬ábased on the… Read

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Former Maker Studios, Netflix Exec Joins Scopely As Head of Corporate Comms

Brittany Geldmacher has joined Scopely as head of brand and corporate communications to lead both external and internal communications. Geldmacher most┬árecently worked as a brand consultant for such companies as STX Entertainment and Russell Wilson's TraceMe. She also served as a publicity director at Netflix and was vice president and head of communications at Maker Studios, which was acquired by The Walt Disney Co. during her tenure. In her current role… Read

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Tencent Loses $20 Billion In Market Valuation Amid Chinese Government Crackdown On Gaming

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Tencent lost about $20 billion in market valuation Friday, as Chinese regulators took steps to limit the number of online games and reduce screen time. China’s leader, Xi Jinping, expressed concerns this week that game play was damaging children’s eyesight. His remarks telegraphed for tighter regulation over the number of online games and new titles released, limits on the time spent gaming and a rating system for age appropriateness. The regulations come on top of a… Read

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New Xbox Subscription Service Might Include Game Console In The Price — Report

Microsoft may be contemplating a novel subscription offer: one that includes the video game console in the monthly subscription fee. The service, dubbed Xbox All Access, would launch as soon as this month, offering two tiers of pricing. For a $22 monthly fee, gamers would get an Xbox One S console, access to the Xbox Live multiplayer gaming service and access to Xbox Game Pass, a subscription service offering a broad catalog of games. For a slightly higher monthly fee of… Read