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Elon Musk Talks Video Games that Help him De-Stress

Elon Musk Talks Video Games that Help him De-Stress

In a recent Elon Musk interview by Sam Altman for Y Combinator, the conversation somehow found its way to the world of video games. In a short clip, taken from the...
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Best of 2016: Hardware

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Best of 2016: Virtual Reality Gaming

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For gaming, 2016 was truly a year of growth. The AAA space started to evolve in major ways, the indie scene produced some truly interesting gemss, and long-gestating passion projects finally...
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Best of 2016: Multiplatform Gaming 1

Best of 2016: Multi-Platform Gaming

For gaming, 2016 was truly a year of growth. The AAA space started to evolve in major ways, the indie scene produced some truly interesting gemss, and long-gestating passion projects finally...

Netmarble to Acquire Kabam’s Vancouver Studio

New Transformers game to debut in 2Q of 2017 as MARVEL Contest of Champions continues its Top 10 streak Netmarble to include Customer Support and other teams in acquisition SAN FRANCISCO & SEOUL, South Korea--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Netmarble Games Corp., the fastest-growing mobile game company in Asia, and Kabam, a world leader in massively multiplayer free-to-play games for mobile devices, today announced that the two sides have entered into an agreement under which Netmarble will acquire Kabam’s Vancouver studio. The deal is expected to close during the first quarter of 2017. Kabam’s Vancouver unit is one of the most successful and valuable mobile gaming studios within the industry, as the studio is responsible for the globally popular MARVEL Contest of Champions. The game has grossed over $450 million since launching in December 2014, has more than 90 million installs, and continues to perform on the App Store’s top grossing charts, consistently ranking within the Top 10. The studio expects to launch the highly anticipated TRANSFORMERS: Forged to Fight worldwide in the second quarter of 2017. Transformers is well known for its popularity in comics, animation, movies and toys over the years to fans globally. In addition to Kabam Vancouver, Netmarble will also acquire the Customer Support teams based in Kabam’s Austin office and parts of the Business Development, Marketing and User Acquisition teams from Kabam San Francisco. This will allow Netmarble to ensure players globally experience no interruptions in operations and support. “We are thrilled to acquire Kabam’s Vancouver studio, which has proven itself as one of the best in game development, and business competitiveness in the western market including the U.S.,” said Seungwon Lee, Chief Global Officer of Netmarble Games. “We look forward to strengthening Netmarble’s business in the western market including the U.S. through this deal.” “The Vancouver Studio is joining a premier organization that will continue its legacy of creativity and propel it to the next generation of game development,” said Kevin Chou, CEO and Co-Founder of Kabam. “We’re extremely proud of the work we accomplished with the Vancouver Studio, and we know the team will continue their world-class work with Netmarble. No doubt they will continue to create amazing games for a global audience.” BofA Merrill Lynch is acting as financial advisor and O’Melveny & Myers, LLP is acting as legal advisor to Kabam, Inc. Ropes & Gray LLP is acting as legal advisor to Netmarble Games Corp. About Netmarble Games Corporation Netmarble Games Corp. strives to entertain audiences of all ages, and around the world, by providing great mobile gaming experiences. Established in Korea in 2000, Netmarble is the fastest-growing mobile game company in Asia and consistently ranks as a top mobile developer and publisher worldwide. With more than 3,000 employees, Netmarble has been producing and servicing some of the most successful mobile games, including MARVEL Future Fight, Seven Knights, EvilBane (RAVEN in Korea and Japan), and Everybody's Marble. The largest shareholder to Jam City, a leading casual game developer, Netmarble has a strategic partnership with CJ E&M Corporation, Asia’s largest entertainment company, Tencent Holdings, Asia’s largest internet company, and NCsoft, a prominent MMO company. More information can be found at www.netmarble.com. About Kabam Kabam, Inc. (“Kabam”) creates, develops, and publishes massively multiplayer games that are available to a global audience on mobile devices via its own dedicated channel in the Apple App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore. The company is valued at more than $1 billion and has been profitable since 2012. Kabam has created six titles that have grossed more than $100 million each in their life. Kabam has more than 700 employees around the world, with corporate headquarters in San Francisco. The company's investors include Alibaba, Canaan Partners, Google, MGM, Intel, Pinnacle Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, Warner Bros. and others. More information about Kabam can be found at www.kabam.com. Contacts NetmarbleSeung [email protected] PR Manager, Public RelationsorSoomin Stella [email protected] Associate, Public RelationsorKabamCarol [email protected], Public Relationsorfortyseven communicationsCraig [email protected] President, fortyseven communications

Amazon Original Movie Gleason Will Premiere on Amazon Prime Video on December 29

Two original songs with Music by Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready and lyrics written by Steve Gleason will also be available exclusively on Amazon Music SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--(NASDAQ: AMZN) – Amazon Studios today announced that the Amazon Original Movie Gleason will be available through Amazon Prime Video at no additional cost to Prime members on December 29. The acclaimed film is among 15 documentaries shortlisted for the 2016 Academy Award for Best Documentary, was nominated for Five Broadcast Film Critic’s Awards and was included among The National Board of Review’s Top Five Documentaries of the Year. Gleason is directed by Clay Tweel (Finders Keepers) and features New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason, his wife Michel Varisco and Steve’s former teammate and best friend Scott Fujita (The Lightkeepers, FOX NFL Kickoff). The film is produced by Fujita, Kimi Culp (Oprah’s Master Class), Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief), Mary Rohlich (Four Christmases, The Goldbergs) and Kevin Lake (The Singing Detective, Paparazzi). Gleason made its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically on July 29, 2016 to an overwhelmingly positive critical response. The film is rated 8.3 on IMDB and also “Certified Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes where it maintains a 96% Fresh rating. Here’s what critics have to say about Gleason: “Gleason is so powerful in its cumulative effect that it should be accompanied by a consumer advisory-something along the lines of 'This documentary may cause sudden alterations of mood and attitude.'”– Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal “If this film portrait stirs deep emotions, they spring from a breathtakingly unsentimental embrace of life at its most challenging.” – Sheri Linden, The Los Angeles Times “A tearjerker of a film but also a joyous one.” – Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com “One of the most powerful, poignant documentaries of the past decade.” – Nick Schager, The Daily Beast.com “You don't need to know Steve Gleason's name to be enraptured by his extraordinary story." – Mara Reinstein, Us Weekly Shortly after former New Orleans Saints star defensive back Steve Gleason is diagnosed with ALS at the age of 34, he learns that his wife Michel is pregnant with their first child. Determined to live his remaining years to their fullest, Steve goes on an expedition to Alaska, creates a foundation to help others with ALS patients, rebuilds a rocky relationship with his father and embraces new technologies to help compensate for his deteriorating physical abilities—all with Michel’s unwavering support. Brimming with humor and heart, this inspirational documentary follows a man who battles overwhelming adversity to find his true purpose in life. “We are incredibly excited for our customers to experience Gleason’s inspiring story of strength, grace, love and family on Prime Video,” said Jason Ropell, Worldwide Head of Motion Pictures, Amazon Studios. The music for Gleason includes numerous songs that have inspired Steve throughout his life, like “Given to Fly” and “Just Breathe” by Pearl Jam, as well as two tracks, “Space In Between,” and “Her Again,” written by Steve Gleason himself and performed by his good friend, guitarist Mike McCready along with singer, Kim Virant, which will be available exclusively on Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music beginning December 23. Additionally, Steve created a playlist featuring some of his favorite songs, also streaming exclusively on both Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music. Not available on any other subscription services, Gleason will be available for Prime members to stream and enjoy using the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices including Amazon Fire TV, and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/originals, at no additional cost to their membership. Prime members will also be able to download the film to mobile devices for offline viewing. Gleason joins Prime Video’s line-up of award-winning and critically acclaimed Original Series and Movies—to see more originals available exclusively for Prime members, visit www.amazon.com/originals.Customers who are not already Prime members can sign-up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/prime. For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream. About Amazon Studios Amazon Studios launched in 2010 as a new way to develop feature films and episodic series—one that’s open to great ideas from creators and audiences around the world. Anyone can upload a script online for Amazon Studios to review, and those who choose to make their projects public can also receive feedback from the Amazon Studios community. First announced in January 2015, Amazon Original Movies is an initiative by Amazon Studios to produce and acquire original movies for theatrical release and early window distribution exclusively for Prime members. Like Amazon Original Series, Amazon Original Movies focuses on unique stories, voices, and characters from top and up-and-coming creators. In 2015, Amazon Studios released its first film, Chi-Raq from critically acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee. Chi-Raq is now available for Prime members to stream exclusively. Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester By The Sea is currently in theaters and up next, Amazon Studios will release Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson on December 28th. About Amazon Video Amazon Video is a premium on-demand entertainment service that offers customers the greatest choice in what to watch, and how to watch it. Amazon Video is the only service that provides all of the following: Prime Video: Thousands of movies and TV shows, including popular licensed content plus critically-acclaimed and award-winning Amazon Original Series and Movies from Amazon Studios like Transparent, The Man in the High Castle, Love & Friendship and kids series Tumble Leaf, available for unlimited streaming as part of an Amazon Prime membership Amazon Channels: Over 80 video subscriptions to networks like SHOWTIME, STARZ and more, available to Amazon Prime members as add-ons to their membership Rent or Own: Hundreds of thousands of titles, including new-release movies and current TV shows available for on-demand rental or purchase for all Amazon customers Instant Access: Instantly watch anytime, anywhere through the Amazon Video app on TVs, mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire tablets, or online. For a list of all compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream Premium Features: Top features like 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and mobile downloads for offline viewing In addition to Prime Video, the Prime membership includes unlimited fast free shipping options across all categories available on Amazon, more than two million songs and thousands of playlists and stations with Prime Music, secure photo storage with Prime Photos, unlimited reading with Prime Reading, unlimited access to a digital audiobook catalogue with Audible channels for Prime, a rotating selection of free digital games and in-game loot with Twitch Prime, early access to select Lightning Deals, exclusive access and discounts to select items, and more. To sign-up for Prime or to find out more visit: http://www.amazon.com/prime. Contacts Amazon.com, Inc.Media Hotline: 206-266-7180www.amazon.com/pr

Halfbrick Ends iDreamsky Partnership, Seeks New Licensing and Distribution Partners in China

BRISBANE, Australia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Halfbrick Studios, creator of Fruit Ninja™, Jetpack Joyride™ and worldwide smash hit Dan The Man, is terminating its distribution agreement with iDreamsky Technology LTD (NASDAQ: DSKY). iDreamsky had the exclusive rights to distribute a suite of Halfbrick games in the greater China region, including Fruit Ninja™. The regional distribution agreement, in place since March 2014, enabled iDreamsky to produce and distribute a Chinese language version of Halfbrick’s hit mobile game Fruit Ninja in the China market through its channels and partnerships. The termination will take effect from December 20, 2016, and all licensed content will be transferred to Halfbrick, who will appoint a new operator to continue building the Fruit Ninja brand in China. Halfbrick is assessing several offers and opening up expressions of interest from other operators in the region. In addition to the original free-to-play mobile game, a new Fruit Ninja IP currently in development will form the basis of any new distribution deals. "We are looking for a partner that can provide greater transparency in terms of reporting and accountability," said Halfbrick CEO Shainiel Deo. "We are keen to find partners who share our vision for the future of the Fruit Ninja brand and look forward to hearing from them." For more information, contact VP for Business Development – Boyana Nikolova. About Halfbrick Halfbrick is a professional game development studio based in Brisbane, Australia. Founded in 2001, it has developed many popular games across mobile and digital platforms, including Fruit Ninja™, Jetpack Joyride™ and the recently released Dan The Man. For further information, visit Halfbrick.com and follow on Twitter, YouTube or Facebook. About Fruit Ninja Fruit Ninja™ was released as a game for mobile devices in 2010. It has achieved 1 billion downloads worldwide – the second most-purchased app of all time, crossed over to consoles and VR, spawned multiple memes and become a pop culture icon. The Fruit Ninja™ movie is currently in development with New Line Cinemas, and a new game is in development at Halfbrick Studios. Contacts HalfbrickBoyana NikolovaVP Business [email protected]
Best of 2016: PC Gaming

Best of 2016: PC Gaming

The medium of videogames grew a lot this year, and by consequence, gave us escapism on our gloomy days. So it seems appropriate, then, that during the holiday season, we embrace the...

No.1 Dating Simulation Game Company NTT Solmare Releases Moe! Ninja Girls, A Long-Awaited Title...

-In App Stores Starting December 19, 2016- OSAKA, Japan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NTT Solmare Corporation (hereafter referred to as NTT Solmare), a high-praised dating sim game company from Osaka, Japan, has released a new game, “Moe! Ninja Girls” for iTunes App Store, Google Play, and Facebook. In this social-based game, the hero, representing the player, is a man -- a setting requested by many players. FEATURES *FREE to play*Beautiful artwork, awestriking soundtracks and motion effects*Multiple endings depending on the choices the player makes*Hundreds of costumes for the ninja girls’ avatars in Japanese anime style with constant updates*In-game events frequently held with exclusive prizes “I’m very happy to finally be able to release a title which targets men. It excites me to see how players all over the world will enjoy this high-quality game.”-- Akira Tomana, President of NTT Solmare Story Summary The player, the hero, is a genius ninja that hides his true identity and transfers to Mizaki School.After a series of events, he ends up starting a “ninja seeking club” to find ninjas.Most of the club members are attractive women, but all of them happen to have a secret identity, which the player will discover along with falling in love with them. Price The game is free to play. (In-app purchase available) Release Date December 19, 2016(PST) Language English Supported OS Versions Mobile:-Android: 4.4 or later-iOS: 8.0 or laterPC:-Windows 10: the latest version of Google Chrome-Mac OS X: the latest version of Google Chrome How to Play *This game is NOT available for customers residing in Japan. Mobile: Go to download link in iTunes App Store and Google Play fromhttp://ninjagirls.moe/PC: Sign in to Facebook and proceed fromhttps://apps.facebook.com/moeninja/ Social Media Outlets Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/moeninjagirls/Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/MoeNinjaGirls About NTT Solmare NTT Solmare is one of the largest digital contents providers in Japan including Digital Book (e-Book) Enterprise and Game Enterprise. Games which NTT Solmare has released under the “Shall we date?” brand, aiming to offer the most romantic experience to women all over the world, have gained over 23 million downloads in 166 countries. Shall we date? brand games have received praise from their fans, having an average review score of 4.4/5.0 in iTunes App Store as of December 2016.We will continue providing our customers with great satisfaction by creating advanced services developed from the customers’ perspective, while holding on to the corporate mission: “We, NTT Solmare, offer new kinds of surprise and plenty of excitement to our customers, contributing to enrichment of our society.” Contacts PRESS CONTACTNTT Solmare CorporationHirohisa Kasahara / Takuya Adachi, +81-6-6228-8861Game [email protected]

Wizard World Partners With Front Gate Tickets for Its Pop Culture/Comic Con Shows

Austin’s Front Gate Tickets Adds Wizard World Comic Con, the Leading Pop Culture Convention, to its Ticketing Services Roster LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#comiccon--Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB:WIZD), North America’s largest producer of pop-culture and comic con events, and Front Gate Tickets, North America’s leading festival ticketing platform, today announced a long-term ticketing partnership. Front Gate Tickets will provide a full range of presale and onsite ticketing services for all Wizard World shows, beginning with the Wizard World Comic Con in Portland, running from February 17-19, 2017. Fans will be able to purchase tickets for that event and 14 other subsequent 2017 Wizard World comic cons. "Wizard World is actively transforming itself into a significant force in the entertainment and live event space. We have worked very hard during the last number of months to enhance and professionalize our systems and operations. One of the ways that we are proceeding in that direction is to work with “best of breed” partners in our various endeavors, and we are thrilled about our new partnership with Front Gate Tickets," said John D. Maatta, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wizard World. “The Front Gate ticketing system delivers ease of use for our fans and will provide a data-rich suite of services that will allow us to sell, market, operate and analyze and we now have the ability to tap into the largest ticketing database in the world. Front Gate’s powerful platform will allow us to sell more tickets with the most trustworthy and robust commerce platform in the industry. Additionally because Front Gate Tickets is a part of the Ticketmaster family of companies, Wizard World will have the added benefit of accessing the marketing clout of Ticketmaster to promote its productions." Maatta concluded: “Those who are paying attention are well aware that Wizard World has shed its small-minded mom and pop skin and is moving forward as a serious and professionally-run enterprise. The agreement with Front Gate Tickets is a material step forward.” “Comic Con events are full of passionate fans and Wizard World is on the forefront of unlocking technology to better the fan experience and we couldn’t be happier to partner with them,” said Maura Gibson, President, Front Gate Tickets. “By leveraging RFID technology to utilize cashless payments and our Fan Engagement Suite for marketing sponsors, we’re able to create seamless, engaging experiences with the tap of a wristband while providing rich data to the Wizard World team.” Front Gate Tickets was founded in 2003 as an alternative ticketing service for venues in Austin, Texas. Its clients include such top-tier partners as Electric Daisy Carnival, Austin City Limits, Electric Forest, Lollapalooza, RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest and X Games. Wizard World’s partnership with Front Gate Tickets brings a streamlined festival marketing and entry technology platform to the hundreds of thousands of fans that attend Wizard World shows in North America every year. Front Gate Tickets offers features specifically tailored to the festival and event market, including RFID powered access control, cashless POS systems, highly integrated data and analytics, and sponsorship activation and concession sales technology that benefit organizers, partners and fans alike. Front Gate Tickets was acquired by Ticketmaster in 2015, expanding Ticketmaster’s ticket offering to the festival vertical, and the partnership will leverage Ticketmaster’s vast distribution and fan marketing network. Wizard World fans will have the ability to purchase tickets through its website (www.wizardworld.com), though other platforms may also be made available for a very limited time. Tickets for all 2017 shows are on sale now. About Wizard World (OTCBB:WIZD) Wizard World, Inc. (www.wizardworld.com) produces comic, gaming and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop culture, movies, television, cosplay, comics, gaming, graphic novels, toys, sci-fi, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A's, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Wizard World has also launched ComicConBox™ (www.comicconbox.com), a premium subscription-based monthly box service and Wizard World Rewards among its initiatives. Fans can interact with Wizard World on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media services. About Ticketmaster Ticketmaster is the global market leader in live event ticketing, digital marketing, and mobile fan engagement tools that drive over 530 million ticket transactions per year. Through exclusive partnerships with thousands of venues, artists, sports leagues, and arts and theater tours, Ticketmaster delivers unparalleled access to the most iconic live events to millions of fans worldwide. Ticketmaster is a division of Live Nation Entertainment, the world’s leading live entertainment company. The Wizard World 2017 schedule is available at: http://wizardworld.com/searchby/city/. Forward-Looking Statements This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve certain risks and uncertainties. The actual results or outcomes of Wizard World, Inc. may differ materially from those anticipated. Although Wizard World, Inc. believes that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements contained herein are reasonable, any such assumptions could prove to be inaccurate. Therefore, Wizard World, Inc. can provide no assurance that any of the forward-looking statements contained in this letter will prove to be accurate. In light of the significant uncertainties and risks inherent in the forward-looking statements included in this letter, such information should not be regarded as a representation by Wizard World, Inc. that its objectives or plans will be achieved. Included in these uncertainties and risks are, among other things, fluctuations in operating results, general economic conditions, uncertainty regarding the results of certain legal proceedings and competition. Forward-looking statements consist of statements other than a recitation of historical fact and can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "intend," "expect," "will," "anticipate," "estimate" or "continue" or the negatives thereof or other variations thereon or comparable terminology. Because they are forward-looking, such statements should be evaluated in light of important risk factors and uncertainties. These risk factors and uncertainties are more fully described in Wizard World, Inc.'s most recent Annual and Quarterly Reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including under the heading entitled "Risk Factors." Wizard World, Inc. does not undertake an obligation to update publicly any of its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. Contacts Media:Wizard WorldJerry Milani, [email protected] Dos [email protected]

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