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Headline News WB Buys Up Midway Games in Court

Warner Bros. has purchased most of Midway Games' assets for $33 million in bankruptcy court, according to VARIETY. WB now owns MORTAL KOMBAT, SPY HUNTER and JOUST, among other game franchises. It opted not to buy two development studios owned by Midway in San Diego, California and Newcastle, England.

A bankruptcy court in Delaware gave the approval for the deal last week, adding that all objections to the sale had been resolved. Midway filed for bankruptcy earlier this year.

Headline News Six Flags Expands Partnership With Nintendo

Press Release from Six Flags, Inc.

Six Flags, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: SIXFQ), the world's largest regional theme park company, announced today that it will expand its partnership with Nintendo and provide theme park guests with the unique opportunity to play the upcoming Wii Sports Resort(TM) video game. The game features 12 different fun sports activities like archery, basketball and table tennis that everyone in the family can play and comes with the new Wii MotionPlus(TM) accessory, which makes games even more precise.

Headline News Oscar Winner Kunio Kato's Work Now on Crunchyroll

Kunio Kato's 2009 Academy Award-winning animated short film, LA MAISON EN PETITS CUBES, as well as his earlier work, THE DIARY OF TORTOV RODDLE are streaming today on Crunchyroll. More information can be found at:

http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/La_Maison_en_Petits_Cubes and http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/The_Diary_of_Tortov_Roddle.

Headline News Atari Asteroids Flying to the Screen

Four studios bid for the rights to the Atari videogame ASTEROIDS and THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER says Universal has won the game. BEDTIME STORIES writer Matthew Lopez will pen the script. Lorenzo di Bonaventura will produce.

The game debuted in 1979 as an arcade title where a triangle spaceship blasted asteroids and flying saucers while trying to avoid smashing into the space debris.

Headline News THQ Takes Jakks Pacific to Court Over WWE Again

THQ is taking toy firm Jakks Pacific to court over their joint venture on the World Wrestling Entertainment games, reports Gamasutra.com. Jakks unilaterally renewed its contract with the WWE without consulting the game publisher. THQ claims that Jakks has no right to make decisions that affect both companies. THQ specifically disliked the provision in the contract that prevents the publisher to release any wrestling game for one year following the termination of the WWE deal.

Headline News Disney Interactive Pioneers 3-D Console Experiences This Summer

Press Release from Disney Interactive Studios

BURBANK, Calif. -- Three-dimensional experiences are taking over the film experience at movie theaters in 2009 and Disney Interactive Studios is leading the way in video games by introducing innovative stereoscopic 3-D features in two of its premier games this summer. G-FORCE and TOY STORY MANIA! both feature revolutionary innovative experiences using 3-D technology and are the first games for next-generation systems to fully feature three-dimensional stereoscopic technology.

Headline News Half-Blood Prince Videogame Now in Stores

Press Release from EA Play

The EA Play Label of Electronic Arts Inc (NASDAQ:ERTS) and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced that the HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE videogame will be available in stores across the globe this week. Available on multiple platforms, the HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE videogame allows players to experience all the magic, adventure and fun of the Warner Bros. Pictures' film based on J.K. Rowling's sixth book in the HARRY POTTER series.

Headline News ZeniMax Media Acquires id Software

Press Release from ZeniMax Media Inc.

ZeniMax Media Inc., parent company of noted game publisher Bethesda Softworks, today announced it has completed the acquisition of legendary game studio, id Software, creators of world-renowned games such as DOOM, QUAKE, WOLFENSTEIN, and its upcoming title, RAGE.

Headline News SIGGRAPH 2009 Gaming Content

Press Release from SIGGRAPH 2009

SIGGRAPH 2009 announces the addition of a special Production Session as part of this year's Computer Animation Festival that will detail the behind-the-scenes production of the much anticipated FIGHT NIGHT ROUND 4 and GEARS OF WAR 2.

Headline News Activision's Little League World Series Hits

Activision announced today that LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES BASEBALL 2009 is out now for Wii and Nintendo DS. The game was produced by Japanese developer NOW Production. Players will have the chance to become a Little League World Series baseball Champion, or play with up to three other friends in a variety of exhibition and skill modes.

The list of new features in LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES BASEBALL 2009 is extensive, including:* New Power-ups that boost your players with special abilities* More customizable features to edit your players and teams

Headline News THQ Opens Three New Units

THQ Inc. today announced a reorganization of the company's management team and business units in support of THQ's focused product strategy. In order to more directly align the organization with its previously announced strategy, THQ has formed three new business units: 1) Core Games; 2) Kids, Family and Casual Games; and 3) Online, and has promoted key executives to manage each of these units. Each unit manager will report directly to THQ President/CEO Brian Farrell.

Headline News Starz Digital Media Launches ABEToons.com, Unveils Talent Search

Starz Digital Media, a division of Starz Media, has launched ABE Toons, a new online video site for indie animators and a consumer destination for animated shorts.

Headline News Anime Network Online Expands Service

Press Release from Anime Network

HOUSTON, TX -- June 22, 2009 -- Today Anime Network, America's #1 Anime Channel, formally launched its new online player at www.theanimenetwork.com. Anime Network's new online service includes over 40 hours of free content as well as a premium package that gives users unlimited access to more than 300 hours of anime, live action films, and J-rock videos.

Headline News Square Enix Continues to Expand North American Executive Team

Press Release from Square Enix, Inc.

LOS ANGELES, Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of Square Enix(R) interactive entertainment products in North America, announced that it has strengthened its executive team with the addition of Ami Blaire as vice president of marketing.

Headline News Excitement for Transformers Leads to Huge Growth for Flixster's iPhone App

Press Release from Flixster

SAN FRANCISCO (June 22, 2009) -- Users of Flixster, the world's biggest online movie community, are showing enormous enthusiasm for Wednesday's opening of TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN, leading to double-digit growth for Flixster's popular iPhone "Movies" app since the start of the summer movie season.

Headline News Bob The Builder Gets Into Gaming With New Wii Licensing Deal

Press Release form HIT Entertainment

19 June 2009, London -- HIT Entertainment, one of the world's leading independent children's entertainment producers and rights owners has licensed the iconic preschool property Bob the Builder to Mastertronic to create the first Nintendo Wii Bob the Builder game. BOB THE BUILDER: FESTIVAL OF FUN targets young Bob fans and is designed to encourage interactive play between parent and child. Launched earlier this month, BOB THE BUILDER: FESTIVAL OF FUN on Wii is now selling out across retailers in the UK.

Headline News SEGA Announces Promotions

Press Release from SEGA

SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON - (June 18, 2009) - SEGA of America, Inc., and SEGA Europe Ltd., today announced a series of management promotions that will further unite SEGA's global markets to drive growth.

Effective today, the longstanding leader of SEGA's videogame business, Mr. Naoya Tsurumi, will assume worldwide responsibility for SEGA's Consumer Business, incorporating SEGA of Japan, SEGA of America and SEGA of Europe.

Headline News New Viral Site Launched for Shane Acker's 9

Check out 9experiment.com for a new viral site from Focus Features.

Explore and discover the Scientist's inner most thoughts, ideas and inventions through his personal journal, videos, clippings, sketches, and more. Spend some time exploring his archives, and actively participate in the development of the story leading up to the opening scene of the film.

Release Date: September 9th 2009 (limited)

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Headline News Ghostbusters: The Video Game Busts into North American Retailers

Press Release from Atari

NEW YORK, June 16 -- Atari, one of the world's most recognized video game publishers, today announced that the highly anticipated, summer blockbuster title, GHOSTBUSTERS(R): THE VIDEO GAME is now available at retailers across North America.

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