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SIGGRAPH 2024

Begins: July 28, 2024

The premier conference and exhibition on computer graphics and interactive techniques returns to Denver, home of the event’s inaugural 1974 edition, running July 28 – August 1.

Platige Image Headline News

Platige Image Delivers Cinematic Trailer for ‘Stormgate’

Acclaimed Polish production and animation studio employs real-time workflow to accelerate the creation of 3D assets for animatics, previs and performance capture.

Conferences Headline News

SIGGRAPH 2024 Registration Now Open

The 51st annual conference, focusing on computer graphics, interactive techniques and technical innovation, returns to its origins in Denver, Colorado, running July 28 – August 1.

Not Much Fun Lately in Gaming Headline News

Electronic Arts to Lay Off 5% of its Workforce

Big layoffs at major game companies continue; with cuts explained as a move to ‘optimize our global real estate footprint to best support our business,’ the gaming behemoth will also sunset games and ‘move away from the development of future licensed IP’ that will be unsuccessful in the ‘changing industry;’ company drops Star Wars shooter development.

The Layoffs Continue Headline News

Sony Interactive Entertainment Lays Off 900 Employees

The division responsible for PlayStation devices and multiple game development studios has ‘concluded that tough decisions have become inevitable,’ says CEO Jim Ryan.

Business Headline News

DNEG Launches DNEG IXP

New immersive experience division, helmed by managing director Josh Mandel, crafts creative experiences for businesses, brands, and game publishers; will focus initially on gaming, virtual concerts, and theme park ride experiences.

Business Headline News

Pro Gamers Sue Activision for $100M Over ‘Call of Duty’ Tournament Monopoly Claims

Pro esports players Hector ‘H3cz’ Rodriguez and Seth ‘Scump’ Abner allege the company violated federal antitrust laws by coercing players and team owners to compete under ‘extortionate financial terms’ at the threat of exclusion from the Activision CoD league. 

Call for Submissions Headline News

SIGGRAPH 2024 Heads to Denver

The premier conference on computer graphics and interactive techniques invites artists, researchers, educators, and practitioners to submit conference content; the event runs July 28 – August 1.

The Biggest Partnership of the Year Headline News

Disney to Invest $1.5 Billion in Epic Games, Build Entertainment Universe with Fortnite

The two companies' collaboration will further expand the reach of Disney’s huge IP catalog, stories, and experiences in the new venture, with the Mouse House acquiring an equity stake in the game company.

People Headline News

Saffronic Appoints Bhanu Prakash as Head of Creative, Games

The animation production studio founded in 2022 kicks off the new year with a roster of AAA projects for gaming industry titans, spearheaded by the new executive. 

More Industry Cuts Headline News

Microsoft to Layoff 1,900 Activision Blizzard, Xbox Employees

The tech giant has begun to cull workers from the newly acquired division to reduce ‘areas of overlap’ during the integration effort, with Blizzard Entertainment president Mike Ybarra also exiting the company.

Gaming in the Holiday Spirit Headline News

'Elf North Pole Workshop' Launches on Roblox for Film’s 20th Anniversary

Fairview Portals and Supersocial have teamed with New Line Cinema to celebrate the classic comedy and bring ‘Elf’ alive in an immersive space where users can play as Wish Taker, Toy Maker, or Gift Wrapper, contributing to the success of Santa's Workshop. 

layoffs Headline News

‘Fortnite,’ Unreal Engine Studio Epic Games to Layoff 830

Announced by CEO Jim Sweeney on Thursday, the company plans a 16% workforce reduction as well as a divestiture of Bandcamp in a move towards a new ‘metaverse-inspired ecosystem’ strategy.

Monitor of the Future Headline News

IQH3D Announces Groundbreaking Glasses-Free 3D Monitor

The 4k lenticular screen is specifically designed for gaming, Metaverse 3D modeling, design platforms, and film and special effects animation with AI-driven optical eye-tracking capabilities and an embedded dedicated FPGA board for better 3D image quality and faster visual response.

Conference Events

ANIMEX 2023

Begins: November 6, 2023

The international festival of animation, games, and VFX will take place November 6-10 and feature a week of networking, workshops, and screenings.

Technology Headline News

Opsive Launches Omni Animation

The new AI generation technique can be used to generate 3D humanoid animations with realistic movement, details, and depth; Omni Animation will be demonstrated at Devcom Developer Conference later this month.

The Ultimate Setup Headline News

Impossible Objects and Dell’s Alienware Partner for ‘Gravity’ Spot

Jay Walker directs the 30-second piece showcasing the gear’s undeniably strong ‘pull’ on gamers, utilizing a blend of traditional VFX work in After Effects, Maya, and Redshift.

Conferences Events

SIGGRAPH 2023

Begins: August 6, 2023

The premier conference and exhibition on computer graphics and interactive techniques runs August 6-10 in Los Angeles and online.

Monopoly! Headline News

Playtika Extends Bid to Acquire ‘Angry Birds’ Developer Rovio

The Israeli social gaming company’s $735 million bid for the Finland developer follows its company-wide consolidation and restructuring effort, which included a recent layoff of 600 employees.

Crack That Whip Headline News

Jens Andersson Boards Upcoming ‘Indiana Jones’ Game as Design Director

Bethesda’s MachineGames has hired the ‘Chronicles of Riddick’ director to handle design for the project, which touts an original storyline and will be the first game title for the franchise since 2003.

Gotta Run Fast From the Cops Headline News

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Creator Yuji Naka Arrested for Alleged Insider Trading

While details are few, we know the game developer was taken into custody last Friday along with two other former Square Enix employees, all charged with improper purchasing of shares in Aiming prior to the company’s announcement of a new game in the ‘Dragon Quest’ franchise.    

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