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Epic Games to Pay Record $520 Million to Settle FTC Charges Over Child Privacy and Player Manipulation

The Federal Trade Commission has accused the leading video game developer of manipulating young players into unintentional purchases, illegally collecting personal information of kids under the age of 13, and endangering children by connecting them with strangers in its hugely successful ‘Fortnight’ game.

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.

Fight the Horde Headline News

Netflix Working on Multiple ‘Gears of War’ Projects

The popular sci-fi Xbox franchise is headed to both a feature film and adult animation series, with more potential adaptations in the future.

Technology Headline News

DreamWorks Animation to Release MoonRay as Open Source

By Dan Sarto | Friday, August 5, 2022 at 7:55am

Studio’s state-of-the-art MCRT renderer, used on the upcoming ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’ and previous films like ‘The Bad Guys’ and ‘Croods: A New Age,’ includes a USD Hydra render delegate and multi-machine / cloud rendering via Arras.

People Headline News

Omid Rahmat Returns to Jon Peddie Research as Executive VP

Industry veteran in computer graphics, digital media, mobile tools, and services brings extensive business and tech experience to his new role at the industry’s leading market research firm.

Welcome to the Metaverse Headline News

Watch: Bigger Better Meta’s ‘Welcome to the Metaverse’ Music Video

Creators set out to prove that the VR/Metaverse is a viable path for creators to engage and connect with each other and their audiences; filmed completely in Microsoft's AltspaceVR, the collaboration was built at ‘the cross-section of artistry and technology.’

Ruh Roh! Headline News

Activision Blizzard to Cooperate with Investigations into Alleged Insider Trading

A new SEC filing confronts the company with another legal battle -- this time over violations possibly made during a meeting held before its sale to Microsoft was announced.

It’s Happening in Stuttgart! Headline News

Another Great Set of FMX 2022 Program Highlights Revealed

Conference confirms more talks, presentations, and masterclasses including a look at rendering challenges behind ‘The Mitchells vs. the Machines,’ creation of Mixed Reality with Microsoft’s Darren Cosker, and Machine Learning with Foundry’s Mairéad Grogan; the event runs onsite May 3-5, online May 6 and on demand through May 31.

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Sony Acquires ‘Destiny’ Developer Bungie For $3.6 Billion

Studio to become independent subsidiary of Sony Interactive Entertainment; acquisition signals big plans for future IP, though FAQ addressing the deal says new titles won’t be published as PlayStation exclusives.

Onward to the Metaverse! Headline News

Second Life Founder Phil Rosedale Is Positioning Platform for a Comeback

Now that metaverse-minded tech companies are catching up with his original idea, the virtual world pioneer believes it’s time to give his groundbreaking platform a second chance.

Submit Now! Headline News

Call for Entries: The Telly Awards

New categories for the event’s 43rd edition include Hybrid Events, Workplace Culture, and Sustainability; early entry deadline is December 10; winners will be announced in May 2022.

This Update is Unreal! Headline News

Unreal Engine 4.27 is Here!

Now available, the latest update to Epic Games' real-time game engine boasts improvements for creators across multiple industries such as game development, film and television, and architecture; enhanced features include improved VFX workflows, faster light baking, integrated RAD game tools, and production-ready pixel streaming.

Virtual Events Headline News

VFXRIO Live Kicks Off March 21

Free digital event opens with ‘Digital Humans’ keynote by Pinscreen founder Hao Li, a leader in deepfake art and technology, who will discuss the evolution of virtual living triggered by the global pandemic.

Music for TV Headline News

Gareth Coker to Score Studio Wildcard’s ‘ARK: The Animated Series’

By Dan Sarto | Monday, January 25, 2021 at 2:37pm

The BAFTA-nominated composer is known for scoring Ubisoft’s ‘Immortals: Fenyx Rising and Microsoft’s upcoming ‘Halo Infinite.’

Let the Games Begin Headline News

New Lucasfilm Games ‘Indiana Jones’ Title in the Works with Bethesda

The former LucasArts is collaborating with the leading game company’s MachineGames studio on an original story, the action-adventure franchise’s first videogame for modern consoles since 2003.

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‘Halo’ TV Series Adaptation Resumes Filming

Showtime teases sneak of Master Chief and Cortana as its live-action adaption of the fan-favorite video game series goes back under the lights after production shut down due to COVID-19.

People Headline News

Battat Taps Fonda Snyder to Head New Entertainment Division

Industry veteran will help develop and promote parent company’s IP, while expanding strategic global partnerships with family entertainment companies, animation studios, broadcasters, and streamers.

The Big Get Bigger Headline News

Microsoft Acquires ‘Fallout’ and ‘Elder Scrolls’ Publisher Bethesda Softworks

By Dan Sarto | Monday, September 21, 2020 at 12:01pm

$7.5 billion cash deal for game maker’s parent, ZeniMax Media, expands software giant’s growing gaming business profile.

Technology Headline News

Hardware Spending to Take Off with ‘Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020’

Processing capabilities needed to support simulation games expected to push PC hardware sales into the billions.  

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