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Postby sdsichero » Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:35 pm

Lawsuit Awards $11 Million to Original Madden Programmer

A verdict has been reached in the lawsuit between original Madden programmer Robin Antonick and EA, awarding Antonick more than $11 million in damages. The verdict also opens the door for Antonick to pursue the same claims against EA for games released after 1996, where revenues exceed $3 billion.

Antonick developed the first Madden title in 1988 for MS-DOS, Commodore, and Apple II platforms. In 2011, he sued EA for millions of dollars of unpaid royalties, claiming that the contract he signed with the publisher in 1986 stipulated he should be paid royalties not only for the games he developed, but any derivative works.

After three days of deliberations, a jury in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California found that several EA games published between 1990-1996 were "virtually identical" to Antonick's original version of Madden NFL Football.
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Zynga Posts $15.8 Million Loss, Revenue Down 31 Percent

Today, social game developer Zynga reported its second quarter 2013 fiscal results, showing that the company is hemorrhaging both money and users.

Zynga’s revenue for the second quarter, which ran from April through June, was $231 million, a 31 percent year-over-year decline, and a 12 percent decline from the previous quarter. Game revenue accounts for $203 million; the rest comes from advertising. Game revenue itself is down 30 percent compared to 2012’s second quarter and down 11 percent compared to last quarter, while advertising revenue is down 33 percent compared to 2012’s second quarter and down 19 percent to last quarter.

The company’s net loss for the quarter was $16 million. Its net loss was $23 million in the second quarter of 2012.

In terms of users, Zynga is also struggling mightily. Daily active users are down 33 million when compared to 2012’s second quarter, from 72 million users to 39 million users, a 45 percent drop. Daily active users are down 24 percent -- or 20 million users – from last quarter. Monthly active users are down from 306 million to 187 million when compared to 2012’s second quarter, a 119 million user drop. Since last quarter, 26 percent of Zynga’s monthly active users evaporated.
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Postby sdsichero » Sat Jul 27, 2013 7:43 pm

A bit of old news but...

Activision-Blizzard CEO Leads Buyout from French Parent Vivendi

Polarizing Activision-Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick has shocked the gaming world this morning by announcing that he will lead a new consortium of investors in buying Activision-Blizzard from the current parent in French mega conglomerate Vivendi in a new share purchase transaction currently being valued at $8.2 billion.
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Postby sdsichero » Wed Jul 31, 2013 5:25 pm

xposted in star wars thread

Whoa have to wait til 2015 for EA Star Wars games, didn't realize that.

Star Wars: Battlefront reboot due around summer 2015

"We have partnered with Walt Disney and LucasFilm to develop a whole new generation of Star Wars games for the console as well as for mobile and handheld devices," said EA CFO Blake Jorgensen. "The first game that we're focused on is Battlefront. It's a traditional game that's done extremely well and this will most likely come out around the same time as the Star Wars movies start to come out, probably in the summer of '15.
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Postby sdsichero » Thu Aug 01, 2013 5:21 pm

Huh, wonder if this will delay it further (well there was never a release date, but folks did expect it in a certain timeframe)?

Blizzard’s Titan Unlikely to be Subscription-Based MMO
Blizzard has provided a brief update on Titan, its long-awaited next project. In a call reporting Activision Blizzard’s second quarter 2013 earnings today, Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime said that Titan is “unlikely to be a subscription-based MMORPG.”

Morhaime noted that Blizzard is currently “in the process of selecting a new direction for the project and re-envisioning what we want the project to be.” He noted that a “commitment to quality has always been at the core of Blizzard’s values” and noted that the team has gone through a similar iterative process in past “genre-defining” games, plus reiterated that there is no projected or announced release date for Titan.
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Postby sdsichero » Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:54 am

xposted in the animation thread...

Hmn... imagi's current status is kind of a mystery to me. Wonder if this would have helped or hurt?

Imagi Animation Studios created a pitch for CGI Zelda film

Several years ago, Imagi Animation Studios created a pitch for a CGI Legend of Zelda film.

Expectedly, Imagi Animation Studios was unable to obtain any sort of Zelda film rights from Nintendo.

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Postby sdsichero » Wed Aug 07, 2013 10:33 am

Huh.




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Postby GLX » Wed Aug 07, 2013 3:15 pm

This wil be hitting the 3DS eShop "soon"

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Postby sdsichero » Wed Aug 07, 2013 4:09 pm

GLX wrote:This wil be hitting the 3DS eShop "soon"



They also had another Nintendo Direct this morning (and of course Japan and Europe had more content in their versions)...

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Postby GLX » Wed Aug 07, 2013 11:39 pm

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They also had another Nintendo Direct this morning (and of course Japan and Europe had more content in their versions)...



Watched it on my 3DS, earlier. While this Direct's offerings were alright, I was flat-out impressed with Recca. Even though I'd suck at it, the graphics are insane. :shock:
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Postby sdsichero » Thu Aug 08, 2013 3:08 am

I detest click-through articles but thought this was kind of interesting...

The awkward prototypes of gaming's iconic heroes
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Postby sdsichero » Thu Aug 08, 2013 5:25 pm

I really suck at these games, but I still really want them to localize it....

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Postby sdsichero » Fri Aug 09, 2013 6:31 pm

Man... I really liked the previous trailer for The Wonderful 101, but the 7 minute director's edition really makes me excited for the game. Kind of spoilerish...

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