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Facebook Snags ‘Heroes of the Dorm’ eSports Tourney Away From ESPN

Facebook Snags ‘Heroes of the Dorm’ eSports Tourney Away From ESPN

Facebook is the exclusive broadcast partner for this year’s college eSports tournament “Heroes of the Dorm” from Blizzard Entertainment — an event that was carried on ESPN2 for the last two years. The 2017 spring tournament, produced by Blizzard and Tespa, will feature “Heroes of the Storm” teams from colleges across the U.S. and Canada, giving them a chance to …

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ESPN First eSports Broadcast: EA FIFA 17 Paris Regional Finals

ESPN First eSports Broadcast: EA FIFA 17 Paris Regional Finals

ESPN is counterprogramming against the NFL’s Super Bowl LI with the telecast of an eSports competition — the first on the sports giant’s primary TV channel — featuring pro video-gamers playing what everyone outside the U.S. calls football. On cable, ESPN will air a one-hour replay of EA’s Paris regional final of the FIFA 17 Ultimate Team Championship Series on …

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Smurfs Bubble Story: Free Game Download for Movie

Smurfs Bubble Story: Free Game Download for Movie

A slew of Smurfs is about to swarm over smartphones in a new game — designed in part to drive fans into theaters to see the little blue beings’ new movie this weekend. Sony has launched “Smurfs Bubble Story,” a free bubble-shooter mobile game for kids and Smurfs fans of all ages who care to admit it (Sony says the game …

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Warner Bros. Settles FTC Charges Over PewDiePie Sponsored Game Videos

Warner Bros. Settles FTC Charges Over PewDiePie Sponsored Game Videos

Warner Bros. paid PewDiePie and other digital stars upwards of tens of thousands of dollars each to promote a 2014 game based on the world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” without properly disclosing the arrangements, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Under a settlement WB reached with the FTC, announced Monday, Warner Bros. has agreed to make such disclosures in …

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Amazon’s Twitch Hires Michael Aragon, Former GM of PlayStation Network’s Video and Music Services

Amazon’s Twitch Hires Michael Aragon, Former GM of PlayStation Network’s Video and Music Services

Twitch, the game-broadcasting and social-video company owned by Amazon, has hired Michael Aragon as senior VP of content. In the newly created position, Aragon reports directly to Twitch CEO Emmett Shear. Aragon is joining the San Francisco-based company to oversee global broadcaster partnerships, eSports, Twitch Studios, content development and content marketing teams. Most recently, Aragon worked at Ellation, parent company …

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WWE to Launch Free ‘Candy Crush’-Style Mobile Game With Wrestling Stars

WWE to Launch Free ‘Candy Crush’-Style Mobile Game With Wrestling Stars

WWE is featuring fan-favorite wrestlers Triple H, John Cena, Roman Reigns and others in a new free-to-play mobile puzzle and role-playing game, set to launch later this year. “WWE Champions,” being developed under a pact with mobile-game network startup Scopely, will combine match-three puzzle gameplay a la “Candy Crush” with RPG elements. Players can collect more than 100 different WWE …

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‘Doctor Strange’ Is Invading Marvel Mobile, PC Games

‘Doctor Strange’ Is Invading Marvel Mobile, PC Games

Before “Doctor Strange” descends on theaters next weekend, the Master of the Mystic Arts and other characters from the film will infiltrate a half-dozen Marvel Entertainment games in a carefully choreographed promo stunt. Starting Wednesday and running through the end of November, “Doctor Strange” content and characters will be appearing throughout six Marvel game titles on PC and mobile: “Marvel …

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PewDiePie’s Tuber Simulator Game Launches, Revelmode Inks Studio Deal

PewDiePie’s Tuber Simulator Game Launches, Revelmode Inks Studio Deal

PewDiePie, the hugely popular YouTube comedy vlogger who specializes in video games, has launched his next mobile game — “PewDiePie’s Tuber Simulator” — through his Revelmode joint venture with Maker Studios. In addition, the Revelmode partners announced they have signed a multi-title development deal with the studio formed by “Goat Simulator” creator Armin Ibrisagic. In the free “PewDiePie’s Tuber Simulator” …

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E3 2016: 5 Takeaways

E3 2016: 5 Takeaways

The video game industry gathered in downtown Los Angeles this past week for the annual deluge of announcements, trailers and reveals known as E3 Here are five of our biggest takeaways from this year’s convention. The connection between Hollywood and video games is getting stronger. As the video game industry (and the technology behind it) has continued to grow, Hollywood’s …

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Jam City, Set to Launch Another ‘Family Guy’ Mobile Game, Eyes IPO in 2018

Jam City, Set to Launch Another ‘Family Guy’ Mobile Game, Eyes IPO in 2018

Jam City, the fast-growing mobile games publisher, loves Seth MacFarlane’s “Family Guy” so much, it’s teed up another title based on Fox’s sarcasm-fueled animated TV series. The new match-three puzzle game, aptly called “Family Guy: Another Freakin’ Mobile Game,” is set to launch early this summer. The game — which is not for kids, Jam City noted, or people who …

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