Games/Entertainment

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Facebook's Oculus unveils new virtual reality prototype device

Facebook Inc's Oculus VR unit announced an upgraded prototype of its virtual reality headset that has higher resolution and built-in audio, but the company said it is not ready to sell a device to consumers.

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Las Vegas Strip

Global Cash to buy slot machine maker Multimedia Games

Global Cash Access Holdings Inc (GCA.N), which provides cash services to casinos, said it would buy slot machine maker Multimedia Games Holding Co Inc (MGAM.O) for about $1.2 billion to strengthen its gaming business.

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NFL

NFL season opener draws 26.9 mln viewers to NBC

The National Football League's opening game between Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers drew 26.9 million viewers on average, NBC said on Friday, making it one of the most-watched TV programs of the year.

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Angry Birds maker Rovio names new CEO

Finland's Rovio, the maker of the Angry Birds mobile game, said it has hired Pekka Rantala from beverage maker Hartwall to take over as its new chief executive by the beginning of next year.

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Amazon snaps up live video startup Twitch for $970 million

Amazon.com Inc snapped up live-streaming gaming network Twitch Interactive for about $970 million in cash, reflecting Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos' resolve to transform Amazon into an Internet destination beyond its core retail operations.

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Sony Corp

Sony says PlayStation network back online, user information safe after attack

Sony Corp's (6758.T) PlayStation Network was back online on Monday following a cyber attack that took it down over the weekend, which coincided with a bomb scare on a commercial flight carrying a top Sony executive in the United States.

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Sony PlayStation Network taken down by attack

Sony Corp (6758.T) said on Sunday its PlayStation Network was taken down by a denial of service-style attack and the FBI was investigating the diversion of a flight carrying a top Sony executive amid reports of a claim that explosives were on board.

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Rob Small

Web gaming firm Miniclip hires advisers for new sale attempt

One of the world's largest online games companies, Miniclip, has hired advisers to find a buyer after previous attempts to sell it fell through, according to several sources familiar with the firm.

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Ben Horowitz

Venture capitalist Andreessen Horowitz invests $50 mln in BuzzFeed

Venture Capital firm Andreessen Horowitz is investing $50 million in BuzzFeed, the social news and entertainment website known for producing advertising-sponsored "listicles" that go viral.

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Kiwi

Kiwi closes Series B with $15 million

Developer Kiwi secured another $15 million as it closed its Series B funding, with Northgate Capital leading the round along with other investors DFJ Venture and Sequioa Capital.

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XBox One display at Wal-Mart

JD.com to sell Microsoft's Xbox One games console in China

JD.com Inc, China's second-biggest e-commerce company by market share, will accept pre-orders for Microsoft Corp's Xbox One games console in China from July 28 to July 30, the firm said on Monday.

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Spackman Entertainment Group

Spackman Equities Group Entertainment Subsidiary Launches IPO in Singapore

Spackman Equities Group Inc. (the "Company" or "SEGI") (TSX VENTURE:SQG) announced today its entertainment subsidiary, Spackman Entertainment Group Limited ("SEGL"), one of Korea's leading theatrical film production groups, registered its Offer Document and launched its Initial Public Offering ("IPO") on Friday, July 11, 2014 in Singapore.

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Kuluya Games

Digital warriors battle to get African games on phones

Safari the warrior crouches in the bush - a digitized heroine from the new mobile phone game "Afro Fighters" that its Nigerian creator hopes will soon rival the likes of Clash of Clans or Angry Birds on the world's handsets.

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Satya Nadella

Microsoft CEO commits to develop Xbox platform

Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) Chief Executive Satya Nadella committed to develop its Xbox gaming platform in a letter to company employees, quashing rumors that the unit might be spun off.

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Twitch

Live video startup Twitch builds studio to woo gamers, advertisers

Live streaming startup Twitch, which grew its users over 40 percent in the past year, said it is building a studio in San Francisco to host videogame broadcasts and attract more advertisers and viewers to its novel live chat format.

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