Games/Entertainment

Microsoft Xbox exec Marc Whitten leaves for Sonos

After 14 years of service in Microsoft, Xbox Chief Product Officer Marc Whitten will be departing and heading over to Sonos to take the same position for an unspecified reason.

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GSN Games finally said to close acquisition of India-based Bash Gaming for $165M

GSN Games has finally completed its acquisition of Bingo Bash maker Bash Gaming, a games platform based in India, for about $165 million, sources confirmed to TechCrunch.

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San Francisco's Kontangent+PlayHaven rebrand as Upsight to integrate game analytics and monetization

San Francisco, US-based firm Kontangent+PlayHaven, a company that resulted from a merger three months ago, is rebranding as Upsight to create a single platform that integrates both game analytics and monetization.

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US-based video discovery startup Boxfish bags $7M in Series B funding

Palo Alto, US-based video discovery startup Boxfish bagged $7 million in a Series B funding round led by Atlantic Bridge to beef up its workforce and expand into new markets.

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Content Media acquires Chinese media producer Alive Group

Santa Monica, US-based media entertainment firm Content Media Corp acquired Beijing, China-based producer Alive Group for an undisclosed amount to gain access to the booming Chinese market.

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YTS revives Argentine movie streaming app Popcorn Time

After gaining popularity last week for its easy-to-use movie streaming interface and being shut down shortly after that, Buenos Aires, Argentina-based app Popcorn is being revived by torrent site YTS.

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US game monetization firm Mochi Media to shut down on March 31

San Francisco, US-based Flash game development and monetization platfrom Mochi Media will shut down on March 31, 2013 as it no longer has a solid future with Flash games.

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Apple clause will prevent Dong Ngyuen from bringing back Flappy Bird name on iOS

Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen told Rolling Stone he is thinking of bringing back the game but that won't be easy because of a clause in Apple's developer agreement, VentureBeat reported.

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California startup Klutch scores $1.5M to help people socialize offline

Santa Monica, US-based events planning mobile app Klutch scored $1.5 million in a funding round led by LaunchpadLA to help people plan get-togethers and socialize offline.

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Massachusetts-based firm Layer3 TV raises $21M in Series A funding

Boston, Massachusetts-based cable television firm Layer3 TV raised $21 million in a Series A funding round led by North Bridge Venture Partners and Evolution Media Growth Partner.

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US ticketing startup Eventbrite scores $50M in funding ahead of potential IPO

San Francisco, US-based event ticketing startup Eventbrite scored $50 million in a funding round from Tiger Global Management and T. Rowe Price to fuel its international expansion plans ahead of a potential initial public offering (IPO) in 2014.

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United to roll out in-flight entertainment for iOS devices in April

Starting April, United Airlines will roll out a free in-flight entertainment service for iOS devices and laptops that has more than 150 movies and 200 TV shows that passengers can stream.

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Google to venture into set top business with Green Throttle acquisition

Search giant Google is reportedly venturing into the set top business with its recent acquisition of Santa Clara, US-based mobile game and hardware developer Green Throttle Games for an undisclosed amount.

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King Digital Entertainment says worth to reach $7.6B after it goes public

King Digital Entertainment, the British developer of the widely-active game Candy Crush Saga, could be valued up to $7.6 billion after it holds its initial public offering, AFP reported.

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Finland-based Next Games secures $6M in recent funding round

Institutional, strategic and private investors backed Finland-based gaming startup Next Games with $6 million in its latest funding round. The firm intends to roll out the mobile game version of "The Walking Dead" globally, VentureBeat reported.

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