Games/Entertainment

Big Fish Games to accept Bitcoin to pay for games

Big Fish Games is collaborating with Coinbase so that it can accept Bitcoin as a form of payment for games and virtual goods in its gaming platform, VentureBeat reported.

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Console market faces contraction

The console market is apparently facing a substantial decline based on North American console sales from January 2007 and that of January 2014, TechCrunch reported.

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Virginia-based furniture rental firm CORT buys AA Party Rentals

Virginia, US-based furniture rental firm CORT Business Services bought Mountlake Terrace, Washington-based events planning firm AA Party Rentals for an undisclosed amount to expand its product offering.

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San Francisco startup Spellgun launches to bring Western mobile games to China

San Francisco, US-based startup Spellgun launched today to bring Western mobile games to China's mobile market under a partnership with video game art outsourcing firm Concept Art House and Chinese firm Talkweb.

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LiveNation Labs adds US social search startup YourTrove to deliver improved concert experience

Los Angeles, California-based concert and ticketing digital unit LiveNation Labs added San Francisco-based social search startup for an undisclosed amount to deliver improved concert experience for music fans.

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Angel Academe makes first investment in seed round of UK-based Buddybounce

Women-led angel investment network Angel Academe has invested in UK-based Buddybounce, a startup that seeks to help artists determine and reward their "super fans," TechCrunch reported.

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Walt Disney Studios inks deal with Shanghai Media Group Pictures to grow presence in Chinese entertainment

An agreement was entered into between Walt Disney Studios and Shanghai Media Group Pictures to allow writers and filmmakers in the US and China to work together in producing Disney movies with Chinese themes, Reuters reported.

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Shaquille O'Neal launches Indiegogo campaign for Shaq Fu video game sequel

Basketball superstar Shaquille O'Neal launched a $450,000 crowdfunding campaign via Indiegogo to redeem himself in the gaming arena and create a follow-up of the Shaq Fu video game which was released in 1994 and was heavily criticized for being a big flop.

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US startup SeeSpace launches crowdfunding campaign for combined Internet and second screen product InAIR

San Francisco, US-based startup SeeSpace launched a $100,000 crowdfunding campaign via Kickstarter for InAIR, its new product that combines Internet and second screen functions.

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Brand new Manila-based Altitude Games secures $275K in seed funding

Altitude Games, a fresh mobile gaming studio based in the Philippines, has received $275,000 for its seed funding round to help it create its "original IP in the midcore game space," TechCrunch reported.

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Sony Computer Entertainment honcho Jack Tretton steps down

Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) honcho Jack Tretton is stepping down as the head of the US PlayStation division as part of an agreement with SCEA not to renew his contract.

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Vimeo commits $10M fund to films that would be exclusively distributed through Vimeo on Demand

Video distribution platform Vimeo has announced a $10 million fund targeted for filmmakers to distribute their content on Vimeo On Demand exclusively for a certain period of time, TechCrunch reported.

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Singapore-based Viddsee inks content partnership deal with Yahoo

Viddsee, an independent film platform based in Singapore, has forged a content partnership agreement with Yahoo to bring Asian independent films to a wider audience, TechCrunch reported.

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Barcelona-based Omnidrone secures $2M from institutional investors

Mobile gaming startup Omnidrone has bagged $2 million in its first institutional funding round. Investors included Nokia Growth Partners, London Venture Partners and Kibo Ventures, a funding statement said.

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GamesAnalytics is now DeltaDNA

In its quest to help game makers improve player engagement, GamesAnalytics has changed its name to DeltaDNA and added a self-serve consulting business to its services, VentureBeat reported.

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