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THQ Sells Off UFC Rights To EA

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Agoura Hills-based THQ said late Monday that it has sold off its rights to produce titles for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) brand, to Electronic Arts. electronic arts merger acquisition videogame video game contentFinancial details of the sale were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

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Respawn's Titanfall 2 Rolls Out Worldwide

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Titanfall 2 , the latest chapter in the online multiplayer combat game series developed by Van Nuys-based game studio Respawn Entertainment , has rolled out worldwide to Xbox One, PlayStation4, and PC users, according to Respawn and Electronic Arts. Zampell and West were the co-founders of Infinity Ward. READ MORE>>.

Superplay Takes On Social, Mobile Games

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Superplay said it was founded by veterans from Electronic Arts, Petroglyph, Oddworld Inhabitants and Turbine, and is headed by Paul Della Bitta. Laguna Beach-based Superplay Games , a new social and mobile games developer, said this morning that it has launched its first mobile title, Cosmonauts. READ MORE>>.

WebVisible Moves Headquarters To Los Angeles

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WebVisible said it is moving to a new, creative space in Playa Vista, within the Electronics Arts Campus. WebVisible , which helps small and medium sized businesses place online advertising, announced Wednesday afternoon that it has moved its headquarters from Irvine, to Los Angeles. WebVisible had been in Irvine for 10 years.

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Cie Games Names COO

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D'Souza was most recently at online games maker Nexon America, and also has served at Evoco and Electronic Arts. READ MORE>>.

ntro Dangles Food Truck For A Day For Download

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Founder Resnick co-founded Pandemic, which ultimately was sold to Electronic Arts for $860M. The sweepstakes runs through December 31st.

EA Mobile Targets Amazon's Kindle

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Fans.lu Ties With Game Development Organization

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David Padula has served at Activision and Paramount Pictures; Derek Padula has worked as a game designer at Electronic Arts, Activision, and Seven Studios. According to the two, current and future members of the IGDA will receive a discount on the initial store setup fee for Fans.lu. READ MORE>>.

Respawn's TitanFall Set For Launch

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Electronic Arts is publishing Titanfall. Respawn''s Zampella was behind the immensely successful Call of Duty titles. READ MORE>>.

EA Mobile Launches Four New Mobile Titles

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Los Angeles-based EA Mobile , the mobile division of Electronic Arts, said yesterday that the firm is planning the launch of four new, movie-based titles this summer. Tags: eamobile electronic arts mobile cell phone game movie Joe The Rise of Cobra, Star Trek, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Respawn Entertainment Launches New Game Studio

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Jason West and Vince Zampella, the developer of video game Call of Duty and co-founder ofs Infinity Ward, have set up shop as Respawn Entertainment , and inked a deal with Electronic Arts to distribute its games. Tags: respawn entertainment game videogame studio callofduty activision electronic arts content

Gaikai Bolsters Exec Lineup

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Wilson joins the company from Electronic Arts, where he was most recently CTO of EA Redwood Shores. Stevenson joins the firm from Namco Bandai Games, where he was VP of Online Development; Stevenson has also served at Atari. Gaikai is venture backed by Benchmark Capital, TriplePoint Capital, Rustic Canyon Partners and Intel.

Silicon Beach Afternoon Roundup: Obama’s Net-Neutrality Rules Upheld in Federal Court

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Net-neutrality upheld in federal court, e-commerce startup Loot Crate secures major investment; Electronic Arts sets its sights on e-sports market, and more

IVP: We Love LA, So We Invested In Snapchat

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Why did lead investor IVP invest in what most local investors shied away from? READ MORE>>. snapchat venture capital investment valuation jamdat

Citysearch Names VP, GM

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Szler has also served at Activision Blizzard, heading up brand management for Guitar Hero, Call of Duty, and other titles, and also has been at Electronic Arts and The Clorox Company. Salzer was previously HEad of Marketing and Product for Linden Labs' Second Life. READ MORE>>. citysearch executive

KidZui Launches Advertising Platform

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KidZui said it has already signed up pilot client including DreamWorks, Disney, Universal Theatrical, Warner Brothers, LeapFrog, Electronic Arts, Square Enix, Toys"R"Us, Foopets, National Geographic, and Herotopia for the advertising effort. As part of the launch, the firm said it has hired Bryan Mullen as Chief Revenue Officer.

Gaikai Powers Game Site

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Gaikai said that "The Escapist" will use its platform to stream demos of games like Electronic Arts Dead Space 2 and Mass Effect 2 to game players, with other major video game publishers making their titles available through the site. Financial impact of the win were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

Digital LA: Branded Entertainment Panel Live!

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Join us tonight live at 8pm PST from UCLA Korn Hall for Digital LA’s Branded Entertainment panel right here on TechZulu. davidbeebe. Yahoo!

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Seismic Games Acquires Grue Games

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Borrud was formerly head of Pandemic Studios, the gaming firm acquired by Electronic Arts in 2007 for $860M. Culver City-based Seismic Games announced on Thursday that it has acquired fellow, Los Angeles game development company Grue Games. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. READ MORE>>.

Interview with Josh Resnick, ntro

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That's the problem that the mobile app ntro is looking to solve. Josh sat down to talk to us his new company and its new app. more) READ MORE>>.

THQ Names Production VP

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He also served at Electronics Arts, Canada, and most recently was a senior advisor to security firm NuCaptcha. Agoura Hills-based THQ announced this morning that it has named Ron Moravek as its new Executive Vice President, Production. Moravek is the former co-founder and COO of Relic Entertainment, which he sold to THQ in 2004.

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Buffalo Studios Launches iOS Game

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The timed bingo game is free. Buffalo Studios is led by Michael Marchetti. READ MORE>>.

Social Gamification - Building Brand Addiction

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Electronic Arts Global Online Group SapientNitro. Tuesday, September 20, 2011 -- Social Gamification - Building Brand Addiction. Join SapientNitro as we celebrate Social Media Week with a playful mixer and panel discussion: Extreme engagement and the dynamics of social gamification, with guest speakers: Activision GAIKAI Cloud Gaming.

Interview with Scott Lahman, GOGII

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Scott Lahman is co-founder of Los Angeles-based GOGII (www.gogii.com), the developer of group text messaging application textPlus. It's all about fun.

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3BLACKDOT Snags Machinima Vet For Game Development Effort

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He also has previously worked at Electronic Arts, Collective Studios, Activision, and Warner Bros. Los Angeles-based 3BLACKDOT --founded by Machina Vets Angelo Pullen, Luke Stepleton, Adam Montoya, and Tom Cassell--said Tuesday that it has snagged another Machinima vet, Marwan Abderrazzaq, to head up game development at the company.

Student-Driven 3D Game Engine Development: Practical Approach

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Speaker: Artem Kovalovs, Gameplay programmer at Visceral Games, Electronic Arts, Los Angeles. Thursday, March 31, 2011 -- Student-Driven 3D Game Engine Development: Practical Approach. Sponsored by the Center for Computer Games and Virtual Worlds and The Institute for Software Research. See [link] (more

LA Names Chief Innovation Technology Officer

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Music Mastermind Nabs $11.3M As It Launches Music Creation App

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Chillingo is a unit of Electronic Arts (EA). Calabasas-based Music Mastermind , the interactive entertainment firm headed by Matt Serletic, has raised $11.3M, as it has inked a deal with mobile games publisher Chillingo to publish a new music creation game called Zya. READ MORE>>.

Demand Media Expands In Ireland

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The new office will be headed by David Ryan, who was most recently at Electronic Arts. Demand Media , the online publishing business led by Richard Rosenblatt, has made a major expansion into Ireland, as part of its domain name business, the firm said Wednesday. READ MORE>>.

Payoff.com Adds Resnick To Board

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Resnick co-founded and was President of Pandemic Studios, which was sold to Electronic ARts for $860M. Payoff.com , the online service which is using gamification to help consumers pay off credit cards and save for goals, said Monday that Pandemic Studios co-founder Josh Resnick has joined the company's board of directors. READ MORE>>.

Image Metrics Names VP

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Crigler has previously served at Havok, a subsidiary of Intel, as well as Criterion/Electronic Arts, and Database Marketing Group. Santa Monica-based Image Metrics , a developer of facial animation technology and services, said this weekt that it has hired Michael Crigler as its Vice President of North American Sales. READ MORE>>.

NewFronts | Monetizing Digital Content [Live]

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Clients include Home Depot, Sony Electronics, THQ, Virgin Mobile, Levis and Fox.@severshed This is your LA chance to meet the shows in LA!

Games Go Social

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With all of the major console and PC video game companies in Los Angeles (Electronic Arts, Activision, THQ, Blizzard), it only makes sense to discuss how more and more games are bringing in aspects of social media to enhance game play. Tuesday, October 20, 2009 -- Games Go Social. SMCLA. See [link] (more

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Social Media and Gaming

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Steve McClurg joins us from EA (Electronic Arts). Tuesday, January 27, 2009 -- Social Media and Gaming. Steve?s managing strat planning and biz dev for EA's brand new social gaming division. The recent success of SCRABBLE on Facebook has proven some serious viability for future gaming opportunities. See [link] (more

Interview with Neville Spiteri, TheBlu

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We've got each species and 3d models, works of art. We spoke with Neville about the company: What is theBlu? Can people see TheBlu now?

Gaikai Names Strategy Head

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Reeves joins the firm from Electronic Arts, where she was Senior Vice President/COO Global Online. Los Angeles-based Gaikai , which develops a cloud-based, game streaming services, said today that it has named Nanea Reeves to the position of Chief Strategy Officer. She also served as SVP of JAMDAT Mobile. READ MORE>>.

EA Mobile Ships Need For Speed SHIFT

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Los Angeles-based EA Mobile , the mobile apps division of Electronic Arts, said Friday that its driving simulation game Need for Speed SHIFT debuted Friday on the Apple App Store. The game, which runs on the iPhone and iPod touch, includes multi-player support using Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The application lists for $9.99.

Activision Blizzard Cutting Jobs in Los Angeles, According to Filings

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Fellow computer game makers Electronic Arts and THQ have both announced layoffs in recent months as the industry has felt the effects of a slowing economy Computer game maker Activision Blizzard is apparently cutting jobs in El Segundo and Los Angeles, according to a filing with the California Employment Development Department.

5D: The Future of Immersive Design Conference

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Produced by the Art Directors Guild (ADG) and the University Art Museum of California State University at Long Beach (CSULB), this first-ever conference takes place on the CSULB campus. Sunday, October 5, 2008 -- 5D: The Future of Immersive Design Conference. See [link] (more

5D: The Future of Immersive Design Conference

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Produced by the Art Directors Guild (ADG) and the University Art Museum of California State University at Long Beach (CSULB), this first-ever conference takes place on the CSULB campus. Saturday, October 4, 2008 -- 5D: The Future of Immersive Design Conference. See [link] (more