Industrial Toys Acquired By Electronic Arts

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Pasadena-based Industrial Toys , the video game company founded by Alex Seropian, has been acquired by Electronic Arts , EA announced on Monday afternoon. seropian alex acuqisition merger arts electornic toys industrialFinancial details of the acquisition were not announced. Seropian was founder and former CEO of Bungie Studios, and also had served at Diensy Interactive.

GameFly Sells Cloud Streaming Tech, Team To Electronic Arts

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Los Angeles-based game streaming provider GameFly and Electronic Arts said Tuesday that Electronic Arts has acquired GameFly's cloud-streaming technology, but that GameFly will continue to operate its games-by-mail subscription service. GameFly said the deal with Electronic Arts gives EA the cloud gaming assets and personnel of GameFly Israel, but does not change the services offered to its US-based games-by-mail customers.

FabFitFun surpasses $200 million in revenue as it hits million-subscriber milestone

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EA Shutters Pandemic Studios

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Electronics Arts is shutting down Los Angeles-based Pandemic Studios , according to an internal note leaked to gaming news site Kotaku. According to the note, Electronic Arts has laid off around 200 employees, and transitioned the rest to Electronic Arts' Los Angeles office. Tags: electronic arts games content pandemic shutdown layoff

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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. According to THQ, the sale resulted in an undisclosed cash payment to THQ, and allows THQ to continue to publish its existing console and mobile titles through March 31, 2013.

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EA Mobile Targets Amazon's Kindle

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Los Angeles-based EA Mobile , the mobile game publishing arm of Electronic Arts, has set its sights on a new platform for its mobile games: Amazon's Kindle. Tags: electronic arts mobile kindle jamdat

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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

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 The mobile games studio--which was formerly Jamdat--said it is launching a title around Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, G.I. Joe The Rise of Cobra, Star Trek, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

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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.

Respawn Entertainment Acquired By EA For Up To $455M

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Los Angeles-based game studio Respawn Entertainment , best known for its development of the title Titanfall, has been acquired by Electronic Arts , the two said on Thursday afternoon. titanfall acquisition merger videogame arts electronics entertainment respawnEA said it will pay $151M in cash, and up to $164M in long term equity to employees, for Respawn, plus up to $140M in performance-based milestone payments--for a deal which could be worth up to $455M.

Buffalo Studios Launches iOS Game

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Los Angeles-based Buffalo Studios , a social gaming developer founded by former Electronic Arts (EA) executives, said today that it has released its first, mobile game, for Apple iOS.

Respawn's TitanFall Set For Launch

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Electronic Arts is publishing Titanfall. Sherman Oaks-based videogame developer Respawn Entertainment , headed by Vince Zampella, is launching its new title, Titanfall at midnight, in what has been billed as a potential game changer for Microsoft''s Xbox One.

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. READ MORE>>. executive production videogame content

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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. According to Demand Media, it has opened up what will be its largest, international office in Dublin, Ireland, which will serve as the international headquarters for its domain services business.

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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. Abderrazzaq was previously Director of Franchise at Machinima. The company said that he worked with Warner Bros.

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. See [link] (more

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. Music Mastermind said the funding came from Intel Capital and Liberty Global.

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. Long Beach-based Cie Games , the social games developer behind Car Town for Facebook, said today that it has named Carey D'Souza as its new Chief Operating Officer.

Machinima Names New GM As Gutstein Leaves

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since 2009, and previously also had served at Electronics Arts, InfoSpace, and Mattel. Burbank-based Machinima said last week that it has named Russell Arons , Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing of Machinima owner Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, as General Manager, to take over from current CEO Chad Gutstein, who the company said is leaving to "pursue entrepreneurial projects." Gutstein has been CEO of Machinima since 2014.

LA Names Chief Innovation Technology Officer

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Marx joins Los Angeles from Qualcomm Labs, where he was VP of Business Development, and he also served on the digital and technology side of Mattel, along with media-technology consultancy Analog Protocol; Vividenti-Universal Games; Universal Studios; Electronic Arts; UCLA, and 3M.

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. Both companies had worked together on the titles Skylanders Battlecast and Clan Wars for Call of Duty.

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. The Los Angeles company, which is run by Scott Saunders, said that Resnick is one of the company's seed investors.

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. Image Metrics is a developer of markerless facial animation software and related services for the film and videogame industry. 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. The firm said the move is a part of an ongoing effort to "re-energize" the company, and to embrace the "collaborative vibe" of the area.

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. Kovalovs will talk about building student-driven 3D game engines and what can be done to minimize the development time.

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. The new title, which runes on Apple iOS devices and Android, is free.

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. West Hollywood-based Citysearch , the online city guide which is part of IAC, said that it has named Kimberly Salzer as its new Vice President and General Manager. Salzer was previously HEad of Marketing and Product for Linden Labs' Second Life.

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. How do you get local users to download and try out your new social networking app? In the case of recently launched Ntro , you offer to let them have their own food truck for a day in a contest.

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. Gaikai is venture backed by Benchmark Capital, TriplePoint Capital, Rustic Canyon Partners, Limelight Networks and Intel Capital.

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.

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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. The app is a follow on to the firm's earlier iPhone title, Need for Speed Undercover, which was released in May. EA Mobile was formerly JAMDAT Mobile.

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 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.

Social Discovery App Ntro Launches, Backed by $1.7M in Angel Funding

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Renick was co-founder and President of Pandemic Studios, which eventually was acquired by Electronic Arts for $860M after a merger with Bioware. Los Angeles-based startup nProgress , headed by former Pandemic Studios President Josh Resnick, is announcing this morning that it has launched ntro , a new smart phone app for iPhone and Android aimed at social discovery.

IVP: We Love LA, So We Invested In Snapchat

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A lot of heads turned Monday after Venice-based Snapchat , the instant-photo messaging service known for its self destructing chats, announced a huge, $60M round at a huge valuation. Why did lead investor IVP invest in what most local investors shied away from?

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. Los Angeles-based cloud-based game streaming service Gaikai has bolstered its executive staff, saying today that it has named Robert Stevenson as Senior Vice President of Interactive Entertainment, and Tim Wilson as Executive Vice President, Strategic Relationships.