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Dorian raises $2 million for immersive fiction app

Dorian has raised $2 million in funding for interactive storytelling for a new generation of readers. The San Francisco-based company is developing an “immersive fiction app” that is inspired by experimental storytelling such as Netflix’s Black Mirror: Bandersnatch TV show, where the viewers could make choices for the show’s characters. The money comes from game-focused […]

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Deloitte: U.S. consumers piece together their personalized entertainment experiences

U.S. consumers piece together their personalized entertainment experiences from multiple sources, according to Deloitte’s 13th edition of the its Digital Media Trends survey. Consumers have access to a dizzying array of digital media sources, and so they are taking their entertainment into their own hands to access their favorite content. One of the big growth […]

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Oblong introduces Rumpus visual collaboration tool for virtual teams

Oblong Industries is giving us a little taste of the future with Rumpus, a visual collaboration tool for virtual teams on the Mac. It lets everyone share their screens at once or point at something at the same time, even if they aren’t in the same room together. Oblong CEO John Underkoffler is best known as […]

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Nissan Design works with Haptx to bring realistic touch to VR vehicle design

Nissan Design is collaborating with Haptx to bring a realistic touch to designing cars in virtual reality, the companies announced last week. HHaptxmakes VR gloves that have haptic technology, or the sensation of touch, thanks to 130 tiny actuators in the gloves. You can use these gloves to virtually touch things in a VR environment. […]

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Pixar’s Coco producer Darla Anderson joins Glu Mobile’s board

Glu Mobile announced Darla Anderson, Oscar award-winning producer of Pixar’s animated film Coco, has joined the mobile game publisher’s board of directors. Anderson was a 25-year veteran of Pixar Animation Studios, and she recently signed a development and production deal with Netflix. Her appointment comes at a time when (the […]

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Infinite Retina will make apps and experiences for ‘spatial computing’

Infinite Retina is debuting today as a digital agency specializing in apps and experiences for “spatial computing” platforms. Spatial computing is another way of saying augmented reality, which allows people to overlay digital images and animations on the real world using AR glasses such as the Magic Leap One. Los […]

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How Roblox is moving ahead with its digital civility initiative

Roblox has more than 80 million monthly players on its Lego-like virtual world platform for teens, and it only takes a few bad apples to ruin the fun. That’s why the company is moving ahead with a digital civility initiative, which is meant to improve online safety and to start reducing […]

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Stern Pinball will host esports for retro fans with pinball tournament

Gary Stern has been making pinball machines at Stern Pinball for decades, as he had been taught the trade of making these machines by his father. Stern has been building its machines since 1986, and now it is parlaying that fame into esports tournaments and a “lifestyle brand.” I’ve been […]

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Optic Gaming partners with Champion Athleticwear as esports and brands get hitched

Optic Gaming has won a lot of esports competitions over the years, and its reward is a new partnership with athletic apparel brand Champion Athleticwear. Frisco, Texas-based Optic Gaming has entered into a collaborative partnership with Champion Athleticwear, makers of authentic athletic apparel since 1919. Such deals will help esports […]

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Bobby Kotick and Andrew Wilson make the list of most overpaid U.S. CEOs

No CEO wants to be on this list. But the chief executives of game publishers Activision Blizzard and Electronic Arts are among the most overpaid CEOs in the U.S., according to a report by non-profit foundation As You Sow. Aimed at promoting corporate social responsibility, As You Sow analyzes how […]

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Magic Leap CEO: We’re dead serious about the ‘Magicverse’

Rony Abovitz, CEO of Magic Leap, talks about the Magicverse like it’s a real thing. That’s because it is part of the visionary manifesto, of which the Magic Leap One augmented reality glasses are only a part. In an exclusive interview with GamesBeat, Abovitz said his company is working with […]

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Nreal raises $16 million for lightweight mixed reality glasses

Nreal, a Beijing-based developer of ready-to-wear mixed reality glasses, has raised an additional $16 million in funding to make its 3-ounce smart glasses into a powerful and immersive experience. The money came from China Everbright Limited New Economy Fund, iQiyi, Shunwei Capital, and China Growth Capital. The latest round comes […]

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Kabam and esports veteran Kevin Chou turns to blockchain games with Forte startup

Kevin Chou has made his mark with Kabam in mobile games and Gen.G in esports. And now he has gathered his crew together for another startup, a blockchain gaming company called Forte (pronounced FOR-TAY). Chou’s founding team comes from Kabam, GarageGames, Unity, and Linden Lab. They’ve listened to the siren song of […]

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 launches battle royale upgrade, new maps to counter Apex Legends

You could think of it as the “Don’t forget about us announcement.” While Respawn’s battle royale rival Apex Legends is soaring beyond 25 million users, the makers of the Call of Duty battle royale mode have announced a new expansion. Today, Treyarch and Activision revealed the Operation Grand Heist event […]

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ILMxLAB launches Star Wars: Project Porg on Magic Leap One

ILMxLAB has released Star Wars: Project Porg, a “public experiment in mixed reality storytelling,” as an exclusive experience on the Magic Leap One Creator Edition augmented reality glasses. ILMxLAB, a division of Lucasfilm in San Francisco, has been working on this Magic Leap project for four years. It’s been one […]

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‘History of the Future’ book chronicles Palmer Luckey, Oculus, and the rebirth of VR

I’ve been reliving the last few years of my life by reading Blake Harris’ new book, The History of the Future. It chronicles the life of Palmer Luckey, the creation of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, and the revival of VR. The book debuts today. It is a thorough […]

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Vtime XR unveils AR mode for VR social network

Vtime XR is unveiling a virtual reality social network that you can view through VR or, if you wish, through augmented reality on a smartphone. The AR mode is launching on iOS and Android today. The company (which styles its name vTime) is renaming itself Vtime XR to promote its network […]

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Nvidia CEO foresees a great year for PC gaming laptops

As we reported today, Nvidia posted earnings that beat Wall Street’s reduced expectations for fourth fiscal quarter earnings for the period ended January 27. And while that quarter was disappointing, the maker of graphics and AI chips predicted that the year ahead would be a good one, with demand for laptop gaming […]

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Quiz Date Live lets you compete in a livestreamed trivia dating game

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Quiz Date Live is debuting today as a live dating and trivia app, taking inspiration from the likes of HQ Trivia. It’s launching out of beta today in an effort to stand out from the saturated dating app market, filled with endless swiping and mundane […]

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Digital kids platform SuperAwesome raises $13 million for ad-based video platform

SuperAwesome, which makes internet content safe for viewing by kids, has raised a $13 million round of financing led by Harbert European Growth Capital. SuperAwesome’s ‘kidtech’ infrastructure is used by hundreds of kids companies, such as Mattel, Disney, Hasbro, and Lego to enable kid-safe content, advertising, and other digital services. The company […]

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Honda Dream Drive — hands-on with a prototype for car infotainment

The Honda Dream Drive is a passenger information and entertainment experience that is meant to give us an idea of what being a car driver and a passenger will be like in the future. Honda showed off for the first time a couple of years ago, is now being tested […]

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Zynga hits Q4 earnings targets as CEO says ‘turnaround is now complete’

Zynga reported a slight $559,000 profit on revenue of $249 million for the fourth quarter that ended December 31, surpassing its own targets. CEO Frank Gibeau said that Zynga’s overall 2018 results mean that the company’s long “turnaround is now complete.” Zynga reported flat earnings per share on revenue of […]

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