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News: More than 170 jobs axed at THQ - rumour

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More than 170 staff have been cut from THQ in its most recent round of layoffs, including vice president of technology Mark DeLoura. That's according to IGDA's Kevin Dent, who claims the company is about to detail the cuts in the same week it will reveal financial results for...
News: More than 170 jobs axed at THQ - rumour

Valve to include non-game software on its Steam platform starting September 5th in hopes of becoming major App Store?

9to5mac.com
Gaming marketplace Steam is ready to be the third major desktop application store. Valve, the parent company of Steam, announced in a press release this afternoon the arrival of new non-gaming software on its store, launching September 5th. The titles Steam will offer range from “creativity to productivity” and...
Valve to include non-game software on its Steam platform starting September 5th in hopes of becoming major App Store?

FoodToEat Takes on Seamless and GrubHub With Low Fees and Food Trucks

www.betabeat.com
Ms. Kapur. As if Seamless didn't have enough to worry about with GrubHub nipping at its heels. Ever heard of online food ordering service FoodToEat? Maybe not, as the young startup has been quietly growing in beta. But FoodToEat launched in June 2011 and after a recent redesign, founder Deepti...
FoodToEat Takes on Seamless and GrubHub With Low Fees and Food Trucks
Uncharted: The Golden Abyss Review - Of trinkets and treasures
HTC One X review

Gran Turismo 6 announced for PS3

arstechnica.com
Rejoice, PS3 racing fans, Polyphony Digital has some news for you. That’s right—there’s a new installment of Gran Turismo, the world’s most popular console-racing franchise, and it’s (allegedly) coming in time for the holidays. Earlier today at the UK’s Silverstone race circuit, Sony held a "15 years of Gran Turismo”...
Gran Turismo 6 announced for PS3

New Super Mario Bros. 2: Nintendo 3DS gets a new game that's all too familiar

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If you like Nintendo games, you're used to revisiting classic franchises. Is New Super Mario Bros. 2 the perfect return visit for the Nintendo 3DS, or is it one retread too many? [Read more]...
New Super Mario Bros. 2: Nintendo 3DS gets a new game that's all too familiar
Activision updates Call Of Duty franchise for XBox One

Cheap sitter? Netflix lines up 300 hours of Dreamworks TV

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Netflix deal with Dreamworks Animation will create multiple original series based on big movie franchises like Shrek and Kung Fu Panda. [Read more]...
Cheap sitter? Netflix lines up 300 hours of Dreamworks TV

Nikkei: Microsoft porting first-party game franchises to Android and iOS

www.engadget.com
Microsoft is selective about where its first-party game franchises appear -- outside of lightweight releases like Kinectimals and Wordament, it prefers to use games as technology showcases and system sellers. It may not be picky for much longer, though, as Nikkei claims that Microsoft has reached a deal with...
Nikkei: Microsoft porting first-party game franchises to Android and iOS

New From Blizzard Entertainment: World of Workforce Reductions

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Blizzard Entertainment, creator of the Diablo, StarCraft and Warcraft video game franchises, sacked hundreds of employees today, trimming the company down to better fit “current organizational needs.” Some 600 workers lost their jobs, most of them in divisions not related to game development. Blizzard says the World of Warcraft development...
New From Blizzard Entertainment: World of Workforce Reductions
Hearsay Social Offers Fresh Content For Brands In New Content Exchange

Gamevil earns $27.4M in smartphone revenue for all of 2011

www.insidemobileapps.com
Korean mobile gaming developer Gamevil said it earned $27.4 million in smartphone revenue for all of last year, nearly three-quarters of its total take. Overall, the company brought in 42.6 billion Korean won ($37.5 million), up 39 percent from the year before. Net income was 16.1 billion Korean won ($14.2...
Gamevil earns $27.4M in smartphone revenue for all of 2011

Valve working with J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot on game and movie collaborations

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Filmmaker J.J. Abrams (Cloverfield, Star Trek) and game creator Gabe Newell (Half-Life, Portal) just announced they'll be working together on creating movies and games, via their respective companies, Bad Robot Productions and Valve Software. "We sort of reached the point where we decided that we needed to do more...
Valve working with J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot on game and movie collaborations
'Halo' and 'Dead Space' art books on iPad: is high-res art worth the shift from print?
Zynga shuts Baltimore studio and consolidates three other locations

‘The Bourne Legacy’ Teaser Trailer

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‘The Bourne Legacy’ Teaser Trailer: The new Bourne film looks like it could be good. The first three were all great, but all had Matt Damon as the base. They’re moving to Jeremy Renner now, but smartly keeping several other elements intact — namely Joan Allen, Albert Finney, David Strathairn,...
‘The Bourne Legacy’ Teaser Trailer

In Age of Twitter, NBC Rewrites Olympic Playbook

allthingsd.com
In NBC’s Rockefeller Center headquarters, workers were hustling Friday to transform the “Saturday Night Live” sound stage into a command center for coverage of the 2012 Olympics Games. Much of this is familiar territory for America’s No. 3 network. NBC has broadcast nearly all the summer games to the U.S....
In Age of Twitter, NBC Rewrites Olympic Playbook

Cloud | The New Microsoft Is a Pal of GitHub

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Microsoft used to think of the open source software community as a cancer, but now it seems like more of a lifeline. Although the bulk of Microsoft's profits come from its Windows and Office franchises, the software company now says ......
Cloud | The New Microsoft Is a Pal of GitHub

Zynga Shares Plummet 12% After It Lays Off 520 Employees

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Investors were unsettled by Zynga’s announcement that it is cutting 520 employees, or almost one-fifth of its workforce, with shares plummeting 12% to $2.99, before recovering slightly in after hours trading. Trading of Zynga shares were halted twice in the afternoon on the Nasdaq stock exchange, first for the layoff...
Zynga Shares Plummet 12% After It Lays Off 520 Employees
David Ko puts up the 'guard rails' at Zynga to keep costs under control (interview)

EA Mobile on partnerships, acquisitions, growing pains with Simpsons, Battlefield and Rock Band

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EA Mobile is in a state of transition following EA’s massive restructuring efforts launched earlier this year. As the company works to bring all its franchises under a unified management team, the mobile games spaces continues to grow at a rapid pace. Nick Earl, senior VP and head of EA’s...
EA Mobile on partnerships, acquisitions, growing pains with Simpsons, Battlefield and Rock Band

Zynga to Shutter More Offices, Lay Off Some Workers

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Zynga plans to close a handful of offices in an attempt to better consolidate its real estate, the company announced on Monday. The changes will close an office in New York, two in Texas, and one in Baltimore, Md. However, employees at three of the locations will be moved to...
Zynga to Shutter More Offices, Lay Off Some Workers
'Mario' creator Shigeru Miyamoto is an 'Angry Birds' fan
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John Doerr: Microsoft is "not going away"
Best Buy names new CEO with buyout bid still on the table
Liveblog: Microsoft's pre-E3 2013 press conference

EA plans to cut 1,000 jobs, close at least nine offices

www.engadget.com
The struggling economy is finally hitting the video game industry, and hard. EA is preparing to undertake some rather drastic cost-cutting measures, including laying off 1,000 workers. That number represents 10 percent of its total employees, a large enough chunk that several titles and franchises will be getting the...
EA plans to cut 1,000 jobs, close at least nine offices
First PS4 games revealed: 'Knack,' 'Killzone: Shadow Fall,' 'Infamous: Second Son,' and more
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