Video game developers

  1. Upstart Music Gaming Company Launches

    May 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The music game space is getting hotter than ever. In a month that saw "Rock Band" released in Europe, Guitar Hero 4 announced, and Konami's Rock Revolution title unveiled, there is now a new developer in the mix -- Music Video Games ...

  2. MTV Adds Album Downloads For 'Rock Band' Gamers

    April 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MTV Games will begin offering fans of the "Rock Band" music videogame full album downloads, which they can add to the game and play along. The first album will be Judas Priest's "Screaming for Vengeance" beginning April 22 ...

  3. Gibson Sues Over 'Guitar Hero' And 'Rock Band'

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Gibson Guitar said on Friday that it filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Viacom Inc's MTV networks, Harmonix and Electronic Arts relating to the wildly popular "Rock Band" video game and Harmonix's previously developed ...

  4. 'Guitar Hero' At Center Of Legal Clashes

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Take a wildly popular videogame like Guitar Hero and it's only a matter of time before the lawsuits start to fly. In Guitar Hero's case, there are—or were—two. Gibson Guitar claims that Activision's Guitar Hero franchise violates a ...

  5. Vivendi Posts Strong Sales; UMG Share Rises In All Markets

    February 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST French media and telecom group Vivendi's adjusted net income rose 8.3% in 2007 and will improve similarly in 2008, Vivendi chairman of the management board and CEO Jean-Bernard Levy announced today (Feb. 29) at a press conference in Paris. Un ...

  6. Vivendi Expects 500,000 Zaoza Subscribers By End ’08

    February 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Vivendi expects its new Internet music, ringtone and videogames provider Zaoza to attract 500,000 subscribers by the end of the year, the French telecoms and media group said. The portal, which commercially launched yesterday (Feb. 20), offers a s ...

  7. Will.i.am: Mobile Music Is The Future

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST The mobile industry, not the record business, will create the next wave of music superstars, according to Black Eyed Peas founder Will.i.am. Speaking at Mobile Backstage, a GSMA/Nielsen production for the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, powere ...

  8. 'Rock Band' Beats 'Guitar Hero'

    December 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST While the sales numbers are not yet in, "Rock Band" championed over "Guitar Hero III" during Spike TV's 5th annual "Video Game Awards" show, broadcast over the weekend. Harmonix, the MTV-owned music game pioneer ...

  9. Vivendi Acquires Majority Stake In Activision

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Vivendi Games finalized a merger with "Guitar Hero III" publisher Activision over the weekend, creating a massive new videogame company called Activision Blizzard. Vivendi will own the majority stake in the newly formed company, which is ...

  10. The Romantics Sue Activision Over 'Guitar Hero'

    November 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST Members of rock band the Romantics have sued Activision Publishing over its "Guitar Hero Encore, Rocks the 80's" videogame, which uses the band's "What I Like About You" recorded by musicians that the band claims soun ...

  11. UMG, Sega Ink Deals With Interactive Ad Group

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Get Interactive, a new ad technology company that allows consumers to buy products placed in entertainment content and creates opt-in advertising platforms for brands, has inked its first deals with Universal Music Group, Sega and Overture Films, ...

  12. Digital Briefs: Guitar Hero III, Sony BMG

    September 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock will make its way to personal computers this fall, thanks to a partnership between Activision and partner Aspyr Media. Under the agreement, Aspyr will develop both PC and Mac versions of the popular music game, w ...

  13. EA Bows 'Sims' Beta

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Electronic Arts bowed the beta version of The Sims On Stage, an 'interactive online playground' computer game that allows players to record and share karaoke songs, among other performances, and post them online. The game is a direct evo ...

  14. MTV To Invest $500 Million In Videogames

    August 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks plans to invest well over $500 million in videogames, seeing the red-hot entertainment category as a major pillar of growth in its goal to reach consumers wherever they spend time. The two-year investment is part of a global strategy ...

  15. RoyaltyShare Buys U.K.’s Musicalc

    June 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT U.S.-based online royalty processing specialist RoyaltyShare is extending its European business through the acquisition of Musicalc, a U.K.-based provider of royalty accounting software for the industry. The acquisition of Musicalc, which boasts a ...

  16. Guitar Hero Expands To New Consoles

    May 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Videogame publisher Activision is readying the next installment of the popular Guitar Hero franchise, for the first time expanding the series to all new-generation consoles -- PlayStation3, Wii and Xbox 360 -- in addition to the PlayStation2. The ...

  17. EA To Go Mainstream With Videogame Tunes

    April 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Electronic Arts is mounting a new drive to integrate videogame music into the mainstream culture. The company is making music available for use in television, films and other media from many of its best-selling selling videogame franchises, includ ...

  18. Cinram To Acquire Video Game Distributor

    April 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Cinram International Inc. has entered into an agreement to purchase American interactive software and games distributor Ditan Corporation. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2007. Under the terms of the agreement, Cinram ...

  19. Guitar Hero Team Adds Partners For Rock Band

    April 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The developers behind hit interactive game "Guitar Hero" are launching a new franchise called "Rock Band" that targets virtual singers, bass players and drummers, as well as axemen. The game was created by Harmonix, a unit of V ...

  20. EMI Music Pub Eyes Gamers

    March 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Mobile game distribution firm Player X is teaming with game developer Hollywood Gaming and EMI Music Publishing to create the "Lyric EMI" game. The game features a "hangman" style theme where players attempt to fill in the lyri ...

  21. Warner/Chappell Inks Microsoft Deal

    February 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Warner/Chappell Music landed a worldwide administration deal with Microsoft. A first-of-its-kind deal for the software company, Warner/Chappell will administer several thousands compositions owned and controlled by Microsoft. They include songs us ...

  22. EA Buys SingShot, Eyes Social Networking Space

    February 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Videogame publisher Electronic Arts bought online karaoke service SingShot Media as part of the company's plan to enter the growing social networking space. SingShot is a Web-based social networking site focused music-allowing members to uplo ...

  23. Survey: More Aussies Seeing Live Entertainment

    November 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Australians are heading out in droves to see live entertainment, according to new figures issued by Melbourne-based Live Performance Australia. Australians are heading out in droves to see live entertainment, according to new figures issued by Mel ...

  24. Survey: More Aussies Seeing Live Entertainment

    November 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Australians are heading out in droves to see live entertainment, according to new figures issued by Melbourne-based Live Performance Australia. Australians are heading out in droves to see live entertainment, according to new figures issued by Mel ...

  25. Bugs Interactive Looks To Taiwan

    November 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Leading South Korean online music company Bugs Interactive is set to join the already crowded market in Taiwan through a joint venture. Leading South Korean online music company Bugs Interactive is set to join the already crowded market in Taiwan ...

  26. Game On For MTV, Nexon Partnership

    November 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST MTV Networks and South Korean online gaming company Nexon unveiled a global strategic partnership Thursday (Nov. 9) in which MTVN will bring its marketing clout to Nexon's online games and Nexon will MTV Networks and South Korean online gamin ...

  27. MTV Acquires Atom Ent. For $200 Million

    August 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks has agreed to acquire Atom Entertainment—a developer of casual games, short films and video—for $200 million. Atom is home to the sites Shockwave.com and AddictingGames.com, a pair of MTV Networks has agreed to acquire Atom Entertainm ...

  28. Hawthorne Heights Tops Nintendo Fusion Tour

    July 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Outing will run Sept. 27 through Nov. 11. Hawthorne Heights will headline the fourth annual Nintendo Fusion Tour, which will also feature Relient K, Emery, the Plain White T's and Hawthorne Heights' Victory labelmate the Sleeping. The ou ...

  29. Disney Raising Games Profile With Living Buy

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Walt Disney Internet Group said Nov. 7 it has acquired Munich-based mobile games developer and publisher Living Mobile, creator of such games as "Hudson Soft's Bomberman," "Lode Runner" and "Resid LONDON (The Holl ...

  30. AtomShockwave Boosts Profile With Gaming Acquisition

    November 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST AtomShockwave Corp., a provider of Internet-based films and games, said it has acquired AddictingGames.com, boosting the company into a more powerful position in the growing arena of online gaming. SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- AtomShockwave Corp., a p ...

  31. HANDLEMAN CRAVES ENTRY INTO GAME SPACE

    November 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Handleman's recent agreement to acquire videogame distributor Crave Entertainment Group is part of an ongoing strategy to diversify beyond the music business. Read the full story here. Handleman's recent agreement to acquire videogame di ...

  32. MTV Helps Viacom Post Profit

    November 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Wolf appointed MTV pres/COO. Viacom Inc. reported a higher-than-expected third-quarter profit today (Nov. 2) as increased advertising sales at its MTV cable networks and the "War of the Worlds" box-office release offset a slump at the te ...

  33. EA Settles Workers' Class Action Suit

    October 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Videogame publisher Electronic Arts Inc. said Oct. 5 it would pay $15.6 million to settle a class action lawsuit by computer graphic artists seeking overtime compensation. SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Videogame publisher Electronic Arts Inc. said Oct. ...

  34. Sanctuary To Cut Staff By 25%

    October 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT North American offices to run with reduced staff. The Sanctuary Group will reduce its headcount by 175 employees (25% of its worldwide staff) by the end of this year, reveals a memo from CEO Andy Taylor that was emailed to the staff earlier today ...

  35. Rockstar Nabs 'Driver,' Enters Film Distribution

    September 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Rockstar Games, the game publisher best known for its controversial and best-selling "Grand Theft Auto" franchise, has entered the film business with a new R-rated documentary, "Sunday Driver." (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Rocks ...

  36. Activision's Vrabeck Resigns

    September 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Activision said in a regulatory filing Sept. 8 that Kathy Vrabeck has resigned as president of the company's publishing division. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Activision said in a regulatory filing Sept. 8 that Kathy Vrabeck has resigned as pr ...

  37. Making The Brand

    September 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT When interactive entertainment software company Activision was searching for punk sounds for the latest game in its massively popular "Tony Hawk" series, Vagrant Records CEO Rich Egan was struck with When interactive entertainment softwa ...

  38. EA Plays Executive Shuffle

    September 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Electronic Arts Worldwide Studios president Don Mattrick has left the company after 23 years "to seek other opportunities." Executive VP Bruce McMillan also has exited. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Electronic Arts Worldwide Studios presid ...

  39. EA, Def Jam Extend Game Partnership

    August 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Multiyear exclusive agreement in place. Electronic Arts continues to solidify its position as a leader in the convergence of music and video games. Following the successful release of "Def Jam: Vendetta" and "Def Jam: Fight for New ...

  40. Making The Brand

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT With the Aug. 9 release of "Madden NFL 06," EA is upping the ante to deliver new and breaking music through various NFL projects. Read Michael Paoletta's column. With the Aug. 9 release of "Madden NFL 06," EA is upping the ...

  41. Take-2 Stock Punished As 'GTA' Gets Adult Rating

    July 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Take-Two Interactive Software shares fell another 4.9% July 21, a day after the company said its hit game "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" has received an "adults only" rating, prompting the videogame (The Hollywood Reporter and ...

  42. Game Over On Ubisoft Sale To EA

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT French videogame maker Ubisoft Entertainment, in reporting improved full fiscal-year financials, said June 16 that it has no intention of selling to 20% shareholder and U.S. sector giant Electronic Ar (The Hollywood Reporter) -- French videogame m ...

  43. Making The Brand

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Marc Ecko's latest move is into videogames. In September, Atari will release "Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure." Developed and created by Ecko, the game revolves around urban culture an Marc Ecko's latest mo ...

  44. CEO Caparro Latest To Step Down At Atari

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Videogame company Atari said June 7 that CEO Jim Caparro, who joined the company late last year after an illustrious career in the music industry, has resigned. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Videogame company Atari said June 7 that CEO Jim Caparro, ...

  45. Activision Acquires Beenox

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Activision said May 25 that it acquired Quebec-based game developer Beenox in a move to boost its presence in Canada. SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) -- Activision said May 25 that it acquired Quebec-based game developer Beenox in a move to boost its pr ...

  46. Videogame Giant EA's Net Revenue Plummets 90%

    May 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Stocks of all major game publishers dip on news. Videogame industry bellwether Electronic Arts reported a 90% drop in net revenue for the quarter ending March 31, compared to the same quarter last year. This caused its stock to fall about 11%, acc ...

  47. Atari Moving To NY

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As part of its restructuring plan from videogame publisher to broader entertainment media company, Atari Inc. will close down its Santa Monica, Calif., and Beverly, Mass., publishing studios by June a (The Hollywood Reporter) -- As part of its res ...

  48. Eidos Nixes Elevation Deal, Turns To SCi

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT U2's Bono might not get involved in the videogame industry after all. NEW YORK (The Hollywood Reporter) -- U2's Bono might not get involved in the videogame industry after all. About two weeks after accepting an all-cash takeover bid by ...

  49. China Caught In Web Of Games

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Online videogame revenue is the driving force for China's gaming market that comprises 28.8 million users, a new report has found. After all, Chinese gamers spend more money on online games than PC, c (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Online videog ...

  50. Eidos Accepts Elevation Buyout; SCi Makes Play

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST U.K. videogame maker Eidos Plc. said March 22 that it has agreed to a $136.3 million all-cash acquisition by Silicon Valley private equity firm Elevation Partners, whose partners include U2 singer Bon NEW YORK (The Hollywood Reporter) -- U.K. vide ...

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