Video game publishers

  1. Universal Music Parent Vivendi Ordered to Pay $956 Million in Liberty Media Suit

    June 26, 2012 10:50 AM EDT LONDON - Vivendi, the parent company of Universal Music Group, saw its shares slip in European trading Tuesday after the entertainment and telecom conglomerate lost a stage in a court case to John Malone's Liberty Media. Analysts said most in ...

  2. Zynga, Online Game Maker, Prices Today's IPO at $10 a Share

    December 16, 2011 7:45 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Zynga is poised to harvest some cold hard cash in its initial public offering. Who knew that selling virtual cows and digital corn on Facebook would create a $7 billion company? The online game developer best known for "FarmVi ...

  3. Video Game Sales Hit Four-Year Low in May

    June 15, 2011 7:32 AM EDT NEW YORK - The video game industry in May hit its lowest monthly U.S. retail revenue from physical product since Oct. 2006. Total games sales of $743.1 million, including hardware, software and accessories, compared with $866.8 million in the year ...

  4. Take-Two Extends Rockstar Games Contract Amidst Weaker Earnings Report

    May 25, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Video game maker Take-Two Interactive Software on Tuesday reported a wider quarterly loss and said it has extended its employment agreements with key members of the creative team of publishing label Rockstar Games, which is responsible for its Gra ...

  5. Dance Games Exploding As Guitar-Based Games Dwindle

    February 15, 2011 11:26 AM EST The market for guitar-based music games may be in the gutter, but dance games are faring far better, based on the quarterly results of one of the major publishes of such games. Ubisoft, which publishes such dance games as the "Just Dance" ...

  6. With Mobile Apps, VCs Becoming More Selective

    September 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Mobile apps are exploding across all platforms, and venture capitalists are getting increasingly selective about which companies and services they’ll back. That’s the upshot of a panel at the AppNation conference taking place in San Francisco this ...

  7. OCC Looks To Cash In On U.K. Charts

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. charts compiler the Official Charts Co. (OCC) will expand its commercial activities, following the appointment of former video games executive Giles Jones to the newly created role of head of commercial development. In his new role, Jones wil ...

  8. Confirmed: Disney Grabs Tap Tap Revenge

    July 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It's confirmed : Tap Tap Revenge developer Tapulous has been acquired by Disney. Still no word on sale price, but the smartphone game developer is officially joining the Disney Mobile team, which is part of the Disney Interactive Media Group. ...

  9. Kinect Update: Games Announced. Price, Street Date Rumored

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft's Kinect motion-capture controller continues to dominate the news coverage out of the E3 Expo conference here in L.A., at least until Sony Computer Entertainment and Nintendo hold their respective press conferences this morning. Aft ...

  10. Warner Music Group To Sell Music Through Tap Tap Revenge

    June 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group may not like the licensing terms for selling music through the Rock Band video game franchise, but it likes mobile rhythm game Tap Tap Revenge just fine. The label struck a deal with the game’s developer, Tapulous, to both promo ...

  11. Video Game Sales Plunge In April: NPD

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sales of video game hardware and software plunged 26% in April, industry tracker NPD said, one of the largest declines over the past decade. The research group said sales in the United States, the world's largest market, fell to $766.2 millio ...

  12. Konami Picks Up Def Jam Rapstar

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Def Jam Rapstar, an interactive hiphop music game currently in development, just scored a big win by adding music-game powerhouse Konami as its exclusive distribution partner. Konami is known for its music-game titles, such as the Dance Dance Revo ...

  13. Nintendo Q3 Profit Down 23%

    January 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST Nintendo Co Ltd posted a 23% fall in quarterly profit as software sales for its DS handheld game player slowed and it cut the price of its Wii console, keeping its forecast for the first annual profit decline in four years. Nintendo has ridden whi ...

  14. @MIDEM: Labels Learn To Monetize Apps

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Music-related apps can build a fan base for artists and create revenue - and they are going to become even more ambitious. That was the message from Ted Mico, EVP Digital, Interscope, Geffen, A&M at day two of the MidemNet digital music confer ...

  15. Electronic Arts Cuts Forecast

    January 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Electronic Arts Inc slashed its fiscal 2010 forecast on weak holiday sales in Europe and a shift to its lower-margin distribution business, sending shares of the video game publisher down 8% in after-hours trading. The publisher of "Madden NF ...

  16. Tap Tap Revenge 3 To Be Free, Feature New Indie Content

    December 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST Tapulous, developer of the popular Tap Tap Revenge series of iPhone-based music games, is adding a broad range of independent music as downloadable content and other new features to the most recent installment of the franchise—Tap Tap Revenge 3. F ...

  17. Van Dyke Parks Signs Up To Big Sound

    March 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Veteran U.S. producer and songwriter Van Dyke Parks is one of the guest speakers confirmed for the Australian Big Sound music industry summit and showcase event this September, organizers said today. Now in its eighth year, the Brisbane, Queenslan ...

  18. U.K. Indie RSK Moves To Trilogy

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. independent RSK Entertainment will move its distribution from Arvato to Trilogy Logistics, effective late April. In a statement, Newbury, Berkshire-based RSK's joint managing director Simon Carver cited "strategic" reasons that ...

  19. Entravision’s Q4 Revenue Falls 16% To $53 Million

    February 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST Santa Monica, Calif.-based Entravision reports that its fourth quarter revenue slipped to $52.76 million from $62.514 million earned during the same period in 2007. The company said its net loss grew 190% to $136,483 compared to $47,051. That is a ...

  20. Digital Briefs: Sony, YouTube, 'Rock Band' Suit, Shazam

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST - Sony Music Entertainment has finalized a new licensing deal with YouTube, although no formal announcement has been made. The All Things D blog initially reported the deal, which Billboard has since confirmed. Details include an upfront payment t ...

  21. Koch, Alliance Entertainment Make Staff Cuts

    January 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST Koch Entertainment and Alliance Entertainment have made some cost cutting moves in recent days. Koch is downsizing its New York record label office and moving most of the staff out to its Port Washington, Long Island-based facility that houses its ...

  22. Games Set To Surpass Music, Video At Retail

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Reports from U.K.-based retail analyst Verdict Research has named the games sector as the most lucrative entertainment sector. Verdict predicts that by the year's end, total video games spending will equate to £4.64 billion ($7.42 billion), a ...

  23. Les Claypool Scores 'Mushroom Men' Video Games

    July 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Primus principal Les Claypool has written the original theme track and four other themes for the Nintendo Wii "Mushroom Men" video games, due this fall. This is the first game music for Claypool, who previously created the themes for TV& ...

  24. Handleman Steers Away From Music Biz

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Handleman Company is exiting the music business in North America. As part of a radical upheaval of its interests, the company has sold its music inventory and selected other assets related to its Wal-Mart business in the U.S. to Anderson Merchandi ...

  25. WMG Losses Widen In Q2

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group released second quarter earnings results that show slightly increased revenues but widening losses. Revenues grew 2% to $800 million, with digital revenues up 48% to $164 million, compared to the same quarter last year. Digital ...

  26. Digital Briefs: Analyst Says Teen Piracy Down, Digital To Hit $40 Billion?

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Financial analyst group Piper Jaffray conducted its 15th bi-annual teen survey, finding that illegal file sharing by students has dropped from 64% to 61%, and that iPod market share has increased to 86% among the demographic. iTunes leads all se ...

  27. VC Dollars Grow In Entertainment Space

    November 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Where there are people on the Internet, chances are there will soon be money. Social networking and user-generated content sites, online advertising optimizers, casual video games, and virtual worlds are not only attracting growing numbers of cons ...

  28. 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, ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 24-7 Broadens Scope

    August 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT -7 MusicShop, the digital music service provider and distributor, has a new name: 24-7 Entertainment. The move aims to take into account plans to extend the company's portfolio into other forms of digital entertainment, including movies, TV ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Konami Insider Discusses Monetizing Music Assets

    June 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Game publisher Konami recently struck a digital distribution deal with Sony BMG to market its library of videgame music through various online services. The company's digital entertainment music manager Michael Rajna gives some background int ...

  33. Trans World Posts Q1 Loss

    May 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Trans World Entertainment lost $9.2 million, or 29 cents per share, on sales of $286.3 million in its first fiscal quarter ended May 5. That’s versus the $7.1 million, or 23 cents per share the company lost last year, when sales were $288.5 millio ...

  34. Koch Acquires Navarre Ent. Media

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Koch Entertainment has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Navarre Entertainment Media for $6.5 million, the two companies confirmed. The deal, which was first tipped on Billboard.biz , is subject to customary closing conditions and is expec ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. Trans World Posts Third Quarter Loss

    November 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST Trans World Entertainment posted a loss of $11.4 million, or 37 cents per diluted share, on sales of $297.7 million, for the fiscal third quarter ended Oct. 28. The loss would have been greater, but t Trans World Entertainment posted a loss of $11 ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. Handleman Posts Q1 Loss, Music Sales Down

    September 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Lost $5.9 million in the first quarter. The Handleman Co posted a deeper loss in the first quarter of this year compared to last, with plummeting music sales cited as the key reason for the weak performance. Overall, the Troy, Mich.-based wholesal ...

  43. Handleman Posts Q1 Loss, Music Sales Down

    September 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Lost $5.9 million in the first quarter. The Handleman Co posted a deeper loss in the first quarter of this year compared to last, with plummeting music sales cited as the key reason for the weak performance. Overall, the Troy, Mich.-based wholesal ...

  44. Trans World Sales, Losses Up In Q2

    August 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Trans World Entertainment released its fiscal second quarter earnings report that revealed an 18% increase in sales, thanks to its March acquisiton of 350 Musicland stores, but posted a net loss of $7 Trans World Entertainment released its fiscal ...

  45. Sony BMG Co-Publishing Mobile Game

    August 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Label teaming with Your World Games Sony BMG has agreed to co-publish a video game for mobile phones called The Shroud. The game, still in development, incorporates Global Positioning System technology as part of its location-aware features, which ...

  46. ArtistDirect Reports Q4 Revenues Jumped 246%

    April 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Driven by ad revenues, acquisition of MediaDefender. ArtistDirect reports fourth quarter revenues increased 246% to $5.6 million driven by an expansion of ad revenues and the acquisition of anti-piracy specialist MediaDefender. The company’s net l ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. 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. ...

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