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Clients, Contacts & Vendors in the News: 

  • Activision wants to resurrect the Crash Bandicoot platforming video game series, the company told Game Informer when asked if the publisher still owns the Crash Bandicoot IP. [link]
  • Activision, EA Talk Next-Gen Sales. [link]
  •  When EA inked the deal with Disney it was only a 10-year agreement. After that, EA presumably has first dibs at re-upping, but Disney will also be able to shop the Star Wars license around. [link]
  • EA has announced that, as part of its ten-year deal for the franchise through LucasFilm, that it intends to produce original efforts, instead of games tying in to forthcoming films, like Episode VII, due in late 2015. [link]
  • At the UBS Technology Conference, Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen explained the reasoning behind the exclusivity, especially to Microsoft. [link]
  • Are you a college or university art student with a passion for World of Warcraft? Good news — the Blizzard Student Art Contest is about to make a return. [link]
  • Riot Games Inc. signs a lease for the full Element LA office campus, totaling 284,000 square feet. [link]
  • Trion Worlds, creator of the MMO Rift and Defiance, has officially announced Trove, a free to play online adventure RPG set in a world similar to that of Minecraft. [link]
  • Outdoor Channel invites you to cast your vote for the 14th Annual Golden Moose Awards Powered by RAM. The Fan Favorite categories include: Best Overall Series, Best New Series in 2013, Best Hunting Series, Best Fishing Series and Best Host(s).  [link]
  • Riot Games drew 32M fans to its Season 3 League of Legends world championship. [link]
  • Gearbox has revealed the name of the second pack in the Headhunter Pack downloadable contents (DLC) – ‘The Horrible Hunger of the Ravenous Wattle Gobbler.’ [link]

Industry Tidbits:

  • The team at Massachusetts Institute of Technology has just unveiled a new technology called inFORM, which allows you to reproduce digital content physically in 3D. [link]

On the Show Floor:

  • The International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions expo, a five-day expo, ended last week in Orlando, FL. [link]
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