Clients, Contacts & Vendors in the News:

  • Blizzard Entertainment apologized for issues surrounding the launch of Diablo III and said that it would delay the launch of its real-money auction house until everything was back in order. [more]
  • Blizzard’s latest release, Diablo III, sold 3.5 million in the first 24 hours on sale, setting a new record for the fastest selling PC game, and boasted 6.3 million players after a single week. [more]
  • 2K’s Borderlands 2 is launching with two special editions: Deluxe Vault Hunter’s Collector’s Edition and the Ultimate Loot Chest Limited Edition. [more]
  • 2K announced today that XCOM(R): Enemy Unknown, the highly anticipated action-strategy game from Firaxis Games, will be available for purchase in North America on October 9, 2012. [more]
  • Machinima has received $35 million in funding from Google and existing venture partners. The video gaming content site will look to use the money to work better over multiple channels, to create more original content and to expand more internationally and across mobile. [more]
  • Activision is in the process of establishing a new mobile studio in the north of England, with the help of ex-Team 17 boss Martyn Brown. [more]
  • Two former-Rockstar UK bosses, Mark Washbrook and Mark Lloyd, are working with Activision’s new mobile studio, currently being established in Leeds. [more]
  • NBC Sports will provide an unprecedented 5,535 hours of 2012 London Olympics coverage — including live coverage of every event and every sport — via its broadcast and cable linear channels, online and mobile , according to Gary Zenkel, president of NBC Olympics and executive vice president of Strategic partnerships for NBC Sports Group. [more]
  • NBCUniversal cable channels MSNBC, CNBC and Bravo will combine for 285 hours of Olympics Games coverage from London beginning July 28. [more]
  • Discovery Channel promoted Christo Doyle from the managing executive producer to VP executive producer. [more]
  • WB Games releases new Batman: Arkham City Harley Quinn’s Revenge Trailer in preparation for the game’s May 29th release. [more]

On the Show Floor:

  • On Monday at Cable Show 2012, CTO Tony Werner announced Comcast plans to bring the X1 “cloud-based” personalized interactive program guide to nearly 8 million existing set-top boxes. [more]
  • At Cable Show 2012, Rovi announced it is teaming up with Nuance Communication to let cable TV subscribers tell their TV what they want to watch, using the same underlying technology that powers the iPhone 4S’s Siri app. [more]
  • Ubisoft hints atunannounced major franchise” release at E3. [more]

Industry Buzz:

  • Industry Trend: European companies are innovating, not just copying Silicon Valley. [more]
  • Industry Buzz & Critics Blog: Tom Chick changes his tone about Blizzard’s Diablo III.  “Now that Diablo III is out, it turns out Blizzard was right and I was wrong.” [more]
  • The multi-million dollar overhaul of the Las Vegas Convention Center, which was put on hold do to the economic down-turn, will resume, but with a different strategy. [more]


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