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Posts tagged “Epic Games”

Updated January 27, 2014

Premium Lock Why did Epic sell its $1B Gears of War franchise? A changing business, industry insider says

Over the past decade, Cary-based Epic Games produced four titles in its amazing successful "Gears of War" franchise and sold more than 20 million copies. But on Monday, Microsoft, which had published the games for its Xbox platform, acquired all rights to the franchise. Why did Epic sell? WRALTechWire talks with an industry insider about what triggered the deal.

Gears' hero Locust hunter Marcus Gears' hero Locust hunter Marcus

Updated January 27, 2014

Premium Lock Epic Games sells $1B+ 'Gears of War' franchise to Microsoft Studios

Cary-based Epic Games turned its "Gears of War" games into an entertainment franchise - toys, a board game, novels, action figures. Now the company has sold the franchise to Microsoft, which has been the publisher of the games. A former Epic executive takes over the Gears empire at Black Tusk Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The gang was all armed for Gears 3 The gang was all armed for Gears 3

Updated January 22, 2014

Premium Lock Amazon TV service? Intel sells TV unit; Railinc's new chair; Epic Games hiring; Clinverse deal; EV charge station shortage

Bulldog In our Bulldog blog's latest life sciences and technology update: Amazon eyes TV service; Intel sells its TV group to Verizon; Railinc gets new board members; Epic Games hires for 'Fortnite'; Clinverse partnership; EV charge station shortage.

January 14, 2014

Premium Lock Video game whiz Cliff Bleszinski expands his skills to restaurateur

In an exclusive interview with WRALTechWire, former Epic Games creative guru Cliff Bleszinski explains why his first outside venture is an investment in the new Raleigh restaurant "The Station." He's partnered with long-time friend and veteran restaurateur Niall Hanley.

Cliff Blesinzki, left, and Niall Hanley Cliff Blesinzki, left, and Niall Hanley

Updated January 7, 2014

Premium Lock NVIDIA's powerful new mobile chip features Epic Games' latest engine

Epic Games receives plenty of exposure for its Unreal 4 engine from NVIDIA at the Consumer Electronics Show. The chip manufacturer's CEO chose to utilize Unreal as he showcased the new Tegra K1, which is designed to boost the graphical and processing power of mobile devices. WRALTechWire Insider John Gaudiosi has the details in an exclusive report.

NVIDIA CEO showcases new mobile chip NVIDIA CEO showcases new mobile chip

Updated November 26, 2013

Premium Lock Epic Games powers next generation games with Unreal technology

Inside the Triangle Video Game Industry: While Epic Games doesn't have any titles for the launches of Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One consoles, the studio is working on new unannounced games for next gen. But thanks to its Unreal Engine 4 technology, Epic Games will have a hand in multiple games in development from other publishers for both consoles.

November 22, 2013

Premium Lock Cliff Bleszinski's new venture isn't gaming - he's a restaurateur

The former creative guru at Epic Games in Cary is a partner in The Station, a new restaurant and pub on Person Street in Raleigh. He tweeted the news to his more than 213,000 followers.

Cliff Bleszinski  Cliff Bleszinski

November 18, 2013

Premium Lock Triangle gamers pitch in to support Insomniac intern left crippled in hit-and-run accident

Ana Kessel, an intern at Insomniac Games, is recovering from injuries that left her an amputee. An online fundraiser has already produced pledges of more than $44,000. And Epic Games donated some "Gears of War" memrobilia to help raise money in an auction at eBay.

Anna Kessel at WakeMed Anna Kessel at WakeMed

October 23, 2013

Premium Lock China's richest includes two with strong Triangle ties

Lenovo's Chairman and CEO Yang Yuanqing cracks Forbes' latest richest people from China. Not as well known locally but a regular member of the Forbes list is Ma Huateng, the Internet billionaire who owns a big stake of Cary-based Epic Games.

Lenovo's Yang Yuanqing aims for growth. Lenovo's Yang Yuanqing aims for growth.

Updated October 3, 2013

Premium Lock Gaming creator Cliff Bleszinski to reveal his personal side at Escapist Expo

Gamers from around the world will be gathering in Durham this weekend for the Escapist Expo. And Cliff Bleszinski, the former creative leader behind franchises such as "Gears of War" and "Unreal" at Epic Games will participate, speaking about what it is like to be one of the more recognizable faces of the industry. WRALTechWire Insiders get a sneak preview.

Cliff Bleszinski  Cliff Bleszinski

September 13, 2013

Premium Lock New Infinity Blade III - 'a weapon to slay the unslayable' - film premiers

Having received plenty of international exposure at Apple's new iPhone, device and software event earlier this week for the new "Infinity Blade" mobile game, Epic Games and its ChAIR subsidiary unveiled on Friday a Hollywood-polished animated film about the game's origins.

Updated September 10, 2013

Premium Lock American Tobacco Campus, Duke, Cree partner on energy upgrades

The historic American Tobacco Historic District in Durham is embracing energy efficiency as part of a collaborative project with Duke Energy and Durham-based Cree, a global leader in energy saving LED lighting technology.

American Tobacco, a key to Durham's revival American Tobacco, a key to Durham's revival

Updated September 10, 2013

Premium Lock Epic reveals new Infinity Blade title at Apple iPhone show

After scorning Apple's operating system for years, Cary-based Epic Games fully embraced iOS with its Infinity Blade series. And Epic's ChAIR Entertainment studio remains an apple in the big Mac's eye, unveiling the third edition of the Blade series on stage at Apple's big media event Tuesday.

Beasts soar and roar across "Infinity Blade III" Beasts soar and roar across "Infinity Blade III"

Updated September 10, 2013

Premium Lock Another honor for Lenovo's 'global citizen' Yang Yuanqing

Yang Yuanqing has taken Lenovo to the No. 1 spot among PC sellers worldwide and has lofty aims for smartphones and tablets as well in what he calls the "PC Plus" era of Internet-connected devices. His global vision earns him a nod of respect from the distinguished Brookings Institute.

Yang Yuanqing    Yang Yuanqing

August 5, 2013

Premium Lock Cliffy B Tweet stirs speculation of new game

Former Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski caused a stir in gaming circles when he signaled his latest effort via Twitter. But he gives only a snippet saying only: "Here's a sneak peek at something I'm working on that has been cropped."

Cliff Bleszinski Tweet Cliff Bleszinski Tweet

July 29, 2013

Premium Lock Latest US Army virtual reality training to run on Epic game engine

The "Dismounted Soldier Training System" from defense contractor Intelligent Decisions will run on Cary-based Epic Games' Unreal engine. A new contract continues the Pentagon's decade-long tradition of training soldiers with Triangle-based Virtual Heroes, which is part of Applied Research Associates.

Training America's warriors - virtually. Training America's warriors - virtually.

Updated July 25, 2013

Premium Lock Epic Games embraces new chip, takes high-end game capability to mobile devices

At a conference in California, Cary-based Epic Games shows it is prepared to take the highest level of videogame capability to mobile devices. Epic's latest game development engine runs on NVIDIA's new chip.

Updated July 17, 2013

Premium Lock Gunning for zombies: Triangle's BitMonster declares war

For its third title, the team of former Epic Games developers is taking zombie war combat to mobile devices with "Gunner Z." The Skinny delivers the inside story from BitMonster's top general Lee Perry.

Zapping a zombie, turret view in Gunner Z Zapping a zombie, turret view in Gunner Z

Updated July 11, 2013

Premium Lock Epic Games co-founders Sweeney, Rein named 'Development Legends'

Tim Sweeney The Develop Industry Excellence Awards typically honor European game developers but the recognition for Epic Games' co-founders is the first time the 'Development Legend' award has gone to recipients outside Europe

April 30, 2013

Premium Lock Epic confirms working with well-known producer on 'Gears' movie

A spokesperson for Cary-based Epic tells WRALTechWire that the videogame company is in fact working with a big-name producer in another attempt to take "Gears of War" to movie screens.

"Gears" may still someday be a movie "Gears" may still someday be a movie

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