Posts tagged “Video game industry”
IBM opened its Research Triangle Park campus gates on Tuesday to hundreds of guests who came to see what experts believe the future will deliver in cognitive computing as well as what is called serious games. And when the talk turned to what a next "Ender's Game" would be - one that entertains as well as helps solves real-world problems - the future talk grew quite exciting. Jason Parker delivers the exclusive story for WRALTechWire Insiders.
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.
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.
Amazon TV service? Intel sells TV unit; Railinc's new chair; Epic Games hiring; Clinverse deal; EV charge station shortage
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.
Exclusive interview: Keith Shepherd and Natalia Luckyanova aren't names you likely know from the video game development community, but the odds are pretty good that you've played their Temple Run game. The husband-and-wife team moved Imangi Studios to the Triangle and immediately become one of the most successful game studios in the area, right up there with Epic Games and Insomniac Games. What's the story? And why pick the Triangle? WRALTechWire's John Gaudiosi has the Insider report for our members.
Splitmo, which has developed technology that takes smartphone capabilities to your TV and enables multi-player gaming, is in the media spotlight after landing a money-producing deal with AT&T. Now the two-person company is rolling out a new game on iTunes, following up on its PokerNight which AT&T licensed for its U-verse network.
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.
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.
Ana Kessel, an intern at Insomniac Games' studio in Durham, lost a leg when struck in a hit-and-run accident on Nov. 11. Since then, video game companies from Epic in Cary to studios in Los Angeles, have pitched in to help Kessel pay medical bills and recover. One anonymous Gears of War fan even donated $20,000. In an exclusive interview with WRALTechWire, Kessel says she is amazed by what has happened. "I read every article that was written about me, and watched as I became a 'celebrity' from my hospital overnight. This is the kind of thing that you only see happen in movies, so it's been pretty surreal."
With nicknames like "the blue light of death" and "the disc drive of doom," they're the game-ending glitches causing headaches for a few gamers who picked up the next-generation Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles at launch.
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.
The deal fits Apple's pattern of buying less well-known companies whose capabilities are folded into future products. PrimeSense's technology gives digital devices the ability to detect movements and objects, and then translates that into depth and color.
WRALTechWire Gamer: In some good news for the Research Triangle's video game industry, gamers have shown record-setting interest in the new next-generation game consoles from both Microsoft and Sony.
As the company begins selling its first new Xbox in eight years on Friday, some critics say Microsoft should spin the gaming unit off. They argue that Xbox distracts management from the company's fast-growing cloud computing business and its effort to catch up to rivals in tablet and smartphone sales.
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.
With a new Xbox going on sale Friday and with the new PlayStation already selling out at big retailer GameStop, the recent run of bad news for the gaming industry may be ending.
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.