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Posts tagged “Video game industry”

Updated April 8

Premium Lock Bravo! 'The Escapist' is a finalist for a 4th Webby Award

The Webby game is on again at The Escapist. The Durham-based news and entertainment web site that is the self-proclaimed "mouthpiece for the gaming generation, is gunning for a fourth Webby Award. Founder and General Manager Alexander Macris is one excited exec - and he shares with WRALTechWire the five reasons why he believes the site could be giving another five-word acceptance speech - but "funner" this time.

The Escapist  The Escapist

Updated April 7

Premium Lock Countdown inside 3 weeks to 2014 East Coast Game Conference

The East Coast's largest gathering of video game professionals is coming to Raleigh later this month with the final day for regular pass registration approaching on April 8.

2014 East Coast Game Conference 2014 East Coast Game Conference

Updated April 1

Premium Lock Entering the VR zone: Epic Games looks to capitalize on virtual reality

Facebook's recent acquisition of virtual reality firm Oculus for some $2 billion could accelerate VR use, especially in gaming. And Epic Games of Cary has been working with Oculus, preparing to cash in on the opportunity. In an exclusive interview, WRALTechWire Insider John Gaudiosi talks with Epic GM Ray Davis about the Epic-Oculus partnership.

Epic demos Unreal 4 with Oculus VR Epic demos Unreal 4 with Oculus VR

Updated April 1

Premium Lock Exclusive: Epic GM maps out future for Cary-based game technology leader

Ray Davis, general manager at Epic Games, spells out in detail how a new pricing model for the company's industry leading Unreal Engine 4 technology and other developments sets the stage for its future. WRALTechWire Insider John Gaudiosi delivers the story.

A vivid sample of Unreal 4 technology A vivid sample of Unreal 4 technology

Updated March 21

Premium Lock Epic's Tim Sweeney outlines new business model for Unreal Engine 4

Unreal Engine 4 Epic Games is opening up its video game development engine to the masses with a new subscription model. Game developers big and small, as well as everyday people, will now be able to get full access to the very same technology the studio uses to develop new games like Fortnite by paying $19 per month. WRALTechWire Insider John Gaudiosi reports exclusively from the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

March 20

Premium Lock 'Last of Us' wins big at Game Developers Awards

The Last of Us The gripping post-apocalyptic survival saga created by developer Naughty Dog for PS3 picked up the game of the year trophy and more on Wednesday at the 14th annual ceremony.

March 19

Premium Lock Sony unveils virtual reality headset for PS4

The Japanese electronics and gaming giant unveiled a prototype virtual reality headset to be used in conjunction with its PlayStation 4 video game console during a Tuesday talk at the Game Developers Conference.

APTOPIX Games Game Developers Conference Sony APTOPIX Games Game Developers Conference Sony

Updated February 5

Premium Lock Gaming's future: Not just for entertainment but solving serious problems, too

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.

"Adventure Lab" from Virtual Heroes is example of "serious games" "Adventure Lab" from Virtual Heroes is example of "serious games"

February 4

Premium Lock East Coast Game Conference announces keynote for Raleigh event

gaming Game designer Ken Rolston is the first announced keynote speaker for the East Coast Game Conference in Raleigh, scheduled for April 23 and 24 at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Updated January 27

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

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

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.

Updated January 20

Premium Lock Mobile game sensation Temple Run finds a home in Triangle

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.

Temple Run Temple Run

Updated January 15

Premium Lock AT&T deal in hand, Durham startup Splitmo hits iTunes with new game

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.

Poker Night is a winning hand for Durham startup Splitmo Poker Night is a winning hand for Durham startup Splitmo

January 14

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

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

December 23, 2013

Premium Lock Video game community rallies to support injured Insomniac intern

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."

Ana Kessel is receiving plenty of support. Ana Kessel is receiving plenty of support.

December 12, 2013

Premium Lock Selling out: Xbox One sales top 2 million in 18 days

XBox  Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of strategy and marketing for Xbox, says demand is exceeding supply in the 13 launch markets, with Xbox One sold out at most retailers.

Updated November 29, 2013

Premium Lock Xbox, PlayStation tackle new console launch glitches

Spotlight shines on new consoles 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.

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.

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