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Posts tagged “Video game industry”

May 8

Premium Lock Former Epic exec Mike Capps joins Unity Technologies as advisor

Mike Capps, the long-time president of Cary-based Epic Games who stepped down three years ago, is getting back in the game business. He's signing on as an advisor to Unity Technologies, which happens to have its own game engine. So does Epic: Unreal, one of the industry's most popular. So what's he going to do exactly?

Mike Capps Mike Capps

Updated May 6

Premium Lock Formal announcement: American Underground Launches Digital Marketing Foundry

American Underground    On March 13, WRAL TechWire reported in detail about the launch of the "Digital Marketing Foundry," a joint venture between Capitol Broadcasting Company, the American Underground and The Startup Factory. CBC, the corporate parent of WRAL TechWire and the Underground, recently made the formal announcement. Here are the details.

Updated April 28

Premium Lock Travesty! Epic's $1B Gears, Unreal won't make Video Game Hall of Fame

Unbelievable! The new World Video Game Hall of Fame won't include classics "Unreal Tournament" and "Gears of War" from Cary-based Epic Games. That's really an oversight, given the impact both games and Epic as a company have had on the industry.

Gears of War Gears of War

April 28

Premium Lock Cary gaming startup brings in big guns, changes name

ExitEvent After feedback from the women's mentoring organization Soar and customers, a promising Cary startup gets a new CEO and name. Amy Huffman reports the details for ExitEvent.

April 9

Premium Lock What's happening with gaming startups in the Triangle?

ExitEvent ExitEvent founder and contributing writer Joe Procoopio paid a visit to the seventh annual East Coast Gaming Conference in Raleigh earlier this week to examine the state of the market. "It's solid. And evolving," he writes at ExitEvent.

April 7

Premium Lock 'Audio Track' new addition to East Coast Game Conference

video gaming The East Coast Game Conference opens in Raleigh today, and a highlight this year is the new "Audio Track" which will foucs on how audio is being used to not only communicate information but heighten players' emotions.

Updated March 12

Premium Lock Sound tech company lands nearly $700K NSF grant

impulsonic Impulsonic, a Carrboro-based company that creates 3D audio technology for building design and video games, has won a National Science Foundation Small Business grant worth nearly $700,000.

Updated March 6

Premium Lock Epic's grants; Microsoft-Google co-develop in Java; Red Hat's cloud Atomic Host; Google's wireless (Lenovo) phone and insurance move

In today's Bulldog wrapup on technology news: Epic Games awards its first grants from a $5 million pot; Microsoft and Google unveil co-development plans for Java; Red Hat launches a new operating system for Linux in the cloud; Google to offer one phone for wireless service and it's made by Lenovo's Motorola; Google begins offering car insurance quotes.

March 5

Premium Lock Patheon's buy; TheSims studio shutting; Etsy eyes IPO; iPhones surge in China; Uber's mapping buy

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology and life science news: Durham-based Patheon makes a buy; the studio responsible for The Sims is shutting down; Etsy eyes an IPO; iPhones surge in popularity in China; and a look at Uber's mapping deal.

March 2

Premium Lock Unreal offer by Epic to game developers: Unreal Engine 4 is free

Epic Games is making the latest version of its popular Unreal game development engine free for commercial developers. But there's a caveat. Epic does get a 5-percent royalty after the first $3,000 in sales. It's the latest in a series of moves to spread the use of Unreal across the industry, from educators to commercial players.

February 20

Premium Lock Epic offers $5M in grants to boost Unreal game developers

Epic Games' Unreal development engine is one of the most popular around the world for developers of not only games but other interactive tools from entertainment to training. Its latest version, Unreal 4, is helping drive virtual reality use. Now, the Cary company is offering $5 million in grants to help developers embrace it latest tool suite. How do you get your grant?

Unreal Engine 4  Unreal Engine 4

Updated February 17

Premium Lock RTP gamers: Nominate your favorites for Video Game Hall of Fame

For three decades, the Triangle has been the home to innovative, market-leading video game companies. Now RTP has a chance to see some of the best products are nominated for the new World Video Game Hall of Fame. So get off the couch - and nominate!

"Gears of War" a Hall of Famer? "Gears of War" a Hall of Famer?

January 20

Premium Lock INC Research's new presidents; Yahoo's Alibaba choice; Amazon's movies move; Club Nintendo axed

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology and life science news: INC Research promotes two executives; Yahoo mulls what to do with its valuable Alibaba stake; Amazon is going Hollywood; and Nintendo drops its Club Nintendo program.

January 2

Premium Lock Still gift shopping for yourself or others? Here are some strong photo, gear options

What to buy an experienced photographer or video shooter? There is some strong gear on the market from Nikon, GoPro and Domke, says Ron Harris of The Associated Press.

A new Nikon D750 A new Nikon D750

January 2

Premium Lock Key decisions on drones likely from Congress in 2015

The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions on how much access to grant drones are likely to come from Congress this year.

A PrecisionHawk drone A PrecisionHawk drone

January 2

Premium Lock Atari's 'E.T.' game joins Smithsonian collection

Smithsonian bound One of the "E.T." Atari game cartridges unearthed last year from a heap of garbage buried deep in the New Mexico desert has been added to the video game history collection at the Smithsonian.

December 29, 2014

Premium Lock Sony: PlayStation network back online after 3-day outage

Sony Sony says its PlayStation Network is back online after three days of disruptions that began on Christmas. But heavy traffic might continue to cause problems for customers seeking to play their favorite games, the company said Sunday.

December 8, 2014

Premium Lock Pioneer of video games, consoles, 'Simon' dies at 92

Ralph Baer Ralph Baer, a video game pioneer who created both the precursor to "Pong" and the electronic memory game Simon and led the team that developed the first home video game console, has died. He was 92.

December 2, 2014

Premium Lock Epic Games unleashes two games: Fortnite for free, Infinity Blade on Xbox in China

Cary-based Epic is letting gamers play Fortnite on PC and Infinity Blade on Xbox One, ending a new game drought stretching back three years. John Gaudiosi has the details for WRAL TechWire Insiders.

October 27, 2014

Premium Lock Latest news on Apple Pay rejection, FCC spectrum, Golden Joysticks, Nest acquires Revolv, and the Queen Tweets

Bulldog In the latest Bulldog roundup of life science and technology news: CVS and Rite Aid disable Apple Pay; FCC postpones spectrum auction to 2016; Dark Souls 2 wins Game of the Year at UK's Golden Joystick Awards; Google's Nest Acquires Smart Home Hub Startup Revolv; and the Queen of England sends her first royal tweet.

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