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  • CBS is turning “Candy Crush” into a game show

    CBS is turning “Candy Crush” into a game show

    In what’s surely one of the early signs of the end times, Candy Crush is soon to be a live action game show over on CBS. Yes, the mobile game. A TV show. With contestants. And prizes. And some giant, interactive game boards. And candy, apparently. CBS isn’t divulging a lot of specifics at this point about how the game will work, or what teams will win – prizes? cash? Read More

  • Tech companies and the global rise of e-sports Crunch Network

    Tech companies and the global rise of e-sports

    The latest sports phenomenon sweeping the globe wasn’t represented at the Olympic Games in Rio; it doesn’t require an intense physical training regimen or even traditional sports equipment. We’re talking about e-sports — competitive video gaming — and the opportunities for huge windfalls for players and advertisers are immense. But the real money up for grabs here… Read More

  • Activision Confirms Major League Gaming Acquisition, No Plans To Shutter Business

    Activision Confirms Major League Gaming Acquisition, No Plans To Shutter Business

    Some consolidation in the world of gaming and specifically e-sports. Today Activision Blizzard confirmed that it has acquired Major League Gaming, a specialist in live gaming events as it vies to become the “ESPN of e-sports.” The news follows reports over the weekend that Activision would be buying MLG for $46 million and shuttering the business. In the event, Activision is… Read More

  • CrunchWeek: Diversity, Candy, And Books Of Faces

    Welcome to another episode of CrunchWeek, TechCrunch’s weekly roundup show where we talk the biggest things in tech. This week we’re chatting about Twitter’s issues with diversity, Activision paying a lot of billions for the maker of the addictive game Candy Crush (hear Megan talk about her recovery), and Facebook’s earnings. They crushed it. So: As our resident… Read More

  • Guitar Hero Returns With First-Person Rocking

    Guitar Hero Returns With First-Person Rocking

    Guitar Hero is poised to make plastic guitar controllers a fixture of living rooms everywhere once again, with a brand new version called Guitar Hero Live that ships this fall, complete with a built-in library of streaming, official music videos and first-person concert experiences that feature crowds that actually react to your axe prowess. The new version of Guitar Hero was created by the… Read More

  • Lego Dimensions Video Game Brings Lego Toys To Life

    Lego Dimensions Video Game Brings Lego Toys To Life

    Lego has a new game in the works with Warner Bros. Interactive, which brings the building blocks into the toys-to-life category to compete with the likes of Skylanders. The new Lego Dimensions game is set for a September 27 release date, and will incorporate a number of popular and familiar properties, including DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, Back to the Future and The Lego Movie to name just… Read More

  • Welcome To The Game: Amazon’s Working With Activision On In-App Offers

    Welcome To The Game: Amazon’s Working With Activision On In-App Offers

    During today’s Amazon Kindle Extravaganza, one of the slides that was popped up during the event got the attention of quite a few of us. It was a slide showing an in-app offer on a Kindle device. It’s an interesting play for Amazon, as it grows itself beyond just an “e-reader”. Read More

  • Activision Q2 Surprises The Street Again On $1.08B Revenue And $0.16 EPS, Raises Outlook

    Activision Q2 Surprises The Street Again On $1.08B Revenue And $0.16 EPS, Raises Outlook

    Activision Blizzard announced its second quarter results today, beating estimates with net revenues at $1.08 billion, compared to $1.15 billion for the second quarter last year. Meanwhile, net revenue from digital channels came in at $343 million and represented 32 percent of the company’s total revenues, up from a 27 percent-share last quarter. Earnings per share came in at $0.16… Read More

  • Activision: Social Game Company Valuations “Out Of Whack”

    Activision: Social Game Company Valuations “Out Of Whack”

    With skyrocketing valuation numbers for upstart tech companies, it’s not just naysayer pundits crying “bubble.” Activision (Activision-Blizzard, to be precise) is skeptical of the numbers being put forth for competitors like Zynga and Rovio, whose billion or multiple billion dollar valuations put them out of reach for easy acquisition. Perhaps they’re hoping to pick them… Read More

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