Jam City signs mobile game development deal with Disney

Jam City signs mobile game development deal with Disney

7:13am, 14th November, 2018
Mobile gaming company is announcing a multi-year deal to create mobile games based on Pixar and Walt Disney Animation characters and films. As part of the agreement, is taking over development of the match-three puzzle game , which . Jam City says that everyone at Disney’s Glendale game studio who’s affected by this will be offered new jobs at the company to continue working on the title. The first new game, meanwhile, will be based on the upcoming sequel to “Frozen” (that’s right, ), though the companies aren’t revealing any details, like the type of gameplay or the release date. “While our licensing business for Disney Animation and Pixar games has grown over the last year and we have several top developers creating Disney games, this deal with Jam City represents a significant long-term opportunity for our games business and for the future slate of Disney and Pixar games,” said Kyle Laughlin, Disney’s senior vice president of games and interactive experiences, in a statement. Jam City was founded in 2009 by Chris DeWolfe (who previously cofounded and served as CEO of MySpace) and former Fox executive Josh Ygaudo. It was initially focused on social games and was known as MindJolt before (named after a company it acquired) and then rebranding again two years ago . While Jam City has created its own games like Cookie Jam and Panda Pop, it’s also been releasing titles based on well-known franchises and intellectual property, such as “Snoopy Pop” and “Marvel Avengers Academy.” Earlier this year, a game that allows players to enroll in J.K. Rowling’s famous school for wizards and features the voices of several actors from the films.
The Next Overwatch Update Will Require A Full Re-Install

The Next Overwatch Update Will Require A Full Re-Install

11:12pm, 13th November, 2018
Those of you out there who may have been begging for a huge new update for Overwatch might be walking back those thoughts now that it's been revealed that the next major patch for the game will require you to completely reinstall the entire game.
Prolific swatter and bomb hoaxer who broke up FCC’s net neutrality vote pleads guilty

Prolific swatter and bomb hoaxer who broke up FCC’s net neutrality vote pleads guilty

8:28pm, 13th November, 2018
It was a dramatic moment last December when the Commission’s public meeting was abruptly evacuated and bomb squads moved in — all while thousands watched on the live stream. The person who called in that threat has just entered a guilty plea to that and numerous other crimes, including a SWAT hoax that killed a man last December. Tyler Barriss is a Kansas resident who has racked up dozens of charges of swatting, calling in bomb threats and other “pranks” that have proven to be anything but. Swatting is the practice of calling the police and convincing them a dangerous armed person is at a given address in order to provoke an aggressive response by police or SWAT officers — a response that can be disastrous or fatal. The latter was the result of one particular call . He had done it like he’d done many others, for a favor or for money — this time sending the police to the former home of an acquaintance’s Call of Duty rival. The officers shot and killed the current resident of that home, and Barriss — who made no secret of his involvement — was arrested shortly afterwards. It had only been about a year since he was released from prison for similar crimes. Today Barriss, who was 25 when he was arrested in January, pleaded guilty to a number of charges that had been filed under a variety of jurisdictions. Among them was the bomb threat called in to the FCC, but the sheer variety of schools, malls and homes he threatened, as documented in an indictment, is disturbing. In simultaneously depressing and haunting Twitter conversations disclosed during the trial, Barriss and his target are seen exchanging direct messages, sparring over each other’s cred and making light of the swatting attempt. … … Barriss had in fact called the cops, and convinced them to show up to the address Gaskill had given. And Gaskill soon found out that his attempt to troll Barriss had resulted in a man’s death: All three were charged with various crimes, but Barriss with his long, well-documented history of swatting and bomb threats, was the clear priority. The terms of his guilty plea aren’t documented yet but it would be hard to get away from significant time in prison even if he managed to dodge half of the charges he faced. It’s a sad story from start to finish, but at least the bad guy didn’t get away.
PUBG Gets PS4 Release Date

PUBG Gets PS4 Release Date

6:36pm, 13th November, 2018
PUBG Corporation originally signed a timed exclusivity deal with Microsoft to put PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on the Xbox One an entire year ahead of its release on the PlayStation 4. During that time the developers have been fixing up the gameplay and optimizing the performance. Soon,...
This $199 PS4 and ‘Spider-Man’ Black Friday bundle has my bargain-sense tingling

This $199 PS4 and ‘Spider-Man’ Black Friday bundle has my bargain-sense tingling

6:19pm, 13th November, 2018
I’m calling it — this is the best deal of this year’s Black Friday season, for gamers anyway. It’s amazing. It’s spectacular. is selling a PlayStation 4 Slim with the new Spider-Man game . That’s way too little money. The 1TB PS4 slim currently retails for $300, and that used to be the cost of the 500 GB one. So a $199 price for the improved, terabyte-capacity console would already be a great deal. But throwing Spider-Man in there? I’m not usually one to call out individual details for Black Friday (we’ll have a roundup), but this is ridiculous. That game came out just the other day, and has garnered absolute rave reviews; plenty of TechCrunch staff have lost dozens of hours to it, and expansions are on the way to suck even more time. It’s still going for full price most places, so that’s worth $50 or $60 right there. I own a PS4 already and I’m going to do this. The Slim update didn’t change a lot, but it’s quieter, easier to use (no more invisible buttons!), and of course considerably smaller. Getting it for $139 is a no-brainer. Comes with a controller too, obviously. Then I trade in the old one and pick up Tetris Effect on store credit! For comparison, both and are offering their basic consoles with a popular game bundled in for $299. Obviously Sony is looking to eat their lunch. Sure, you could also save your money for a PS4 Pro. But the benefits there, while I wouldn’t call them dubious by any means, aren’t really must-haves for most gamers. isn’t going to look that much better unless you’ve also got a 4K HDR setup and all that jazz. If you’re super into the AAA games and best possible graphics, by all means go for it, but for the rest of us who’d rather buy another 4 or 5 games with the money we saved? Slim it is. There’s also a PSVR bundle for $200 and controllers are cheaper too. But the Slim is obviously the centerpiece here. You’ll have to go to “participating retailers” and probably fight people like me to get the deal, which goes live on November 18 like all the others.
Live streaming studio, Culture Genesis, launches its first show, the quiz-based Trivia Mob

Live streaming studio, Culture Genesis, launches its first show, the quiz-based Trivia Mob

11:53am, 13th November, 2018
A new generation of entrepreneurs is emerging to refashion the Los Angeles studio system for the digital age, forming companies that combine live-streamed video, podcasts and the newfound social media celebrities to craft entertainment for a new breed of consumer. Two of those startup founders, longtime Apple executive Cedric Rogers and former developer for VEVO and MLB digital Shaun Newsum, are now pulling the curtains back on the first fruit of their production studio, , with the launch of — a new quiz show targeting urban audiences. The two creators envision their company as a combination of 106 & Park and Jeopardy with questions aimed at cultural references for the Highsnobiety and Complex set. TriviaMob players can win up to $10,000 in cash by competing individually or as part of a group (or “mob”) to win collective prizes by tuning in and competing to shows that stream every Sunday. Each player has 10 seconds to answer 10 questions around art, music, science and history. Players that answer all of the questions correctly will get a share of the $10,000 prize and participants who opt to be part of the “mob” can earn points for sponsored prizes. For its foray into live-streamed appointment entertainment, Culture Genesis has tapped , the influencer and star of Netflix’s American Vandal series along with a host of… well… hosts, including former Miss USA contestant, ; , the co-host of Sean “P. Diddy” Combs’ flagship show, ; ; and TV host and comedic actress . Backed initially by Los Angeles-based accelerator MuckerLab and Betaworks’ latest program, the two founders see Culture Genesis as tapping into the twin trends of gaming and mobile technology adoption in young African American and Latinx communities. The founders cite statistics indicating that 73 percent of African Americans and 72 percent of Latinx consumers over 13 years old identify as gamers. “We’re building software for an urban, multicultural audience that continues to lead and influence culture — not just in the U.S. but around the world,” said Rogers, in a statement. “We see this influence growing in Hollywood but it’s not happening fast enough in Silicon valley. We want to accelerate this shift.” The business model mimics that of HQ Trivia, even as it scored massive gains in venture fundraising — valuing the company at a reported $100 million. But the founders of Culture Genesis see their first product as fundamentally different from HQ. “People want to see things for them by them,” says Rogers. “From our perspective HQ meant nothing to our audience.” Newsum, the company’s chief technology officer, goes even further. “I think HQ was a prime example of our thesis. HQ from a multicultural perspective — that didn’t appeal to our audience. Part of what we’re doing with Cultural Genesis is bringing that urban understanding.”
Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4's NukeTown Map Looks Better Than Ever

Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4's NukeTown Map Looks Better Than Ever

9:56pm, 12th November, 2018
We knew that PlayStation 4 gamers would receive NukeTown ahead of PC and Xbox One gamers (but thankfully the delay is only by a week, so there's no need to fret), but what we didn't know was exactly how the new iteration of the map would look in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Well, now we...
Crackdown 3 Finally Has A Release Date

Crackdown 3 Finally Has A Release Date

7:38pm, 12th November, 2018
After four years of waiting, gamers finally have a release date for the open-world, physics-based, third-person shooter, Crackdown 3. The game was originally announced way back in 2014 just a year after the Xbox One was revealed, but a number of developmental hang-ups prevented the game...
Sony filed a patent for a touchscreen-equipped PlayStation controller

Sony filed a patent for a touchscreen-equipped PlayStation controller

10:08am, 12th November, 2018
According to a continuation filed in 2017 and published recently, Sony may have tentative plans to build out a touchscreen-equipped PlayStation controller. Whether the value added from having a touchscreen right on the controller will be worth the added cost is not yet clear. Right now, PlayStation controllers have a touch-enabled center button that allows users to navigate through menus and other activities with a touch-based interface. The center button also lets gamers access more information, such as game stats, when clicked. This patent application also leaves us wondering what type of content might be displayed on the touchscreen. As you can imagine, controller content could include in-game information that is usually shown on a heads-up display on the main screen. However, it’s far more likely that a touchscreen-equipped PlayStation controller would offer a new interface for console-based information and actions, such as sharing a video broadcast or dealing with incoming invites and friend requests. Interestingly, Nintendo’s own experiment with a touchscreen-enabled controller . Remember the Wii U? Nintendo eventually corrected the mistake with the launch of the Switch, which has found its place among casual gamers as a sort of hybrid console and sold more than . Of course, touchscreen controller is nothing more than a patent application for now, so there’s a solid chance that the same controllers we’ve grown to know and love ship alongside the next-gen PlayStation with no update to be seen. But just in case someone at Sony decides to get inventive, the patent is in place for the company to start thinking about touchscreen controllers. that the next-generation Sony console could arrive as early as 2019 or as late as 2021. [via ]