A Smattering of News from Late June
Obviously, a lot has happened while we've been gone. If you want a few highlights, here they are...
- Kalypso Media Group has engaged bitComposer Entertainment AG's Russian division to market its games in Russia and Eastern Europe.
- Funcom announced that it has signed a license agreement with Lego to develop a massively multiplayer online game based on Lego's Minifigs. We're not clear if this is because Lego Universe was a failure and Lego wants to try again, or because Funcom's staff want to write off a really big Lego collection.
- Kathy Vrabeck (formerly part of the executive staff of both Activision and Electronic Arts) has joined the board of directors of retailer GameStop.
- Dreamworks has acquired the rights to make a film based on Electronic Arts' Need for Speed franchise. That doesn't mean it's happening, just that it might.
- Nintendo has hired Duncan Orrell-Jones from the Walt Disney Company as its new Senior Vice President of Network Business.
- Microsoft announced that it has already sold interactive advertisements that use the Kinect on the Xbox 360 to Toyota, Unilever, and Samsung Mobile USA. Microsoft expects to sell more "NUads" and will roll them out this fall.
- Valve has hired Yanis Varoufakis as its own economist-in-residence, complete with his own blog.
- Sega has closed several of its regional distribution offices and plans to focus on digital distribution.