This Week In XR: Apple’s Annual Love Fest, RIP Darqui AR, Story UP Funding, Vive Cosmos Out, Gunwerx Virtual ARsenal

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Forbes reports: “The biggest news in XR this week was Apple’s annual unveiling of new editions of the iPhone, iWatch, iPad and Apple services like their Arcade gaming subscription. Notably absent was any announcement of Apple eyewear, but everyone in XR was talking about it, just in case. Everyone else has their eye on the new iPhone 11 pro.”

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Game Seer Venture Partners will Invest $11.1 million in Game Projects

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VentureBeat reports: “Game Seer Venture Partners has raised $11.1 million (10 million euros) to invest in high-quality PC and console game projects. The fund is another sign a growing number of investors are interested in the game business.”

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Discord Gives Up On Subscription Games Because No One Was Playing Them

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The Verge reports: “Discord seemingly isn’t the place where people want to go for subscription gaming. The hugely popular chat app has already decided to phase out the bundle of games it introduced last year as part of its $9.99-per-month (or $99 annually) Nitro subscription service, thus choosing not to compete with Xbox Game Pass, Uplay+, Origin Access, and other offerings.”

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BetaDwarf Raises $6.6m to Develop New Loneliness-Busting Genre

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gamesindustry.biz reports: “Minion Masters developer BetaDwarf has closed a Series A funding round worth $6.6 million. The funding was led by Makers Fund, with additional financing from seed investor London Venture Partners, and new investors 1Up Ventures and Everblue Management.”

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YouTube Revises Music Charts To Eliminate Pay-For-View

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Hypebot reports: “YouTube is revising its chart criteria and will no longer count paid advertising views on YouTube in the YouTube Music Charts calculation. The shift aligns YouTube with the policies of Billboard and Nielsen.”

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Walt Disney Studios Teams Up With Microsoft to Make Movies in the Cloud

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Variety reports: “The Walt Disney Studios has partnered with Microsoft to move key parts of its movie-making and distribution processes to the cloud. The five-year partnership is being spearheaded by Disney’s StudioLab, an internal innovation incubation lab, and has the ultimate goal of using Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform all the way “from scene to screen,” as the two companies put it in an announcement Friday.”

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Music Publishers v. Peloton: Claimed Copyright Damages Double to $300 Million

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Hollywood Reporter reports: “The pack of music publishers aiming to stick it to tech-enabled exercise bike startup Peloton is growing. On Thursday, these music publishers requested an amended complaint in New York federal court that would include new co-plaintiffs and add more than 1,200 musical works that Peloton is alleged to have infringed in workout videos.”

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J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot Sign Exclusive Deal with WarnerMedia

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TechCrunch reports: “After being courted by seemingly every major entertainment and streaming company, Bad Robot has signed an exclusive deal with WarnerMedia. While the production company — led by Star Wars director J.J. Abrams and his wife/co-CEO Katie McGrath — was already working with Warner Bros. to create shows like “Castle Rock” and “Westworld,” this new deal is an exclusive agreement covering TV, theatrical films, games (it formed a games division with Tencent last year) and content for digital platforms.”

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AMC Networks Is “Comfortable Going It Alone” Amid Consolidation, Vice Chair Says

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Hollywood Reporter reports: “‘In a lot of cases, bigger means better,’ but AMC Networks is “very comfortable” with being “a smaller, nimble company that is focused on going alone,” vice chairman Gregg Seibert said Thursday at an investor conference.”

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Disney+ Launches Free Trial In The Netherlands – Two Months Ahead Of U.S. Debut

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Deadline reports: “Disney+ has gone live in the Netherlands – two months ahead of its U.S. launch. The Hollywood studio has surprised Dutch consumers by unveiling the service for a two-month free trial ahead of its November 12 launch. The Netherlands was always going to be day-and-date with the U.S. and Canada but the unveiling is still a surprise.”

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