Bethesda is launching Prey and Wolfenstein VR games

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The Verge reports: “Bethesda announced two virtual reality spinoffs at its E3 press conference this evening, including one for its survival sci-fi horror game Prey and the Nazi-killing extravaganza Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot is a new VR experience set in the series’s revisionist history universe.”

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SESAC Launches $1M Film Composer Diversity Project

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Hypebot reports: “The inaugural project is a collaborative effort between long-time SESAC composer Christophe Beck and the SESAC Film & Television team, led by SESAC Chairman and CEO John Josephson and Erin Collins, Vice President of Film, Television and Developing Media. The $1 million commitment, divided over the next five years, will be used for educational programming and composer workshops.”

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Apple Signs With Writers Guild

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Billboard reports: “In a move that knits an entertainment tech giant closer to the traditional warp and woof of Hollywood, Apple has signed onto the Writers Guild union agreement, the WGA announced Thursday (June 7) in an email to members. And, said the missive, the Apple deal lays the groundwork for future improvements at Facebook and other free-to-the-consumer platforms.”

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Microsoft confirms Crackdown 3 has been delayed to February 2019

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The Verge reports: “Ahead of its big E3 2018 showcase this Sunday, Microsoft has confirmed a report from Kotaku that Crackdown 3 has been delayed to February of next year. The game, the third in the open-world crime-fighting franchise, has been stuck in a troubled development cycle for years, with rumors swirling of late that it may have been on track to be canceled or that it might linger in development hell for years to come.”

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EA Play aims to draw 40,000 players as it kicks off E3

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Venture Beat reports: “Electronic Arts is one of the biggest companies in the game industry, but it’s now in its third year of being a renegade, as it broke away from the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) to do its own event in 2016. EA is once again staging its EA Play event at the Palladium in Hollywood, from June 9 to June 11.”

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J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Launches Video Game Division

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The Hollywood Reporter reports: “J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot banner has expanded into the gaming space. Company president and COO Brian Weinstein announced Thursday that the entertainment production company has entered a strategic relationship with Tencent, the Chinese media giant, to form Bad Robot Games. The partnership will exclusively develop games by Abrams and Bad Robot, with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment joining the gaming arm as a minority investor.”

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IO partners with Warner Bros for Hitman 2, ditches episodic format

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Gamesindustry.biz reports: “Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has picked up the new game in long-running Hitman franchise – but it will not have the episodic structure of IO Interactive’s bold 2016 reboot. Hitman 2 will be the first game in the series’ 18 year history not to be published by Eidos or Square Enix.”

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Fb.gg is Facebook’s game streaming hub for stealing Fortnite streamers away from Twitch

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The Verge reports: “Today, Facebook launched a dedicated game streaming hub nested under its main website, over at Fb.gg, to give Facebook Live streamers who focus on gaming a landing page for better discovery and more prominent placement. The home page will feature streams from players a user follows, either by liking a page or group, and a selection of featured creators and other gaming industry-centric content.”

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ZTE fined $1 billion

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Tech Crunch reports: “After much negotiation with the Trump Administration, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross confirmed this morning that ZTE,  the Chinese telecommunications giant, has agreed to a $1 billion fine. That penalty was assessed following an investigation showing that ZTE had violated U.S. sanctions by selling telecom technology to Iran and North Korea. Ross made the comments on CNBC’s morning show Squawk Box.”

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China’s Huawei Denies It Collected or Stored Facebook User Data

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Billboard reports: “Chinese phone maker Huawei said Wednesday it has never collected or stored Facebook user data, after the social media giant acknowledged it shared such data with Huawei and other manufacturers. Huawei, a company flagged by U.S. intelligence officials as a national security threat, was the latest device maker at the center of a fresh wave of allegations over Facebook’s handling of private data.”

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