PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A federal judge has approved an agreement for Wells Fargo Securities to pay an $800,000 civil penalty to end a lawsuit by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over...
Google unveils video game streaming platform
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Charlie Montoyo thought he would be taking a hard line against video games in his first year as Toronto Blue Jays manager.
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Officials consider Vermont as video game industry hub
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Students in Champlain College's game design program graduate with one of the most sought after degrees in the industry. But seniors often head out of state, lured by jobs...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" star Alfonso Ribeiro has dropped a lawsuit against the makers of the video game "Fortnite" over its use of the "Carlton" dance he did on the...
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is joining a handful of other states in allowing high school students to participate in a growing sport — video games.
UFO tourism gaining foothold in West Virginia county
FLATWOODS, W.Va. (AP) — When it comes to unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, Flatwoods is no Roswell, New Mexico, but the small Braxton County community is embracing its own tale of alien...
Basketball players sue ‘Fortnite’ game makers over dance
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Two former University of Maryland men's basketball players are suing the makers of "Fortnite," claiming the video game's creators misappropriated a dance they popularized...
SUNY Canton hires full-time esports coordinator
CANTON, N.Y. (AP) — The State University of New York at Canton has hired a full-time esports coordinator to oversee its growing competitive video games program.
Royale rumble: ‘Apex Legends’ smashing ‘Fortnite’ records
NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time since its meteoric rise, "Fortnite" is no longer a no-doubt victory royale atop the video game industry.
"Apex Legends" — a battle royale from Electronic...
Activision to lay off 800 workers as video game sales drop
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Video game maker Activision Blizzard is laying off nearly 800 workers as the company braces for a steep downturn in revenue following the best year in its history.
The cutbacks announced Tuesday illustrate the boom-and-bust cycles in an industry whose fortunes are tied to video games that can have a relatively short lives before players move on to the next craze.
‘Fortnite’ maker asks judge to toss rapper’s dance lawsuit
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The makers of "Fortnite" have asked a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit from a rapper who says the video game is illegally using a dance he created.
Epic Games filed the motion Monday to dismiss the lawsuit filed in December by 2 Milly, a Brooklyn-based rapper whose real name is Terrence Ferguson. He alleges that "Fortnite" uses the "Milly Rock," a dance he came up with in 2011 that became popular after a 2015 song and video.
Texas entertainment industry calls for more incentive funds
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Backers of film and video game productions in Texas are pushing legislators to earmark $60 million or more this year to boost the state's entertainment industry.
Nintendo chief: Seeking growth sources as Switch sales slow
TOKYO (AP) — Nintendo's president says the Kyoto-based video game maker behind the Super Mario and Pokemon franchises is counting on business outside the game sector for future growth as sales for its Switch console machines fall short of forecasts.
Shuntaro Furukawa told reporters Friday that sales in the current quarter are still going strong though they will likely be 3 million machines less than earlier estimated, at 17 million units.
Nintendo’s quarterly profit rises on hit Switch games
TOKYO (AP) — Nintendo, the Japanese video game maker behind the Super Mario and Pokemon franchises, reported Thursday that its fiscal third quarter profit jumped 25 percent, boosted by the popularity of games for its Switch console.
Nintendo Co.'s October-December profit totaled 104.2 billion yen ($956 million), up from 83.7 billion yen a year earlier. Quarterly sales totaled 608.4 billion yen ($5.6 billion), up 26 percent.
GameStop ends pursuit of sale, shares slide in early trade
NEW YORK (AP) — Shares in GameStop are getting hammered after the video game retailer says it is no longer pursuing a sale of the company. GameStop shares have fallen more than 20 percent in premarket trading.
The company said Tuesday that securing acceptable financing terms for prospective buyers made selling GameStop too difficult.
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GLAAD announces nominees for 30th annual media awards
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — GLAAD is honoring video games for the first time during its 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards.
The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer advocacy group Friday announced 151 nominees in 27 categories for what the group says are fair, accurate and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues.
BlocBoy JB sues video game ‘Fortnite’ over ‘Shoot’ dance
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rapper BlocBoy JB has become the latest to sue "Fortnite," saying the popular video game is using his "Shoot" dance without permission or compensation.
The Memphis, Tennessee-based rapper, real name James Baker, filed a lawsuit against "Fortnite" maker Epic Games in federal court Wednesday.
Baker says the "Fortnite" ''Hype" dance, one of many "emotes" players can purchase for characters, is identical to his dance.
New England College to hold ribbon-cutting for Esports arena
HENNIKER, N.H. (AP) — New England College is going to open an Esports Arena for students who will compete against other colleges in the region in a variety of live-action online games.
A ribbon-cutting is planned Thursday, Jan. 24 at the Henniker college's Simon Center.
Esports — competition using video games — has grown in popularity. New England College officials say it can build on the success of the school's various degree programs, such as game design.
Rockstar defends Pinkerton name in ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’
NEW YORK (AP) — Rockstar Games is firing back in a legal tussle over the use of a Pinkerton security company's name in its video game "Red Dead Redemption 2."
Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations sent a cease and desist letter to Rockstar and its parent company, Take-Two Interactive, in December, claiming the popular Wild West video game uses their trademarks without permission, according to court documents.
Activision shares down after split with Bungie
NEW YORK (AP) — Shares in video game publisher Activision fell more than 11 percent in morning trading Friday, a day after an announcement that its eight-year partnership with game developer Bungie was ending.
In the companies' joint announcement, Bungie said the separation process had started and that it would begin to self-publish its titles.
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Former Gillette standout has new gig with NFL Madden
GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Clint Oldenburg once had Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton take off his walking boot after the star NFL player had ankle surgery.
Newton was taking a tour of the EA Sports offices in Orlando, Florida, and he had one thing on his mind.
Newton, listed at 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, is an athletic wonder. He's built like a linebacker, can run like a running back and has an arm that can make even the most talented quarterbacks envious.
It’s no Christmas miracle: Giannis Antetokounmpo has arrived
Atari's original video game console was the hot toy. Leisure suits were cool. Elvis Presley unexpectedly died. The first "Star Wars" movie was released.
The year was 1977.
That was the last time the Milwaukee Bucks appeared on Christmas Day.
"It's been a while," Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo said, knowing it was an understatement.
‘Fresh Prince’ star sues maker of video games over his dance
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" star Alfonso Ribeiro is suing the creators of Fortnite and NBA 2K for using his famous dance on the popular video games.
In separate lawsuits filed Monday in federal court, Ribeiro alleges that Fortnite-maker Epic Games and 2K Sports-creator Take-Two Interactive used his dance dubbed "The Carlton Dance" without permission or credit.
Ribeiro's dance was popularized through his character, Carlton Banks, on the 1990s sitcom.
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Quantrill’s raid on Lawrence appears in popular video game
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Once again, Lawrence's most famous historic event makes an appearance in popular culture.
‘Little League for esports’ hopes to organize youth gaming
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Christian Pineda plays a lot of video games, but he's best at "Minecraft." Hunched over a laptop in the front row of a half-full movie theater last month, the 13-year-old eagerly showed off why.
University of Missouri enters world of competitive gaming
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri is taking video gaming to the next level.
KMIZ-TV reports that the school became a member Tuesday of the National Association of Collegiate Esports, which is the largest college-level competitive gaming scene in the country.
Newly-elected lawmaker wants probe of 38 Studios deal
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A newly-elected Rhode Island lawmaker is calling for an independent investigation into the state's involvement in former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's failed video game company.
The state in 2010 invested $75 million in 38 Studios to lure it from Massachusetts. Two years later, the company ran out of money and went bankrupt.
4th Redskins QB starter of season prepped with ‘Madden NFL’
WASHINGTON (AP) — This is what it's come to for the Washington Redskins: Their fourth quarterback of a once-promising, now-lost season, Josh Johnson, will be making his first NFL start since 2011 and spent time playing the "Madden NFL" video game to try to pick up something about his new teammates.
"I learned their names, first and foremost," Johnson said with a smile.
IceFest to feature Pikachu, Mario sculptures
HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Classic video game characters will take center stage at this year's IceFest in a southwestern Ohio city.
Business popping for Wayne entrepreneurs
WAYNE, Neb. (AP) — Some entrepreneurs spend years looking for the perfect idea for a new business.
Then there are folks like Adam and Amy Manoucheri, who hit upon a great idea almost by accident.
To use a terrible pun, things are really popping at AquaPop, where the Manoucheris sell flavored popcorn, retro candy and craft sodas. Classic arcade video games, pinball machines and a Super Shot basketball game fill the front room of the business.
Rapper sues makers of video game ‘Fortnite’ over dance moves
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rapper 2 Milly filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the makers of "Fortnite," saying they are illegally using a dance he created in their wildly popular video game.
The Brooklyn-based rapper, whose real name is Terrence Ferguson, alleges that North Carolina-based "Fortnite"-maker Epic Games misappropriated his moves without compensation or credit in the lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles.
Tennessee to offer incentives for producing musical scores
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials are launching a new incentives program for companies producing original music scores for films, television, video games and other digital media projects in the state.
The Tennessee Entertainment Commission is working with the Nashville and Memphis chapters of the Recording Academy on the Scoring Incentives Program.
Exhibit features women video game developers, executives
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A new museum exhibit explores the stories of trailblazing women in the video game industry.
"Women in Games" at The Strong Museum in Rochester also features video game design documents and iconic female game characters. It invites visitors to explore whether characters are portrayed as heroines or damsels in distress.
The exhibit opening Saturday also looks at video games marketed to girls and created and scripted by women.
Tourism officials promoting W.Va. through ‘Fallout’ game
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Tourism officials are hoping to promote West Virginia to a wider audience with the launch of Bethesda Game Studios' "Fallout 76" video game.
Tourism officials heralded the game's worldwide debut Wednesday with an event at the West Virginia Capitol in Charleston.
The latest installment in the post-apocalyptic "Fallout" series is a prequel based in the Mountain State.
Markets Right Now: Stocks close lower as oil slump persists
NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):
Stocks closed lower as a combination of weak economic data from China and disappointing earnings hurt technology and internet companies.
Crude oil prices fell Friday for the 10th day in a row, hurting energy companies.
Video game maker Activision Blizzard plunged 12.4 percent after forecasting weak holiday sales.
Champions League gets esports version, $280,00 prize fund
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — European soccer is starting an esports version of the Champions League with a $280,000 prize fund.
Electronic Arts Inc. and UEFA announced the creation of the eChampions League on Friday, a month after the English Premier League launched an ePL with the video game behemoth.
Police: 11-year-old boy leads officers on high-speed chase
BROOKLYN, Ohio (AP) — Police say an 11-year-old boy in Ohio led officers on his second high-speed police chase in 13 months, this time after his mother took away a video game console.
Police in suburban Cleveland say the boy took off in his mother's SUV around 10:30 p.m. Sunday after she went to bed.
South Carolina teen wins $70K at esports tournament
GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) — Dylan Wright always knew he would end up making money playing video games though his parents might have had their doubts.
Over the course of a recent weekend, the 16-year-old, Greenwood High School student and a teammate won a total of $70,000 at a California gaming tournament. His nearly 8,500 matches played in the game Fortnite paid off at the game's official Fall Skirmish tournament.
Sony quarterly profit rises on games, financial services
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese electronics and entertainment company Sony Corp.'s net profit rose 32 percent in the last quarter, helped by healthy video game sales and its financial services business, the company said Tuesday.
Tokyo-based Sony's profit totaled 173 billion yen ($1.5 billion) in July-September, up from 131 billion yen the year before.
Quarterly sales totaled 2.18 trillion yen ($19.3 billion), up from 2.06 trillion yen.
25 years after spurning NBA Jam, Jordan invests in esports
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A quarter century after being famously excluded from the cult favorite video game NBA Jam, Michael Jordan is investing in esports.
Jordan on Thursday was announced as an investor with aXiomatic, a major esports ownership group whose properties include powerhouse franchise Team Liquid.
Esport betting platform gets license for video game gambling
Video gamers in the United States and elsewhere will soon be able to bet on themselves.
The live-betting esports platform Unikrn had its wagering license approved by the Isle of Man on Tuesday, clearing the way for users to legally gamble on competitive video games.
"There is finally a legitimate, regulated operator in the space that has a pretty comprehensive offering," Unikrn CEO Rahul Sood told The Associated Press. "It's huge."
League of Legends eyes US boost with ‘Esports 101’ show
NEW YORK (AP) — Esports fans are gathering by the thousands in South Korea this month to watch the world's top League of Legends players show off their skill and expertise.
In the United States, the game's publisher is hoping to draw a more casual crowd by starting with an important question: What is League of Legends?
Atlantic City’s new Call of Duty: Dominate esports tourneys
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City's new Call Of Duty is this: To become the East Coast center of competitive video game tournaments, also known as esports.
The activity is rapidly growing in popularity across the country and around the world, and the New Jersey gambling resort wants to become a major player in the nearly $1 billion global market.
Game on: Should Michigan high schools add esports?
FRANKENMUTH, Mich. (AP) — Game on?
Michigan high schools are talking about multiplayer video games as a new varsity sport.
MLive.com reports that esports were brought up at the recent annual meeting of the Michigan High School Athletic Association in Frankenmuth. At least 64 schools must sponsor the activity before the MHSAA will consider adding it.
High school senior channels energy into video game creation
FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — What can often be seen as a time-passer or hobby has grown into a passion and an artistic and creative outlet for Conner Rush.
The Fairmont Senior High School junior has already developed two video games of his own, distributed them professionally and started his own company to work under as a creator.