EA Sports FC likely to replace ‘FIFA’ name

Venture Beast

EA Sports FC is the name the publisher has settled on to replace FIFA after that organization made astronomical licensing demands. GamesBeat PC Gaming EA Sports EA Sports FC Electronic Arts FIFA Ultimate Team

StatusPro unveils NFL Pro Era as licensed VR game

Venture Beast

StatusPro announced that its NFL Pro Era will debut this fall on virtual reality headsets as the first officially licensed NFL VR title. Read More.

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2K Sports reportedly entered a licensing agreement to produce multiple Lego sports titles

TechSpot

Rumor has it that game publisher 2K Sports has signed a multigame contract to release at least three Lego-branded sports games. Sources with knowledge of the deal told Video Game Chronicle that Sumo Digital is already poised to launch a football/soccer game later this year.

FAA will revoke YouTuber’s pilot license after plane crash video

The Verge

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has demanded that YouTuber Trevor Jacob turn over his pilot license after he posted a video called “I Crashed My Plane,” of a crash that the agency suggests was staged, as reported by The New York Times.

EA Sports is working on a new college football game

TechSpot

Shortly after, the NCAA decided not to renew its licensing agreement with EA Sports. Electronic Arts launched what would be the final installment in the long-running NCAA Football video game series back in mid-2013.

LG will license its webOS software to other TV brands

The Verge

But that redesign isn’t something that buyers of licensed webOS TVs will have to think about — at least not yet. Image: LG. LG tonight announced that the company’s webOS smart TV platform will soon be found on TVs from other brands.

Sports Illustrated publisher Maven raises $24M to help Seattle media tech startup expand

GeekWire

Maven , the Seattle-based media company that publishes Sports Illustrated, raised an additional $24 million to help fuel expansion and reduce its debt. Licensing firm Authentic Brands Group, which bought Sports Illustrated in May 2019 from Meredith Corp.,

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Seattle-based Sports Illustrated publisher Maven sued by former magazine owner Meredith Corp

GeekWire

Maven , the Seattle-based media company that publishes Sports Illustrated, is being sued by Meredith Corp., Licensing firm Authentic Brands Group, which bought SI in May 2019 from Meredith, sold the magazine’s print and digital publishing rights to Maven. Tech Maven sports illlustrate

James Heckman resigns as Maven CEO after tumultuous run leading Sports Illustrated publisher

GeekWire

James Heckman, CEO and founder of the Seattle-based media company that publishes Sports Illustrated, announced his resignation Wednesday. He will be replaced by Ross Levinsohn, currently the CEO of Sports Illustrated media. the former owner of Sports Illustrated. James Heckman.

CIOs Need To Prepare For The Arrival Of Face Scan Technology

The Accidental Successful CIO

Although this new technology may affect all the people who have the CIO job eventually, CIOs who work for sports ventures are going to be seeing it first. Buyers usually pay a recurring license fee for the software, too. Sports venue CIOs have a significant challenge on their hands.

Elon Musk Is Officially in the Texas Electricity Business

GizModo VR

The CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is now officially licensed to sell electricity to retail customers in the state through a company called Tesla Energy Ventures. Noted tax-lover Elon Musk is the latest entrant in Texas’ Wild West energy market.

Phones can be addictive. Sports betting, too. Now we’re combining them.

Vox

So riddle me this: Now something that we already know is potentially addictive — sports betting — is available on those phones, accompanied by a media blitz promising a path to easy money. To be clear: I don’t necessarily think Apple or Google should prevent me from betting on sports.

EA is bringing back college football games without college players

The Verge

EA is working with the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), a well-known licensing partner for many schools, to secure the use of over 100 teams in the FBS, including the stadiums, mascots, and uniforms used by these institutions. EA Sports College Football is currently in the works and still very early in its development cycle, with no launch window currently revealed yet. More importantly, EA Sports College Football won’t use any real names or players’ likenesses.

EA disables in-game advertisements in UFC 4 following fan backlash

TechSpot

While licensing agreements with major sports brands like FIFA, Madden, and NBA have forced gamers to accept whatever comes their way, it looks like even EA realized

EA and the NFL extend exclusive partnership for Madden games until 2026

The Verge

Electronic Arts and the National Football League have renewed the exclusivity contract that gives the game publisher exclusive rights to make so-called simulation football games, which is the classification used for photorealistic football games featuring licensed team names and real players.

Final Fantasy director’s Paralympics RPG is launching next month

The Verge

The Pegasus Dream Tour is a mobile RPG themed around the Paralympic Games, the first game ever to carry the official Paralympics license. You can create a character based on a selfie from your phone, and train them in various para-sports.

An official NFL game is coming to Meta Quest and PSVR

The Verge

It will be developed in partnership with sports technology company StatusPro, which makes use of player data for an AR training tool already used by NFL teams. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images.

Porsche acquires a majority stake in high-end electric bike maker Greyp

The Verge

The sports car manufacturer’s venture capital arm, Porsche Ventures, has held a stake of around 10 percent in the e-bike company since 2018. Earlier this year, the automaker unveiled a pair of high-priced, full-suspension electric mountain bikes, the Sport and the Cross.

Here’s what Neymar looks like in Fortnite

The Verge

Curiously, Neymar isn’t sporting jerseys for either the Brazil national team or his club, Paris St. Germain, despite the fact that licensed team kits were introduced earlier this year.

RadioShack will live forever as a zombie brand

The Verge

The store’s remains were purchased by Retail Ecommerce Ventures (REV), a startup founded in 2019 that’s been scooping up brands from other faded retail giants as well, including Pier 1, Modell’s Sporting Goods, Dressbarn, and more. Photo credit should read PAUL J.

When Your IT Project Is Doomed to Fail

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

The specifics of golf handicapping are somewhat beyond me (kind of like quantum physics or Microsoft software licensing, in that "necessarily complex" category), but the overall gist of it lines up with a very simple formula for project success that I learned as part of PMP training: "Success Equals Results Minus Expectations". Books Current Affairs Project Management Sports ACA Affordable Care Act government IT projects Obamacare portals Project Management technology

Fortnite season 6 adds animals, crafting, Lara Croft, and Neymar

The Verge

Of course, it wouldn’t be Fortnite without licensed tie-ins. However, season 5 will likely be best-remembered for the sheer number of licensed tie-ins , spanning everything from The Mandalorian to professional sports.

A balloon with Pop! Funko flies high in annual Thanksgiving Parade with Grogu from ‘Madalorian’

GeekWire

Funko licenses characters from across the pop culture spectrum, including television, movies, comics, sports and more. (Funko Photo via Twitter). Funko is flying high on Thanksgiving Day. The Everett, Wash.-based

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EA CEO explains why company may ditch FIFA branding in leaked staff comments

The Verge

In newly-leaked comments, EA CEO Andrew Wilson has explained why the company is considering ending its licensing deal with FIFA. We don’t want to pay more money than this license is worth,” Wilson said. Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images.

Hulu with Live TV increasing its price to $65 a month

The Verge

While these types of packages were originally meant to help cord-cutters who still wanted access to some live programming (like news and sports) but didn’t want to pay big cable fees, prices have been increasing across the board.

A new Lamborghini Countach is coming, and it might be a hybrid

The Verge

The official announcement that “ the new Lamborghini Countach is coming ” aims directly at anyone who had a picture of the iconic sports car on their wall as a kid. Countach LP 5000 S | Image: Remi Dargegen / Lamborghini.

When Your IT Project Is Doomed to Fail

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

The specifics of golf handicapping are somewhat beyond me (kind of like quantum physics or Microsoft software licensing, in that "necessarily complex" category), but the overall gist of it lines up with a very simple formula for project success that I learned as part of PMP training: "Success Equals Results Minus Expectations". Books Current Affairs Project Management Sports ACA Affordable Care Act government IT projects Obamacare portals Project Management technology

Elon Musk called lidar a ‘crutch,’ but now Tesla is reportedly testing Luminar’s laser sensors

The Verge

A Tesla Model Y was photographed in Florida sporting rooftop lidar sensors made by buzzy sensor manufacturer Luminar. Also, the Model Y was sporting a manufacturer’s license plate that is registered to Tesla in California. Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge.

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James Bond’s iconic Aston Martin DB5 is coming to Rocket League for a limited time

The Verge

Epic Games developer Psyonix says it’s signed a multiyear deal with MGM and Aston Martin to bring 007 to the vehicular sporting game — starting, of course, with the ‘60s classic made famous by Goldfinger but still stealing scenes as recently as Skyfall and the upcoming No Time to Die.

Netflix is launching a daily trivia series called Trivia Quest

The Verge

Categories include science, entertainment, sports, art, geography, and history. The game is based on Etermax’s Trivia Crack , which The New York Times reports was licensed by Netflix. Image: Netflix.

Forza Motorsport 7 will be driving into the sunset in September

The Verge

According to the Forza Twitter account , this is happening because the game’s licenses to use real-world cars and tracks are starting to expire. The Verge reached out to EA to get an idea about how it licenses cars for the games, but didn’t immediately receive a response.

T-Mobile expands into live internet TV with new TVision streaming service

The Verge

It’s focused largely on providing news and sports, including channels like ABC, NBC, and Fox (although notably, not CBS), news networks like CNBC, CNN, ABC News, and Fox News, along with sports-focused channels like FS1, FS2, ESPN, and NBC Sports.

Netflix teams up again with Ghost in the Shell studio Production I.G for a Terminator anime

The Verge

Beyond its Ghost in the Shell work, the studio is known as the animator of the Psycho-Pass series and the wildly popular sports anime Haikyu!! Image: TriStar Pictures. Netflix is pairing up with renowned Japanese anime studio Production I.G

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Veritone launches new platform to let celebrities and influencers clone their voice with AI

The Verge

that will let creators, media figures, and others generate deepfake clones of their voice to license as they wish. Although Veritone markets itself as an “AI company,” a big part of its revenue apparently comes from old-school advertising and content licensing. Veritone’s Marvel.AI

Nvidia’s Arm acquisition undergoes more scrutiny by the UK government

The Verge

A notice on the UK government’s website confirms that Nadine Dorries, the UK’s Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport, ordered the CMA to launch a Phase 2 investigation. Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge.

Funko getting into NFTs by combining physical and digital pop culture products and acquiring key app

GeekWire

The craze across art, sports, gaming and elsewhere taps into some of the interests and habits of traditional collectors, but with a modern twist built on the back of blockchain. A wannabe Kylo Ren wants to get a grip on some Pop!

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Paramount Plus is still figuring out Paramount Plus

The Verge

Live sports, live news and entertainment, and a backlog of programming — from BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures, and the Smithsonian Channel — promised to give ostensible “fans” of CBS All Access even more to watch while also appealing to a wider audience.

SpaceX moves to beam Starlink internet into cars, boats, and aircraft

The Verge

The March 5th FCC filing asked for “a blanket license authorizing operation” of Starlink terminals on so-called Earth Stations in Motion — an umbrella term for cars, trucks, maritime vessels, and aircraft. “No A train of Starlink satellites in low-Earth orbit passes over Uruguay.

Yahoo breach exposes the drawbacks of state-sponsored hacking

Network World

His Facebook and Instagram posts boasted of the million-dollar house he bought in a Toronto suburb and there were numerous pictures of him with expensive sports cars -- the latest an Aston Martin DB9 with the license plate "MR KARIM." When governments turn to private hackers to carry out state-sponsored attacks, as the FBI alleges Russia did in the 2014 breach of Yahoo, they're taking a big risk.

With mandate in effect, CLEAR app gets official OK in Seattle area as vaccine verification method

GeekWire

The company has already established partnerships with Seattle professional sports teams, including the Seahawks, Sounders FC and Kraken. . The CLEAR app features a Health Pass, left, that is used to verify COVID-19 vaccination. CLEAR App images).

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Funko reaches new heights: Company’s ‘Big Bang’ Pop! figure was part of crew on SpaceX mission

GeekWire

Funko licenses characters from across the pop culture spectrum, including television, movies, comics, sports and more. Funko, the Everett, Wash.-based based maker of Pop! figurines and other collectibles, has expanded its market reach. To space.

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Apple hires former Canoo CEO as it ramps up electric car project

The Verge

Kranz was one of the executives who helped launch BMW’s all-electric i3 hatchback and hybrid i8 sports car. Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge.

There are more streaming choices than ever — why are prices going up?

The Verge

Carriers do not like to license their content cheaply. They’re fighting with content providers like ViacomCBS, Disney, WarnerMedia, NBCUniversal, Fox Corporation, and Discovery, which license out the rights to air their channels to cable providers like Verizon and YouTube TV.