Yager receives strategic investment from TencentSpec Ops: The Line developer retains fulls independence following Tencent dealHaydn TaylorSenior Staff WriterMonday 10th February 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleTencentYAGER DevelopmentSpec Ops: The Line developer Yager has received a strategic investment from gaming monolith Tencent. Tencent has invested an undisclosed sum in the Berlin-based developer, which will retain its full independence. Founded 20 years ago, Yager boasts around 110 staff, and recently moved into self-publishing; the capital from this deal will see Yager strengthen its development and publishing opportunities, including a number of unannounced projects. Yager attracted critical acclaim in 2012 with its subversive military shooter Spec Ops: The Line. However, the game was a commercial flop, and publisher Take-Two said it failed to meet sales expectations. Related JobsSenior VFX Artist YAGER DevelopmentUE4 Technical Animator YAGER DevelopmentSenior Technical Artist YAGER DevelopmentDiscover more jobs in games Since then Yager has remained relatively quiet, shifting away from narrative-focused single-player games into the realm of live service, such as 2017 space combat sim Dreadnaught, and the upcoming shooter The Cycle. “Tencent is not only the world’s leading games company but also a prolific investor with a stellar track record,” said Yager CEO Timo Ulmann. “We’re humbled to join the line-up of Tencent partners which reads like a games industry Who’s Who.”We’re confident that this will greatly enhance the scope of our business, not just by getting access to Tencent’s network and resources but by tapping the vast industry know-how Tencent possesses.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesTencent in talks with US Committee to retain Epic and Riot stakesThe CFIUS is investigating whether user data handled by the two studios could constitute a “national security risk” because they are Chinese-ownedBy Marie Dealessandri 6 days agoTencent’s Timi Studios reportedly earned $10bn in 2020The Honor of Kings studio is the world’s biggest developer, Reuters reportedBy Marie Dealessandri A month agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
Tim Sweeney on Apple’s 15% cut: “We’re not fighting for a lower commission”Epic Games CEO says 30% commission “is not wrongful, it’s just a bad deal”James BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefThursday 19th November 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleEpic GamesTim Sweeney has responded to Apple’s new tiered commission system, reiterating that the 30% fee itself is not at the heart of his company’s ongoing legal battle with the iPhone maker.Yesterday, Apple unveiled the App Store Small Business Program, which reduces the commission fee on sales and in-app purchases to 15% for developers who earned less than $1 million in the previous calendar year.The initiative was positioned as an effort to assist smaller and new developers, but has inevitably been viewed as a subtle response to Epic Games’ ongoing complaint about the 30% fee.Back in August, Epic added direct payments to Fortnite to avoid giving Apple its 30%. This prompted Apple to remove the game from the App Store, to which Epic responded with an anti-trust lawsuit.Following the news of the 15% cut, Fortnite fans reached out to Sweeney, asking whether such a deal would bring the battle royale back to iOS — not that Epic would qualify, of course.”We’re not fighting for a lower commission,” Sweeney tweeted. “Epic is fighting for fair competition among mobile platform companies, stores, and payment processors. If iOS were open to competing payments and stores, we’d happily return, even if Apple’s own payment service still charged 30%.”Apple’s 30% commission is not wrongful, it’s just a bad deal. What is wrongful is Apple blocking competing stores and payment processors, to ensure that good deals can’t be offered to developers at all.”While Sweeney claims the 30% figure itself is not the issue, he has spoken out against this fee several times before. Back in 2017, he warned developers that app stores are “pocketing a huge amount of profit” at their expense. A year later, he told GamesIndustry.biz the “30% store tax is a high cost” — this comment came as Fortnite released on Android without going through Google Play.At the end of 2018, Epic Games has since launched its own PC store to rival Steam, taking only a 12% cut of transactions rather than the usual 30%.In another Twitter conversation, he added consumers won’t benefit from this new initiative.”It’s great that Apple is giving indie devs a better deal, but 95% of in-app purchases are in bigger apps that Apple still taxes at 30%, so this will provide no relief to consumers who are paying inflated prices for items,” he wrote.Interestingly, this particular discourse revealed that both Epic and Apple declined the same solution to their ongoing dispute.”Epic offered to put 30% of direct payment revenue into escrow and Apple didn’t agree,” Sweeney claimed. “In [a later hearing], the judge queried would whether Epic would revert to Apple payments if Apple put the 30% in escrow, and we said no.”The Epic vs Apple case is due to be held in May 2021. Epic Games has filed a similar lawsuit against Google. Responding to a Twitter user observing that, unlike Apple, Google does allow direct payments, third party stores and other things Epic is campaigning for, Sweeney wrote:Related JobsSenior QA Engineer Gaming Studio Baltic Region UK & Europe Big PlanetLead Game Programmer – Quebec Province Quebec Big PlanetSenior Build Engineer – AAA Studio – Yorkshire UK & Europe Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games “Google doesn’t block competing stores outright, but they limit Android features to put web-installed stores at a disadvantage, and then restrict OEMs from partnerhing with competing third-party stores through a mix of contract terms and pressure.”Google Play also requires apps they distribute to use their in-app purchase system, though purchases may occur weeks, months, or years after installation. Epic Games Store for PC offers an in-app purchase system, but doesn’t require developers to use it.”Epic has proposed a February 2021 date for its case against Google after its opponent pushed for a delay to October 2022 — something the judge dismissed.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Mobile newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEpic Games claims Fortnite is at “full penetration” on consoleAsserts that mobile with the biggest growth potential as it fights for restoration to iOS App StoreBy James Batchelor 2 hours agoSony’s cross-play deal seems a smart solution to a complex problem | OpinionThe royalty Sony and Epic agreed to open up cross-play on PlayStation has caused anger – but it’s a nuanced response to the growing complexity of the industry’s revenue modelsBy Rob Fahey 4 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
Jerick McKinnon injury update: 49ers running back (knee) placed on IR, report says There’s a chance Nick Bosa will play in the 49ers’ season opener. The San Francisco rookie pass rusher, who sprained his ankle in early August and was held out of the entire preseason, could be on the field when his team takes on the Buccaneers in Week 1 action Sept. 8, general manager John Lynch said Wednesday. “He’s doing awesome,” Lynch told KNBR about Bosa. “He really is healing at a really good rate. Week 1 is certainly in play. I’m not going to say probable, questionable, because we’re just not to that point yet, but he’s kind of exceeding where we thought he could be.”Knowing how much he means to this organization and how we’re looking at this as a long-term proposition, we’re not going to rush anything… but I can say we’re very encouraged with the way we’re going with Nick.” Related News Dante Pettis ‘still trying to earn a role’ with 49ers, says Kyle Shanahan The No. 2 pick in the 2019 draft suffered the injury at a 49ers’ practice early in training camp. He stayed down on the field after he was tangled up with teammates during a run play, was examined by trainers and eventually walked off under his own power.San Francisco defensive coordinator Robert Saleh praised Bosa’s play during his first few NFL practices. 49ers release linebacker Malcolm Smith, former Super Bowl MVP “So far he’s been doing a very good job getting better every day,” Saleh said earlier this month, via the Sacramento Bee. “He is winning some one-on-ones, he’s not winning all of them, which you don’t expect. He is getting better. His whole deal is to continue to get better, stay healthy, improve on his game, and add a second repertoire to keep adding to his skill set with regard to pass rush. He’s really good in the run game, could get better, but he’s progressing the right way.”The 49ers will conclude the preseason Thursday against the Chargers.
PSC Golf from The Tropical Golf GroupTuesday. Jan. 20, Greenwood – StablefordOnce again a full list met at BJ’s for the trip to Greenwood where we found we were to play the B & C nines, not in fact a bad 18 holes. The weather was quite good except for ‘that wind’ that always seems to be around these days. The fairways on the B Nine were in good condition and the greens were hard and fast. Of course the wind played havoc but we moved along nicely and were around the front nine in good time. Now to the C course, to me this is always the most difficult nine and so it proved on this day. Teeing off on C1 we were straight into the strong wind, which proved a start to a difficult nine holes. Mind, the greens were still in fine condition and the fairways were well defined and in good shape.Mashi Kaneta (centre left) with his Monthly Mug poses with Tom Cotton (left), Landis Brooks (right) and one of BJ Holiday Lodge’s finest. Back at BJ’s in Pattaya we got into the results. In the A Flight, 0 to 19, the winner was Richard Kubicki with 36 points just ahead of a count back on 35 points that saw Mashi Kaneta in second and Brian Parish third. We then had a four-way count back on 34 points that saw Dick Warberg in fourth ahead of Mark West, Eddie Kost and Gerd Riedlar.In the B Flight, the winner was Tom McDowell with the best score of the day, 37 points, ahead of Don Carmody in second with 36. In third was Gordon Clegg with 34 points ahead of a count back on 33 that saw Barry Elphick in fourth and Torsten Bischoff losing out.Near Pins: John Davis, Simone Meitzel, Eddie Kost, Keiche KasameLong Putts: Mashi Kaneta, Torsten BischoffFriday, Jan. 23, Pattaya C.C. – MedalAnticipation was high this Friday as the Tropical Golf Group kicked off the first Monthly Medal Mug competition, which will be held around the last Friday of each month, and every golfer wanted to claim the inaugural prize.We don’t get a chance to play stroke play often and while some prefer it and others don’t, there is no denying the strategy is a little different. Risk & reward are more carefully considered because without the option of getting a “blob” for a hole it’s important to avoid big numbers to stay in contention.The course was in fair shape with greens showing less patchwork but the fairways are still on the hard side and all tee areas were heavily sanded. Still the course was quite playable. Caddies say the clubhouse will open “next month” but acknowledged they have been saying that for several of them already.In the Mug there can only be one first time first place winner, and boy what a win it was! Let’s congratulate Mashi Kaneta (15) for shooting an amazing net 63 to obliterate the field and prevent anyone else even thinking how the Mug might have been theirs. Great golf Mashi! Did anyone check to make sure he played all 18?There were many fine scores for the day and though they might not be in the same league as Mashi’s, they showed some good golf was played. In A-Flight (0-20), first place went to Landis Brooks (9) with a net 73. Next came count back time with Kei Kasami (7) prevailing over Bob Edwards (10) and then Doug Maiko (15) – all with net 75. Poor Brian Parish had the same net 75 but there are only so many prizes.B-Flight (21+) revealed Tom Cotton (25) as the winner with a fine net 68, followed by John Merritt (28) who beat Don Carmody (26) on count back, both with net 73’s. Kurt Ebenthever (35) was fourth with a net 74.Near Pins: Graham Buckingham, Barry Elphick, Kei Kasami, Tom Herrington.Long Putts: Brian Parish, Maurice Roberts.
Ancelotti told Al Primer Toque: “[James] and Di Maria are very different players. Di Maria started off well in Manchester but things have slowed down for him recently. 11/11/2014 “Di Maria could break games with his energy, but also sometimes he lost control — he lost the ball in important moments.” Sport EN The Argentine was sold controversially to Manchester United in the summer, but Real Madrid are doing just fine without him. CET Upd. at 21:12 Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti says that his former star Angel di Maria lost the ball at important moments.
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The new bus rapid transport station at Joubert Park signals the start of a revolutionised public transport system forlong-suffering Johannesburg residents. (Image: Rea Vaya)Janine ErasmusExecutive Mayor of Johannesburg Amos Masondo and Minister of Transport Jeff Radebe revealed the prototype station of the city’s much-anticipated bus rapid transport (BRT) system at a ceremony in November 2008. The station is located in Joubert Park, close to Johannesburg’s present train station.While the Joubert Park station was built on-site from scratch, subsequent stations will be constructed in a modular fashion at a central point and assembled on-site. The modular design was created with the input of many different interest groups and is considered a cost-effective and streamlined approach to station construction.Meanwhile, the prototype station will undergo extensive testing by representatives from both the city and the public, including the disabled, and any necessary refinements to the design will be made as they are needed.“The BRT system is crucial to the success of South Africa’s transport system,” said Radebe. “Without a good bus service that is accessible, affordable and attractive to a broad range of people across society, local transport simply cannot work.”Gathering speedThe R2-billion ($206 000) Rea Vaya (Sotho, “we are moving”) project is gathering speed. City authorities have also just signed a memorandum of agreement with bus and taxi operators, who currently make up the bulk of public transport options. Their co-operation is vital to the timeous and successful implementation of the BRT system, said Masondo. Rea Vaya will also interface with the Metrorail system of trains.The innovative BRT system aims to reduce traffic congestion, a major bugbear of Johannesburg drivers, by achieving a 70:30 ratio of public transport versus private transport before 2010.The first phase will see a host of articulated buses traversing dedicated bus lanes in the centre of roads around town. With 150 stations, eight terminals and six depots on the cards and a total distance of 122km covered, Johannesburg residents can look forward to the start of substantially reduced journey times and stress-free commuting within six months. Phase 1 is expected to be fully complete by 2013.The entire Rea Vaya system will cover some 330km of Johannesburg roads and will not only contribute to a more satisfactory commuting experience for the city’s residents but will also have been responsible for the creation of numerous jobs. City authorities expect 29 000 new jobs to be created in the first phase alone.The system is also the single largest green project ever undertaken by the City of Johannesburg. It is estimated that if just 15% of regular car users who live in the vicinity of Rea Vaya switch to the BRT, the city will achieve a saving of 382 940 tons of carbon dioxide by 2010 and 1.6-million tons by 2020.Phasing it inThe first phase of Rea Vaya features two sub-phases, 1A and 1B. Phase 1A, comprising 48 stations along 40km, will come into operation just ahead of the Fifa Confederations Cup in June 2009. Phase 1B with a further 102 stations along 86km, will complete the first stage in time for the Fifa World Cup in 2010.Operating on the same principles as the Cape Town system, which is also in its first phase of development, Johannesburg’s BRT system will feature a network of trunk, feeder and complementary routes serviced by a fleet of 427 22m-long trunk buses, 413 feeder buses and 350 complementary buses.Stations are planned at regular intervals so that passengers won’t have to walk more than a few hundred metres along the route to reach any point of embarkation. The stations will incorporate smart card technology to collect fares before boarding, thus eliminating the possibility of delays as well as the need to carry cash. They will also be closely monitored with closed-circuit television, amongst other security measures.During the operating hours of 5am and midnight buses will arrive at intervals of not more than three minutes in peak time, and at 10-minute intervals during quieter times. The system is expected to carry over 400 000 passengers daily, alleviating the congestion and accompanying stress experienced every day on the city’s busy roads and contributing to a better quality of life for Johannesburg residents.All major locations in the city will be serviced and residents even in outlying residential areas such as Randburg, Dobsonville, Alexandra and Lenasia will be pleased to know that they have not been neglected. An inner-city circular route is also on the itinerary. The BRT network will connect with the Gautrain at Park Station.The north to south Rea Vaya route, currently in the design phase, runs from Regina Mundi Catholic church in Soweto to the business suburb of Parktown. Another north to south route connects Parktown with Sunninghill north of Johannesburg.Public participationThe look and feel of buses will be decided on only after an extensive public participation process, currently underway.Trunk buses will be able to accommodate up to 112 passengers and will travel exclusively along the dedicated bus lanes, stopping only at Rea Vaya stations. Complimentary buses will have a capacity of 75 passengers and will operate along the bus lanes but will also be able to stop beside the pavement. Feeder buses, on the other hand, will carry 32 passengers and will not drive on the bus lanes at all but will use regular roads.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] articlesSouth Africa’s infrastructure Cape Town’s new bus systemUseful linksRea VayaCity of JohannesburgRidesmart
Malaysia Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding to take eight Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners worth more than $US2 billion at list prices in a deal that allows it to convert eight orders for B737 MAX 8s.The MoU included eight additional purchase rights for B737 MAX 8s as well as Boeing’s Global Fleet care service to maintain current and future Boeing aircraft.The MoU announcement was made as Malaysian Prime Minister Muhammad Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak was visiting the US to meet President Donald Trump and its timing raised questions in some media outlets.Reuters said the meeting with Trump was critical for Najib who was looking to raise his standing in malysia and overseas ahead of elections.However, Malaysia already has a big Boeing fleet with and operates more than 50 Next-Generation 737s. It has an additional 25 737 MAXs on order, including 10 for the new 737 MAX 10.The order comes as the airline is restructuring and is expected to return to profitability next year. Chief executive Peter Bellew said in July the airline was on track to be publicly relisted in 2019.The airline had been looking at Airbus A330neos and has also leased six Airbus A350 jets due to begin arriving later this year as replacements for the carrier’s A380 superjumbos. They will be used initially on the Kuala Lumpur-London route with other routes still under consideration.Bellew, who earlier this year said he had been unable to reach an agreement on price with Airbus on the A330neos, said the range of the 787-9s gave the airline the ability to reach any point in Europe and some points in the US.“The MoU with Boeing on their Global Fleet Care program will allow the two companies to build a world class MRO (maintenance and repair organisation) for the 737 MAX, 787 and 737NG based on Malaysia’s existing facilities in Kuala Lumpur,” he said in a statement.Boeing Global Fleet Care provides operators engineering, materials and maintenance programs that are tailored to an individual airline.Malaysia lost two Boeing 777 aircraft in 2014, one shot down by Russian-backed separatists and another which disappeared in as yet unexplained circumstances.Bellew believes the airline’s brand has since recovered in all marketplaces.
A Long Beach, California, convenience store clerk was recovering after a man slashed him with a sharp object and fled the business, police said. The stabbing happened about 2:30 a.m. outside the store on Long Beach Boulevard near Wardlow Road, police spokeswoman Nancy Pratt said.Officers called to the scene learned that before the stabbing, another man had attempted to shoplift from the store, but he was stopped by employees and forced to leave, she said. “While one of the employees was standing outside, a separate male subject approached him. Words were exchanged and the subject slashed at the victim with a sharp instrument,” Pratt said. “The employee was transported to a local hospital with a non-life threatening injury.”Police did not know if the attack and the attempted shoplifting incident were related. The assailant, described as in his late teens or early twenties, was seen fleeing in a vehicle, police said. A description of the car was not available. Anyone with information was asked to contact police at 562.570.7250. Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 800.222.TIPS (8477) or by using the P3 Tips smartphone app. [Source: Press-Telegram]- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now