Animoca Brands acquires Pixowl for $4.9 millionMobile publisher adds multiple world-building and licensed titles to portfolio, including The Sandbox and Peanuts: Snoopy’s Town TaleRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterMonday 27th August 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleAnimoca BrandsAnimoca Brands announced today it has acquired mobile development studio Pixowl for $4.875 million in cash and shares.The deal and brings Pixowl’s various mobile titles into the publisher’s portfolio, including licensed titles such as Peanuts: Snoopy’s Town Tale, Garfield: Survival of the Fattest, and Goosebumps HorrorTown.That portfolio also includes The Sandbox, an aptly-named “sandbox” type game that allows users to create their own worlds using resources and the game’s physics laws. It has been download over 40 million times.Pixowl is currently working on a blockchain release of The Sandbox, which is planned to launch in 2019.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “Our acquisition of Pixowl provides powerful strategic and operational synergies with Animoca Brands,” said Animoca co-founder and director Yat Siu. “Pixowl’s experienced developers will significantly increase our development capabilities. Its founders are highly respected game industry veterans who have developed multimillion dollar franchises. We believe the blockchain version of The Sandbox has incredible potential.”Pixowl shares our vision of blockchain gaming, NFT’s, and games as a platform. Like us, it has a number of world-renowned brand licenses, including Snoopy and Goosebumps. We look forward to utilizing the many opportunities for growth conferred by this acquisition.”Earlier this year, Animoca also acquired Finnish mobile developer Tribeflame.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesAnimoca Brands acquires Power Rangers developer nWayStudio behind mobile fighting game Legacy Wars purchased for $7.69 millionBy James Batchelor A year agoAtari acquires stake in Animoca Brands as part of blockchain game dealPartnership will see Animoca Brands develop blockchain version of RollerCoaster TycoonBy Haydn Taylor 2 years agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
Niantic launches $1m AR game contestPokémon Go developer encourages developers to “think outside the box”James BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefFriday 21st December 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleNianticNiantic has launched a new competition for developers to see what they can do with the firm’s augmented reality technology — and there’s a prize pool of more than $1m on offer.The Niantic Beyond Reality Developer Contest is open to all developers and requires them to use the studio’s Real World Platform to build new mobile games that “push the boundaries” of the tech.The company wants to see projects that explore three core pillars: exploration, exercise and real-world social interaction. Applications are now open, with details on how to apply on Niantic’s site. Teams must have at least five members, with experience in Unity and Java Server technology.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games The deadline for submissions is February 17, 2019, and finalists will get to work for a three-month period on a demo they can show off at Niantic’s HQ in San Francisco.There is also the suggestion that Niantic may assist with bringing these games to market, with mention that finalists will be brought to San Francisco to meet executives and “lay the groundwork for the work to come.”Niantic co-founder and CTO Phil Keslin said: “While our focus is on games, we’re encouraging applicants to think outside the box with their submissions. We can’t wait to see the creative applications that bridge the gap between gaming and other areas of recreation and entertainment.”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 storiesNiantic launches Black Developers Initiative, offers funding and mentorshipPokémon Go developer continues efforts to support underrepresented Black developers in creating new AR gamesBy James Batchelor 3 months agoNiantic acquires community gaming platform MayhemSan Francisco gaming start-up to bring more social gaming experience to Pokemon Go makerBy Rebekah Valentine 4 months agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
iStock(NEW YORK) — Hospital staff at New York Presbyterian Queens Hospital are inspiring patients to Don’t Stop Believin’.In a moving video released by the hospital, health care workers cheer on COVID-19 patients and blast Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ as they are discharged from the hospital.For the past week, hospital staff there started celebrating patients being discharged from the hospital with the hit song.“Every patient discharge gives hope to New York Presbyterian Queens staff. They are encouraged to see their patients recovering and going home,” said Jaclyn Mucaria, president of New York-Presbyterian Queens.New York has suffered the most fatalities from the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state saw 671 deaths on Easter Sunday, bringing New York state’s death toll to 10,056.But despite these challenging times, many health care workers across the state, including the staff at New York Presbyterian Queens Hospital are staying positive.“These have been very challenging times but I am so proud of the extraordinary selflessness and teamwork,” said Mucaria. “Everyone is pitching in for the purpose of providing the best care to our patients.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
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Disclosure have released the first single off their highly anticipated sophomore album, a catchy club track called “Holding On.” The song features vocals from Grammy award-winning jazz singer Gregory Porter.Disclosure Being Sued For Over $200,000 For Allegedly Stolen LyricsThe track was originally written as a piano ballad, but the electronic UK duo later turned it into an upbeat track, essentially remixing themselves. Listen below.
Cayamo Cruise destination festival has announced the lineup of performers for its 2020 nautical event. The floating festival will set sail for the 13th time when it leaves from Miami on the Norwegian Pearl beginning February 3rd, making scheuled stops in St. Croix and Antigua before coming to an end on February 10th.Related: Jam Cruise Shares Pro-Shot Footage Of Dragon Smoke Performing “Yes We Can Can”Next year’s cruise will feature performances from Wilco‘s Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples, and Rodney Cromwell, in addition to sets from Lake Street Dive, Anderson East, Soggy Bottom Boys, Deer Tick, Watkins Family Hour, Hayes Carll, Shawn Mullins, Jim Lauderdale, Molly Tuttle, and more.Speaking of Wilco, the rock band recently announced their own tropical destination event with their first ever Sky Blue Sky all-inclusive weekend event scheduled to take place at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in Mexico early next year on January 18th-22nd, 2020.Head to the Cayamo website for event details and ticket information.
Ken Hackett, former president of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), will receive the 2012 Laetare Medal during the 2012 Commencement Ceremony. The Medal, established at Notre Dame in 1883, is the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics. It is awarded annually to a Catholic “whose genius has ennobled the arts and sciences, illustrated the ideals of the Church and enriched the heritage of humanity,” according to a University press release. University President Fr. John Jenkins praised Hackett’s compassion and strong commitment to worldwide outreach throughout his tenure at CRS. “Ken Hackett has responded to a Gospel imperative with his entire career,” Jenkins said in the press release. “His direction of the Catholic Church’s outreach to the hungry, thirsty, naked, sick and unsheltered of the world has blended administrative acumen with genuine compassion in a unique and exemplary way.” After serving CRS in various capacities since 1972, including a stint as its regional director for Africa and in several posts throughout Africa and Asia, Hackett was appointed president of CRS in 1993, according to the press release. He held the position for 18 years until his retirement in December. Hackett was succeeded by Carolyn Woo, former dean of the Mendoza College of Business. Hackett, a native of West Roxbury, Mass., became interested in international service when he enrolled in the Peace Corps following his graduation from Boston College in 1968 because he said “it seemed like an interesting thing to do.” Hackett’s experiences living in a Catholic mission and working in an agricultural cooperative project in rural Ghana demonstrated the “actual impact of American food aid on the health and well-being of very poor kids in a very isolated part of a West African country,” he said in the press release. After completing his Peace Corps assignment, he continued his commitment to service by beginning his CRS career in Sierra Leone, where he administered both a maternal and child health program and a nationwide leprosy control program. While serving as CRS regional director for Africa, Hackett addressed the agency’s response to the Ethiopian famine of 1984-85 and supervised CRS operations in East Africa during the Somalian crisis of the 1990s, according to the press release. During his tenure as the agency’s sixth president, Hackett oversaw the redoubling of CRS efforts to engage the American Catholic community in worldwide service work by reaching out to Catholic organizations, dioceses, parishes, and colleges and universities throughout the country. CRS also incorporated lay people into its board of directors under Hackett’s supervision. The organization, one of the world’s most effective and efficient in global relief and development, now operates in more than 100 countries with a staff of nearly 5,000, according to the press release. In addition to his service as CRS president, Hackett also served as the North America president of Caritas Internationalis, the coalition of humanitarian agencies of the Catholic Church. He continues to serve as an adviser to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and as a board member of the Vatican Pontifical Commission Cor Unum. Hackett was awarded an honorary degree from Notre Dame in 2007. He also holds honorary degrees from Boston College, Cabrini College, University of Great Falls, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Mount St. Mary’s University, New York Medical College, Siena College, University of San Diego, Santa Clara University, Villanova University and Walsh University. The Laetare Medal is named in celebration of Laetare Sunday, the fourth Sunday in Lent and the day Notre Dame announces its recipient each year. The 2011 Medal was jointly awarded to Sr. Joan McConnon and Sr. Mary Scullion, founders of Project H.O.M.E. Previous recipients include President John F. Kennedy, Catholic Worker founder Dorothy Day, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin and jazz composer Dave Brubeck.
At their first meeting after Thanksgiving break, Notre Dame’s student senate continued a conversation from their previous meeting about students with disabilities. At their meeting immediately before Thanksgiving break, the senate heard a presentation from Scott Howland, coordinator of the Sara Bea Center for Students with Disabilities and Dr. Bill Stackman, the University’s associate vice president for student services. Howland outlined the services and accommodations that the Sara Bea Center offers to students, and Stackman led a discussion about a recent STAT article about a prospective Notre Dame student who is said to have requested a single room because his epilepsy required him to get a uninterrupted night’s sleep. According to the article, Notre Dame denied the request and the student ultimately enrolled in another university. A week after the original discussion, members of the group still had insights to share about the discussion. Junior and Welsh Family Hall senator Lindsay McCray brought up a point that sophomore senator Erin Hiestand of Ryan Hall made the previous week. Hiestand and McCray encouraged senators to consider the burden that having an epileptic roommate would have placed on the roommate who didn’t have epilepsy.“How stressful would it be to know that if you accidentally wake up your roommate or do anything wrong in your room, ever, to mess up his sleep schedule, you could actually potentially kill your roommate,” McCray said. Sophomore and Fisher Hall senator David Morris added Stackman said this situation has arisen before and students with disabilities have been accommodated at Notre Dame.“I talked to the doctor afterwards, and they have a very set protocol and a way to help students with epilepsy,” Morris said. “He talked to me about how that works, and that there are not a lot of students with epilepsy who live in doubles on this campus, but this situation has happened before, and all the other students that had epilepsy were able to live in doubles their freshman year.”The Senate also confirmed a new co-director of First Undergraduate Experience in Leadership (FUEL) because current co-director, sophomore Clark Bowden, chose to study abroad in the spring. Senior and student body president Gates McGavick, senior and student body vice president Corey Gayheart and senior and chief of staff Briana Tucker nominated sophomore Ryan Mullin for the position in a letter. The letter said Bowden and FUEL co-director sophomore Rachel Ingal recommend Mullin. In his year and a half at Notre Dame, Mullin has been involved in FUEL, as well as the University Affairs and Student Life departments of student government, the letter said. Mullin also served as a Judicial Council peer advocate, a part of the Student International Business Club travel team and an associate in Notre Dame’s Jubilee Initiative for Financial Inclusion. “Critically, he has also expressed a clear understanding of Clark and Rachel’s vision for making FUEL a hands-on, involved group that puts motivated young students in position to succeed in student government,” McGavick said, reading the letter to the Senate. “He has made clear his desire to continue the impressive progress Clark and Rachel have made, and, as mentioned above, comes highly recommended by his predecessors.”After a vote, Mullin was confirmed by the senate for the position. Tags: FUEL, ND student senate, SARA BEA CENTER, Senate, stat
LABELLE — Sheila Mueller is one tough customer. She, her roommate, and her son have been living in a tent in her yard in Hillebrandt Acres for two months since Hurricane Ike destroyed her home. Yet, she continues to have a remarkably good attitude and seldom complains. Mueller said all she really wants for Christmas is a FEMA trailer. “We had a chance to get a motel at first, but they won’t take us because they’re all full. All the apartments (available) are in Houston,” Mueller said. “They may bring us a mobile home. If we can rebuild, we have to send in the estimate. I don’t know if they’ll tear down the house or not. I don’t know how long it will be before we get a trailer.” Mueller’s house was “beat up” by Hurricane Rita, yet still liveable. It flooded this time from Ike. “I have my ups and downs. I don’t care for rainy days. My mattress is soaking wet this morning. But, it’s better to be at home,” she said. “I was depressed at first. I try to keep up a good attitude. There’s nothing you can do about it. “I thought about fixing up my garage or my breezeway. I like it out here. I see a lot of people with for sale signs and they’re moving, but I’m staying here,” Mueller said. With chilly weather forecasted this weekend, she’ll pile up with blankets and fire up the chiminea. Mueller also said Entergy blew out her utility line while connecting to her house before Ike, and she doesn’t have any appliances to use. Since then, she’s been using a cooler and eating Meals Ready to Eat. “The church (LaBelle Baptist Church) was giving out meals and stuff. We just had the church to depend on at first. Rita, too. It’s just wait and see. I had my crying moments.”
Back to the new frame design, the AL frames include multiple accessory options including 3 water bottle mounts, top tube bento box mounts, front and rear rack mounts, fender mounts, and a BLendr compatible stem plus Duotrap speed/cadence sensor compatible chainstay.Frames also have clearance for up to 700c x 35mm tires, though they will be sold with 700c x 32mm tires and TLR tubeless compatible wheels for comfortable riding on many surfaces.The new Domane AL frame will be sold in four complete builds in the form of the 2, 3, 4, and 5 disc. Pricing starts at $1,049.99 for the Domane AL 2 Disc with Shimano Claris, mechanical disc brakes, and Bontrager Affinity TLR wheels. The Domane AL 3 Disc steps up to $1,249.99 with Shimano Sora, mechanical brakes, and Bontrager Affinity TLR wheels, followed by the Domane AL 4 Disc with Shimano Tiagra, hydraulic disc brakes, and again Affinity TLR wheels. The top end Domane AL 5 Disc moves to a 2×11 Shimano 105 R7000 group with hydraulic disc brakes, and Affinity TLR wheels at $1,799.99. It should be noted that while these bikes include TLR wheels, they do not include TLR tires, so you’ll have to upgrade the tires and provide sealant and rim strips in order to take advantage of tubeless in the future.The Domane AL Disc will be available in seven different frame sizes, all with 700c wheels. Available now.trekbikes.com It also makes the move to flat mount disc brakes and 12mm thru axles at both ends.Don’t want to move to disc brakes? While all of the new Domane AL models use discs, there will be just one version of the Domane AL 2 sold with rim brakes and the previous generation frame as a 2021 model year bike. If you’ve been thinking of buying a new bike to give cycling a try recently, you’re not alone. Loads of new riders have taken to two wheels to get outside while maintaining their social distance. And while new bikes can be very expensive, the new Trek Domane AL Disc is proof that you don’t have to spend a fortune to find a very well equipped bike.Using an Alpha 200 aluminum frame with smooth-ish welds, a gently curved top tube, thin stays, and internal cable routing, the Domane AL has a better looking silhouette than the outgoing 202 model.