Any one-hit-wonder who’s had chart success in the past will tell you that one song is all you ever need to guarantee a lifetime of income if the song is popular enough. So long as people want to hear it, it will provide you with royalties every year for the rest of your life. You could say the same about video game development companies and the games they create. You only need one popular franchise to support an entire business, and Activision has arguably the very best of them in the shape of “Call of Duty.”
It would be wrong to describe Activision as “one-hit wonders.” The company existed long before the first “Call of Duty” game was even designed and has other strings to its bow. Most of its other games and franchises are profitable, but all of them pale in comparison to the gargantuan success of the “Call of Duty” series. At least one new game is released every year, and it’s usually the biggest-selling game of the year. “Call of Duty” releases are more like events than game launches and have swelled the company’s revenue figures. In the first quarter of 2021, the company’s revenue came in at $2.28bn. That was better than Wall Street expected of the company, and the money is set to serve as a springboard for Activision’s aggressive expansion plans.
The record-breaking revenue announcement was made during Activision’s quarterly earnings call with investors but wasn’t the most newsworthy announcement made during the call. The most interesting the company told us was that by the end of 2022, it plans to have three times as many people working within its development teams as it does right now. Existing teams are set to be expanded, and brand new studios will open under the Activision banner. The company wants to make more games than it ever has before, and it wants to go about that creation process much faster than it has done in the past. More than two thousand developers are expected to be hired as part of the new initiative. Many of the hires will happen in the United States of America, but Canada, Australia, Poland, and China have also been earmarked for expansion. It’s barely an exaggeration to say that Activision wants to take over the world.
The enormous hiring push will need continued financial support from the parent company, but that’s not likely to be an issue. “Call of Duty: Warzone” is one of the most popular games in the world right now, and sales for the most recent “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War” continue to be strong. That game – the most recent entry into the franchise and the first to be built for the new generation of consoles – was only released in November last year. It will soon be yesterday’s news, though. On May 5th, the company confirmed that Sledgehammer Games would be in a position to release a game tentatively titled “Call of Duty: WW2” by the start of the fourth quarter of 2021. That will be every bit as big a deal as “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War” was and should ensure that Activision’s revenues continue to break records for the rest of the year. There’s never been a better time for the company to invest in the future, and that’s exactly what it’s doing.
The unparalleled success of the “Call of Duty” series has given Activision a template to work from when attempting to create other franchises in the future. That now appears to be the company’s grand plan. Going forward, the “Call of Duty” model will be used to create and develop every major gaming property that the company and its multiple subsidiaries work on. No matter the genre or style of the game in question, the techniques and marketing strategies that turned “Call of Duty” into such an enormous win for the company will be replicated in the hope that they’ll remain effective. That vaguely-worded initiative might not be so much about the style of the games that the company develops but the multiple avenues that the games take to reach consumers.
In real terms, what’s meant by the “Call of Duty” template probably refers to the fact that there’s a “primary” game supported by a “free to play” variant and also a mobile version. In the case of “Call of Duty,” there’s also a real money casino game available too, although that’s a few years old, and it isn’t clear how closely connected it is to Activision. It’s still available at several casinos and has an official license, but it’s the only Activision-associated game in existence. This might mean that we’ll see more Activision-approved games at places featured on sistersite.co.uk – the UK’s leading casino database in the near future. Slots are a good way of making big money with minimal effort. They only require a fraction of the development time of a more interactive game, so it makes financial sense for the company to experiment more with them.
The earnings call was good news for investors and good news for gamers. Investors are happy because the company is outperforming expectations and in better shape than ever before. Gamers are happy because there’s yet another “Call of Duty” game on the horizon, and it will be available before the end of the year. There was little discussion of the future of “Crash Bandicoot,” which suggests that the recently-released fourth game in the series might be the last, but that might just because the company’s focus is elsewhere at the moment. Developers were recently moved across from “Crash Bandicoot” to “Call of Duty,” so the company is clearly prioritising its flagship creation at the moment. That only serves to underline the urgent need for more developers to keep all of Activision’s multiple plates spinning. This is a video game development company that’s going from strength to strength, and the next few years look like they could be very lucrative indeed.
Until the next “Call of Duty” game appears, “Cold War” will continue to be developed and added to, and new maps will continue to be added to “Warzone,” too. It’s expected that “Warzone” will eventually interface with the next game in the series, but that’s yet to be determined.
AMERICAN FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE AND LSPORTS ANNOUNCE $6 MILLION EXCLUSIVE DATA DISTRIBUTION PARTNERSHIP
LSports Becomes Official Data Partner of the AFFL
ASHKELON, ISRAEL, LAS VEGAS, and NEW YORK (June 16, 2021) – The American Flag Football League (AFFL), the preeminent flag football organization in the United States, and LSports, a global leader in the delivery of real-time sports data solutions, today announced an exclusive data distribution partnership valued at $6 million USD.
The five-year agreement was announced by LSports Co-Founder and CEO Dotan Lazar, and AFFL CEO Jeffrey Lewis. As the Official Data Partner of the AFFL, LSports will have exclusive rights to the distribution of the league’s official data. sports will generate live statistics and odds for all AFFL games beginning with the start of the 2022 season.
The total value of the agreement includes data rights, product development, sales, and support from LSports and the AFFL.
The partnership follows the AFFL’s recent slate of announcements, including its agreement with CBS Sports to broadcast games this summer, the launch of the league’s women’s division and a commitment to pay equity as both the men’s and women’s champion will each earn a grand prize of $200,000 USD.
The AFFL offers the highest level of competitive flag football and has attracted some of the NFL’s biggest names in years past, including Michael Vick, Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens, Vince Young, and Danny Wuerffel. The league features a 7-on-7 format on a 100-yard field, with a 12-person roster and a 60-minute game with 15-minute quarters played over a running clock.
“We’ve long since recognized the American market growth and we expect it to greatly evolve in the next few years. The agreement with AFFL definitely secures LSports a place there,” said Lazar. “This deal positions LSports next to a select few who own exclusive rights to official sports, highlighting our unique offerings. AFFL odds will be a great addition to our already vast offerings.”
“Partnering with LSports is an important step in broadening the AFFL’s awareness and bolstering our relevance in the mainstream,” said Lewis. “As sports betting continues to grow here in the U.S. this will connect the AFFL to more fans, bringing them closer to our game and the rising popularity of flag football.”
Stephen Crystal, Founder of SCCG Management, said of the announcement, “Bringing organizations such as the AFFL into partnership with LSports, is an essential part of our overall effort to open the US gaming market for LSports products and services. We seek and establish value additive relationships in our US business development role for LSports that help us share the compelling LSports growth story. The US sports wagering industry is growing into these new US markets, and companies like LSports will continue to be part of that expansion.”
M Style Marketing, a leading strategy firm in sports and entertainment, played an integral role in introducing and coordinating the partnership between organizations.
“With AFFL’s growth and the excitement in the flag game, partnering with LSports is the perfect combination to bring the property to a global fan base” said Rob Striar, CEO of M Style.
The Men’s AFFL tournament is scheduled for July 23-25 in Indianapolis and will move to Houston, Texas for the remaining rounds, starting August 14. The inaugural Women’s AFFL tournament will debut on August 21-22 and 28-29 in Houston, Texas.
CBS Sports Network will broadcast four live AFFL games, including the 2021 tournament’s Men’s Final and the inaugural Women’s Division Final. Additionally, CBS and CBS Sports Network will carry AFFL content throughout the season, with CBS hosting a 60-minute special broadcast highlighting the best moments of the season.
About The American Flag Football League (AFFL)
AFFL is the premier Flag Football organization in the world, offering Men’s and Women’s professional events, youth leagues, and content around America’s fastest-growing team sport. It unites a worldwide community of players and fans around the shared values of the flag – inclusivity, fun, positivity, competition, and intensity. For more information, please visit www.affl.com. #thefutureisflag #football4all.
LSports is a world-leading provider of real-time sports data, working with sports betting industry key clients since 2012. Dedicated to supplying highly effective control tools and data analysis, its mission is to consistently present game-changing solutions for the sports betting industry. Powered by a unique proprietary API technology, state-of-the-art sportsbook trading management services, innovative betting stimulating services, and 24/7 comprehensive and accurate sports data feeds, LSports is the one-stop shop for your sportsbook data.
About SCCG Management
SCCG Management is a consultancy that specializes in sports betting, iGaming, sports marketing, affiliate marketing, technology, intellectual property protection, product commercialization, esports, capital formation, M&A, joint ventures, casino management, and governmental and legal affairs for the casino and gaming industry.
About M Style
M Style Marketing is a global strategy, marketing and branding firm working with leading companies in sports, entertainment and licensing. The firm’s expertise extends into the top echelons of teams, leagues, entertainment properties and consumer brands. With a full-service strategy team, M Style is known for developing award-winning international programs.
Source: PlatoData Intelligence: https://sccgmanagement.com/sccg-news/2021/6/12/american-flag-football-league-and-lsports-announce-6-million-exclusive-data-distribution-partnershi
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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel Set for 2022 Launch
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It’s finally arrived. Nintendo revealed new gameplay footage for the long-awaited, highly anticipated sequel to 2017’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Nintendo made gameplay the reveal this week during its E3 2021 Nintendo Direct presentation, along with a targeted 2022 release period.
The Breath of the Wild sequel reveal teaser featured footage of the hero Link soaring through the sky, along with what appeared to be a fair amount of in-game footage. It appears Link will have new magical abilities and techniques at his disposal.
Nintendo initially announced the development for a sequel to Breath of the Wild in June 2019 during E3 of that year. Fans have been waiting patiently for some new developments for about two years now, and it finally arrived during the Nintendo presentation.
The Legend of Zelda Announcements Hit E3 2021
Elsewhere, Nintendo also confirmed Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda due out later this year. This will be a special Game & Watch handheld console release featuring The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (The original Game Boy Version). Additionally, it will feature a special Link version of Game & Watch’s VERMIN, along with a playable clock and timer.
This special Legend of Zelda edition of the Game & Watch arrives on November 12. A new preview is also available below.
Earlier this year, Nintendo confirmed that The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword would be receiving an upgraded HD release. The HD remastering of Skyward Sword is just around the corner, and it will be available on the Nintendo Switch later next month (Jul. 16).
The upcoming sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is due to arrive on the Nintendo Switch later in 2022.
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Cyan Planet passes fundraising goal to create a Digital Twin of the ocean for exploration in VR
June 16, 2021 – Cyan Planet, an international immersive media studio connecting audiences with marine organizations with an aim of promoting action for marine conservation, has recently announced that it has secured funding to start the creation of a digital twin of the ocean. The company’s flagship project ‘How is the Water’ raised more than USD $60,000 from over 500 backers worldwide and is now in its last days on Kickstarter.
The How is the Water digital twin of the ocean aims to make the underwater world accessible for everybody, while digitally preserving marine life for future generations, according to Cyan Planet. It is a virtual world that offers a unique opportunity to experience the underwater world from the perspective of marine animals, allowing users to explore the ocean using a mobile device, computer, or ideally, a virtual reality (VR) headset.
The project aims to connect people with the ocean, combining entertainment, experiential learning, and real-world marine conservation scenarios thanks to partnerships with many marine organizations like Whale & Dolphin Conservation, Reef Life Foundation, and Ocean Sounds. At the same time, it will provide a high-fidelity environment for professionals to visualize and simulate ocean-related scenarios and to communicate their work. The animals encountered in the world are also digital twins of real marine species, powered by AI to recreate realistic behavior. Furthermore, according to the Kickstarter page, even more animals are lined up to be scanned in order to create more digital twins.
“My mission is to make the ocean accessible for everybody,” said Michal Lovecky, CEO and Creative Director at Cyan Planet. “We can’t protect the ocean, unless we understand it, and allow people to connect with it on a deep emotional level.” Lovecky plans to create a virtual ocean world and connect researchers with people worldwide to drive action in support of marine conservation.
“We connect the actions within How is the Water with real-world impact,” added Ninja Mueller, a marine biologist and Co-Director, at Cyan Planet. “For example, if you grow your coral garden in-game, there will be a real reef structure deployed for coral restoration.”
Cyan Planet is using the power of virtual reality and immersive media to help inspire and educate people about the science of marine ecosystems through its How is the Water project. The company states that it is planning on having the first playable build (alpha prototype) ready by the end of the year. For more information on Cyan Planet and its ocean digital twin project, please visit the company’s website.
Video credit: Cyan Planet / YouTube
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