Dreamhack Announces “Dreamhack Open Featuring Fortnite” Tournament Series

DreamHack, the premier gaming lifestyle festival, announces the launch of a new tournament series featuring Fortnite. The series — entitled DreamHack Open Featuring Fortnite — will kick off in July and consists of monthly online tournaments for the EU, NA East, and NA West Fortnite servers through all of 2020, and will be broadcast live on Twitch. A total of $1.75 million USD will be awarded in 2020 — a prize pool of $250,000 will be up for grabs every month.

“We had a tremendous experience hosting huge open participation Fortnite competitions at DreamHack Winter and DreamHack Anaheim just a few months ago,” said Michael Van Driel, Chief Product Officer at DreamHack, “While we aren’t currently hosting any mass gatherings, we’re very excited to produce what will assuredly be some amazing online events and we look forward to the future.”

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PlayStation 5 will reportedly be hard to find after it launches later this year, and it could cost as much as $550

Sony’s new PlayStation 5 gamepad, the DualSense. Sony

This holiday season, next-generation game consoles from both Sony’s PlayStation and Microsoft’s Xbox are expected.

Though we’ve seen parts of both consoles, and know plenty of details about both, one major question remains: How much?

In the case of the PlayStation 5, consumers could be looking at a price in the $500 to $550 range, according to a new Bloomberg report.

That unusually high price — $100 more than the launch price of the PlayStation 4 — is reportedly due to the console’s “ambitious specs,” which are driving Sony’s decision to price the console higher than in its previous generation. As a result, Sony is said to be producing fewer launch PS5 consoles than it has in prior generations as the company anticipates lower consumer demand due to the high price.

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DreamHack To Make U.S. West Coast Debut

World’s Premier Gaming Lifestyle Festival to Host Esports Tournaments 24-Hour LAN Party, Expo, Cosplay Competition, Live Music Concerts and More

DreamHack, the premier gaming lifestyle festival, has announced it will make its U.S. West Coast debut with DreamHack Anaheim in Anaheim, CA February 21-23, 2020, at the Anaheim Convention Center. The 24 hour-a-day festival weekend will feature everything gaming under one roof and will be jam-packed with pro esports tournaments, amateur and varsity gaming tournaments, world-famous bring your own computer (BYOC) LAN party, cosplay championship, panels, art, activities, expo, screenings, live music and more. Tickets will be available HERE beginning Friday, September 20, 2019.

“I cannot express our excitement at bringing DreamHack to the great city of Anaheim for our first-ever West Coast festival weekend — especially because it comes on the heels of our 25th-anniversary celebration,” said DreamHack Co-CEO Marcus Lindmark. “This debut event in Anaheim will be a not-to-be-missed experience for fans of esports and all things gaming.”

“We are thrilled to be bringing DreamHack to the West Coast for the first time in the history of the event,” said Visit Anaheim Vice President of Sports Development Roy Edmonson. “Events like DreamHack are perfect for Anaheim, as we have the largest convention center on the west coast, and this is a great addition to our portfolio of clients.”

2019 was a tremendous year of growth for DreamHack, including inaugural events in South America (DreamHack Rio); Dallas, TX (DreamHack Dallas); and Rotterdam, Netherlands (DreamHack Rotterdam). The festival experience will continue to innovate and improve the experience for both attendees and fans alike. The complete 2020 festival schedule will be announced in December.


Indie Video Games Concert Event “Game Theory” at Ford Theaters in Los Angeles

World Concert Premieres from Six Popular Video Game Composers performed by the Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra at the Ford Theatres on Oct. 5th

Ford Theatres, alongside Musicians at Play (MAP) Foundation, composer Chad Seiter, Juncture Media and Materia Collective will present the first-ever GAME THEORY concert on October 5, 2019.

Award-winning and critically acclaimed composers Chad Seiter (ReCore), Austin Wintory (Journey), Grant Kirkhope (Banjo-Kazooie),Laura Shigihara (Plants vs. Zombies, Rakuen), Lena Raine (Celeste), and Jake Kaufman (Shovel Knight) have scored music to some of the most popular video games from the past decade. They will each appear on stage during the concert event to introduce and talk about their fantastic work. In addition to their existing scores, the concert will also feature all-new original compositions written specifically for this show.

“This is Musicians at Play’s fourth year presenting a concert at the beautiful Ford Theatres in Hollywood,” says Musicians at Play (MAP) Foundation Executive Director April Williams. “We are proud to celebrate Game Theory with Chad Seiter’s vision and some of today’s most innovative Indie Video Game Composers and their fantastic music, performed by the Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra.”

GAME THEORY is an exhilarating and fun night of symphonic & electronic game music and solo performances. Conducted by composer and music director Chad Seiter and featuring the 60-piece Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra, GAME THEORY provides a rare opportunity to hear these scores performed live and gives an inspiring look into the wonderous world of video games.

“I really look forward to presenting GAME THEORY to the world,” says Composer and Music Director Chad Seiter. “The music created for independent video games is excellent and definitely deserves to be presented with a live symphony orchestra. I’m excited to work with all the composers to create new arrangements of their music and to hear their stories on the stage.” For more concert information please visit www.gametheoryconcert.com


Always Sunny’s Rob McElhenney Unveils “Mythic Quest”

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star and creator Rob McElhenney was at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles during Ubisoft’s E3 press conference, where he talked aobut his upcoming new show for Apple TV Plus called “Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet.”

The new series was first revealed last summer although not a lot of information was available. At the time, McElhenney was attached to direct another video-game film adaptation, Minecraft, a project he vacated shortly after.

The live-action comedy series was developed by McElhenney, along with his Sunny comrade Charlie Day and executive producer Megan Ganz.

McElhenney is the lead in the series, supposedly playing an egomaniac video game studio director Ian Grimm.

“Like most of the creative directors I’ve met, he has the ego the size of a city bus,” McElhenney said on stage. “I’m going to get my ass kicked backed stage because there are lot of creative directors here.”

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“Mortal Kombat” Reboot Gets A 2021 Release Date

By Creative Media Times

The highly anticipated upcoming reboot of “Mortal Kombat” is now set to hit theaters March 5, 2021, Warner Bros. announced on Friday.

Aquaman director James Wan is set to produce the film with Simon McQuoid is attached to direct. McQuoid is a first time feature film director but has worked on Playstation commercials.

Wan has been attached as producer of the film since 2015. The cast for the film is yet to be announced.

The news was announced earlier this week by Premier of South Australia, Steven Marshall. “I’m really happy and excited to be bringing another show back to Australia with Mortal Kombat, especially after having such a great experience filming Aquaman,” Wan said of the announcement.

“Now we get to experience South Australia with its scenic locations and a wealth of artistic talent to work with. It will be perfectly suited for this fantasy-action project.”

The first Mortal Kombat film came out back in 1995, which was directed by Paul W. S. Anderson, who went on to do various sci-fi films and video game adaptations.


Margot Robbie To Play Barbie In New Warner Bros. Live-Action Film

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Harley Quinn is about to live in a Barbie world. The “Suicide Squad” actress is set to play the iconic fashion doll from toy company Mattel, Inc., Variety is reporting.

Warner Bros. is said to be partnering with the fashion doll’s toy manufacturer Mattel to bring the film to the big screen, and the first movie from the company’s film division Mattel Films, and their first collaboration with Warner Bros.

“Playing with Barbie promotes confidence, curiosity and communication throughout a child’s journey to self-discovery. Over the brand’s almost 60 years, Barbie has empowered kids to imagine themselves in aspirational roles from a princess to president,” Robbie said.

“I’m so honored to take on this role and produce a film that I believe will have a tremendously positive impact on children and audiences worldwide. I can’t imagine better partners than Warner Bros and Mattel to bring this film to the big screen.”

Robbie recently earned an academy award nomination for best actress for her portrayal of Tonya Hardin in the biographical film I, Tonya which she also produced. Currently, she can be seen in theaters as Queen Elizabeth I in Mary Queen of Scots, alongside Saoirse Ronan.


Writers Guild Awards Nominees Include “Roma, “Black Panther,” “Green Book”

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The Writers Guild of America officially joins the awards circuit, announcing its list of 2019 nominees for Best Screenplays.

Among those receiving nominations for original screenplay are Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” Nick Vallelonga & Brian Currie & Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book” and Adam McKay’s “Vice”, along with Bryan Woods & Scott Beck and John Krasinski for “A Quiet Place” and Bo Burnham for “Eighth Grade”.

The Adapted Screenplay category include titles such as “BlackKklansman”, “Black Panther”, “If Beale Street Could Talk”, “A Star is Born” and “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Conspicuously missing are The National Society of Film Critics’ screenplay runner up “The Favorite” and National Board of Review screenplay winner “First Reformed.”

Writers Guild Awards will be held on February 17 at dual ceremonies at the Edison Ballroom in New York and the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Here’s the full list of nominees:


Eighth Grade, Written by Bo Burnham

Green Book, Written by Nick Vallelonga & Brian Currie & Peter Farrelly

A Quiet Place, Screenplay by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck and John Krasinski, Story by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck

Roma, Written by Alfonso Cuarón

Vice, Written by Adam McKay


BlacKkKlansman, Written by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee (Based on the book by Ron Stallworth)

Black Panther, Written by Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole (Based on the Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby)

Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty (Based on the book by Lee Israel)

If Beale Street Could Talk, Screenplay by Barry Jenkins (Based on the novel by James Baldwin)

A Star Is Born, Screenplay by Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters (Based on the 1954 screenplay by Moss Hart and the 1976 screenplay by John Gregory Dunne & Joan Didion and Frank Pierson)


Bathtubs Over Broadway, written by Ozzy Inguanzo & Dava Whisenant

Fahrenheit 11/9, written by Michael Moore

Generation Wealth, written by Lauren Greenfield

In Search Of Greatness, written by Gabe Polsky


Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Associate Narrative Directors Matthew Zagurak, Joel Janisse, James Richard Mittag; Narrative Director Melissa MacCoubrey; Story by Jonathan Dumont, Melissa MacCoubrey, Hugo Giard; Scriptwriters Madeleine Hart, Betty Robertson, Jesse Scoble, Diana Sherman, Kelly Bender, Jojo Chia, Ian Fun, Zachary M. Parris, Ken Williamson, Daniel Bingham, Jordan Lemos, Simon Mackenzie, Katelyn MacMullin, Susan Patrick, Alissa Ralph, Stephen Rhodes; Team Lead Writer Sam Gill; AI Writers Jonathan Flieger, Kimberly Ann Sparks; Ubisoft Quebec

Batman: The Enemy Within, Episode 5-Same Stitch, Lead Writer James Windeler; Written by Meghan Thornton, Ross Beeley, Lauren Mee; Story by Meghan Thornton, Michael Kirkbride; Telltale Games

God of War, written by Matt Sophos, Richard Zangrande Gaubert, Cory Barlog; Story and Narrative Design Lead Matt Sophos; Story and Narrative Design Richard Zangrande Gaubert; Narrative Design Orion Walker, Adam Dolin; Sony Interactive Entertainment

Marvel’s Spider-Man, Story Lead Jon Paquette; Writers Benjamin Arfmann, Kelsey Beachum; Co-Written by Christos Gage; Additional Story Contributions by Dan Slott; Insomniac Games & Sony Interactive Entertainment

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, Narrative Designers Alex Scokel, Eric Fenstermaker, Kate Dollarhyde, Megan Starks, Olivia Veras, Paul Kirsch; Additional Writing Tony Evans, John Schmautz, Casey Hollingshead, Nitai Poddar; Narrative Design Leads Carrie Patel, Josh Sawyer; Obsidian Entertainment


MediaMation’s (MMI) MX4D® Technology used in Screenvision’s Xbox commercial

Screenvision Media and Xbox Push the Boundaries of Cinematic Advertising with Immersive Ad Experience using MediaMation’s (MMI) MX4D® Technology

Screenvision Media, a national leader in cinema advertising, has teamed up with Xbox to announce the national debut of two new cinematics that utilize MMI’s immersive MX4D Motion EFX technology in select theatres. The Xbox advertisements will provide moviegoers across America with a 4D motion ad experience that will run in select MX4D technology enabled theatres from September 14 – November 1.

“Screenvision Media strives to bring the newest and most innovative technology to our brand partners and we’re thrilled that Xbox will be the first advertiser to utilize this technology in all our MX4D enabled theatres nationwide,” said Christine Martino, executive vice president of Ad Sales, Screenvision Media. “MX4D gives our partners, like Xbox, the opportunity to seamlessly transform their traditional ads into disruptive, engaging and interactive experiences for moviegoers across the country.”

MMI’s MX4D technology is the newest evolution in the 4D cinema experience. It enables advertisers to convert any existing ad into an immersive experience via in-seat sensory technology and theatrical effects, including seat rumblers, wind generators, strobe lights, scent and more, allowing moviegoers to truly feel part of the action. Xbox’s advertisements, supporting the October 2 launch of open-world racing game “Forza Horizon 4” (September 14 – October 11) and Xbox Game Pass (October 12 – November 1), Microsoft’s gaming membership, are the first ads to utilize this technology to provide moviegoers a seat shifting, heart racing advertising experience.

“We’re proud to help Screenvision Media provide dynamic experiences and tailored, state-of-the art solutions to their advertising partners, like Xbox,” said Dan Jamele, Chief Innovation and Technology Officer, MMI. “We want to show how traditional ads can be further enhanced with MX4D technology and can’t wait to see the positive reaction in theatres.”


Arena of Valor World Cup Competition At TCL Chinese Theatre Imax

LOS ANGELES – JULY 27: Arena of Valor World Cup 2018 held at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on July 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California

For 90 years the home of the most important events in cinema, the famed TCL Chinese Theatre Hollywood hosted one of the most important esports tournaments of 2018, the debut Arena of Valor World Cup on July 27 and 28.

“Arena of Valor” is the world’s top grossing video game, played in 100 countries, and it was the centerpiece for a first-of-its kind world class competition in Hollywood at the TCL Chinese Theatre’s IMAX theatre, lavishly converted over a week’s time into an Esports Arena.

Over 10 million people across the globe play “Arena of Valor” every day. It’s the world’s highest grossing game and most popular free app. Competitors at this past weekend’s TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX® event were chasing $550,000 in prize money and gamers the world over followed the competition’s live stream on Twitch.tv/ArenaofValor, YouTube.com/ArenaofValor, and Facebook.com/ArenaofValor. The Korean team won the competition’s World Cup Prize.

Keeping up with the changing face of entertainment and technology, the TCL Chinese Theatres launched into esports last year with the formation of its subsidiary company, Hollywood Esports, and recently unveiled its own, permanent esports venue at the TCL Chinese 6 complex. According to Robert K. Laity, CEO of Hollywood Esports, “competitive video gaming has emerged as such an important form of entertainment and is attracting a large audience of enthusiastic fans and to spectate and cheer for their favorite teams and players. We are pleased to be part of this community and serve as a host to such an important international tournament.”
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