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Spin Master lands global master toy deal for Riot Games’ League of Legends

Spin Master has signed a multi-year agreement to become the global master toy partner for Riot Games’ League of Legends, the most-played PC game globally at the moment. The international toymaker will develop products including action figures, play-sets, and role play items. The range is scheduled to land on shelves …

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NFL stars to appear as playable characters in hit mobile game Subway Surfers

Stars of the National Football League are to appear as playable characters in the hit mobile game Subway Surfers in a first of its kind partnership for SYBO Games, the NFL Players Association, and OneTeam Partners. The endless runner mobile game crossed three billion downloads worldwide in August and was …

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Video games market to exceed $200 billion by 2023, says latest Juniper Research

The video games industry is on track to exceed $200 billion in value by 2023, according to the latest report from the global hi-tech communications analyst Juniper Research, growing from an expected $155 billion in 2020. The research company suggests that the growth will be lead over the next three …

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Nintendo partners with Velan Studios to bring mixed reality gaming experience to Mario Kart

Nintendo has partnered with the tech specialist Velan Studios to launch a new Mario Kart mixed reality experience that will turn a player’s home into a Mario Kart racecourse to be traversed in both the physical and virtual worlds. Called Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, the new mixed reality game …

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Genius Brands’ Kartoon Channel! acquires Sonic the Hedgehog and Pac-Man animated series

The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and Pac-Man and The Ghostly Adventures are the latest children’s series to be landing on Genius Brands’ recently launched Kartoon Channel! app. The streaming rights to the two animated series were acquired from 41 Entertainment as GBI continues to build its animated content offering. …

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Mobile games publisher Exient wants to be the go-to partner for IP owners

The independent mobile games publisher, Exient is looking to position itself as the go-to mobile games partner for IP owners in the games and entertainment space. Headed up by Dave Hawkins, the firm has success over the last 12 months with the self-published Lemmings Puzzle Adventure. It had previously built …

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Bit Fry Game Studios scores NFL Players Association partnership for its latest video game push

Bit Fry Game Studios has struck up an agreement with OneTeam Partners and the NFL Players Association to bring an officially-licensed football game to the studios’ growing line-up of sports videogames. The games developer already incorporates select NFL players into its existing arcade action NHL-licensed hockey game Ultimate Rivals: The …

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Hasbro, Pokemon and Penguin Ventures among first exhibitors taking part in Festival of Licensing

Hasbro, The Pokemon Company, Penguin Ventures, and the Natural History Museum are among just some of the biggest names to be taking part in the new virtual Festival of Licensing running this October and taking the place of Brand Licensing Europe this year. Brands from across the entertainment, publishing, gaming, …

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Rovio and Topgolf Entertainment launch Angry Birds into select venues

Eagle, Birdie, the rarely scored Albatross, whatever term you’d like to use, Rovio Entertainment is looking to go the distance in a new partnership with Topgolf Entertainment Group to bring the Angry Birds franchise to select Topgolf venues this autumn. The partnership marks a new first for both the Angry …

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Winners of the 2020 Licensing International Excellence Awards revealed in virtual awards ceremony

The winners of the 2020 Licensing International Excellence Awards have been revealed in the industry’s first virtual awards ceremony that brought together nearly 1,000 executives from around the world for the celebrations. Hosted by Handcraft VP and stand-up comic Marshall Mizrahi, the event saw licensing powerhouse Martha Stewart inducted into …

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