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‘Fortnite’ Maker Epic Games Will Pay Record $520M in FTC Privacy and Billing Settlement

Epic Games will issue the largest customer refund in history in connection with unwanted charges in Fortnite — $245 million — and pay a record penalty of $275 million for alleged violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. “Epic put children and teens at risk through its lax privacy practices, and cost consumers millions […]

BRIC Foundation Launches Animation, Visual Effects and Gaming Apprenticeship (Exclusive)

BRIC Foundation has teamed with several prominent education, inclusion and entertainment industry organizations to launch a new apprenticeship program geared towards making careers in the animation, visual effects and gaming industries more accessible to those from historically excluded groups. The BRIC Apprenticeship was created to provide early career awareness, exploration, preparation and training opportunities for […]

First Trailer for the Epic Games MegaGrants-Funded ‘The Last Whale Singer’ Debuts

A proof-of-concept trailer dropped today for Germany-based Telescope Animation’s planned feature The Last Whale Singer, which will be made using a newly-created workflow centered on Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 5 real-time game engine through funding by two Epic MegaGrants and a grant from the EU’s Creative Europe Media. The trailer debuts today online and will […]

Sony, Lego Owner Invest $2B in ‘Fortnite’ Publisher Epic Games

Epic Games, the publisher of the popular video game Fortnite and creator of the Unreal Engine graphics software that is popular with Hollywood, has raised $2 billion in a new fundraising round from Sony Group Corp. and KIRKBI, the owner of the Lego toy and entertainment brand. Epic says it will use the cash infusion […]

‘Fortnite’ Maker Epic Games Acquires Bandcamp

Epic Games has acquired the music marketplace platform Bandcamp, the companies said on Wednesday. Bandcamp will continue to operate as a standalone marketplace, led by co-founder and CEO Ethan Diamond, but the platform will use Epic Game’s resources to expand internationally and improve its live streaming, mobile, search and payment capabilities. The music marketplace will […]

Guillermo del Toro to Receive AIS’ Inaugural Gene Kelly Visionary Award

Guillermo del Toro is scheduled to receive the inaugural Gene Kelly Visionary Award at the Advanced Imaging Society’s 12th Lumiere Awards, which will be presented during a March 4 luncheon at The Beverly Hills Hotel. On Tuesday, the Society additionally announced that its Sir Charles Wheatstone Award will go to Epic Games for the development of the real-time Unreal […]

Cinesite’s Digital Journey: From ‘Snow White’ to James Bond

Launched three decades ago as filmmaking was taking transformative steps away from celluloid and toward digital processes, Cinesite remains on course in creating digital visual effects and, more recently, feature animation. A lot has changed since Eastman Kodak founded Cinesite in Los Angeles in 1991 as a VFX, digital restoration and mastering subsidiary based around […]

Epic v. Apple Antitrust Case Results in Mixed Ruling

In a highly anticipated decision, a California federal judge has handed down a nuanced ruling with respect to how Apple controls its app platform. Apple has escaped the determination that it is a monopolist, but thanks to conduct that a judge finds to be anti-competitive, Apple must now allow developers to tell consumers how to […]

How Epic Games Built ‘Fortnite’ Rift Tour for Gamers and Ariana Grande Fans

Epic Games is smashing the virtual concert glass ceiling with its latest Fortnite event, the Rift Tour. Starring Ariana Grande, this glittery, rainbow-infused musical journey follows last year’s “Astronomical,” a mind-bending, out-of-this-world audio adventure that brought rapper Travis Scott’s Astroworld to life in a colorfully trippy eight-minute set. The latest concert experience realizes Grande’s classic […]

The Independent Gamer: Experimental Studio Ghost Pattern Launching Narrative ‘Wayward Strand’ for PlayStation

Experimental Design Studio Ghost Pattern Set to Launch Debut Narrative Game Australian developer and publisher Ghost Pattern is bringing the interactive story Wayward Strand to PlayStation 4 and 5 next year, as well as Steam. The game is set aboard an airborne hospital in 1970s Australia, with players taking on the role of a teen […]

Apple, Epic Grilled by Antitrust Judge at Trial

On Monday, near the conclusion of an antitrust trial in Oakland, California, that focuses on Apple’s dominance over a thriving app market, U.S. District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers sharply questioned dueling attorneys. The suit comes from Epic Games, maker of Fortnite, which was booted from Apple’s App Store last year after attempting to bypass […]

‘Gravity’ VFX Supervisor to Make Directorial Debut While Introducing New Filmmaking Tech

Tim Webber will use Framestore's new VFX pipeline incorporating Epic's Unreal Engine.