California facing competition for video game industry; Snapchat’s new update triggers revolt by teens; and Tony Goncalves hired as CEO of Chernin Group and Otter Media.
California is facing increasing competition from states and national governments for its video game industry, according to a report scheduled to be released on Feb. 13 by the Milken Institute, the Business Journal reports. Cities, states and countries could siphon off California’s more than 900 companies and 33,000 employees in the video game industry by offering economic incentives such as tax credits, rebates or grants.
Last week Snapchat rolled out its biggest redesign since the app launched in 2011, a move which upset many of the app’s teenage users, the Daily Beast reports. A Change.org petition to “Remove the new Snapchat update” has received nearly 600,000 signatures.
Tony Goncalves, previously head of AT&T’s digital brands group and a former DirecTV exec, is joining Otter Media as chief executive of the company, the digital-media joint venture of the Chernin Group and AT&T, Variety reports. Goncalves most recently served as chief executive of digital brands for AT&T where he oversaw the Otter Media relationship with the Chernin Group and led the strategy for the company’s launch of the DirecTV Now internet TV service.
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