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Silicon Beach Report Oct. 18: Activision’s Record-Breaking $500M Opening

Activision’s new game has a $500-million opening; Ticketmaster acquires blockchain startup; Bird’s new service could bypass city regulations.

Xprize Names Anousheh Ansari Chief Executive

Playa Vista-based Xprize Foundation Inc. on Oct. 18 named technology entrepreneur Anousheh Ansari is its new chief executive.

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Silicon Beach Report Oct. 17: Riot Games Under Fire

Edlio gets investment for school communications; Riot Games accused of gender bias; Jukin Media proves old content doesn’t expire

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 16: Netflix Adds 7 Million Users

J2 Global announces five acquisitions; Snap Inc. ad costs drop; Netflix totals 130 million subscribers

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 15: $54 Million for Cloud9, New E-sports Arena Planned

Wavemaker names new executive in residence; Snapchat releases filters for your cat’s face; Cloud9 Esports raises $54 million

Universal Music Group Links with Mixcloud

Santa Monica–headquartered Universal Music Group Inc. signed a deal with British digital audio streaming firm Mixcloud on Oct. 15, ensuring that UMG artists will be compensated for the use of their music on Mixcloud’s platform.

Cloud9 Plans New Esports Facility

Santa Monica e-sports organization Cloud9 Esports Inc. has raised a $53.6 million Series B round finalized Oct. 15.

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 12: Bird Taps Uber for Executive Hires

Bird poaches Uber executives; Activision Blizzard debuts new title and shares surge 8.7 percent; political podcasts coming to pay TV.

Former Trump Advisor Gary Cohn Joins Marina del Rey Blockchain Firm

Former U.S. National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn has joined Marina del Rey-based blockchain startup Spring Labs’ board of advisors.

Game Developer Fiending for Growth

Seriously Digital sees $19.5 million in Q3 sales, adds new online shop

Big jump in revenue for Venice-based Seriously.

Podcast Hub: Mixed Bag in Flux

MEDIA: Some pullbacks amid revenue growth

Los Angeles is growing as a hub for podcast.

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Net Gain?

Deals for studio space highlight robust demand, constraints

Recent real estate deals by Netflix highlight hot market, constrained outlook on studio space.

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Silicon Beach Report Oct. 11: EagleTree Capital Acquires FuseFX

EagleTree Capital picked up a majority stake in visual effects company FuseFX; Northrop Grumman landed $792 million Air Force contract; Catalog raised $1.5 million in a seed round.

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 10: Katzenberg TV Company Gets a Name

Quibi to produce short-form video; Snap pushes for original content amid funding crisis; Insomniac launches new virtual reality game

OGN Plans E-sports Arena in Manhattan Beach, Partners With PubG

South Korean broadcast company OGN is constructing a 35,000-square-foot e-sports arena in Manhattan Beach, and selected game developer PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds Co. Ltd. (better known as PubG Co.) as its first league partner.

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