E3: EA focuses on sports, charities and indie devs

first_img 3Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyIan Lambert Software Engineer, Criterion Games4 years ago Thanks for adding to the constructive, professional debate on gamesindustry.biz1Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyPeter Moore Chief Operating Officer, Electronic Arts4 years ago – “So what’s the catch? This is EA we’re talking about, there’s going to be a catch…”I think you’ve wandered onto the wrong website in error. This is gamesindustry.biz, intended for mature professionals working in the industry that want to engage in meaningful dialogue. 4 years agoEA boosted its indie credentials with the launch of EA Originals, a new scheme to help indie developers that promises all the profits will go to those indies.So what’s the catch? This is EA we’re talking about, there’s going to be a catch. 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now. E3: EA focuses on sports, charities and indie devsLaunches new initiatives at EA Play event Rachel WeberSenior EditorSunday 12th June 2016Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleEAElectronic ArtsEA Play, Electronic Arts’ E3 conference, showcased a mix of AAA hype and new initiatives this year. The event was streamed live from Los Angeles and London, with Peter Moore and Andrew Wilson playing hosts.First up was Titanfall 2, which had suffered a leak just hours before. Vince Zampella of Respawn Entertainment confirmed single-player mode and announced an “open technical test” for the multiplayer which you can register for here.Next up Peter Moore, the newly annointed chief competition officer at EA, spoke about the publisher’s plans for eSports. EA’s ” new approach to competitive gaming” will feature three tiers of competition, with community driven Challenger events, Premier events with partners and the EA sponsored majors. We’ll be asking Moore more about this strategy in person at E3 this week. The next big title on show was Mass Effect: Andromeda with a cinematic trailer and promise of more news in the fall. CEO Wilson then took the stage to launch EA’s latest charitable intiative, which will combine in-game challenges with donations to five non-profits. FIFA 17 was presented with a special visit from new Man Utd manager Jose Mourinho, to the confusion of many soccer apathetic Americans. The latest game will feature the biggest Premier League managers as well as a new story mode called The Journey.As well as showing off its AAA money makers, EA boosted its indie credentials with the launch of EA Originals, a new scheme to help indie developers that promises all the profits will go to those indies. It’s first partner is Zoink with its dreamy looking game Fe. There are no details as yet on the terms and conditions of the scheme such as IP ownership etc, but we’ll be chasing those up ASAP.Jade Raymond of EA’s Motive game studio in Montreal took the stage to the Star Wars theme tune next to reveal that EA was currently at work on three Star Wars titles. Amy Hennig’s Visceral project, new Battlefront and an action game from Motive.Finally we got our look at Battlefield 1, the WW1 shooter. It will be released on October 21 and the trailer below showed plenty of action and vehicles on offer, airships, armoured trains, and battleships. Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair 7 hours agoEA Play Live set for July 22Formerly E3-adjacent event moves to take place a month and half after the ESA’s showBy Jeffrey Rousseau 8 hours agoLatest comments (4)Andrew Watson Tools Programmer 3Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyShow all comments (4)Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany4 years ago @Andrew:Isn’t that counter-argument a bit too much judgmental?last_img read more


Cuomo: Extend commercial eviction ban through the spring

first_imgCuomo’s last executive order on commercial evictions came in mid-December, when he extended the moratorium through Jan. 31. The governor has extended the ban on commercial evictions multiple times since his initial executive order went into effect last March, but can only do so for a month at a time.Now, Cuomo wants lawmakers to advance legislation that would put the ban into place until the beginning of May. While details on the legislation were not immediately available, a release from the governor’s office notes that it would apply to tenants who are experiencing hardship because of Covid-19, and not those who are “creating health and safety hazards.”In light of the moratorium, some commercial landlords have agreed to payment plans or lease payments based on a percentage of tenants’ income. Others have found ways to circumvent the ban, through a maneuver called self-help evictions.As part of his planned legislation, the governor also plans to extend the ban on fees for late residential rent payments, and allow tenants to use their security deposit toward rental payments.The state legislature already codified a ban on residential evictions at the end of December with the passage of the Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020, which limited evictions and foreclosures on some properties until May 1. The bill allows tenants and landlords the request protection from eviction or foreclosure by filling out a hardship declaration form.But some have criticized the bill for not providing financial aid to renters or landlords, and its absence of means-testing.Contact [email protected] Full Name* Email Address* Gov. Cuomo wants to extend the commercial eviction ban through the spring. (Getty) The ban on commercial evictions may continue through the spring, if Gov. Andrew Cuomo has his way.The governor announced today that as part of his 2021 State of the State address, he’ll propose legislation extending the moratorium through May 1, along with new protections for renters who are facing financial hardship because of the pandemic.“The pandemic shouldn’t get in the way of our ability to provide space for our businesses and roofs over our heads,” Cuomo said in a statement.Read moreHow landlords get around the commercial eviction moratoriumCRE lawyers: You’re stuck with that leaseLawmakers mull action on evictions as rent relief expansion stallsLandlords jarred by sudden drop in rent collectioncenter_img Message* This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more


Brattleboro Retreat to present 2014 Anna Marsh Award to State Rep Bill Lippert

first_imgThe Brattleboro Retreat will present the hospital’s 2014 Anna Marsh Award to Vermont State Representative Bill Lippert of Hinesburg at the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus event to be held on Saturday, November 1 at the Latchis Theatre in Brattleboro. Representative Lippert has served in the Vermont Legislature since his initial appointment by Governor Howard Dean in 1994. Throughout his career in the mental health and substance field, Lippert combined his activism for the LGBT community with his professional pursuits.  While executive director of the Counseling Service of Addison County, Lippert also served on the founding board of Outright Vermont, a statewide LGBTQ youth-serving organization.  In 2000, as the only openly gay member of the General Assembly, Lippert was instrumental in the creation of Civil Unions, the nation’s first legal recognition of same-sex couples.  A thirty-year resident of Hinesburg, Lippert and his marriage partner, Enrique Peredo, recently celebrated their twenty-fifth anniversary.Representative Lippert will be the sixth honoree to receive the Anna Marsh Award in recognition for advocacy on behalf of those with mental illness and addiction. Past honorees have included Hollywood actor Ken Howard, the late Senator Robert Gannett, the Retreat’s first female board chair, Julie Peterson, former Retreat board member, Larry Cassidy, and last year’s honoree, Governor Peter Shumlin.“We are so pleased to recognize Bill both for his professional career in the mental health field, as well as for his civil rights advocacy on behalf of Vermont’s LGBTQ community,” said Bette Abrams, Chair of the Retreat’s Board of Trustees.  “He has devoted his life to making our state a more inclusive, equitable place and we are delighted to recognize him for this important work.”“I am honored to receive this award on behalf of our LGBT sisters and brothers who have gone before us.  In the course of my lifetime, as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender people, we have gone from being labeled with psychiatric disorders simply for being our full selves, to being affirmed and welcomed members of the community.  Brattleboro Retreat’s LGBT Program, which offers life-affirming services to our LGBT sisters and brothers in need of mental health and addiction care, is an important symbol of this profound change.”Tickets are on sale now for the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus event with the presentation of the Anna Marsh Award to Representative Lippert. Tickets start at $20 for balcony seating, $30 for rear orchestra, and $50 for front orchestra.  A limited number of $125 premium tickets are still available, which include a private, pre-show reception at Duo Restaurant inside the newly-renovated Brooks House.  Proceeds from the event support the Retreat’s LGBT Program, which provides mental health and addiction care to individuals in crisis who identify as LGBTQA.Tickets are available online at www.brattlebororetreat.org/chorus(link is external) or by calling 800-838-3006.  The event is likely to sell-out, so interested concert-goers should purchase their tickets promptly.The Brattleboro Retreat, founded in 1834, is a not-for-profit, regional specialty psychiatric hospital and addictions treatment center, providing a full range of diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitation services for individuals of all ages and their families. Nationally recognized for its premier treatment in behavioral healthcare, the Brattleboro Retreat offers a high quality, individualized, comprehensive continuum of care including inpatient, partial hospitalization, residential and outpatient treatment. Source: BRATTLEBORO, VT (Oct. 28, 2014)—Brattleboro Retreatlast_img read more


AVE progress

first_imgWORK IS expected to get under way this month on further sections of the Madrid – Barcelona high-speed line. Infrastructure authority GIF awarded eight contracts totalling Pts77·5bn on July 30, having selected contractors on May 22 for 124·4 km of route between Chiloeches and Calatayud (RG 4.98 p253).One contract has gone to a consortium of FCC and Comsa, and another to Altec, Ploder and Azvi; the ACS group has won two sections. The other four will be built by Dragados, Nesco, Ferrovial and a joint venture of Sacyr, Lai Obrascón and Huarte.GIF expects to award further contracts totalling Pts90bn during September and October. These cover the 68 km between Madrid and Chiloeches and 70 km from Ricla to Zaragoza. By the end of this year work will be under way on over 400 route-km of the 796 km line between the capital and the French frontier. olast_img read more


‘We can stop this now’ – strong campaign launched to save rural Post Offices

first_imgA Donegal Councillor has hit out at alleged privatisation tactics of An Post which involve the closure of local post offices. Cllr Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easpuig has called a public meeting this Wednesday 5th September for the community to explore ways to protest the closure of several local amenities in West Donegal.Seventeen post offices in Donegal have been listed for consolidation by An Post, as part of a nationwide policy to close 159 offices in total within the state. Cllr Mac Giolla Easpuig has put forward a view that An Post’s moves are a signal of impending privatisation of the service.He said: “Under the previous Fianna Fáil led government from 2002 to 2011, 629 Post Offices were closed in the 26 Counties. Both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael believe in acting in the interest of big business, making rich people richer.“I believe what is happening right now is that the overall objective of both parties is to get rid of the non-profitable Post Offices right across the state and only keep the profitable Post Offices and then sell the state company off to an already wealthy private company. This will never be in the interests of the people of Gaoth Dobhair, or anywhere else for that matter.”The public meeting will be held in Ionad Naomh Pádraig, Dobhar on Wednesday 5th September at 7pm. Cllr Mac Giolla Easpuig said it is imperative that the community takes a stand to protest further removal of services from the North West. Cllr Mac Giolla Easpuig said: “The government is saying that it is a decision taken by An Post and that they will provide a better service after the closures. We don’t believe them. This is the sort of message that Margaret Thatcher delivered as she was slashing and privatising community services in Britain. Ronald Reagan did the same in America.“The sheer hypocrisy of the state in dealing with our community is highlighted by the fact that this year, Bliain na Gaeilge, they are telling the community that they have to formulate a plan to preserve the Irish language in the Gaeltacht, yet at the same time they are cutting back on basic services that we need.“A language cannot survive unless the community that kept it alive for countless generations survives and the state couldn’t care less about that.“We can stop this now. We are asking the community to attend the meeting on Wednesday and show their support for a strong campaign to oppose the closure of our post offices,” Cllr Mac Giolla Easpuig concluded.‘We can stop this now’ – strong campaign launched to save rural Post Offices was last modified: September 3rd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:An PostCllr Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuigmeetingpost officeslast_img read more


NRF Protect 2015: IAI Wants to See Your Poker Face

first_imgThe International Association of Interviewers (IAI) wants to see your poker face at this year’s NRF Protect Loss Prevention Conference and Expo, June 23-25 in Long Beach, CA.IAI has teamed up with our valuable sponsors to provide attendees the opportunity to win Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI) scholarships, IAI memberships, a ZOMM, a 50” Smart TV, LPC Scholarships or a DHI Phantom2 Drone and an Apple iPad Mini and some limited edition Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates #DenyThis gear.It’s simple to play:- Sponsor – Pick up one card at each of the below booths. Bring your poker hand to the General Dynamics IT booth #1538 to see if you have the winning hand! Visit these booths to collect your playing cards: –          Checkview, an Iverify company                           1648–          InstaKey                                                               839–          LP Innovations (LPI)                                            922–          General Dynamics Information Technology        1538–          Security Resources                                             939Here’s a sneak peak at the WZ limited edition gear up for grabs: Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more


Cartoon: May the Source Be With You

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App rob cottingham 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… The other day, I was at a local coffee shop trying to troubleshoot a page on my cartoon site. I didn’t have my trusty laptop with me, but I no worries — I had my iPad, which is practically the same thing, right?Until I opened the page in Safari, and had a look at the source.Or, rather, didn’t. It turns out Safari in iOS – you’re going to want to sit down for this – doesn’t have a “View Source” command.Now, if I’d dug a little, I would have found many others in my position. I would have discovered any number of JavaScript-based bookmarklets for creating an ersatz View Source command in Safari on the iPad. I might even have come across the miracle known as Firebug Lite, a bookmarklet that replicates much of the functionality of that venerable web developer’s tool.Instead, I opened the page in Atomic Browser. Which (ahhhh!) does let you view the source of a web page.“You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone,” sang Joni Mitchell in 1970, which is how I know she had access to very early Firefox and iPhone betas. Because only someone who has had access to View Source, and then lost it, could understand the concept of loss well enough to write those words.View Source is more than just a menu command; it’s the Rosetta Stone to web innovation.View Source turns “take it into the shop” into “pop open the hood and see what’s broken.”View Source turns “How did they do that?” into “So that’s how they do that.”View Source turns “I did this once” into “Everyone can do this again and again.”View Source turns a dozen people reinventing the same wheel into a dozen better wheels. View Source turns a magician revealing her secrets into tens, hundreds or thousands of new magicians.In short, View Source is a big part of what puts the “write” in the read-write web. (Credit where it’s due: while I made some progress on my own, the solution to my problem ultimately came thanks to Michael Sisk, creator of the free Webcomic WordPress plugin that powers Noise to Signal — as well as the comic I’m launching on Monday.)center_img Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#Cartoons#web last_img read more


IT Information Security – The First Layer of Defense is People

first_imgDo you agree? Yesterday I wrote a blog titled “Submarines, Stealth Fighters and Evolving Needs of Information Security” in the Server Room where I discuss some new server technologies aimed at better securing data from hackers, viruses and new malware called rootkits. Within Intel IT, every strategic discussion I have witnessed from implementing cloud architectures, deploying server virtualization and client virtualization, evaluating Windows 7  (more coming soon on our plans here), developing business intelligence and social media collaboration solutions, designing for security is a paramount factor.  Every IT solution must take into account aspects of information security – the risks of not considering it are too great.  There is a rich set on content dedicated to Intel IT’s approach to security solutions. It was only after taking our required annual IT security training mandated for all Intel employees last week did it really hit me that PEOPLE are our primary defense against information theft.  Within the Intel IT organization, I have found a huge focus on the value of our people – our subject matter experts.  From the engineers, architects and IT strategists to the training of all employees on the principles, expectations and tools we all need to use to maximize the effectiveness of what IT has put in place.  This was reinforced by a recent Gartner call I attended where the speaker proposed that people are our most agile and important asset.  I agree. Technology can’t do it alone – we have to deploy technology with intelligence, purpose and controls.  That is only possible by enabling people to be trained, educated and empowered with the ability, tools and support to be successful.  Chris [email protected]_P_Intel (twitter) The bottom line: IT’s job is simultaneously deliver business value through innovation aimed at enabling growth, boosting productivity, maximizing efficiency and maintaining continuity.  This is what makes PEOPLE so critical because the balancing act is a question of IT governance – the formal means to evaluate, benchmark and decide how to balance these critical questions – in close collaboration with partner business units, HR, legal and senior management. Of course the question for IT is how much is enough. Is meeting the minimum regulatory requirements sufficient – or should we strive for a higher level of protection – at what cost.  There is no formula here.  It is a delicate balance to match risk, investment costs and ROI to deliver sufficient information security protection.  Over-invest in security and you could be constraining business growth or restricting process improvement … under-invest and you risk exposure to information loss could be too high; or (worst of all) don’t innovate business processes because of worries concerning security exposure After writing that blog, I began to think about the variety of levels by which information security is delivered.  To truly manage risk and provide information security for a business, you need many levels of controls and defenses. In fact, I learned that Intel IT has a Defense in Depth strategy for information security last_img read more