The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. (TTWO) partnered to launch NBA 2K eLeague, a competitive gaming league. This marks the first official eSports league operated by a professional sports league in the U.S.
The league will debut next year and will consist of teams operated by actual NBA franchises. The founding teams, each composed of five professional eSports players who will play the game as user-created avatars, will be announced in upcoming months. The NBA 2K eLeague will follow a professional sports league format: competing head-to-head throughout a regular season, participating in a bracketed playoff system, and concluding with a championship matchup.
Curious World, a subscription service for kids from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and The Fred Rogers Co. partnered to launch original short-form videos for kids and families within the content service. Marking its first move into original programming for mobile, The Fred Rogers Co. debuted Through the Woods. Read the rest of this entry »
Bay Tek Games will debut licensing agreements for Skee-Ball consumer products, which that will be available on digital platforms and other channels, at the North American International Toy Fair this month.
Ocean Media will create an interactive Skee-Ball app, which will be available on platforms including iOS, Android, PS, Mac, Linux, and other consoles this year. Other licensed products include: Bally’s for slot machines; Alchemy3 for state lotto tickets; Zynga for online social gaming; and Running Press Books for desktop games. Read the rest of this entry »
The global, ad-free, preschool entertainment platform Hopster is now available to Roku users in the U.S., Canada, the UK, and Ireland, as well as in France with a localized French language app.
The Hopster channel for Roku devices is designed to be easy-to-use for kids, and provides preschool entertainment without ads or inappropriate content. Hopster features series such as, Peppa Pig, Super Why!, Teletubbies, Reading Rainbow, and Monster Math Squad. Content will vary by country, but all content available on Hopster is carefully selected to support the Hopster Discovery Learning Map, which is a curriculum for preschool learning. Read the rest of this entry »
Digital entertainment company WildWorks partnered with newly launched toy company Make It Real to bring licensed Animal Jam crafts, stationery, and cosmetics to North America.
Since its start in 2010, Animal Jam has grown to more than 60 million registered users from more than 200 countries. In partnership with National Geographic, Animal Jam provides kids with fun, educational content about animals and the natural world.
The first round of products will be available domestically in March. There will be additional product releases in May, as well as next fall. To learn more about WildWorks, visit wildworks.com.
Following the global re-launch of the Ben 10 franchise Cartoon Network debuts the new mobile game, Ben 10: Up to Speed. The game launched worldwide on Jan. 12 on iOS, Google Play, and Amazon.
Up to Speed follows Ben Tennyson as he goes on the best summer vacation ever with his Grandpa Max and cousin Gwen. He discovers an alien artifact that allows him to transform into powerful alien heroes. Players will help Ben save the world from evil forces.
The game will launch with a selection of five alien forms and 60 levels, with new aliens and levels added regularly to coincide with Ben’s adventures in the television series.
Amazon’s original series Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter will premiere on Prime Video on Jan. 27 in the U.S. and the UK. The series is based on the children’s fantasy book of the same name by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren.
Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter is a 26-part story of 10-year-old Ronja, who was born in a mountain fort surrounded by her father, mother, and a loving band of robbers. Viewers follow along as she explores and understands key factors of life and love. Read the rest of this entry »
Zoobe Message Entertainment partnered with Peanuts Worldwide to launch the new Peanuts StoryGIF app for iOS and Android devices. The app was released last month and features text-ready animations that feature Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Woodstock, Lucy, Linus, and more characters from the brand. Fans can choose from more than 100 images to create customizable, short movie messages.
Rovio Entertainment launches Angry Birds Blast, a new game for mobile devices where players burst balloons as they move through different levels. Each player begins with 250 gold coins, which allows players to navigate through more than 270 levels.
Angry Birds Blast is developed in collaboration with Shanghai-based studio MYBO and is available for download for free on iOS and Android devices.
Hello Kitty partnered with Zoobe Messenger Entertainment for the Hello Kitty StoryGIF Advent Calendar. This countdown to Christmas runs from Dec. 1st to Dec. 25th where fans can unlock a free GIF each day, or purchase all 25 at once. The app is available in apps stores for iOS and Android.