YouTube Reportedly Closing In On Subscription Service

Reports are that YouTube will soon be rolling out a subscription service. The new model is reported to offer channels for as little as $1.99 a month for content that includes TV shows and films.

These subscription options will be offered by cable and satellite channels that usually rely on a dual revenue stream model. These channels are looking to YouTube subscription services to generate revenue from both older shows and new programming.


Watch_Dogs Euro Special Editions Outlined

Ubisoft has rolled out the selection of Collector’s Editions for Watch_Dogs in Europe. This will include a Dedsec Edition, the Vigilante Edition, the Uplay Exclusive Edition and the Special Edition.

Dedsec Edition has a a figurine of player character Aiden Pearce, a steelbook and collector box, artbook and soundtrack, four augmented reality collectible cards and three badges, as well as a map of the game’s Chicago with three additional single player missions provided as digital content in the Palace Pack, Signature Shot, and the Breakthrough Pack.

The Vigilante Edition has a collector box, Aiden’s cap and mask, the game’s soundtrack and the Palace Pack mission while the the Uplay Exclusive Edition comes with the steelbook and the three single player missions mentioned above. Finally, the Special Edition comes with the Breakthrough pack.

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Star Wars Games Coming From Electronic Arts

The Walt Disney Company and Electronic Arts have announced a new multi-year exclusive licensing agreement for both development and publishing of new games based on Star Wars characters and storylines. EA will focus on core games, while Disney will retain certain rights to develop new titles within the mobile, social, tablet and online game categories.

“This agreement demonstrates our commitment to creating quality game experiences that drive the popularity of the Star Wars franchise for years to come,” said John Pleasants, Co-President of Disney Interactive. “Collaborating with one of the world’s premier game developers will allow us to bring an amazing portfolio of new Star Wars titles to our fans around the world.”

“Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe,” said EA Labels President Frank Gibeau. “Three of our top studios will fulfill that dream, crafting epic adventures for Star Wars fans. DICE and Visceral will produce new games, joining the BioWare team which continues to develop for the Star Wars franchise. The new experiences we create may borrow from films, but the games will be entirely original with all new stories and gameplay.”

The Sims 4 Offers Offline Option

Electronic Arts and Maxis have announced The Sims 4 for PC and Mac today, with a planned release date in 2014. Perhaps acknowledging the challenges of maintaining an online infrastructure for a game, The Sims 4 is explicitly described as a “single-player offline experience.”

It was also announced that The Sims series has sold more than 150 million units worldwide. The Sims has seen the release of three full games, 18 stuff packs, and 24 expansions with another two expansions planned for this year for The Sims 3.

Ubisoft Requests Title Change For Super Ubi Land

Notion Games has revealed that they have received emails from Ubisoft about their title Super Ubi Land over possible brand confusion. The indie title has released on PC, Mac, Linux and Wii U.

“Been exchanging emails with Ubisoft. Unfortunately, we have to change the title of #SuperUbiLand,” said Notion. “Ubisoft is not doing anything wrong. They’re protecting their business just like any small business would. They don’t want Notion infringing on their brand. They’re being fair.”


PepsiCo Severs Ties With Lil Wayne

PepsiCo is cutting ties with Lil Wayne over the rapper’s crude lyrical reference to civil rights martyr Emmett Till, despite Wayne’s apology. This follows the pulling of an ad that was criticized for portraying racial stereotypes and making light of violence toward women.

Music and media industry executive Paul Porter has complained about both the Lil Wayne collaboration and the Mountain Dew video on his website He believes that PepsiCo is trying “to do the right thing now” and that the company is “doing a whole evaluation of the process” involving its commercials and musicians, based on his conversations with the company.

“I commend them for making this strong judgment,” he said. “Lil Wayne’s apology was not an apology.”


Marvelous Rejiggers XSEED Division

MarvelousAQL has announced that its U.S. publishing subsidiary XSEED JKS is being rebranded as Marvelous USA, with Shinichi Suzuki as the president and CEO. This new division will retain the XSEED Games brand for publishing PC, console, and handheld games and Marvelous Online (bolstered earlier this year by the addition of the Atlus Online team) for mobile and social titles.

“Marvelous USA unifies our U.S. operations under the global Marvelous brand while giving our customers topnotch products and support for both traditional and online social and mobile games,” said Suzuki. “Our XSEED Games console and PC brand will continue to offer the quality games and service for which it is known, and Marvelous Online gives us expanded reach into mobile and online social gaming markets.”

Ken Berry will continue as executive vice president of the XSEED Games label, managing all publishing, marketing, and localization efforts for the brand while Marvelous Online will be run by the recently appointed senior director Tatsuya Nishioka. Both Berry and Nishioka will report directly to Suzuki.

Nook Getting Google Apps

Barnes & Noble has announced that they will bring Google Play to their Nook devices. This news comes after the revelation that the Nook underperformed during the 2012 holiday season and early 2013.

“It opens up a whole world of content and really gives [Nook] HD and HD Plus a unique position,” said William J. Lynch Jr., CEO of Barnes & Noble. “There’s no question this is going to accelerate sales.”

This move will allow Nook owners to choose from 700,000 apps, including Facebook, Twitter and Netflix and even Amazon’s Kindle app. Barnes & Noble is seeking to focus more on digital content, including books, movies and apps, while reigning in its hardware spending.

“Of all the things that Barnes & Noble could do to expand its potential audience, running the features of Android that consumers like is a great step,” said Sarah Rotman Epps, a senior analyst with Forrester Research. “You can’t change the fundamentals of Barnes & Noble’s brand and their customer footprint and the economics of their business, but adding more Android features makes this product more appealing to more customers.”

Michael Norris, senior analyst for Simba Information, sees Barnes & Noble emulating the Amazon model by creating a comprehensive online shopping center of nonbook media. “I think Barnes & Noble is learning a few lessons from Amazon,” said Norris. “And that has to do with sweetening the deal and adding value for the consumer. Amazon has always had a greater variety of movie and video content, and I think Barnes & Noble is hoping to erase part of their entertainment deficit.”

The Barnes & Noble CEO says that discussions with Google have been ongoing for two years but recently stepped up. The book retailer has sold more than 10 million Nooks in the U.S. since launching the device in 2009.