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Russell Arons named GM of Machinima
The former Warner Bros senior VP of Marketing has been named as the new general manager of Machinima by the publisher. Arons will work with existing Machinima CEO Chad Gustein prior to him departing the company. Warner president of business and strategy Craig Hunegs said, “Russell is a terrific creative executive with exceptional audience experience and brand building capabilities. With deep knowledge in gaming, she speaks the same language as our Machinima creators, community and team, and has the proven ability to build and unlock strong consumer relationships.” Full story MCV UK.
Ghost Recon: Wildlands claims back-to-back UK number ones
The latest installment in the Tom Clancy series, Ghost Recon: Wildlands has given Ubisoft its fourth number one of 2017, more than any other publisher for the year to date. Wildlands took the top spot despite a 73% sales decline week-on-week. Warner Bros’ LEGO Worlds held second spot witha 34% drop with Horizon Zero Dawn claiming third. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild had another 70%+ drop again this week, falling to sixth and remains as the only Switch title left in the Top Ten. Full chart MCV UK.
Nintendo win 3DS patent case
A court of appeals has confirmed that Nintendo does not infringe on Tomita Technologies’ patent. The court confirmed that Nintendo's technology did not have a significant cross over with Tomita's, going so far to confirm that it is 'significantly different'. “We are very pleased with the Court’s decision,” said Ajay Singh, Nintendo of America’s Director of Litigation and Compliance. “Nintendo 3DS has never used the technology in Tomita’s patent, and the Court’s ruling confirms Nintendo’s long tradition of using its own innovative technology. This case also proves once again that Nintendo will aggressively defend patent lawsuits when our products do not infringe, even when we must do so over many years, through multiple trials and in multiple countries.” Full story Business Wire.