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Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe president Jim Ryan was promoted to Sony Interactive Entertainment deputy president, Jeff Grubb at VentureBeat reports.
Chinese authorities are arresting people behind PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds cheating software. “Law enforcement agents uncover at least 30 cases and arrest 120 people suspected of designing programs that confer unfair advantages,” Bloomberg’s Lulu Yilun Chen, Yuji Nakamura and Sam Kim report.
Disney is working with Ludia, Glu, Gameloft, and PerBlue for new game content. Disney “is focusing on new genres, and it is willing to venture into role-playing games and brawlers, as well as new platforms such as Steam on the PC,” VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi reports executive Kyle Laughlin as saying.
One Twitch rampage later and a Canadian man, Brandan Lukus Apple, “now faces an unprecedented charge of ‘mischief in relation to computer data,’” CBC News’s Jason Proctor writes.
Houston, Texas is getting a $70 million esports arena. “Work America Capital Management … will be investing big into … a $70 million, 120,000 square-foot esports arena complex dubbed ‘The Cannon,’” The Esports Observer’s Ferguson Mitchell reports.
Epic Games awarded Unreal Dev Grants to 13 new recipients, its press announcement reads.
Anthem fans, and apprehensive ones (thanks, Matt) won’t have to wait until E3 to see more from the upcoming BioWare game, PCGamesN’s Ali Jones reports. Technical design director Brenon Holme replied to a Redditor asking about more information before “spring/summer” and he replied “Outlook good.”
A new Fable game?! Eurogamer’s Wesley Yin-Poole reports that “Fable franchise owner Microsoft has tasked UK developer Playground … with creating this new Fable, sources close to the project have told Eurogamer.”
Xbox’s Phil Spencer said “Microsoft is already having planning discussions for” its E3 2018 show, according to GameSpot’s Eddie Makuch. “He teased that this year’s event may not be what you expect. There will be some ‘changes.’”
What Call of Duty organization will take Richard “Ricky” Stacy; Jacob “Decemate” Cato; Maurice “Fero” Henriquez and Embry “Bevils” Bevil? “A bidding war could be set to take place for one of the teams in the first season of the 2018 Call of Duty World League Pro League,” Justin Binkowski at Dot Esports reports.