Ark Electronics Awarded Intellivision Entertainment Amico™ Gaming System Manufacturing Contract

prnewswire | September 16, 2020

World-class electronics manufacturing services and specialty design products company Ark Electronics announced a partnership with Intellivision Entertainment to deliver the new Amico home video game system to families across the globe. Intellivision, the video game industry pioneer and innovator originally known for the popular console of the same name, selected Ark for this high-profile project based on its manufacturing expertise and long-standing reputation as an innovation leader. "Our trusted partnership with Ark Electronics reflects our focus on an integrated approach to developing Amico," said Tommy Tallarico, President and CEO of Intellivision Entertainment. "We look forward to a collaborative relationship with Ark and leveraging their industry experience and expertise to provide a world-class gaming system."

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Blizzard Entertainment Acquires Boston-Based Studio Proletariat to Expand Development Pipeline for World of Warcraft ®

Blizzard Entertainment | July 06, 2022

Blizzard Entertainment closed the acquisition of Boston-based studio Proletariat to better serve players in the award-winning massive multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft®."Over the next two years we plan to hire hundreds of the best developers to serve the needs of our World of Warcraft players. The extraordinary team at Proletariat will be a key component of our talent acquisition efforts,” said Bobby Kotick, Chief Executive Officer of Activision Blizzard. “We are putting players at the forefront of everything we do, and we are working hard to both meet and exceed their expectations, A critical part of taking care of players is taking care of our teams—making sure we have the resources to produce experiences our communities will love while giving our teams space to explore even more creative opportunities within their projects. Proletariat is a perfect fit for supporting Blizzard’s mission in bringing high-quality content to our players more often.” -Mike Ybarra, president of Blizzard Entertainment We are incredibly excited to be joining Blizzard Entertainment,” said Proletariat co-founder and CEO, Seth Sivak. “Our team has always strived to put players first, and in working with the World of Warcraft team, we have learned that we are completely aligned in our commitments to innovation, quality, investing in our talent, authentic communication, and representation—both in and out of the games we make. World of Warcraft is one of the most influential games ever made and we can’t wait to be a part of that legacy and to help build an even brighter future for Azeroth. We are proud to be working with Proletariat as we further expand our development team and build towards welcoming more players into the Warcraft universe, said John Hight, general manager of the Warcraft franchise. We’ve been listening to our community and making great changes to World of Warcraft based on their feedback—bringing the talented Proletariat team into the fold allows us to explore even more ways we can surprise and delight players who call Azeroth home. Proletariat was founded in 2012 by industry veterans from Insomniac, Harmonix, and Turbine. The team has deep experience building MMORPGs and includes, among others, former lead designers of Asheron’s Call, Lord of the Rings Online, and Dungeons & Dragons Online. At Proletariat, the team has operated live games for nearly a decade, having most recently released the critically-acclaimed cross-platform action-spellcasting battle royale game, Spellbreak. The studio has a strong presence in Boston. Proletariat began working with the World of Warcraft development team in May and will be fully integrated into Blizzard Entertainment over the coming months. The addition of Proletariat is another exciting step in Blizzard Entertainment’s mission to support their talented teams creatively and culturally while building AAA gaming experiences across their iconic franchises. About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Best known for blockbuster hits, including World of Warcraft®, Hearthstone®, Overwatch, the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® franchises, and the multifranchise Heroes of the Storm®, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (https://www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry's most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment's track record includes twenty-three #1 games* and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company's online gaming platform, Battle.net®, serves tens of millions of active Blizzard players. About Proletariat, Inc. Founded in 2012 in Boston, MA, by a group of game-industry veterans from Harmonix, Turbine, and Insomniac, Proletariat is an award-winning independent game developer with the mission to create games that change the way communities play together. The starting team of five engineers and artists has grown to 90+ developers from diverse backgrounds and tackled some of gaming’s most challenging problems. The studio's first major title, World Zombination, debuted in early 2015 as a coveted "Editor's Choice" on the iOS App Store. Attracting millions of players worldwide, it went on to be named to Apple's "Best of 2015" list and developed a reputation for bringing quality and depth to the mobile MMO landscape.In 2021, Proletariat launched Spellbreak, the first game to have full cross-platform compatibility across PC and all major consoles at release. It went on to be enjoyed by over 10 million players across the world.

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pixitmedia, a Kalray Subsidiary, Supports Amazon Web Services’ Media & Entertainment Creation Lifecycle Demonstrations at IBC 2022

pixitmedia | September 06, 2022

pixitmedia1, a Kalray company, has announced that pixstor™ and ngenea® (a shared storage and data orchestration solution) will be included in the content production area at the Amazon Web Services (AWS) stand (5.C80) at IBC 2022. AWS will be showcasing a suite of end-to-end cloud production workflows, demonstrating how the industry’s leading tools for editing, compositing, finishing, grading and quality control (QC) can be used for full production in the cloud. These workflows will be supported by pixitmedia’s flagship products, pixstor and ngenea, software-defined storage and orchestration software. This follows the announcement that pixitmedia has been accepted into the AWS Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Accelerate Program, a co-sell program for AWS Partners who provide software solutions that run on or integrate with AWS. Offline editorial, visual effects (VFX) and color grading work is not only possible in the cloud, but can deliver huge and tangible benefits in performance, collaboration, scalability, and cost efficiencies for producers. At IBC stand 5.C80, AWS will demonstrate the media creation lifecycle in five stages. Live camera footage will be ingested to a cloud collaborative environment using dailies platform Moxion. That footage will be edited in Adobe® Premiere® Pro and conformed in Flame®, Autodesk®'s finishing and VFX solution. A fourth stage will demonstrate FilmLight Baselight performing the color grade, and finally, the content will pass through Colorfront Streaming and Broker Service for QC, which also reads directly from Amazon S3. The high-resolution, uncompressed 4K media for all five stages of the production process will be edited in place on the powerful media-centric storage infrastructure powered by pixstor and ngenea, with 10-bit uncompressed video streamed from applications running in the cloud to the stand. It will use the latest AWS Cloud Digital Interface (AWS CDI), NewTek Network Device Interface (NDI), and Colorfront Streaming and Broker Service technology, over a secure internet connection to an Amazon VPC. Amazon EC2 compute, Amazon Elastic Block Store and Amazon S3 storage underpin the entire pixstor and ngenea solution. “We’re looking forward to being featured in the AWS stand at IBC to showcase our storage and data orchestration platform to the Media & Entertainment industry. Together with AWS and industry-standard software providers, we will demonstrate that high-end editorial, VFX and color grading work is possible in the cloud today. We are providing our customers with ease of use, guaranteed performance, greater collaboration and seamless workflows in the cloud.” -Ben Leaver, EVP of Business Development and Co-Founder of pixitmedia pixitmedia is a global member of the AWS Partner Network (APN) and an industry facilitator of cloud-enabled production workflows. pixstor offers AWS customers an agile storage environment that guarantees adaptability and performance. Coupled with the power of pixitmedia’s ngenea, it quickly and securely transports data to and from globally distributed cloud, object storage, and traditional network attached storage (NAS). About pixitmedia pixitmedia is a Kalray company (Euronext, ALKAL), a leading provider of hardware and software technologies and solutions for high-performance, data centric computing markets, from cloud to edge. pixitmedia and Kalray share a common vision and a complementary value proposition in both software and hardware to address today’s and tomorrow’s data-intensive world with solutions for a more intelligent, effective, energy-wise and user-friendly data-driven world. pixitmedia facilitates seamless collaboration to enable the power of ideas. Our award-winning purpose-built, software-defined storage and data solutions simplify the flow of data to connect an increasingly complex world. Our aim is to deliver beyond expectations throughout all areas of our operation. We devise optimized solutions that give customers both choice and freedom, our restless innovation constantly pushes boundaries and the unrivalled care and knowledge of our team ensure optimum performance and value. Customer success is at the heart of our business, we have technical specialists and a unique, dedicated lab facility to guarantee the effectiveness of our solutions.To learn more about pixitmedia at IBC 2022, click here For more information, please visit: https://www.pixitmedia.com or email: marketing@pixitmedia.com About Kalray Kalray (Euronext Growth Paris - ALKAL) is a leading provider of hardware and software technologies and solutions for high-performance, data-centric computing markets, from cloud to edge. Kalray provides a full range of products to enable smarter, more efficient, and energy-wise data-intensive applications and data center infrastructures. Kalray’s offerings include its unique patented DPU (Data Processing Unit) processors and acceleration cards, as well as its leading-edge software-defined storage and data management offers. Individually or combined, Kalray’s high-performance solutions allow its customers to improve the efficiency of data centers or design the best solutions in fast-growing sectors such as AI, Media & Entertainment, Life Science, Scientific Research, Edge Computing, Automotive and others. Founded in 2008 as a spin-off of the well-known French CEA research lab, with corporate and financial investors such as Alliance Venture (Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi), NXP Semiconductors and Bpifrance, Kalray is dedicated through technology, expertise and passion to offer more: more for a smart world, more for the planet, more for customers and developers. https://www.kalrayinc.com 1 pixitmedia is the dedicated branch for Media & Entertainment markets of arcapix Holdings Ltd, acquired by Kalray. See press release on March 3, 2022.

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TQSKY launches T1 Smart Glasses for a Portable Entertainment Experience Like Never Before

TQSKY, | July 08, 2022

TQSKY, a newcomer in the consumer technology offering world class experiences, is releasing the world's first audio-visual glasses, TQSKY T1, on Kickstarter . Slim, light, and fashionable, these AR/XR glasses seek to change how consumers view entertainment options on the go or in the comfort of their own homes. The TQSKY T1 smart glasses come packed with features that distinguish it from other smart glasses, including: A unique design: Multi-color steamer lenses with easy magnetic replacements; a nosepiece made of anti-allergenic skin-friendly material, suitable for a variety of face shapes and skin types; a 90° right-angle interface cable that allows users to lie down and watch content more comfortably. The TQSKY T1 is also adjustable for 0-600° myopia. Enhanced viewing experience: High picture quality together with a 3.5m equivalent viewing distance and 150in ultra-clear giant screen delivers cinematic picture quality at any time. Immersive and CD-grade audio quality: The only audiovisual glasses with Hi-Res sound quality certification that does not require headphones to enjoy high-quality audio. The dual speakers with rotary sound bins lead to a wider sound range, stronger resolution, and better bass and surround sound effects. High privacy: Directional sound transmission with no external amplification allows for more privacy. Luminescent coated privacy lenses create directional light transmission to make any space more private. Highly compatible: The TQSKY T1 can connect with phones, tablets, and gaming systems including the Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and even drones. Weighing in at only 79g, the TQSKY T1 is comfortable to use on a daily basis while keeping users connected to their world of entertainment and looking fashionable at the same time. We set out to develop products that are highly functional while meeting new age consumer demands. With the technology landscape continuously evolving, the team has enabled integration of various elements to produce the audio-visual glasses that is expected to take over the scene as consumers seek for more immersive experiences," said Jessie Wang, Founder and CEO of TQSKY. Designed for the modern consumer, the TQSKY T1 is available on Kickstarter at an introductory price of $469 (33% off the original price of $799) for the first 100 units. To learn more, visit the campaign at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tqksy/tqsky-t1-your-own-portable-and-private-cinema?ref=uxwzj3&token=38b72399 About TQSKY Technology Limited Co. Established in January 2022 by a team of founding members with over 20 years of experience in the industry, TQSKY focuses on the research and development and application of near-eye display and interaction field and is committed to being a leader in the field of audio-visual glasses through the combination of technology and fashion. TQSKY aims to pioneer a more futuristic lifestyle by creating portable, private, and diversified audio-visual experiences for users by developing smart audio-visual products and creating new experiences for private spaces.

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FOX First Run Expands Partnership with Interactive Media Platform Partner ACTV8me to Amplify Fall Programming

FOX First Run | August 05, 2022

FOX First Run announced that it is broadening its partnership with media technology provider ACTV8me, to create a unified interactive experience across its all-star lineup "You Bet Your Life" and "Pictionary." The leading mobile ad-tech company will leverage its Sequential QR Code™ (SQR Code™) solution in all 180 new episodes of "You Bet Your Life" and 175 original episodes of "Pictionary," producing a measurable way for sponsors to connect with the audience, while surprising and delighting viewers in real-time at home. Across America's favorite game shows, ACTV8me will display its SQR Code™ to empower marketers to sequentially or randomly serve unique offers, messaging, and enhanced content in a brand-safe environment, all of which can be saved into the native wallet (Apple Pay or Google Pay). This proven solution allows sponsors to effectively measure lead generation and conversions. The SQR Code™ will also power an at-home segment, prompting viewers to play along with an audience question, to win sponsored grand prizes, delivering fun to the whole family. "After a successful collaboration on Season 1 of 'You Bet Your Life', we are proud of our partnership with ACTV8me in scaling across multiple series, as we continue to accelerate the reach of these syndicated shows by infusing interactive elements that improve our audience experience," -Stephen Brown, EVP of Programming and Development, FOX First Run. We are excited to serve more viewers, and optimize cross-screen experiences for premier sponsors and prizing partners," added David Schreff, CEO of ACTV8me. "As we further expand into 'Pictionary' with Jerry O'Connell, we are jointly ushering in a new way for consumers to engage with the iconic board game as it comes to life on the television screen. These FOX First Run's syndicated game shows provide a perfect match for us to inspire full family participation, and enhance the in-show sponsorships together,expressed Brian Shuster, Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of ACTV8me. "By displaying our SQR Code™ solution at pivotal moments, FOX First Run is designing opportunities for viewers to test their knowledge and be rewarded this fall. Tune in this September as "You Bet Your Life" and "Pictionary" premiere on weekdays and weeknights in 192 markets in 98% of the U.S. including FOX Owned & Operated Television stations and on station groups Sinclair, Nexstar, Scripps, Tegna, Meredith, Gray, and others. Check your local listings, or visit https://youbetyourlife.com / and Pictionaryontv.com About FOX FIRST RUN FOX First Run serves as the television syndication arm of FOX Broadcasting Company. FOX Television Stations owns and operates 29 full power broadcast television stations in the U.S. These include stations located in nine of the top ten largest designated market areas, or DMAs, and duopolies in 11 DMAs, including the three largest DMAs (New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago). Of these stations, 18 are affiliated with the FOX Network. In addition to distributing sports, entertainment and syndicated content, our television stations collectively produce nearly 1,000 hours of local news every week. These stations leverage viewer, distributor, and advertiser demand for the FOX Network's national content. About ACTV8me ( www.actv8me.com ) ACTV8me's patented and proprietary media technology enables measurable engagement and attribution across all distributed content. The platform powers an interactive and transactional overlay that linear and streaming media networks, retailers, sports and entertainment venues, digital out-of-home publishers, and brand advertisers leverage across content and ad campaigns, connecting marketing spend to measurable sales outcomes. ACTV8me partners provide consumers with new valuable offers, digital coupons, and unique content, based on their age, gender, location and media consumption behavior, enabling global brands to drive measurable ROI. As a leader in interactive media experiences, including the new breakthrough SQR™ Code (Sequential QR Code), ACTV8me also partners with major television production and content owners to create original content that utilizes the platform's functionality, to unlock new recurring revenue streams.

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