Court order could hamper Facebook VR plans

ANALYSIS: (Reuters) – Facebook’s big ambitions in the nascent virtual reality industry could be threatened by a court order that would prevent it from using critical software code another company claims to own, according to legal and industry experts. Last Thursday, video game publisher ZeniMax Media asked a Dallas federal judge to issue an order barring Facebook unit Oculus from using or distributing the disputed code, part of the software development kit that Oculus provides to outside companies creating games for its Rift VR headset. A decision is likely a few months away, but intellectual property lawyers said ZeniMax has a decent chance of getting the order, which would mean Facebook faces a tough choice between paying a possibly hefty settlement or fighting on at risk of jeopardizing its position in the sector. For now, Facebook is fighting on. Oculus spokeswoman Tera Randall said last Thursday the company would challenge a $500 million jury verdict on Feb. 1 against Oculus and its co-founders Palmer Luckey and Brendan Iribe for infringing ZeniMax’s copyrighted code and violating a non-disclosure agreement. Randall said Oculus would possibly file an appeal that would “allow us to put this litigation behind us.” She did not respond…

EA's Peter Moore is leaving to run his favorite soccer team

Longtime gaming industry leader Peter Moore is leaving his position at Electronic Arts to take on a different kind of gaming: professional soccer.
Moore, who currently runs EA’s e-sports division, will soon take over as CEO of the Liverpool Football Club — a team he’s long been a huge and outspoken fan of — the club announced today.
That Moore is a Liverpool fan is no secret to anyone who’s watched him on stage during EA’s E3 press conferences, where he has a habit of bringing up the team, even when it’s not directly relevant to the subject at hand. With his new job, he’ll finally have an excuse to gush about the team all he wants.

Moore’s Twitter profile says “live and die for Liverpool FC”

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Why is Studio Wildcard paying Ark modders $4,000 a month? GamesBeat Decides

How to listen: GB Decides on Facebook Watch on YouTube Subscribe on iTunes, Google Play Music, or Stitcher. Many consumers made it clear in 2015 that they don’t want to pay for mods on Steam for games like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim — even though many players very much want to continue using and enjoying that content. So to encourage more development in this space, Ark: Survival Evolved developer Studio Wildcard is going to start paying mods itself. As part of its newly announced Ark Sponsored Mod program, Studio Wildcard will hand select certain mod creators that will receive $4,000 per month to continue working on that content. I spoke with Studio Wildcard cofounder and lead designer Jeremy Stieglitz and community manager Cedric Burkes about why the developer started this program, how it will choose who to support, and how it thinks about modding on this week’s GamesBeat Decides podcast. “It’ll be 15 mods per month for now, but we may expand it if this is successful,” said Stieglitz. “It’ll be determined each month, so if a mod drops in quality or the author is no longer working on it — we have the option to stop including them. But our goal is to have…

EA exec and former Xbox leader Peter Moore to become CEO of Liverpool FC

Peter Moore. Photo via Flickr user Gamerscore. After stints with Electronic Arts, Microsoft and SEGA, Peter Moore has landed his “dream” job — but not at a company you might expect. Moore, who spent nearly a decade at EA leading its sports unit and most recently its competitive gaming division, will become CEO of Liverpool Football Club this June. The 61-year-old is well known in the gaming industry, having helped lead Microsoft’s Xbox team during the Xbox 360 launch and famously inking Xbox-related tattoos on himself. He left the Redmond tech giant in 2007 for EA Sports and held positions as chief operating officer and chief competition officer. But now he’s headed across the pond to manage one of the world’s top soccer clubs — one that Moore, who was born in Liverpool, “lives and dies for,” according to his Twitter profile. EA CEO Andrew Wilson penned a blog post Monday congratulating Moore for “following his dream” and lauding his contributions to EA. “Peter has been with us here at EA for nearly 10 years, and I consider myself privileged to have had the opportunity to work alongside him for that entire journey,” Moore wrote. “If you’ve seen him on stage, or follow him on…

Longtime gaming exec Peter Moore is leaving Electronic Arts to run Liverpool FC

One of gaming’s most recognizable executives is moving on to sports. Electronic Arts chief operating officer Peter Moore is leaving the gaming publisher to take on the role of chief executive officer at the Liverpool Football Club in England. That organization made the announcement today on its official website. Moore will oversee the business operations of the Premier League soccer team, and he will report directly to the Fenway Sports Group that owns LFC. This will mark the end of his 10-year run at EA, where he most recently oversaw the start of the company’s esports efforts. GamesBeat has reached out to Moore for a comment, and I’ll update this post with any new information. For Moore, this move smacks of destiny. He was born in Liverpool 61 years ago, and now he’s returning to run the team that he has never stopped loving. He’s never hid his love for soccer and sports. “Passion is essential for all of us at Electronic Arts,” EA CEO Andrew Wilson wrote in a blog post. “It’s what gets us up in the morning and drives us to do extraordinary things. And if you’ve ever met Peter Moore, you know that he quite literally…

Twitch Will Begin Selling Games You're Watching Later This Year

Twitch, home to millions of people who go to the site to watch games being player, is adding an e-commerce element to its game streaming platform. The Amazon-owned company announced today that it will sell video games directly on its site, which is already used by nearly 10 million daily active users. From a report: The new game sales program will allow stream viewers to click a “Buy Now” button at the bottom of the stream page to purchase the game they are viewing. Sales go through Twitch parent company Amazon, and while games will be available worldwide, only U.S. dollars will be supported as payment currency at launch Read more of this story at Slashdot.