tZero to Tokenize Forthcoming Film: “Atari: Fistful of Quarters”

Overstock subsidiary (NASDAQ: OSTK) tZERO announced on Tuesday it was teaming up with producers of Atari: Fistful of Quarters to tokenize the upcoming motion picture. tZERO claims that this will be the first time the film industry to use blockchain technology, which marks a milestone towards tZERO’s goal to revolutionizing capital markets.

According to tZERO, the film is centered around a pioneering figure in the video game industry, Nolan Bushnell, who went from repairing broken pinball machines to launching the videogame manufacturer Atari in the 1970s. tZERO further explained:

“The film’s unique approach to funding is reflective of Bushnell’s groundbreaking and innovative career. The movie is being produced by Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company, Appian Way, as well as Benjamin Gerry and J.D. Seraphine of Vision Tree.”

Speaking about the upcoming film, tZERO CEO, Saum Noursalehi, stated:

“Our goal is to apply blockchain technology to capital markets and every industry that can benefit from the platform we have built. The Atari movie is the perfect project to lead the way for the tokenization of the movie business.”

Patrick M. Byrne, Director and CEO of Overstock, also commented:

“We have been looking for the team to crack the code for Hollywood and bring much needed transparency and accountability to an industry that has been historically resistant to change. This is an extremely impressive team and we are thrilled to bring the tZERO tech stack to the movie industry.”

tZERO further explained it will develop the Bushnell token, sold by the film production and financing company, Vision Tree, which announced in March 2018 that it planned to raise as much as $40 million with the sale of the Bushnell token. tZERO added:

“Bushnell token owners, in addition to receiving shares of movie earnings, also play an interactive role in the film’s development. Token owners have received additional benefits such as being able to vote on the movie’s trailer and even have a say in choosing the movie cast.”

There is currently no deal terms listed.

Atari Plans to Launch Two Blockchain-Based Versions of RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch & Goon Squad

Video game creator Atari announced earlier this week it has entered into a license agreement with Animoca Brands Limited to produce and publish blockchain versions of the popular mobile games RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch and Goon Squad.

According to Atari, RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch has more than 19 million downloads globally and has benefited from the successful launch of the water park expansion in July 2018 as well as the addition of new restaurant features in September 2018 in partnership with Jonathan Cheban, who is famous for his reality show appearances on the hit television show Keeping Up with the KardashiansGoon Squad notably drops players into an underworld ruled by mobsters, gambling and fast-paced card battles. Players can plot a path from lowly Goon to all-powerful Godfather in the free-to-play title, collecting cards to rise through the ranks and build the ultimate criminal empire.

Speaking about the partnership, Yat Siu, Co-Founder and Chairman of Animoca Brands, stated:

“This deal marks a special moment for me because I started my career working with Atari and using Atari computers. The RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise is, like many of Atari’s properties, a true evergreen, having been around for two decades. Given the strategic and commercial elements of this incredibly fun simulation, it is a perfect candidate for blockchain adaptation.”

Frédéric Chesnais, Main Shareholder and CEO of Atari, also commented:

“We are proud and delighted to enter into this long-term and strategic relationship with Animoca Brands, which also allows us to become a shareholder in one of the most exciting innovators in the world of decentralized gaming. We hope that this agreement paves the way to to further cooperation on other Atari products.”

Atari added that Animoca Brands expects to publish the games in the second half of 2019.

Atari Launches Indiegogo Campaign For New Gaming & Home Entertainment Streaming Device; Raises $1.7 Million in Two Hours

On Tuesday, entertainment giant Atari took to crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to raise $100,000 for its new gaming and home entertainment streaming service device, Atari VCS. The funding round not only raised its initial funding target but secured $1.7 million from more than 6300 backers in just two hours.

According to Atari, te VCS is a completely new Atari connected device. The company reportedly has partnered with AMD who provides the Atari VCS custom processor with Radeon Graphics Technology. The Atari VCS platform will offer support for 4K resolution, HDR and 60FPS content, onboard and expandable storage options, dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0, as well as USB 3.0 support. A complete list of Atari VCS product specs will be posted with the pre-sale. Atari reported:

“Retro-inspired, but not a ‘retro-box,’ the Atari VCS will be a fully customizable entertainment experience. This means access to a vast array of games, media, and streaming content options. As an homage to the past, Atari VCS covers the classics with the included Atari Vault of more than 100 classic games, including all-time arcade and home entertainment favorites like Asteroids, Centipede, Breakout, Missile Command, Gravitar, and Yars’ Revenge; a growing list of games, especially a full range of popular modern titles, will be announced at later dates.”

While sharing more details about the device, Michael Arzt, Atari COO of Connected Devices, stated:

“We continue moving forward on the Atari VCS project and are excited to see this pre-sale kickoff and to share more updates with our fans as we look toward the first shipments. We are building outstanding teams and forging alliances that will make this product great and truly worthy of the Atari VCS name. Expert hardware partners are helping make this project possible and we couldn’t be more pleased with their contributions.”

Estimated delivery time for the device is currently July 2019. The campaign is set to close in late June.

Atari Launches StartEngine Campaign to Bring Roller Coaster Tycoon to Nintendo Switch

Atari Game Partners, a wholly-owned subsidiary of video game giant Atari,  has launched a crowdfunding campaign on StartEngine to raise up to $20 million in order to bring its hit classic game RollerCoaster Tycoon to the Nintendo Switch game console. The company claimed since its initial release in 1999, RollerCoaster Tycoon has been one of the most popular gaming franchises of all time and the game’s series has moved more than 14.4 million units worldwide and generated in excess of $220 million in revenue in the U.S. alone. A total of 4.6 million units was sold in Europe.

“Early in 2017, Atari unveiled the newest entry into the franchise — RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch. This free-to-play 3D simulation game for iOS and Android was an instant success, skyrocketing to the top of the app stores after worldwide launch featuring by Apple and Google Play. With more than 12 million downloads since launch and praise from gamers and critics alike, the classic gameplay proved to be a natural fit for touchscreen devices, making it easier than ever for gamers to flex their imaginations. In developing the RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise in its most recent versions, Atari worked with Nvizzio Creations. This world-class developer has years of experience developing engaging 3D experiences for gamers, and was intimately involved in the development of RollerCoaster Tycoon World for the PC.”

Some of RollerCoaster Tycoon upcoming key features include:

  • Multiple Scenarios – Complete tricky objectives with specific time limits and other constraints.
  • Sandbox Mode with Various Landscapes
  • Tycoon Career Mode – Expand parks and grow amusement Empires.

Atari Game Partners reported it is planning to work with Nvizzo Creations again on the project. It was also revealed:

“At Atari Game Partners, we’re convinced that incredible potential exists for the RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise on the Nintendo Switch. With your investment, we can secure the development process and bring an exciting new version of this beloved franchise to gamers around the world. The investment opportunity we’re presenting is unique, especially compared to other crowdfunded games you might have encountered in the past. Here, you have the opportunity to participate in a revenue share of a proven franchise, for a proven platform, and with a proven developer.”

Atari Game Partners and Nvizzio Creations is aiming to release RollerCoaster Tycoon to Switch later this year. The company added it will turn its attention to bringing a new release from Atari’s catalog to mobile devices within the next twelve months as well.

The campaign is set to close this Spring.

 

Atari Announces Upcoming Indiegogo Campaign For New Video Game Console Ataribox

Gaming publisher Atari announced this week plans to launch a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo for its new gaming system, Ataribox, which is described as a unique modern design that has been influenced by iconic Atari products such as the Atari 2600. While sharing details about Ataribox, Atari CEO, Fred Chesnais, stated:

“With Ataribox, we wanted to create an open system, a killer product where people can game, stream and browse with as much freedom as possible. Atari games and content will be available as well as games and content from other providers. We also wanted to launch Ataribox with our community, and reward our fans with exclusive early access, special editions, and include them as active participants in the product rollout.”

Atari reported that Ataribox will run a Linux OS, with a user interface customized for the TV. The console will launch with a large back-catalog of Atari classic games, and current titles from a range of studios. Additional details on content and partnerships will be released at a later date. Feargal Mac, Ataribox General Manager, also commented:

“People are used to the flexibility of a PC, but most connected TV devices have closed systems and content stores. Ataribox is an open system, and while our user interface will be easy to use, people will also be free to access and customize the underlying OS. We’ve chosen to launch Ataribox with Indiegogo given their focus on delivering technology products, and their strong international presence in over 200 countries, allowing us to reach and involve as many Atari fans around the world as possible.”

Ataribox will first be made available through the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform this fall, with a targeted global launch in Spring 2018. The expected price range will be $249-$299, depending on specific editions and memory configurations.

Fig Announces Two Title Publishing Partnership With Atari

On Monday, crowdfunding platform for video games Fig announced it has made a two title publishing deal with Atari, one of the world’s most recognized publishers and developers of interactive entertainment. While sharing details about the new partnership Fred Chesnais, CEO of Atari, stated:

“Fig is providing a model where gamers not only help to get the titles they are most passionate about funded, but also have the opportunity to share in the financial returns with developers and publishers. We’re excited that Fig has opened up the vast potential of crowdfunding to IP holder and publisher alike by changing the narrative and allowing us to partner with our fans.”

Justin Bailey, CEO of Fig, also commented:

“Atari is synonymous with video games. From the early 70s through today, they built the video game industry from the ground up through indelible franchises and groundbreaking consoles. The gamer community continues to play an ever-expanding role in helping publish games they are passionate about. At Fig, we refer to what we do as community publishing rather than crowdfunding, since a ‘crowd’ is passive, and we’re about much more than just funding. With Fig, the community is active in selecting the public campaigns we run, participating in the funding, getting the word out, playing early builds, and now even profiting like the investors who supported Kingdoms and Castles. The community has become the center of the publishing process, and this partnership provides the rare opportunity to engage with an industry legend in Atari to help publish two IPs, and share in the potential financial success of those games.”

Founded in 1972, Atari is described as a multi-platform, global interactive entertainment production company. It owns and manages a portfolio of more than 200 games and franchises, including world renowned brands like Asteroids, Centipede, Missile Command, Pong, and licenses such as RollerCoaster Tycoon. Most recently, Atari launched the highly successful game RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch, the first RollerCoaster Tycoon game with 3D graphics on mobile devices.

Launched in 2015, Fig is a community publisher that bring fans together to help Fig publish all kinds of games. The company stated that unlike other crowdfunding platforms it does make money from the funding of the games, but instead participates in the financial performance alongside developers and Fig Game Share investors. Fig claims it has hosted three of the top four video game crowdfunding campaigns across all crowdfunding sites.

Atari Teams Up With ROAM to Launch Indiegogo Campaign For Games & Music Lovers Earphones

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On Tuesday, gaming giant Atari and audio company ROAM launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise $50,000 for their new sure-fit earphones, GameON. This news comes just a few months after the companies announced their partnership.

gameon-2According to Atari and ROAM, the GameOn earphones were designed for both gamers and music lovers. They are wired earphones that promises to deliver excellent sound quality. Other features include:

  • Sound customization: Users choose between audiophile mode and bass boost mode, depending on their listening preference
  • Earphone customization: SureFIT ear tip horns have traditional silicone ear tips, providing up to 27 variations for maximum comfort and performance
  • Two-way hybrid transducer: The earphones notably provide high-output, ultra-low distortion transducers, which provide accurate bass, transparent mid-range, and crystal-clear highs

Sharing details about the earphones, Steven Lamar, co-creator of Beats by Dr. Dre and CEO of ROAM, stated:

“This first Atari audio product collaboration is all about creating an extraordinary listening experience that is accessible for everyone. I don’t think most people realize that many of the popular earphones on the market deliver mediocre sound quality, at best. Instead of blowing big budgets on A-list celebrity endorsements, we’re getting back to basics and blowing people’s minds with incredible sound quality. It’s a shake-up the audio industry has needed for a long time. At ROAM, we’re on a mission to make the music matter again.”

Fred Chesnais, CEO of Atari, also commented:

gameon-1“When I first heard ROAM’s product, I couldn’t believe the incredible sound quality. Audio is such a significant component of the gaming experience, and our goal is to reconnect with an entire generation that has been lost to inferior audio. We are excited to partner with ROAM because of their dedication to the art of sound, and passion for delivering a quality product that will powerfully change the way we listen to music and interact with their mobile games.”

Currently, the GameON earphones are available through Indiegogo for the price of $99. Estimated delivery is scheduled for December 2016. The campaign is set to close at the end of November. 

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