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Murdoch's News Corp Getting In To Making Games

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As another small step in to the massive video game market, billionaire Rupert Murdoch's media empire News Corp has purchased San Fransisco-based social networking games developer Making Fun. The company's goal is to ease itself in to the market, rather than diving in with a splash. In April of 2010, News Corp bought Irata Labs, a three-person social network gaming team also based in San Fransisco. Though not necessarily a household name on its own, News Corp is the owner of such media outlets and websites as myspace.com, the FOX television and film family, SKY, and IGN Entertainment, which it purchased in 2005.

While News Corp may still be new to the business of games development and production, it is not the company's first venture in to video games per se. In 2009, News Corp announced that it intended to transform its floundering MySpace website in to a social network gaming platform, and thereby get back in to competition with Facebook.

Now, as news comes that recently-acquired Making Fun will be targeting Facebook as a primary platform, reports indicate that News Corp is looking for bidders to purchase MySpace.

What are the ramifications of News Corp's foray in to gaming? At the moment...very few. However, an entity with that much reach, money and power could very quickly alter the landscape around it, suggesting that the industry will be keeping an eye on News Corp's future moves.


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5 Comments

Shadowcatt said:

It'll be funny to see Fox News bitch and complain about video games that their parent company produces, lol.

Wait a minute, that'll never happen. They'll just complain about other games and ignore their own.

Mark said:

I just wanna see Fox News: The Video Game.

Trophy Unlocked - Turn a horrific, national tragedy into a political gain for the Republicans.

Trophy Unlocked - Apply a political label to 30 people in your friends list (must include Radical, Liberal, and Nazi).

Trophy Unlocked - Boost Sarah Palin's poll numbers by 5% in red states within 3 months of a presidential election.

Eh, I have more, but I don't want to overstay my welcome. :p

wohdin said:

Fox News

Oh.

This will be fun.

Super Swede said:

I'm waiting for "Waterboarding: The Game!" featuring motion controls for the Kinnect.

Git-R-Done or something.

Caracticus said:

Unfortunately, I boycott all things Fox. Not just Fox News, but Fox network, FX, Star Wars, X-Men movies, Family Guy, Simpsons... yes, possibly cutting off my nose to spite my face, but Rupert Murdoch takes an active interest in the vileness that is Faux News, and lets the other billion-dollar money-machines be because they're profitable.

I don't care how much ridicule Family Guy and the Simpson's throws at Fox News: It's all money in Satan's (oops, I mean Murdoch's) pocket.

And girls who like girls who like rumble packs!

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