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“Can’t beat ’em, buy ’em”: Disney tapping into the booming gaming market

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Disney has announced its decision to acquire a $1.5 billion stake in Epic Games, the developer behind the popular video game Fortnite.

While the details of the investment remain undisclosed, the partnership signals a strategic shift for Disney toward the rapidly expanding realm of gaming.

But what prompts such a move, and what does it mean for both companies?

Tapping into the Booming Gaming Market

The gaming industry has experienced exponential growth in recent years, with revenues surpassing those of the film and music industries combined.

With an ever-expanding audience of gamers across all demographics, gaming has become a lucrative market ripe for exploration.

By investing in Epic Games, Disney gains access to a vast and engaged player base, offering new avenues for content distribution and revenue generation.

Disney’s Portfolio

Disney’s investment in Epic Games aligns with its broader strategy of diversification and expansion beyond traditional entertainment domains.

As streaming services continue to reshape the media landscape, Disney seeks to bolster its presence in digital entertainment by tapping into the thriving gaming market.

By forging partnerships with leading gaming companies like Epic Games, Disney can strengthen its position as a multifaceted entertainment powerhouse capable of catering to diverse consumer interests.

A new generation

Epic Games’ Fortnite has emerged as a cultural phenomenon, attracting millions of players worldwide and serving as a platform for virtual concerts, movie screenings, and branded collaborations.

While many teenagers are unlikely to have heard of The Little Mermaid, they’ve definitely invested time in playing Fortnite.

Disney’s extensive portfolio of intellectual properties, including iconic characters and franchises, presents opportunities for synergistic partnerships within the Fortnite universe.

By leveraging its vast library of content, Disney can introduce its beloved characters and worlds to the gaming community for the next generation of viewers.

Digital Footprint

Establishing a strong digital presence is paramount for entertainment companies seeking to reach audiences beyond traditional channels.

By investing in Epic Games, Disney gains access to a robust digital platform with a global reach, providing opportunities for cross-promotion, content distribution, and interactive experiences.

Through collaborations with Epic Games, Disney can expand its digital footprint and engage with audiences in innovative ways, further cementing its relevance in the digital entertainment landscape.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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Boeing 737 Max program head departs amid safety concerns

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In the wake of the mid-air panel blowout incident involving Alaska Airlines Flight 1282, Ed Clark, the head of Boeing’s troubled 737 MAX program, has departed from the aerospace giant.

This marks the first significant departure following the alarming incident that occurred on January 5, prompting intensified scrutiny from regulators, customers, and lawmakers.

The departure of Clark, who oversaw Boeing’s production facility in Renton, Washington, where the affected aircraft was completed, comes as the company faces increasing pressure to address safety concerns.

Urgent inquiries

The incident involved a door panel detachment on a brand-new Alaska Airlines 737 MAX 9, prompting urgent inquiries into Boeing’s safety protocols.

Clark will be succeeded by Katie Ringgold as the new vice president and general manager, according to the memo issued by Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Stan Deal.

Deal emphasised Boeing’s commitment to ensuring that every aircraft meets rigorous safety and quality standards, acknowledging the demands and expectations of their customers.

Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun is slated to meet with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chief Mike Whitaker in the coming week, following Whitaker’s visit to the Boeing 737 plant in Renton, Washington.

The FAA has grounded the MAX 9 temporarily and limited Boeing’s production while conducting audits on the company’s manufacturing processes.

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Julian Assange’s last stand before extradition

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Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, is allegedly being targeted by the United States government and former President Donald Trump for his role in exposing classified information.

According to Assange’s lawyer, this targeting is a result of the controversial revelations made by WikiLeaks, which have often put the U.S. government in a precarious position.

Assange, who has been residing in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to avoid extradition, now faces renewed concerns about his safety and legal battles.

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Qantas appoints new Chairman amid board renewal

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Qantas Airways has announced significant changes to its board, including the appointment of John Mullen as the new chairman, as part of its ongoing renewal strategy following a tumultuous period for the airline.

John Mullen, former chairman of Telstra, will assume the role of chairman of Qantas’ board, succeeding Richard Goyder.

John Mullen, former chairman of Telstra.

Mullen will officially join the board as a non-executive director and chairman-elect on July 1, with plans to take on the chairman’s responsibilities ahead of the company’s annual general meeting in October.

In addition to Mullen’s appointment, Dr. Nora Scheinkestel will also join the board as a non-executive director and chair of the remuneration committee effective March 1, 2024.

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Richard Goyder, outgoing chairman of Qantas, remarked that these changes mark a new chapter for the airline following a period of significant challenges, including the early resignation of former CEO Alan Joyce and Goyder’s own decision to step down.

Goyder expressed confidence in Mullen’s ability to lead Qantas into its next phase, citing Mullen’s extensive experience as a director and chairman of large and complex companies, as well as his distinguished executive career in the transport sector both domestically and internationally.

“These changes reflect a new chapter for Qantas, and John brings a wealth of experience that makes him the right choice to lead the national carrier into its next phase,” stated Goyder.

The announcement comes amidst ongoing efforts by Qantas to navigate the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and reshape its operations to adapt to changing market dynamics.

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