There’s a whole lot to chew on (and possibly also retch up) in ESPN reporter Ian O’Connor’s substantial profile of James Dolan up today. Over the course of a two-hour interview, Dolan faced good, tough questions and responded at surprising length. He also displayed his trademark sensitivity and thoughtfulness on a whole range of issues. When revisiting Madison Square Garden’s 2007 sexual harassment case, which ended in a $11.5 million settlement for Anucha Browne Sanders: “People told me when you’re in these kind of trials that it’s stacked against you, as being the big employer versus, particularly, a minority woman.” When making some clarifications about the song he sang for Deadspin in late 2017, in which he described Knicks ownership as a “living hell”: “It’s not a living hell. I have to say, I enjoy the summers.” When faced with several witnesses’ claim that he used to play guitar on the … [Read more...] about Don’t Get Too Hopeful About James Dolan Selling The Knicks
Selling the business
In case his recent request to lower child support payments didn’t get the message across, Rob Kardashian is low on funds. In the matter of his flailing sock company, however, his mom Kris Jenner is helping him out. Or forcing him to sell the business to her, depending how you look at it. The Blast obtained documents on Wednesday indicating that Rob was forced to sell half his sock brand Arthur George to Jenner. He says in the document, ‘When the business was struggling, my other infused it with capital to keep it afloat and from her infusion gained a 50 percent share in the company.” Something about this word “infusion” sits uneasy with me; perhaps its association with blood. Rob went on, “Previously, the line’s success was in large part due to my regular posting and general promotion on social media. Angela’s [aka Blac Chyna’s] request for a restraining order against me includes various prohibitions on what I could post online. In … [Read more...] about Rob Kardashian Reportedly Forced to Sell Beloved Sock Company to His Mother
QUOTE | “Our hope is to find a balance between games that sell a shitload of copies and are good, and games that may only sell 50,000 copies, but are also good. We think it’s important to do those type of games. We do all the spectrum. We’re not saying no to games because we don’t think they can sell 500,000 copies. That’s a stupid way of looking at it.” - Devolver co-founder Nigel Lowrie explains why the indie publisher picks up titles like Gris and Minit despite their limited commercial upside. STAT | Almost 50,000 - Copies of The Messenger sold in a little over a week after launch, a number Sabotage co-founder Martin Brouard found surprisingly low after the game’s glowing critical reception. QUOTE | “With the rise of multiplayer games, I don’t think single-player is in danger. A game doesn’t have to be profitable, it just has to break even.” - Longtime Castlevania producer and current Bloodstained producer Koji … [Read more...] about This Week In The Business: Is Selling 50,000 Copies Enough?
STAT | $30,000 - What it costs to have a top-tier streamer play your game for an hour on their channel, according to IndieCatapult’s Steve Filby, who was marketing manager on Motion Twin’s Dead Cells. (Motion Twin didn’t pay up, but devised a strategy that resulted in big streamers playing the game for free.) QUOTE | “Every game, at some point, in some way has currency and they’re trying to get additional revenue from each player that plays the game. You know, the question has to be when does it feel like it’s a straight money grab versus when does it feel like it’s value added, right?” - NBA 2K19 senior producer Rob Jones says recurring revenue schemes are “an unfortunate reality of modern gaming.” QUOTE | “Psychologically, we find that people misbehave when there is somebody else to observe them misbehaving. When it’s a one-on-one game, what is my motivation for saying something awful?” - Valve’s Jeep … [Read more...] about This Week In The Business: A Streamer’s Life For Me
If you’ve got a Yahoo or AOL email address then your correspondence might not be as private as you think, as Oath (the combined Yahoo and AOL business) uses a program that scans accounts, with over 200 million inboxes scanned in total.That’s according to The Wall Street Journal, which reports that these scans are designed to look for information contained in your emails that can then be sold to advertisers to help them provide targeted ads. This could lead to more relevant adverts then, but it comes at the cost of some privacy.It’s also something that other major email providers don’t do. Gmail for example stopped doing this in 2017 – though it and other email providers still allow third-party developers to read your emails if you sign up for certain services.It won't scan everythingThe scanning system run by Oath is aimed purely at advertising and will apparently exclude sensitive information, such as health and banking records.However, it’s still … [Read more...] about Report: Yahoo and AOL will scan your emails and sell the data to advertisers