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Video games

State of the Union: Reviewing Video Games in 2018

The U.S. video gaming industry broke records in 2018 to hit an estimated $43.4 billion in sales—and retail sales of licensed products based on those games are expected to follow in those same footsteps…


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Retail

Store Check: Holiday 2018 at Rockefeller Center

As the holiday shopping season enters into full swing, we visited NYC’s Rockefeller Center and the new FAO Schwarz store as well as the Nintendo and LEGO stores…


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Entertainment/Character

Property Guys: Disney, Nintendo & Other Empires

Disney buys up new Manhattan digs, Spin Master moves into Russia, Nintendo builds a park, Snoopy goes to space, and more…


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Video games

The Horror: 44% of Upcoming Licensable Video Games Sequels

Over the next two years, franchise games become more varied and original—and the survival/horror genre thrives…


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Entertainment/Character

Guess Who’s Back

Nostalgia remains strong for retro brands—We review the top retro announcements this week. Featuring: Nickelodeon, Epic Rights, Warner Bros., Nintendo, The Smiley Co., and more…


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Branding

Google, YT & Microsoft MVPs Amongst Tech Brands

The title of most powerful tech brand worldwide goes to Google for the first time in six years—with the previous No. 1, Apple, falling behind other like YouTube, Microsoft, and Samung…


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RETAIL SALES

Pokémon, Rio2016 Merchandise Ride Summer Sales Wave

The pop culture and sports events of the summer have created a groundswell of demand for related licensed merchandise. According to reports…


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VIDEO GAMES

Pokémon GOes Viral in its 20th Anniversary Celebrations

Free-to-play augmented-reality game Pokémon Go has caused quite a stir—with everyone from retailers to networks eager to get a piece of the pie of the most viral mobile app of all time. TLL estimates that Pokémon sold approximately…


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ESPORTS

New Players Enter the eSports Area

Turner’s Cartoon Network EMEA is the latest company to enter the $463 million eSports arena. Partnering with Machinima, live tournament will be based on its upcoming mobile game app Adventure Time Card Wars Kingdom. The company joins…


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VIDEO GAMES

Licensed Properties Play at E3

The hot topic of the show was Virtual Reality (VR) with Sony announcing that its PlayStation VR headset for PS4 will become available Oct. 13, priced at $500 and major game properties including Star Wars, Star Trek and Batman getting the VR treatment on PlayStation VR, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift…


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