We are very happy to announce our acquisition of Avillum, an online fantasy trading card game!

When we approached the creators of Avillum back in March of this year, we knew we had found something special. Avillum was looking for new leadership and we were looking to diversify our library of games. As a browser-based game rich with lore, Avillum fit into our vision for the future of MADSOFT Games. We feel that Avillum has enormous potential to engage both casual gamers and strategists alike, and we want to work to ensure that any future iterations of the game preserve that basic idea.

Going forward, we will be working with the original team to expand the universe, developing a single-player campaign and a plethora of diverse heroes to recruit and command. We want to reassert our commitment to fair and balanced micro-transactions, giving all players the ability to experience and enjoy our games.

We have plans to re-release the new and improved Avillum soon. Until then, we invite you to play the legacy version of the game on Avillum’s new website, set to launch early next week.

Thank you for your continued support! We can’t wait to share the world of Avillum with you all.

  • The MADSOFT Games team

Flower Mound, Texas (April 7, 2014) – FUNimation® Entertainment announced today it has acquired the U.S. and Canadian home video rights for One Piece Film: Z. The 12th movie based off the long-running, action anime, One Piece Film: Z finds Luffy and his crew of Straw Hat Pirates in the New World – facing off against the powerful, former Marine Admiral “Z.” Similar to One Piece Film: Strong World, released in November of last year, One Piece creator, Eiichiro Oda, worked closely with the director on the film.

One Piece Film: Z is expected to be released in Fall 2014. For future release details, cast announcement, and exclusive content, be sure to Like the official One Piece page on Facebook: http://facebook.com/onepieceofficial

 

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This extremely popular series is based on the manga by Eiichiro Oda and follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy and his crew of Straw Hat Pirates. The series is currently into its 639th episode. Fans can watch new simulcast episodes every Saturday at 9:00 pm ET on www.onepieceoffical.com and funimation.com/one-piece.

Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled (Venetian), 1973. Cardboard, string and newsprint, 62 x 97.5 x 17 in. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Gift of Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and Museum purchase through prior gifts of Barry Tenzer and Richard S. Zeisler Bequest, 2013.

For the Hyperallergic article US Museums Acquire Nine Works by Robert Rauschenberg, Hrag Vartanian spoke with Rauschenberg Foundation Senior Curator David White about the works recently acquired through our Gift/Purchase program: “Bob [Rauschenberg] is best known for the Combines in the 1950s. By and large, at this point, almost all of them are in them are in museum collections,” White says. “What we have in the foundation are some of the works that might be less well known … but the more you’re familiar with Bob’s work, the more you see they are related to each other. It’s not about stopping [at one thing], but it’s all about openness and his celebrating materials. He was very enthusiastic. He would say that he was happiest when he was getting up and going to his studio and working.”

Art © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation/VAGA, NYC

Your Collection is Complete!

The news that Hellsing fans have been waiting for is finally here! Just announced at Anime Central, FUNimation has acquired the home video and digital rights to Hellsing Ultimate Volumes IX & X! The volumes are set to release in Fall 2014. Stay tuned for more exciting information!

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Coming this Fall, prepare yourself for the epic conclusion to one of anime’s most brutal and action-packed series of all time. All hell has broken loose, as The Major and his Millennium Organization wreck havoc on downtown London. With Alucard and Alexander battling it out to the death, only Seras and Integra can stop this mad man from laying waste to the rest of the world.

Hellsing Ultimate Volumes I – VIII are available now. Click here to buy!

Twitter just agreed to buy its long-time partner Gnip, a data company that anaylizes and sells Twitter data to a host of third parties companies. Gnip is the largest provider of social data in the world.

In its announcement, Twitter’s VP of Global Business Development and Platform Jana Messerschmidt writes:

Public Tweets can reveal a wide variety of insights — so much so that academic institutions, journalists, marketers, brands, politicians and developers regularly use aggregated Twitter data to spot trends, analyze sentiment, find breaking news, connect with customers and much more.

It is true that Twitter has become a powerful tool for social science researchers and journalists, but ultimately this move will help Twitter make its fire hose of data more palatable to Fortune 500 companies. The bottom line down the road is that Twitter needs to continue to find ways to monetize, and data about what we like, what shows we watch, where we are, how old we are, if we have dogs, what time we go to bed, etc. etc. is incredibly valuable to brands who want to target ads to us. They will pay handsomely for it. And now, they will pay Twitter directly.

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What Really Happens When a Company is Acquired

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Since February, I’ve been trying to articulate just what happened through the course of our acquisition process. It turns out that the process is still ongoing. 

So what happens in an acquisition?

First off, why do acquisitions happen? This type of smaller acquisition that I’m talking about is becoming more and more common. It’s not an indicator of an economic bubble. It’s not about a tech talent arms race. Buying a company for the expertise or processes embodied in a great team has become a reliable channel for sourcing ‘talent’. It all looks sensational from the outside, but the reality is that the math just adds up: finding the right people is costly; not finding the right people is a huge risk as large incumbents are under constant pressure to keep a step ahead of the small and fast innovators at the bottom of the market. Acquiring teams is becoming standard procedure(1) for big companies that want to maintain relevance by moving at least as fast as these ever-emerging competitive threats. In a market where driven individuals gravitate toward assembling a small scrappy team and taking a shot at something big, there is an ample supply of preassembled teams ready to be integrated into a bigger company and get to work.

So in this kind of environment, most companies — at some point in their lifecycle — end up entertaining the option of an acquisition.

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Microsoft have bought Mojang; Notch and founders to leave

Seems that the rumours were true. Today Microsoft, Mojang and Notch himself have all confirmed that Mojang now belongs to Microsoft.   In a blog post Mojang said “remember that the future of Minecraft and you – the community – are extremely important to everyone involved” before ans …… read more »

FUNimation Acquires Rights for Ben-To Anime Series

Do you like hunting for a good bargain? There’s a thrill to the hunt when you comb through racks and racks, and shelves and shelves, or in this case pages and pages, to find something special and unexpected. Sometimes it pays to continuously browse our site because a few diligent fans have already found the news. FUNimation has acquired the streaming rights to the quirky action-packed series–Ben-To!

Episodes will be available in Japanese with English subtitles for subscribers starting on Tuesday February 11th. They will be available for free streaming on February 28th. Please visit http://funimation.com/ben-to for more information. Please check our Schedule on our site for release dates for exact episodes. Now, let’s learn a little more about the show!

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Every day an epic struggle rages in grocery stores across Japan—the battle for half-priced bento boxes! Once the discount stickers go on, ravenous brawlers start throwing punches in a knockdown, drag-out war over who gets to take home the cheap eats. When a young, broke high school student named Sato joins the Half-Priced Food Lovers Club, he proves to be a rising talent in the world of insane food fights. But does he have what it takes to become the king of clearance cuisine? From the director of Black Cat comes a very different type of hunger games. Welcome to the world of Ben-To, where chopsticks are lethal weapons, the supermarket is a battleground, and there’s nothing more delicious than a deep-fried win.

So, what do you think? Are you excited to finally able to watch Ben-To in North America?

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An open letter to Microsoft

You took something from me. Long ago, Age of Empires was one of the first games I’ve ever played. It was absolutely glorious. It was a strategy game that taught me great things about warfare and history. It was paramount to the history of video games, then you bought Ensemble Studios and dissolved them. 

Now you’ve purchased Mojang. Just as Age of Empires was, Minecraft is an important piece of the games industry. It led way to early access games and introduced a world where everything in infinite. Minecraft is far more than a glorified LEGO set. It features machinery, online combat, monsters, exploration, and so much more than people give it credit for. I don’t trust you to take what Minecraft is and do something responsible with it. I don’t trust you to honor the games industry with your latest acquisition. You are a powerful company but when video games is concerned, I don’t have faith you know what’s going on.

I want to believe Minecraft has a future. But you have a bad track record and you cannot mask that. Age of Empires was important to me and now Minecraft is equally if not more important to me. It’s important to the world. I will not forgive, I will not forget. The games industry will be watching you now more than ever, so don’t disappoint us.

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