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Petitti leaves MLB after 12 years for video, esports company

Aug. 10, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Petitti is leaving Major League Baseball after 12 years to become president of sports and entertainment for the video game and esports company Activision Blizzard Inc. on Aug. 17. Petitti was one of two deputy commissioners under baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, in charge of business...

In this Jan. 23, 2020, photo, a Nintendo sign is seen at the company's official store in the Shibuya district of Tokyo, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. Japanese video-game maker Nintendo Co. has scored a 33% jump in annual profit as people stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic turn to playing games. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Nintendo profit zooms as virus has homebodies playing games

Aug. 6, 2020 5:11 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Nintendo Co.'s profit multiplied more than sixfold in April-June as people stuck at home during the pandemic turned to playing video games. The Japanese manufacturer of Pokemon and Super Mario games, as well as the Switch console, reported Thursday a profit of 106.4 billion yen ($1 billion)...

FILE - In this April 30, 2015, file photo, a woman sits near the logo of Sony Corp. in Tokyo. Japanese electronics and entertainment company Sony Corp. said Tuesday that its April-June profit jumped 53% as its video-game and other online businesses thrived with people staying home due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Sony's profit up as people staying home play video games

Aug. 4, 2020 4:22 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese electronics and entertainment company Sony Corp. said Tuesday that its April-June profit jumped 53% as its video game and other online businesses thrived with people staying home due to the coronavirus pandemic. Tokyo-based Sony reported a 233 billion yen ($2.2 billion) profit for the...

Boston Red Sox baseball players practice at Fenway Park, Thursday, July 16, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Ballparks to use crowd noise from video game during season

Jul. 16, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

Big league players will still hear the roar of the crowd even though the stands will be empty when the baseball season opens next week. Taking a cue from two European soccer leagues, Major League Baseball will play crowd noise from its official video game through ballpark sound systems during games. Stadium...

This photo provided by Heritage Auctions on Saturday, July 11, 2020, shows the front of an unopened copy of a vintage Super Mario Bros. video game that has been sold for $114,000 in an auction that underscored the enduring popularity of entertainment created decades earlier. (Emily Clemens/Heritage Auctions via AP)

Vintage Super Mario Bros. video game sells for $114,000

Jul. 11, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — An unopened copy of a vintage Super Mario Bros. video game has been sold for $114,000 in an auction that underscored the enduring popularity of entertainment created decades ago. A bidder who wished to remain anonymous snapped up an early version of the pioneering Super Mario Bros. game...

A pastor eulogizes Robert Fuller as attendees practice social distance during a funeral in his honor Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Littlerock, Calif. Fuller, a 24-year-old Black man was found hanging from a tree in a park in a Southern California high desert city. Authorities initially said the death of Fuller appeared to be a suicide but protests led to further investigation, which continues. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Funeral held for Black man found hanging from tree

Jun. 30, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

LITTLEROCK, Calif. (AP) — A 24-year-old Black man found hanging from a tree at a park in Southern California was remembered Tuesday as a cheerful young man who loved music, sports, video games and spending time with family. Relatives, friends and community members attended the funeral of Robert Fuller. A...

FILE - In this  Friday, May 24, 2019 file photo, Allie Long, a member of the United States women's national soccer team, speaks to reporters during a media day in New York.  Allie Long is likely the only National Women’s Soccer League Player that launched a new career while sheltering at home. Long has been playing video games on Twitch and has built a solid reputation in the gaming world – so much so that she’s been able to raise some serious money for charities, while also educating fellow gamers about women’s soccer.(AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Allie Long spent lockdown becoming a celebrity gamer

Jun. 25, 2020 8:10 PM EDT

Allie Long is likely the only National Women’s Soccer League player who launched a new career while sheltering at home. Long has been playing video games on Twitch and has built a solid reputation in the gaming world – so much so that she’s been able to raise some serious money for...

FILE - This Jan. 16, 2014 file photo shows paintings hanging  on a wall at Chuck E. Cheese's in Dallas. Chuck E. Cheese pizzeria, that Mecca of fun for children but the bane of many parents, is filing for bankruptcy protection. CEC Entertainment Inc. said Thursday, Jan. 25, 2020,  it was filing for voluntary protection under Chapter 11 “in order to overcome the financial strain resulting from prolonged, COVID-19 related venue closures.”  (G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Pandemic takes a bite, Chuck E. Cheese files for bankruptcy

Jun. 25, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

Chuck E. Cheese - where kids could be kids while parents nursed headaches - is filing for bankruptcy protection. The 43-year-old chain, which drew kids with pizza, video games and a singing mouse mascot, was struggling even before the coronavirus pandemic. But it said the prolonged closure of many outlets due to...

FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2019, file photo, Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone speaks with members of the media after the second half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Jacksonville, Fla. When the coronavirus pandemic forced everyone indoors — away from their everyday environments — creativity was the key. Marrone held weekly contests for his team, including a cooking competition last month with judging based solely on appearance and presentation. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)

NFL teams went high-tech for team bonding this offseason

Jun. 20, 2020 10:34 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL players and coaches went home in March and stayed there for the next few months, along with most of the world. Football pads were replaced by iPads. Handshakes and high-fives gave way to emojis and video chats. When the coronavirus pandemic forced everyone indoors — away from...

This photo provided the World Video Game Hall of Fame, Thursday, June 18, 2020, shows the organization's newest inductees. They are, clockwise from left are: King's Quest by Sierra On-Line; Centipede by Atari; Minecraft by Mojang Studios; and Bejeweled by PopCap Games. (World Video Game Hall of Fame via AP)

Bejeweled, Minecraft among games inducted into hall of fame

Jun. 18, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The World Video Game Hall of Fame inducted Bejeweled, Centipede, King’s Quest and Minecraft in a virtual ceremony Thursday that recognized their influence on the industry and the gamers who have spent tens of billions of hours playing them. The hall of fame's Class of 2020 was...