Activision diving deep into e-sports

Activision is adding a veteran e-sports organizer to its arsenal.

"Call of Duty" publisher Activision Blizzard Inc. announced plans Monday to buy Major League Gaming in a move to push deeper into e-sports. The deal to purchase the 12-year-old competitive gaming organizer is reportedly worth $46 million.

"Our acquisition of Major League Gaming's business furthers our plans to create the ESPN of e-sports," said Activision CEO Bobby Kotick in a statement.

Under the deal, MLG will continue to produce competitions featuring games created by Activision and other publishers. The e-sports organizer will also continue to operate the online broadcast network and be led by MLG co-founder and CEO Sundance DiGiovanni.

The Santa Monica, Calif.-based company, which also publishers the "Skylanders" and "Guitar Hero" franchises, said in November it was acquiring "Candy Crush Saga" publisher King Entertainment for $5.9 billion and planning to create its own film and TV series based on Activision Blizzard franchises.

TV tech beefing up color

For years, TV makers have focused on making pictures sharper by squeezing more pixels onto screens. Now, their attention is shifting to improving the way sets display color, with a newish technology called HDR taking center stage.


HDR, or high dynamic range, promises brighter whites, darker blacks, and a richer range of colors — at least when you're watching the few select movie titles that get released in the format. Trouble is, there aren't all that many of those yet, and other HDR viewing options are likely to remain scarce for the immediate future.

Even worse, there are likely to be several different flavors of HDR, just to keep TV buyers on their toes.

HDR represents the latest effort by the world's television makers to goose demand for new sets.

Associated Press