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March 14, 2000 | From Bloomberg News
Sony Corp.'s Sony Pictures Entertainment said it has created a unit to develop online entertainment and games as it prepares content for users of high-speed Web connections and PlayStation 2. The new unit, called Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment, will publish online entertainment based on the company's movies and TV shows as well as develop original games and programs. The unit also will oversee production of digital special effects for Sony's movies.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 2012 | By Alex Pham and Ben Fritz
Electronic Arts on Monday said it will open significant portions of its massively ambitious game “Star Wars: The Old Republic” to free players starting in July, in an attempt to find more subscribers willing to spend a monthly fee to play the online title. The game, which cost more than $150 million to create, was the most expensive video game that EA had ever produced and certainly among the costliest games of all time. In an interview last fall prior to the game's release in December, EA Vice President Greg Zeschuk said the game's huge cost could only be recouped through a premium subscription model.
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BUSINESS
March 30, 1998 | KAREN KAPLAN
Playing Around: Sony will celebrate the one-year anniversary of its entertainment-oriented Web site, The Station, by launching a new business today to expand its online presence. The new company, Sony Online Entertainment, will also emphasize online games, including Sony-owned game shows such as "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy," said President Lisa Simpson.
BUSINESS
May 5, 2011 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
The Justice Department has opened an investigation into the security breach at Sony Corp., in which two separate attacks over the last month shut down Sony's PlayStation network and an online-gaming unit. The federal probe comes as Sony said Wednesday that its network might have been breached while it was defending itself from denial-of-service attacks by Anonymous, a loosely connected group of Internet activists who have successfully brought down the websites of other big corporations and was retaliating against Sony for bringing a civil suit against a hacker in federal court in San Francisco.
BUSINESS
March 1, 1999 | KAREN KAPLAN
Sony Online Entertainment will add 11 classic parlor games to its S tation@sony.com Web site through a deal expected to be announced today with Total Entertainment Network. San Francisco-based TEN will provide card, board, word and puzzle games for the Sony site, which already features online versions of TV game shows such as "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune." The multiyear deal will help Sony Online, a joint venture between Sony Corp.
NEWS
August 2, 1999 | IRENE LACHER
So your shrink is telling you that when it comes to love, you shouldn't play games? Nonsense. The erstwhile singles bar of the little screen, the nutty "Dating Game," is coming to a personal computer near you. But if you're hoping to scope out the Dating Game Online for a real-live plaything, think again. Sony Online Entertainment is touting its latest creation as just a game. "The emphasis is on the game's role playing--not dating--experience," says the game's fact sheet. "Remember, flirting is fundamental.
BUSINESS
May 5, 2011 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
The Justice Department has opened an investigation into the security breach at Sony Corp., in which two separate attacks over the last month shut down Sony's PlayStation network and an online-gaming unit. The federal probe comes as Sony said Wednesday that its network might have been breached while it was defending itself from denial-of-service attacks by Anonymous, a loosely connected group of Internet activists who have successfully brought down the websites of other big corporations and was retaliating against Sony for bringing a civil suit against a hacker in federal court in San Francisco.
BUSINESS
May 3, 2011 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
Less than a week after a security breach sparked an uproar, Sony Corp. has suspended its online-gaming unit's services after a hacker infiltrated the network in the second such attack on the company in the last month. Sony Online Entertainment, known for creating massively multi-player games such as EverQuest and The Matrix Online, suspended service Sunday night, it announced Monday. "In the course of our investigation into the intrusion into our systems we have discovered an issue that warrants enough concern for us to take the service down effective immediately," the company said in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 2012 | By Alex Pham and Ben Fritz
Electronic Arts on Monday said it will open significant portions of its massively ambitious game “Star Wars: The Old Republic” to free players starting in July, in an attempt to find more subscribers willing to spend a monthly fee to play the online title. The game, which cost more than $150 million to create, was the most expensive video game that EA had ever produced and certainly among the costliest games of all time. In an interview last fall prior to the game's release in December, EA Vice President Greg Zeschuk said the game's huge cost could only be recouped through a premium subscription model.
NEWS
April 8, 2004 | Scott Steinberg, Special to The Times
Bad news for Dungeons & Dragons fans: It could be time to hang up the old helmet. EverQuest, the massive multiplayer online game, has just turned 5 years old and shows no signs of relinquishing its stranglehold. The PC game, in which heroes battle monsters in a medieval fantasy setting, has a record-setting 420,000 monthly subscribers -- players so dedicated that more than 2,500 of them showed up in Las Vegas last weekend for an EverQuest Fan Faire.
BUSINESS
May 3, 2011 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
Less than a week after a security breach sparked an uproar, Sony Corp. has suspended its online-gaming unit's services after a hacker infiltrated the network in the second such attack on the company in the last month. Sony Online Entertainment, known for creating massively multi-player games such as EverQuest and The Matrix Online, suspended service Sunday night, it announced Monday. "In the course of our investigation into the intrusion into our systems we have discovered an issue that warrants enough concern for us to take the service down effective immediately," the company said in a statement.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2010 | By David Sarno
If anyone tells you to be realistic about your possibilities on Valentine's Day, simply reply, "Who needs reality?" Online, communities of virtual romantics are already exchanging all manner of digital bouquets, chocolates, teddy bears and love notes at a speed that could never be equaled in old-fashioned real life. In the world of FarmVille, the popular Facebook game in which users cultivate crops in an effort to build agricultural empires, love-struck users have plowed under their corn and soybeans to plant vast expanses of virtual roses.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2008 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writer
Yair Landau, the temperamental executive credited with leading Sony Pictures into the digital age, is leaving the studio after nearly two decades. Landau, who helped build Sony's profitable visual effects business and launch an animation endeavor, said he was leaving his post as president of Sony Pictures Digital in April to start his own games and animation venture. "I've been here a long time, I've built a lot of good things and they're in very good shape," Landau said. Sony is expected to name a successor shortly.
NEWS
April 8, 2004 | Scott Steinberg, Special to The Times
Bad news for Dungeons & Dragons fans: It could be time to hang up the old helmet. EverQuest, the massive multiplayer online game, has just turned 5 years old and shows no signs of relinquishing its stranglehold. The PC game, in which heroes battle monsters in a medieval fantasy setting, has a record-setting 420,000 monthly subscribers -- players so dedicated that more than 2,500 of them showed up in Las Vegas last weekend for an EverQuest Fan Faire.
BUSINESS
October 2, 2003 | Michael Hiltzik
For the people at Sony Online Entertainment, the question is: Can there be life after "EverQuest"? "It consumes my life, being concerned about moving off 'EverQuest,' " the unit's president, 35-year-old John Smedley, told me last week in his San Diego office. Not that Sony Online's franchise massively-multiplayer fantasy game shows signs of fading anytime soon. The company says the game's base of about 500,000 subscribers has grown by 16% this year.
BUSINESS
August 19, 2002 | ALEX PHAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Technology titans Sony Corp. and Microsoft Corp. last week unveiled more details of their plans to take their game consoles online, adding to the months of chest-thumping by both companies. The noise will only grow as the two companies head into the holiday season, when half of the industry's annual sales occur. Sony will fire the opening shot this month when it releases an Internet adapter for its PlayStation 2 consoles. The $39.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2010 | By David Sarno
If anyone tells you to be realistic about your possibilities on Valentine's Day, simply reply, "Who needs reality?" Online, communities of virtual romantics are already exchanging all manner of digital bouquets, chocolates, teddy bears and love notes at a speed that could never be equaled in old-fashioned real life. In the world of FarmVille, the popular Facebook game in which users cultivate crops in an effort to build agricultural empires, love-struck users have plowed under their corn and soybeans to plant vast expanses of virtual roses.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2008 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writer
Yair Landau, the temperamental executive credited with leading Sony Pictures into the digital age, is leaving the studio after nearly two decades. Landau, who helped build Sony's profitable visual effects business and launch an animation endeavor, said he was leaving his post as president of Sony Pictures Digital in April to start his own games and animation venture. "I've been here a long time, I've built a lot of good things and they're in very good shape," Landau said. Sony is expected to name a successor shortly.
BUSINESS
March 14, 2000 | From Bloomberg News
Sony Corp.'s Sony Pictures Entertainment said it has created a unit to develop online entertainment and games as it prepares content for users of high-speed Web connections and PlayStation 2. The new unit, called Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment, will publish online entertainment based on the company's movies and TV shows as well as develop original games and programs. The unit also will oversee production of digital special effects for Sony's movies.
NEWS
August 2, 1999 | IRENE LACHER
So your shrink is telling you that when it comes to love, you shouldn't play games? Nonsense. The erstwhile singles bar of the little screen, the nutty "Dating Game," is coming to a personal computer near you. But if you're hoping to scope out the Dating Game Online for a real-live plaything, think again. Sony Online Entertainment is touting its latest creation as just a game. "The emphasis is on the game's role playing--not dating--experience," says the game's fact sheet. "Remember, flirting is fundamental.
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