EA’s Maitland team navigated pandemic challenges to build Madden NFL 21

EA’s Maitland team navigated pandemic challenges to build Madden NFL 21

The challenge of building one of the biggest franchises in video games had an unexpected twist this year. The coronavirus pandemic pushed the team behind this year’s Madden NFL game home during the annual cycle’s most-crucial months. In response, leaders...
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Video game leader sets sights on teaching with new board game

Video game leader sets sights on teaching with new board game

If you have ever wanted to learn how to build a video game, Chad Hoover might have something for you. Hoover, one of the driving forces behind the indie-game group Indienomicon, will soon launch a Kickstarter campaign for “Game Dev:...
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Madden NFL 21, built in Maitland, set to debut Friday. Fo’ shizzle.

Madden NFL 21, built in Maitland, set to debut Friday. Fo’ shizzle.

The highest-profile video game built in Central Florida returns for its 28th year on Friday. The latest entry in Electronic Arts’ Madden NFL series, built in Maitland, will include a bonus for hardcore gamers. Those who buy the game for...
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Orlando video game music group goes virtual for next concert

Orlando video game music group goes virtual for next concert

A group that organizes concerts of bands that perform video game music will go virtual this weekend. Ongaku Overdrive, which has hosted video-game themed concerts in Orlando since 2013, will feature four acts on its Twitch channel. Ongaku founder Kent...
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Magic esports squad cements deal with Misfits Gaming

Magic esports squad cements deal with Misfits Gaming

You might see more esports-specific branding at Amway Center when the NBA returns to normal. The Orlando Magic last month expanded its partnership with the Boca Raton-based Misfits Gaming Group. That group owns several esports teams, including the Florida Mayh...
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EA has big moves in store to boost game industry here

EA has big moves in store to boost game industry here

Electronic Arts’ move into Central Florida goes back to the mid-1990s. That’s when EA acquired the small studio named Tiburon. Tiburon started as one of the key builders of specific parts of the immensely popular John Madden football series. Today,...
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Esports set to expand here as city, private groups plan future efforts

Esports set to expand here as city, private groups plan future efforts

Central Florida has become a top destination for the fast-growing esports industry. The area added Full Sail University’s esports-specific venue last year to hundreds of hotel ballrooms. Add in the Amway Center and you have a variety of venues for...
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Indie game firms have built a strong community, parlaying contracts into time

Indie game firms have built a strong community, parlaying contracts into time

Orlando’s indie video game scene has become one of the most-cohesive communities in the city. Part of the reason is Indienomicon, which has organized game builders here for more than five years. The organization has helped organize a series of...
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Orlando area’s video game dev scene nationally renowned

Orlando area’s video game dev scene nationally renowned

Central Florida ranks high on any list that comes out about video game development every year. The reason? Full Sail University, Valencia College, DAVE School and, of course, University of Central Florida’s Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy. That...
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Pro esports leagues target Central Florida for team homes

Pro esports leagues target Central Florida for team homes

When the NBA wanted an arena to host its 2K League’s mid-summer event, it turned to Central Florida and Full Sail University. For one weekend, every team sent its esports squad to the arena to battle it out. It was...
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