Game spending in the US reached a record quarterly high in Q1 2020The NPD Group: Consumers spent nearly $10.9 billion on video games from January through March of this yearRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterFriday 15th May 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleThe NPD GroupConsumers in the United States spent nearly $10.9 billion on video games in Q1 of 2020 — up 9% year-over-year, and a record quarterly high.According to The NPD Group’s Q1 2020 Games Market Dynamics: US report, video game content made up most of this total, reaching $9.58 billion in total spend, up 11% year-over-year.Digital console and PC content, mobile and subscription spending, hardware, and accessories spending were all up year-over-year, with software spending led by Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, DOOM Eternal, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, Fortnite, Grand Theft Auto V, Minecraft, MLB The Show 20 and NBA 2K20.Hardware growth was led by Nintendo Switch sales while other platforms declined, with hardware sales reaching a total of $773 million for the quarter — up 2% year-over-year.Accessories sales were up 1% year-over-year to $503 million.It’s worth noting that the Games Market Dynamics report includes the NPD’s tracked sales of software, hardware, and accessories that it reports on monthly, as well as projected sales from mobile, subscriptions, post-launch content, and untracked digital sales.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “Video games have brought comfort and connection to millions during this challenging time,” said The NPD Group analyst Mat Piscatella.”As people have stayed at home more, they’ve utilized gaming not only as a diversion and an escape, but also as a means of staying connected with family and friends.”Whether it was on console or mobile, PC or virtual reality, gaming experienced play and sales growth during the first quarter.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesUS game sales up 30% during Q1 2021 | US Quarterly ReportConsumer spending on gaming reached $14.92 billion from January to March 2021, NPD Group reportsBy Marie Dealessandri 12 days agoMobile gaming saw surge of new players in 2020NPD: Number of mobile gamers increased 12% last year, in part due to pandemic-related lockdownsBy Rebekah Valentine 3 months agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
FDNY(NEW YORK) — The man at the controls of a helicopter that crashed onto the roof of a high-rise building in New York City on Monday afternoon died putting “other lives first,” his family said.The pilot, Tim McCormack, was the only person on board the privately-owned Agusta A109E chopper when he made a hard landing atop the AXA Equitable Building. The crash, which took place in a busy part of Midtown Manhattan, just blocks from Times Square, sparked a fire and caused fuel to leak from the aircraft, according to police and fire officials.No one else was harmed.“Our family lost a great man today when my brother lost his life doing his job,” the McCormack family said in a statement to ABC News on Monday night. “My brother Tim was a professional helicopter pilot who worked in private transit and was a flight instructor as well. He was a caring and compassionate man who put others first over himself. Tim died when in my opinion he put other lives first over his by using his skill as a pilot to emergency land his helicopter on a roof of a building so that it didn’t impact anyone else’s life except his own. My brother was a true hero.”The hard landing was believed to be an accident and there’s no indication of terrorism, a senior official with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration told ABC News.National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officials have declined to discuss what may have caused the accident.The pilot was not in contact with air traffic control and was not required to be in contact for his flight plan, according to the NTSB.However the hard landing occurred inside an area of Manhattan with flight restrictions that require pilots to get permission from air traffic control to enter, FAA officials told ABC News.The crash — which took place shortly before 1:45 p.m. — came on a rainy New York afternoon. Both Newark and LaGuardia Airports were in a ground stop due to visibility and thunderstorms, according to the FAA.“Should the helicopter have been flying [in that weather]? I don’t know yet,” Doug Brazy, an NTSB air safety investigator, told reporters on Tuesday.McCormack first took off on Monday from Westchester County, New York, with one passenger on board, Brazy said. McCormack flew to Manhattan where the passenger got off the chopper, he said. That passenger has been interviewed and said there was nothing out of the ordinary during the flight, Brazy said.The pilot then waited and reviewed the weather, Brazy said, before he left from the 34th Street heliport on the east side of Manhattan to head to Linden, New Jersey.Soon after he took off, he radioed back to the heliport to say he was in trouble because of the weather and lack of visibility, according to law enforcement officials briefed on the probe.McCormack was flying at a very low speed, trying to maneuver his way to fly safely; at one point, he ascended higher than helicopters typically fly to try to get above the clouds, but he was unsuccessful, the officials said.Soon, he was traveling west into the no-fly zone, instead of south as he had planned, because he had become disoriented, the officials said.Then the helicopter crash landed, the officials said.The pilot was not certified to fly in poor weather where he could not visually navigate, according to FAA records. He was only certified to fly in conditions where he could visually navigate and not rely on the aircraft’s instruments. Investigators will decide if any regulations were broken, an FAA official told ABC News on Tuesday.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
DIVISION DEANDivision of Health Professions & MedicalServices Wytheville CommunityCollegeThe Division Dean reports to the Vice President of Academics andInstitutional Advancement and is responsible for the development,organization, planning, implementation, supervision and evaluationof the mission, purpose, goals, responsibilities and instructionalprograms of his or her respective Division and supervision andoversight of the college’s educational partnerships with publicschools, private schools, and four-year transfer institutions. Theeffective starting date for this position will be July 1, 2021.Specific duties may include but not be limited to thefollowing:Coordinates the development of the Division’s schedule ofcourses to be offered each semester;Reviews, on a scheduled and routine basis, programs andindividual courses offered within the Division, with particularemphasis on the relevance, quality, and effectiveness of each;Ensures that courses and programs are in compliance withWytheville Community College (WCC), Virginia Community CollegeSystem (VCCS), State Council for Higher Education for Virginia(SCHEV), Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission onColleges (SACSCOC), and individual Health Program accreditingagency policies and requirements;Assists with the selection of instructional and classifiedpersonnel within the Division; supervises and evaluates theperformance of Division personnel;Plans, monitors and evaluates the semester-by-semester courseload of Division faculty;Plans and monitors the quality, quantity and use of office andclassroom space, equipment and instructional materials within theDivision;Recommends and assists in the development of new or modifiedprograms of study designed to meet existing or changing needs ofthe community;Develops, implements and monitors the Division’s budget andexpenditures;Supervises the preparation of Divisional statistical data,reports and grant proposals;Serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet;Represents the Division at meetings such as the VicePresident’s staff and other required committees and meetings;Assists and advises the Workforce Development Division relativeto Workforce Development initiatives;Participates in Virginia Community College System meetings,including the Council of Coordinators, Directors, and Deans (CODD),and assists with the implementation of VCCS initiatives.Other duties and responsibilities as necessary andassigned.The Division Dean will promote Wytheville Community College’smission through teamwork, respectful communication, maintenance ofa professional environment, partnerships with constituents served,and overall excellent customer service.MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONSMaster’s degree from an accredited college or university;Demonstrated history of progressively more responsible teachingand/or administrative experience;Knowledge of instructional technology and learning styles;Strong oral and written skills;Experience with performance evaluation processes;Demonstrated commitment to the community college philosophy;andAbility to work with diverse groups.PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONSPrevious community college experience;Experience working with accrediting agencies and withgrants;Demonstrated understanding of adult education principles andmethodologies; andSuccessful teaching and/or administrative experience withHealth Programs.APPLICATION PROCESS Interested personsare required to apply by using the on-line application processthrough the Virginia state-wide job listing at https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com.Applicants are also required to include a cover letter, currentresume or CV, and an unofficial copy of college transcripts alongwith the completed application submittal. Only complete applicationdocumentation will be considered; partial submissions will not beconsidered. If there are multiple transcripts, combine alltranscripts into one file before uploading. Application documentswill be received until the position is filled; however, an initialreview of the applicant pool will occur on April 27, 2021.Persons with disabilities requiring assistance should contact276-223-4700.The individual selected will be subject to a criminalhistory/sex offender background check and e-verify for employmenteligibility as a condition of employment.Any questions regarding application document submission can bedirected to [email protected] Community College does not discriminate on the basisof race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation,gender identity, age, political affiliation, genetics, veteranstatus, or disability when the person is otherwise qualified in itseducational programs and activities or employment. 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Lexington Ave. on May 03, 2020 (Credit: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)The weather’s heating up, but for mid-market investment sales, it was another week of absolute zero.The last week of May marked the second time since the onset of the pandemic that commercial sales between $10 million and $30 million ground to a complete halt. After the first time it happened, during the week of April 6, brokers unanimously blamed the coronavirus pandemic for the absence of buying and selling. And while some said they expected to see at least a few mid-market deals in the weeks ahead, others warned that zero could be the new normal for the time being.“I don’t think anybody is looking to acquire any real estate until the world opens up again a little bit,” Walker & Dunlop’s Aaron Appel said in April. “This is a tremendously distressed situation.”Stephen Preuss of Cushman & Wakefield echoed that sentiment at the time, saying he expected zero deals per week to be more of a trend moving forward. Although he has not seen that many people drop out of deals completely, he has seen virtually all of them slow down as buyers and sellers look to get a better handle on the pandemic.“No matter who it is on the transaction, everyone is pushing for a little bit more time,” Preuss said.Since the initial low in April, the mid-market sector has seen one to four deals per week.David Schechtman of Meridian Capital previously told TRD that the fates of his deals during the pandemic have run the gamut: some are in hard contract and still expected to close, while others have fallen apart. He still expects to see transactions more frequently as pent-up demand is released.“I think you’re going to continue to see deals close right through this, and volume is going to pick up tremendously deep into the summer,” he said. “You’re going to see an August that feels a hell of a lot more like March or April.” This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now
In the draft guidelines, the EU today also conceded that it would be willing to start work on a free trade deal before Britain’s departure from the EU, saying that “the European Council stands ready to initiate work towards such an agreement, to be finalized and concluded once the United Kingdom is no longer a Member State.” Also On POLITICO Schäuble: EU should take tough stance in Brexit talks By Gašper Završnik Europe’s Brexit not-so supremo By David M. Herszenhorn, Maïa de La Baume and Quentin Ariès The EU will make a free trade agreement with the U.K. contingent on guarantees that Britain will adhere to certain “fiscal, social and environmental” standards after Brexit.Any free trade agreement with the U.K. “must ensure a level playing field in terms of competition and state aid, and must encompass safeguards against unfair competitive advantages through, inter alia, fiscal, social and environmental dumping,” the EU said in its draft negotiating guidelines published Friday by Council President Donald Tusk.From last year, British officials have threatened the EU with the so-called “Singapore model” and said that they would turn the U.K. into a low-tax, low-regulation offshore haven after Brexit if EU leaders refused the U.K. access to the single market.
UPDATE 6/25/19: It’s with a heavy heart that we report that beloved mandolin firebrand Jeff Austin passed away on Monday. Read our obituary here. We’ll miss you, Jeff.A Sweet Relief Musicians’ Fund has been established for Jeff Austin following the news of his recent medical emergency and hospitalization. Fans who are looking to donate to Jeff Austin’s medical care are now able to via the new Jeff Austin fund.The Sweet Relief page explains,Thanks for your care and concern over the past days. Your outpouring of support is genuinely appreciated. Know that when Jeff and his family are prepared to detail any news, you’ll be able to find that here, and on Jeff’s facebook page.What we can share at this time, is that Jeff is in Seattle with his family, receiving the best care possible. Please consider showing your support, and love by contributing to his medical fund. On Saturday, Austin canceled a handful of upcoming shows due to a medical emergency. Austin has received an outpouring of love since the news started spreading throughout the music scene. Jeff’s former band, Yonder Mountain String Band, acknowledged his medical emergency at Telluride Bluegrass Festival.Halfway through their Telluride Bluegrass set, bassist Ben Kaufmann stepped up to the mic. He explained,Twenty years ago me, Dave and Adam and Jeff Austin stood on this stage and we shared our music with you for the first time. We woke up today and the internet was on fire with rumors and speculation about our brother Jeff Austin. And what we can say is that he is still with us. What is appropriate right now: if you’re a prayer, send prayers his way. If you’re a lover, send love his way. If you’re a healer, send energy his way. This is what we’re going to send his way. Yonder then worked their way into “Half Moon Rising”, a song that Jeff Austin wrote and Yonder has put on the shelf since Jeff departed the band in 2014.Also on Saturday, Umphrey’s McGee invited Turkuaz’s Shira Elias, Sammi Garett, Christopher Brouwers, Greg Sanderson, and Joshua Schwartz up on stage at Red Rocks Amphitheatre to assist on a cover of The Beatles‘ “I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends”, which was dedicated to Austin.
The bikes, designed to be durable, safe and easy to operate, sport baskets that can hold up to 25 pounds, tail lights powered by the motion of the wheels, and seats that adjust to fit riders with the flick of a lever. Locks are built into the bikes so they can’t get lost or left behind. Bikes will be kept in specially marked racks outside the residence halls where they are loaned out. When the citywide Denver bike sharing program launches in April, about 600 bikes will be available at up to 50 solar-powered self-service kiosks spread across the city. Users can check out a bike at one location with the swipe of a card, and return it clear across town. DU is expected to house at least two of those kiosks. The city-University partnership is believed to be the first of its kind in the United States. “I hope everyone on campus, that includes faculty and staff, uses these,” one student said. “The fewer automobiles we drive, the more that students and the rest of us use our legs or a bicycle, it’s making an impact.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA student-led bike library opened Sept. 24 at the University of Denver offering high-tech bikes on loan for free, and a glimpse of the citywide bike sharing program that gets rolling next spring. The free DU lending library is open to all students, faculty and staff using the same bikes that will dot the city landscape in early 2010. The bike library is part of Denver University’s (DU) sustainability efforts that incorporate conservation, recycling and innovative building design. Bikes will be available for free use with DU identification. The establishment of the bike library was led by the Undergraduate Student Government, which contributed and raised some $50,000. “It’s really a perfect solution for a lot of students like me who don’t have a bike,” said student government senator Dillon Doyle. “I wouldn’t use a bicycle every day, but if I could just borrow one, I’d use one once a week to run errands or buy groceries.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Next UpGary was an avid sports fan and especially loved the Houston Astros.He was a hard worker and taking care of his family was his main priority.Paula was the light of his life.He will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Jean San Angelo; brother Sonny San Angelo; parents in law, Homer and Margaret Haworth.He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Paula San Angelo; children, Robin Baker and husband Scott of Spring, Texas, and Chris San Angelo and wife Candis of Orange; grandson, Aaron Smith of Orange; sisters, Sherrie Roden of Groves, Texas, and Gail Champion and husband David of New Mexico; and many other family and friends.The family would like to send a special thanks to Dr. Robert Hust and his staff at Houston Cardiology and Best Hospice for all of their care for Gary. Gary San Angelo, 73, of Orange, passed away on October 28, 2019.A celebration of Gary’s life will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, November 1, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.Born in Port Arthur, Texas on September 21, 1946, he was the son of Sam San Angelo and Jean (Rivers) San Angelo. Gary was in the United States Air Force and served in the Vietnam Conflict.He owned Groves Auto Supply during the 1980s, then he moved on to R&R Auto Parts inOrange, and he finished his career at O’Reilly’s Auto Parts, where he worked for 15 years.
Dutch Bros. Coffee expanding to SurpriseDutch Bros.Dutch Bros. Coffee is opening its first location in Surprise, Arizona just east of the southeast corner of Bell Road and Litchfield Road. De Rito Partners’ agents Brian Bridgman and Marty Olejarczyk represented Dutch Bros. in a ground lease of 23,762 square feet.Middle Eastern market opening second Valley locationYa Hala Middle Eastern Market is adding their second Valley location at the southwest corner of Bell Road and Cave Creek Road in Phoenix. Carl Jones Jr. and Gordon Heckaman of De Rito Partners represented the landlord in completing the deal for a 900-square-foot space.DC Ranch Crossing adding two new tenantsThe DC Ranch Crossing shopping center located at the southeast corner of Pima Road and Union Hills Drive in Scottsdale, Arizona will be adding two new tenants. Fleet Feet, a sports apparel store, and Roasti’s Pizza signed leases for 1,921 square feet and 3,484 square feet, respectively. John Palmieri and Paul Serafin of De Rito Partners represented the landlord in completing the two deals.New tanning and massage outlet to open in North PhoenixGreenway Village Shopping Center is adding a new tanning and massage outlet to the strip center located just east of the northeast corner of 32nd Street and Greenway Road in Phoenix. De Rito Partners agents Justin Rihs and Robert McKnight represented the landlord in completing the lease for 1,296 square feet.Warner Village adding Jabz BoxingJabz Boxing Fitness for Women signed a lease to open their third Valley location, this one at Warner Village in Tempe, Arizona. The center is located at the northeast corner of Priest Drive and Warner Road. Gordon Heckaman and Trevor Clinch of De Rito Partners represented the landlord in completing the deal.Fred Loya Insurance continues Valley expansionDobson Plaza located at the southwest corner of Dobson Road and Main Street in Mesa, Arizona will be adding a Fred Loya Insurance office. Brian Bridgman and Justin Rihs of De Rito Partners represented the landlord in completing the deal for a 1,533-square-foot space.Home Smart Realty adding office in Fountain HillsChristine Schroedel is opening a new Home Smart Realty office in Fountain Hills, Arizona at the northeast corner of Saguaro Boulevard and El Lago Boulevard. De Rito Partners’ agents Steve Bonnell and Roger Brevoort represented the landlord in completing the lease for 1,600 square feet.Epic Thrift opening new Tempe locationEpic Thrift leased a 16,000-square-foot portion of a former grocery store at the southwest corner of McClintock Drive and Southern Avenue in Tempe, Arizona. Paul Serafin and Mike Kumelski of De Rito Partners represented the landlord in completing the deal.Filiberto’s adding location in GoodyearFiliberto’s Mexican Food signed a lease for a 1,950-square-foot drive-thru at Parkway Village in Goodyear, Arizona. De Rito Partners’ agents Trevor Clinch and Justin Rihs represented the landlord in completing the lease at the southwest corner of Estrella Parkway and Roosevelt Street.Pet groomer opening first locationFurry Beginnings pet grooming boutique is set to open their first location this summer in Gilbert, Arizona. Gordon Heckaman of De Rito Partners represented the tenant in completing the deal for a 1,660-square-foot space at the southwest corner of Val Vista Drive and Williams Field Road.West Valley Gaming opening at Rancho MirageWest Valley Gaming completed a deal to open a 2,535-square-foot location at Rancho Mirage in El Mirage, Arizona. The center is located at the northeast corner of Dysart Road and Thunderbird Road. Bill Bones of De Rito Partners represented the landlord in completing the lease.Luxe Salon relocating in GilbertLuxe Salon signed a lease to relocate to the San Tan Village Regional Center in Gilbert, Arizona. De Rito Partners’ agent Paul Serafin represented the tenant in completing the deal for a 4,470-square-foot space.Starbucks adding new location in PeoriaStarbucks Coffee is set to open a new location in the former Jack in the Box across from Arrowhead Mall in Peoria, Arizona. The tenant signed a lease for 2,942 square feet just east of the southeast corner of 83rd Avenue and Bell Road. Paul Serafin of De Rito Partners represented the landlord in completing the deal.Salon opening first locationMy Salon Suites is opening their first location at the The Shops at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona. Steve Bonnell and John Palmieri of De Rito Partners represented the landlord in completing the deal for a 5,630-square-foot space at the center locates east of the northeast corner of Doubletree Ranch Road and Gainey Center Drive.The Shops at Tatum Ranch adding a cigar barMojitos Cigar Bar signed a lease to open a 2,830-square-foot location at The Shops at Tatum Ranch in Cave Creek, Arizona. De Rito Partners’ agent Bill Bones represented the landlord in completing the deal just west of the southwest corner of Tatum Boulevard and Cave Creek Road.
With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementFrom Staff & Wire Reports NASHUA, NH — ASA Tire Systems announced a series of promotions and new hires. • Dean Rascoe was promoted to sales manager. • Mark Lanter joined the company as an account manager based in Kirkland, WA. • Bob Hazard joined ASA at the Nashua, NH, headquarters as a territory manager. • Russ Johnson was promoted to manufacturer interface liaison. • Clyde Sheldon was named to head development of ASA’s mobility software. • Jeff Manseau was promoted to head customer service. • Raymond Turilli Jr. will take on additional duties as network services coordinator and manage ASA’s VPN and wireless showroom projects. • Flora Lindsey will head up quality control for ASA’s TreadX system. • Kathy Stevens has joined the support team in ASA’s Nashua office as a TireMax support analyst. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement