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BizSpots: GGL, Bungie, Double Fusion, Trilogy Studios

Sony partners with gaming league, Ghost Recon dev goes rogue, game advertiser partners with search engine, online world developer funded.


GGL inks PS3 tourney deal
In June, the Global Gaming League announced it would be partnering with Sony to broadcast the first nationwide Resistance: Fall of Man tournament over its network. Apparently pleased with the outcome, GGL sent word today that it has extended its partnership deal with Sony to manage and produce several as-yet-unnamed PlayStation 3 tournaments. GGL's network will provide various services designed to accentuate the experience for the PS3 community, including services such as real-time scoring. As with the Resistance tournament, GGL will broadcast via GamePlay HD, a division of Voom HD Networks.

Christian Allen now a Bungie operative
With the PS3 version of Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 now on store shelves, Red Storm's modern-day tactical shooter has officially wrapped up this iteration in the long-running series' tour of duty. For Christian Allen, creative director at Red Storm, that means moving on to bigger and better things, as they say. Posting to his personal site, Allen revealed he would be ending his five-year stint at Red Storm and moving to Seattle for his new position as design lead at Halo factory Bungie. Allen did not mention any current projects, though he did state it would be "something a bit different."

Double Fusion gets Wazap'd with ads
While Google seems poised to ply its ad services to in-game audiences with the acquisition of Adscape, Double Fusion seems to be going the opposite route. Double Fusion announced today it will partner with game search engine Wazap to sell and place advertisements on the company's site. Wazap just recently launched its North American site, having first grown its audience in Germany, Japan, and China. Up to this point, game advertising provider Double Fusion has limited its efforts to in-game ventures, securing deals with the likes of Eidos, THQ, and Take-Two.

Chichen injects Trilogy with funds
Founded in 2005 by former vice presidents and executive producers at Electronic Arts Michael Pole and Rick Giolito, as well as Mark Skaggs, former executive vice president of worldwide product development for Vivendi Universal Games, Trilogy Studios specializes in developing online virtual worlds. Today, Chichen Itza Ventures announced it would be making a "significant investment" in the developer, though the exact terms of the deal were not revealed. Chichen and Trilogy are looking to incorporate entertainment brands with elements of social networking and play mechanics from games, a strategy that was cited as impetus for the deal. Chichen currently operates social networking site

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