Big-time athletes were on hand for the reveal of "Call of Duty: Black Ops 4" and sounded off on who they would pick to be on their Black Ops team. With "Fortnite" batting leadoff and many heavy hitters on deck this fall, video game companies are poised to score a new record sales mark this year. During the first six months of 2018, consumers spent $19.5 billion on video game software, consoles and accessories, according to market tracking firm The NPD Group. That's 40 percent higher than during the same period last year, which over the full 12 months resulted in a spending record of $36 billion. By the end of 2018, the U.S. video game industry could tally at least $40 billion, says Mat Piscatella, a games industry analyst at The NPD Group.
FILE - In this March 17, 2017, file photo, Michigan coach John Beilein yells from the sideline during the first half of a first-round game against Oklahoma State in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Indianapolis. When Michigan was slumping earlier in the season, Beilein started thinking Super Bowl, not Final Four. Beilein conjured up the highlight-reel catch that Patriots receiver Julian Edelman made during New England's game-tying drive in the Super Bowl, and said the Wolverines should keep that sort of play--an outlier, as he called it--in mind. "The point with the Super Bowl catch was that Edelman, he willed that catch," Beilein said Wednesday, March 22. "We have to will stuff to happen. You have to work hard.
AllSportsMarket held a VIP party on Super Bowl Sunday at Lucky Strike in Hollywood. Hosted by "Boogies Diner" actor Zack Ward, the party featured a buffet, open bar and special giveaways. The nail-biting game was projected on several big screen TVs while guests tested their bowling skills in their own private lanes. The party also featured an appearance by local LA celebrity, Darrell Bailey, better known as Clipper Darrell, a superfan of the Los Angeles Clippers. AllSportsMarket (ASM) is an experimental exchange where investors can buy and sell sports teams, just like traditional stocks, and earn dividends when their teams win or appreciate in value.