Washington state ranks No. 2 nationwide for annual video game industry economic output at $11.6B

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Washington state’s video games industry overtook Texas last year and claimed the No. 2 spot for total economic output, as the U.S. video game industry grew to new heights yet again.

Those are two takeaways from a new report published by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the games industry’s trade organization in the U.S.

In Washington state, the local games industry represents 48,808 jobs, with an economic output of $11.6 billion. This puts it ahead of all other states besides California, which has an effectively insurmountable lead. A little over half of all game development nationwide is done in California, which accounts for $51 billion of the more than $90 billion in economic output generated nationwide in 2019.

The ESA defines “economic output” as “the total value of the goods and services produced in the economy.”

Washington has been an important overall part of the U.S.

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Nationwide Marketing Group Launches Dedicated Performance Groups for Servicing Dealers

Peer groups provide networking support and exclusive training opportunities to members who service appliances

Although Linley Dew grew up in the appliance sales and service business, he still wondered sometimes, as a second-generation co-owner, how his store was performing compared to others of a similar size. Especially when it came to service.

“Before I was in any kind of networking group, I felt like I was on an island for my business,” recalls Dew, whose parents founded the family-owned appliance and HVAC business Dew’s in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., in 1947. “There was no one I could talk to. But once I started reaching out to other independent retailers, I found a network that I could share things with, and I didn’t feel so alone. They kept me from going down rabbit holes and helped me stay on the right track to make

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Comcast to raise internet and TV prices nationwide next year

If you’re a Comcast TV and internet user, prepare for price hikes. The company is planning to increase the prices of a variety of services starting January 1st, 2021, according to Ars Technica and a document detailing the various price increases being shared on Reddit.



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The increases include as much as $4.50 per month added to the “Broadcast TV” fee and up to $2 per month added to the Regional Sports Network (RSN) fee, which collectively would add as much as $78 per year.

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In a statement to Ars Technica, a Comcast spokesperson confirmed the above fees, as well as a $3 per month increase for internet-only service and up to a $2.50 per month increase for TV boxes on the primary outlet, with a decrease of up to $2.45 per month for TV boxes on additional outlets. (This

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DISH Selects Mavenir To Deliver Cloud-Native Voice, Data And Messaging Services Software For Nationwide 5G Network

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. and RICHARDSON, Texas, Nov. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Mavenir today announced that DISH Network has selected Mavenir’s cloud-based carrier messaging solution, which leverages Rich Communication Services (RCS) and Messaging-as-a-Platform (MaaP) technologies. Building upon the companies’ RAN announcement earlier this year, Mavenir is providing DISH with highly-scalable and intelligent cloud-native software in a virtualized, automated environment, leveraging open interfaces and artificial intelligence (AI). 

DISH will deploy Mavenir’s RCS Business Messaging solution, which will enable advanced voice and multimedia messaging (including cloud-native video, VoWiFi and VoLTE), to deliver best-in-class customer support capabilities.  Using AI and chatbots, customers will have access to services from an app where they can engage virtual assistants to answer questions, investigate and modify subscription plans, and participate in promotions.

“Mavenir’s innovative, cloud-native software solutions are compliant with our reimagined network architecture, which enables us to change the wireless business model and select vendor services and

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Dell, FedEx, Switch Team Up to Build Nationwide Cloud Service

(Bloomberg) — Dell Technologies Inc., FedEx Corp. and Switch Inc. are building a U.S. network of data centers, offering businesses an alternative to maintaining their own server farms or using major cloud providers such as Amazon.com Inc. and Microsoft Corp.

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The network’s technology hubs will be based in FedEx facilities, feature Dell hardware and connect to existing Switch computing centers, the companies said Thursday in a statement. The service will differ from the Amazon Web Services public cloud, in which information from various clients lives side-by-side in large centralized buildings. Instead, the partners will have locations throughout the country that are closer to clients for greater computing speed. And customers will use the service to host their private clouds, which is more akin to storing applications and data behind a corporate firewall.

The initiative marks another step toward Dell becoming a hybrid-cloud provider, after missing out on the

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