Fitzy800, I wouldn't be too quick to dismiss andnow4me's opinions. I think there is some logic to releasing Kim's game first. Just because you sign a known celeb doesn't guarantee success. Just look at Lohan. For a game to succeed it must have 3 elements: name recognition, storyline, graphics. Celeb games are a new genre for mobile. I think it would have been difficult for Glu to get major celebs to sign-on without some type of track record. And I think Glu wouldn't want to risk a mistake with a mega star. Would you rather make a mistake with 50M followers or 150M followers? Glu needed a celeb with a strong following and willing to take the risk. Kim was perfect. With the success of KKH Glu now has a better chance at signing others. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Glu has already inked tentative agreement contracts with entertainment and sports celeb around the same time they signed Kim. The agreement being based on the success or failure of KKH.
As for sports; I don't see Glu creating a game that shadows EA sports games. I think they will create a game based on an individual. To expand upon what I have already posted using football, perhaps you take the player through practice and workouts. Based on how well you do with workouts will determine how well you do on the field. 100% throw completions in practice would reduce the number of interceptions during the game. A poor score doing agility would cause a number of sacks on the field. But again, this is all speculation on my part. We wont know until the game is released. Andnowfor4me, I hear where you're going with this.
Hey Lee. Gosh, haven't thought of Google's barges for some time. Both the barges and Glass were good ideas executed poorly. Google did a poor job getting licenses and permits for the barges. In California they were faced with unpaid docking fees, penalties for wrong building permits. The fire department greatly reduced how many people would be allowed on. Google ended up floating them in land from San Francisco Bay. Have heard nothing more.
Odd, I've been thinking along the same lines. What will they create? One scenario I think is possible; take Peyton and football. Perhaps we see what it takes to get ready for "The Big Game." He lifts weighs: how much, how many reps? Practices short and long throws. Runs a series of agility courses in which time is important. Basically all the things that go on to get ready for a game. How ready will Peyton be. The game ends with Peyton taking the field...or not, if you didn't prep him right. I don't think they would want a John Madden Football game. Ah, but what do I know.
After rereading the article I'm inclined to agree with you, Blu. It is a bit more fluff than stuff. But it's better to have anything that's positive then a piece that is not. We'll have to see if there are any review from the show. BTW, I Googled "Israel Machine..." Found a listing for March 24. Then another for May 5/6 in Tel Aviv.
Soccer does have a lot of fans, but I think the first celeb will be baseball or football. Tom Brady would be a good choice. Although the NE Pats have had their dark moments, IE: spying, under-inflated footballs, come to mind. I think Payton even Aaron Rodgers would be very good choices. They're well liked, have strong followings and some good records. If Glu is working on a game now, then I hope its football to go with the fall season. If it is a game to be released after the New Year then baseball.
Glu has some big games coming out this year and into next. Katie, Bond, Jenners, and a sports figure yet to be named. One other future money is coming this year: Virtual Reality. At last count 8 headsets are to be released. Many companies were going to release their product during the holiday, but it would seem they don't want to wait. Samsung releases one headset today. Others will release in the next couple of months. What we need to remember, Glu has a very strong portfolio of 3D games. These headsets are going to need content. Glu will be able to help. Again, this year is Glu's sweet spot.
Hey, Andnow4me. Thanks for the web link. Looks like another positive article on Infinity AR. I also scowled down and saw a write up on Magic Leap, the Google project. A bit of competition for ALSO. In ALSO's favor, their product is good to go. Google is still developing their AR.
Mark, you're right. This is one frustrating stock. ALSO has something that larger companies should be competing for. Yet I've watched and bought this stock as it made its way to 31 cents. And then watched as it slowly slid to just 4 cents. In fact this board has been pretty much just as dead as ALSO up to February with perhaps 4 or 5 posts. But something is happening. There seems to be a renewed interest in ALSO. More have come to this board seeking answers and offering information and links to ALSO as well as AR/VR headlines. The stock price seems to have a heartbeat. It is no longer inert. And even though it has dropped from its high it continues to be persistent with trying to move back up. Given the renewed interest, the reviews from the trade shows and the fact this is the year for AR/VR I believe it is just a matter of time before larger players, companies, zero in on ALSO.
Blu was only making an inquiry, not a statement. But with or without awards or acknowledgements ALSO will only succeed if their technology is utilized by other companies. I think ALSO has something of value that makes them a target for a takeover. Time will tell.
The wheels of justice turn slowly but they do turn. Will be interesting to see what the punitive damages will be.
I need to treat this the way I do with Glu Mobile. Have a core holding and a trade holding. Buy low, ride the pump up, sell, repeat as needed. The only thing that makes this difficult is the difference between the bid and ask.
Tough to say. The markets have been slipping down the last few days. A great deal of red in my portfolio. ALSO and other micro caps always feel the heat when the markets are down. I do think there is a chance ALSO may go to 7, maybe 6 cents. In the same thinking any news will lift it to perhaps 15 cents. Tough to say. I'm holding. If it does drop to 6 or 7 I will pick up a few more shares.
Some of the headlines:
Leap Motion is building its hand-tracking tech into a lo-fi VR headset. (The Verge)
Leap Motion will find its way into OSVR virtual reality headsets this June. (C/net)
Whether news is directly or indirectly related to ALSO it's important to stay current with what is going on. Leap will be an added feature which will had cost to the headsets. It can be added after purchase of the headset if desired. I do find it of interest c/net mentions a June release. It's looking like something is cooking for that month. We're going to need to find more info on this.
ALSO does have a good relationship with Meta. You could very well be right. My only concern is ALSO goes private and teams up with Meta. But there is more positive news each day for AR/VR. Yesterday Google stated it has retooled Google Glass and will launch it later this year.
Glu continues to develop games that people want to play. With each release the games get better. Glu's innovation is making celeb games popular with other makers joining in. Now Glu introduces a sweepstake. Soon enough others will follow their lead. From the start Glu has had a single focus: Mobile Games. However, it is a stock that can be manipulated. It is a stock that analysts put greater expectations on than are plausible. This year, 2015, Glu has come to its "sweet spot." KKH continues to bring in money, as are the other franchises like DH or DD. Coming will James Bond, Katie Perry and the Jenners. And of course a sports celeb game. Glu has a full and unique understanding of its market. They know how to create games that will draw in players. The games are built on a platform that allows to easily retool a game or build a new one over it. (Less manpower) So, sure, it's been difficult to predict Glu's share price. What the company has to offer justifies a higher price. What the analysts and traders see is a quick pump and dump. But, without a doubt, with all that has been listed, Glu will reach $6/$7 and in all likelihood by 2016 it will be higher than that.
Sentiment: Strong Buy
Maybe Vuzix is one of the 3 ALSO is working with. I did see others getting ready to launch but so far only one in June. Will keep checking.
I took a look around the Internet to see who might be releasing their headsets in June. Only one I found, and they're VR, is Xbox aka Microsoft. And it's a "might" release.
Yep. It's an "all or nothing" scenario. It would appear ALSO has no intention of filing for bankruptcy should troubles persist. If they can't increase revenues or find new investors they will go private. In doing so they will pay off those holding shares. Might not be much, but something. My exposure in ALSO is limited. If I take a hit, I take a hit. But I still feel we will make some kind of profit.