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Round Up: DirecTV Coverage, Live Arcade, Sony's Arrogance

Today's round-up includes news of DirecTV teaming with IGN to cover the Championship Gaming Invitational, a confirmation of TikGames' Texas Hold'em for Xbox Live A...
Today's round-up includes news of DirecTV teaming with IGN to cover the Championship Gaming Invitational, a confirmation of TikGames' Texas Hold'em for Xbox Live Arcade, and Sony's Phil Harrison commenting on statements that his company is arrogant, as well as the latest GameSetWatch posts, product news, Serious Games Source news, and Gamasutra job postings. - Digital television content provider DirecTV announced that it has teamed with IGN Entertainment, Microsoft Xbox, Mountain Dew, Fox Interactive Media (FIM) and Best Buy to cover the Championship Gaming Invitational, a special event to be taped July 21-22 and to air in August on DirecTV as part of its original programming lineup. The event, which will take place at Treasure Island in San Francisco, will have game players face off in titles such as Electronic Arts' Battlefield 2, Microsoft Game Studios' Project Gotham Racing 3 and Halo 2, Tecmo's Dead or Alive 4, and Valve's Counter-Strike 1.6. - Following confirmation by Microsoft of its Xbox Live Arcade Wednesdays summer promotion, the company announced today that TikGames' Texas Hold'em will be the next game to be be added to the release calendar. The game, which will be released over the the Xbox Live Marketplace on August 23, joins the previously announced Frogger (released July 12), Cloning Clyde (July 19), Galaga (July 26), Street Fighter II Hyper Fighting (August 2), and Pac-Man (August 9). - Sony’s Phil Harrison has responded following statements made by seminal British programmer and game designer Jeff Minter (Tempest 2000), which were published in his regular column in the UK video game magazine Edge and included his opinion the PlayStation 3 and the fact that he felt Harrison's company was being "incredibly arrogant". In the response, which was made as part of an impromptu interview with gaming weblog Joystiq at Develop Conference in Brighton, Harrision noted: “There's always going to be a risk when you are market leader for ten years that we start to lose perspective; and we have to make sure that we don't lose perspective. But I don't think we're arrogant, I think we have to recognize that we're in a highly competitive industry and that anything that we say will be eternally editorialized by professionals and consumers alike. So we're always in the spotlight.” - The latest updates on Gamasutra sister weblog GameSetWatch include videos taken from the recent Evo West fighting game tournament, a look at going online with the Dreamcast today, and a look back at the Psygnosis-published Roll Away for the Sony PlayStation. - Also updated today: a Serious Games Source feature concerning peace games at the recent 2006 Games For Change Annual Conference, product news including the release of PathEngine SDK 5.03 and a new deal between Gala-Net and Korean security solutions company AhnLab, plus the latest Gamasutra job postings, featuring openings from BioWare Corp. Austin, Sony Computer Entertainment America, and Total Immersion Software.

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