Disney is already a behemoth in the movies & TV space, but now the company wants a slice of the gaming pie. The company has announced plans to collaborate with Epic Games to bring Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and other content and characters to Fortnite and other games and experiences powered by Epic’s Unreal Engine.

Oh, and if you’re wondering how serious Disney is about this collaboration, the company announce plans to invest $1.5 billion to acquire an equity stake in Epic Games. It’s Disney’s biggest step into the gaming business to date.

But as The Verge points out, this all sounds familiar, because it’s a lot like the $2 billion investment deal that led to the launch of LEGO Fortnite earlier this year. That money came from Sony and KIRKBI (the investment company run by the family behind the LEGO brand), who announced that after that deal Epic was valued at $31.5 billion. It’s unclear how Disney’s investment will affect Epic’s valuation, but don’t be surprised if we see Disney, Marvel, or Star Wars-branded Fortnite in the coming years.

Here’s a roundup of recent tech news from around the web.

Disney and Epic Games to Create Expansive and Open Games and Entertainment Universe Connected to Fortnite [Disney]

Disney is buying a $1.5 billion stake in Epic Games, the maker of Fortnite and other popular titles (plus the Unreal Engine and Epic Games Store). The goal is to “collaborate on an all-new games and entertainment universe incorporating Disney IP.

Source: Pixel Fold 2 might skip the Tensor G3 and add more RAM [Android Authority]

Google Pixel Fold 2 is rumored to have a Tensor G4 processor and as much as 16GB of LPDDR4 memory and UFS 3.1 storage. Earlier prototypes were said to have Tensor G3 chips. If true, this could mean a fall, 2024 or later release.

Android Authority has also posted a leaked hands-on photo that allegedly shows the back of the Pixel Fold 2, with a redesigned camera bump. 

TECNO’s MWC preview includes a teaser about a handheld gaming PC & AR glasses bundle [press release]

Chinese phone maker Tecno Mobile says it will introduced the Tecno Pocket Go at MWC. It’s said to be a Windows handheld gaming device designed for use with a pair of Augmented Reality Glasses.

Energizer P28K with 28,000 mAh battery coming at MWC [GSM Arena]

The company that couldn’t successfully crowdfund an Energizer P18K smartphone with an 18,000 mAh battery a few years ago plans to unveil an Energizer P28K model with a 28,000 mAh battery at MWC.

Lenovo Tab Plus reinvents the Yoga legacy [Windows Report]

Leaked picture of an unannounced Lenovo Tab Plus show a tablet with big speakers, Dolby Atmos branding, a built-in kickstand and, most likely, an emphasis on media consumption. Accessories include a keyboard, case, cover, and pen.

MSI Claw Tutorial l Set up your very first Claw [MSI / YouTube]

This video showing how to set up and get started with the MSI Claw handheld gaming PC is a pretty good demonstration that Windows was not really made for this form factor (and that the Windows setup process is tedious & time consuming).

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  1. Money down the drain, I think. They have done anything but prove their incompetence at creating anything of quality in nearly a decade. It’s not in them.

  2. I wonder if the current Steam sale on Disney games has something to do with this announcement. It may be a stretch, but I wonder if they’re preparing to move away from Steam to boost their new investment’s catalog.

  3. Hooray, gigantic aggressive hateful corporation with no idea what normal people want is taking controlling interest in gigantic aggressive corporation with all the fingers in all the game pies, who is up against a gigantic aggressive hateful corporation who hates the idea of you choosing what your computer does because that might mean buying software from places other than them in lawsuits and who relies on bullying to sell their stuff.
    Whoever wins, you lose.

    1. Yep.
      Disney is like a plague, everything it touches turns to trash, yet it still exists somehow…

      1. Yep, can’t wait for their agenda coming to a game near you. Too bad I won’t be buying any of it. Every single decision this corporation makes is plain awful.