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Kim Kardashian and Katy Perry Are 'Living and Breathing Intellectual Property,' Glu Says

"We’re looking to turn these games into permanent services -- call it late-night TV."

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Licensed video games used to be smaller: You’d see that new James Bond movie, then you could re-live the same story by pretending to be Bond in a game.

In an interview with Kara Swisher on the latest episode of “Re/code Decode,” Glu Mobile CEO Niccolo de Masi said that’s all changing. Games like Glu’s megahit Kim Kardashian: Hollywood and the recently released Katy Perry Pop are made to mirror real life rather than a fictional story, and will be constantly refreshed and extended indefinitely.

“We’re looking to turn these games into permanent services — call it late-night TV,” de Masi said. “It’s the Kim TV show, but instead of just Sunday for 30 minutes or an hour, you have to tune in or you miss it, effectively these games are giving you access to Kim’s world whenever you want.”

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De Masi wants to shift consumers’ mindsets so that gaming, across all the different screens in their lives, will be a constant part of their relationship with celebrities.

“The personalization of media is an enduring trend,” he said. “It’s living and breathing intellectual property.”

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