YouTube has launched its new Gaming brand, but can it rival streaming market leader Twitch?
We speak to the companies themselves, as well as video journalists from around the industry, about the video giant's entry in the streaming sector.
Our Digital Counts campaign also continues, with the games media joining the call for more data.
We also speak to Square Enix boss Phil Rogers about the firm's blockbuster coming six months that sees the launch of new entries in the Just Cause, Tomb Raider, Hitman and Deus Ex franchises.
We also relive the history of the Metal Gear Solid series with members of the games industry sharing their favourite memories of the iconic series.
Below are the full contents of this week's issue. It can be read online here.
- COVER: Games press joins call for digital charts
- COVER: London calls for MCV publisher French
- NEWS: UK boxed games market hits lowest point since 1996
- NEWS: GAME boosts events business with Multiplay expansion
- NEWS: 'YouTube Gaming can catch up with Twitch'
- NEWS: Capcom teases further remastered games
- NEWS: Dovetail Games Fishing set to official launch in October
- NEWS: More free-to-play titles will fall foul of ASA, predicts Lovell
- NEWS: Nominations open for this year's MCV 30 Under 30
- INTERVIEW: Square Enix's EU and Americas boss Phil Rogers on its forthcoming blockbuster six months and the changing games industry
- FEATURE: The History of Metal Gear Sold – Konami and the games industry take us through the history behind the massive stealth IP
- FEATURE: The battle for the billion dollar streaming market: As YouTube enters the streaming sector with its Gaming brand, MCV examines whether it can catch up with market leader Twitch
- INDIE INTERVIEW: Having a blast in VR – we speak to the creator of Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, Brian Fetter
- INSIGHT: Sold Out's Garry Williams on why digital-only developers should consider the money available in the boxed market, and Ebay Advertising's Alessandra Di Lorenzo on the shopping trends on the site in the build-up to Christmas
- SHELF LIFE: Pink Planet Chippenham's Link Findlay on his frustrations with the quiet summer period
- APPOINTMENTS: Curse's Lindberg moves to Twitch
- MARGIN MAKERS: We round up the best Metal Gear merchandise on the market