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Understanding eSports: A Brief History of eSports

Understanding eSports: A Brief History of eSports

For the first entry in our continuing coverage of the eSports market, MCV looks back at the growth of competitive gaming and sees where it could be headed in years ...

Matthew Jarvis
by Matthew Jarvis
on Jan 16th 2015 at 11:00AM in News
ANALYSIS: How did the UK games market perform in 2014?

ANALYSIS: How did the UK games market perform in 2014?

The overall games market (software, hardware and accessories) declined six per cent in units and climbed 12 per cent in revenue during 2014. 

by DORIAN BLOCH
on Jan 16th 2015 at 10:52AM in News
UK games retail sales up 12% to £2.3bn in 2014

UK games retail sales up 12% to £2.3bn in 2014

The UK boxed video games market generated £2.294bn in 2014, MCV can reveal.

Christopher Dring
by Christopher Dring
on Jan 16th 2015 at 10:50AM in News

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Euro Commission thinks Amazon's tax arrangements could be illegal

Euro Commission thinks Amazon's tax arrangements could be illegal

The antitrust regulators investigating Amazon’s tax agreements with Luxembourg believe the decade-long arrangement may be incompatible with free market rules.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jan 16th 2015 at 10:37AM in News
Hotline Miami 2 dev tells Australian fans to pirate the game

Hotline Miami 2 dev tells Australian fans to pirate the game

The co-creator of Hotline Miami 2 has told Australian fans to bypass their country’s banning of the game by pirating it.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jan 16th 2015 at 10:17AM in News
Microsoft reinstates Xbox One's US Christmas price drop

Microsoft reinstates Xbox One's US Christmas price drop

Xbox One will as of today once again cost $349 in the US.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jan 16th 2015 at 9:21AM in News
Margin Makers: Guide to Mario merchandise

Margin Makers: Guide to Mario merchandise

Mario sidekick Captain Toad made his independent debut this month on Wii U. MCV takes a look at the best merchandise from the rest of the Mushroom Kingdom

Matthew Jarvis
by Matthew Jarvis
on Jan 16th 2015 at 9:15AM in News

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Xbox One wins US December race, but PS4 wins 2014 and Wii U has best month

Xbox One wins US December race, but PS4 wins 2014 and Wii U has best month

Microsoft’s Xbox One was the best-selling console in the US throughout December 2014, the platform holder has revealed.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jan 16th 2015 at 9:04AM in News
MCV Awards 2015 entries - deadline is 5pm TODAY!

MCV Awards 2015 entries - deadline is 5pm TODAY!

This is it, your final chance; less than nine hours remain to get your lobbying in for the 2015 MCV Awards.

on Jan 16th 2015 at 8:53AM in News
UK eSports firm Gfinity partners with marketing agencies Pitch and Threepipe

UK eSports firm Gfinity partners with marketing agencies Pitch and Threepipe

Ahead of its plan to build the UK’s first eSports arena, Gfinity has inked commercial deals with two marketing outlets.

Matthew Jarvis
by Matthew Jarvis
on Jan 15th 2015 at 4:42PM in News
Sorry Minecraft, you're not the biggest game in the UK

Sorry Minecraft, you're not the biggest game in the UK

Writing MCV opinion pieces can, at times, feel like smashing my head against the proverbial brick wall.

Christopher Dring
by Christopher Dring
on Jan 15th 2015 at 4:14PM in News

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Hotline Miami 2 banned in Australia, but Devolver questions board claims

Hotline Miami 2 banned in Australia, but Devolver questions board claims

The Australian Classification Board has refused to classify Hotline Miami 2, effectively banning the game from the country.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jan 15th 2015 at 4:12PM in News
Twitch unveils music library cleared for streaming use

Twitch unveils music library cleared for streaming use

The hunt for music to use in your latest stream has just got a little easier.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jan 15th 2015 at 3:58PM in News
Revealed: The 100 best-selling games of 2014 in the UK

Revealed: The 100 best-selling games of 2014 in the UK

Surprise! FIFA 15, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and GTA V were the best-selling games of 2014.

Christopher Dring
by Christopher Dring
on Jan 15th 2015 at 2:33PM in News

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Hard to find Amiibos back in stock at Nintendo as Majora's Mask 3DS arrives

Hard to find Amiibos back in stock at Nintendo as Majora's Mask 3DS arrives

The Majora’s Mask 3DS XL is at last available to buy in the UK.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jan 15th 2015 at 1:44PM in News
New Year, New Job: How to become a community manager

New Year, New Job: How to become a community manager

Capcom UK's social and community manager Neil Gorton tells us how producing videos on YouTube helped him get his job today and what challenges his role involves. 

Alex Calvin
by Alex Calvin
on Jan 15th 2015 at 1:10PM in News
Evolve dev responds to DLC criticism

Evolve dev responds to DLC criticism

The co-founder of developer Turtle Rock has insisted that upcoming shooter Evolve is not ripping off customers by hiding content behind paywalls.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jan 15th 2015 at 1:01PM in News
Find out whether Future was right to close CVG in this week's issue of MCV

Find out whether Future was right to close CVG in this week's issue of MCV

The first issue of MCV in 2015 is now online, featuring an interview with Future's Declan Gough about the closure of iconic gaming brand CVG. 

on Jan 15th 2015 at 1:00PM in News
Tekken creator kept job secret from his family

Tekken creator kept job secret from his family

The man behind the Tekken series has admitted that he lied to his parents about his job for a decade.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jan 15th 2015 at 12:36PM in News
Free Dark Souls II update brings significant changes

Free Dark Souls II update brings significant changes

Bandai Namco has revealed a patch going live for Dark Souls II on February 5th that brings a number of gameplay alterations.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jan 15th 2015 at 10:40AM in News
Nintendo addresses decision to hold back New 3DS in North America

Nintendo addresses decision to hold back New 3DS in North America

There are currently no plans to release the standard New 3DS in North America.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jan 15th 2015 at 10:16AM in News
REMINDER: MCV Awards lobbying ends tomorrow

REMINDER: MCV Awards lobbying ends tomorrow

Games firms of the UK, just one day remains to get your lobbying in for the 2015 MCV Awards.

on Jan 15th 2015 at 10:09AM in News
Majora's Mask 3DS sells out in the US, but still can't be ordered in the UK

Majora's Mask 3DS sells out in the US, but still can't be ordered in the UK

Despite the excitement surrounding its launch yesterday, there’s still no way for UK gamers to pre-order the Majora’s Mask Limited Edition New 3DS XL in the UK.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jan 15th 2015 at 9:38AM in News