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Publishers report increased digital sales in 2016

It’s financial report season in the games industry, and several companies have revealed that digital sales are on the rise. 

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 10th 2017 at 12:19PM in News
Overwatch

Overwatch fastest Blizzard franchise to reach 25m players worldwide

Overwatch has become the fastest Blizzard franchise to reach 25m players worldwide, with its Q4 monthly active users reaching a new franchise high, Activision Blizzard revealed in its Q4 financial ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 10th 2017 at 12:14PM in News
Skylanders Imaginators

No new Skylanders this year, but toy-to-life franchise isn't dead yet

Activision's toy-to-life franchise Skylanders won't be back for 2017, the company has confirmed, but a new entry in the series will resurface at some point in the future, according to ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 10th 2017 at 11:36AM in News
Margin Makers: Guide to LEGO merchandise

Margin Makers: Guide to LEGO merchandise

2016 was another good year for Warner Bros and LEGO in the UK. Although the publisher’s software market share decreased compared to 2015 (from 9.9 per cent in units to ...

Marie Dealessandri
by Marie Dealessandri
on Feb 10th 2017 at 11:35AM in News

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Rob Beckett

Comedian Rob Beckett to host the MCV Awards 2017

Comedian Rob Beckett will host this year's MCV Awards. The 8 Out of 10 Cats team captain, plus regular guest on Mock the Week, Taskmaster, Live at the Apollo, has ...

on Feb 10th 2017 at 11:03AM in News
MCV Jobs Weekly: Mansell steps up at Jagex

MCV Jobs Weekly: Mansell steps up at Jagex

Jagex has a new COO and acting CEO, while Mark Oxenham joins Good Catch.

on Feb 10th 2017 at 10:40AM in News
Horizon Zero Dawn, For Honor and Halo Wars 2 headline this week's MCV

Horizon Zero Dawn, For Honor and Halo Wars 2 headline this week's MCV

This week, we discuss the creation of a brand new Government organisation, the British Games Institute, as industry veterans Ian Livingstone and Rick Gibson make their case.

Marie Dealessandri
by Marie Dealessandri
on Feb 10th 2017 at 10:10AM in News
Strauss Zelnick

Take-Two is going to the movies

Films based on properties owned by Take-Two may be on the way. In an interview with the publishing giant’s CEO Strauss Zelnick, the exec said that the firm has licensed ...

Alex Calvin
by Alex Calvin
on Feb 10th 2017 at 9:51AM in News

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Devcom

Devcom will showcase European development community

The organisers of new games trade show Devcom have said their aim is to show off the “status quo” of Europe’s development community. 

Alex Calvin
by Alex Calvin
on Feb 10th 2017 at 9:46AM in News
MCV Awards 2017

MCV Awards 2017 sponsors announced

MCV is pleased to announce its sponsors for the MCV Awards 2017.

on Feb 10th 2017 at 8:00AM in News
South Park Fractured But Whole

South Park: The Fractured But Whole delayed, but record 2016 digital sales keep Ubisoft afloat

South Park: The Fractured But Whole has slipped into the next financial year, Ubisoft's Q3 financial report has revealed, and the company has revised its fiscal 2016-2017 sales figures as ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 9th 2017 at 5:44PM in News
Mike Ybarra and Kareem Choudhry

Xbox's Mike Ybarra and Kareem Choudhry promoted to CVP

Xbox's Mike Ybarra and Kareem Choudhry have been promoted, a Microsoft spokesperson has confirmed to MCV.

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 9th 2017 at 4:40PM in News

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The Walking Dead: A New Frontier coming to retail on March 3rd

The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series – A New Frontier will be arriving at European retailers on March 3rd, Telltale announced today. 

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 9th 2017 at 4:25PM in News
Facebook to close 200 Oculus Rift demo stations in the US

Facebook to close 200 Oculus Rift demo stations in the US

200 Oculus Rift demo stations are to be closed at Best Buy stores in the US, according to the Business Insider. The website reports that Facebook ordered the closure of ...

Marie Dealessandri
by Marie Dealessandri
on Feb 9th 2017 at 11:45AM in News
Resident Evil 7 claims second No.1 in Japan

Resident Evil 7 claims second No.1 in Japan

Capcom’s new Resident Evil title is once again No.1 in Japan according to market data from Famitsu.

Alex Calvin
by Alex Calvin
on Feb 9th 2017 at 10:58AM in News
Castlevania Netflix series is coming later this year

Castlevania Netflix series is coming later this year

Producer Adi Shankar, who previously worked on movies Dredd and Lone Survivor, has revealed he’s working on a Castlevania series for Netflix, which, according to him, will be “the western ...

Marie Dealessandri
by Marie Dealessandri
on Feb 9th 2017 at 10:45AM in News

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Women in Games 2017

Entries now open for Women in Games Awards 2017

Entries are now open for Women in Games Awards 2017, with a deadline of March 10th 2017 for nominations. 

on Feb 9th 2017 at 10:45AM in News
Fire Emblem Heroes made $5m in its first five days

Fire Emblem Heroes made $5m in its first five days

Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima has given some insight into the company’s new mobile business.

Alex Calvin
by Alex Calvin
on Feb 9th 2017 at 10:29AM in News
Playdemic

TT Games acquires Golf Clash studio Playdemic

Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment subsidiary TT Games has acquired UK mobile games company Playdemic to help bring new kinds of LEGO titles to smartphones.

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 9th 2017 at 10:24AM in News
Dave Ranyard

Former Sony London Studio head David Ranyard forms new VR studio

Former Sony London Studio head David Ranyard has formed a new, independent VR studio, Dream Reality Interactive. Based in Farringdon, London, the studio will focus on the development of virtual reality ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 8th 2017 at 5:21PM in News
Warner Bros Interactive

Time Warner video game revenue 'flat' for 2016

Time Warner has released its Q4 financial earnings for the full year ended December 31st 2016. While the company's overall revenue increased 4 per cent to $29.3bn, its video game ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 8th 2017 at 4:37PM in News
E3 2017

E3 to open its doors to the public for the first time ever

E3 is to open its doors to the public for the first time in its 22-year history, event organisers the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced today. 15,000 tickets will be ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 8th 2017 at 3:59PM in News
Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy 15 dev costs broke even on Day One after just 5m units

Director Hajima Tabata has revealed that Final Fantasy XV broke even after just one day on shop shelves. According to DualShockers, who visited Square Enix in Tokyo, Tabata said ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 8th 2017 at 10:35AM in News
GTA V has shipped 75m copies since launch, selling more in 2016 than 2015

GTA V has shipped 75m copies since launch, selling more in 2016 than 2015

It’s now Take-Two’s turn to report on its quarterly financial results, and CEO Strauss Zelnick revealed during the earnings call that Grand Theft Auto V has shipped over 75m units ...

Marie Dealessandri
by Marie Dealessandri
on Feb 8th 2017 at 10:20AM in News
3DS

Nintendo's Kimishima says 3DS will 'co-exist' with Switch

Nintendo has once again stated that the 3DS has a long life ahead of it, despite the company's upcoming Switch launch. Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima told investors at a Q&A ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 8th 2017 at 9:00AM in News