MCV Pacific Weekly Wrap-Up

Leigh Harris
MCV Pacific Weekly Wrap-Up

This week, EB Games passes 1 million reward scheme members, BigWorld gets purchased and a Police Commissioner blames games for violence.


  • MCV got an exclusive interview with John De Margheriti, CEO of BigWorld, the MMO middleware company, as it was purchased for USD$45 million by its primary client Wargaming (creators of World of Tanks). Further official comments then followed.
  • EB Games celebrated a strong milestone this week, passing 1 million members for its EB World reward scheme. This means EB now have almost 1 in 20 Australians carrying their EB card around with them. Not too shabby.
  • The New South Wales Police Commissioner cited violent videogames as a reason for an alleged increase in knife crime in Sydney's Kings Cross area, which led to some strong retorts in mainstream media.
  • One year to the day that THQ had to close its two Australian studios, Blue Tongue and THQ Studio Australia, MCV took a look at where the scattered ex-employees had moved on to and paused to reflect on the year since the shift.
  • Finally, the Australian finals and Oceania (ANZ) finals for the World Championship Series of Starcraft II take place this weekend.


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Tags: THQ , Retail , Media , Development , acquisition , event , closure , starcraft ii , violence in games , eb games , MCV Pacific , milestone , Wargaming

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