Game industry business news

JAPAN: PS3 resurgence continues

After yesterday’s claims from Sony CEO Howard Stringer that the recent PS3 price drop has seen sales of the machine rocket in North America, the latest sales data from Media Create show that Sony’s machine outsold even the mighty Wii in Japan for the week ending Novemeber 11th. It’s sales …

Read More »

INTERVIEW: In2Games

Nintendo’s motion sensing technology has brought flapping your arms around in the name of fun out of the shadows and into the mainstream. But it’s not just the Japanese giant targeting this style of gaming. For years, In2Games has dabbled in this field with its GameTrak technology. Now the UK …

Read More »

Gem snaps up French distributor

The firm has bought out Paris-based Banque Magnetique – which enjoys sales of €245m (170m) – for an undisclosed sum. Banque Magnetique customers include top French IT and electrical retailers, dot-com companies and supermarkets. The company boasts a product range consisting of many brands Gem already handles, including Logitech, Creative, …

Read More »

Mass Effect banned in Singapore

Whilst BioWare’s upcoming RPG Mass Effect is lining up to be one of the last great releases of the year when it arrives in Europe next Friday, it has emerged that the game will not be seeing the light of day in Singapore. The country’s Media Development Authority took great …

Read More »

Marvel Universe facing the chop?

Cryptic’s massively-multiplayer title Marvel Universe Online is on the verge of being cancelled by publisher Microsoft, a ‘source’ has told NextGen . Speculation has been rife since a 1up podcast mentioned that an anticipated Microsoft Game Studios title was soon to be canned, with internet chatter rising to a level …

Read More »

COMMENT: Play-ing with the big boys

If there’s one thing that these squirm-inducing memories prove, it’s that Wembley is a very English stadium. It can quash expectations in a flash: reducing previously heroic sentiment to rubble. But we all know that when Wembley throws up those against-the-odds miraculous moments, it can also make a nation proud …

Read More »

No Achievements for Xbox Originals

Hardcore gamers across the land are lamenting the news that Microsoft’s upcoming selection of original Xbox titles that will be available through Xbox Live will not include added Achievement points for players to unlock. As was announced earlier this week, the new titles will arrive as part of Microsoft’s Autumn …

Read More »

Analyst: New thinner DS is ready to go

Speaking to GameSpot , Pacific Crest Securities analyst Evan Wilson has claimed that Nintendo has completed work on a second revision to its DS hardware, but that it is holding off on the launch until DS sales show signs of slowing. "Our contacts indicate that a refreshed DS is complete,” …

Read More »

Revenues on the up at Vivendi Games

Publisher Vivendi Games has reported a 19 per cent increase in revenues for its third fiscal quarter compared to the same period last year, reaching €216 million. Year to date revenue stands at €716 million, a massive 50 per cent increase on the same period in the previous year. World …

Read More »

Stringer: PS3 has made a breakthrough

PS3 platform holder Sony is celebrating a significant increase in its console’s hardware sales in North America following the recent price reductions – and CEO Howard Stringer admits that his company is relieved. Following the mid-October price drop on the 80GB model and the introduction of the new reduced-price 40GB …

Read More »