Game industry business news

Tories: Well come to industrys rescue

The UK development industry is under ‘great’ threat from a skillset crisis and the exodus of talent abroad – and the Government simply isn’t doing enough to stop it. That was the message from the Conservative Party this week, as it made a landmark attempt to build bridges with the …

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Foundation 9 snaps up Sumo Digital

Foundation 9 Entertainment has bought Sheffield-based developer Sumo Digital for an undisclosed sum. Sumo has previously worked on titles as diverse as Outrun 2, Broken Sword and the PlayStation Network title Super Rub ‘a’ Dub, and recently established a development facility in Pune, India. The studio will be the first …

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COMMENT: Retails love triangle

On the verge of a sell-off for months, it was rumoured that Gamestation would be swept off its feet by US giant GameStop, only for GAME to come in with an offer it couldn’t refuse back in May. Now, several months down the line, things aren’t so simple. The Competition …

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Atari teams up with 1C

Atari will handle a number of titles from Russian publisher 1C in the US, reported Games Industry . Included in the deal are the PC titles You Are Empty, Death to Spies, Dawn of Magic and Fantasy Wars and Swashbucklers on the PC and PS2. "1C has long been known …

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GameStop in for Gamestation after competition enquiry?

After the Office of Fair Trading referred GAME’s 74 million deal for bitter rival Gamestation to the Competition Commission, GameStop has re-emerged as a potential player in the UK. It is a completed deal, so ultimately we can turn around and reverse the whole thing,” said Competition Commission spokesperson Rory …

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A Smart Korea Move

The biggest announcement from you guys recently has been the Sony deal. Could you explain how important this agreement is to NCsoft, what it means to you, and give us an idea of what type of games you will be releasing on PSP and PS3? This is the first step …

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MTV to splash £250m on games

MTV Networks plans to spend more than $500 million (250m) on game development, Reuters reports. The media giant has previously had success with game-related sites such as Xfire and GameTrailers.com, as well as in the casual games sector. Apparently 47 per cent of MTV’s audience are video game players. MTV …

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Wii-style controller to hit PS2

The first six titles will be available at retail in time for Christmas for 29.99. The games – which include Realplay Tennis, Realplay Pool, Realplay Golf, Realplay Racing, Realplay Bowling and Realplay Puzzlesphere – are made for use with wireless controllers that emulate tennis rackets, pool cues, golf clubs and …

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New website for PC Retail

Today sees the relaunch of PC Retail’s home on the internet, www.pcretailmag.com , with the overhauled site now offering interviews, analysis and up-to-date product information alongside its daily complement of breaking business news. The new site has been designed with the PC retail community in mind and is perfect for …

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Activision: Downloads not as successful as wed like

Senior VP of Global Brand Management at Activision Will Kassoy has admitted that sales through digital distribution have not taken off as the publisher expected. In an interview with Gamedaily.biz, Kassoy said that despite the fast-extrapolating success of downloadable content for games, boxed titles are still swamping digital sales. I …

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