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Atari threatened with Nasdaq delisting

Nasdaq has again threatened Atari with delisting, after the publisher failed to file its quarterly 10-Q report for the period ending June 30th in time. It is the second Staff Determination the firm has received in the last thirty days. Atari will go before the Nasdaq Listing Qualifications Panel to …

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Microsoft cuts 360 price, rolls out Elite

Microsoft has this morning announced that it is to reduce the price of the Xbox 360 hardware, with the 20GB Premium version dropped to 249.99 and the Core console reduced to 179.99. The new price points take effect from Friday (August 24th) – as Microsoft also introduces the Xbox 360 …

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Bonanza of PS3 titles dated

Release dates for some of PS3’s most hotly anticipated titles have been announced on the Sony-owned Three Speech blog. According to the site , Heavenly Sword will hit shelves on September 14th, ‘the plan’ for RPG Folklore is October 12th, action epic Lair is ‘also TBC, but the plan is …

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HMV in image overhaul

The entertainment retailer has re-jigged its look as part of its ongoing strategic business review. HMV’s ‘get closer’ campaign will be hitting stores from Thursday 23rd August alongside a far-reaching media blitz. At the heart of this, and through the changes we’re making within our stores and online, lies a …

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Rising Star looks to expand team

Rising Star Games * Production Controller A key role at Rising Star is the on-time and to-budget management of assets required for the production of its title line-up. The production controller’s responsibilities include: – Management of all required game artwork and print plus the electronic asset submissions process to platform …

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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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