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Valves downloads build up Steam

Valve has revealed that some 13 million gamers have now signed up to use its Steam digital downloads service. The developer best know for its ultra-successful Half-Life franchise has also announced that more than 150 PC games can now be downloaded via the service. In Steam’s case, we have millions …

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Japanese charts: Nintendo formats claim full top 20

The latest weekly figures from Famitsu show that sales in Japan have been once again dominated by Nintendo – with the full top 20-selling titles being released on Wii or DS. Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings on DS takes the top spot for the second week running, whilst …

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THQ snaps up Universomo

Universomo has been developing mobile games for publishers since 2002, and boasts what it callls an ‘automated porting solution’ which caters for all mobile handsets. Bringing cross-platform mobile development capabilities in-house is a key component in our growth strategy,” said THQ executive vice president of worldwide publishing Kelly Flock. The …

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Record results for Activision

US publisher Activision has announced its preliminary financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ending March 31st, showing that the company enjoyed annual net revenues of $1.51 billion. This figure beats the previous year’s $1.47 billion, and is well ahead of the publisher’s original forecast of $1.40 billion. Activision’s …

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Next Splinter Cell name revealed?

A translation from Finnish games mag Magaza Pelaaja courtesy of games blog Kotaku claims that Ubisoft’s next outing for stealthy gaming superstar Sam Fisher will be dubbed Splinter Cell: Conviction. After dabbling with the idea of turning his back on the government in the last outing, Double Agent, this new …

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THQ and SimBin part company

THQ has confirmed that it will now not be publishing SimBin’s upcoming Xbox 360 title GTR Racing, consumer games portal CVG is reporting. GTR, a hardcore racing title, has already enjoyed much success on PC, and THQ was due to publish the Xbox 360 version this Spring. "THQ and SimBin …

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Microsoft buys mobile ad firm

Microsoft is to acquire ScreenTonic, the French mobile advertising specialist, in a move that signals a major acceleration of the Seattle giant’s mobile ambitions. The move for Screentonic is another landmark deal in a frantic period that has seen a mad scramble for position in digital advertising. Observers have been …

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