Game industry business news

Salvaged Fopp stores snub games

HMV has ruled out any plans to introduce games to its Fopp stores after purchasing the brand name and six of the chain’s most profitable outlets from administrators. Fopp was forced to close on July 31st after credit problems, which were exacerbated by the acquisition of doomed retail chain Music …

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We want a PS3 price drop

While US and Japanese gamers continue to snap up PS3 hardware for as much as 150 cheaper than UK consumers, several leading industry execs have criticised the console’s controversial 425 price tag. Duncan Cross, head of games at supermarket giant Asda, strongly believes that the Sony console needs a helping …

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Sierra gets The Spiderwick Chronicles license

Sierra Entertainment, an arm of Vivendi Games, will release The Spiderwick Chronicles – a title based on the series of books and upcoming film of the same name. The plot follows twin brothers Jared and Simon and their sister Mallory Grace – all of which will have distinct abilities during …

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Eidos boss blasts UK Government

Eidos chief executive Jane Cavanagh OBE has hit out at the Government for starving UK video games studios of funds – and said that the industry is not being taken seriously” at the highest level. The Britsoft firm announced its decision to open a giant new Montreal-based studio in February …

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Rockstar faces lengthy wait for Manhunt appeal verdict

MCV understands that Rockstar’s case is being considered by the BBFC at the moment, but will take a considerable amount of time to come to a head – leaving the publisher in danger of releasing the game long after after the intial wave of hype is over. Last time this …

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FEATURE: EA calls on united industry to crack Russia

EA’s VP of Central Europe Peter Laughton has told MCV that the Russian games market is there for the taking – providing the industry chooses to work together to crack it. We would love everyone else to join us in trying to open up this market,” he told MCV. It …

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EA’s Russian Revolution

Russia’s turbulent history has given it a unique position in the business world. While some may fall back on the vodka-related clichs of old when entering this mind-bogglingly huge nation, a new generation of Russians are proving that this former ‘evil empire’ is a legitimate, ambitious and thoroughly modern economic …

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COMMENT: Every Cloud…

While all of the above can very easily be achieved by having one too many Stellas of an evening, the millions of people who prefer to live a life of crime through GTA – without having to serve several years at Her Majesty’s pleasure – have no choice but to …

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