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The PS3 powers on

And I think the anlysts out there will realise it’s faster than our brothers and sisters in the competitive world as well. In terms of breakdown by Euro territories, the UK did very well. They are probably up to 25 per cent of business, so have made a great star. …

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Take 2 culls Euro management

A major shake-up of Take 2’s European business will be announced on Monday – with senior management across all territory offices being made redundant. The news comes following the restructuring of the Board, plus the ousting of CEO Paul Eibeler and other directors – which took place after shareholders earlier …

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Maxis hands over SimCity franchise

Following yesterday’s news that EA is working on a fifth outing for the SimCity series, dubbed SimCity Societies, news has emerged that long-term developer Maxis will not be involved in the project, CVG reports. Instead, Caesar IV developer Tilted Mill is taking the helm as the series heads in what …

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DS online service hits five million

The top five most popular titles played over wi-fi by the five million unique users were Animal Crossing: Wild World, Mario Kart DS, Metroid Prime Hunters and also Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl, which are set to launch in Europe on July 27th. With Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, Nintendo DS and …

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UK trade show revealed

A new retail-focused show called GamePlan will take place in a central London hotel over June 5th and 6th 2008. Co-organised by Barrington Harvey and Tandem Events, it will provide a meeting place for publishers and retailers to do business away from the razzmatazz of a stand-based show. "Since E3 …

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Hour of Victory targets June 22nd

As well as confirming that a demo of the game will appear on Xbox Live next Wednesday, Midway has apparently confirmed that its upcoming WWII FPS Hour of Victory will be released on June 22nd, according to Eurogamer . The demo, much like the game, will offer three playable characters …

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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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