Game industry business news

EA Mobile appoints new marketing manager

MCV sister magazine Mobile Entertainment reports that the former Vodafone Global games boss had a brief tenure with industry standards thinktank OMTP, before re-emerging with this major role. EA Mobile hasn’t been around that long, but already dominates decks the world over with its huge brand portfolio. Harrison will lead …

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US CHARTS: Bioshock tops Amazon.com charts

BioShock on the Xbox 360 has topped the Amazon.com all format best sellers in the US, reported Next Generation . In a strong week for the console, the second and third positions also belonged to the Xbox 360, in the shape of Halo 3 (pre-order) and Madden NFL 08. The …

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ChoicesUK set for administration

Games and DVD rental, sell-through and distribution firm ChoicesUK has reported that it is to go into administration as soon as possible. According to Reuters, the chain stopped trading as of yesterday. Its shares closed at 10.25p – less than four per cent of the value of their all time …

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505 Games sponsors new Sky quiz show

505 Games will sponsor a new quiz show on Sky One called Are you Smarter Than a Ten-Year-Old? The daytime series will debut this October and will be hosted by Noel Edmonds and presented by Dick and Dom. The sponsorship will take the form of promotional trailers before the show’s …

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Epic Games snaps up Polish studio

Gears Of War creator Epic Games has acquired a majority interest in People Can Fly, the Polish development studio behind Painkiller. MCV sister site Develop reports that the two companies first developed a relationship when People Can Fly showed Epic prototypes of an Unreal Engine 3-based multi-platform title they were …

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New individual format charts revealed

ChartTrack hand ELSPA have unveiled two new charts this week, designed to demonstrate the unit sales and value of individual formats. In the first week of the new charts, Nintendo puts in a storming performance, claiming eight out of the top ten games in the units chart, while taking up …

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Midway ready to wow Leipzig expo

US publisher Midway is set to show off the cream of its upcoming portfolio at the Leipzig Game Convention – and has said that it considers the expo a highlight of the industry’s calendar”. The firm will demo titles such as Stranglehold (360, PS3, PC), Unreal Tournament 3 (PS3, PC), …

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UK CHARTS: No disguising Transformers success

Nintendo’s stunning summer performance also rumbles on this week, as the platform holder boasts seven format exclusives across DS and Wii in the top ten, with a notable mention for the ever-popular Wii Play, which rises to take second place. THQ has this week’s highest climber with DS release Purr …

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