Publishing

Vivendi’s French evolution

What is the thinking behind the recent re-jig of your managerial structure? We have re-organised Europe under a single leadership. The UK is a critical market for us so it is important that we continue to invest, especially on the console side of things. We want to continue to invest …

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God of War PSP will miss Christmas

The PSP version of God of War: Chains of Olympus has slipped and will now go on sale in the US on March 4th 2008, missing out on the lucrative Christmas buying period. It was hoped that the title would be a potential PSP driver over the period, judging by …

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BBC content coming to Xbox Live?

Microsoft is in discussions with the BBC to bring the Corporation’s programmes to Xbox Live. According to The Times , Ross Honey, senior director for media at Microsoft’s content and partner strategy group, confirmed the company had spoken to the BBC and several other European media companies. We are working …

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Sony games phone coming in Feb?

Whispers that the handset manufacturer might be planning a device based around gaming functions have been circulating for years, especially after the success of its Cyber-shot imaging range and Walkman music family. There’s been feverish speculation that the company is working on a PlayStation-branded phone – and insiders suggest this …

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Call Of Duty Beta goes live at Gamespot

Activision is celebrating after promotion of the multiplayer Beta for Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare on both Eurogamer.net and Game.co.uk led to more than 10,000 applications for keys. The Beta is now set to launch on Gamespot , which the publisher hopes will produce another surge in demand”. Senior …

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COMMENT: Hitman and her

Business spectators claim that when Warner was sniffing around the SCi Group late last year, the Board of the UK publisher chose to hold out for a deal worth 6-7 a share. In the end, the US media giant acquired a ten per cent stake in the company at a price …

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Ubisoft not interested in SCi, says company source

SCi’s mystery would-be bidder is not Ubisoft, according to a source from the company. The Financial Times quotes an insider from the French publisher as saying: We are not in discussion with SCi Entertainment any more than we are with any other company in the industry.” However, another source quoted …

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Pro Evo Industry cup revealed

To celebrate the launch of PES 2008, Konami has teamed up with MCV to launch the PES Industry Cup and the PES Industry Rankings – two chances to prove your prowess at the much-loved footy title. The tournament will take place on October 25th at the Sway Bar in Central …

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Trilogy joins forces with Zoo

After signing up Trilogy Logistics and PR agency Indigo Pearl, Zoo Digital is launching a renewed push on the UK market by developing its own IP and ramping up its publishing presence. Alongside the PR drive Indigo Pearl will drum up, the deal with Trilogy means that the firm will …

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SCEE looks forward after worst ever week for PSP

Revenues generated by Sony’s PSP handheld appear to be grinding to a halt as consumers save their pennies for the new Slim & Lite version of the console. According to ChartTrack statistics, last week was the worst sales period for the handheld since launch. Sony blamed the slowdown on anticipation …

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