Publishing

BioShock storms to number one in Aussie charts

Following the news that 2K Games’ atmospheric FPS stormed in at number one in the UK to become the second fastest-selling 360 game – alongside similar success in the US – BioShock has followed suit in Australia as the 360 version debuts at number one in the All Format charts. …

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LocoRoco PS3 dated in Japan

Critically hailed as one of the most original, charming and enjoyable titles on Sony’s PSP, LocoRoco has become a firm favourite in the gaming community – and SCEJ has now confirmed that the download-only sequel Oiedeyo LocoRoco will arrive on the Japanese PlayStation Network on September 21st. The Famitsu article, …

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Significant interest in ChoicesUK buyout, says administrator

The company handling ChoicesUK’s administration has told MCV that it has already been contacted by a handful of businesses interested in acquiring the retail and distribution firm. PricewaterhouseCoopers was appointed as joint administrator of ChoicesUK last week. A company spokesperson added that a date for a creditors’ meeting was yet …

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High Street feels the Bank Holiday blues

MCV sister site PC Retail reports that of the 3,100 stores that make up The Retail Traffic Index, 73 per cent said they had suffered a year on year decline or were neutral in revenues this bank holiday, according to research group SPSL. The number of shoppers declined by approximately …

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Codies partners with IGA

Codemasters, the British developer and publisher of triple-A titles such as Colin McRae and TOCA Race Driver, has signed a deal with in-game ad firm IGA Worldwide that will see a variety of ads appear in its upcoming titles. As Codemasters continues to deliver innovative and compelling content, the proven …

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Atari strikes deal with Mercury

Mercury Games and Atari UK are to join forces to distribute and market the three titles this autumn. "Atari are pleased to be partnering Mercury Games,” said MD of Atari UK and Nordic Jeremy Wigmore. It has an exciting and varied product line up and we are looking forward to …

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Ex-Atari execs move to Paradox

PC game publisher and distributor Paradox Interactive has taken on two ex-Atari executives as it ramps up its sales, marketing and distribution operations, reported Next Generation . Reena Miranda was previously director of product acquisition and third party at the publisher, while Martin Sirc was managing director at Atari Nordic. …

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The new Hollywood?

Remember back when the games industry was seen as the awkward cousin of the film industry, equivalent to the geeky nerd who no-one wanted to dance with at the school disco? Fast forward to today, and how things have changed. Returning from the Siggraph Convention in San Diego, (the world’s …

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Warner to take back licences in new games blitz

Speaking exclusively to MCV, senior VP of worldwide sales and distribution Ron Scott revealed that plans are in place to take back Warner licences like Superman, Batman, Harry Potter and The Sopranos. You’ll see a large percentage of Warner properties come on board as we develop the extra capability we …

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