Read our investigation into PC code stripping plus our guide to surviving this year’s Gamescom in this week’s MCV

This week, MCV takes a look PC code stripping and the effect that this is having on retailers.

As well as a special investigation into this issue, lawyers Nicholas Murfett and Alex Tutty tell us about the legality of the issue.

And in the build up to Gamescom, a number of people from the industry share their tips and predictions for this year’s show.

Chucklefish talk to us about crowdfunding and how to manage your community’s expectations in games development.

Everybody Play’s Ian Morris says that PEGI ratings are a trustworthy means of seeing whether games are suitable for kids.

And Kantar’s Jules Williams tells us about the growth of digital spending in games.

Below are the full contents of this week’s magazine:

  • SPECIAL REPORT: Retail revolts against PC code strippers. MCV investigates the effects of grey PC codes on the industry
  • GAMESCOM SURVIVAL GUIDE: All the information you need to survive this year’s show in Cologne
  • How To Be A Movie Star: We speak to a number of experts about the importance of video in the games industry
  • INDIE INTERVIEW: Chucklefish on the importance of crowdfunding for Starbound
  • INSIGHT: Ian Morris of family gaming website Everybody Plays says that PEGI ratings are an unsuitable guide for seeing if games are suitable for children
  • Mike Fethers joins The Hut Group
  • Kantar Worldpanel’s Jules Williams on the growth of digital gaming
  • SHELF LIFE: Alex and Gemma Bowness of Canterbury’s Level Up on why the store focuses in retro and old stock
  • MARGIN MAKERS: The best Nintendo products on the market

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