Retail

Minecraft sets new record with 74m monthly active users

New head of Minecraft at Microsoft Helen Chiang revealed that the sandbox hit has reached a new milestone last December, with now 74m players returning to the game every month, which is more than half of all the players who own a copy of the title. Minecraft has sold 144m …

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CFO Mark Gifford to leave GAME in March

GAME chief financial officer Mark Gifford resigned earlier today, the High Street retailer announced. Gifford will leave the company at the end of March 2018 to “ensure a smooth transition,” the official announcement said. It added that Gifford was leaving to “focus on his other business and personal interests” and …

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Call of Duty: WWII takes a 10th No.1 in the UK charts

It was another quiet week at retail, with the usual triple-A titles taking the top spots in the UK charts. Call of Duty: WWII charted at No.1 for the tenth time since launch in November, despite sales being down 17 per cent week-on-week. If Activision’s title makes it to the …

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Nintendo Switch is now the fastest selling console in the US

Nintendo revealed yesterday that it has sold 1.5m Switch units in December in the US, according to NPD Group’s figures for the year – which has yet to release its full report. Nintendo’s console has now sold a grand total of 4.8m units in the country, making it the fastest-selling …

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Pokémon, Splatoon 2 and Dragon Quest dominate 2017 charts in Japan

Famitsu released its yearly report on the Japanese games market, which saw growth in both software and hardware sales in 2017 for the first time since 2006. Hardware sales reached ¥202bn (£1.33bn) in 2017, a 72.9 per cent increase compared to 2016’s ¥117bn (£0.77bn). 7.6m consoles were shifted in 2017 …

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BELONG arenas and competitive gaming events grow for GAME

GAME’s initiative to install gaming arenas in some of its stores looks to be going well based on recent figures. GAME just announced that the arenas clocked up 155,000 hours of play in the 23 weeks leading up to the 6th of January. That’s a utilisation level of 28.2 per …

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