Retail

GAME Belong’s Arena Clash tournaments return for second season

GAME has announced a second season for its Belong centres’ Arena Clash tournaments. Taking place in stores nationwide this summer, gamers will compete for a range of prizes in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Overwatch and League of Legends. Registrations for the second round of Arena Clash open this Friday, …

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The Escapists 2 to break into retail this summer thanks to Sold Out and Team17

Boxed specialist Sold Out is partnering with Team17 to bring The Escapists 2 to retail, the publisher has announced. Arriving on shop shelves this summer, The Escapists 2 will receive a boxed release for PS4 and Xbox One, but not for Nintendo Switch (at least at time of writing). This …

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Eastern European distributor Iris-Mega acquires Videotop Skupina

There has been a big consolidation in the Eastern European video games distribution sector. Serbian outfit Iris-Mega, which is based in Belgrade, has agreed to acquire Slovenian rival Videotop Skupina, which is based in Maribor. Iris-Mega, which has been operating since the ’90s, recently acquired IT distributor PC Centar in …

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PS VR shipments reached 429k in Q1, taking 18.8% of total shipments – IRC

Total worldwide shipments of VR and augmented reality headsets reached 2.3m in Q1, according to the latest data from IDC (via SeekingAlpha), with VR headsets representing over 98 per cent of those sales. Around 1.53m headsets were mobile headsets, including Samsung’s Gear VR, Google’s Daydream View, and TCL’s Alcatel VR, …

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Tokyo RPG Factory’s Lost Sphear to receive exclusive physical edition on PS4 and Switch

I am Setsuna developer Tokyo RPG Factory has unveiled its next project. Entitled Lost Sphear, the title will be coming to PS4, Nintendo Switch and Steam in early 2018, with an exclusive physical edition available from the Square Enix Online Store for PS4 and Switch. Fans who pre-order the game …

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Overwatch re-enters UK charts at No.2, Injustice 2 keeps No.1 spot

Hot off the back of the digital release of its Game of the Year edition, Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch climbed 16 places in the UK charts last week, claiming the No.2 spot after a impressive 281 per cent rise in sales week-on-week. It still wasn’t enough to dislodge Injustice 2, however, …

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Injustice 2 leads four new Top 10 Chart entries

It’s a busy week in the UK charts this week, and Warner Bros’ Injustice 2 has emerged as the champion. The brawler has matched the achievement of its predecessor by debuting in first place, grabbing Warner’s first UK No.1 this year. It’s the first beat ’em up to top the …

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GAME launches premium loyalty scheme

Retailer GAME is hoping to convince consumers to spend 36 per year to sign up to a new customer loyalty scheme. Current GAME Reward Card users net two per cent back on purchases and one per cent on trade-ins. GAME Elite members will instead get ten per cent back on …

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The Switch price for Rime has been reduced

Rime will no longer cost more digitally on Switch than it does on other platforms. Developer Tequila Works in March blamed the disparity on development and publishing platform costs. And indeed, the physical Switch release will still retail for more than other platforms – a fact that presumably can be …

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