Retail

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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GAME’s UK Christmas takings up 2.9% thanks to Switch, VR and Xbox One X

Christmas 2017 was undoubtedly a happier period than last year. GAME today reported that its GTV figure (Gross Transaction Value) over the peak trading period (1st November to 6th of January) was up by 2.9 per cent. Something it attributed to a stronger hardware lineup and superior games. Martyn Gibbs, …

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Green Man Gaming launches automatic key redemption for Ubisoft’s Uplay

Online retailer Green Man Gaming announced yesterday a new partnership with Ubisoft to integrate its Uplay PC platform. Going forwards, players who purchase Ubisoft games on Green Man Gaming will be able to automatically redeem and add these titles to their Uplay PC library. This automatic game activation feature means …

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe topped last Japanese charts of 2017

Nintendo unsurprisingly won Christmas in Japan. What’s more surprising is that it topped the last weekly charts of the year with a title that released back in April, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe charting at No.1 (according to sales data collected by Famitsu from December 25th to 31st 2017). With …

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Sony sold 5.9m PS4 over the holidays – pushing global total to 73.6m

Christmas 2017 was not as jolly as the previous one for Sony. The platform holder announced that it has sold 5.9m PS4 consoles worldwide between the end of November and December 31st 2017. This figure include both PS4 and PS4 Pro consoles and is a slight decrease compared to last year’s …

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Just five more days to submit your entry for the all-new MCV Awards

There’s now just five days left to submit your entry for the MCV Awards 2018 – with the deadline being the 8th of January. And it’s easier than ever, thanks to a clearer and streamlined submissions system, plus reorganised categories covering every aspect of the UK games industry. Get your entry …

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UK games market up 9.6% YoY, reached £3.3bn in 2017

The Entertainment Retailers Association released its annual report on the entertainment market (video, music and games) and found it has broken a new record in 2017 by reaching £7.24bn – a 8.8 per cent increase year-on-year.  The video games market hit £3,353bn in 2017, which represented a 9.6 per cent …

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