Retail

Pachter predicts PS3 price cut once again

Outspoken games industry analyst Michael Pachter has, once again, predicted that Sony is planning to cut the price of its PS3 console in the near future. In a preview note issued ahead of NPD’s US market report on Thursday, in which Pachter expects a significant 43 per cent year-on-year drop, …

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PES 2010 striking Wii this year

Wii owners were forced to wait over five months for 2008’s Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 to make the move from Xbox 360, PS3 and PC to their platform, but Konami has stated that the Wii version of PES 2010 will be out this autumn. Though the game won’t match the …

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US: Digital casual games come to retail

Online monetization firm PlaySpan has announced that a new code card range in conjunction with PBS Kids Play called Ultimate Game Card that will be stocked in over 800 of the toy firm’s stores across North America. The cards can be used to pay for online subscriptions to PBSkids.org, a …

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Warner outlines new Watchmen roadmap

Emerging publisher Warner has dated its upcoming slate of Watchmen game offerings, with Watchmen: The End is Nigh Part 2 heading to Xbox Live Arcade later this month in Europe and on August 26th in the US. There’s plenty more to come, too. Whilst Watchmen was once destined for a …

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GAME sales dip in H1 2009

The GAME Group has reported like-for-like sales in H1 2009 were down 15.4 per cent – in line with what the company had forecast. In the 21 weeks to June 27th, 2009, total Group sales dropped 9.1 per cent on the firm’s previous half-year. In the UK and Ireland, total …

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Sim-free iPhone 3GS now available

Gadget lovers looking to legally get their hands on an Apple iPhone 3GS but not wanting to commit themselves to O2 have been given a lifeline by online retail giant Play.com – though if you thought Apple’s prices were steep, you haven’t seen anything yet. All the details are over …

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Playlogic launches new digital platform

Dutch publisher Playlogic has launched a brand new digital distribution portal named Gamessence.com, a move that the firm believes will aid its quest to become one of the world’s leading publishers”. The site, which is being run in conjunction with digital specialist Metaboli, promises an easy to use UI. 40 …

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Lucas targets Clone Wars sales triumph

Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Republic Heroes will hit shelves on September 18th, MCV can confirm. The new game follows last year’s Clone Wars titles for Wii and DS, but this time LucasArts is expecting big things, releasing the game across all platforms to appeal to the widest possible …

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GAME France hails pre-owned

The MD of GAME’s French business has hailed its pre-owned offering as one of the key ingredients that has seen the retailer’s store base grow by 500 per cent in the last eight years. Philippe Wehmeyer said that the firm’s second-hand product section helped it to battle the country’s hypermarkets …

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Simon Lee leaves Gem

Gem’s commercial and marketing director Simon Lee has left the company’s ranks, MCV can reveal. Lee joined Gem from former distributor EUK, and oversaw departments such as Purchasing and Gem Creative. He was also responsible for the product management team, which involved working with key vendors, securing potential new vendors …

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