Retail

NORWAY: GameStop snaps up 49 stores

Nordic gamers will have 49 new GameStop stores to peruse after today’s acquisition deal for Norwegian chain Free Record. All Free Record outlest will be re-branded as GameStop, bringing the US retailer’s store count in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland up to 160. The transaction is ecpected to close in …

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BYRON REVIEW: Rating system as it stands

Currently video games are subject to two classification bodies, PEGI and BBFC, with the latter only used for more adult software. PEGI is a voluntary system, with the ratings carried out by members of the industry itself. This takes place by means of a self-assessment form. Ratings proposed by the …

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CHINA: Online gaming sees massive growth

The online games market in china grew to $1.66 billion last year, according to market research firm Pearl Research. China’s most popular online games include Netease’s Fantasy Westward Journey, with 1.66 million peak concurrent users, followed by Giant Interactive’s Zhengtu Online with 1.52 million. The year 2007 exceeded expectations with …

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Analyst: GameStop made error in not buying Gamestation

Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter believes GameStop made a big mistake by not buying Gamestation, according to videogaming247 . GameStop was expected to come in for the ex-Blockbuster owned chain, before GAME made a bid, and Pachter feels this has slowed GameStop’s move into Europe. GameStop always had the capacity …

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GameStop to open 600 new stores

US specialist retail giant GameStop has reported sales and net earnings rises of 33 per cent and 82 per cent respectively, spurring on an ambitious target to open up to 600 new stores by the end of the year. The world’s largest games retailer reported reported sales and earnings for …

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Disney: Treat us differently at retail

Retail must plan around Disney product differently to maximise revenue, the publisher’s sales boss has told MCV. Matt Castle believes that the High Street needs to better embrace the cross-franchise opportunities Disney titles represent – or risk missing out. We are unique with our and brand and our offering,” Castle …

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DSGi reveals games publishing plan

DSGi plans to sign up top development talent in a publishing push that will see a new range of own-brand titles on its shelves by the summer. The firm intends to unveil a new gaming label and unleash the titles across its 1,400 stores worldwide as well across its online …

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GAME to exceed 2007 profits forecast

GAME has said that it will exceed its full-year underlying profit forecast for financial year 2007 – 2008. According to Dow Jones Newswires, GAME expects pre-tax profit to be no less than 74 million for the year ended January 31st, 2008. That represents a significant jump from the 29.5 million …

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OPINION: ‘Dropping PEGI would be a step backwards’

Speaking exclusively to MCV, boss of PEGI parent ISFE has slammed the potential introduction of BBFC ratings – terming the possible move a step backward. Take a look in our Opinion and Analysis section for more.

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Borders gets into games

Borders is to begin stocking video games to accompany its existing range of DVDs and CDs. The retailer is currently trialling an On Demand range of CD and DVDs in its Oxford Street store, which includes a handful of PC titles. However, commercial director of Borders UK and Ireland David …

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