Retail

GAME: Black Friday is going nowhere

The price war that erupted in the games market before Christmas may have hurt GAME’s bottom line, but the retailer says it won’t be backing away from Black Friday. Last year’s Black Friday saw major games and consoles cut by as much as 40 per cent, and GAME felt the …

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Margin Makers: Guide to Bloodborne and Souls series merchandise

From Software’s Souls series has garnered critical acclaim and a fervent fan following.Now the franchise has a spiritual successor in Bloodborne. MCV throws some light on the best merchandise for the games When Demon’s Souls launched on PS3 in Japan in 2009, no one expected it to be a smash …

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MCV transforms UK Top Ten by adding digital data into the physical charts

Last week’s ‘official’ UK Top 10 chart would have been totally different if digital sales figures were taken into account. Key sources have shared data with MCV that underlines the disparity between ‘official’ charts and the still unmeasured digital world. The pressure is now mounting on the industry as a …

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Pokémon retail promotion to offer GAME customers a free Shiny Charizard

A new promotion surrounding the last four Pokmon titles is to kick off next Friday at GAME. From April 3rd, GAME customers will be able to walk into their local store and ask for a free code for the elusive Shiny Charizard, a special version of the iconic dragon monster …

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Play.com officially no more

Once popular UK entertainment retailer Play.com is no more. Play.com was once viewed as a serious competitor to Amazon, and even launched its own video games expo – Play.com Live – at Wembley Stadium in 2008. But some disappointing results saw Play struggle to attract investment and the company was …

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H1Z1 passes 1m Steam Early Access sales

Online zombie title H1Z1 has now sold over 1m copies on Steam, developer Daybreak Game Company (formerly Sony Online Entertainment) has said. The game was released via Steam Early Access in January. It costs 14.99 to download, although it will be a free-to-play title once it launches proper later this …

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GAME CFO steps down as profits dip

The honeymoon period for the new GAME shows no sign of returning with a drop in profit and the news that the retailer’s CFO is stepping down. Group revenue for the 26 weeks ending January 24th fell 0.7 per cent to 586.4m, with gross profit down 1.6 per cent at …

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200 GAME stores to hold Battlefield: Hardline midnight openings

More than 200 GAME outlets across the UK will be opening at midnight this Thursday night to celebrate the launch of Battlefield: Hardline. EA’s cops versus criminals shooter is released this Friday, March 20th, and will be offered at the stroke of midnight to those who decide to queue up …

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Steam will now refund purchases made in EU for 14 days

EU residents are now able to obtain refunds on their digital Steam purchases. The no questions asked policy has been introduced in an amendment to the Steam Subscriber Agreement document. If you are an EU subscriber [which in Valve’s terminology you become by installing the Steam client and completing registration] …

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Accessories Update: Nvidia Shield and GameCube Controller Adaptor

MCV takes a look at the best accessories heading to UK retail. This week, we investigate Nvidia’s living room debut and hook up with GameCube controllers on Wii U and PC Nvidia Shield Nvidia’s Android gaming platform is coming to the living room in the form of the Nvidia Shield. …

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