Surprise hits are increasingly rare these days, so MCV has enjoyed covering the success of Sniper: Ghost Warrior on PC and Xbox 360.
It topped the charts and has sold 60,000 units since the summer. A good game from Polish outfit City Interactive? Absolutely.
But much praise should go to Mastertronic, which handled sales and performed a sales miracle.
Mastertronic's prize? City last week barked publicly, and unexpectedly, that it wants to bring UK sales back in-house.
Shame on City if that's how it treats its partners.