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ELSPA welcomes politicians games plans

The Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA) has praised comments from Government and Opposition ministers made in MCV about the cultural and fiscal importance of the UK video and computer games industry. Labour’s Minister for Culture, Creative Industries and Tourism Margaret Hodge and The Conservatives’ Shadow Secretary of State …

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Labour: We DO take games seriously

The Government has reaffirmed its commitment to the games industry and announced plans for further economic support, after the Conservative Party claimed that Labour was not doing enough to support the sector in last week’s MCV (cover, 17/08). Speaking exclusively to MCV, Margaret Hodge, Minister for Culture, Creative Industries and …

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Tories: Well come to industrys rescue

The UK development industry is under ‘great’ threat from a skillset crisis and the exodus of talent abroad – and the Government simply isn’t doing enough to stop it. That was the message from the Conservative Party this week, as it made a landmark attempt to build bridges with the …

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MTV to splash £250m on games

MTV Networks plans to spend more than $500 million (250m) on game development, Reuters reports. The media giant has previously had success with game-related sites such as Xfire and GameTrailers.com, as well as in the casual games sector. Apparently 47 per cent of MTV’s audience are video game players. MTV …

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ABCs: 360 and Nintendo mags up, PlayStation decline continues

A mixed set of results for this years’ Audited Bureau of Circulation figures, as the rise of Nintendo and continued strength of 360 see considerable rises for single format magazines, counterbalanced by some significant reductions in PlayStation magazine circulations. PC magazines including PC Gamer and PC Zone also saw declines, …

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Government to introduce video games GCSE

School pupils will be able to learn the history of games in qualifications equivalent to a GCSE or A-Level as part of new Government plans. 14-year-old students will soon have the chance to choose a media course at school; part of which will ask them to examine ‘the historical development …

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Sky to televise gaming tournament

BSkyB will broadcast the first professional video games league, the Championship Gaming Series, to UK audiences later this year. The league consists of online competitions, live qualifying events, a UK Championship, and an international World Championship final taking place in California during November. Live qualifiers will take place in Birmingham …

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