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Dr Jo Twist: How PM’s ‘industrial pillars’ will play out for the games sector

Response to today’s government announcement on industrial strategy by Dr Jo Twist, OBE, CEO of Ukie. Prime Minister Theresa May today launched the modern Industrial Strategy, a plan of action for a competitive UK that will see the government invest in and review support for innovative “new sectors” and a …

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Ukie’s Jo Twist responds to PM’s ‘Modern Industrial Strategy’

This morning, the Prime Minister Theresa May, will announce proposals for a new industrial strategy, designed to ‘build on Britain’s strengths and tackle its underlying weaknesses’. It will allow businesses to strike new ‘Sector Deals’ to address their specific challenges and opportunities. That means the games industry could request a …

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Grand Theft Auto V claims 11th UK No.1

Rockstar’s UK-made crime blockbuster is once again at the head of the Top 40. This is Grand Theft Auto V’s 11th time at the No.1 spot since its September 2013 release. The game returned to the head of the charts last week, with sales dipping just five per cent week-on-week. …

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US games market made $30.4bn in 2016, console and PC market revenue falls 12%

The American games market is on the rise, with consumer spending increasing by $200m in 2016. That’s according to a report from US games trade body the ESA and market tracker NPD, which says the nation’s games industry generated $30.4bn in 2016. 2015’s figure was $30.2bn. That includes revenue from hardware, software, …

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US games revenue slumped 15 per cent in December

The American games market saw year-on-year decline in December. According to research from US market trackers NPD, $2.78bn was made from hardware, physical and digital software, PC and accessories, a dip of 15 per cent on December 2015. The biggest decline game from games hardware, which saw a 20 per …

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Mark Zuckerberg denies accusations in Oculus vs ZeniMax trial

Mark Zuckerberg has provided new information in the $2bn lawsuit between ZeniMax Media and Oculus, denying accusations that Oculus stole VR technology from ZeniMax. The Facebook founder, who gave his testimony in the trial yesterday, said: We are highly confident that Oculus products are built on Oculus technology. The idea …

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Nintendo’s Fils-Aimé addresses Switch’s launch line-up

Reggie Fils-Aim, Nintendo’s US boss, has replied to concerns about Switch’s relatively weak relate slate. Speaking to CNET, the exec said that the console’s launch on March 3rd is not the ‘be-all and end-all’, and that a steady line-up of releases is arguably more important. On release, Switch only has …

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FIFA for Nintendo Switch is based on PS3/360 version, rumour says

The Switch version of FIFA has been subject to many speculations since the game was announced during Nintendo’s conference last week. According to Eurogamer’s Tom Phillips, the title will be based off of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of FIFA, he said on Twitter (see below). EA was …

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Hands on with the Nintendo Switch

The first thing I noticed when I picked up the Switch is that it simply does not feel like a Nintendo console. Gone is the toy-like and plastic feel of the Wii U – and to a lesser degree the 3DS family – replaced with a premium, ‘modern’, svelte and …

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How was 2016 for the UK games market?

The headline news from games retail in 2016 is much the same as the year before – less money was made from video games software and hardware sales, but peripherals and accessories remain an area of growth. According to GfK Entertainment, 1.78bn was made from boxed games, hardware sales (not …

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