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COMMENT: Games and gambling – a lawyer’s view

Paul Gardner is a lawyer and early adopter of the Atari 2600. He specialises in commercial transactions and regulatory issues relating to the computer games industry. Many in the games industry will have heard it referred to as the ‘gaming industry’ – a term confusingly used by some betting firms. …

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Drop the deck: DropMix shows collectible cards aren’t just for gamers

Collectible card games have a long history, but whether its Magic or Pokémon, they’ve always been an all-consuming passion, rather than a casual drop-in.  While DropMix is a game, and it does have collectible cards which are sold in packs, the similarities end there. Instead Hasbro and Harmonix have created …

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Sega Europe chief departs after four months ‘by mutual agreement’

Sega today announced the departure of its top European-based executive Chris Bergstresser, who held the roles of President and COO. He only joined the company back in August, speaking of a roadmap that was planned as far as 2020, so his departure after just a few months looks to be …

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Square Enix CEO cool on microtransactions on console

After speaking to Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda it looks unlikely that the Japanese-based publisher will follow the likes of Take-Two or EA in a broad strategic push towards games-as-a-service titles with microtransactions. Having been asked about the different models of mobile and console games, Matsuda replied: "The way that …

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Ubisoft Milan and Playing With IP

Jem Alexander speaks to Ubisoft Milan’s Dario Migliavacca and Davide Soliani about the role of passion in development and working with Nintendo on Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

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Jagex and the invention of Living Games

Jagex is looking to become the home of living games, an evolution of the live games as a service phenomenon that is enveloping the industry. Jem Alexander speaks to Phil Mansell, studio CEO, to discuss.

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