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PEGI rating system implemented in Austria

The Viennese Provincial Government has decreed to adopt the PEGI age rating system in order to more efficiently restrict young peoples access to adult themed video games in Austria. The Viennese Youth Protection Act will need to be amended in order for the system to be built into the law, …

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Comet looks to games after refit

Electricals specialist Comet has refitted its 85 stores with a bigger, bolder console hardware offering after a bumper year of sales. The retailer has seen huge growth within its games department over the last year, and has moved to capitalise on that by giving interactive entertainment a far greater in-store …

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Games spearhead HMV growth

UK retailer HMV has announced its financial results for the 26 weeks ending October 27th, which show profits of 25.9 million, a big improvement on the 26.1 million loss in the same period last year. Total sales for the period hit 790.2 million, up from the 767.2 million in the …

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Gamestations Gibbs to edit MCV

MCV has a new editor, with Gamestation’s Martyn Gibbs coming on board to manage the Christmas issue of your favourite games trade read. There are only two issues of MCV left before we all take a well-earned break for the Christmas period. But they’re ones to watch. This Friday we …

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GAME sales rocket by 90 per cent

Leading UK games retailer GAME has reported a total sales increase of 89.1 per cent, including sales from the recently acquired Gamestation, for the 45 weeks ending December 8th, whilst like-for-like sales increased by 44.1 per cent compared to the same period last year. Taking the UK and Ireland in …

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Dixons and Venom to take new peripherals around the world

Parent of Dixons the DSG International Group has set up a new range of gaming peripherals in tandem with accessories specialist Venom. The 22 lines will be released under the Swordfish label, which is already used within the DSGi business for computer peripherals. The international OEM range hit shelves last …

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Shopto.com breaks traffic records

Following record levels of footfall which saw it attract over 300,000 unique visitors and generate nine million page impressions during October, Shopto.com is looking to break the 500,000 unique user mark by the end of November. The online retailer’s traffic is currently up by 32 per cent for this month, …

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Zavvi unveils Nintendo zone

Entertainment retail chain Zavvi has teamed up with Nintendo to create a dedicated in-store area designed to promote the publisher’s consoles plus first and third party titles. The format holder’s devoted section has been set up in Zavvi’s flagship store in Oxford Street, London. The set-up is part of the …

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GameStop sees 283 per cent net earnings jump

Leading global games retail force GameStop has posted record financial results for the quarter ending November 3rd, with net earnings reaching $52 million – up a massive 283 per cent compared to the same period last year. Sales increased by 59.3 per cent to hit $1.6 billion, up from $1.0 …

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Play.com to launch huge consumer show at Wembley

Play.com is set to put the UK consumer games show back on the map – with an audacious new ‘entertainment lifestyle’ expo at Wembley Stadium. The retailer believes the two-day Play.com Live event will attract 40,000 consumers over the weekend of Saturday, March 15 – 16th next year. It stands …

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