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MCV 830 17/04/2015

  • COVER: Warner Bros claims three accolades including best publisher at this year's MCV Awards 
  • NEWS: Price war erupts in PS4 vs Xbox One battle
  • NEWS: GAME – Guitar Hero and Rock Band can win over hardcore and casual players
  • NEWS: '2015 will be the year of smartwatch gaming'
  • NEWS: UK retail expects toys-to-life growth as LEGO enters the fray
  • FEATURE: Five years after the series burnt out, Activision is bringing back the Guitar Hero franchise. But what is it doing to win back fans? We speak to developer Freestyle to find out 
  • INTERVIEW: ID@Xbox Europe boss Agostino Simonetta on Microsoft's indie programme's coming of age 
  • INSIGHT: Ossian Robertson of Kantar Worldpanel on what is driving the success of digital gaming 
  • INTERVIEW: MCV speaks to the world's first smartwatch games developer, Everywear Games about making the leap to this brand new platform
  • INTERVIEW: Last Christmas was one of the busiest retail has had for years, so are GAME's profits down? We speak to CEO Martyn Gibbs to find out what's next for the High Street store
  • INDIE INTERVIEW: Fans of classics Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong Country rejoice – some of the minds behind those games are returning to the genre with new studio Playtonic 
  • DATA: In spite of a few big launches, the games market in March is down year-on-year 
  • APPOINTMENTS: New CEOs for Capcom, Codemasters and Jagex
  • SHELF LIFE: Alan Davidson of Halifax's Gamesave on why he is considering moving out of video games altogether 
  • MARGIN MAKERS: We round up the best fighting games merchandise on the market, featuring goods based on Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter 
  • TERRITORY REPORT: The Balkan games market continues to struggle with higher-than-average product pricing in a region that has lower-than-average consumer income. MCV investigates. 

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