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AUSTRALIA: Market jumps 47.8% in 2008

New data from market research body OzToys has claimed that the Australian video games market grew by an impressive 47.8 per cent year-on-year in 2008, hitting a total value of AUS $1.96bn. In 2006, by comparison, the total Australian video game market was worth AUS $928m. Unit sales grew by …

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THQ Wireless restructuring leads to losses

THQ is restructuring its mobile division to focus on high-end games for iPhone, N-Gage, PSP and DS, and it seems that this has seen 75 per cent of the THQ Wireless workforce across three offices in the US and Europe made redundant, equivalent to about a hundred people. MCV’s sister …

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Further job cuts rumoured at EA

The EA rumour mill has continued to grind this morning with talk of further lay offs in both Canada and Australia. Overnight speculation on Kotaku claims that EA Canada’s Burnaby studio will be the next to suffer lay offs, with the site claiming that up to 55 people have lost …

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AUSTRALIA: Attorney General defends lack of R18+ certificate

South Australian attorney general Michael Atkinson has defended the Classification Board’s refusal to introduce an 18 age rating for video games released in the territory, claiming that games are potentially more harmful than movies. I don’t support the introduction of an R18+ rating for electronic games, chiefly because it will …

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AUSTRALIA: Konami solidifies distribution ties

Konami has told MCV of the turbulence in the Australian games distribution sector and challenging economic times” following the recent news that distributor Red Ant has been placed into administration . The publisher, one of many to enjoy partnerships with Red Ant, has reaffirmed its ties with Atari’s distribution arm. …

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THQs IceStorm ready to pick up Red Ant slack

Martin Good, the senior vice president of Australian distributor THQ Asia Pacific, has told MCV that has firm is ready to make the most of any opportunities that arise in the region as a result of the turmoil caused by the recent troubles at Red Ant. Red Ant was placed …

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AUSTRALIA: Red Ant goes into administration

It has been confirmed that Australian video games distributor Red Ant has been placed into administration, impacting the supply chain of a number of leading publishers in the territory. Companies using to Red Ant include Capcom, Konami, Bethesda and Midway – and with key releases such as Resident Evil 5 …

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AUSTRALIA: Market jumps by 47 per cent

Australia has become the latest nation to following the footsteps of the UK , USA and Canada (though sadly not Japan ) by reporting impressive rises in the value of its video game industry in 2008. The market reached AUD 1.96bn ($1.3bn) last year, up 47 per cent on 2007. …

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AUSTRALIA: MadWorld granted release

MadWorld, Platinum Games’ ultra stylised and ultra-violent title heading to the Wii later this year, has surprisingly survived its submission with the famously strict Australian OFLC and has been granted a release in the territory. Granting it an MA 15+ rating, the strictest available for video games in the country, …

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