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WH Smith to ditch games… but will anyone notice?

The ghost of EUK is still haunting the High Street – with WH Smith this week telling MCV that it is to ditch entertainment products – but it seems there have never been more opportunities for games companies to take advantage of new routes to market. WH Smith, one of …

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ASA: Video games are being advertised responsibly

Following a report launched on the back of the Byron Review, UK regularity body the ASA has vocally backed the UK games industry by stating that games are advertised responsibly. A recent report from the organization assessed broadcast and non-broadcast ads for video games that appeared in all media between …

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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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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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Publishers confident despite Red Ant collapse

Following the news that leading Australian games distributor Red Ant has been placed into administration , publishers have confirmed to MCV that they have already begun evaluating their options in the territory. Red Ant had official distribution agreements in place with Capcom, Konami, Bethesda and Midway. Whilst the firm is …

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CANADA: Annual games market soars

Following last week’s news that the North American video games market grew by 19 per cent to hit $21.33bn last year, NPD figures have also shown that the Canadian industry in isolation also enjoyed significant growth, CBC reports. Sales of consoles, games and accessories in the region totalled $2.09bn in …

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NPD: Games industry already being affected by the recession

The latest stats from NPD show that 2008 was a record year for the video games industry in North America – but signs that the worsening global economic climate is beginning to hit the games market are now materialising. 2008’s annual market value of $21bn was 19 per cent up …

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LazyTown running after video game deal

The rights owner of globally popular kid’s TV show LazyTown is actively seeking development and publishing partners to bring the franchise to the world of gaming. A statement reads: Today’s computer games enable children and their parents to be a lot more active than ever before and they can now …

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2008 Review Part Three

With 2008 drawing to a close, MCV looks back at the news that defined the last 12 months in the games industry. In Q3 the games industry continued to buck the worsening economic climate, Microsoft ‘fessed up to its RROD problems, Square Enix shocked the world with big Final Fantasy …

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2008 Review Part Two

With 2008 drawing to a close, MCV looks back at the news that defined the last 12 months in the games industry. In Q2 we saw PEGI and the BBFC go to war, more delays to PS3 Home, the blockbuster release of GTA IV, a tremor in the Force at …

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