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PlayStation cloud gaming service rumoured for E3

Sony will strike a deal with OnLive or Gaikai at E3 next month for PlayStation cloud gaming, according to reports. The platform-holder will announce a new game streaming service for ‘PlayStation hardware’ at the annual trade show in Los Angeles, according to VG247. It’s not clear whether this service could …

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ANALYSIS: The pre-owned market

Before March this year, GAME and Gamestation were by far the UK’s biggest pre-owned game retailers. Second-hand goods even made up a third of the group’s total revenues last year. Yet this dominant force in used games has fallen. 277 of its shops have closed. So where do these customers …

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Simply Games sales soar by 200 per cent

Software sales at internet retailer Simply Games have trebled during the past 12 months. Sales are up 198 per cent over last year, and 400 per cent over two years ago. Our expansion over the past 12 months has been quite phenomenal,” Simply Games MD Neil Muspratt told MCV. We …

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Brand Map: Command & Conquer played 10.4 hours per week on average

Gamers play Command & Conquer titles for 10.4 hours per week on average – almost an hour more than the typical game. This week, GameVision Brand Map turns to the real-time strategy genre to take a look at one of its earliest franchises: Command & Conquer. We asked 6,724 gamers …

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Top Ten TV ad campaigns of 2012 so far

The Xbox 360 Kinect campaign leads thethe top ten games and console TV campaigns of the year to date. The chart below represents the Top Ten games and consoles TV campaigns of 2012. The larger the bubble, the larger the campaign, in TVR terms. One TVR represents one per cent …

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Five-Second Facts

Read and remember these stats so you can sound clever at the next Monday morning meeting. 3.5bnLoss reported by Sony for its financial year ending March 31stRead more $1bnEstimated revenues generated from overall game sales in the US during April, including retail sales, downloads, hardware, mobile games, rentals and moreRead …

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CeX expansion inspires indies

Computer Exchange has opened its sixth store in 2012, taking its global tally to 171. The retailer – which buys and sells second-hand games, consoles, DVDs and phones – has just opened branches in Banbury, Gravesend and Dalston. It set up shops in St Helens, Glasgow and Poole earlier this …

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Five fast-growing indie retailers

MCV and Koch Media continue Independent Retail Month with a roundup of five games indies which have grown massively in recent years. Barkman Computers Established: November 19th, 1987Stores: 1Based:Kingston Upon Thames, SurreyContact: 020 8546 5941 This indie turns 25 later this year. Owner Nick Elliott tells MCV about its growth …

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Def Jam Rapstar studio 4mm Games "on hold"

The $8m lawsuit against Def Jam Rapstar producer 4mm Games has left the firm starved for money” and its fate uncertain. Record label EMI took 4mm Games and developer Terminal Reality to court earlier this year for allegedly not obtaining song rights for the rap karaoke game. 4mm Games co-founder …

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SBK geared for big year as Moto GP takes a pit stop

Superbike racer SBK Generations will prosper as it has no competition this year, says the game’s developer Milestone. Rival Capcom usually releases a fresh instalment in its licensed Moto GP series each year, but has confirmed to MCV it is not doing so in 2012. That means SBK is the …

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