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62 more Blockbuster stores to close and rentals suspended as end nears

Administrators Moorfields Corporate Recovery has confirmed that another 62 Blockbuster stores are to close. This means another 427 workers will lose their jobs, although Moorfields has finally admitted – as revealed by MCV last month – that it expects the company to close in the near future. Add this to …

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Sainsbury’s to cease online sales of games and consoles

Sainsbury’s is to stop selling physical entertainment products online in favour of an entirely on-demand model. The UK supermarket announced it is to halt sales of physical products across its Sainsbury’s Entertainment website from March 2014. As a result, Sainsbury’s will cease online sales of physical products including video games …

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OPINION: Xbox One pre-owned backtrack puts the blame where it belongs – on publishers

Make no mistake about it – what you saw last night was a retreat from Microsoft. As if the weeks of deafening silence and increasingly confusing clarifications” weren’t confirmation enough, this line buried at the bottom of the platform holder’s statements speaks volumes. Loaning or renting games won’t be available …

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EA decides to ditch the online pass

It was once heralded as a significant step forward by a number of publisher execs, but now EA’s Online Pass is no more. The Online Pass was introduced in 2010. It saw single-use codes ship with new copies of some EA games. Redeeming this code typically entitled players to online …

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The end of era – Sony has produced its last ever PS2

Sony has confirmed that it has ceased all production of the mighty PlayStation 2. It was reported last week that the company had called time on its Japanese production of the console, but Sony has now confirmed to The Guardian that all PS2 production worldwide has been wound down. The …

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The end comes for Comet as all stores prepare to close doors tomorrow

Administrator Deloitte has confirmed that all remaining Comet stores will close their doors tomorrow (December 18th). Many closed for good over the weekend. The move will result in the loss of some 6,600 jobs just days before Christmas. 2.1m in holiday and back pay will be paid to employees. It …

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GAME Australia stores to close for good on Sunday

PriceWaterhouseCoopers has today confirmed to MCV that on Sunday the remaining GAME stores will close their doors for the last time. On 19th June, PwC had announced that the remaining stores wereslated to close, however until now no date had been set. The following day, on 20th June, PwC confirmed …

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A farewell to UK Resistance

Popular games journo Gary Cutlack has officially called time on his popular video games blog UK Resistance. The blog, which was a winner at the first ever Games Media Awards in 2007, has for a long time been a favourite amongst industry insiders for its glorious combination of brilliant writing, …

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Motorstorm and Yakuza delayed

Two key console releases have seen their release dates pushed back in Japan following the terrible destruction suffered by the country at the end of last week. Andriasang reports that Sony’s Motorstorm: Apocalypse was scheduled for release this Thursday (March 17th) but has now seen its release date changed to …

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Apple calls time on free bumpers

iPhone, iPad and iPod platform holder Apple has confirmed that it will stop offering free bumpers and cases to iPhone 4 owners on September 30th. The free case program that was launched in July in the fallout of the Antennagate controversy where it was revealed that the iPhone 4 would …

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