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Report: 3.1m Xbox One and PS4 consoles could be sold this Christmas

Xbox One and PS4 should generate at least 1.2bn for UK retailers this Christmas. That comes from 3.1m console sales, 1.3m Xbox Ones and 1.8m PS4s. That’s according to trade body the Entertainment Retailer’s Association, which also says that number could rise to 3bn. The figures are drawn from a …

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FIFA 13 fell just 70k units short of Black Ops II in 2012

Call of Duty: Black Ops II and FIFA 13 are the two biggest entertainment releases of the year at UK retail. Both titles comfortably outsold The Dark Knight Rises, the third best selling entertainment product of the year. Call of Duty: Black Ops II shifted 2.67m units, while FIFA 13 …

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ERA ‘saddened’ by Blockbuster news

The Entertainment Retail Association hopes Blockbuster will re-emerge in some form. The rental giant announced it would go into administration earlier today. ERA’s director general Kim Bayley says the rental giant has suffered due to the rise of online and on-demand rental firms. We are saddened by the news that …

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ERA: "This may not be the end of HMV’s story"

Kim Bayley, the director general of the Entertainment Retailers Association, has claimed that HMV is too important for music and video companies to let it disappear. Highlighting that physical sales still account for 75 per cent of those markets, Bayley argues that HMV’s potential loss from the High Street would …

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UK digital games sales pass £500m in 2012

A report being published by the Entertainment Retailers Association will this morning say that digital sales in the UK passed 1bn in 2012. That represents the amount spent on games, music and films in 2012, although games accounted for over half of the total at 552m, climbing 7.7 per cent. …

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Veteran Bushnell "baffled" by Wii U, says this is the end of an era

Atari founder and games industry veteran Nolan Bushnell has predicted bad things for both Wii U and the wider console games industry. I actually am baffled by it,” Bushnell told The New York Times of Nintendo’s new machine. I don’t think it’s going to be a big success. These things …

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Video games now bigger than movies

Growth in digital has seen video games overtake movies as the most lucrative entertainment medium in the UK. The figures published in the ERA Yearbook 2012 shows that despite faltering physical sales, digital downloads and apps meant UK games market sales reached 1.92bn in 2011. That’s well ahead of video …

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The REAL entertainment Top 40

You know that Entertainment Top 40 released last week and published online by the games press (including MCV)? Well it was wrong. MCV can reveal that the video game numbers were based on the raw Chart-Track data and were not up-weighted to account for the whole market. That means Black …

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ERA names new Board

Best Buy’s James Cooke is the latest entertainment expert to join ERA’s Board. The Entertainment Retailers Association named its six Board members at its AGM last week. GAME’s Alex Vines, Play.com’s David Rimmer, Tesco’s Rob Salter and Asda’s Andrew Powell are re-elected, while Cooke and E-Music’s Madeleine Milne are new …

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MCV launches reports service

MCV has launched a Reports section within its new website, from which readers can buy and download some of the best games market research available. It will offer reports from respected third party companies and from the in-house specialist journalists. Prices range from under 50 to around 500. The development …

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