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MCV’s Review of the Year – Part 3: Events of 2016

Here’s our take on the big events in the games industry this year. Big themes in 2016 included the fallout of Brexit (or lack of), the rise of eSports as a commercial force to be reckoned with, the tarnishing of a few reputations on YouTube, and much, much more. Hope …

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Future’s purchase of Imagine is going ahead

The proposed acquisition of Imagine Publishing by Future has been given the green light. The Competition and Markets Authority has given the deal the go-ahead after wanting to take a closer look at its implications. Central to this investigation was a concern that the science fiction magazine market would take …

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Sci-fi worries threaten Future’s Imagine acquisition

The proposed acquisition of Imagine at the hands of Future has hit a stumbling block. The Competition and Markets Authority has found that the 14.2m deal, which was revealed in June, could damage the science fiction magazine market, as titles from other publishers offer only a limited competition constraint” to …

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Future acquires Imagine Publishing

The UK’s two largest video game magazine rivals are now one. Future has agreed terms to acquire Imagine Publishing parent Miura for 14.2m. Imagine’s portfolio includes GamesTM, Retro Gamer, Nowgamer.com, X-ONE, Play, For Beginners and SciFiNow. "This is a unique opportunity to acquire a market leading knowledge, science and technology …

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Imagine cuts Play print magazine after 21 years

Magazine publisher Imagine has axed the print version of PlayStation-focused brand Play. Issue 269 will be the last edition of the publication to come to newsagents. The firm says it will continue to release a digital version of Play on the App Store and Google Play digital storefronts. Play started …

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Games TM’s Samuel Roberts becomes PC Gamer editor

Former Games TM editor Samuel Roberts is the new editor of Future mag PC Gamer. His previous roles include deputy editor at Play magazine and SciFiNow. He was also a finalist in the Rising Star category at the 2009 Games Media Awards. He begins at PC Gamer on December 11th. …

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MEDIA SPECIAL: Stop the presses

Print is dead, right? Readers have moved on to websites, social media, tablets, smartphones – and yet a core of print publications still exist. So how are the UK’s magazine giants keeping their brands alive? Earlier this year, figures from the Audit Bureau of Certification showed that monthly sales of …

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Imagine merges X360 and 360 Magazine

Games mags X360 and 360 Magazine have been merged by publisher Imagine. The change takes place immediately, with the X360 brand chosen as the identity with which the pair will move forwards. Having been involved with both magazines throughout the last five years, it would be fair to say that …

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Imagine Online heads to the High Street

Ubisoft has released a physical starter pack for its browser-based game and popular girls’ property Imagine Online. This launched in France last week but will arrive in the UK and the rest of Europe next year. It is priced at €14.99 and includes one-month diamond membership for the browser-based free-to-play …

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Ubisoft appoints licensing group

Ubisoft has appointed Copyright Promotions Licensing Group (CPLG) as its European licensing agent for its Rabbids, Imagine and Just Dance brands. The firm will look after existing licensing programmes and seek new markets in which to take the brands. These include launching Just Dance-branded clothes and fitness accessories. Ubisoft is …

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