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GAME: VR needs us to succeed

If virtual reality is going to change the world of video games, then it will need the High Street. That’s according to UK retailer GAME, which is wary but hopeful about the new technology from PlayStation, Oculus, HTC and Samsung. CEO Martyn Gibbs tells MCV that in order for VR …

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Angry Birds firm Rovio cuts over 200 jobs

The Finnish studio behind mobile hit Angry Birds has let 213 staff go in a new round of job losses. Rovio’s latest batch of cuts began with discussions in August, with original estimates suggesting up to 260 employees could be lost in light of an ongoing restructuring process. The 213 …

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‘Overly ambitious’ expansion leads Humble Bundle to cut a fifth of staff

Digital retailer Humble Bundle has been forced to let 12 of its staff members go, after the firm’s CEO admitted it had attempted to grow too quickly. Polygon, citing an anonymous source, reported that the job losses took place across the entire company last week, and accounted for around 20 …

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Snake Tales: The games industry looks at the legacy of Metal Gear Solid

With a legacy stretching back almost three decades, Metal Gear Solid has shaped and inspired the career paths of some of the industry’s biggest names. From Konami stalwarts and PR veterans to journalists and developers, the innovative work of Hideo Kojima and his team can be seen reflected throughout the …

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Games outpace films and music as decline in UK physical entertainment market slows to 3%

The ensuing popularity of boxed video games has helped to slow the retraction of the UK’s physical goods market. The physical entertainment business (that’s games, films and music) shrank by three per cent during Q2 of 2015, ending July 5th, according to market tracker Kantar Worldpanel. That’s quite a significant …

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eSports needs better regulation, says Mount & Blade studio Taleworlds

The world of eSports needs to improve its regulations to cut down on abusive and offensive behaviour from certain pro-gamers. That’s according to Frank Elliott, community and PR manager at Mount & Blade: Warband studio Taleworlds Entertainment. Speaking to MCV @ Gamescom about what is driving the growth of the …

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Around the world with Ubisoft

Darren Bowen, UK sales director at Ubisoft, takes MCV on a globetrotting trip through its MCV Award-winning export team’s operations UK The UK, as always, is one of the first and strongest markets in new-generation gaming. There is a strong desire to own the newest technology within the UK but …

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International Insight: Germany

As the games industry heads to Cologne for Gamescom, Timm Walter, senior manager at local industry body GAME, examines the struggle of Germany’s local market Germany is huge, and thus the German games market is one of the biggest worldwide. Germany’s estimated sales revenue in 2015 for games was €3.27 …

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European Commission: Our ‘Digital Single Market’ will strengthen the industry

The European Commission insists that its proposed Digital Single Market will open up the whole of Europe for games retailers. Among the proposals is a plan to end regional pricing, with online outlets such as Steam, the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live forced to maintain game prices across all countries …

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CentreSoft closes deal to distribute Metal Gear Solid V

CentreSoft is braced for a busy September after signing Konami. Konami – which previously handled distribution internally – will launch Metal Gear Solid V and Pro Evolution Soccer 2016. CentreSoft is already handling the launches of FIFA 16, LEGO Dimensions, Mad Max, Destiny: The Taken King, Skylanders and Tearaway during …

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