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Square to help Ubisoft conquer Japan

Square Enix has announced a new partnership with Ubisoft Japan which will see the Final Fantasy publisher distributing Ubisoft titles exclusively in the territory. This arrangement is due to begin in April. The company’s president Yoichi Wada said: The global video game market is expected to maintain sustainable growth thanks …

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The Godfather II hits UK on March 6th

Electronic Arts has announced that The Godfather II will be released in the UK on March 6th, as well as revealing new in-game content that will be exclusive to anyone who pre-orders the title. Consumers who pre-order from selected retailers will be given an exclusive crew member to hire into …

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Sainsburys enjoys best ever Christmas

Sainsbury’s has announced that it enjoyed its best ever Christmas period, boasting strong performance and healthy increases in sales during the third quarter of its financial year. The supermarket reported that total sales for the three months ended January 3rd had risen by 4.8 per cent, or 5.3 per cent …

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Aliens: Colonial Marines to arrive in Q1 2009

Sega has confirmed Aliens: Colonial Marines is still on course for a 2009 release, estimating the Gearbox shoot-‘em-up will arrive some time in Q1. Concerns arose after lower than expected sales of the studio’s previous title, Brothers In Arms: Hell’s Highway, sparking rumours that Sega would cut the funding on …

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Cage: Games violence no worse than TV

Quantic Dreams founder and CEO David Cage has spoken out again criticisms of mature content in video games, claiming their effect is no different to that of TV, films or books. In an interview with Official PlayStation Magazine UK, Cage said: I don’t think we do anything worse than what …

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Games beats music in 2008

Despite the economic downturn, British retailers sold a record number of games, DVDs and music in 2008 – with video games ahead of the pack, establishing the medium as the most successful entertainment business of the ear. The Entertainment Retailers Association has revealed that its members a total of 485.8 …

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Mass Microsoft layoffs unlikely

A new report has dispelled rumours that Microsoft will be laying off a significant portion of its workforce, claiming the company has other cost cutting measures in mind. Following rumours that Microsoft was considering dismissing thousands of employees, CNBC reports that the company will be reducing its outgoings through attrition …

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Microsoft to see ‘thousands of redundancies’

Microsoft could be considering a plan for ‘substantial redundancies’, reports The Independent . Citing rumours on Silicon Valley website Fudzilla, the paper suggests that the software giant may look to cut between 10 and 17 per cent of its workforce – possibly affecting up to 15,000 jobs worldwide – and …

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Woolworths closure delayed

Woolworths administrator Deloitte has announced that the final closure of the retailer’s remaining outlets will be delayed by one working day. The last 200 Woolworths stores were due to be closed today, but will now open on Saturday in order to sell leftover stock. They will now close on Tuesday, …

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Gamestation targets new store openings

Specialist retailer still ‘under-represented’ in key cities following 250th store opening High Street chain Gamestation has told MCV it is actively seeking new sites following the opening of its 250th store. The firm opened its latest outlet in Meadowhall in Sheffield last week, and sales director Steve Cunningham feels Gamestation …

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