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PlayStation Vita Mega Pack bundle and TV ad targets kids

Sony is targeting children with the new PlayStation Vita Mega Pack. The handheld bundle, which includes Vita, ten games and an 8GB memory card, will be promoted via a TV campaign that kicks off this month, plus a range of POS. The ten games have been chosen to show off …

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App Store getting Kids category; Official controller support coming to iOS

Amidst all the furore of Xbox and PlayStation at this year’s E3, a couple of important iOS announcement slipped under many people’s radars. The first is that Apple is introducing a Kids category to the App Store. As The Guardian notes, kid-specific downloads are currently found scattered throughout the Education, …

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BinWeevils appoints new CEO

Rod Henwood has been named as the new CEO of kids’ virtual world BinWeevils. Henwood, an existing BinWeevils board director, succeeds former CEO Richard Watney. He joins having recently served as the CEO of JK Rowling’s digital Harry Potter empire Pottermore. Before that he worked as new business director at …

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Avanquest: ‘Licensed kids games is not a dead market’

Nobody buys licenced kids and casual games anymore, right? Particularly for ageing platforms like Nintendo DS. But Avanquest has built a business out of it, and surprised many last year by performing admirably in the publisher rankings. MCV speaks to MD Steve Powell… What drove your sales in 2012? The …

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Minecraft Realms subscription service to offer kid-friendly servers

Mojang is preparing to launch Minecraft Realms, a subscription service that will provide families a safe and easy way to play Minecraft online. Speaking with GI.biz, Mojang CEO Carl Manneh revealed the kid-friendly service is in the works. Realms will carry $10-$15 monthly fees to free parents from the server …

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GameStop planning 80 GameStop Kids stores in the US

80 US cities will this Christmas play host to a brand new store concept from GameStop. Called GameStop Kids, the outlets will focus on brands such as Angry Birds and Hello Kitty, with accessories and toys taking as much of the spotlight as video games themselves. The first GameStop kids …

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NPD: Kids play on consoles the most, tablet interest growing

The NPD Group has released its annual study on Kids and Consumer Electronics, revealing that while consoles and portable game systems still see the highest usage level from the demographic, tablets are very much on the rise. The study data comes from an online survey conducted from March 6-21 of …

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Kid’s BAFTAs welcomes gaming nominations

BAFTA has appealed for nominations for the Video Game category in this year’s 2012 British Academy Children’s Awards. Former winners in the category include LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean (2011), Rabbids Go Home (2010) and LittleBigPlanet (2009). Other categories include Animation, Channel of the Year, Feature Film, Independent Production Company …

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ANALYSIS: Can we really keep kids safe?

Earlier this month, kids social network Habbo grabbed the headlines when Channel 4 reported on the sexual predators that allegedly stalk the site’s 265m users. Within two minutes I was being asked ‘do you have a webcam?’, ‘can we chat on MSN or Skype?’,” said Channel 4 News producer Rachel …

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HOT TOPICS: Is the kids games market dead?

In the fifth of a series of features answering the biggest questions about the industry’s future, Christopher Dring shatters the myths behind the shrinking children’s sector Is the kids games market dead?NO During the PS2’s era, licensed kids games were the hottest properties. And with the likes of Finding Nemo …

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