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FEATURE: The price of digital

It costs less to buy games from Tesco than it does via Steam. Retail price wars and general cost depreciation means that, on average, games lose 25 per cent of their value in just one month on the UK High Street. And that just doesn’t happen in the same way …

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Who will buy Metaboli?

Digital retailer Metaboli is an acquisition target for major video game firms. MCV has been told twice that distribution giant Arvato is set to buy the company, but twice Arvato has strenuously denied it. We are not currently in discussions with Metaboli about purchasing the business,” a spokesperson told MCV. …

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Digital guru in at GAME

Former Metaboli director Paul Howes has joined GAME to head up its push into digital. Howes is recruited from download specialists Metaboli, where he held the role of business director for Northern Europe for almost four years. Prior to joining Metaboli he worked as UK general manager for Mindscape and …

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Playlogic launches new digital platform

Dutch publisher Playlogic has launched a brand new digital distribution portal named Gamessence.com, a move that the firm believes will aid its quest to become one of the world’s leading publishers”. The site, which is being run in conjunction with digital specialist Metaboli, promises an easy to use UI. 40 …

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Metaboli extends deal with Ubi

Games-on-demand service Metaboli has announced that Ubisoft titles will be available via download-to-own for the first time. The deal will be available to customers in EMEA via www.gamesplanet.com and in the US through www.gametap.com. Metaboli currently has 47 Ubisoft titles in its catalogue, which have proven particularly popular with our …

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Metaboli enjoys 120% Q1 2009 growth

PC digital distribution company Metaboli has announced that its Q1 2009 turnover is up 120 per cent compared the same period in 2008. Our triple-digit growth is based on strong fundamentals, namely the introduction of a very attractive promotional plan to our customers and having the largest digital video games …

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Metaboli eyes casual expansion

Leading PC games brand Metaboli has told MCV sister site CasualGaming.biz that casual is a big part of its future plans, revealing two new family-specific subscription bundles in the process. The firm also admitted that it is currently examining the possibility of expanding its offer to mobile phones and Mac …

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Rockstar signs up to Metaboli

Developer and publisher Rockstar has announced that its entire PC catalogue, including the recently released Grand Theft Auto IV and hits such as Bully and Max Payne, is to be made available on Metaboli’s ‘download to own’ digital portal Gamesplanet.com. It is a genuine pleasure to be able to list …

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GameTap joins Metaboli

Subscription gaming service GameTap has merged with digital download giant Metaboli – cutting ties with parent Turner Broadcasting systems. According to GameStop, the deal that will see Turner relinquish management duties of the site early next year. After the transition is completed, Turner will become an equity investor in the …

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DOWNLOADS CHARTS: Football Manager scores again

Football Manager 2008 has stayed at number one in the Metaboli Download to Own charts for the third month. The Sega-published title continues to outsell Eidos’ Championship Manager, which has to make do with second place. Atari titles The Witcher and Test Drive Unlimited take up the third and fourth …

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