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Andy Payne awarded OBE

MCV is delighted to be the first to congratulate Andy Payne on tonight being awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List. Payne is known to almost everybody in the UK industry and is one of the most widely liked and respected executives in gaming. As well as his …

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Games industry must "come together" to deal with riot fallout

With more violence and looting likely to come, one leading UK industry figure has called for the industry to unite in the face of unprecedented High Street disruption. I think all of us who live in Britain have been saddened, devastated and disgusted in equal measure with the events of …

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UK tax breaks ELSPA responds

The importance of the UK video games industry is at last being recognised – that’s the conclusion of trade body ELSPA in light of the Government’s pledge to support the UK games industry with tax breaks. The organisation has also pledged to continue working with the government during the scheduled …

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Take Two not expecting profit this year

Though the title means little to consumers on this side of the Atlantic, the disappointing performance of 2K Sports’ Major League Baseball has lead to parent company Take Two cutting its profit forecast for the current financial year. The publisher now expects full year revenue of $950-975m for the year …

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UK ‘super-distributor’ opens doors

Look out Gem and Centresoft – a new distribution rival has emerged following a deal between The Producers and Trilogy. The two have teamed up under a ‘strategic alliance’ to offer an end-to-end service of manufacturing and logistics, plus white label home delivery, digital distribution and Nintendo products – which …

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New faces join ELSPA board

Video games body ELSPA has cemented its board line-up for the 12 months ahead, with some new faces joining the industry’s most established faces at the recent AGM. Andy Payne of Mastertronic is set to serve another year as ELSPA chairman, whilst Nintendo’s UK boss David Yarnton remains vice chairman …

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New digital gaming contender launches

A promising new download service is to launch in the UK later this year, offering new releases, indie and classic titles as well as free-to-play games. Get Games will be headed up by Graeme Struthers and will be headquartered in London. Fulfillment specialists, The Producers – from the same stable …

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Mastertronic launches new indie label

UK publisher Mastertronic has become the latest outfit to put its weight behind the casual games sector with the announcement of a brand new arm to its publishing business – Great Indie Games. The new label is designed specifically to bring independently developed titles to a wider retail audience. The …

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Rockstar announces Max Payne 3

Grand Theft Auto and Midnight Club developer Rockstar has announced that it is hard at work on a third title in its Max Payne series, with the game set for release on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC this winter. Max Payne 3, which is being developed by Bully studio Rockstar …

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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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