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Sega Europe appoints Chris Bergstresser as new president and COO

Hot off the back of two promotions for John Clark and Tim Heaton, Sega Europe has announced that Chris Bergstresser is to take on the role of its new president and COO. In this role, Bergstresser will be responsible for the overall management of the business, including overseeing its five …

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Dark Souls director Miyazaki becomes From Software president

The man who directed both Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls has been handed the presidency of developer From Software. Gamasutra reports that Hidetaka Miyazaki, who joined the company in 2004, has been promoted as part of a reshuffle that has also seen Demon’s Souls producer Masanori Takeuchi move into a …

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Konami promotes executive VP Uesugi to president

Konami Digital Entertainment has announced the promotion of executive vice president Tomohiro Uesugi to company president, as the publisher has affirmed a new focus to grow brand awarenes and sales in the Americas. The company will look to Uesugi’s "reputation and history as a transformational leader” and strong track record …

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Iwata’s Wii U and 3DS statement in full

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has released a lengthy statement clarifying the events that led up today’s damaging sales forecast reductions. Nintendo this morning reduced its Wii U unit sales forecast for the current financial year from 9m units to just 2.8m units. It also cut its 3DS sales prediction from …

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Iwata: We will carry on Yamauchi’s spirit

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has paid tribute to his predecessor Hiroshi Yamauchi. Yamauchi passed away yesterday morning in a Kyoto hospital after a battle with pneumonia. In a statement released by Iwata, the platform holder’s current boss vowed to stay true to the values that saw Yamauchi make Nintendo the …

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Former Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi has passed away

The man who changed Nintendo from a simple toy company to the world’s leading video games provider has passed away. Hiroshi Yamauchi died this morning at the age of 85. Yamauchi became Nintendo president back in 1949, succeeding his grandfather. He immediately recognised the potential of electronics and was the …

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Yoichi Wada steps down as Square Enix warns of extraordinary losses

Square Enix president Yoichi Wada is stepping down. The news comes as the publisher warns of what is describes as extraordinary losses” in its current financial year. Indeed, the overtly long tail being thrust upon consumers by the lack of market-ready next-gen hardware is certainly having an impact. Yousuke Matsuda …

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President Obama orders research into links between video games and violence

Video games have again become central to America’s heated debate on gun ownership that erupted in the aftermath of December’s Newtown school shootings. President Obama yesterday revealed a 23-step plan designed to address America’s gun violence problem. And one of those steps is an order for the Center for Disease …

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Smedley: People that don’t play games have no business in industry

Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley doesn’t believe people should be working in the games industry if they don’t play games. In my opinion, people that don’t play games have no business in this business. It should be the gamers-only club, I think. I can’t stand people that don’t know …

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Cave CEO and president steps down as outlook darkens for shmup studio

The president and CEO of Japanese developer Cave has resigned his position. Ito Masahito, who will be replaced as president by chairman of the board Kenichi Takano, becomes the second high-profile executive to quit the firm this year following the departure of COO Miko Watanabe in May. It marks a …

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