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The rise of DayZ – how selling games is changing

The practice of selling games has changed forever. Our industry is built on a tried and tested business model – developers make games, publishers market them and retailers sell them. But digital marketplaces are changing this. Platforms like Steam in particular are providing an alternative for developers by offering a …

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From Z-List to A-List: The rise of Koch Media

Having built and acquired some blockbuster brands, Koch Media has seen itself move from the supplier of niche PC and Wii titles to a global player in both video games and movies. MCV speaks to CEO and founder Klemens Kundratitz to discover exactly how the European giant has changed, and …

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Japan 3DS sales jump 40%

Sales of the Nintendo 3DS leapt to almost 100,000 units in Japan last week, spurred by the release of Kid Icarus: Uprising. Unit sales rose 40 per cent from 64,017 to 94,011 during the week ending March 25th, according to data published on Neogaf, as reported by Gamasutra. 3DS console …

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Average software price up 5.4%

The average price of video games last year was 25.63. That’s an increase of 5.4 per cent year-on-year. In 2010, the average cost of games was 24.32.Specialists, generalists and indies increased prices the most, up 7.1 per centfor an average selling price of 27.01. Supermarket game prices were up 6.5 …

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EA: GAME will rise again

Keith Ramsdale, the boss of EA UK, has predicted that a new-look GAME will rise from the ashes of the current company. "I do hope and believe there will be a phoenix rising from the flames,” Ramsdale told an audience at today’s Westminster Forum event. GAME is full of good …

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Mass suicide threat at Chinese Xbox 360 plant

The issue of Chinese human rights has been thrust into the limelight again this morning with news that Chinese workers on an Xbox 360 manufacturing line have threatened their employer with mass suicide. Kotaku reports that workers at the infamous Foxconn plant were denied a raise and told that they …

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Screen Digest: MMO subscriptions on the fall

Subscriptions for MMOs have declined for the first time, according to new research. Despite the drop, microtransactions continue to grow strongly”, said Piers Harding-Rolls of analytics firm Screen Digest, which carried out the study. He added I don’t believe we’ll see subscriptions grow again in this sector as microtransactions take …

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XBLA price rises havent dented sales

Nothing is too expensive if enough people are willing to pay the price, and Microsoft says that it may not yet have found the price ceiling for titles released over Xbox Live Arcade. XBLA portfolio director Chris Charla has admitted that the average price of a title on the service …

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Retail told to pass on VAT increase

Major UK distributors have advised games retailers of new SRPs to accommodate next month’s VAT increase, confirming that trade prices will not be lowered. Earlier this month retail pleaded with suppliers to lower their trade prices so as to remove pressure to lower margins. If this isn’t done, retailers may …

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OPINION: The 2011 VAT rise

I don’t think anyone in the industry is kidding themselves as to the challenges retailers have faced in 2010. Every interview I’ve conducted of late starts with a dour acknowledgement of the pressures in the market. So I’m sure everyone appreciates the fears mounting at every level over January’s VAT …

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