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Ukie’s Jo Twist appointed sector champion to improve disability access to gaming industry

Ukie CEO Dr Jo Twist OBE has been appointed as one of eleven sector champions in the UK to help improve the experiences of disabled people across the country. Minister for Disabled People, Work and Health Penny Mordaunt announced the appointments this week, with the aim of tackling the issues …

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The State of Survival Horror

It’s fair to say that survival horror had slipped out of the mainstream. The genre’s big series – Resident Evil, Silent Hill and Dead Space – have all opted for a more action-focused experience. Since Resident Evil 4, survival horror has swapped scares and a feeling of vulnerability for mobility …

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Video games contributed £1bn to UK in 2013

A new report from TIGA says that the video games industry contributed 1.02bn to the UK economy in 2013. That’s up from 947m the year before, and resulted in tax revenues of 419m for the Treasury. The total number of people employed by the sector is up too, from 9,224 …

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Mobile now account for half of Japanese games market as sector nearly doubles

A new report claims that smartphone gaming now account for around 50 per cent of Japan’s total video games market. Serkantoto says that data from CyberZ says that of the total $10.8bn annual Japanese games spend in 2013, around $5.4bn of this was spent on mobile games. Furthermore, that’s up …

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Steam growth continues despite PC decline

The decline in PCs is not having any detrimental effect on Steam, which according to owner Valve continues to post impressive growth. CVG reports that Valve MD Gabe Newell told an audience at the Linuxcon event in New Orleans that Steam is not mirroring the trends seen in PC hardware. …

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Peripherals industry ‘near-impossible to penetrate,’ says inventor

A designer working on a new racing game controller says the UK peripherals market is inaccessible to outsiders. Dr. Edmund Jephcott has created the Pegasus racing game control system, a device designed to make the steering of existing controllers more managable. But Jephcott has found the peripherals market too closed …

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Future of video games at HMV in doubt as it decimates team

The UK games trade is concerned over the latest round of redundanciesat beleaguered retail giant HMV. The firm has cut down the group of ten games buyers and merchandisers down to just two. Amongst the redundancies were head of technology and games Ewan Pinder and games category manager Andy Pinder. …

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EA founder says consoles will become "a hobby market"

Predictions of gloom for the console sector aren’t exactly rare – and this morning you’ve got another one to add to the pile. EA founder Trip Hawkins predicts that the future of the console market is a hobbyist one, with the bulk of the sector to be claimed by PC …

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Borderlands 2 sparks market fight back

Sales of video games leapt up 125 per cent last week on the back of three blockbuster releases. In total 16.6m was taken at games stores for the week ending September 22nd, which is up almost 10m over the seven days previously. 586,077 games were sold in total, an increase …

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Games and consoles TV advertising at five-year low?

This week we review the current state of the games and consoles TV advertising market in 2012 so far, in comparison to the previous five years. The lines represent TV activity, benchmarked against 2008. The bars represent the year-on-year percentage change in activity (2012 vs 2011).The analysis does not make …

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