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New games boss for Asda as Thompson moves on

Craig Thirkell is Asda’s new games buying manager. Thirkell is an Asda veteran of 17 years, joining the firm as a store manager in 1995. He has held numerous roles, including head of Asda mobile. He most recently worked as buying manager for vision and audio, and takes his new …

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Yahoo poaches PayPal president Scott Thompson

Scott Thompson, the former president of online payment specialist PayPal, has left the company to become the new CEO of Yahoo. Yahoo’s previous CEO Carol Bertz was controversially sacked last September. Interim CEO Tim Morse will now return to his role of Yahoo’s CFO. Thompson has been the president of …

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Changes at the top for Microsoft UK

Microsoft has made two significant changes to its Xbox UK senior management team. Neil Thompson – former regional Xbox director for Northern Europe – has been promoted to lead Microsoft’s new Consumer Channels Group (CCG). The group unites all of Microsoft’s physical consumer products, which includes Windows PCs, Windows Phones …

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Asda predicts 2013 market turnaround

UK games retail can expect another 18 months of decline before things start growing again,says Asda. The firm was talking following last month’s E3 conference, with games chief Andrew Thompson describing the games on show as ‘unbelievable. ‘The quality is so high now,” Thompson told MCV. You don’t really see …

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MS says Kinect shortages are not artificial

The general manager for Xbox in the UK has denied claims that his company is deliberately managing Kinect stock shortages in an effort to drum up hype in the key Christmas shopping season. The accusation was thrown at both Microsoft and Sony last week by US analyst Michael Pachter, who …

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MCV AWARDS 2010: Xbox wins Grand Prix

Coinciding with the news that Xbox 360 has just passed the 40m unit sales mark worldwide, Microsoft has stated that it is humbled by its double-award victory at last night’s MCV Awards. Xbox took home both the Sales Team prize and the prestigious Grand Prix. The format-holder has driven 360 …

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Praise continues for DEB

The Digital Economy Bill has today become law having received Royal Assent, much to the delight of key figures both inside and outside the games industry. The Digital Economy Bill receiving Royal Assent truly is a victory for consumer empowerment,” Microsoft’s general manager of the UK and Ireland’s Entertainment & …

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Retail to reign for some considerable time

The speed at which digital content has grown over the last 12 months has been phenomenal, but all three platform holders have told MCV – or more precisely, the guest editor of 2009’s final issue, Activision’s UK boss Andrew Brown – that retail will remain the driving force for some …

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Andrew Brown’s Question Time

One publisher boss. Three format-holder chiefs. Five questions. Find out what happened when Activision’s Andrew Brown quizzed Microsoft’s Neil Thompson, Sony’s Ray Maguire and Nintendo’s David Yarnton. Click here to read the full feature.

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Retail ‘critical for Sky Player’

UK Xbox boss Neil Thompson has called retail ‘critical’ to the success of its Sky Player service on Xbox. The service – which allows Sky subscribers to watch Sky TV through Xbox – launched last week. Microsoft has released a retail pack, which features a media remote, one-month’s subscription to …

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