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Flappy Bird more than doubles Destiny’s peak searches in 2014

Google’s 2014 search data analysis has crowned cult smartphone hit Flappy Bird and the internet’s king of gaming in 2014. Overall Flappy Bird was the year’s most searched game followed by online Threes clone 2048, FIFA 15, Destiny and Titanfall. Flappy Bird searches peaked on February 9th while Destiny enjoyed …

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Wii U sales fall in Japan as Vita sales creep back up

The PlayStation Vita has crept ahead of Wii U in Japan as the momentum gained from the release of Mario Kart 8 has started to wear off. The latest Famitsu data shows that Nintendo’s machine sold 10,366 units in the week ending June 15th. That’s down from 12,576 units last …

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PES shows greater price decline than FIFA in weeks following release

It appears that the PES series takes the battle to FIFA on more fronts than simply on the pitch. Konami’s title has, over the last two years at least, attempted to topple its rival with lower prices – with last year’s PES 2013 offering larger discounts than the previous year. …

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Q1 sales down 6.7% at GameStop

Global games retailer GameStop has reported a like-for-like annual sales decrease of 6.7 per cent for the quarter ending May 4th 2013. Gross profit fell from $599.9m last year to $578.3m. Operating earnings fell from $115m to $87.2m. Net earnings fell from $72.5m to $54.6m. New software sales fell 3.8 …

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Microsoft: Console still accounts for 42% of the total video games market

With Microsoft and Sony about the throw millions and millions of pounds at launching their next-gen consoles, some observers may quite rightly ask one question – why? After all, mobile and casual games are the new frontier, right? Folk don’t want to spend 50 on triple-A games, let alone anything …

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Global ad spend grew in 2012

After the disastrous collapse of 2009, global advertising revenue is again on the rise. That’s according to Worldwatch Institute’s Vital Signs Online service, which found that the 9.6 per cent drop suffer in 2009 in the aftermath of the global banking meltdown has been partially reversed thanks to a 3.3 …

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Samsung expected to increase lead over Apple in 2013

Annual growth of 35 per cent is expected to further increase Samsung’s lead over former market leader Apple in 2013. That’s according to Strategy Analytics, which predicts smartphone shipments will grow 27 per cent to 875m units this year, although that’s down sharply from the 41 per cent jump seen …

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"Weakened" sales of Resident Evil 6 force Capcom to lower forecasts

Capcom has lowered its net income predictions by nearly a third for the year ending March 31st. It had previously forecast 105,000m in net sales, 15,700m in ordinary income and 9,800m in net income. These numbers have been reduced to 93,500m, 10,000m and 9,500m respectively. The publisher admitted that while …

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OPINION: Battle of the bullets might just fire up games retail

Our shooty Man showdown cover answers a question we posed back in May when The Avengers was rocking the Box Office. ‘Where are games’ heroes?’, MCV asked, at a time when cinema was showing you can part customers with their money on the promise of high-octane antics usually reserved for …

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Will Black Ops II outsell Modern Warfare 3? Does it matter?

All the research suggests that Call of Duty has peaked. Last year’s Modern Warfare 3 sold significantly fewer units in the UK than 2010’s Black Ops and 2009’s Modern Warfare 2. Anecdotally, MCV has been told that online traffic and magazine sales for Call of Duty editorial and covers have …

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