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UK retail optimistic about Switch, but divided on its price

The Nintendo Switch has been priced and dated, and though games retail is positive about the machine itself and its first year line-up, the £280 price-point has proved divisive.  Speaking to MCV, execs at UK stores point to a premium feel and build for Nintendo’s new machine, and praise its …

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ShopTo sales up over 13 per cent in 2016

ShopTo has announced its annual results for 2016 and it’s been a pretty successful year for the online UK retailer. Total sales were up 13.2 per cent year-on-year, thanks to the company increased focus on securing new customers at the start of their gaming life cycle,” the firm said in …

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Amazon: ‘It’s been a challenging year for games retail’

Few retailers claim as large an audience as Amazon. In total, the UK arm of the retail giant generated a massive 6.3bn in 2015 with research outlet Kantar Worldpanel saying that Amazon has a 22 per cent share of the entertainment market – the largest for this sector. But, speaking …

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UK retail expects toys-to-life growth as LEGO enters the fray

Leading UK games retailers expect the toys-to-life genre to get even bigger this year with the arrival of LEGO Dimensions. Warner Bros’ game will unite LEGO characters such as Gandalf and Batman, and is coming to Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii U on September 29th. The title …

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GAME: ‘VR is the games industry’s next big thing’

Virtual reality will have as big an impact on video games as motion controls, says GAME The statement follows last week’s GDC, which was filled with VR products including Sony’s Project Morpheus and Valve’s Vive headset. VR is the next big thing in the industry and as much of a …

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Games retail gets involved in the Ice Bucket Challenge

It turns out everyone in the games industry is getting buckets of ice cold water thrown over their heads. The whole thing is designed to support ALS, in an effort to raise awareness of the motor neurone disease. And some cash, as well. Plenty of games industry folk have done …

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Read our extensive interview with Bethesda’s Pete Hines in the latest MCV

This week’s issue of MCV is a bumper edition, featuring interviews with Ginx TV, Bethesda and the men behind E3 1995. We also analyse the June charts, which sees PS3 overtake Xbox 360 for the first time. There’s a whole lot more, too. Including the hottest accessories coming to market, …

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HMV suffers severe market share drop; Tesco up

The number of HMV shoppers have almost halved over the last 12 weeks, claims retail analysts Kantar Worldpanel. The firm says that HMV has lost its place as the UK’s second biggest entertainment retailer (behind Amazon) to Tesco, which has been bolstered by gains in the DVD and Blu-ray space. …

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UK CHARTS: The Last of US is No.1

Sony’s widely acclaimed PS3 thriller The Last of Us is the UK number one game this week. The game has comfortably claimed the top spot, and helped drive a surge in the games market, which was worth 12.4m last week (stat calculated by MCV based on GfK/Chart-Track data). The market …

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E3: Ubisoft boss says ‘good chance’ pre-owned games won’t change

The major third-party publishers have yet to decide their strategy on pre-owned games – but Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has a hunch little will change. Last week Microsoft put an end to weeks of speculation about Xbox One being ‘against’ second-hand games, by confirming a new structure for game ownership …

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