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Bookies tip PS4 for next-gen dominance this Christmas

Paddy Power has installed PS4 as its firm favourite to be the best-selling console of 2013. It has shortened odds on Sony’s machine to just 1/8 while odds on Xbox One claiming the crown have, in its words, tumbled” from 11/4 to 9/2. It’s been all one way traffic in …

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If you include digital, Black Ops II has had the biggest year for a video game ever

Black Ops II’s digital revenue alone for the last 12 months would place it as the year’s third biggest game behind Grand Theft Auto V and Skylanders Giants. That’s according to Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg, who also told investors that Black Ops II’s total 12-month revenue is the biggest …

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Tough year for Konami but better things are ahead, it insists

Konami has reported annual declines to its net revenue, operating income and net income. For the year ending March 31st 2013 net revenue fell 15 per cent to 225,995m, operating income fell 46.6 per cent to 21,875m and net income fell 42.8 per cent to 1,174m. Konami’s digital entertainment business …

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Nintendo’s digital sales stand at £75.6m for current financial year

Digital sales across Nintendo platforms currently stand at 11.1bn for the current financial year. That equates to 75.6m in real money. The figure puts Nintendo on track to beat the record digital revenues it posted in 2010, when Wii was riding high as the DSi was fresh on the market. …

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OPINION: Will 2013 be the year that everything changes?

The 1990s. The Super Nintendo and Sega Mega Drive. The Game Boy and the Gamegear (or the Atari Lynx, if you like). If you were one of the millions of people that owned one of former pair and one of the latter pair then congratulations, you still fit the bill …

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Namco Bandai profits rise 20%

Namco Bandai has generated gross profit of 1.3bn (167.5bn) for its financial year ending March 2012, but expects fewer games to arrive over the next 12 months. This represents a year-on-year increase of around 20 per cent. Meanwhile, net sales jumped 15 per cent to 3.5bn (454.2bn), and net income …

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Top Ten games TV campaigns: 2011 vs 2012

Games and consoles TV advertising has experienced a 25 per cent year-on-year decline in activity from the start of 2012 to March 11th. This week we look at how the biggest campaigns of 2012 so far compare to 2011’s. The combined number of TVRs in the Top Ten is currently …

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Sega to downsize, axe certain games

Sega is expecting a loss of 54m (7.1bn) as it restructures its US and European operations. Parent company Sega Sammy Holdings has today said it will carry out a ‘structural reform’ of Sega’s consumer business. It said it will ‘streamline’ its US and European video game operations and create a …

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2011 REVIEW: Let’s raise a glass to games

There’s no end to the list of adversities the games industry had to fend off in the last 12 months to ensure a prosperous 2011. The global economic meltdown has provided a horrific backdrop for the country, and none have been affected worse than retail. And as a response retail …

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Angry Birds rules the roost on the Apple App Store

At this time every year, Apple releases ‘Rewind’, its annual year-end lists for music, movies, TV shows, podcasts and apps. Last year, Rovio’s phenomenon of a game was best paid app – and it’s repeated the trick in 2011. It didn’t figure in the iPad stakes as it wasn’t out …

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