Game industry business news

Nintendo to sign new PR agency?

The UK’s leading PR agencies are scrabbling for one of the most lucrative accounts in consumer entertainment, as Nintendo reviews its exclusive relationship with Cake Media. MCV can reveal that the platform holder is considering switching its outsourced PR contract with Cake – which it has shared for the past …

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Wii hits one million sales in UK

Nintendo’s Wii has hit one million sales in the UK after just nine months on sale, according to ChartTrack statistics released this week. The console becomes the fastest selling home format in UK history to reach the figure – 11 weeks earlier than the PS2 and 22 weeks before the …

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Logitech to produce new Wii controller

Logitech is planning to produce a controller for use with the Wii, which will combine motion-sensing with rumble technology, reported Games Industry . [We hope] to have at least one product out for the Wii this year,” said Logitech’s UK and Ireland country manager Chris Spearing. Having the motion-sensing in …

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Commodore Gaming invades North America

High-end gaming PC vendor Commodore Gaming has opened a North American office based in Stamford, Connecticut, alongside hiring former eastern regional sales manager at EA Bill Sims as vice president of sales in the region. The American division will implement a retail program for online and big box retailers, reported …

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Significant interest in ChoicesUK buyout, says administrator

The company handling ChoicesUK’s administration has told MCV that it has already been contacted by a handful of businesses interested in acquiring the retail and distribution firm. PricewaterhouseCoopers was appointed as joint administrator of ChoicesUK last week. A company spokesperson added that a date for a creditors’ meeting was yet …

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EA Playground release date announced

Publishing powerhouse EA has announced that EA Playground will be released for the DS and Wii on October 23rd in the US and November 2nd in Europe. The game includes a selection of playground games including dodgeball and tetherball, alongside less conventional ones such as ‘kicks’ and ‘dart shootout,’ reported …

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High Street feels the Bank Holiday blues

MCV sister site PC Retail reports that of the 3,100 stores that make up The Retail Traffic Index, 73 per cent said they had suffered a year on year decline or were neutral in revenues this bank holiday, according to research group SPSL. The number of shoppers declined by approximately …

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Need for Speed ProStreet dated

If there’s one thing that’s certain in the UK video games market it’s that come the end of the year both Need for Speed and FIFA will be riding high in the top ten – so retail will be delighted to hear that EA’s Need for Speed: ProStreet will European …

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Ninja Theory leaps into Blu-Ray debate

It was Sony’s decision to include its high-capacity Blu-Ray disc format in PS3 that has been attributed with driving up the price of the machine – so Sony will be delighted that yet another industry voice has spoken out in praise of the format. Nina Kristensen, chief designer at Heavenly …

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VF5 to skip Japan on 360?

Despite being scheduled for arrival on European shelves this autumn, the Xbox 360 incarnation of Sega’s massively popular Virtua Fighter 5 might not see the light of day in Japan, according to lead designer Tohru Murayama. Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, Murayama conceded that 360 had to date not proved very popular …

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