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Issue 580 Friday March 26 2010 £3.25

04 Block not ‘busted

14 Arts’ attack

UK MD breaks silence – says troubled rental chain will not close down.

EA’s Rob Davey discusses how the publisher is growing its market share

04 New ‘3D’ DS announced

17 Winning Formula

Nintendo releases first details of DS successor, featuring 3D displays.

Codemasters’ Jeremy Wigmore talks F1, Bodycount and International Cricket

06 Batman – 3D’s killer app

21 Copycats

New Game Of The Year Edition could drive 3D uptake with new technology

We look at the copy protection and duplication sector’s latest hurdles

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Supermarket sweep Grocers are now the third-biggest games retailers, accounting for £328m of the market in 2009, says ERA – but it is specialist and online retailers that are pushing the average price of a game down to £21.34 per unit by Christopher Dring IT’S OFFICIAL: supermarkets are the fastest growing games retailers in the UK. According to TNS data published by ERA this week, supermarkets took up 17.7 per cent of revenue earned through video game software

The latest data from TNS also revealed that supermarkets are now the biggest DVD retailer with 35.7 per cent share of the video sector. They’re also the second largest in music, accounting for 29.3 per cent of CD sales last year. ERA director general Kim Bayley told MCV the loss of

It wouldn’t surprise me to see supermarkets’ market share in games continue to increase Kim Bayley, ERA

sales in 2009 – a whopping £328 million. That figure was just £210m, 10.1 per cent of the market, the year previously. Online retail also grew its presence in games slightly – but specialists such as GAME and Gamestation saw their market share marginally fall from 35 per cent in 2008 to 33.9 per cent in 2009.

Woolworths has propelled the growth of supermarkets – and she reckons they will grow their share in games further. “Woolworths sales pretty much migrated either to supermarkets or online,” she said. “Games trends tend to follow music and DVD, and supermarkets have been ramping up their games

GAMES VS MOVIES VS MUSIC In its annual yearbook ERA has totalled up the UK sales for the biggest album, DVD, Blu-ray and game releases of 2009 – and key video games trump major music and movie releases... 1. COD: Modern Warfare 2 2. Harry Potter: Half-Blood 3. FIFA 10 4. Quantum of Solace 5. Twilight 6. I Dreamed A Dream (S.Boyle) 7. Wii Sports Resort 8. The Fame (Lady GaGa) 9. Slumdog Millionaire 10. Transformers: Fallen

Activision Warner EA Fox E1 Ent. Sony Nintendo Universal Fox Paramount

2,926,637 2,193,700 2,155,697 2,040,229 1,815,543 1,714,369 1,488,797 1,458,289 1,383,838 1,362,020

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offering – it wouldn’t surprise me to see their market share in games continue to increase. If I were a supermarket, I would be thinking that if I can get a 35 per cent share in DVD, I can also get that in games. “But there is a lot more competition in the games market, so supermarkets will probably not quite reach the same market share as they do in other entertainment sector.” But supermarkets are not the cheapest retailers, says ERA. The average price of software sold by the likes of Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury’s was £23.23, much more than general retailers (£22.44), online (£19.29) or specialists (£20.96). The overall average price of a game in 2009 was £21.34, down from £22.99 in 2008. There has also been a drop in the total number of games outlets, from 7,609 in 2008 to 6,770 last year, due to the fall of Woolworths and Zavvi.

Meet the new, ‘inclusive and evolutionary’ UKIE by Michael French REBRANDING ELSPA to the newer, more accessible UK Interactive Entertainment Association ‘reflects the evolving nature of the industry’ according to director general Michael Rawlinson. The UK games industry trade association last week confirmed it will rebrand this summer after 20 years as ELSPA. “We’ve got to move with this world if we are to remain

relevant to it,” Rawlinson told MCV. “What is a publisher these days? It hasn’t been for some time someone who

developers now, and many developers know they don’t have to go to a big corporation to get their content out. All of

Announcing the new name is just the start. We will be inclusive to the whole industry.

commissions someone else to make games for them – many of our members own games

Michael Rawlinson

that is blurring. We are no longer talking about just console and PC any more –

people play with mobile apps, in browsers and online.” Switching from the ELSPA name has been in the works since September. Rawlinson said the organisation will maintain its thorough stance on piracy, online safety, proactive political dialogue and defending games from unwarranted criticism – but all will be tuned towards the new era our industry faces. UK Interactive Entertainment could also get closer to social

issues around games, the impact the medium has on its audience, and might ramp up its services and events. And yes, UK IEA will have a more diverse membership. Added Rawlinson: “Announcing the new name is just the start of a consultative and open process where we facilitate the evolution of the industry’s trade association. “ELSPA is signalling that it is becoming inclusive to the whole industry.”

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[LEADER] UKIE OKAY? Does the new name sound funny? At the moment, for sure. Does it mean anything? Not yet. But it could do. And that, of course, is the challenge for any re-brand. “We’ll just have to make sure that everyone refers to us solely as UK Interactive Entertainment and not UKIE if we can,” said one wise but worried owl at ELSPA’s last supper. Yeah, right… I would suggest a more pragmatic attitude. UK Interactive Entertainment is perfectly acceptable as the new name. UKIE? People will get used to it. After all, we dealt with Nintendo choosing Wii as a console name and that was proper mental. There are a variety of very good reasons for the games trade body to switch its name. Strategically, the powers behind the ELSPA throne realise that the games business is changing. Lines between development and publishing are blurring and routes to market are widening. Now is the perfect time for a re-think. Practically, a change is needed to aid universal representation to Government and basic funding. Post-Byron Review, we are firmly on Westminster’s radar. I was wedged between Culture, Media and Sport secretary Ben Bradshaw’s longtime political advisor and a trusted DCMS worker bee at the BAFTAs last week. It used to be a pissed-up PR and a bored finance director. Things have changed.

“A more inclusive UKIE could see off the threat of companies from the app, browser or social media games space setting up their own body.” COME MANY, COME ALL? Whoever wins the next election, Government is clearly prepared to get a lot closer to games and, if it can, even help the industry. But it would prefer one trade body, and is a little uncomfortable that ELSPA, whilst being efficient and intelligent, would appear to only have a remit to serve the interests of traditional publishers. A more inclusive UKIE could also see off the threat of companies from the app or social media space setting up their own body. It’s frustrating enough that TIGA likes to paddle its own canoe. And if a single trade body is going to provide the services required by a £4 billion sector (such as research and training, let alone political liaison) then it needs more cash, which means more members. Studios, retailers, services, media, distributors and hardware makers… your voice may be about to get a little louder in the corridors of power. Stuart.Dinsey@intentmedia.co.uk

Business as usual at Rental giant insists no UK stores will be closed  ‘We are a profitable by Christopher Dring BLOCKBUSTER UK is not closing any stores and is a profitable business, insists MD Martin Higgins. The firm broke its silence after news emerged that its US parent could face bankruptcy. MCV also reported last week that Blockbuster is looking to sell its UK arm. However, Higgins has denied analyst statements that the firm

over 640. With a store portfolio of this scale you will always have some shops lose money that you sell to someone else, or isn’t right for you.” Following news that Blockbuster has appointed someone to sell its UK business, MCV was contacted to say a deal was at an ‘advanced stage.’ Higgins says that although he is not directly involved in the sale of the business, news of an

This is a good company, it is profitable, it doesn’t have any debt and is robust. It’s business as usual for me. Martin Higgins, Blockbuster

is closing stores in order to help facilitate a sale. “There is no major storeclosing programme going on,” Higgins told MCV. “I don’t have any stores in the UK right now losing money to the extent that it is worth closing them. “In the normal course of events, we have closed some stores. In 2006 we had 700 stores, and we now have just

NEW ‘3D’ DS ANNOUNCED A true successor to the Nintendo DS is on the way – the 3DS. Nintendo announced the new device just as MCV went to press. The firm said: “Games can be enjoyed with 3D effects without the need for any special glasses.” The new handheld console will be backwards compatible with older DS games and is due to be launched before March next year. More details will be revealed at E3 2010 in LA this June.

imminent sale is not something he is aware of. “Someone is making it up, and if they’re not making it up, it’s news to me,” he added. “The company has stated it wants to dispose of its international businesses and has decided to sell them. “This is a good company, it is profitable, it doesn’t have any debt and is robust. Our profits are up nearly 18 per cent, and

there are not many retailers in the UK able to say that. “We run a separate legal entity over here. If our parent company does go into bankruptcy we would trade on as normal.


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Blockbuster business without any debt,’ says UK MD

Slim Xbox 360 to be bundled with Natal? by Dominic Sacco

Blockbuster’s UK boss Martin Higgins has dismissed reports that the firm is closing stores in preparation for a sale

“At Blockbuster it’s business as usual for me.” Blockbuster US revealed last week its concern that “increasingly competitive industry conditions” means there is “substantial doubt

about our ability to continue as a going concern”. The firm reported a $434.9m loss in Q4 last year. Its US arm is said to have debts of $1bn. Blockbuster: 01895 258866

MICROSOFT is rumoured to be readying an Xbox 360 slim unit that could launch with Project Natal this year. The trimmed-down model would arrive to help prolong the lifecycle of the console, and could be released as a bundle at retail with Natal. Reports over a redesigned Xbox 360 surfaced last week when pictures of a new motherboard appeared online, as well as rumours of Xbox 360s becoming compatible with external hard drives. Analyst Nick Parker told MCV: “The slim version will probably include other improvements in a move to prolong the lifecycle of the Xbox 360 as a brand. “Like anything its success will depend on its price, but of course it does make sense for Microsoft to offer a bundle with Natal.”

When asked about the possibility of an Xbox 360 slim, a spokesperson said: “Microsoft does not comment on rumour or speculation.” 2010 is set to be a major year for Xbox, with several new titles such as Halo: Reach, Fable III and Crackdown 2 scheduled for release alongside the firm’s Project Natal. Microsoft’s European boss Chris Lewis previously told us: “2010 is set to be the biggest in Xbox history and a major year for the games industry, where we will witness a fundamental change in the way we experience and share entertainment with each other.” The computer giant has also confirmed that Project Natal will be available before Christmas, and is likely to go on sale during November or December 2010. MCV understands it could be sold for as little as £50.

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TOP 10 SUPER STREET FIGHT IV + T-SHIRT PS3, CAPCOM

2. JUST CAUSE 2: LIMITED ED 360 ................................SQUARE ENIX

3. SUPER SF IV + T-SHIRT 360 ......................................CAPCOM

4. JUST CAUSE 2: LIMITED ED PS3 ................................SQUARE ENIX

5. SPLINTER CELL: CONVICTION + T-SHIRT 360 ......................................UBISOFT

6. RESONANCE OF FATE PS3 ..........................................SEGA

7. SPLINTER CELL: CONVICTION + LONG T 360 ......................................UBISOFT

8. POKÉMON HEARTGOLD DS......................................NINTENDO

9. POKÉMON SOULSILVER DS......................................NINTENDO

10. FORMULA 1 2010 PS3 ..............................CODEMASTERS Week ending: March 19th Source: SHOPTO.COM  Turn to page 35 for more pre-order charts from leading online retailers

UK SOFTWARE SALES MONITOR Your weekly guide to the UK games software market…  This week’s UK software sales dropped 24 per cent to £20m, while total units were down 19 per cent to 841,092.  The market was driven by Sony’s flagship release God of War III, which took No.1 in the All Formats chart. Other new releases Metro 2033, Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening and Command and Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight also debuted highy in their respective format charts.  A whole host of big new titles hit UK stores today (Friday, March 26th), including Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, plus Just Cause 2, Red Steel 2 and Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY Edition, which should drive sales over the coming week.

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Total UK Software Sales Source: ELSPA/ChartTrack and Intent Media

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Can Batman be 3D’s killer app? Firm behind new tech in Game of the Year SKU says game can drive 3D uptake  Retail 3D bundles next? by Michael French NINTENDO ISN’T the only company eyeing innovative new 3D games technology. The firm behind the 3D elements in today’s re-release of Batman: Arkham Asylum says its cheaper technology can drive rapid acceptance of games with added on-screen depth elements.

doesn’t require an expensive TV – one of the current barriers around 3D content in the home. The team behind the tech say it’s a decent compromise between consumer demand for 3D content and what gamers and the industry can afford. “There are all types of people wanting to get into 3D,” said Grady Hannah,

Hardly any consumers have those expensive 3D TV sets – this serves as a good first step before that. Alexis Arragon, Darkworks

Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition hits today, and includes a set of new challenge maps on the disc – but most importantly it features an integrated 3D mode with two pairs of colour-tinted glasses in the box. The game uses French studio Darkworks’ TriOviz’s 3D SDK. Unlike other 3D systems it

business development director at the studio. “Currently we are interested in working with those extending their brand. But once we’ve done that and got over the perception issues around 3D, the industry can start thinking about original content.” Darkworks’ product and innovation manager Alexis

Batman’s new technology could prove to be a key factor in driving interest and consumer attachment in the emerging 3D market

Post-launch Pokémon marketing burst begins NINTENDO will ramp up its marketing efforts this weekend for new DS titles Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. The company has already run an extensive pre-launch campaign for the two remakes, which releases today (Friday, March 26th). Now the platform holder is set to begin the second phase of its promotional push, and are trying to engage with both

newcomers and former fans that have strayed from the popular franchise. “Our marketing activity kicked off two weeks before the games’ release, building pre-launch awareness amongst the established fanbase,” said Nintendo’s marketing assistant Vanisha Kavia. “There will be further TV and online support from launch through to the end of April that will be targeted at lapsed fans and

those that have never played Pokémon games before.” The renewed burst of TV activity will feature kids aged eight to 14 years old and 16to 24-year-old lapsed fans discussing their favourite Pokémon memories. These soundbites will form two separate 20-second TV spots. Online ads will continue to run across numerous specialist gaming sites, dropping the focus on pre-orders in favour of a more general ‘available in stores now’ message. Nintendo: 01753 483700

Arragon added: “Hardly any consumers have those expensive 3D TV sets – this is a good first step before that. “For publishers, developers and players, Batman: Arkham Asylum will be the first easy step into 3D. And once more and more people start playing in 3D and watching content in 3D, they will want more.” TriOviz’s glasses feature patented magenta and green tint lenses in order to minimise colours being washed out onscreen. Cardboard versions can be manufactured to insert in game boxes. But Darkworks is also looking at producing more durable plastic pairs that can be released and bundled with DLC codes. “That’s a great way for publishers and retailers to earn more and make extra revenue,” said Hannah. “Our 3D functions can be easily patched into a game via download so there are lots of ways the industry and consumers can experience 3D.” games.trioviz.com

MIYAMOTO, UNCHARTED 2 AND BATMAN SWEEP GAME BAFTAS

Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto, Uncharted 2 and Batman: Arkham Asylum were the stars of this year’s GAME British Academy video game awards. Uncharted 2 picked up four awards for Action, Story, Score and Use of Audio, while Batman: Arkham Asylum was named Best Game. Miyamoto received the BAFTA Fellowship Award.


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Sega backs PC games market ‘PC sales are much stronger than reported,’ says UK boss  AvP and Football Manager sell big in February by Christopher Dring PUBLISHING giant Sega has defended PC gaming, calling it a strong and vital market for the games industry. Physical retail sales of PC games are continuing to slide in 2010, but Sega’s UK MD John Clark says that isn’t a fair representation of the market –

actually performing much better than is currently reported and remains a vital and strong sector to be involved in.” Sega was the second biggest UK PC publisher in 2009, with 12 per cent share of the market. Meanwhile, year-to-date in 2010 the company has a 12.8 per cent share of the PC games

The PC market is actually performing much better than is currently reported and remains a vital, strong sector. John Clark, Sega

with digital sales now accounting for a large proportion of revenue. “The PC market is third in terms of its year-on-year performance with a decline of 26 per cent, but this doesn’t really reflect the full picture,” said Clark. “The PC digital download business is now a viable sector but somewhat invisible as it’s not yet covered by Chart-Track. The PC market overall is

sector. This was boosted by the strong performance last month of Aliens vs Predator, Napoleon: Total War, as well as continued sales of Football Manager 2010. “Last month’s PC chart illustrates Sega’s position within this sector,” added Clark. “Napoleon: Total War, Football Manager 2010 and Aliens vs Predator are three

Sega maintains the PC market is still viable when the success of digital downloads is taken into account

different styles of game from three different genres. They can all drive a strong, community fan base with the ability to consistently deliver

endless hours of gameplay. Incidentally, they are all developed in the UK. “For 2009, Sega was ranked the second biggest PC

publisher in the market. In 2010 year-to-date, we are once again ranked second. Long may it continue.” Sega: 020 8995 3399

GAME secures Backbreaker exclusive 505 GAMES’ American football title Backbreaker is to be sold exclusively via GAME on Xbox 360 and PS3. And the iPhone edition of the game – Backbreaker: Tackle Ally – features a link so customers can instantly preorder the console version from GAME websites. The iPhone game is already available and marks the first time a mobile title has been used to encourage pre-sales of its console counterpart. Kathryn Hinton, head of third party buying at GAME said: “We are pleased to be

working with 505 Games as the exclusive retail partner and delighted to promote it via the iPhone version. “It’s a perfect example of how we intend to embrace new digital technology in order to inform and engage with our customers.” The console edition of Backbreaker is developed by NaturalMotion, and makes use of its Euphoria engine, which simulates realistic movement in player animations. The technology has also appeared in GTA IV and The Force Unleashed.

“Backbreaker is a truly groundbreaking title that 505 Games are proud to bring to the UK market,” said 505 Games’ commercial director Ralph Pitt-Stanley. “The tech demos alone have caused quite a stir when they were first released and we are pleased to add Backbreaker to the library of successful 505 Games titles.” Backbreaker will go on sale on May 28th for Xbox 360 and PS3, and will be available exclusively at GAME stores. Backbreaker is the first title to drive pre-sales via an iPhone game

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HMV pushes games in Easter ad campaign Entertainment retailer draws on iconic games characters for April promotional push by James Batchelor A CRACKING EASTER: HMV’s advertising campaign will feature some famous eggheads

VIDEO GAMES are to play a key role in HMV’s upcoming Easter campaign, which will promote a wide range of entertainment products. The retailer is gearing up for what it considers to be an important sales period with strong advertising in the works for its high-profile activity. “Easter is very much up there now with the likes of Christmas, Valentine’s and half-term as a key trading

Our campaign is purposefully fun, playful and familyfocused, with some great offers in there.

period for us,” said HMV’s head of games Tim Ellis. “As ever, customers will be looking for great-value deals, but I think they’re also looking to be engaged by retailers, so our campaign is purposefully

Tim Ellis, HMV

fun, playful and familyfocused, with some great offers in there as part of the mix.” All ads will bear the tagline ‘Have a cracking Easter’, and feature several iconic characters, stars and artists in

egg form, including recognisable faces from the games industry such as Mario and Sonic. HMV’s advertising will encompass a mixture of instore and window POS, as well as online and press ads driving consumers to stores. Games will also be strongly represented in the product and price promotions, such as Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. The DS games will be highlighted as lead titles in

the campaign, with HMV offering buyers an exclusive free DS carry case. The Easter push will arrive hot on the heels of its current sales campaign: ‘Boom – smashing prices’. This promotion has seen a range of reductions across films, music and games, such as DJ Hero retailing at £49.99. The ‘Boom’ campaign will continue to run through Easter and beyond. HMV: 020 7432 2000

Indies hail Disney’s new line-up DISNEY’S 2010 games line-up has been widely praised by retailers attending CentreSoft’s Independent Retail Event. The showcase took place last month, and featured upcoming Disney products Toy Story 3 and Split/Second: Velocity. “The Disney retailer day was a fantastic insight into the new Disney vision and also a great opportunity to see their strong line up,” said ShopTo’s James Rowson. “With Split/Second, Epic Mickey, Toy Story 3 and Tron amongst the stand out titles it was the perfect chance to take advantage of the benefits of being in the Disney Retailer Scheme.” Xbite’s Nick Whitehead added: “Disney gave a very good insight for their products for the up and coming year. They certainly seem to be taking the games industry seriously and have a diverse range of products to add to their solid back catalogue.” Centresoft: 0121 625 3822

F1 game to drive Codies’ 2010 game plans CODEMASTERS expects F1 2010 to follow the success of its 2009 Wii and DS racing title, F1 2009. The game leads a string of upcoming titles from the British publisher including DiRT 3, International Cricket 2010, FPS Bodycount and a new Race Driver: GRID over the coming years. Codies presented the game to specialist, general and sports media at a showcase event in London last week. Journalists and critics had the chance to preview some

new features and play through some early tracks, as well as speak to developers. F1 2009 spent 17 weeks in the Wii Top 10. The publisher is hoping the latest entry in its recently-acquired F1 licence will deliver further success at retail for the company. UK general manager Jeremy Wigmore said: “I was quoted in MCV saying that I was ‘gobsmacked’ by the quality of F1 2009. “I also said to retailers that this was going to sell. And it did. But I think moving F1

Codemasters showcased F1 2010 to key media on next-gen consoles

2010 to next-gen formats is the right decision. “What we learnt from DiRT 2 is that there is definitely a

cannibalisation of a certain type of product on the Wii.” F1 2010 adds a sprinkling of new features to the franchise

including real-time weather effects, revised driver AI, access to specialist F1 steering wheel buttons and the ability to make decisions as a driver throughout their career. F1 2010 is expected to be released on Xbox 360, PC and PS3 this September, towards the end of the F1 season.  Read MCV’s full interview with Codemasters’ general manager Jeremy Wigmore and F1 brand director Hayley Holland on Page 17. Codemasters: 01926 814132


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Brits spend £195m on MMOs UK gamers spent more on MMOs than any other European country, claims new report by Dominic Sacco UK PLAYERS of Massively Multiplayer Online games spent £195m on them last year, a report has found. The Today’s Gamers MMO Focus Report also revealed that there are over four million MMO players in Britain, and that UK gamers spent more than any other European country on the genre last year – despite the fact that Germany has almost six million MMO gamers. World of Warcraft and RuneScape were found to be the most popular online MMO

SONY: The God of War Collection has been confirmed for a UK release. The PS3 compilation of revamped PS2 titles will arrive on April 30th and bear an RRP of £24.99.

The MMO market is becoming increasingly popular and we feel it will continue to grow both in the UK and globally. Adam Tuckwell, Jagex

games in the UK, with three quarters of a million players between them. Head of communications for Jagex, Adam Tuckwell told MCV: “The MMO market is becoming increasingly popular and we feel confident it will

The UK has the largest European market share of MMO gamers

continue to grow both in the UK and globally. “RuneScape is popular in the UK for the same reasons it is popular elsewhere. The game is free-to-play, instantly accessible on low-spec PCs and most importantly has

thousands of hours of compelling gameplay.” The report also revealed Brits spent an average £10.60 per month on MMOs. More than 90 per cent of this budget is spent directly online. Despite these vast sums, only 38 per cent of UK gamers pay to play, with the majority opting for free online games. Of the total £195m, £95m was spent on monthly or annual subscriptions, £75m on virtual

items, currency or other microtransactions and the remaining £25m on boxed products and online downloads. Total spending figures for Germany and France followed close behind the UK with £165m and £145m respectively. However America led with a whopping £2.55bn from 46m gamers, bringing the total worldwide MMO consumer spending to £3bn. www.todaysgamers.com

Skyskraper launches Blue Ocean DSi XL packs sell out seeding ad experiment THE FIRST batch of Blue Ocean DSi XL accessory packs have sold out in just a week. The range first launched less than 18 months ago and has already established itself in the GfK Chart-Track top ten for Nintendo third party accessory labels. Distributor Koch Media’s new media manager Ben Jones said: “We are forecasting strong sales of both DSi XL hardware and third party-related accessories

GAMESTOP: Like-for-like sales for fiscal 2009 fell by 7.9 per cent, but still ranks as the retailer’s second best year ever. Total sales were up 3.1 per cent at $9.08bn, but net earnings were down 5.3 per cent at $377.3m.

up until Nintendo releases their next portable machine.” Blue Ocean is the accessories division of Koch Media, and produces licensed peripherals based on brands such as Peppa Pig, with products available at retailers. Koch: 0870 027 0985

DIGITAL AD agency Skyskraper has launched an experimental ‘seeding’ campaign to show the benefits of using all forms of media in games marketing. The company is calling on publishers to register a name, email and Twitter account at Growmythoughts.com. Registering will plant a ‘seed’ in a virtual landscape. Skyskraper will then simulate a wide-reaching campaign that uses a mix of online ads and social media. As the campaign generate more hits, the ‘seed’

SQUARE ENIX: Final Fantasy XIII has become the series’ fastest-selling game in the UK, as well as the fastest-selling game of the year in Germany and France. The franchise has sold more than 96m units globally. ROCKSTAR: The PS3 and PC editions of GTA IV: Episodes From Liberty City have been delayed from their original March 30th release to April 16th. EA: Battlefield: Bad Company 2 sold more than 2.3 million units in its first two weeks on sale. The publisher also claims it’s the best-selling March release on record in Western countries. WARNER BROS: The Lord of the Rings: War Of The North will be released for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, as a co-operative action RPG.

Skyskraper will present firms with stats on the seeds’ growth

grows into a variety of different plants, depending on which ads prove to be more effective. The seeding campaign will last for four weeks. Skyskraper: 020 7252 3288

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EEK W E H T F O N IG A P M CA JUST CAUSE 2 Action extravaganza Just Cause 2 gets a comprehensive marketing campaign courtesy of Square Enix…

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TV/MEDIA There will be a ten-day primetime TV sponsorship campaign appearing on Dave and Bravo, featuring 30-second promotional spots and bumpers. High-profile football matches will include a 60second Just Cause 2 TV spot on Sky Pub. This will run across two Manchester

United games, against Liverpool and Chelsea. Video-on-demand services have also been targeted, with advertising scheduled across 4OD, Demand 5 and Perform. RETAIL Just Cause 2 will have extra exposure in store, with window ads, extensive

racking and a range of POS retail material. PRINT Square Enix will continue to run advertising across print titles, following on from a four-month ‘tease and reveal’ campaign which began in December and introduced gamers to new information about the game.

ONLINE A two-month web campaign will reach IGN, following on from adverts which promoted the release of the Just Cause 2 demo at the start of March. High-impact homepage takeovers will also appear on specialist gaming sites including Eurogamer, CVG and Games Radar.

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February favourites Sega’s Aliens vs Predator ripped up the charts last month, but it was also a great month for EA, Ubisoft, Sony and Take-Two. MCV takes a closer look at the winners and losers during February... THE BIG games of February may have belonged to Sega, Ubisoft and Take-Two, but it was EA that emerged as the biggest publisher last month. The publisher’s vast back catalogue drove sales, with FIFA 10, Mass Effect 2 and Dante's Inferno the key products.

Sega was the highest riser in the publisher rankings, courtesy of February's biggest seller: Aliens vs Predator. Continued sales of Vancouver 2010, Bayonetta and Mario & Sonic were also a boost for the Japanese publisher last month. Meanwhile, Just Dance,

BioShock 2 and Heavy Rain helped Ubisoft, Take-Two and Sony increase their market share. However, there were small falls for Nintendo, Codemasters, Activision and THQ, with no new titles from the three publishers breaking into the Top 50.

In terms of units of games sold last month, Wii was the most popular platform. However, with many Wii games on sale at budget prices (including Just Dance and Wii Fit Plus), Xbox 360 was the most successful platform in terms of the value of games sold last month.

ALL FORMATS TOP 50 1

ALIENS VS PREDATOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SEGA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PC, 360, PS3

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JUST DANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . UBISOFT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . WII

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BIOSHOCK 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TAKE-TWO. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PC, 360, PC

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CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ACTIVISION BLIZZARD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360, PS3, PC, DS

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HEAVY RAIN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SONY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PS3

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FIFA 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . EA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360, PS3, PS2, WII, PSP, DS, PSP

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WII SPORTS RESORT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NINTENDO. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . WII

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NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NINTENDO. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . WII

9

MASS EFFECT 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . EA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360, PC

10 WII FIT PLUS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NINTENDO. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . WII 11

DANTE’S INFERNO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . EA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PS3, PSP, 360

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MARIO & SONIC AT THE WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES . . . . . . SEGA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . WII, DS

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JAMES CAMERON’S AVATAR: THE GAME. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . UBISOFT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360, PS3, WII, PSP, DS, PC

14 FORZA MOTORSPORT 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MICROSOFT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360 15 LEGO BATMAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . WARNER. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360, WII, DS, PSP, PS3, PS2, PC 16 MARIO KART WII . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NINTENDO. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . WII 17

ARMY OF TWO: THE 40TH DAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . EA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PC, 360, PS3

18 BAYONETTA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SEGA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PS3, 360 19 MAG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SONY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . WPS3 20 ASSASSIN’S CREED II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . UBISOFT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360, PS3, DS 21

SOFTWARE MARKET SHARE BY COMPANY (UNITS)

23 VANCOUVER 2010 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SEGA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360, PS3, PC

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PEPPA PIG: THE GAME. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . UBISOFT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DS

22 GRAND THEFT AUTO IV. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ROCKSTAR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360, PS3, PC

24 NEW SUPER MARIO BROS.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NINTENDO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DS

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ELECTRONIC ARTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14.4% UBISOFT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12.8% SEGA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11.4% NINTENDO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11.4% TAKE-TWO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.2% SONY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.1% ACTIVISION BLIZZARD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.8% THQ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.1% MICROSOFT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.3% DISNEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.3%

25 FOOTBALL MANAGER 2010. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SEGA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PC, PSP 26 UNCHARTED 2: AMONG THIEVES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SONY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PS3 27 MX VS ATV REFLEX. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . THQ. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360, PS3, PSP, DS 28 BORDERLANDS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2K GAMES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360, PS3, PC 29 PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2010. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KONAMI. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PS3, 360, PC 30 SONIC & SEGA ALL-STARS RACING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SEGA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360, PS3, WII, DS, PC 31

THE SIMS 3: DESIGN & HIGH-TECH STUFF. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . EA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PC

32 WII PLAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NINTENDO. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . WII 33 MADDEN NFL 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . EA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360, PS3, WII

SOFTWARE MARKET SHARE BY COMPANY (VALUE)

35 PURE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DISNEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360, PS3, PC

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34 DARKSIDERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . THQ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360, PS3

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ELECTRONIC ARTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15.5% SEGA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15.3% NINTENDO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12.0% UBISOFT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10.3% TAKE-TWO. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10.0% SONY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.9% ACTIVISION BLIZZARD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.7% THQ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.7% MICROSOFT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.5% DISNEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.5%

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36 WWE SMACKDOWN VS RAW 2010 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . THQ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, WII, DS 37 THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: SPIRIT TRACKS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NINTENDO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DS 38 UP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . THQ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360, PS3, WII, DS, PS2, PSP, PC 39 NEED FOR SPEED: SHIFT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . EA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PS3, 360, PC, PSP 40 DRAGON AGE: ORIGINS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . EA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360, PS3, PC 41 CALL OF DUTY 4: MODERN WARFARE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ACTIVISION BLIZZARD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . WII, PS3, 360, PC, DS 42 LEGO INDIANA JONES 2: ADVENTURE CONTINUES . . . . . LUCASARTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DS, WII, 360. PS3, PSP, PC 43 TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 10. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . EA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PS3, 360, WII 44 GTA EPISODES: LIBERTY CITY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ROCKSTAR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360 45 ASSASSIN’S CREED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . UBISOFT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360, PS3, DS, PC 46 THE SIMS 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . EA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PC 47 OPERATION FLASHPOINT: DRAGON RISING. . . . . . . . . . . . . . CODEMASTERS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360, PS3, PC 48 MARIO KART DS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NINTENDO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DS 49 STAR TREK ONLINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ATARI/NAMCO BANDAI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PC

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50 LEGO INDIANA JONES: ORIGINAL ADVENTURES . . . . . . . . LUCASARTS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DS, WII, 360. PS3, PSP, PS2, PC


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MCV INTERVIEW ROB DAVEY, EA UK SALES DIRECTOR

Top at the shops New numbers from GfK Chart-Track show that EA was the number one UK publisher in February. Ben Parfitt spoke to EA’s UK sales director Rob Davey on the publisher’s strong start to the year and what it plans for retail in 2010… How do EA’s numbers for 2010 compare to 2009? From a UK sell-through perspective up to and including week 10, it’s favourable. The latest Chart-Track numbers put us growing our share from 15.5 per cent to 19.1 per cent, a 3.6 per cent year-on-year points growth. That’s a very pleasing performance in the first quarter of the year, in what continues to be a very challenging local market. What is particularly pleasing is that this is a continuation of the share growth that we saw throughout last year – over the last 12 months, we managed to recapture the No.1 UK publisher position growing our share by 3.1 per cent points to 17.9 per cent.

Some have predicted another year of annual decline in 2010. Did you predict EA’s year-on-year growth in last year’s forecasts? I don’t think anyone thought the market would be as challenging as it turned out to be in 2009. We were confident in our release schedule, go-to-market strategy and the quality of relationships withr key retail partners to re-establish ourselves as the UK’s No.1 publisher, which we succeeded in doing. And everyone’s really pleased with that.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 shot to No.1 when it was released, and is the second best-selling game of the year so far. How does this compare to your expectations? In the current climate, game quality, heritage and consumer awareness are key to success. A high-impact marketing campaign allowed us to build on the real confidence we had internally on fantastic game quality which was reflected in the pre-order and demo

We’re confident of our strong line-up but are mindful of a competitive field, so we’re by no means complacent. Rob Davey, EA download numbers we saw. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 exceeded our week one forecast and the word of mouth on game quality helped us hold up the week two numbers to a much greater degree than many other Q1 titles. What other titles have performed for you this year so far? Mass Effect 2 was a fantastic game that delivered to the top end of our projections. The guys at BioWare succeeded in delivering a superb gaming experience that has again proven that quality really counts.

What about your new IP, Dante’s Inferno? The current market makes the establishment of new IP challenging as consumers are perhaps more risk-averse than they otherwise would be. But Dante’s Inferno proved itself with solid performance for a new IP, which gives us a firm platform to continue to engage and excite consumers via PDLC. Our studio, Visceral, are very credible in the horror genre – building on a reputation for high quality which they established with Dead Space and continued with Dante’s Inferno. Their next offering, Dead Space 2, is shaping up to be a real crowd-pleaser.

Do you think you can keep the pace up throughout the rest of the year? What will be your key releases? 2010 is shaping to be a continuation of the strong and varied line up we launched in 2009. Football will again be a core focus for us, both on the main product and in the form of the World Cup SKUs that we will launch in April. Need for Speed is in a strong place and with the development sitting in the Criterion team and their fantastic heritage in the Burnout series, I think that’s reason for huge optimism. Medal of Honor is a welcome return and we

COMING SOON…. EA has an extensive line-up of games due over the next couple of years, including new titles in The Sims, Skate and Battlefield franchises. Below is a selection of

2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa PS3, PSP, Xbox 360 April 30th

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 PS3, Xbox 360, Wii July

FIFA 11 Various formats October TBC

Need For Speed Various formats 2010

FIFA reached new heights with FIFA 10 last year, and the franchise is back after six-months with this World Cup tie-in.

Tiger Woods returns in July. The golf sim’s popularity has risen after reaching No.1 in the All Formats Charts last year.

EA’s football behemoth will return before the end of the year. Expectations are high following FIFA 10’s success.

Little is known about EA’s next console Need For Speed other than its developer, Burnout’s Criterion.


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MCV INTERVIEW ROB DAVEY, EA UK SALES DIRECTOR

EA’s Rob Davey mulls over the difficulties of 2009, the publisher’s key successes and the challenges ahead

have high hopes that the franchise can re-establish itself within a very competitive genre – the success of Bad Company 2 augers well for this. There’s a significant opportunity to take EA Sports Active to a new level this year with authentic keep-fit hardware such as a heart-rate monitor and a new wireless control system. Tiger Woods 11, we’ve announced, will feature the Ryder Cup licence for the first time, iwith the addition of Rory Mcllroy. This gives us the opportunity to work with high profile local talent. The Sims 3 will of course be a consistent focus for us – further developments will be announced in due course. Calendar Q2 will also see us launching Skate 3, a title that has won over consumers in that genre through its incredible authenticity and quality. There are many more announcements to come on our 2010 line up, some of which will be made at our EA Showcase at the end of April. We’re really confident we have a strong line-up, but we’re mindful that we have a strong competitive field, so we’re by no means complacent. Do you think boxed product can keep on growing as the digital age descends ever more heavily upon retailers and consumers? Digital offerings are growing rapidly, but we need to recognise that much of that growth still begins with a disc sold in stores. People still go to their favourite game store and buy a copy of FIFA for PS3, then go home and download great content, like FIFA Ultimate Team. The online growth is important, but we recognise that the consumer experience begins with a disc bought in a store.

the biggest games due over the next 12 months…

Medal of Honor PC, PS3, 360 Q4 2010

Crysis 2 PC, PS3, Xbox 360 2010

EA Sports Active 2.0 Wii, PS3, iPhone TBA

Dead Space 2 PS3, 360, PC TBA

EA will re-boot its popular Medal of Honor series by taking it into the modern age with EA LA and DICE.

The sequel to 2007’s popular FPS is due on multiple platforms and makes use of Crytek’s new CryENGINE 3.

The second in EA Sports’ fitness franchise comes bundled with a completely new wireless control system.

Dead Space 2 is set to continue the original’s critical and commercial success, adding a multiplayer mode.


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MCV INTERVIEW JEREMY WIGMORE AND HAYLEY HOLLAND, UK GENERAL MANAGER AND BRAND DIRECTOR, CODEMASTERS

A new Formula for success After a positive finish to 2009, Codemasters now plans to focus on a fewer number of mostly internallydeveloped games. Christopher Dring speaks to general manager Jeremy Wigmore and F1 brand director Hayley Holland on last year’s successes and what retail can expect from the firm’s upcoming line-up…

Hayley Holland (left) and Jeremy Wigmore (right) say Codemasters is now focussing on internallydeveloped games

Looking back on 2009, Codemasters had a bit of a rough start to the year before Ashes and Dirt 2 helped turn things around… Jeremy Wigmore: I think that’s a fair assessment. We had a difficult first half of the year because of the products that we didn’t have. But we always knew that we had Ashes, Flashpoint, Dirt 2 and F1 towards the latter half of the year, and we were gearing towards that. Hayley Holland: In terms of strategy we shifted our focus towards our internally-developed titles. We are still going to have some externally developed products as well, but as a business we decided we had to slow down and take our time.

Ashes came out just before Dirt 2, and went straight to No.1. Were you worried that the game’s delay [it didn’t arrive until mid-way through the series] was going to hurt sales of the title? JW: We were quite comfortable when it came out. The country was on an up because of how the series was going and it turned out we had released the game at the ideal time. Ashes Cricket 2009 came out when the country was on a peak. Sometimes in life things happen in sync that you don’t necessarily plan for but works out well in the end. If the game had come out after the series, that would have been a different matter.

What about Operation Flashpoint? That game must have been an expensive project, was delayed several times, and didn’t arrive until

do. The difference between Flashpoint and Modern Warfare was that Flashpoint was more strategic and more real war. There are so many FPSes in the market place that no matter when you release We have shifted towards it you are going to come internally developed titles. As up against something. a business we decided to To be honest, we slow down and take our time. were extremely pleased to be out before Modern Hayley Holland, Codemasters Warfare 2 and we weeks before Modern Warfare 2. enjoyed consistent sell-through all the Were you concerned about how the way to Christmas. title was going to perform? JW: I can’t comment on development HH: From a marketing position we costs. But at the end of the day weren’t trying to compete with Modern everybody knew that Modern Warfare Warfare. We set out to be unashamedly was going to do what it was going to hardcore, and it worked.


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MCV INTERVIEW JEREMY WIGMORE AND HAYLEY HOLLAND, UK GENERAL MANAGER AND BRAND DIRECTOR, CODEMASTERS Codemasters’ final game of 2009 was F1, which came out on two of the hardest platforms to succeed on – PSP and Wii. How did they do? JW: I was quoted in MCV saying that I was ‘gobsmacked’ by the quality of F1 2009, and I said to retail that this was going to sell. And it did. Retail didn’t believe it would get to where we said it would, but it didn’t just reach our expectations, it exceeded them. We’ve spent 17 weeks in the Wii Top 10. We had terrific support from Nintendo, but for a third party title to spend that much time in the Top 10 just goes to show the quality of that game. The strategy for that product was to deliberately make a serious game for Wii, and not another big-head racer.

Flashpoint was a successful FPS, but go back a little further and Codemasters released Turning Point: Fall of Man, which didn’t do well at all. What makes you feel Bodycount will be different? JW: If you go back to Turning Point and Rise of the Argonauts, these weren’t Codemasters games. They came from external sources. We have the quality in our own studios to deliver great games. There are only so many genres out there. If these guys feel that they can create a quality FPS, then let’s let them make one. It is about fostering our own talent and also keeping things in-house so we can have more control over the game and deliver the right messages about them.

So what learnings have you taken from the success of Ashes, Dirt 2, Flashpoint and F1 that you will try and replicate this year? JW: I think moving F1 to next-gen formats is the right decision. What we learnt from doing Dirt 2 on Wii is that there is definitely a cannibalisation of a certain type of product on that platform. The strategy of fewer products at a higher quality is the right strategy for Codemasters. Everything we are doing company-wise is geared towards that.

HH: That doesn’t mean we are going to reject external development, but we will cherry pick the right games. What we do now is benchmark the quality of the external products against what we are doing internally. What about Dirt and Race Driver: GRID. When can we expect to hear more about the next entrees in these franchises? HH: Keep talking to us. These brands are evolving internally all the time and when we have something to say we’ll be in touch to talk about them.

International Cricket 2010 is out this summer but there’s no Ashes series. Are you confident the product can still deliver numbers? JW: It is a challenge. But this year we are focussing on the quicker cricket games – the 20/20 and one-dayers. What we are delivering is a quality cricket product with a new angle. We are committed to cricket fans. HH: We’ve also got the football World Cup this year, which means football is going to get a lot of attention. But at the same time that’s going to get a lot of people interested in sport as well.

JW: We are the alternative to football. Bored with the World Cup? Play cricket.

F1 2010 is your big game of the year. Can we expect a big marketing push for that release? HH: Yeah, totally. We are planning the

Codemasters’ success is testament to what people believe in. We are extremely proud of being British. Jeremy Wigmore, Codemasters campaign now. We are working with the platform holders and globally we expect to make quite a mark with this game. F1 2010 is what consumers want and we need to make sure that we showcase what a great game we have before it arrives.

THE BIG THREE: International Cricket (top), Bodycount (middle) and F1 2010 (bottom) are the three key titles coming from Codemasters

The next major release after F1 is Bodycount in early 2011. Why do a first person shooter in what is such a congested market place? HH: Why not? We are applying the quality we have achieved in our racing games to other genres. We did it with Flashpoint, so why not keep doing it?

With the sale of Eidos last year, Codemasters became the last big British games publisher. What are your thoughts on the publishing sector in the UK? JW: It is tough. Everybody knows it takes a long-time to create a quality game, and that’s what we are trying to create. Everybody is having a difficult time with the worldwide recession. But the games industry as a whole is still vibrant and obviously has a tremendous amount of appeal. The success of Codemasters is testament to what people believe in. We are extremely proud of being British and we will keep striving to deliver quality products. HH: There is a huge amount of pride working for a UK company. And there is just so much talent at Codemasters. We just need to make sure we protect and grow that.


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Disc assessment As the industry continues to see significant shifts in the balance between physical and digital product, firms responsible for the duplication and copy protection of retail discs must adapt to survive. James Batchelor talks with the sector’s leading figures about how such firms can ensure a prosperous future… Duplication firms are now looking beyond physical discs in order to maintain profitability

THERE’S NOTHING like an economic crisis to inspire change. As the world recovers, every industry is starting to reflect on the new opportunities they have discovered during darker times, adopting a more optimistic approach to the year ahead. The games industry is no different, particularly in the duplication and copy protection sectors. Already under threat from the rise of digital distribution before any fiscal troubles even arose, firms in this space have worked hard to emerge stronger than ever. “The economy has been shrinking, which has led to customers reducing, delaying or scrapping projects,” says UKbased Dischromatics’ MD Gareth Spencer. “Nevertheless, there is still business to be obtained, and companies must pull together to meet new challenges.” Some companies even reached greater heights in the face of adversity. Replicator OK Media Group reports that it achieved its best ever results in 2009, thanks

primarily to the vigour of its home DVDs and new services ranging from market of Germany, and continued Blu-ray replication to USB and flashgrowth in other sectors. based copy protection. Meanwhile, other firms have taking Microboards’ senior sales executive advantage of the drop in business to Andy Lee explains: “The past year has strengthen their established offerings. been tough going, but we have “We have experienced less frequent managed to cope by focusing on looking software releases,” says Replication MD after our customers well and bringing Phillip Hall. “But this has been a One of the greatest problems useful time to increase we face is to get publishers our portfolio of addedto believe any form of antivalue solutions, piracy protection is possible. embracing new forms of Douglas Kinloch, Metaforic copy protection, content delivery and distribution – and even 3D production.” new products like our MultiWriter BluSeveral companies in the sector – ray duplicator to market.” including duplicators CD Team, CDCD Team managing director Jo Fone Writer and Microboards – have adapted adds: “By ensuring our services are to introduce additional practises to cope always flexible and reliable, we can with consumers’ changing taste in offer practical solutions for today’s media. These businesses have now gone business requirements. beyond traditional disc replication to “The challenge for us is always to try incorporate high-capacity dual layer and foresee what market demands will

be and to diversify our offering ahead of the curve.” PROFITING FROM PIRACY

In addition to expanding their portfolios, companies have actively hunted for new opportunities. Perhaps the greatest example of how this is that they are harnessing one of the greatest threats to the industry: piracy. With illegal downloading still an ever-present problem, publishers have been grabbing headlines throughout the past few months with their renewed efforts to thwart IP theft. Subsequently, copy protection firms – such as Metaforic and Starforce – have been granted the ideal opportunity to push their own anti-piracy solutions, gaining valuable business from piracystricken publishers – although this has been tougher than first thought. “Actually, one of the greatest problems we face is to get publishers to actually

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DUPLICATION & COPY PROTECTION believe that any form of anti-piracy or IP protection is even possible,” says Metaforic’s VP of business development Douglas Kinloch. “Piracy is an obvious opportunity for us in that we have tools to help mitigate and manage its effects.” Starforce marketing director deputy Dmitry Guseff agrees, adding that it is also crucial to address consumer attitudes to piracy. With so many horror stories of overly protective measures punishing legitimate gamers – such as EA’s Spore DRM debacle and Ubisoft’s controversial ‘always-on’ system – Guseff’s team faces obstacles on both sides of the retail counter. “The main challenge for the whole anti-piracy sector is that DRM has been compromised,” he says. “Consumers assume that DRM is invasive, unsafe and a totally redundant solution. We need to show publishers that properly implemented software

DRM measures bring zero trouble for their users and allow them to create serious obstacles for pirates.” Fone adds: “We have always taken the threat of piracy very seriously. It is imperative we are stringent in our security processes and procedures and the customers using our hardware to produce their own pre-release titles inhouse can be too.” As in-house copy protection becomes increasingly common, primarily out of the need for cost effectiveness, specialists

In a bizarre twist, digital distribution could actually prove to be beneficial to our overall business. Gareth Spencer, Dischromatics are urging their clients to take even more care during the process in order to prevent intellectual property theft. “As the industry changes, so too does the marketplace,” says CD-Writer founder Nic Ranshaw.

“Customers that relied on replication to produce large runs of discs are now finding that using their own in-house solution can be much more flexible and ultimately profitable.” ONLINE OPPORTUNITIES

Interestingly, piracy has pushed these companies towards what was once – and to some, still is – considered the greatest threat to physical product. Just as illegal downloads have, digital distribution has become the surprising source of brand new business opportunities. Duplication firms are now embracing the medium. “Well-managed digital distribution of securely protected applications that is easy to use and customer friendly is one of the best ways to help mitigate piracy,” says Kinloch. “In fact, the same techniques pioneered by the pirates are starting to be recognised and utilised to actually create a legitimate channel.”

Ranshaw adds: “The big problem for today’s content creators is that the younger generation of consumers expect to be able to get product for free. It is important for publishers to look at the opportunities afforded by these viral distribution channels.” Some firms have even used the dramatic reduction in demand for disc replication to further enhance their services, strengthening their position within the sector. Publishers’ dwindling production needs could lead to the closure of such companies, so only those with holistic offerings will earn enough business to survive. “In a bizarre twist, digital distribution could actually be beneficial to our business,” says Spencer. “As the volumes required for physical product drop to less-than-suitable levels, only duplicators with the right equipment will pick up more business.” Guseff adds: “Digital distribution is our bright future. It’s the most comfortable way to make a purchase, and offers faster delivery and a wider choice. It is


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COPYCATS: (Pictured from left) Microboards’ Lee, Starforce’s Guseff, Ok Media’s Garfunkel, Metaforic’s Kinloch, CD Team’s Fone, CD-Writer’s Ranshaw, Replication’s Hall and Dischromatics’ Gareth Spencer have all sought new opportunities for their firms during the recession, including the surprising benefits of piracy and digital distribution

also much easier to effectively protect IP that is brought via a digital channel than a retail one.” That’s not to say these firms have given up on physical disc duplication. Many companies believe that boxed product will still have a firm grip on the market for years to come. “Digital distribution is not a one-sizefits-all delivery solution,” says Hall. “We believe that the purchase of creatively packaged product at retail and online will remain a strong driver.” Lee adds: “Consumers are demanding more and more from their content, as can be seen with recent Blu-ray releases

and the extras that can be found on the discs. This is only possible with a physical disc at the moment and this is a significant advantage for us.” RETAIL HARMONY

Most companies, however, believe they must adapt to cater for both the digital and physical needs of their customers. With more digital releases boosting retail products – and vice versa – firms stand to profit either way. “A major challenge is convincing the gaming sector that physical and digital can live side-by-side, rather than one replacing the other,” says Garfunkel.

“While digital distribution has had an effect on the volume of physical production required, it has not been nearly as high as people perceive.” CD-Writer’s Ranshaw observes that digital distribution has been seen as a threat to physical product for more than a decade, having started with software and music. This does not mean our industry will follow the same pattern that others have. “Today, content publishers really have to look at the digital mix, and I would suggest that physical product – be it Bluray, USB, DVD or CD – should be considered a fundamental part of the

digital distribution concept, he says. “In future, publishers will then be able to supply premium product to a customer base that values the permanence and security offered by physical media.” While the replication sector boasts a far lower profile than that of games publishing, development and retail, it nonetheless retains its importance. More than that, it is a market that is to be congratulated for its hardiness. These companies truly show what can be achieved by embracing new business models and doing whatever it takes to change with the times.


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Ex-Eidos director joins Stainless UK developer hires Darren Barnett  Former EA man joins Eutechnyx  bitComposer gets new sales manager STAINLESS GAMES  The development studio has bolstered its senior management team with DARREN BARNETT. Barnett previously worked at Eidos as development director, where he orchestrated the publisher’s global development efforts. He worked on establishing new IP such as Just Cause, as well as successful franchises Tomb Raider and Hitman. Stainless’ production director BEN GUNSTONE said: “Darren brings with him over 15 years of industry experience of working on

million-selling triple-A titles. We’re looking forward to him working on console download titles we have in the works.” Barnett added: “The opportunity of working with old friends in a hands-on role was just too good to miss.”

EUTECHNYX  ED MARTIN has been named as Eutechnyx’s executive vice president for North America. Martin joins from Electronic Arts, where he was director for four years and worked on EA Sports’ NASCAR games. Before this he was executive producer at Hasbro Interactive, where he built a $30 million business from six best-selling titles. “When it comes to American racing games, Ed Martin is the man,” said Eutechnyx COO DARREN JOBLING. “His experience and enthusiasm for the sport of competitive racing are

Games team as international sales manager, boasting 12 years of industry experience. Tomasevic-Sanz has had stints at Vivendi Universal, The Games Company and 10tacle Studios. In her new role, she will co-ordinate and manage the European publisher’s national global sales activities. bitComposer MD OLIVER NEUPERT said: “Veronica is the perfect person to fill the role of international sales manager and we are confident that her experience and contacts will make a significant contribution to the continued success of our company.”

absolutely second to none, and he’s going to be an invaluable asset to Eutechnyx as we enter our most exciting year yet.” Martin added: “The passion and independence of Eutechnyx are incredibly exciting and certainly unique in the gaming world today. I’m thrilled to become part of that team in what will no doubt be a defining year in our history.” BITCOMPOSER  VERONIKA TOMASEVICSANZ has joined the bitComposer

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Ubisoft finally releases the latest instalment in Tom Clancy’s popular stealth franchise, set to give the popular series a shot in the arm…

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they complete their mission and terrorise their enemies. “We’re going to reinvigorate the stealth genre with Splinter Cell: Conviction,” says Ubisoft brand manager Matt Benson. “We’ve opened up the experience so that the player has more choice in how they approach each situation.

LIKE ITS RUTHLESS protagonist, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction has spent more time in the shadows than it has in the spotlight since it was first announced back in 2007. The game was a different beast back then, swapping the series’ trademark empty darkened corners for populated urban Brand awareness is high for locations. It looked to Splinter Cell, but we want to take the franchise in a broaden the audience and new direction, but then appeal to new consumers. mysteriously disappeared under a shroud of Matt Benson, Ubisoft development troubles. Last June, a new-look Conviction was “There are also new gameplay tools unveiled to much acclaim at E3 – and it such as the ‘Mark and Execute’ and certainly looked like it had been worth ‘Last Known Position’ features that the wait. allow player to gain a key tactical Still aiming to take a fresh approach advantage over their prey, bringing to the popular Splinter Cell formula, the intense bursts of action and making game returns to the darkness but gives players feel like a predator, rather than players even more control over how forcing them to lurk in the shadows.”

Gamers once again grip the silenced pistol of Sam Fisher, formerly a US secret agent and now on a mission of personal vengeance to find out who killed his daughter. THE SPYING GAME

Since Fisher no longer answers to Uncle Sam, players can take a much more brutal approach to dealing with their enemies as they continue his determined search for answers. Two new gameplay tools in particular given them a range of new tactical options. ‘Mark and Execute’ allows them to scope out a room, identify key targets and unleash a whirlwind attack before their enemies are even aware of their presence. Alternatively, the ‘Last Known Position’ indicates where players’ pursuers will be searching for them, allowing wannabe spies to reposition


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Splinter Cell: Conviction boasts new game mechanics and more intense gameplay to give players a greater feeling of being the predator

SPLINTER SELL Ubisoft has drawn up an extensive marketing campaign to promote the long-awaited arrival of Conviction, not only attract long-time fans but also to those who have yet to expeience the series for themselves.  TV advertising will form the core of the overall campaign, with TV spots driving mass awareness and attempting to engage potential buyers with the cinematic elements of the main game.  The first phase of the TV campaign will see brutal teaser ads running after 9pm, before broadening out closer to the game’s release with 20to 30-second TV spots, which will be shown throughout the day. This will run from launch until the end of April and beyond.  Specialist print ads have been running throughout March and will continue into April, pushing both the single-player and co-op experiences.

themselves for surprise attacks or make a more effective escape. The publisher is also proud of the multiplayer elements. Splinter Cell now features much more extensive options for multiple gamers than previous instalments have, including the comprehensive Prologue co-operative campaign and customisable Deniable Ops mode. “Brand awareness is high for Splinter Cell, but we want to broaden the audience and appeal to those who may have never considered purchasing it,” says Benson. “Splinter Cell has been an extremely successful franchise to date, but the team wanted to focus on Sam Fisher’s personal motives this time round, rather than solely on a geopolitical conflict. “This has allowed the team to bring a whole new level of action, presentation and storytelling to the game experience. We feel that the team has delivered on that expectation and we ensure that

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we’ll take this through into our marketing as well.” The publisher is certainly working hard to achieve this, with a broad campaign that looks set to engage a wider audience than any previous entry in the series (see ‘Splinter Sell’). Ubisoft is even targeting fans of other Tom Clancy franchises with access to the Ghost Recon: Future Soldier beta. Splinter Cell: Conviction has been a long-time coming but the wealth of features and scenarios that appeal to fans of both tactical stealth games and more intense action titles ensures that it will be a strong performer when it stalks onto shelves next month.

 This will also be expanded at a later date to run across mainstream news, men’s lifestyle, sports and technology sites.  There will be a dedicated advertising push across key videoon-demand services, including SkyPlayer and 4oD.  In-store POS will be available, and will be designed to help drive prerelease awareness and Ubisoft’s various pre-order incentives, such as exclusive downloadable weapons.  A viral Alternate Reality Game began on Boxing Day. It was organised through Xbox Live and ran through to the end of January. Participants were rewarded with an exclusive multiplayer skin code.


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Samurai Shodown Sen features the biggest collection of fighters in the series, with over 20 new and familiar faces...

The 11th title in SNK’s classic weapons-based fighting game makes its HD debut in the UK as an Xbox 360 exclusive…

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definition home console, we have hopes for it to become the number one sword fighting title of the year.” The game offers players the biggest roster of selectable fighters in the history of the series with over 20 new and

SWORD-FIGHTING game fans will be pleased to discover Rising Star is publishing the latest instalment of SNK’s classic beat em’ up series in the UK. Samurai Shodown Sen is the newest title in the Samurai Shodown Sen is the 16-year-old franchise and most realistic sword fighting an exclusive to the Xbox title out there and Xbox 360 360. Publisher Rising Star owners are in for a treat. believes it can be a success at retail and a hit Raul Nieto Garcia, Rising Star with European gamers. Marketing manager Raul Nieto Garcia familiar warriors, and Xbox Live says: “We are delighted to bring connectivity brings the whole arcadeSamurai Shodown Sen to Europe in style multiplayer experience to consoles. hand with SNK Playmore and have Every character boasts their own many reasons to be excited about it. unique story, stats sheet, moves and “As Rising Star Games’ first Xbox 360 sword stances. These include Korean exclusive title, as well as the Samurai spear fighter Kim, Gallows the axeShodown series’ first on a high wielding Viking and J, an afro samurai.

Old favourites include Haohmaru, Kibagami, Nakoruru and Ukyo. Gamers also have access to the Power Slash, a powerful vertical and horizontal weapon attack, Rage Explosion, which increases attack power and Guard Shatter moves, to weaken opponents’ defences. THE ELEVENTH SAMURAI

The Samurai Shodown series was originally released in Japanese arcades, but this doesn’t mean Sen is without a captivating single-player story. The eleventh game takes place in Japan in the year 1791, during the twilight of the turbulent Edo period, and promises to be the most brutal and visceral chapter in the history of the series. Samurai Shodown Sen follows a young girl named Suzu, a European


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MARKETING SHOWDOWN princess kidnapped by Japanese officials and raised as a samurai. She later rescues martial arts master Takechiyo from a sinking ship, but then mysteriously goes missing herself. Takechiyo pledges to find his missing rescuer and the game begins. Despite ten previous chapters in the fighting series including three versions made in 3D, Rising Star Games is confident that Samurai Shodown Sen stands out from earlier titles. “The Samurai Showdown series made its debut on the Neo Geo over 16 years ago and now, ten instalments later, Samurai Shodown Sen introduces new characters and fighting skills, while remaining loyal to existing favourites,” adds Nieto Garcia. “It gracefully stays close to its roots, featuring varied sword styles, contemporary, artistic techniques, the

devastating Power Slash and unstoppable Rage Explosion which will make gamers want to unsheathe their pads immediately.”

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heritage can only mean great news for all fans of the fighting genre across Europe, whether they are familiar with it or not. “Samurai Shodown Sen is the most realistic and violent sword fighting title out there and Xbox 360 owners are in for a treat.” As the franchise’s first foray into the world of high-definition gaming in the UK, it’s set to attract fighting gamers and hardcore players alike. Samurai Shodown Sen will be released for the Xbox 360 in April.

Rising Star Games is planning a comprehensive print and online marketing campaign for Samurai Shodown Sen.  Print advertising will make its way into specialist gaming magazines, scheduled to hit the shelves before the game’s release.  An Xbox Live dashboard spot will feature excusive content from the game, as will gaming websites.  Rising Star Games’ own digital channels will play a big part in the promotion of the game. Its Hoshi Club will provide a steady flow of news, assets and exclusive content to its subscribers  Fans of anime and manga will be targeted with a web campaign consisting of MPUs, banners, skyscrapers and homepage takeovers on a range of their favourite websites.


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Movie tie-in How to Train Your Dragon looks set to become a big multiformat release for Activision Blizzard… by Dominic Sacco WITH THE RELEASE of Dreamworks’ 3D animation film How to Train your Dragon, Activision Blizzard is giving gamers the chance to take part in the story with a video game adaptation. The publisher is hoping the multiformat release will be a success at retail, in particular with the fim’s target audience – children and families. Players of the third-person actionadventure game can take control of humans Hiccup or Astrid and embark on an epic quest to become the ultimate dragon trainer. The film follows the story of Hiccup himself, a young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons but ends up becoming the unlikely owner of one, forcing him to step back and take another look at the mistaken species. Activision Blizzard promises a largerthan-life adventure game, set after the events of the film, where players can explore environments and train dragons before taking part in battles and prestigious dragon tournaments. The game is set on the vast island of Berk which features a range of expanded locations from the film, including Vikings’ Village, the Wild Zone, Training Zone and Fight Arena. It also boasts a talented voice cast from the film, with Jay Baruchel as Hiccup and T.J. Miller as Tuffnut. YOUNG’UNS AND DRAGONS

How to Train your Dragon features a multitude of game modes and features, such as a “Create Your Dragon” option. This allows players to customise six different types of dragons in order to create and tweak their own unique monster. In an interesting RPG element, gamers can develop their dragon’s skills and level up its speed, power, fire and other abilities to make it strong enough to enter the Viking challenge and turn them into the ultimate dragon trainer. A key feature is How to Train your Dragon’s multiplayer mode, which pits gamers against each other in a series of dragon battles. Players can select four of their customised dragons or choose from

a flight of pre-trained dragons to form a dream team. Each dragon has its own strengths and weaknesses, from The Gronkcle’s powerful fireballs to Night Fury’s speed and agility.

‘Activision Blizzard promises a larger-thanlife adventure game set after the film’s events.’ This competitive aspect promises to add an extra layer of depth to the game, as well as adding extra playable characters to the mix – Tuffnut T, Ruffnut T, Fishlegs and Snotlout, with the winner becoming the game’s ultimate dragon hero.

On top of the single-player adventure and multiplayer mode, there are also a variety of mini-games for players to enjoy. These include ice sculpting, dragon races and memory puzzles. Successful completion unlocks extra experience points, special items and new skills for the player’s dragon. Activision Blizzard’s decision to include a range of options extends the lifespan of the game, offering the target child audience more to come back to and replay. How to Train your Dragon is one of this season’s biggest kids’ films and the hype is sure to drive sales at retail. Activision Blizzard has also published similar titles including Kung Fu Panda. The game will be released for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii and DS on March 26th, one week before the film’s UK launch.

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BATMAN: Arkham Asylum was one of the biggest and most surprising hits of 2009. It was considered a critical and commercial success for licensed games, for British development and for its publisher Eidos. The game held on to the top spot of the ELSPA GfK Chart-Track All Formats Charts – to date, the biggest success in Eidos’ history – and fared just as well overseas. Within less than a month of release, Arkham Asylum had shifted more than 2.5 million copies in the US alone. While the world waits with baited breath for the sequel, Square Enix is now offering fans a chance to fall in love with Rocksteady’s seminal action game all over again. Batman: Arkham Asylum – Game Of The Year Edition offers more than just new packaging. The original game has now been remastered and is now

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playable in full 3D, thanks to the TriOviz glasses that come included in the box. This mode now adds depth-offield to the game, making Gotham’s notorious nuthouse more immersive than ever before. In addition to the full game, fans will find the disc also contains all six previously released downloadable packs for the Challenge Mode, including Scarecrow Nightmare, Crime Alley and Nocturnal Hunter. The Game Of The Year Edition is perfect for those looking to experience a fresh take on Batman: Arkham Asylum, and will also appeal to those who never played the original release.

Mamba Games allows players to discover the secrets of seductive World War I spy Mata Hari in a new point and click adventure… by Dominic Sacco MATA HARI, the iconic Dutch dancer, seductress and spy makes her way to the PC in a 3D adventure game set during 1910. Publisher Mamba Games is targeting point and click players and fans of adventure titles with a story of power battles, espionage, love and betrayal, as well as giving them the challenge of preventing Mata’s imminent execution. The game promises hours of puzzles, dozens of atmospheric 3D locations the ability to charm others into revealing military secrets. It begins with Mata Hari performing dances at lavish parties and attracting numerous political leaders, but soon spirals into a world of secrecy after the Swiss secret agent Oscar Samsonet hires her as a spy. Mata soon finds herself caught up in the arms race between the Entente and the Mittelmachte, with the first World War looming on the horizon.

There is a selection of spy mini-games to confuse Mata Hari’s pursuers, including exotic dancing sequences where the player must follow the beat by moving the mouse cursor into musical notes at the right time. As players lead the life of famous Mata Hari across Europe and the Belle Epoque, their level of skill is tested and recorded, ultimately determining which ending the gamer unlocks. The game has been developed by Cranberry Production with the help of experienced designers Hal Barwood and Noah Falstein, who have worked on a number of classic adventure titles including 1992’s Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis on the PC. RELEASED: APRIL 23 FORMATS: PC PUBLISHER: MAMBA GAMES DEVELOPER: CRANBERRY PRODUCTION PRICE: £19.99 DISTRIBUTOR: LACE MAMBA GLOBAL CONTACT: 01273 202 220


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FROM THE FRONTLINE This week we speak to Andy Harris from Peterborough’s Seventh Heaven…

[PRE ORDERS]

TOP 10

How has 2010 been for you so far? Average. Just ticking over. We started off well just after Christmas, but it’s tailed off a bit since. We obviously get busier on a Friday when the big new titles come out, but it’s often dependent on what the supermarkets are pricing them at. We were lucky with Final Fantasy XIII, we did well off that, because the supermarkets didn’t knock it right down. We were only a couple of quid dearer than Tesco so we were able to make money on that game. What do you think about supermarkets’ plans to enter the preowned space? I can’t see it working. Who is going to want to trade games in with them? If they’re sticking out new £30 releases at £15, what are they going to give you when you trade in a full-price game? 50p? What do you think will be big sellers this summer? I reckon Alan Wake will do pretty well – that one’s shaping up nicely.

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C&C4: TIBERIAN TWILIGHT PC

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Heavy Rain’s success three weeks ago. God Of War III outperforms the launch of its PS2 predecessor by 2.65 to 1 and knocks Final Fantasy XIII down to third place after the Square Enix RPG saw an 80 per cent fall in sales. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 holds onto second place – only 1,000 sales behind God Of War III.

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PROFESSOR LAYTON: PANDORA’S BOX DS NINTENDO

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MARIO & LUIGI: BOWSER’S STORY DS

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Discstribution Tel: + 44 (0) 845 4308735 www.discstribution.com EntaTech Tel: 0333 101 1000 www.entaonline.com Gem Tel: 01279 822822 www.gem.co.uk Meroncourt Europe Ltd Tel: +44 (0) 1462 680060 www.trade.meroncourt.co.uk Trilogy Logistics Ltd Tel: 0845 456 6400 www.trilogy-uk.com

international distribution ComputerLand doo Tel: +381 11 309 95 95 www.computerland.rs CURVEBALL LEISURE Tel: 01792 652521 www.thegamecollection.net Funtastic Tel: +61 3 9419 5444 www.funtastic.com.au GameStreamer, Inc. Tel: 001-813-527-0383 www.gamestreamer.net

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LOCALISATION QA AND TESTING

legal services

4-Real Intermedia GmbH Tel: +49 (0) 69809088 - 0 www.4-real.com

Orange Studio Tel: +39 051 588 04 50 www.orangestudio.it

Harbottle & Lewis Tel: +44 (0)207 667 5000 www.harbottle.com

Absolute Quality Tel: +44 (0)141 220 5600 www.absolutequality.com

Partnertrans Tel: +44 1753 247731 www.partnertrans.com

Marriott Harrison Tel: +44 (0)20 7209 2000 www.marriottharrison.co.uk

ANAKAN GmbH Tel: +49 (0) 30531420450 www.anakan.de

PlayableGames Tel: 020 7421 6487 www.playablegames.net

software development

Babel Tel: 01273 764100 www.babelmedia.com

Testronic Laboratories Ltd Tel: +44 (0)1753 653722 www.testroniclabs.com

Cenega Poland Sp.Zo.o Tel: +48 22 574 2578 www.cenega.com

Universally Speaking Tel: +44 1 480 210621 www.usspeaking.com

Enzyme Labs Tel: +1 (450) 229-9999 ext.312 www.enzyme.org

U-TRAX Tel: +31 30 293 2098 www.utrax.com

ChaYoWo Games Tel: +1 917.650.0010 www.chayowogames.com Crytek UK Tel: +44 115 949 0808 www.crytek.com Data Design Interactive Tel: +44 0 1384 44 79 00 www.datadesign.uk.com xaitment GmbH Tel: +49 (0) 6897-600 80-0 www.xaitment.com

manufacturing services Arvato digital services Tel: 0121 502 7800 www.arvatodigitalservices.com

OK Media Tel: +44 (0) 20 7688 6789 www.okmedia.com

DISCHROMATICS LTD Tel: 01495 243222 www.dischromatics.co.uk

Technicolor Tel: 0208 987 7829 www.technicolor.com

MPO UK Tel: +44 (0) 20 8956 2727 www.mpo-international.com

The Producers Limited Tel: 0845 234 2444 www.theproducers.co.uk

Multi Media Replication Ltd Tel: +44(0) 1264 336330 www.replication.com

Total Console Repair Ltd Tel: 08719 181 721 www.totalconsolerepair.co.uk

gaming accessorieS AntiGrav Media Ltd Tel: 01932 454929 www.antigrav-media.co.uk Hubb Accessories Tel: 01642 204343 www.playwithhubb.com I-Globe Accessories Ltd Tel: 01332 756610 www.i-ga.co.uk Logic3 plc Tel: 01923 471000 www.logic3.com

recruitment Aardvark Swift Tel: 01709 876877 www.aswift.com

Game Options Ltd Tel: +44 (0)1382 731909 www.gameops.co.uk

Pebble Entertainment GmbH Tel: +49 (231) – 477 927 0 www.pebble-entertainment.com/en

Amiqus Tel: 01925 252588 www.amiqus.com/games

Specialmove Consultancy Ltd Tel: +44 (0) 141 585 6491 www.specialmove.com

Pinpoint Consumer Elec. Tel: +44 (0) 1606 558 428 www.pinpointce.co.uk

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International Distribution Guide AUSTRALIA

DENMARK

INDIA

RUSSIA

All Interactive.................Helensvale Town Centre

Hitzona.............................................................Moscow Noviy Disk .......................................................Moscow

AUSTRIA

Soft Club..........................................................Moscow

Koch Media GmbH...............................Rottenmann Play Art Multimedia Handels GmbH....Rankweil

BELGIUM

Vellod...................................................................Mitishi

GATEWAY DISTRIBUTION APS

SERBIA

Gateway Distribution ApS +44 1279 408 665 (UK) +45 7026 0870 (DK) dt@gatewaydistribution.dk www.gatewaydistribution.dk

COMPUTERLAND DOO Kumodraska 45

ESTONIA CLD DISTRIBUTION S.A. ZI Noville les Bois, Rue de la Tour, 2b 5380 FERNELMONT, Belgium Phone: 0032 81 83 02 07 Fax: 0032 81 83 02 09 E-mail: infos@cld.be Web: www.cld.be

11000 Belgrade, Serbia

Andrico ..............................................................Tallinn

Tel:+381(0)11 309 95 95 Fax:+381(0)11 309 95 96

FINLAND

mail:games@computerland.rs

Panvision Oy.......................................................Turku

FRANCE EMC GROUPE CASINO..........Croissy Beaubourg

Wholesaler Gaming products

website:www.computerland.rs

ISRAEL Hed-Arzi......................................................Or-Yehuda

Official Benelux distributor for

BENELUX

INNELEC MULTIMEDIA

Coop Italia..........................................Sesto F.NO (FI)

45 rue Delizy,

Digital Bros spa................................................Milano

93692 PANTIN Cedex, France

Leader Spa.................................Gazzada Schianno

Email purchase: f_alglave@innelec.com

Newave Italia...................................................Firenze

Email export sales: g_armspach@innelec.com

Promovideo SRL ...........................................Senago

Tel: 00.33.1.48.10.55.55

Replay Interactive....................................Singapore

SOUTH AFRICA

ITALY Cidiverte Spa ...............................................Gallarate

Horelec S.A. ...........................................Bruxelles

SINGAPORE

Midigital ..............................................Johannesburg Nu Metro Interactive ......................Johannesburg

SPAIN Ardistel. S.L..................................................Zaragoza Distribuciones Videográficas Digitales ....MADRID

Lamee Software S.L. .....................................Madrid

NETHERLANDS EBS-Benelux...........................................Bunschoten

GAMEWORLD

Gameworld BV............................Capelle A/D Ijssel Micromedia BV...........................................Nijmegen

Cornusbaan 1, 2908 KB Capelle A/D IJssel Tel: +31 10 298 3838 Web: rishi@gameworld.nl

SUPREME FACTORY

Favour Games..................................................Tilburg

439 avenue de la Gare

Rigu Sound B.V................2153 GB Nieuw Vennep

84470 Chateauneuf de Gadagne Email : xavier@supremefactory.com Phone : 0033 432 751 165 Fax : 0033 432 751 160

EBS Benelux Lorentzweg 1 3752 LH Bunschoten-Spakenburg

GERMANY

NEW ZEALAND Gamewizz..........................................................Albany

NORWAY Pan Vision Norway.....................................Trollasen MPX.no .......................................................Sandefjord

The Netherlands

Groß Electronic .......................................Rohrnbach

Platekompaniet....................................................Oslo

Phone: +31 (0)33 201 21 00

Otto Group ...................................................Hamburg

Massemedia AS...........................................Notteroy

Fax: +31 (0)33 201 21 01

Playcom Software Vertriebs .......................Erfurt

Pan Vision Norway..............................................Oslo

E-mail: info@ebs-benelux.com

Vitrex Multimedia Großhandel.....................Erfurt

Website: www.ebs-benelux.com

GREECE

PLANETA DEAGOSTINI INTERACTIVE Diagonal, 662-664, 3ª planta D, 08034, Barcelona, Spain, Tel: +34 93 492 08 89 distributioninteractive@planetadeagostini.es www.planetadeagostini.net DistribucionesVideográficas Digitales ....Madrid Distribuye Palmera................................Las Palmas JC Distribuciones .............................................Getxo Shine Star, S.A...........................................Barcelona

SWEDEN Bergsala AB............................................Kungsbacka

POLAND CD Projekt Sp. z o.o......................................Warsaw

Centric ...............................................................Athens

CYPRUS

Nortec Multimedia.........................................Athens Zegetron S.A....................................................Athens

TECHLAND Sp. z o.o.

Gibareio.............................................................Nicosia

HUNGARY GOODTONES GREAT GAMES LTD 1 Alkaiou Street / Office 1 / Engomi / Nicosia 2404 / Cyprus tel. +357 22 666612 www.greatgames.com.cy

Antec .............................................................Budapest

ICELAND Sena ................................................................Reykavik

ul. Jana Szczyrki 12, 54-426 Wroclaw, Poland E-mail: business@techland.pl Web: www.techland.pl Phone: +48 71 354 46 10 Fax: +48 71 354 46 10

PORTUGAL ecofilmes...............................Sao Joao Da Madeira

GAME OUTLET EUROPE AB PO Box 5083 S-650 05 Karlstad, Sweden Phone: +46 54 854750 Fax: +46 54 854759 E-mail: info@gameoutlet.se Website: www.gameoutlet.se Panvision....................................................Stockholm SIBA AB ...................................................Gothenburg

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TURKEY ARAL Import..................................................Istanbul

FRIDAY APRIL 30th

Nortec Eurasia...............................................Istanbul

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UNITED STATES BASCO, INC. VIDEO GAMES DISTRIBUTOR Tel: 1-917-627-3000 Fax: 1-718-228-4401 Email: sales@bascodistribution.com Web: www.bascodistribution.com

U.S. GAMES DISTRIBUTION, INC. 16700 Schoenborn St. #2 North Hills, CA. 91343 Tel: +1 818 920 9393 info@usgamesdist.com

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UAE

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ALESAYI UNITED COMPANY Video Games Distributor in the Middle East P.O BOX 16999 Jebel Ali Free Zone Dubai U.A.E.

One of the biggest markets in the Far East, China is also one that bears the most differences when compared to Western territories. We explore the challenges games publishers and format holders alike face in the region with an in-depth look at China’s growing games market. We also take a look at the major trends sweeping the region such as the rise of online gaming.

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SELF-IMPROVEMENT AND NONGAMES SOFTWARE

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PLUTO GAMES PO Box 10705, Office 103-104 Emirates Islamic Bank Building, Dubai, UAE www.pluto-games.com Tel: +971 4261 8111 Fax: +971 4261 8112

Modern Pluto Trading LLC...............Saudi Arabia NXT Global LLC .................................................Dubai Pluto Derinton Games LLC............................Egypt Red Entertainment Distribution ..................Dubai

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With civilisation spread thinly around this gargantuan continent, largely found on the northern and southern coasts, Africa may seem an unlikely territory for gaming. MCV details the major players and retailers in this region, as well as the unique processes by which games are published and released here.

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DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION Green Man Gaming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 020 7193 6910 DISTRIBUTION BDA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0777 192 7688 Creative Distribution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 020 8664 3456 Curveball Leisure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01792 652562 Discstribution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0845 430 8735 Gem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01279 822800 GLS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01708 725742 Ideal Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01767 689720 Logic3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01923 471 000 Meroncourt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01462 680060 USD Limited . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01933 227220

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GAMING ACCESSORIES Pinpoint. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01606 558428 GAMES CONSOLE REPAIR Total Console Repair Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 087 19 18 17 21 LOCALISATION Partnertrans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01273 229030 Testronic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01753 653 722 Universally Speaking. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01480 210621 RETAIL SERVICES Complete Epos Solutions Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . 01543 370002 STORE FITTINGS AMA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0113 2311030 UK Shopfitters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0844 257 8800

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DISCSTRIBUTION . . . . . . . +44 (0)845 430 8735 . . . . . . . . . www.discstribution.com

GLS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01708 725742. . . . . . . . . wholesale@glsgames.com

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CURVEBALL LEISURE . . . . . . 01792 652526 . . . . curveballsimon@googlemail.com

GEM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01279 822800 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.gem.co.uk

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MERONCOURT . . . . . . . . . . +44 (0) 1462 680060 . . . http://trade.meroncourt.co.uk

CREATIVE DISTRIBUTION. . . . 0208 6643456 . . . . www.creativedistribution.co.uk


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STUDIOS Epic Games ...................................................+1 919 870 1516 nDreams...........................................................01252 375754 Razorback ...........................................www.razorback.co.uk Realtime Worlds ...............................+44 (0) 1382 202 821 Stainless Games.......................jobs@stainlessgames.com

TOOLS Blitz Games Studios ......................+44 (0) 1926 880 000 bluegfx ..............................................+44 (0) 1483 467 200 Crytek ........................................................+49 69219 77660 Dolby...........................................................(0) 1793 842 922

SERVICES amBX UK Ltd. ...............................................www.ambx.com Ian Livingstone..................................+44 (0) 1483 421 491 Imagination Studios..............................+46 (0) 18-106930 Onteca................................................+44 (0) 151 709 0028 Partnertrans ......................................+44 (0) 1273 229030 TC Associates.................................+44 (0) 7768 883 808 Testronic Labs ..................................+44 (0) 1753 653 722 Universally Speaking .......................+44 (0) 1480 210 621 Xaitment............................................+49 6897 - 600 80-0

COURSES University of Hull.............................+44 (0) 1482 465 951

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PARTNERTRANS . . . . . . . . . . . 01273 229030 . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.partnertrans.com

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SING

You love the Wii, you love to sing, you love We Sing, right? So, show us. For the next four weeks, Off The Record will be dedicated to the Wii’s greatest karaoke game. Simply send a picture of you, your staff, your customers or any combination thereof using We Sing in your store, and Nordic Games will mail you a brand new copy by return, complete with mics. The overall winner with the very best picture will win 50 copies for their store. Yep, 50 – that’s over £2,000 worth of new stock. Simply log on to www.wesinggame.com, upload your picture – and we’ll print the very best here next week.

Don’t be shy: get We Singing! (Terms: competition open to all retailers, including online stores. You can enter as many pictures as you like. Limited promotion, first-come-first served, one twomicrophone+game pack per store, no cash alternative)

MCV takes soundings from its Retail Advisory Board on the biggest issues of the day. The current members are...

Lisa Morgan, GAME

Duncan Cross, Asda

Martyn Gibbs, Gamestation

Don McCabe, CHIPS

Tim Ellis, HMV

Graham Chambers, Amazon

Peter Willis, DSGi

Igor Cipolletta, ShopTo

Anthony Stocker, Argos

Stephen Staley, Gameseek

Keith Sharpe, play.com

Joanna Hunt, Tesco

Sarah Jasper, The Hut

Gurdeep Hunjan, Sainsbury’s

Jon Biggs, Morrisons

Phil Moore, Grainger Games

Azeem Sadiq, Comet


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MCV580 Friday 26th March 2010