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Free Radical Acquired By Crytek

Gamasutra - February 3, 2009


Submitted by mrahaju (12) at 5:14AM PST on February 4, 2009


Several weeks after it entered bankruptcy administration and laid off a reported 140 staffers, UK-based studio Free Radical Design has been acquired by independent German developer Crytek. Free Radical was founded in 1999 by several former Rare employees, and is best known for its long-running TimeSplitters first-person shooter series. It is unclear if the in-development TimeSplitters 4 will be completed under the auspices of Crytek.
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Game Prices Dropping At Retail

Gamasutra - February 3, 2009


Submitted by mrahaju (12) at 5:12AM PST on February 4, 2009


Average game prices are steadily dropping over the course of the current generation, claims market research firm EEDAR. From 2007 to 2008, there was a 44 % increase in the total number of X360 and PS3 games released -- but while the number of games priced at $59.99 or higher rose by only 38 %, the number of games priced lower than that standard MSRP rose by 66 %.
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The Top 10 Money-Making MMOs of 2008

gigaom - February 2, 2009


Submitted by BrotherE (43) at 10:22AM PST on February 2, 2009


Game industry analyst DFC Intelligence will publish a comprehensive study of massively multiplayer online worlds next month, and was nice enough to give us an advance peek at their list of MMOs and MMORPGs that earned the most revenue in 2008.
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PS3 and 360 worldwide sales Equal in 2008

Gamezine - January 29, 2009


Submitted by OuterHaven (156) at 9:00AM PST on January 29, 2009


Gamezine: 'Following Sony's announcement of Q3 hardware sales, we thought we'd compare the lot. It looks like the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 basically sold the same amount in 2008. Sony's PlayStation 3 sold less in the third quarter of 2008 (ie. the Oct-Dec holiday season) than in 2007, but the strength of the console's earlier sales did it proud, shipping* 10.8 million in 2008 (up from 2007's 8.85 million).
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60 Best Selling Games of Last 12 Months in USA&EU

Edge-online - January 28, 2008


Submitted by Animate (6) at 2:48PM PST on January 28, 2009


Edge has compiled data from a variety of sources and estimated the sales figures for the 60 best selling games of the past 12 months (USA & EU totals only). Top 5: SSBB: 7 million, Wii Fit: 9 million, Guitar Hero all versions: 10 million, Mario Kart Wii: 11 million, GTA IV: 13 million.
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UK : 26/Jan/2009

Chart Track - January 29, 2009


Submitted by mrahaju (12) at 5:27AM PST on January 28, 2009


Nintendo’s ‘Wii Fit’ have 21% rise in sales, holding on to No1 for the first time since it was launched 9 months ago and weighing in with its sixth week at the top. If it is to become Nintendo’s longest serving All Formats No1 it will need to better Pokemon Gold’s 7 weeks and then Pokemon Yellow’s 10 weeks at the top.
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Konami secures distribution deal with Atari Australia

gamesindustry - January 26, 2009


Submitted by BrotherE (43) at 10:05AM PST on January 26, 2009


Konami has announced it has decided to continue its relationship with Atari Australia to distribute its titles in the region. The company had been looking to switch to Australian distributor Red Ant, however the company's move into administration earlier this month seems to have forced Konami to back off from the deal.
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Shareholders approve Koei merger with Tecmo

gamesindustry - January 26, 2009


Submitted by BrotherE (43) at 10:02AM PST on January 26, 2009


Shareholders have approved the merger between Japanese companies Tecmo and Koei, set to take place on April 1. The companies made the announcement in statements to the Tokyo Stock Exchange today, according to Reuters. Under the USD 207 million deal, announced last November, Tecmo investors will receive 0.9 shares in the merged company for every Tecmo share they hold, while Koei stockholders will receive a one-for-one exchange.
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Videogames sales bigger than DVD/Blu-ray for first time

Video Business - January 22, 2009


Submitted by oznerol (18) at 8:59AM PST on January 26, 2009


Global retail sales of packaged home entertainment grew 6% to hit $61 billion in 2008, with fast-growing videogames for the first time outweighing DVD and Blu-ray Disc, according to international research concern Media Control GfK International.
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Economic fears hit retailer stock orders

GamesIIndustry - January 26, 2009


Submitted by welshbloke (20) at 12:37AM PST on January 26, 2009


The global economic slowdown is applying more pressure on videogames publishers as retailers in the US slash their stock orders. In a bid to limit any risk of piling up unwanted inventory - if consumers stop buying games - all five key retail chains in the territory have started to cut their day one orders, causing growing concern among the publishing community.
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