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Yesterday UKIE's Communications & Public Affairs Manager, Daniel Wood, spoke at the Westminster Media Forum on industry priorities for the new Communications Bill. The speech (attached) was well received by the audience of 300 senior executives from the world of media and communications as well as politicians. The Westminster Media Forum aims to provide the premier environment for policy makers in Parliament, Whitehall and government agencies to engage with key stakeholders.
505 Games’ ‘Zumba Fitness’ has shown amazing stamina by staying at the top spot for three weeks in a row and has now racked up a total of six weeks at the top with a good change of holding on for a few more weeks yet. This week it has managed to outsell the next four titles combined despite a 5% drop in sales, really showing its dominance over this quiet period. Disney’s ‘Lego Pirates of the Caribbean’ (-4%) has managed to climb up the chart, back at No2 this week, knocking back Rockstar/Take 2’s ‘L.A. Noire’ (-31%) to No3 and last week’s new entry, Warner’s ‘F.E.A.R.
Edinburgh Interactive, the annual event which focuses on emerging media trends, will this year feature discussions on how computer game development skills will propel the transformation of the rapidly growing interactive TV business, providing a bright future for both sectors.
EI will provoke heavy debate on this subject in the session, Interactive TV – The Games Industry of the Future on Friday 12th August at The Radisson Blu Hotel.
Earlier today UKIE Chairman, Andy Payne, gave the opening address to this year’s Digital Spark Conference. The speech entitled, How Britain’s world-leading creativity can bring value to the economy, businesses and society, highlighted the value and importance of Intellectual Property to our economy and society. It showcased examples from the UK’s interactive entertainment industry that demonstrate how the UK can play a leading role as a creative force and innovator on the world stage.
505 Games’ ‘Zumba Fitness’ retains the top spot with an impressive 33% increase in sales, recording its second highest sales week since its release 31 weeks ago, outselling the next three titles combined (ironically its highest selling week was week 13 2011 where it only managed No2 due to being pipped at the post by Crysis 2). Rockstar/Take 2 are still on the case with ‘L.A. Noire’ climbing two places to No2 despite a 15% drop in sales, with Warner Bros.’ new release ‘F.E.A.R. 3’ following closely behind at No3 (funnily enough F.E.A.R. 2 debuted at No2).
Rockstar/Take 2’s ‘L.A. Noire’ (-56%) takes a third consecutive week at No1 and will make the Developer/Publisher combo (plus Team Bondi in Australia) very proud to be No1 again as the videogame industry arrives for E3 this week. Disney’s ‘Lego Pirates of the Caribbean’ (-9%) climbs back up one place to No2, passing Codemasters’ big new entry from last week, ‘Dirt 3’ (-49%) down one place to No3. 505 Games’ ‘Zumba Fitness’ (+14%) is turning out to have a lot of stamina, No4 for a third week in a row and never out of the Top 4 since the launch of the Wii version back in week 13 this year.
Rockstar/Take 2’s crime solving title ‘L.A. Noire’ (-43%) continues to dominate the chart this week, easily holding off Codemasters’ new entry, racing sequel, ‘Dirt 3’ which debuts at No2. Dirt 3 shows an Xbox 360 heavy following with 67% of the share versus PS3’s 37% and despite outselling its predecessor it had to settle for second on the podium again. The release of Dirt 3 means that Disney’s ‘Lego Pirates of the Caribbean’ (-32%) sinks to No3 with 505 Games’ ‘Zumba Fitness’ (+19%) keeping up the pace holding No4.
Edinburgh Interactive 2011, being held at The Radisson Blu Hotel on the Royal Mile, on the 11th & 12th August, today announced the first round of speakers and topics for this year’s conference and public programmes.
Conference session: People & Money
Edward Williams of BMO Capital Markets and Sean Dromgoole of GameVision, on stage together, will present their different points of view on recent developments in the games industry and particularly the extent and the value of gamers developing interest in social gaming.
It’s no mystery as to what is No1 this week, as Rockstar/Take 2’s ‘L.A. Noire’ debuts at the top of the All Formats Chart, becoming the fastest-selling new video game IP ever in the UK. Sales are on a par with the launch of Rockstar’s previous chart topper ‘Red Dead Redemption’ which was released exactly a year ago. Both titles were launched on Xbox 360 and PS3 with Red Dead Redemption showing a 65% Xbox 360 and 35% PS3 split, compared to L.A. Noire’s share of 58% on Xbox 360 and 42% on PS3. L.A.
UKIE has added to the range of products and services that it offers to its members by announcing a new deal with Research & Development tax credit specialists Jumpstart.
Having lobbied the government to make changes to the R&D tax credit system UKIE was delighted to see increases to the tax credit rate to 200% from April. Our new partnership with Jumpstart will provide the practical help needed for all UKIE members to make full use of the improved R&D tax credit system.