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Activision Blizzard’s ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’ declines -87% over the huge week 1 units but holds on to No1 for a second week. It’s a new release bonanza with 9 new titles in the Top 40 and 5 of those within the Top 10. Ubisoft mirror last year’s Assassin’s Creed (Brotherhood) by debuting at No2 in the week after Call of Duty launch, thanks to ‘Assassin’s Creed: Revelations’.
Monday 28 November 2011, 10.00am-12pm at Google, Belgrave House, 76 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 9TQ.
Founding father of interactive entertainment and fiction Ian Livingstone OBE and Double Negative MD Alex Hope OBE will announce that some of the biggest names from the UK digital, creative and hi-tech industries have joined up with leading skills and educational bodies to back a new campaign aiming to improve the computer programming skills needed for the future growth of the UK’s economy.
Activision Blizzard’s colossal Call of Duty series returns with the Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games co-developed ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’, marking the eighth instalment in the franchise. In the five days of its just behind ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops’ for units, down 1.6%, but up for revenue by 1.5%. This makes it the highest grossing opening week of all time for any entertainment title, outselling the opening weekend box office of the last four Harry Potter films combined.
Edinburgh Interactive (EIF) has announced the dates for its 10th year anniversary, the 9th &10th August 2012.
In the energy charged setting of the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe, EIF will continue with its successful eclectic mix of presentations and debates relating to emerging trends and future gazing at the world of interactive media and entertainment. Nintendo, MCV and Develop have already confirmed renewal of their partnership for the 2012 anniversary year.
UKIE has today announced new initiatives that will deliver real benefits the UK’s interactive entertainment industry:
EA’s ‘Battlefield 3’ holds off the competition to hold on at No1 despite a 54% drop in sales from last week. It’s the first time a Battlefield title has retained the Top Spot as the last iteration, ‘Battlefield: Bad Company 2’, was only No1 for its debut week before being dethroned by Square Enix’s ‘Final Fantasy XIII’ back in Week 10 2010. This means that Sony and Naughty Dog’s latest installment in the PS3 exclusive Uncharted series, ‘Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception’, has to settle for second place, recording the 11th highest PS3 launch week.
Last week the British High Court gave BT fourteen days to block the Newzbin2 site, an offshore site that allows users to access pirated content.
EA’s drive to compete with Activision in the FPS genre continues to gain momentum with the launch of this week’s new No1, ‘Battlefield 3’ on 360/PS3/PC by EA’s Digital Illusions Creative Entertainment (DICE). The game begins life as the 10th biggest UK All Formats week 1 seller (units) and 9th by revenue. Last year EA launched ‘Medal of Honor’ in week 41/2010 and ‘Battlefield 3’ has outsold the week 1 units on that title by 2:1 (developed by EA studio ‘Danger Close’ in LA, but with DICE involvement).
UKIE's IPCU takes part in multi-agency raid on major illegal games producer - 23,000 discs seized many of them the latest titles
More than 23,000 counterfeit disks of games, music and feature films have been seized during a multi-agency raid on a house in Llanelli on 21st September 2011. The action was taken to protect legitimate businesses from the damage caused by pirating CDs.
Carmarthenshire Trading Standards Officers and Dyfed Powys Police executed a warrant under the Trade Marks Act 1994 /Copyright Designs & Patents Act 1988 at the property. Officers seized 23,000 copied discs and related items as well as a substantial amount of cash (£9000).
‘Batman: Arkham City’ explodes to the top of the All Formats Chart this week as the 4th biggest launch of the year so far (behind FIFA 12, Gears of War 3 & L.A Noire). It is by far the biggest ever launch for Warner Bros, selling almost double the launch week sales of the Eidos/Square Enix published predecessor ‘Batman: Arkham Asylum’. It is also a great week for UK developers with ‘Batman: Arkham City’ developed by North London outfit ‘Rocksteady Studios’ and the next highest new entry ‘Football Manager 2012’ by Sports Interactive who are also based in London, only a few miles away.