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EA’s highly anticipated ‘Crysis 2’ enters at the top of the All Formats Chart this week with EA’s biggest launch of the year so far. The successful PC gaming franchise from German developer ‘Crytek’ comes to consoles for the first time with Xbox 360 accounting for 57% of ‘Crysis 2’ sales, ahead of PS3 with 29% and PC 14%. LucasArts’ ‘Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars’ is also another new entry, debuting at No2 ahead of last week’s No1 ‘HomeFront’ (-47%) which drops to No3. It’s a big week for new releases thanks in a large part to the launch of Nintendo’s new 3DS console.
3rd to 7th May, 2011, Shoreditch, London: The countdown has begun to turn Shoreditch into a pulsating digital playground for the very first Digital Shoreditch festival this May. The festival will showcase the outstanding creativity thriving within London’s digital community, through a series of open houses, massive projections, interactive artworks, pioneering augmented reality games, and late-night digital parties, culminating in a one day summit.
UKIE welcomed the budget's focus on growth, particularly around supporting small businesses and encouraging external investment in the UK. Whilst UKIE was disappointed that industry specific tax breaks had not been introduced, UKIE was delighted to see that a number of measures that we actively lobbied for in the budget, this included: increases to the R&D tax credit rate; the number of University Technical Colleges doubled to twenty four; and measures introduced to help businesses access finance, such as changes to the Enterprise Investment Scheme.
THQ claim No1 on the All Formats chart for the first time since week 22, 2009 (UFC 2009: Undisputed) with a shiny new FPS called ‘HomeFront’ from Kaos Studios (360/PS3/PC). Those with long memories might remember Kaos’ first boxed release ‘Frontlines: Fuel of War’ on 360/PC which debuted at No4 in week 9, 2008. On Xbox 360 ‘HomeFront’ is certainly performing well considering that in week 1 in the UK it manages to sell around 82% of what Frontlines on 360 achieved over 3 years. EA’s ‘Dragon Age II’ drops to No2 (-68%) and Nintendo’s ‘Pokemon White’ also drops one place to No3 (-47%).
UKIE attended as Prime Minister David Cameron was in his constituency of Witney, West Oxfordshire with SpecialEffect Patron Matt Hampson to open the UK’s first fully accessible Video Games Visitor Centre. The Centre is the first of its kind and has been created by video games charity SpecialEffect. SpecialEffect strive to enhance people’s lives by helping them access video games and leisure technology. The centre will be a central hub for SpecialEffect to develop accessible video games for people in the local area and across the UK.
Another RPG takes the top spot this week with EA’s ‘Dragon Age II’ swooping in to take No1. This marks EA’s third title to hit No1 so far this year (FIFA 11 and Dead Space 2 are the other two). This means that Nintendo’s ‘Pokémon White Version’ (-50%) is now at No2 with EA’s ‘Fight Night Champion’ (-36%) holding No3, sandwiched between the other Pokémon title ‘Pokémon Black Version’ (-47%). Ubisoft’s ‘Just Dance 2’ (-12%) is back at No5 this week followed by two FPS titles, EA’s ‘Bulletstorm’ (-54%) and Sony’s ‘Killzone 3’ (-50%).
Nintendo storm the top of the charts this week in what is by far the biggest ever launch of Pokemon games across one weekend in the UK. ‘Pokemon White Version’ becomes the 2nd fastest selling DS game ever (behind Professor Layton and Pandora’s Box), debuting at No1, ahead of sister title ‘Pokemon Black Version’ which enters at No2. If you combine their sales together they become Nintendo’s third biggest ever UK launch (behind Wii Fit and Mario Kart Wii).
It’s ‘First Person Shooter Week’ for half-term as Sony’s Netherlands-based Guerrilla Games’ ‘Killzone 3’ on PS3 (3D compatible, Move enabled) drops straight in at No1 exactly 2 years after ‘Killzone 2’ (the first PS3 version) –which remains the highlight of this series in terms of week 1 sell-through. Original ‘Killzone’ debuted way back in week 48, 2004 on PS2. This is Sony’s 2nd All Formats No1 this year, after ‘LittleBigPlanet 2’ on PS3 back in week 3, which showed similar week 1 sell-through to ‘Killzone 3’.
UKIE welcomed the opportunity to comment on the proposals for the creation of a network of elite technology and innovation centres in the UK and we believe there is an overwhelming case for the inclusion of video games and interactive entertainment to be the main focus of at least one of these centres. The video game and interactive entertainment industry epitomises technological development and innovation and is central to rebalancing and growing the UK economy.
UKIE welcomed the opportunity to respond to this consultation, designed to ensure that the taxation of innovation and intellectual property is competitive and supports strong and sustainable growth. The video games and interactive entertainment industry has a clear and strong link to ongoing high tech R&D, high tech R&D which has been successfully exploited throughout the world. The games development industry is estimated to invest 14% of its turnover in R&D, equating to around £90million in 2008.