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UKIE Board member and co-author of the Livingstone Hope Skills review, Ian Livingstone outlines interactive entertainment industry’s commitment to improving the skills needed by the UK’s digital, creative and hi-tech economy.
Microsoft’s ‘Gears of War 3’ was knocked off the No1 spot three weeks ago by ‘FIFA 12’, but this week the format holder gets its revenge as their new title ‘Forza Motorsport 4’ pips FIFA 12 (-62%) by just over 700 sales to take No1. ‘Forza Motorsport 4’ claims the biggest launch week ever for an Xbox 360 racing game and is just one of 7 new entries in this week’s All Formats Top 20. In many ways it’s similar to the corresponding week last year when FIFA 11 also only held on to No1 for two weeks despite a hugely successful launch.
UKIE has published a consumer safety policy paper setting out a range of measures taken by all three console manufacturers and the wider games and interactive entertainment industry, to ensure children can enjoy games safely and sensibly both online and offline.
Games and interactive entertainment trade body UKIE has partnered with think-tank Demos and representatives from the TV, fashion and music industries to produce a report, called ‘Risky Business’, that will shape the thinking behind encouraging growth in the creative industries.
UKIE has partnered with DEMOS on ‘Risky Business’ to help improve access to finance for interactive entertainment businesses, which is a key barrier to growth for the sector.
EA’s ‘FIFA 12’ 2nd week sales may have dropped -68% (units) over the impressive launch week, but this is still enough to claim 13th in the all time weekly unit sales ever tracked on the All Formats Chart and it remains comfortably No1. Debuting strongly at No2 for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC is Bethesda’s long-anticipated ‘Rage’ from id Software, the developer that brought ‘Doom’ and ‘Quake’ to the world. Also debuting highly at No3 is Namco Bandai’s 360/PS3 ‘Dark Souls’, the spiritual successor to ‘Demon’s Souls’ (both by From Software but ‘Demon’ was a PS3 exclusive, published in the UK in Ju
Following on from its success last year, UKIE once again took a stand at all three Party Political Conferences to raise key industry issues to party leaders and senior Cabinet Ministers. This year saw a total of 150 MPs visit UKIE’s stand – including Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Labour leader, Ed Milliband and the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Jeremy Hunt.
EA’s ‘FIFA 12’ claims the third biggest All Formats launch week, outdoing last year’s ‘FIFA 11’ (up 18% in units and 34% in revenue), by overtaking Grand Theft Auto IV, with only the two Call of Duty’s ahead (Black Ops at No1and Modern Warfare 2 at No2). Xbox 360 continues to be the format of choice with 54% of the share (up 27% from last year) compared to PS3’s 44% (up 11% from last year). The other formats are left behind with only a 2% share (last year was 4% and the year before 6%). Last week’s two new entries have therefore shuffled down with Microsoft’s ‘Gears of War 3’ (-76%) at
Epic Games and Microsoft’s ‘Gears of War 3’ claims the top spot this week with the biggest launch of the year so far. The finale of the Gears of War trilogy was close to selling as much as the combined launch weeks of the two previous iterations and makes it the 7th largest Xbox 360 launch to date (12th largest individual format launch). This means that Codemasters new entry ‘F1 2011’ has to settle for 2nd place and last week’s No1, Deep Silver’s ‘Dead Island’ (-54%), is now down to No3. 505 Games’ ‘Zumba Fitness’ (+7%) just keeps on going with a 7% increase in sales, stepping up from No
UKIE is pleased to announce that the 2011 AGM will be held at Warner Bros (Holborn 1 Theatre) at 98 Theobalds Road, London, WC1X 8WB on Friday 4th November from 13:00. All UKIE members are welcome to attend, please confirm your attendance to Claire.email@example.com.
The running schedule for the day is:
Following on from its success last year, UKIE has once again taken a stand at all three party political Conferences. UKIE is the interactive entertainment industry’s lead voice to MPs and policy makers and the Deputy Prime Minister was one of many MPs to visit UKIE’s stand at this year’s Liberal Democrat Party Conference.