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STV chief Rob Woodward, will give his views at Edinburgh Interactive 2011.
Rob Woodward, CEO of STV, has signed up to speak at this year’s Edinburgh Interactive session ‘Interactive TV. The Future of the Games Industry’ on Friday 12th August at The Radisson Blue Hotel on The Royal Mile.
Rob Woodward said, “Television will continue to be the primary route to connecting to a mass market for the foreseeable future. The future action is around the move from TV viewing as a passive activity, to TV participation being an active activity”
GamesIndustry.biz, the world’s leading games industry publication, is delighted to announce it has partnered with UKIE, TIGA and BAFTA for this year’s GamesIndustry.biz Career Fair.
Taking place as part of the Eurogamer Expo at Earls Court from September 22-25, this year’s Career Fair has a fresh new direction with a focus on education and skills.
505 Games’ ‘Zumba Fitness’ (-24%) celebrates 5 consecutive weeks at No1, giving it a total of 8 weeks at the top since the launch of the hugely successful Wii version. ‘Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2’ fails to cast its spell on the charts, debuting at No7. It’s by far the lowest ever sales in a launch week for a Harry Potter game, despite charting higher than ‘Part 1’ which came in at No20 in November 2010. It’s a happier story for Activision Blizzard’s film tie-in ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ (Xbox 360/PS3) which climbs one place to No2 with only a 6% drop in sales.
505 Games’ ‘Zumba Fitness’ makes it 4 consecutive weeks at No1 and this is the 7th No1 for this game since the launch of the Wii version back in week 13 this year. It is a slow week for new releases with nothing new to report within the Top 40 (we added just 11 games titles to our database this week). But it is a good week for Codemasters’ price-promoted ‘Dirt 3’ (+28%) climbing 5 places to No2, which was its debut position on this chart back in week 21 this year.
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.