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NEWS In Brief


THQ: The publisher has discontinued its uDraw Game Tablet and associated games after disappointing sales. THQ still has 1.4m unsold units in its inventory.


TAKE-TWO: Grand Theft Auto content accounted for the majority of Take-Two’s $26m in digital revenues for its fiscal Q3, thanks largely to GTA III: 10th Anniversary Editionon iOS and Android.


GAMESAID: The Sega GamesAid Challenge Cup will return to Kew’s Green, London this May. The charity is calling for four industry cricket teams to participate and aims to raise £2,200.


NORDIC GAMES: We Sing Popwill be released for Wii on March 23rd.


DEEP SILVER: The Koch publishing label will release a boxed version of Telltale’s Back To The Future: The Gamein the UK for PS3, Wii and PC on April 20th.


SQUARE ENIX: The publisher’s net income jumped 175.2 per cent for the nine months ending December 31st.


ShopTo profits rocket 254% Retailer completes fifth consecutive profitable year  Cites ‘phenomenal’ PS Vita pre-orders by Christopher Dring


ONLINE indie ShopTo.net has seen its profit leap 254 per cent for the six months ending January 31st. The company says it has


‘defied’ the slowdown seen in games by posting record results. Its market share in hardware also leapt during the period, with sales of consoles accounting for £8m of the retailer’s turnover. ShopTo told MCVit has also seen ‘extremely’ strong pre-orders for Sony’s upcoming PlayStation Vita. “Despite the recent news about video games retailers


suffering in the current economic climate, we have been delighted with these recent trading figures and


“ by James Batchelor


PUBLISHER Ubisoft hopes to grab a hefty chunk of PS Vita’s software sales with five launch games.


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The firm has dominated the third-party line-up for several hardware launches including 3DS and Kinect. Its five Vita launch titles – the most from any third- party – are Dungeon Hunter Alliance, Rayman Origins, Lumines:Electronic Symphony, Michael Jackson: The Experienceand Asphalt


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A NEW industry five-a-side football tournament is set to raise over £2,000 for GamesAid.


Organised by London creative agency SJS, the event will kick off on Tuesday, March 27th at Lucozade’s


www.mcvuk.com


This is an important milestone for ShopTo.


Igor Cipolletta, ShopTo


strong balance sheet,” said ShopTo CEO Igor Cipolletta. “This is our fifth


consecutive profitable year


ShopTo CEO Igor Cipolletta says the retailer is expanding fast


and an important milestone for ShopTo. We’re expanding at an impressive rate with new innovations to ensure that our customers receive the best value and service in entertainment retail.


“We are committed to increasing our market share on next generation consoles by offering the best value bundles. PS Vita pre-orders were phenomenal in January.” ShopTo: 0207 206 2307


Ubi goes broad with five Vita launch titles


Ubisoft’s Vita games target a wide range of consumers, says Murray Pannell


Charity football event kicks off


Power League at Wembley. SJS is hoping to attract around eight to 12 teams in a bid to raise over £2,000 for the industry charity. You can enter a squad of eight players for £250. “We’ve already had a really positive response from our industry friends,” said SJS


director Rachel Norman. “We are confident we can meet, if not exceed, our target for GamesAid and make this an annual event. Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing the boys in their shorts.”


GamesAid distributes funds to charities which


specialise in


helping the young and disadvantaged.


Those interested in taking part in the tournament can email rachel@sjslondon.com or call SJS. SJS London: 020 7421 9400


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Injection. These arrive with PS Vita on February 22nd. “All of [our titles] sit in different genres and target slightly different audiences, so as a range they are a strong offering,” UK marketing director Murray Pannell told MCV. “ “PS Vita is an exciting new handheld system. Assuming consumers are equally excited about the platform, we’d love to take a decent market share of the overall software sales.” Ubisoft: 01932 578000


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