HMV is serious about upping its game when it comes to games. In the past nine months it has launched new Gaming Zones and LAN sections in its flagship stores. Now it’s taking another big step and introducing a pre-owned game service.
Software giant Microsoft has filed 21 lawsuits against alleged pirates spread across 14 American states. Its goal is to protect customers from the risks of pirated and counterfeit software. It also mentions that software piracy has resulted in over $8 billion of economic loss in the US alone.
The video game industry is clearly taking no notice of the financial instability in the global economic climate. UK games retailer GAME, which now owns Gamestation, has reported a huge 86% increase in games sales year-on-year and pre-tax profits leaping from £29.5m to £75.5 million in the year to January 31st 2008…
Statistics from the Entertainment Retailers’ Association reveals that in the UK, revenue from sales of video games is topping that of music sales for the first time. Video games are now the second most valuable entertainment market at £1,719m, still trailing the DVD market at £2,164m but rapidly closing the gap.