Category Archives: News and Industry Happenings

Rugby League Conquers Australia Market

Amongst strong competition, New Zealand developed videogame "Rugby League" has been the top selling game title in Australasia for the past 4 weeks since its release on December 12, 2003. "We are very pleased with the success of the game", said Mario Wynands, Managing Director of Sidhe Interactive, the game development studio behind the title. "Very strong competing products were introduced onto the market during the Christmas season, but we took the number 1 slot and keep it through one of the busiest videogame sales periods of the year." Before launch "Rugby League" broke the EB Games worldwide single store … Continue reading Rugby League Conquers Australia Market

Midway Expands Marketing And Sales Force

Midway Games Inc. (NYSE: MWY), a leading interactive entertainment software publisher and developer, announced today new appointments to its North American marketing and sales teams. Leading these new appointments is Steve Allison, who was named chief marketing officer, a new position at the Company. Mr. Allison will report directly to Midway’s president and CEO, David F. Zucker. Midway also announced the marketing appointments of Mona Hamilton, vice president of marketing; Greg Mucha, director of channel marketing; and Reilly Brennan, director of media relations. Additionally, further bolstering the leadership of its North American sales team, Midway named Brad Wildes director of … Continue reading Midway Expands Marketing And Sales Force

Nyko Gets Girl Gamer Award At CES

Nyko Technologies, a leading manufacturer of innovative peripherals, continues to garner accolades for its flagship product, the Wireless Net Extender, a wireless ethernet adaptor for game consoles. Nyko’s product has been deemed an Innovations 2004 Design and Engineering Showcase winner at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and honoree for the "Technology is a Girl’s Best Friend" contest held by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). The Innovations program at CES, the world’s largest annual trade show for consumer technology, praised Nyko’s Wireless Net Extender as an inventive electronic gaming product in its design and engineering. The awards are judged by … Continue reading Nyko Gets Girl Gamer Award At CES

Dolby Showing Off Sound At CES Computer Show

Dolby Laboratories continues to demonstrate its commitment to provide innovative, high-quality audio solutions in key growth areas of the audio market at the 2004 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held January 8-12 in Las Vegas. This year, Dolby identifies four exciting industry market trends that will underscore the growth and adoption for Dolby’s premier technologies. “Leveraging our expertise and heritage in providing superior surround sound for the motion picture industry, Dolby is committed to providing highly compelling industry-leading audio technologies targeted at the home theater, gaming, personal computing, automotive, and broadcast markets,” said Ron Vitale, Director of Marketing, Consumer Division, … Continue reading Dolby Showing Off Sound At CES Computer Show

Gaming Con To Feature Celebrities

A gaming convention in Washington State is featuring some noted actors and actresses, many of whom have recently done voice acting in computer games. Dirk Benedict, who starred in both The A-Team and Battlestar Galactia is scheduled to attend. Benedict recently added voice talent to the PS2 version of the game, which was released in conjunction with the Sci-Fi channels retelling of that story. Other actors in attendance include Lou Ferrigno, Russell Johnson, Gil Gerard, Gary Graham and Erin Gray among others. Game Industry News’ own Gareth Von Kallenbach is scheduled to cover the event. A Website about the event … Continue reading Gaming Con To Feature Celebrities

Rainbow Six Moving To PS2

Ubisoft, one of the world’s largest videogame publishers, today announced that Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 3 will be released for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system this spring. Developed by Ubisoft’s Shanghai studio, the game offers the most thrilling and realistic single- and multiplayer counter-terrorist experience available anywhere. Completely redesigned for next-gen console players, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 3 for the PlayStation 2 gives players the opportunity to command an elite, four-man international anti-terrorist squad and features the trademark realism of the Clancy games, immediate, immersive close-quarters action, state-of-the-art in-game cinematics, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell-quality graphics and a nail-biting plot … Continue reading Rainbow Six Moving To PS2

Mythic Entertainment Sues Microsoft

Mythic Entertainment, developer and publisher of the award-winning massively multiplayer online role-playing game "Dark Age of Camelot(r)," and many other popular online games, announced that it has filed a lawsuit against Microsoft Corporation for trademark infringement and unfair competition. "We have worked hard for eight years to earn our reputation for producing high quality online games, including games that compete successfully with those offered by the biggest corporations in the world, such as Microsoft," Mark Jacobs, president and CEO of Mythic Entertainment, said. "The Mythic name and registered trademark are the symbols of that reputation and quality, and they represent … Continue reading Mythic Entertainment Sues Microsoft

Blade And Sword Ships

Whiptail Interactive, a global publisher of PC games, today announced that it has shipped the action-packed kung fu RPG Blade & Sword to retail stores nationwide. Blade & Sword has an MSRP of $29.99 and has been rated M for Mature. "Blade & Sword is an action-packed RPG that features amazing real-life kung fu combat," said Fred Heslop, President of Whiptail Interactive. "We are very excited about shipping this game and are confident that it will appeal to all PC gamers – especially fans of hack and slash action games like Diablo and Diablo 2." Developed by China’s Pixel Studio, … Continue reading Blade And Sword Ships

Garage Games To Make Splash At MacWorld

GarageGames announced today that it will unveil the preview, core release of Dark Horizons: Lore and the Mac Alpha release of GravRally at MacWorld January 6-9 in San Francisco. The two titles that beat out the competition in the Indie Games Con ’03 Players Choice Awards will premiere at MacWorld as part of a first look of the exciting GarageGames line-up for 2004. Departing from the typical family based, non-violent lineup of GarageGames, these truly unique titles will appeal to both action gamers and race fans alike. "The incredible response that Mac gamers have given our current lineup of games … Continue reading Garage Games To Make Splash At MacWorld

E3 Nets 62,000 Attendees

More than 62,000 industry professionals from more than 80 countries gathered at the Los Angeles Convention Center for the ninth annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3Expo), the world’s premier interactive entertainment trade show. According to the show’s owner, the Interactive Digital Software Association (IDSA), approximately 400 exhibitors showcased thousands of software titles, including more than 1,350 never-before-seen computer and video game related products, occupying 520,000 net square feet of exhibit space. Exhibitors reported 83 percent of these products will be found on store shelves this holiday season. "The 62,000 industry insiders who attended this year’s E3Expo were treated to a preview … Continue reading E3 Nets 62,000 Attendees