September 2013

Grand Theft Auto 5 becomes fastest selling entertainment product ever

Grand Theft Auto 5 has passed another sales milestone after shifting £1bn worth of copies across the world in just three days – making it the fastest ever entertainment product to reach the magic sum.

The game had already smashing record sales, selling 1.57m units in the UK alone and setting new records in game sales here.

However a statement released by Take Two Interactive Software, who released the game, said that its enormous popularity had led to the even greater achievement.

Scotland gets digitally connected

£264 million investment for high speed broadband

Hundreds of thousands of households and businesses across Scotland are set to reap the rewards of high-speed fibre broadband thanks to a £264 million investment announced today by Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

The project will be delivered by BT, which is investing £106.7m in the partnership, and is being led by the Scottish Government working together with local authorities and Broadband Delivery UK in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

£125k for digital innovation in the games sector

The Digital Innovation Contest - Games is being run by IC tomorrow with support from our challenge partners Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), Crytek UK, Intel, Google Chrome ODEON Cinemas and Pinewood Studios. We are offering up to five businesses up to £25,000 (excluding VAT) each in funding for the development of innovative commercial prototypes. We are looking for applications across five challenges focusing on different areas of the games industry.

 

The challenges

High-tech clusters essential to maintain UK's regional revival

TIGA, the network of developers and digital publishers, said today that now is the time for the UK Government and local governments to promote high technology clusters around the UK.  
 
The trade association representing the UK videogames industry made the comments following the news that the combined business activity of England’s regions rose last month at the quickest pace for over a decade.
 

Bubble Blaze bursts onto leading Korean mobile social platform KakaoTalk

Outplay Entertainment announced that a Korean version of Bubble Blaze, the highly-addictive bubble-popping game, will launch on iOS and Android mobile platforms on September 3rd 2013. 

Bubble Blaze has been extensively modified for the Korean market and features tight integration with Korea’s leading messaging app, KakaoTalk, which boasts a strong user base of over 100 million.