So. I’ve been away for a little while. I know, I know. You’ve ALL missed me.
To get mysewlf back in the swing of things, I thought it’d be a good idea to look at what I’ve ‘missed’, give a quick comment on it and start afresh. Ready? Click on for more.
PEOPLE LOST JOBS
Neither of these came as a great surprise to anyone who’s been paying attention. THQ recently complained about their poor sales, both of their insane drawing tablet device and of their often terrible childrens licensed properties. They’ve been making cuts for the past 3 months, so this latest set of job losses further solidifies the impression that THQ aren’t in the best of health.
THQ were given a further boot when Strauss Zelnick (Rockstar CEO) declared;
“License stuff from other people, whether it’s UFC or WWE or a motion picture property, and make a game around that. THQ has had some good games, but the quality hasn’t measured up.
“[The] strategy didn’t work and the execution was bad. To put it another way: the food was no good and the portions were small. THQ won’t be around in six months.”
Moving on to Sony, they haven’t made money in a good long while, with this year being the 4th in a row where the ink is a nasty shade of red. As a result, Kazuo Hirai (Sony’s latest CEO and former CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc) will get the now struggling company to focus on gaming, mobile phones (having recently bought out Ericsson) and cameras.
The number of 10,00 sounds like a lot. Well, that’s because it is. It’s said to account for 6% of Sony’s total workforce but, according to Hirai, is one of the “unavoidable, painful choices…” that he’s had to make to reach the target of a profitable Sony by March 2015.
Not everyone’s too impressed with this plan, with one analyst claiming it’s “short on detail”. If Sony think that another way out of this trouble is to release a red PS3, then March 2015 may not be an entirely enjoyable time for Mr Hirai.
UK GAMES RETAIL REVIVES ITSELF. FOR NOW…
Hooray! Some good news!
We all know that GAME went through some tough times. They’re now over this and have emerged on the other side as a brand new company with an old name.
Baker Acquisitions are now the owners of GAME’s UK stores as a result around 3,200 jobs have been secured and faith has been restored. EA and Nintendo are happy with the new owners and have reached an agreement which sees both publisher’s games returning to GAME’s shelves.
Not all retailers are happy though. Cult favourite indie game store Game Focus has now ceased to trade. It also seems that HMV were really starting to enjoy their new position on the high street as the place to buy games. Across the pond, Best Buy have also felt the pinch recently with 50 stores closing, which left the Chief Exec with little choice but to resign. So it seems that the turbulent nature of the game’s retail industry is still claiming jobs and could even see more companies swallowed up.
GOVERNMENT REALISES THAT MONEY COMES FROM GAMES, IDIOTS STILL BLAME THEM FOR BAD THINGS
In your face Canada! The UK’s coming back!
A new tax break announced by the government was announced meaning people making games pay less tax. Simple enough.
The UK have recently been falling south in the league table of the game’s industry, so this should help the UK beat those Canadians who leapfrogged us in the last couple of years.
Of the tax break news, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey said;
“We’ll never quite get to the level Canada has…”
“But a lot of big games companies said to us that they are still interested. They see the UK as a potential European hub – that plus the UK tax break plus our mix of skills and creativity, and the UK looks pretty impressive.”
Arrgghh! Fucking Canadians!
On a lighter note, some complete idiots who teach kids tried to find the latest scapegoat for outrageous behavior. Outrageous behaviour like “thumping” each other. Remember when there were no games? Remember how kids never “thumped” each other? DERP.
That’s it. I hope you enjoyed my quick round up. Anything I missed? Let me know.