Opinion on Entertainment Software

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An extra life for the pre-owned games market?

Following a ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union that software authors cannot oppose the resale of licenses, the games industry now has to work out what the consequences will be. The ruling comes at a time of evolution in the supply of video games to customers, placing games retailers at risk of losing out on the lucrative pre-owned market.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jul 2012
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CommentWire

ChoicesUK: another victim of market woes

ChoicesUK has fallen into administration after it struggled to cope with a rapidly declining music and video market. The retailer is likely to be broken up as the sector as a whole is reshaped following changing customer trends in regard to the consumption of entertainment products.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Aug 2007
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CommentWire

Dixons: expanding online operations

Dixons is to expand its product range from 10,000 items to more than a million as it launches an entertainment range, selling CDs, DVDs, games and books. The move could prove a compelling proposition despite intensifying competition in the entertainment market, which is learning to cope with price deflation, legal downloading and weaker demand.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Nov 2006
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DSGi: developments sound, growth improbable

UK electricals group DSGi is fighting back against the downturn, refurbishing 60 of its 570 UK stores, trialing new format outlets and taking steps to improve customer service. These moves have so far produced strong results and Best Buy's now delayed arrival on the UK market has been a further boost to the beleaguered retailer, but DSGi's future remains uncertain despite these successes.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Mar 2009
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Game Group: had the gain, now for the pain

Fears of a major slump in the previously buoyant video games market have been realized by a trading update from market leader Game Group. The highly cyclical nature of the sector has been highlighted by the dual release of Game's figures for the 53 weeks to January 31, 2009, in which total UK and Ireland sales were up 25.7%, and for the 11 weeks to April 18, 2009, in which they were down 2.4%.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Apr 2009
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Game Group: long-term concerns remain

Game's current trading has been mixed. While revenue has fallen, the group's gross margin has improved despite increased competition, particularly from the supermarkets. International and online growth, together with softer UK comparatives, should see performance over Christmas improve. However, the real challenge for Game remains how it will cope with the rise of digital distribution.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Dec 2009
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Game Group: new products underpin performance

Game Group has reported a 24% rise in sales and a massive 400% increase in annual profits as it benefited from a strong market owing to recent hardware releases from Microsoft and Nintendo. Furthermore, with the PS3 launched in the first quarter of its new financial year, 2007/08 looks set to be another bright year for the retailer.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Apr 2007
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Game Group: non-specialist competitors gain ground

The leading independent games retailer Game Group has issued a profit warning as gamers waiting for new consoles to arrive on the market hold off on purchases. With limited scope to diversify into other product areas and a growing number of non-specialist competitors encroaching on its territory, Game needs to exploit the festive season to develop an appeal beyond its core customer base.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Dec 2005
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Game Group: top of its game

Game Group has continued to defy the wider retail downturn, announcing a 22.7% sales uplift in the UK and Ireland for the 50 week period to January 10, and like-for-like growth of 11.4%. With a successful Christmas trading period now over, the group has heralded a change in strategy, which will see it focus on maintaining profits as sales growth becomes increasingly hard to achieve.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Jan 2009
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Game retailers need to react to app risk for new consoles

The temporary price drop of Nintendo's next-generation games console, the Wii U, at the start of May to just GBP149 for the basic model at Asda and Amazon signals its failure to prise casual gamers away from smartphone and tablet apps in what is a very worrying start to the console cycle for video game retailers.

Published By Datamonitor
10 May 2013

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