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Sony: Piracy Has Taken a Big Chunk of Game Sales from PSP

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295w ago - Sony's Peter Dille has revealed that PSP sales have been severely affected by piracy. Dille noted that piracy is no good for anyone in the gaming industry, and the data from BitTorrent sites on how many copies are being illegally downloaded is 'sickening'.

To quote: It certainly makes business sense for Sony to switch to digital distribution, but one of the motivating factors for the new-found focus on digital distribution may be rampant piracy on the platform.

Peter Dille, senior vice president of marketing at Sony Computer Entertainment America, believes that PSP sales have been severely affected by pirates.

"It is criminal what's going on," Dille tells [Register or Login to view links]. "It's not good for us, but it's not good for the development community. We can look at data from BitTorrent sites from the day Resistance: Retribution goes on sale and see how many copies are being downloaded illegally, and it's frankly sickening. We are spending a lot of time talking about how we can deal with the problem."
 

March 2009 NPD Sales Data Now Available

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296w ago - The March 2009 NPD data report has been released, which covers the hardware/software sales for the month.

To quote:

Hardware Sales

• PlayStation 2 - 112K
• PlayStation 3 - 218K
• PSP - 168K
• XBox 360 - 330K
• Wii - 601K
• Nintendo DS - 563K

Software Sales

1. Resident Evil 5 - Capcom - USA - XBox 360 - 938K
2. Pokemon Platinum Version - Nintendo Of America - NDS - 805K
3. Halo Wars - Microsoft - XBox 360 - 639K
4. Resident Evil 5 - Capcom - USA - PS3 - 585K
5. Wii Fit w/ Balance Board - Nintendo Of America - Wii - 541K
6. MLB '09: The Show - Sony - PS3 - 305K
7. Killzone 2 - Sony - PS3 - 296K
8. Wii Play w/ Remote - Nintendo Of America - Wii - 281K
9. Mario Kart w/ Wheel - Nintendo Of America - Wii - 278K
10. Major League Baseball 2K9 - Take 2 Interactive - XBox 360 - 205K
 

Report: WiiWare's Minimum Sales Threshold Affects Developers

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296w ago - According to multiple Gamasutra development sources, Nintendo's WiiWare service has a minimum sales threshold in place - under which indie game developers do not get paid at all.

To quote: Multiple sources have indicated to Gamasutra that there is a minimum amount of sales, on a per-territory basis, that WiiWare developers must reach in order to recoup any money at all for their games.

It is believed that this sales number is set in the mid-four figure range for North America, and lower four figures for individual European territories. Until a WiiWare title sells over that number, nothing will be paid out.

Gamasutra has spoken off the record to multiple developers who have acknowledged the limit, and at least one small independent studio whose staff believes they will never reach the minimum sales threshold to be paid anything for their WiiWare title.

Although Nintendo's reasons for instituting such a lower limit are unclear, it may have been done in part to stop large amounts of so-called "shovelware" titles flooding the service.
 

Nintendo Boss Confirms Wii Sales Reach 50M Worldwide

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299w ago - Worldwide sales of the Nintendo Wii games console have topped 50 million, the company's president Satoru Iwata stated at an industry conference in San Francisco.

This means the Wii is now the fastest-selling games console in history, surpassing Sony's PlayStation 2.

To quote: Earlier this year the Japanese computer games console maker predicted demand for the Wii console would eventually slow as the rise of the yen undermined the value of sales to the United States and Europe.

Satoru Iwata, president of the company, said he hoped the economic slowdown would lead to innovation and creativity. He told the conference, attended by many computer game software experts, that he believed "anything is possible".

He said: "The great depression in the 1930s resulted in the jet engine, TV and chocolate chip cookies. The future of video games is in your hands and I can't wait for you to show us your surprises."

Mr Iwata said that Nintendo's hand-held DS console had shipped 100m units around the world.

Nintendo Wii has more female and older fans than previous games systems because if offers programmes games like virtual tennis and playing musical instruments as well as the usual driving and shooting games.

"Almost no one expected them to reach...
 

Futuresource: Blu-ray Sales to Exceed 100 Million Discs in 2009

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303w ago - According to Futuresource Consulting, it appears Blu-ray may be ready to hit the mainstream. The increasing number of HDTV owners, coupled with lower prices on Blu-ray players, should fuel interest in the HD movie format.

To quote: "In the USA, Blu-ray has moved from early adopter phase through to early majority, with the format gaining real traction in the marketplace," said Mai Hoang, senior market analyst at Futuresource.

According to Hoang, Blu-ray sales in America reached 24 million units in 2008. The analyst predicts the American market will eat 80 million discs this year. The rest will be represented by Japan, the UK and the rest of Europe.

Jim Bottoms, managing director at Futuresource, thinks Blu-ray adoption will finally get majority share of home video sales in just a few more years. "By 2012, around 50 per cent of US and 35 per cent of Western European video disc retail sale volumes will be Blu-ray."
 
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