MCV Jobs Board arrives

The new MCV Jobs Board offers a wide variety of positions, from sales and marketing to development and media. Single jobs can be posted directly for 28 days. They normally cost £150, but are offered at just £50 if booked directly through any time this month.

Featuring prominently within the fast-growing website, deals have already been struck with leading agencies such as OPM, Datascope, Aardvark and Special Move.

Plus, recruiters will be able to avoid agencies directly should they wish – by posting single or multiple jobs directly into the system. They don’t even have to speak to the MCV sales team.

Applicants will have their CVs automatically forwarded to the recruiting company, whilst registered job seekers will be notified every time a relevant job is posted.

MCV is also offering an integrated solution which gives additional benefits to high impact advertisers in its weekly print edition.

“Thanks to the huge pass-on readership of our print weekly and growing global army of online readers all over the world, MCV has the biggest readership across retail, sales, marketing, development, media, financial community and beyond,” commented MCV publisher and Intent Media managing director Stuart Dinsey.

“MCV is a brand trusted all over the world, driven by essential content carefully targeted for its readers. We are delighted to introduce this new online recruitment service, which provides not only a low-cost and flexible solution for recruiters but a valuable free service for job hunters.

“As most in the games industry already know, the MCV website is absolutely flying. The MCV Daily leads the market and so will our jobs board. Plus there is even more to come from us in the online area. Watch this space.”

To find out more about the MCV jobs board contact or go to

Intent launches

The new site, called, will cover all key sectors – such as toys and gifts, food and beverages, movies, sport, apparel, publishing, video games and design.

It will also boast a daily email news service, as well as recruitment services, opinion, key brand spotlights and event updates. ‘Web 2.0’ features such as real-time trade comments and forums will also be included.

Samantha Loveday, with over 10 years’ experience in the entertainment trade press, has been appointed editor.

“Apart from one quality global licensing title based in the US, there is very little in the trade area that is either modern in execution or of genuine value for today’s wider licensing community. We have responded to the demand for a window on the European business, which will be of huge value to licensees, licensors, retailers, media and investors,” said Intent Media managing director and publisher Stuart Dinsey. launches just ahead of the Brand Licensing Europe event in London next month.
It has a targeted readership of over 8,000 licensing professionals, retailers and relevant executives from all key licence holders.

Launch sponsors include industry heavyweights such as Nickelodeon, Kilogram, Start Licensing, Entara, Hit Entertainment and Target.

“It is clear that in a global, fast-moving business like licensing, something new is required,” continued Dinsey.

“Traditional UK-based low-circulation print titles that appear infrequently are not the way forward. It’s not just about flogging ads around trade shows. The licensing sector deserves more than that.”

Intent Media is an independent media company specialising in trade magazines, B2B websites and events for entertainment and technology markets.

It already publishes eight market-leading publications, servicing markets such as toys, video games, home computing, mobile entertainment, cycling, musical instruments and professional audio.

For more information contact or go to

New ToyNews website launched

Already a success story, the original website had set the standard for the industry, with growing UK and international traffic driven by the recent launch of the ToyNews Daily email service.

The revised ToyNews site offers additional features such as direct industry comment and interaction around news stories, product spotlights, opinion, exclusive NPD data, newsfeeds from other leading toy sites such as the US-based Playthings, retail charts and High Street price checks.

ToyNews also offers an RSS feed and has relationships with search engines such as GoogleNews and NewsNow.

“We are a country mile ahead of any rival when it comes to online services for the European toy trade. This site provides even more essential information and takes us to a new level,” commented ToyNews publisher Stuart Dinsey.

“Like our print edition, ToyNews Online has become the standard bearer for news and information. We have a growing audience thanks to consistent quality editorial and huge investment in Search Engine Optimisation. Recruitment advertisers, particularly, have seen the difference compared to any other trade media. And we expect further significant growth going forward.”

Intent Media will also shortly unveil a new online service dedicated to all aspects of the international licensing business.

“Our licensing project will be announced very soon. It is clear that in a global, fast-moving business like licensing, something new is required. Traditional UK-based low-circulation print titles that appear infrequently are not the way forward. It’s not just about flogging ads around trade shows. The licensing sector deserves more than that,” added Dinsey.

Mobile content elite acclaimed at ME Awards

Among the 20 winners were Admob (pictured), Google, Nokia and EA. Meanwhile Ralph Simon, chair emeritus of MEF Americas, received a special award for his outstanding contribution to the mobile entertainment industry.

The ME Awards event, organised and hosted by Mobile Entertainment magazine, celebrates innovation and achievement in the mobile content space. It’s one of the highlights of the industry calendar and is attended by senior execs from all market sectors, all over the world. A wide range of categories covered all aspects of the mobile entertainment space, including content publishing, technical services and operator activities.

The ME Awards were sponsored by Nokia, Sega Mobile, Player X and Glu, with category winners chosen by a voting panel of over 400 industry execs. The event took place last night at The Brewery in London.

Tim Green, executive editor of Mobile Entertainment magazine, said: "Once again the best of the industry gathered in one room to collectively celebrate its innovation and success. Can’t wait to do it all again next year."

Mobile Entertainment is the world’s only trade publication for the mobile content sector, providing news, features and analysis to over 10,000 industry execs every month. It also hosts the market’s premier online destination at

Full list of ME Awards winners:

Best Imaging Company
Getty Images

Best Gambling Company

Best Adult Services Company

Best D2C Content Service

Best Games Developer
Digital Chocolate

Best Games Publisher

Best Music Label
Ministry of Sound

Best Video Producer

Best Video and TV Service Provider
Player X

Best Music Service Provider
Groove Mobile

Best Games Service Provider

Best Billing Provider

Best Managed Service Platform

Best Mobile Publishing Platform

Best Mobile Marketing and Advertising Service Provider

Best Search Provider

Best Community Service Provider

Best Handset Company

Best Operator

Outstanding contribution to mobile entertainment
Ralph Simon, MEF Americas

Intent launches Audio Pro International

A sister title to the existing Musical Instrument Professional (MI Pro), Audio Pro will become an essential information and community resource for the live sound, commercial broadcasting and recording market.

The print version will be published 10 times a year, supported by daily news and content at

Launch circulation is 5,000, with over half of the B2B title’s circulation going overseas.
Well established audio journalist Andy Wood has been hired as editor.

Issue 1 hits desks on Friday September 7th, with an additional 5,000 copies distributed at the PLASA trade show taking place the following weekend at Earls Court.

“Our research shows that the sector is ready for this title, which will provide an integrated print and online solution for live, broadcast and recording specialists all over the world,” commented Intent Media managing director Stuart Dinsey.

“It is a perfect fit for us, given our current leadership position within the trade sector for musical instruments, plus our specialism in technology and entertainment sectors.”

Audio Pro International joins a roster of trade-only titles that already includes the weekly MCV: The Market for Home Computing & Video Games, plus MI Pro, PC Retail, ToyNews, Mobile Entertainment, BikeBiz and Develop.

Intent Media also hosts a growing series of awards events and conferences.

Games Media Awards: Finalists Revealed

The awards will take place on Thursday October 11th at the Soho Revue Bar, London and will see 15 awards being given out across three categories of Mainstream Media, Specialist Games Media (Print) and Specialist Games Media (Online).  Plus a special ‘Games Legend’ recognition award.

FInalists in full…

Mainstream Media

Games Writer on a National Newspaper

Greg Howson (The Guardian)
Jonathan Weinberg (The Sun)
Nigel Kendall (The Times)
Rebecca Armstrong (Independent)
Steve Boxer (The Guardian)

Games Writer on a Lifestyle Magazine

Chris Burke (Loaded)
Daniel Booth (Nuts)
Rob Waugh (Live Magazine)
Simon Munk (FHM)
Will Findlater (Stuff)

Games Writer on a Mainstream Website

Darren Waters (BBC)
David Clack (FHM)
David McComb (Empire Online)
Mark Gilbert (News Of The World)
Stephen Daultrey (Maxim)

Regional Games Column

David Crookes (Bolton Evening News)
Ewan Ross (Liverpool Echo)
Steve Lawson (Daily Record)
Steve Wollaston (Midland Weekly Media)
Steven Fox (Metro)

Best Games-Dedicated Broadcast on Mainstream TV or Radio

Johnny Minkley (Radio One)
Game On (BBC Five Live)
Gamer.TV (Bravo)
Matt Cuttle (Gamers)
Re:Loaded (Channel M)

Specialist Games Media (Print)

PlayStation Magazine

Play (Imagine)
Official PlayStation Magazine (Future)
PSM3 (Future)
PSU3 (Imagine)
PSW (Future)

Xbox Magazine

360 (Imagine)
360 Gamer (Uncooked)
Official Xbox 360 Magazine (Future)
X360 (Imagine)
Xbox World 360 (Future)

Nintendo Magazine

NGamer (Future)
nRevolution (Imagine)
Official Nintendo Magazine (Future)

Multi-Format Magazine

GamesMaster (Future)
GamesTM (Imagine)
Edge (Future)
Retro Gamer (Imagine)

Overall Games Magazine

Jury to state one magazine from their nominations above, or a PC magazine.

Best Writer on a Specialist Magazine

Darren Jones (Retro Gamer, Imagine)
Jon Blyth (PC Zone, Future)
Kieron Gillen (PC Gamer, Future)
Martin Mathers (Official Nintendo Magazine, Future)
Tony Mott (Edge, Future)

Specialist Games Media (Online

Games Website – News

Games Website: Reviews & Features

Games Podcast

Cheap Ass Gamer’s CAGcast
One Life Left
PC Gamer

Non-Commercial Website or Blog

Game Over, Yeah
Idle Thumbs
UK: Resistance

Best Writer in Specialist Digital Media

Alex Sassoon Coby (Gamespot)
Andy Robinson (
Gary Cutlack (UK:R)
Ryan King (
Tom Bramwell (Eurogamer)

Games Legend Award sponsored by System 3

(Special recognition award – winner revealed on the night)

PC Retail Awards categories revealed

In order to fully represent the entire channel, the awards will be divided into three sections, each containing five awards: Frontline, Distribution and Vendor.

The frontline awards will recognise excellence in customer-facing organisations, be they on the High Street, the Internet or dealing with businesses. The winners of these awards will be those organisations that have best represented the UK technology industry to the outside world.

The distribution awards are designed to acknowledge the hard work put in by the unsung heroes of the channel. The sales and marketing teams at distributors are a vital link between vendors and retailers, without whom the channel would grind to a halt.

Of course no technology awards event would be complete without the companies that actually make the products: vendors. However, the PC Retail awards will again concentrate on the sales and marketing teams as they are the ‘face’ of those vendors in the channel.

Finally there will be a Grand Prix, awarded to the individual, team or company deemed to have made a conspicuous contribution to the channel in the previous year.

Awards Categories:

– High Street Independent
– High Street Multiple
– Online Retailer
– Value Added Reseller
– Best Technical Support

– Sales Team: Home
– Sales Team: Business
– Sales Innovation
– Marketing and PR Team
– Specialist Distributor

– Sales Team: Home
– Sales Team: Business
– Marketing and PR Team: Home
– Marketing and PR Team: Business
– Specialist Vendor

Grand Prix

PC Retail Awards to debut in March ’08

Intent Media, publisher of the market leading PC Retail magazine  (as well as leading print and online video games titles MCV and Develop) has today unveiled first details about the PC Retail Awards 2008.

The event will take place on Thursday March 13th at the Café Royal, Regent Street, London and is expected to attract 400 key retailers, distributors, suppliers and media from the home and small business computing sector.

“We have responded to demand for an awards event that fully respects the scale, competition and vibrancy of the retail market," commented PC Retail publisher and Intent Media managing director Stuart Dinsey.

"It will be transparent, valuable and a fantastic night of networking – with typically high Intent Media production values.”

Intent Media already runs major awards events in the video games and mobile markets, alongside events partner Barrington Harvey.

“This is about celebrating the industry and recognising exceptional performance from retailer or supplier alike,” added Dinsey “The awards will be affordable and heavily promoted – giving guests and sponsors great value."

More updates will come soon via PC Retail’s 13,000 strong print magazine, the PCR Daily News email bulletin and also our fast-growing website.

For more information about tables or sponsorship packages, contact

Awards Categories

– High Street Independent
– High Street Multiple
– Online Retailer
– Value Added Reseller
– Best Technical Support

– Sales Team: Home
– Sales Team: Business
– Sales Innovation
– Marketing and PR Team
– Specialist Distributor

– Sales Team: Home
– Sales Team: Business
– Marketing and PR Team: Home
– Marketing and PR Team: Business
– Specialist Vendor

+ Grand Prix


Develop Awards: Sony wins top prize

Over 500 games development executives packed into the Metropole Hotel in Brighton last night to see their contemporaries honoured in the fifth annual Develop Industry Excellence Awards.

Sony was a key winner, picking up the Grand Prix award, but it was just one of 17 different winners – proving that next-gen has spurred a truly diverse industry of creative talent.

Games like Evolution’s MotorStorm (PS3) and Zoe Mode’s Crush (PSP) took home prizes for best new IP, with Rare awarded a Visual Arts prize for its game Viva Piñata and technology firm Havok named as best tools provider.

Stalwarts and newcomers alike were awarded double-whammies; Traveller’s Tales won the best independent developer award for the third year running and scored best use of a licence for Lego Star Wars II – Realtime Worlds meanwhile was awarded best new studio and the innovation prize for debut game Crackdown.

Other big winners were Sega – named as the development sector’s publishing hero – and Ubisoft’s network of studios in France, named as best in-house developer.

Rockstar Leeds scored the best handheld studio prize for the second year running.

Ian Hetherington, co-founder of the ‘80s publishing powerhouse Psygnosis, was crowned Development Legend. He is currently chairman of Evolution Studios and Real Time Worlds – two of the evening’s winners – and is ex-managing director of Grand Prix-winner Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

All of which illustrates the contribution he has made – and continues to make – to the industry, and the overall wide range of prize winners at the fifth-annual Develop Awards.

“The fact that no one company dominated the awards this year shows what a diverse range of talent this industry boasts,” said Michael French, editor, Develop Magazine.

“It’s been a brilliant year for games, with new hardware allowing developers to really stretch their imagination – so competition for these prestigious awards has been fiercer than ever. Whilst the winners and the finalists will undoubtedly grab the headlines, everyone involved in games development should be applauded for continuing to broaden the market and those playing our games.”

The full list of winners is as follows:

New Console/PC IP
MotorStorm (Evolution/SCEE External Development)

New Handheld IP
Crush (Zoe Mode)

Best Use of a Licence
Lego Star Wars II (Traveller’s Tales)

Visual Arts
Rare (Viva Pinata)

Audio Accomplishment
FreeStyle (B-Boy)

Publishing Hero

Real Time Worlds (Crackdown)

Tools Provider

Best Use of Online
Eden Studios (Test Drive Unlimited)

Services & Outsourcing
Babel Media

Recruitment Company

New UK Studio
Realtime Worlds

Best Handheld Studio
Rockstar Leeds

Business Development

Independent Developer
Traveller’s Tales

In-House Developer
Ubisoft France

Development Legend
Ian Hetherington

Grand Prix
Sony Computer Entertainment

Sourcebook 2007 goes live

The online version of the games industry’s definitive guide to agencies and service companies has gone live today.

Sourcebook 07 is an all-year reference tool, featuring over 70 companies across eight different categories.

The print version is distributed in MCV and sister title Develop Magazine, plus there is a dedicated microsite promoted through all relevant publications within the Intent Media portfolio – which also includes PC Retail, ToyNews and Mobile Entertainment.

Sourcebook is a one-stop shop for anyone looking to outsource development, PR, media buying, translation work, recruitment, distribution, logistics, packaging or legal,” commented MCV managing editor Lisa Foster.

“If you want people to come in and pitch for new business, Sourcebook is your starting point. It’s rammed full of information and ideas.”

If you would like to order a print copy of Sourcebook, contact