Inaugural MCV Pacific Awards winners revealed

It was an evening of revelry, excitement and flair, with everyone dressed to kill and eagerly awaiting the finalists and winners from an extensive array of categories encompassing the entire games sector.

Those fabulous finalists and winners are:

Marketing Campaign of the Year


Assassin’s Creed III (Winner)


Borderlands 2


Skylanders: Giants


Halo 4



PR Campaign of the Year


Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Winner)


Bioshock: Infinite


Assassin’s Creed III


Need For Speed: Most Wanted



Best Single Brand Engagement


EB EXPO 2012 (Winner)


Need For Speed Most Wanted Taxi


StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Launch Event


StarCraft II: Oceanic WCS finals



Sales Team of the Year


Ubisoft (Winner)


Activision Blizzard


Take Two Interactive


Sony Computer Entertainment Australia



Peripherals and Accessories Brand of the Year


 Skylanders (Winner)


Turtle Beach







Publisher of the Year


Ubisoft (Winner)


2K Games / 2K Sports







Distributor of the Year


All Interactive Distribution / Entertainment (Winner)


Namco Bandai Partners




QV Software



Agency of the Year


One to Another (Winner)


Bohemia Group




Hausmann Communications



Retailer of the Year


JB HiFi (Winner)


EB Games



Online Retailer of the Year


EB Games (Winner)




Mighty Ape


Dungeon Crawl



Digital Retailer of the Year


Xbox Live (Winner)


Good Old Games


Sony Entertainment Network / PSN


Apple / iTunes



Star Store


JB HiFi World Square (Winner)


EB Games Swanston St, Melbourne


EB Games, The Galleries


The Gamesmen, Penshurst



Journalist of the Year


Chris Stead (Winner)


Lucy O’Brien


Mark Serrels


Adam Mathew



Print Publication of the Year


Game Informer (Winner)


PC Powerplay




Official Playstation Magazine



Online Publication of the Year


IGN AU (Winner)









Video Publication of the Year


Good Game (Winner)


Good Game: Spawn Point


Player Attack


Geek Bomb

For more information about the MCV Pacific Awards 2013 and next year’s event, please contact Joel Van Daal at the coordinates below:


Phone: +61 (0) 410 651 183

Develop Awards finalists unveiled

The July 10th Develop Awards will toast another diverse array of the finest European game development talent.

Almost 100 different companies have been listed as finalists for the July 10th event.

The shortlists for the 19 main prizes represents 36 different games and their creative talent, 49 different games studios and ten different European countries.

Respected iOS outfit Fireproof Games, developer of The Room, gets the most nominations – five – followed by four each for Dennaton Games (Hotline Miami), SCE’s London Studio (Wonderbook), Arkane Studios (the French team that co-developed Dishonored) and Playground Games (Forza Horizon).

NaturalMotion and its studio Boss Alien studio claim four between them, also after the success of CSR Racing in 2012. 

There are also key nominations for free-to-play experts Supercell and its hit mobile game Clash of Clans. 

Our improved awards for Creative Contribution also acknowledge the work of external European art and audio teams on vast international projects like Halo 4 and Ni no Kuni.

There are nominations for all kinds of businesses, from solo indie games developers to 100-plus strong teams, middleware providers, service outfits and outsourcing firms.

The Develop Awards take place on July 10th at the Brighton Metropole hotel. To book a place, contact or call 01992 535 646. 

For sponsorship and partner opportunities contact or call 01992 535 647.

Current Develop Awards sponsors include Platinum Partners Crytek and Deep Silver, Gold Partners Testronic, Perforce, UKIE and Amiqus, Drinks Reception Partner NaturalMotion and Table Gift Partner OPM Jobs.


MCV Awards 2013: UK’s best recognised at gala event

Sixteen different companies claimed the trade’s most coveted awards, voted for by a judging panel of peers and senior execs. 

CentreSoft won the highest honour, the Grand Prix, a worthy win recognising 30 years of business supporting retailers and key publishing partners. It also was named the year’s best High Street Distributor.  

GAME reclaimed its Specialist Retailer crown after a tumultuous 2012. CEO Martyn Gibbs, who has led the firm out trouble post-administration, was also given the Special Recognition prize honouring 25 years in retail. 

Ubisoft won the most, taking Digital Distribution Team, Export Sales Team and Marketing Team while Assassin’s Creed III won Game Campaign and Digital Campaign. 

Activision won two, taking Trade Marketing Team and Third Party Games Hardware for Skylanders Giants. 

EA also won two key trade awards – UK Sales Team, and the coveted Game Publisher of the Year prize.  

But in total there were sixteen different winners across the 25 prizes, reflecting a diverse UK games business with players of all sizes.  

Other happy recipients included Scottish indie retail chain Game Centre, Steam (for Digital Distributor), and Bethesda’s Dishonored (New Game Brand winner). 

The full list of winners can be found below. 

The MCV Awards are organised by the team behind MCV and have been running for 11 years.  

The event is supported by platinum partner The Hut Group, award partners Click Entertainment, Incomm Europe, Link Distribution, MCM Expo, OnLive, Respondez, Wii U and 2K Games plus event partners Electronic Arts, OPM Recruitment, Koch Media, Intergi, Warner Bros, ShopTo and IGN. 


Independent Retailer – High Street                        

Independent Retailer – Online

Retail Concept

Mainstream Retailer

Specialist Retailer

Digital Retailer

Digital Distribution Team

High Street Distribution Team

Sales Triumph

UK Sales Team

Export Sales Team

Marketing Team

PR Team

UK Games Studio

Third Party Games Hardware

New Game Brand

Digital Campaign

Audience Engagement

Media Sales Team

Trade Marketing Team

Game Campaign

Specialist Games Publisher

Game Publisher

MCV Special Recognition

Grand Prix

For more information about the MCV Awards, contact or call her on 01992 535 646.


Music Week Awards 2013: The winners

Island Records took two gongs – one for A&R and another for best record company – while 4AD picked up the award for Independent Record Company.

Adrian Sykes and Greg Castell shared the Manager Of The Year award and SJM Concerts’ Simon Moran took the Live Promoter gong.

The biggest award of the night, The Strat, went to Richard Griffiths and Harry Magee of Modest! Management. Simon Cowell made an appearance to present the pair with the prize.

The full list of Music Week Award winners for 2013 can be found below:

Live Music Venue: The O2 Arena, London

Live Promoter: Simon Moran, SJM Concerts

Music & Brand Partnership: Converse and Cornerstone for Converse Represent

A&R: Island Records

Manager Of The Year: Adrian Sykes & Greg Castell

Retail Brand: Rough Trade

Independent Retailer: Banquet Records, Kingston

Radio Station: BBC 6Music

Radio Show: Lauren Laverne, 6Music

TV Show Featuring Music: Later… With Jools Holland (BBC)

Music Media Brand: NME

Promotions Team: Atlantic Records

Publisher (Albums): Sony/ATV/EMI

Independent Publisher: Kobalt

Publisher (Singles): Sony/ATV/EMI

Sales Team: EMI

Distribution Team: [PIAS]

Catalogue Marketing: Rhino for Fleetwood Mac, Rumours

Artist Marketing: Virgin For Emeli Sande, Our Version Of Events

PR Campaign: Murray Chalmers PR for The Stone Roses

Independent Record Company: 4AD

Record Company: Island Records

The Strat Award: Richard Griffiths and Harry Magee, Modest! Management

For more information about the Music Week Awards 2013, contact


MCV Pacific Awards 2013 confirmed

The Awards, open to both Australia and New Zealand, will focus on retail, distribution, trade, publishing, PR and marketing. (Development will be honoured in a separate intiative to be announced).

“We are proud to be partnering with MCV on their inaugural Awards Show this year,” said Ron Curry, CEO of the iGEA. “It is the perfect opportunity to bring our Members and the wider industry together to celebrate our success and achievements in what is sure to be a fantastic night.”

Joel Van Daal, MCV Pacific’s Commercial Manager stated: “The retail and trade sector of the videogames industry deserves the kind of recognition the MCV Pacific Awards aims to provide.”

“We are very excited that the iGEA has partnered with us, and look forward to presenting the largest event of its kind in the country. This partnership is something we look forward to continuing with in the long term.”

The awards will take place in the evening of Thursday May 9th, 2013 at Sydney’s premier venue – The Ivy. The festivities will kick off with a red carpet entryway leading to the prestigious Ivy Ball Room with an official after party to continue upstairs at the iconic Ivy Pool Bar allowing attendees to let their hair down after the black tie event.

Tickets for the event will cost AUD$250 per seat or AUD$2250 for a table for ten, excluding GST.

iGEA members will receive discounted ticket pricing, (AUD$225 + GST per seat or AUD$2,000 + GST for a table of ten) and will also receive priority seating.

To book your tickets or for any other required information, please contact Joel Van Daal at MCV Pacific, contact details below.


Phone: +61 (0) 410 651 183

Samsung, Entatech and Micro-P shine at PCR Awards

The PCR Awards 2013, which took place last night at the Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington, were all about championing the hard work of the technology channel over the last 12 months.

Comedian Terry Alderton hosted the night and gave out 19 Awards over three categories and two special awards. Notably, Samsung won Computing Vendor and also took the Grand Prix award.

There were double winners in Distribution, too, with Entatech winning Software Distributor and Marketing & PR, while Micro-P collected Consumer Electronics Distributor and the Distributor of the Year prize.

Computer 2000’s Andy Dow won the Special Recognition Award, run for the first time this year, which saw finalists nominated and voted for entirely by PCR’s Retail Advisory Panel.

Here’s the full list of winners:


Independent Retailer: Utopia Computers

Specialist Retailer: Ebuyer

Non-specialist Retailer: John Lewis

Reseller: Wyvern Business Systems

Service and Support: PC PAL


Software Distributor: Entatech

Gaming Distributor: Gem Distribution

Consumer Electronics Distributor: Micro-P

Components Distributor: VIP Computers

Peripherals Distributor: Computer 2000

Marketing & PR: Entatech

Distributor of the Year: Micro-P


Business and Utility Software Publisher: Microsoft

Leisure Software Publisher: Blizzard

Peripherals Vendor: TP-LINK

Components Vendor: Western Digital

Computing Vendor: Samsung

Special Recognition: Andy Dow

Grand Prix: Samsung

PCR hopes you had fun on the night. Come back and join us again next year.

The PCR Awards were supported by Entatech as Platinum Partner, KMS Components as Gold Partner, VIP Computers as Drinks Reception Host, Meroncourt as Vendor Category Partner, TP-Link as Distribution Category Partner, Computer 2000 as Frontline Category Partner, Micro-P as After-Show Party Host, Channel Assist as Aftershow Photobooth Partner, Philips/MMD, KMS Components, and Centerprise as Gold Partners, and Mad Catz as Event Partner.

MIRC 2013 registration now open

To register for the one-day conference and expo simply click here. All retailers at the event will be able to pick up a VIP goodie bag containing the exclusive high value, free gift.

This year’s show will be held on Wednesday June 26th at Whittlebury Hall, Northamptonshire. The new venue means increased exhibition space for partners with separate, connected, rooms ranging from 8-23 square metres in size, offering greater promotional possiblities.

The morning session will feature a conference including a number of high value speakers providing advice and information designed to help retailers improve their business. After a short break for a complimentary lunch, the expo element opens for the afternoon geared towards retailers having one to one meetings with key suppliers and manufacturers.

An after show party follows, providing entertainment and networking opportunities including, for the first time this year, a Battle of the Bands contest open exclusively to MI retail staff. Click here to find out more.

Some 250 VIP guests from independent retail, High Street multiples, buying groups and online stores will represent more than 1,000 store fronts. The event offers the opportunity for manufacturers and distributors to meet directly with selected buyers over one day to do business.

Event partners already signed up include Barnes and Mullins, Audio-Technica, Yamaha, Roland, Monacor, Pioneer, EMC/Tanglewood, D’Addario and Rotosound.

For more information on partner packages and other promotional opportunities contact or or phone 01992 535647. You can also visit the dedicated website at

New awards launch applauds pro audio industry

The Pro Sound Awards is jointly-backed by leading pro audio business titles Audio Pro International, PSNEurope, Installation, and Audio Media, and supported by MI Pro and Music Week.

Sennheiser and Digico have already demonstrated support for the Awards by signing up as headline sponsors.

The Pro Sound Awards will be held on 19th September at the world-famous Ministry of Sound night club in London, with some 16 different accolades handed out during the evening. There will also be a complimentary drinks reception and post-awards party.

Sennheiser business development specialist, Alan March, remarked: “At Sennheiser we are constantly ‘In Pursuit Of Perfect Sound’, so it’s great to be associated with an event that honours great audio. We’re confident that the Pro Sound Awards will become an integral part of the audio industry’s calendar.”
David Webster, marketing director at Digico, added: “Digico has a reputation for being ahead of the game, so we’re delighted that, along with our friends at Sennheiser UK, we are the first headline sponsors of the Pro Sound Awards.”

“There are plenty of product awards out there but few that celebrate the individual excellence of the people working in the many and varied areas of pro audio. These awards will reflect the hard work, skill and imagination of those people,” said Ronnie Dungan, managing editor of Audio Pro International.

PSNEurope editor, Dave Robinson, added: “We want the Pro Sound Awards to become a must-attend annual event – an evening that salutes an intensity of effort but accompanies it with the informality of a great night out. Come and join us: we’re going to have fun, while the great and the good of pro audio will leave the Ministry of Sound triumphant.”

To discuss sponsorship opportunities, contact Nick Beck via, or call him on +44 20 7354 6000.

ToyNews website traffic soars at Toy Fair

ToyNews drew tens of thousands of visitors to its website during Toy Fair 2013, thanks to its unmatched coverage of the big London event this week.

With 44 stories being posted by the ToyNew teams during the three-day event (plus more before and after the show), the site generated 65,156 page views from Friday January 18th to Friday January 25th.

ToyNews publisher Lisa Carter said: “This year’s Toy Fair was a fantastic event, befitting the 60th anniversary of the show in the UK. And we’re delighted that our unparalleled coverage of the key announcements from the exhibitors has created a major spike in our online traffic figures.

“A huge well done to the ToyNews editorial team. This was achieved whilst Samantha and the team were also traipsing the show floor meeting up with all our friends and toy industry colleagues.”

Last year ToyNews set record website traffic figures.

MCV Awards 2013 finalists unveiled

You can see the full list of nominees for the MCV Awards 2013 below.

Ubisoft leads the way with 12 nominations, followed by ten for EA, nine for Warner and eight a piece for Activision and Xbox. 

But the heavyweights are competing head-to-head with nimbler firms such as Sega and Bethesda (eight nominations each), 2K (seven) and NCsoft (four). 

Game Retail also scores four nominations. 

We’re also today announcing some category updates to reflect the activity of games publishers large and small over the last 12 months.

Digital Campaign champions broader online efforts versus targeted events or stunts in Audience Engagement. 

A new Specialist Game Publisher award honours smaller outfits that serve a niche better than the mainstream gang. 

Meanwhile, splitting Independent Retail into online and High Street reflects the sector’s variety. 

Next, our panel of judges will soon be invited to vote for the finalists. We’ll again be asking 100 journalists to pick a PR Team winner. 

Winners will be named on the night of Thursday, April 18th at the Greg Davies-hosted ceremony at the London Lancaster Hotel.

To attend, contact or call her on 01992 535 646. 

Event partners for the 2013 MCV Awards include Wii U, IGN, ShopTo, Incomm, Intergi, Green Man Gaming, and OPM. Contact for information on other sponsorship opportunities.


Independent Retailer – High Street

  • Barkman Computers
  • Console Connections
  • Games Centre
  • Insane Games
  • Xpress Games

Independent Retailer ­– Online

  • GameSeek
  • Hitari
  • Scan Computers
  • Simply Games
  • Xbite

Retail Concept 

  • Drink, Relax, Play – Loading Café
  • GAME Hunter
  • GameFly
  • GamesGrabr
  • HMV Oxford Street games showcase
  • Incomm
  • Insert Coin
  • Thatgameshop

Mainstream Retailer

  • Amazon
  • Asda
  • Morrisons
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Shop Direct
  • Tesco

Specialist Retailer

  • GAME
  • GameStop
  • Grainger Games
  • HMV
  • ShopTo
  • Toys R Us

Digital Retailer

  • EA Origin
  • Green Man Gaming
  • Nintendo eShop
  • PlayStation Store
  • Steam 
  • Xbox Marketplace

Digital Distribution Team

  • Bethesda
  • EA Origin
  • Microsoft
  • Sega
  • Sony DADC
  • Ubisoft

High Street Distribution Team

  • Advantage 
  • Centresoft
  • Click Entertainment
  • Gem
  • Koch Media
  • Link Distirbution
  • Vogue Distribution

Sales Triumph

  • Angry Birds Star Wars PC (Focus Multimedia)
  • Borderlands 2 (2K Games)
  • Guild Wars 2 (NCsoft)
  • Hitman: Absolution (Square Enix)
  • Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (Mojang/Microsoft)
  • Skylanders Giants (Activision)
  • Sleeping Dogs (Square Enix)

UK Sales Team

  • 2K Games
  • Activision
  • Bethesda
  • Electronic Arts
  • Koch Media
  • Microsoft
  • Ubisoft
  • Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment

Export Sales Team 

  • Bethesda
  • Capcom
  • Koch Media
  • NCsoft
  • Sega
  • Ubisoft
  • Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment

Marketing Team

  • 2K Games
  • Activision
  • Bethesda
  • Electronic Arts
  • Nintendo UK
  • SCE UK
  • Sega
  • Ubisoft
  • Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment UK

PR Team

(Voted for by a panel of 100 journalists)

  • 2K Games
  • Activision
  • Bethesda
  • Capcom UK
  • Codemasters/Lunch PR
  • EA
  • Microsoft
  • Namco Bandai/Premier PR
  • NCsoft
  • Nintendo
  • SCE UK
  • Sega/77PR & Lunch PR
  • Ubisoft
  • WBIE UK/Premier PR

UK Games Studio 

  • 4J Studios
  • Boss Alien
  • Codemasters Studios
  • Criterion Games
  • Playground Games
  • SCE London Studio
  • Sports Interactive
  • Traveller’s Tales

Third-Party Games Hardware 

  • Gioteck
  • MadCatz
  • Orb
  • Power A 
  • Skylanders Giants
  • Steel Series 
  • Turtle Beach
  • Venom

New Game Brand

  • CSR Racing (NaturalMotion Games)
  • Dishonoured (Bethesda)
  • Rocksmith (Ubisoft)
  • Sleeping Dogs (Square Enix)
  • Wonderbook (SCE UK)
  • ZombiU (Ubisoft)

 Digital Campaign

  • Assassin’s Creed III (Ubisoft)
  • Dead or Alive 5 (Tecmo Koei)
  • Dishonored (Bethesda)
  • FIFA 13 (Electronic Arts)
  • Football Manager 2013 (Sega)
  • Guild Wars 2 (NCsoft)
  • LEGO Batman 2 (WBIE UK)
  • Resident Evil 6 (Capcom)

Audience Engagement 

  • Black Ops II Live (Event, community strategy, game launch)
  • Eurogamer Expo (Event, community strategy, partnerships)
  • Forza Horizon: Escape the Grid (Social media)
  • Gadget Show Live (Event, community strategy, partnerships)
  • GAME (Digital store strategy)
  • Hitman: Absolution Sniper Challenge (Promotional download)
  • MCM Expo (Event, community strategy, partnerships)
  • Total War (Weekend promotion via Steam)
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (Instagram competition)

Media Sales Team 

  • Absolute Radio
  • Disney Channel
  • Eurogamer
  • Future
  • GameSpot
  • IGN
  • Sky Sports
  • TalkSport

Trade Marketing

  • Activision
  • Bethesda
  • EA
  • Gem
  • Nintendo
  • SCE UK
  • Ubisoft
  • Xbox

Game Campaign

  • Assassin’s Creed III (Ubisoft)
  • Borderlands 2 (2K Games)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Activision)
  • FIFA 13 (Electronic Arts)
  • Halo 4 (Microsoft)
  • Hitman: Absolution (Square Enix)
  • London 2012 – The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games (Sega)
  • Wonderbook (SCE UK)

Specialist Games Publisher

  • Excalibur Publishing
  • Focus Multimedia
  • Mind Candy
  • Namco Bandai Games
  • Puzzler Media
  • Rising Star Games
  • Tecmo Koei

Games Publisher of the Year

  • Activision
  • 2K Games
  • EA
  • Microsoft
  • Nintendo
  • SCE UK
  • Sega
  • Ubisoft


MCV Special Recognition

  • Darren Houghton, Gem
  • Doug Bone, Square Enix
  • Martyn Gibbs, Game Retail
  • Max Butler, Advantage
  • Natalie Whysall, Ubisoft
  • Penny Humphrey, Electronic Arts

Grand Prix

The winner of this prestigious prize is decided by the MCV editorial team after soundings from the trade and is announced on the night of Thursday, April 18th at the MCV Awards ceremony.