Develop now available on iPad

Develop is now available as part of Apple’s Newsstand service, offering free access to an enhanced digital edition of the magazine every month, sponsored by Bigworld.

Simply click here to download the Develop iPad app. Once it’s installed you’ll be notified each time a new issue of Develop magazine is available for download.

As well as offering access to a wealth of video content, the Develop iPad app also includes outbound links throughout each issue, caters for searching every edition, includes a comprehensive contents and navigation tools, and provides a number of social sharing options.

"We are totally committed to publishing on iPad, which offers extended reach and value to our advertisers and an enhanced reader experience. With video, hotlinks and so much more, we are leading the way in the sector and increasing our circulation," said publisher Stuart Dinsey.
 
"It’s about choice. Readers can connect with us via print, online, iPad, email, social media and events. This keeps us central and essential to the market we serve."

And don’t forget, every month Develop magazine is also available online as a downloadable PDF or viewable in-browser, sponsored by Bigworld.

The iPad edition also serves as the perfect complement to the existing Bigworld-sponsored Develop iPhone news app, which presents our 24/7 online news coverage published on Develop-Online.net.

It’s all part of our mission to make Develop content available across as many channels as possible, creating convenience for readers and extra value for advertisers.

To find out how Develop can support your business year-round across its online, email, mobile, app and social channels, contact Alex Boucher on +44 (0)1992 535 647.

New look for PCR website

In short, the new PCR website has been built to give you all the content you already love, packaged in a form conducive to our web-centric, socially-networked age.

It’s all part of our goal to keep PCR as the number one information source for the home and business computing trade across as many channels as possible, encompassing online, print, email, mobile, apps and social networks.

The most obvious change to the site is the look and feel, which we believe offers readers a cleaner and more engaging browsing experience – we’ve taken away the clutter, allowing you to get to what you want quickly and easily.

The Carousel and Homestream are now the focal points of the site, allowing you to immediately see the most important stories of the day and then scroll down the page to view everything else that happening in and around the industry.

You can also customise the types of content you want to see in the Homestream, in addition to toggling the size of each article preview pane.

But the charges aren’t just cosmetic. In order to get the most out of the new PCR, you’ll need a full user account. Once registered, you can:

  • Create a Public Profile
  • Comment on articles
  • Buy & download industry reports
  • Follow articles you’ve commented on
  • Sign up for PCR emails and manage your preferences
  • Access digital editions of PCR magazine
  • Buy a directory listing for your company

If you don’t have an account, click here to register with PCR now and gain access to the above features.

If you had an account on the old PCR site, click here to log in using the same details – depending on how complete your account info was on our old site we may ask you for a little more information to complete your profile fully.

Or, if you had an account on the old PCR site but can’t remember your login details, click here to have a reminder sent to you.

One new section we’ve added to the site is industry Reports – these cover a varirty of topics and are downloadable in PDF form. They are available at a variety of price points, ranging from free white papers for fully registered PCR readers to just £39.99 for a fully comprehensive market overview.

Our regular areas remain, of course, but have been buffed and polished. The revamped PCR Directory section is a comprehensive listing of the MI trade’s best and brightest companies, while our New Gear section will keep you abreast of the latest products in the market.

The Events section, meanwhile, offers a complete rundown of the best conferences and networking opportunities the games industry has to offer.

And don’t forget, on top of all that you can also download the PCR iPhone and iPad apps, and Digital Edition of the magazine (registration required), all sponsored by VIP Computers.

"The world of publishing has changed, and PCR has changed with it," said PCR editor Andrew Wooden. "The website has been providing the home and business computing trade with up to the minute news for some time and with the new design we are taking things to the next level. Watch out for more announcements from us soon as we expand our digital presence."

To find out how PCR can support your business year-round ­through its print, online, email, mobile, app and social channels, contact Carly Bailey on +44 (0)1992 535 647.

MCV Pacific launches for ANZ

The aim of MCV Pacific is simple: to become a trusted and prolific resource for news affecting all games industry sectors; concentrating initially on Australia and New Zealand and then expanding to encompass every region.

The new website will be supported by a range of editorial email services. Importantly, if you’re registered with this website, MCV UK, all you need to do in order to receive the MCV Pacific emails is to log in and go to your profile and tick the appropriate box.

In return you’ll get news, data and opinion from retail, publishing, format holders, development, media and all other relevant sectors within the Pacific region – focussed initially on Australia and New Zealand.

MCV Pacific’s editor is Leigh Harris. The sales and marketing exec is Guy Blomberg.

Intent Media’s managing director Stuart Dinsey commented: “This move gives the region its own voice for the first time within the interactive entertainment industry. It enables companies within the region to discuss, in depth, their opportunities and challenges but crucially it provides the region with a great platform to promote its market, products and services to the world.

"We want to give the region the recognition it deserves and provide it with the perfect platform to drive momentum in the months and years ahead.”

Ingham quits CVG for Music Week

GMA-winner Ingham leaves his position as editor of ComputerandVideoGames.com (CVG) and will take over at Music Week on October 3rd. Music Week is published by MCV publisher Intent Media, which acquired the title from UBM in July.

Also joining him is new sales manager Darrell Carter, who is already responsible for Intent Media’s other music brands, Musical Instrument Professional (MI Pro) and Audio Pro International (API). Carter takes over the sales reigns on September 1st.

Before joining Future in 2009, Ingham enjoyed a successful spell at Intent Media as associate and online editor of MCV. He has also written for The Independent, Metro Newspaper and The Evening Standard, as well T3 and Edge Online.

"Entertainment media publications don’t come much more respected than Music Week. Even more excitingly, it’s a brand that carries an almighty potential, particularly online," said Ingham.

"It’s with a heavy heart that I exit video games, where I have made countless friends. That said, I leave CVG with near double the audience that it had two years ago and with a solid plan in place for further growth.

"My lifelong passion for music burns brighter than ever, and I’m ecstatic to take up such a prestigious role right in the belly of the business."

Simon Maxwell, group publisher for Future’s games and film portfolio: "We are sorry to lose Tim. He is an immensely talented journalist, a popular member of the CVG team and has been a key part of CVG’s recent success.

"But we also understand that music is Tim’s passion and we’d like to wish him every success in his new role at Music Week.

"Happily, CVG has a strong team in place for the future who are committed to building on the huge growth the site has experienced in recent times – UK unique users are up 38 per cent and page views up 67 per cent year-on-year. We hope to make an announcement soon on who will be taking one of the most exciting and dynamic roles in international gaming journalism."

The full Intent portfolio includes market leading magazines, websites and events across video games, music, toys, licensing, home computing, cycling and mobile content.

GMA 2011 finalists unveiled

Having trawled through over 800 emails and thousands of individual nominations, MCV can reveal the finalists of this year’s Games Media Awards.

Some 17 print publications, 20 websites, podcasts and blogs, plus 26 individual writers are all up for an award, with a panel of industry judges now choosing the ultimate winners.

The stars of the UK games media sector will be unveiled on Wednesday October 26th at the super chic Vinopolis venue near Borough Market. Greg Davies, top stand-up and star of The Inbetweeners, will be the host for the evening.

Grainger Games has signed up as headline sponsor. Other sponsors including Sony, EA, Ubisoft, Konami, Microsoft, Codemasters, OnLive, Green Man Gaming, Nintendo, NCsoft, Rising Star, Namco Bandai, Sega, Trion, Games Tribe and Gamescom.

A limited number of additional packages are available. You can email Caroline@indigopearl.com to find out more.

Up to 350 guests will attend this year’s Games Media Awards, including nearly 200 media. A limited number of trade tickets will be available at £99 per person. Please contact Kathryn.Humphrey@intentmedia.co.uk to find out more.

THE FINALISTS ARE…

GAMES MAGAZINE

* Edge
* GamesTM
* NGamer
* Official Xbox Magazine
* Official PlayStation Magazine
* Retro Gamer

GAMES WEBSITE

* GameSpot
* Videogamer
* Gaming Union
* Eurogamer
* The Sixth Axis
* God is a Geek
* IGN
* CVG

SPECIALIST WRITER PRINT

* Matthew Castle – NGamer
* Chris Scullion – Official Nintendo Magazine
* Steve Hogarty – Official Nintendo Magazine
* Jon Blyth – Official Xbox Magazine
* Christian Donlan – Freelance

SPECIALIST WRITER ONLINE

* Jane Douglas – GameSpot UK
* Mark Walton – GameSpot UK
* Keza MacDonald – IGN
* Gillen McAllister – Game Reactor
* Gwynne Dixon – Total Video Games
* Wesley Yin-Poole – Eurogamer

COVERAGE IN A NATIONAL NEWSPAPER

* The Guardian
* The Observer
* The Telegraph
* The Sun
* The Star Sunday

COVERAGE IN A MAINSTREAM MAGAZINE

* BBC Focus Magazine
* Shortlist
* T3
* Nuts
* Wired
* Front

REGIONAL GAMES COLUMNIST

* Steve Wollaston – Sunday Mercury
* Dan Slingsby – Syndicated Regional
* Dave Cook – The Scotsman
* Ed Hill – Derby Telegraph
* Ian Crump – Southern Daily Echo
* Phil Harris – Craigmillar Chronicle
* James Harvey – Cardiff & South Wales Advertiser

GAMES BROADCAST/PODCAST

* Gamesweasel
* GameSpot UK Podcast
* Saturday Edition 5live
* Start/Select
* Gamewank
* SentUAmessage
* OneLifeLeft

GAMES BLOG

* London Calling
* XboxGameZone
* VG247
* Rock, Paper, Shotgun
* Ready Up

RISING STAR

* Johnny Chiodini – GameSpot UK
* Seb Ford – GameSpot UK
* Martin Gaston – Videogamer
* Andrien Gbinigie – XboxGameZone
* Jamin Smith – Videogamer
* Hollie Bennett – Destructoid
* Dan Webb – Xbox360Achievements.org
* Matt Lees – Official Xbox Magazine

MCV launches reports service

MCV has launched a Reports section within its new website, from which readers can buy some of the best games market research available.

It will offer reports from respected third party companies and from the in-house specialist journalists. Prices range from under £50 to around £500.

The development is part of parent company Intent Media’s ongoing paid content strategy which has already seen a Reports service launched by sister brand Mobile Entertainment and will soon be rolled out to PC Retail and other brands across the portfolio later in the year.

From launch, MCV has teamed up with leading consumer research outfit GameVision to provide the firm’s exclusive and highly respected Brand Maps, covering 20 of the most successful and valuable ongoing game franchises.

The reports provide detailed data on consumer attitudes to brands based on twice yearly interviews with over 5,000 gamers in the UK, France, Germany and Spain.

Founder and CEO Sean Dromgoole offered: “GameVision has been providing hardware and software usage and attitude data to the games industry for nine years now. We can tell you who is playing which games and what it is that they most like about them and how that has changed over the life of the brand.

“While these maps have previously been available to subscribers we are now able to make them available at a special introductory price of £480 (inc VAT) each to users of the MCV website.”

The first 20 brands, available now, are:

Assassin’s Creed
Call of Duty
Championship Manager
Civilization
Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training
Fable
FIFA
Gears of War
Gran Turismo
GTA/Grand Theft Auto
Guitar Hero
Just Dance
LittleBigPlanet
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
Mario Kart
Need for Speed
Super Mario Bros
Uncharted
World of Warcraft

MCV’s new Report section also features exclusive research on the iPad & Tablet and Mobile Payment markets, as well as the Entertainment Retailers Association Yearbook.

New MCV site adds member benefits

As you might have noticed, MCV has overhauled its web presence, adding new features and a focus on registration.

In short, the new MCV website has been built to give you all the content you already love, packaged in a form conducive to our web-centric, socially-networked age.

It’s all part of our goal to keep MCV as the number one information source for the games industry across as many channels as possible, encompassing print, online, email, mobile, apps and social networks.

The most obvious change to the site is the look and feel, which we believe offers readers a cleaner and more engaging browsing experience – we’ve taken away the clutter, allowing you to get to what you want quickly and easily.

The Carousel and Homestream are now the focal points of the site, allowing you to immediately see the most important stories of the day and then scroll down the page to view everything else that happening in and around the industry.

You can also customise the types of content you want to see in the Homestream, in addition to toggling the size of each article preview pane. Only want to see the most viewed or most commented on articles? You can at the flick of a switch.

But the charges aren’t just cosmetic. In order to get the most out of the new MCV, you’ll need a full user account. Once registered, you can:

– Create a Public Profile
– Comment on articles
– ‘Follow’ articles you’ve commented on
– Buy MCV reports
– Sign up for MCV emails and manage your preferences
– Access digital editions of MCV magazine
– Post job vacancies
– Buy a directory listing for your company

Click here to register with MCV now and gain access to the above features.

If you had an account on the old MCV site, click here to log in using the same details – depending on how complete your account info was on our old site we may ask you for a little more information to complete your profile fully.

Or, if you had an account on the old MCV site but can’t remember your login details, click here to have a reminder sent to you.

In terms fo new content, MCV has launched a Reports service from which readers can buy some of the best games market research available. It will offer reports from respected third party companies and from the in-house specialist journalists. Prices range from under £50 to around £500.

Our regular areas remain, of course, but have been buffed and polished. The revamped Retail Biz section remains dedicated to the games retail sector, offering all the key Release Date information, the latest official Charts, Recommended titles and regular Price Checks.

As always, the MCV Jobs Board is the place to go if you’re a recruiter or a potential candidate, while the new online extension of the MCV Directory is a comprehensive listing of the games industry’s best and brightest companies – add yours today!

The Events section, meanwhile, offers a complete rundown of the best conferences and networking opportunities the games industry has to offer.

"The new site offers an improved reader experience, more content and genuine benefits for registered users," said MCV publisher and Intent Media boss Stuart Dinsey. "The MCV brand is also expanding into paid content, international sub-brands and enhanced iPad, iPhone and digital editions.

"Plus there’s a UK trade lounge at Gamescom, widening print readership and looming Android app. So  it’s fair to say that we’re offering more than ever to our trade audience."

To find out how MCV can support your business year-round ­through its print, online, email, mobile, app and social channels, contact Lesley Blumson or Lucy Hall on +44 (0)1992 535 647.

Intent Media launches MCV Pacific

MCV is expanding into the Pacific territories with the immediate introduction of a dedicated news feed at mcvuk.com, followed by the launch of a standalone website in October.

MCV Pacific will be based in Sydney, Australia, with industry journalist Leigh Harris, who has a background in Rockstar Games PR, being appointed as editor, and local sales and marketing agency One To Another acting as commercial agent.

The move follows a period of consultation with leading publishers in the territory and trade bodies including the IGEA, all of whom have expressed great support for the venture.

The new site will be a ground-up resource for Australia and other key Pacific regions, with territory-specific news, data and features for and about retail, publishers, developers, distributors, service companies and more.

To ensure this, Harris has already been appointed as a full time editor and will work exclusively on the MCV Pacific news channel over the next few months, whilst working towards the launch of the fully fledged website in October.

He will be supported by Sydney-based marketing agency One To Another, which will act as MCV Pacific’s commercial arm as well as assisting in evaluating potential brand extensions such as conferences and awards events.

Stuart Dinsey, managing director of MCV’s parent company Intent Media, commented: “This is one of the most exciting developments in the 13 year history of MCV and we’re very much looking forward to working closely with the territory’s key companies from all sectors of the games industry. The appointment of Leigh and One To Another marks the opening of our first overseas office and not only will we be building that team, we’ll also be looking at increasing our international operations in the months and years ahead.”

To sign-up for the completely free MCV Pacific News Digest email service, to be launched in October in conjunction with the website, please email mcvpacific@intentmedia.co.uk with your name, company name, nature of business and job title.

Intent Media acquires UBM titles for ?2.4m

Intent specialises in entertainment, technology and leisure markets. Its portfolio already consists of over a dozen market leading online, print and event brands across video games, music, computing, mobile, toys, licensing and cycling.

The titles being acquired include Television Broadcast Europe, Music Week, Pro Sound News Europe and Installation Europe, plus additional websites, newsletters, conferences, show dailies and awards events. Last year this portfolio generated £5.4m of revenue.

Subject to completion of the consultation process and in accordance with the application of TUPE, up to 36 staff will transfer. Intent Media is headquartered in Hertford, England but is opening an additional office in Islington Green, London, this summer.

Total staff count across the group will rise to around 90, with projected combined revenues of over £10 million for the financial year ending September 30th 2012.

Acquired events include Live Broadcast Europe, IT Workflow, 3D Masters, The Music Week Awards and up to 20 dedicated newsletters.

"This is a significant move for Intent, essentially doubling the size of the company. We are heading into markets that fit our current landscape, whilst also continuing our policy of holding a leadership position wherever we operate. The brands we are taking over are well established, with experienced staff and impressive heritage," said Intent Media managing director Stuart Dinsey.

"Intent has become the UK’s leading business media player in entertainment and technology. We are very excited to have added these new brands. Our policy of investment in online and events will continue, whilst ensuring longevity where possible for the core print titles."

UBM is selling the portfolio on behalf of its UBM Connect division. The transaction is expected to complete in the next six weeks, subject to the conclusion of a TUPE consultation process.

"I am pleased we will pass stewardship of these well-established entertainment and technology titles to Intent Media, which focuses on serving specialist entertainment, technology and leisure markets," said UBM Connect CEO Adrian Barrick.

"On behalf of UBM, I would like to thank all those working on these products for their contribution and to wish them well for the future."

Existing core Intent Media brands include MCV: The Market for Computer & Video Games, Develop, ToyNews, Mobile Entertainment, Bikebiz, PCR, Musical Instrument Professional, Audio Professional International and Licensing.biz.

Events run by Intent include The London Games Conference, MI Retail Conference & Expo, Monetising Mobile Conference and sundry trade awards.

Games Media Awards step up in 2011

Now in their fifth year, the ultra-popular Games Media Awards look set to be even bigger and better in 2011.

The games press community’s big night out is set for Wednesday October 26th at the super chic Vinopolis venue near Borough Market. And, fresh from the release of The Inbetweeners’ movie, Greg Davies (Mr Gilbert in the cult tv show) will be the host for the evening. Davies is also well known for his stand-up shows and, recently, for his appearances on panel shows such as Mock The Week.

Already signed up as sponsors of the big event are EA, Codemasters, Ubisoft, Microsoft, Nintendo 3DS, Konami, NC Soft and Gamecom. In addition, fast-growing specialist games chain Grainger Games has signed up as the GMA’s headines sponsor.

“We are delighted to be headline sponsors for such a prestigious event that is so well respected within the gaming industry,” said Grainger Games’ sales director Phil Moore.

“The partnership provides a great synergy for Grainger Games, as we continue to increase our market share and growing presence nationwide. We look forward to celebrating a fantastic evening with all nominees and winners.”

Up to 350 guests will attend this year’s Games Media Awards, including nearly 200 media. A limited number of trade tickets will be available at £99 per person. Contact Kathryn.Humphrey@intentmedia.co.uk to find out more.

As ever, the nominations and winners will be voted for by members of the media and industry PRs. The categories are:-

Games Magazine
Games Website
Specialist Writer, Print
Specialist Writer, Online
Coverage by a National Newspaper Brand
Coverage by a Mainstream Magazine Brand
Regional Games Columnist
Games Broadcast/Podcast
Games Blog
Rising Star

There will also be a new Games Media Legend, following in the footsteps of Gary Penn, Steve Jarratt, Pat Garratt and PC Zone.

Nominations begin now. Simply send your suggestions to gma@intentmedia.co.uk.

A limited number of further sponsorship opportunities are available. To find out more contact Kathryn.Humphrey@intentmedia.co.uk

You can follow the GMA twitter feed at @GamesMediaAward