UK games spending dipped to £5.35bn in 2019 ahead of next-gen consolesDeclines reported in both software and hardware revenues, but spending on games culture products is up almost 30%James BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefTuesday 21st April 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleUKIEConsumers in the UK spent a total of £5.35 billion on video games and related products last year.That’s according to the latest market valuation report from trade body UKIE, which notes that this total is down 4.8% from the £5.7 billion spent in 2018 — a record year for the UK market.The trade body noted that these revenues are “reflective of a market expectant of the next big thing,” with both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X due to launch later this year.The impact of anticipation for the next generation consoles can most be seen in the hardware section of the report, which shows console revenues are down 30.5% year-on-year to £488 million.Console accessories, such as controllers, only suffered a 6.8% drop and are down to £331 million. Virtual reality hardware revenues decreased by 12%, now at £65.8 million, while PC hardware saw the slowest decline at 6.1%, with revenues reported at £469 million.In total, spending on hardware fell 14% year-on-year to £1.35 billion.Software, meanwhile, only suffered a 2.1% drop that brought full-year spending down to £3.85 million.Digital and online revenues remained flat with only a 0.6% increase, but remained the biggest sector of the market at £1.98 billion — now accounting for 51% of the UK’s software market. Mobile followed at £1.21 billion, up 7.7% year-on-year.Boxed and pre-owned software both saw steep declines at 21.7% and 18.7& respectively. Consumers spent £603 million on new games in 2019 and £55.2 million on second-hand titles.This is in part reflective of the comparatively lack of headline titles compared to previous years, as the next big releases are held back for the upcoming consoles.The report notes that Amazon is now the biggest individual retailer for new boxed games, accounting for almost a quarter of all sales.Finally, spending on games culture — encompassing toys, movies, events and other related products — rose by 28.5% to £146 million.Toys and merchandise remains the biggest category, growing by 48% year-on-year to £94.2 million. The release of films such as Detective Pikachu helped boost movies and soundtracks revenues by 24.9% to £29.5 million.Events and venues remained relatively flat, dipping by just 0.8% to £8.8 million. However, the shift to digital continues to take its toll on the world of print — books and magazine revenues were down 21.6% to £13.9 million.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games The trade body notes that 2020’s full-year figures are particularly difficult to predict.”While the shift to new hardware is likely to spur spend, the global impact of coronavirus on both consumer habits and industry production is not yet clear,” the report reads.UKIE’s market valuation was researched with the help of Omdia, GfK Entertainment, Kantar Worldpanel, NPD, BFI, BPI, Official Charts Company, Nielsen Book, and ABC.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesPandemic drives UK games market to record £7bn yearSpending on video games products and culture rose 30%, topping 2018 record by more than £1 billionBy James Batchelor A month agoGovernment funding helps UK games firms create hundreds of job placementsUKIE and Into Games working with 45 companies to get young people back into work during pandemicBy James Batchelor 2 months agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Generation RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR BRICS AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector The South African minister of energy has announced that the nuclear new build Request for Proposals (RFP) has been delayed until further notice.The Department of Energy released a statement on Thursday, stating that the minister “has considered various representations over the last two weeks for further consultation and discussion around the Nuclear New Build Programme, and has also indicated that more information will be shared regarding the build-up to the procurement process.”The department explained: “As a result the Minister has decided to delay the release of the Request for Proposals until such processes have been completed.“Government remains fully committed to the Nuclear New Build Programme in terms of decisions already taken.”Nuclear procurement processBidders have been gearing up for September 30, the initial date set for the start of the procurement process, which was set by the minister, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, earlier this month.According to the minister, the decision to proceed with the new nuclear build is to reduce the country’s dependency on coal-fired power.This decision was backed by Eskom CEO Brian Molefe’s statement in July, where he noted that the country needs nuclear power and the development of additional renewable power projects was impractical.Molefe said this in response to the parastatal’s decision to not sign any additional power purchase agreements after the current round of the renewable energy independent power programme. Finance and Policy Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Previous articleIndia is not new to Africa, it’s simply upping its gameNext articleAlgeria ramps up investment in renewables Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa. Comments are closed.
ShareTweetShareShareEmail France beat Norway with Pardin&Mahe in main role! Click to comment Recommended for you Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Serious injury of Andrea Lekic ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsZRK Vardar players which have showed great friendship outside of the professional duties, have again demonstrated the team spirit when Andrea Lekic came to Skopje. Wearing shirts on which it wrote “Best in the world”, the team tries to send a message about how intrapersonal relationships are being managed in a club which intends to be reigning Europe for the upcoming years.– “I’m proud that I’m team colleague with her, and I’m proud that I share room with her on most trips, but I’m most proud that she’s a great person” – said Jovanka Radicevic prior to Andrea’s arrival at the Skopje airport. Related Items:Andrea Lekic, handball, Jovanka Radičević, Vardar, zrk vardar Lekic and Arenhart to join RK Krim Mercator
Up-and-coming bluegrass phenom William Apostol—better known as Billy Strings—recently announced his forthcoming studio album, HOME, which is due out on September 27th via Rounder Records. The new album marks Billy’s second full-length studio release.Premiered via The Boot earlier this week, Strings has now released “Away From The Mire”, the second song off of his forthcoming record. “Away From The Mire” follows up Strings’ previously released lead single, “Taking Water”. “Away From The Mire” opens up with a mixture of String’s twangy guitar and lush vocals before his backing band joins in for a full-on pickin’ party. The new tune showcases String’s multi-faceted musical abilities, from songwriting to ripping up the guitar to handling a tender vocal lead.Listen to Billy Strings’ new single “Away From The Mire” below:Billy Strings – “Away From The Mire”[Audio: Billy Strings]Strings will make appearances at a mix of festivals around the country throughout the remainder of summer with some of his own headline dates sprinkled into the schedule before his fall tour begins on September 5th with a pair of shows at Atlanta’s Terminal West.See below for a full list of Strings’ upcoming tour dates. For ticketing and more information, head to Billy String’s website.Billy Strings 2019 Tour Dates:8/3 Buffalo, NY – Cobblestone Live Music & Arts Festival8/10 Lexington, KY – Railbird Music Festival8/16 Hamilton, OH – Whimmydiddle Country Music Festival8/17 Cockeysville, MD -Hot August Music Festival8/18 Wellston, MI – Hoxeyville Music Festival8/30 Beaver Creek, CO – VPAC Summer Concert Series8/31 Pagosa Springs, CO – Four Corners Folk Festival9/1 Steamboat Springs, CO – Steamboat Summer Concert Series9/5 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West – SOLD OUT9/6 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West – SOLD OUT9/7 Athens, GA – Georgia Theater9/11 Nashville, TN – Americanafest9/15 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre9/17 Salt Lake City, UT – Commonwealth Room9/19 Crystal Bay, NV – Crown Room9/20 San Francisco, CA – The Independent9/21 San Francisco, CA – The Independent9/22 Santa Cruz, CA – Santa Cruz Sol Music Festival9/26 Portland, OR – Revolution Hall9/27 Portland, OR – Revolution Hall9/28 Seattle, WA – The Showbox10/3 Paso Robles, CA – Barrel House Brew Co.10/4 Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room10/6 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Music Festival10/9 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom10/11 Eureka Springs, AR – Hillberry Music Festival10/13 Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole10/17 Dallas, TX – Deep Ellum Art Co.10/18 Austin, TX – Scoot Inn10/19 Houston, TX – Last Concert Cafe10/30 Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre10/31 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel – SOLD OUT11/1 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle11/2 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle11/6 Norfolk, VA – The NorVa11/7 Charlottesville, VA – The Jefferson Theater11/8 Charlottesville, VA – The Jefferson Theater11/9 Washington, DC- 9:30 Club11/10 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony11/13 Boston, MA – The Sinclair11/14 Boston, MA – The Sinclair11/15 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl11/16 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl11/19 Cleveland OH – Beachland Ballroom11/21 Madison, WI – Majestic Theater11/22 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall11/23 Covington, KY – Madison TheaterView Tour Dates
HAVANA (AP) – Cuba shuttered hundreds of medical facilities last year, including 54 hospitals, as the country reorganizes its health care sector. The number of medical installations nationwide fell from 13,203 in 2010 to 12,738 last year, a decline of 3.5 percent, according to figures posted online in recent days by the National Office of Statistics. The reductions included everything from general hospitals to family clinics, the small medical outposts that are ubiquitous across the island. Cuba is proud of the universal, free health system installed after Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution, but his younger brother and successor Raul Castro has stressed that medical care must be more efficient and less wasteful. Health care budgets have been shrinking in recent years under Raul Castro, though authorities exhort doctors to simply do more with less and promise there will be no elimination of services. Reports in state media have recently highlighted examples of waste, such as clinics with more drivers than ambulances and clinics with more workers than beds. The government also launched a campaign called “It’s free, but it costs,” to raise islanders’ awareness about how much the government spends providing health care. The report from the Statistics Office reported an uptick in the number of doctors, from around 76,500 in 2010 to nearly 78,700 last year. Cuba already had one of the world’s highest doctor-patient ratios. Over the same period, technicians and support staff dropped sharply from 87,600 to 76,000. Raul Castro has said the country must slash inflated payrolls dramatically as part of his five-year plan to overhaul the economy.
Dec. 11A person was arrested on another agency’s warrant in the 2100 block of Nederland Avenue.An officer assisted another agency in the 3300 block of FM 365.A person was arrested on another agency’s warrant in the 800 block of South 37th Street.Dec. 12Criminal mischief was reported in the 1300 block of North Twin City Highway.Terroristic threat of family / household -family violence was reported in the 400 block of North 23rd Street.Assault offensive touch -family violence was reported in the 2200 block of FM 365.A person was arrested on another agency’s warrant in the 2800 block of FM 365.A person was arrested for driving while intoxicated 3rd or more and unlawfully carrying a weapon in the 3500 block of Nederland Avenue.A person was arrested for driving while intoxicated in the 800 block of South Twin City Highway. Dec. 8Duty on striking unattended vehicle was reported in the 1100 block of Nederland Avenue.Dec. 9Assault causes sever bodily injury was reported in the 200 block of North 17th Street.Assault offensive touch – family violence was reported in the 3400 block of Nashville.Assault -family violence was reported in the 500 block of South 17th Street.A death was reported in the 200 block of South 2 ½ Street.De. 10Theft was reported in the 1111 block of Helena.Theft was reported in the 2100 block of Gary.Assault offensive touch -family violence was reported in the 7600 Erie. The following individuals were arrested by the Nederland Police Department from Dec. 7 to Dec. 13:Henry Rodriguez Jr., 44, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon-family violenceEric Jones Smith Jr., 31, fail to identifyShaun White, 33, warrant other agencyIsmael Rodriguez, 37, warrant other agencyMark Newell, 25, warrant other agencyAlex Stelly, 31, driving while intoxicated/Waylon Lemaire, 37, driving while intoxicatedNederland Police responded to the following from Dec. 7 to Dec. 13:Dec. 7Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle was reported in the 700 block of Carriage Lane.Theft was reported in the 3000 block of FM 365.Forgery was reported in the 100 block of North Memorial.Credit card or debit card abuse was reported in the 1900 block of Avenue F.A person was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the 1800 block of Detroit. Dec. 13A person was arrested on another agency’s warrant in the 800 block of South 10th Street.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A few days ago, our office received an oversized postcard. It was advertising member retention and on-boarding through a tried-and-true methodology. Funny, since we offer something similar to our clients. My memory might escape me, especially if Star Trek, Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, Lord of the Rings, Harry…wait, what were we talking about? Oh yes…advertising. So, I’m positive this piece was not ours. We had competition!It’s good to have competitors. In a way, it legitimizes your own business practices. Otherwise, you are bound to encounter the, “well, who else is doing it? If no one else does it, and it’s as good as you say, then what are we missing?” Competition also keeps you on your toes. Nothing like the threat of corporate annihilation to get you innovating!The problem here was that I hadn’t heard of them. Which is not good. Having competition is fine; not knowing they exist can be a problem.This specific marketing slick was not descriptive, more of a, “come on over, sign up for a meeting, and learn how our services can benefit your credit union.” Good job. Better to stimulate curiosity rather than giving it all away. Think back to the last time you were directly marketed (in today’s society, that’s never long). When it appeared as if you had all the information, what was your natural response? Precisely. continue reading »
THE CLAY COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION held its second annual Clay County Bar BBQ for Legal Aid at the Magnolia Point Country Club. The western-style event featured bluegrass band Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, a horseshoe pitching contest, and a silent auction, all to raise money to support Clay County Legal Aid. Jenny Broadbent, Lara Wernisch, Daphne Nail, and Nancy Lucas enjoy the fun with Grandpa’s Cough Medicine in the background. November 15, 2012 Regular News Clay County Bar raises funds for legal aid
Share Share on Facebook Email LinkedIn Share on Twitter Pinterest Police officers who endorse an empathetic approach to criminal justice do not perform as well when they sense they are underappreciated, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin.In the study, published in Administrative Science Quarterly, officers’ ideology — liberal or conservative — determined how well they weathered perceived animosity and lack of appreciation from the public, said study author Shefali V. Patil, assistant professor of management in the university’s McCombs School of Business.Patil surveyed 164 officers about how they view the criminal justice system and how well the public understands the challenges of their job. She had independent experts analyze 794 bodycam videos of the officers carrying out their everyday duties — jail transports, traffic and DUI stops, transient arrests, car crashes, building searches and house alarm calls. She found that those who favored a more compassionate approach to justice struggled to be effective when they felt underappreciated. These officers were more likely to score lower on overall performance, competence and use of tactical best practices for officer safety.Alternatively, officers who lean conservative — favoring punitive rather than rehabilitative approaches to justice — did not suffer performance issues in the face of the same negative public perceptions. The expert raters found that these officers generally performed as trained.“Conservative cops believe there should be a divide between themselves and the community,” Patil said, whereas the more empathetic officers may strive for mutual understanding and become frustrated in the effort.She warns that this frustration and the inability to cope with misunderstanding could cause an exodus of empathetic officers from law enforcement over time. In light of this research, Patil urges policymakers to accept public misunderstandings as a given in today’s climate and to rigorously explore the most effective ways to help officers — both liberal and conservative — continue to perform their duties despite these perceptions.“What I’ve found in another paper is that when officers face these misperceptions, they actually perform better if they have standard protocols that they have to follow in specific situations,” she said. “In effect, having less autonomy and discretion can actually be a good thing for officers who feel that the public doesn’t understand them.”Also helpful — perhaps especially for the more empathetic officers — are public policy initiatives aimed at making police agencies feel more appreciated by their communities, creating an environment where scrutiny is balanced with a sense of understanding and empathy for the realities that police face, she said.