Western Europe

Nintendo lifts eShop restrictions for 18 rated games

at 04:19pm March 21 2013

German classification board now satisfied with Nintendo’s Parental Control system.

The EU digital sales ruling: a lawyer’s view

at 10:28am July 23 2012
The EU digital sales ruling: a lawyer's view

The big legal news this month comes from the Court of Justice of the European Union, the highest court in the EU, which passed a judgement effectively legalising second-hand software and game sales. Or has it?In short: yes, sort of. The true position, as ever, is not quite what you might think. And, no, that's not me being the a mealy-mouthed, fence-straddling lawyer; there really are issues here to work through here.

Persona 4: Arena is PS3′s first region-locked game

at 01:49pm July 6 2012
Persona 4: Arena is PS3's first region-locked game

Atlus has confirmed that the PlayStation 3 version of Arc System Works fighting game Persona 4: Arena will be region-locked. This, we believe, makes it the first PS3 game to feature any region protection since the system's launch in 2006.

What does the EU used software sales ruling mean?

at 02:45pm July 4 2012
What does the EU used software sales ruling mean?

A recent Court of Justice of the European Union ruling has deemed that the sale of second-hand software does not contravene any laws, stating that software authors and publishers "cannot oppose" the resale of previously purchased games on physical or digital formats.

Sega closing some European offices

at 03:20pm June 28 2012

Sega has confirmed that it is to close offices in France, Germany, Spain, Australia and Benelux as a result of its recent restructure.The news comes three months after parent company Sega Sammy said it would restructure its loss-making videogame business "due to the challenging economic climate and significant changes in the home videogame software market environment in the US and Europe."

No Animal Crossing 3DS in Europe this year

at 10:13am June 22 2012

Animal Crossing 3DS will not be released in Europe until next year, Nintendo has confirmed.The news was announced by Satoru Shibata in a European Nintendo Direct web broadcast earlier this morning, as reported by Nintendo Gamer. Shibata, president of Nintendo Europe, said the game would not be released in the west until "the first half of 2013", and apologised for the delay. Fire Emblem: Awakening has suffered the same fate.

Second MineCon confirmed for Europe this year

at 12:02pm June 14 2012

Mojang has confirmed that the second MineCon will take place this year in Europe, though it isn't ready to reveal the exact location or date yet.

Hackers access League Of Legends player data

at 09:58am June 11 2012

Hackers have gained access to League Of Legends player data from Riot Games' EU West and EU Nordic & East databases."Keeping player information secure is very important to Riot," reads a post on the League Of Legends website. "That's why we're sorry to share that hackers accessed some player account information."

Anarchy Reigns delayed indefinitely in the west

at 02:31pm May 28 2012

The western release of multiplayer brawler Anarchy Reigns has been delayed, developer Platinum Games has said.

Microsoft discontinues Inside Xbox in Europe

at 07:08pm May 9 2012

Microsoft has cancelled the Inside Xbox video series in Europe as part of wider plans to transition from a first to a thirdparty content model.The decision follows last week’s decision to cancel the US version of Inside Xbox, which also provided content for Canada, Australia and New Zealand.Streamed directly from the Xbox 360 dashboard, Inside Xbox offered firstparty coverage of Xbox 360 games, products, news and events. European hosts Daniel Maher and Andy Farrant have lost their jobs.

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