Elspa archive

  • Chipped consoles cost industry £1.45 billion
    Gaming

    Chipped consoles cost industry £1.45 billion

    By 21 January 2011

    The Association of UK Interactive Entertainment (UKIE) has revealed that games UK software sales are down and that pirated games are costing the industry £1.45 billion a year. The figure comes from the estimate that for every game legally purchased,...

  • UK renders Nintendo DS R4 cards illegal
    Gaming

    UK renders Nintendo DS R4 cards illegal

    By 29 July 2010

    The London High Court has ruled against game importer Playables Limited, for the import of the infamous R4 (Revolution for DS) cards, which are primarily used to play pirated games on Nintendo's handheld consoles. While they also allow custom, legal code...

  • Self regulating body planned for games ratings
    Gaming

    Self regulating body planned for games ratings

    By 31 July 2008

    The UK government has taken significant steps towards putting into place a law-backed games ratings system. There had been some quarrels between the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) and the games industry about who would assess video games...

  • Games ratings row
    Gaming

    Games ratings row

    By 10 July 2008

    A proposed games rating system has sparked a massive row between the games industry and the UK censor. UK games industry body ELSPA has called on the government to replace the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) role's in assessing video games....

  • EA take top spot with Fifa 06 in this weeks charts
    Gaming

    EA take top spot with Fifa 06 in this weeks charts

    By 4 October 2005

    Another week and it seems another EA number 1 in the UK games charts. This week it was Fifa 06s turn to take the top spot pushing last weeks number 1, burnout Revenge into the second spot. But EA failed to make it a 1,2,3 with titles from Ubisoft and...

  • EA change the game but retain top spot in the charts with Burnout Revenge
    Gaming

    EA change the game but retain top spot in the charts with Burnout Revenge

    By 28 September 2005

    A heavy advertising campaign on television and press has seen EA's Burnout Revenge race to the top of the UK charts this week forcing last weeks number one Sims 2: Nightlife in to second place. Also sliping into the top five is THQ's Warhammer 40,000:...

  • EA storm the charts with Sim 2 Nightlife add-on
    Gaming

    EA storm the charts with Sim 2 Nightlife add-on

    By 20 September 2005

    Electronic Arts has stormed the UK charts this week taking the top two positions and forcing last weeks number one - Tom Clancy's Rainbox Six: Lockdown down to sixth place. The titles that have managed to do the business are The new Sims add-on pack The...

  • Online

    Elspa sites record year for games and software in 2004

    By 11 January 2005

    Elspa, the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association, has recorded another record year for the software and games industry in the UK. The main figure to come out of the announcement is that sales of entertainment and leisure software across...

  • Gaming

    Need For Speed tops the charts again

    By 20 January 2004

    With the games market still slow after Christmas the All Format Charts sees Need for Speed Underground hold on to the top slot for another week. The Grand Theft Auto double pack from Take2 on the Xbox failed to muster up enough sales to take the number...

  • Gaming

    Atari signs up Tony Scott for Driv3r Promo Video

    By 7 January 2004

    Further extending its already deep ties within the entertainment community, Atari, Inc. today unveiled another “convergence first” between Hollywood and the interactive entertainment company. Atari announced that it has retained Ridley Scott Associates...

  • Gaming

    New Entries make biggest chart impact once more

    By 3 November 2003

    Fifa 2004 was released last week (ending 25th October 2003) and the combined versions sent the title went straight to number one in the All formats chart, with its best showing on Playstation 2 (no.1 again). It only relegated Pro Evolution Soccer (PES)...

  • Gaming

    Tiger Hits a hole-in-one, Sims nearly swept aside

    By 3 November 2003

    Underestimating a core fanbase and TV advertising- and sponsorship- means playing into the hands of Electronic Arts. After just a fortnight Mr Woods' latest incarnation is top of the all format charts (week ending 4th October 2003). Another easy million...

  • Gaming

    Latest Game Chart News

    By 3 November 2003

    t's a moment many have waited for, but finally EA's love it or hate it management game The Sims was at number ten in its anniversary week in the ELSPA charts in the final week of September. While it's newsworthy it's to be expected when The Sims 2 is...

  • Online

    Sober virus keeps Norton selling, PC budget chart freezes for the winter

    By 2 November 2003

    The Sober Virus attacks any platform and is the newest thread to Windows. This time Windows 95 and 98 users do not escape as they did with the globally famous Blaster worm. All retail virus clients will have updated by now and free clients such as Antivir...

  • Gaming

    Dead stop in PC Top Six, only two new entries across all formats

    By 2 November 2003

    No change in the week ending 18th October 2003, the first six positions in the PC full price and budget charts are exactly the same, again, with Halo still at number one for full price and nervous driving theory test applicants still buying the theory...

  • Gaming

    The Sims virus regains hold on PC "games" charts

    By 2 November 2003

    Now that the double virus panic has died down, running hand in hand with the arrest of the Blaster Worm creator in the States, The Sims are back at the top of the charts, but Mcaffee's targeting of Symantec on price has sent Virus Scan 7.0 to the middle...