GameStop holiday sales jump 11%Nintendo Switch and Xbox One X drive hardware sales up 38%; used game sales down 8% as customer spending shifts to new games, collectibles Brendan SinclairManaging EditorFriday 12th January 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleGameStopGameStop got what it wanted this holiday season. The company today reported results for the nine-week holiday period ended December 30, showing sales up 10.6% year-over-year to $2.77 billion.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 “We are pleased with our sales performance during the important holiday period, driven by strength in the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One X, and a solid increase in our collectibles business,” GameStop interim CEO Dan DeMatteo said. “Our results demonstrate our customers’ enthusiastic response to new products and our ability to execute on strategically targeted promotions.”The Switch and Xbox One X helped push new hardware sales up 38.3%, while new game sales rose 7.3% year-over-year, an increase attributed to Call of Duty: World War II and Switch titles. (Last year’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare under-performed expectations, and this was the Switch’s first holiday sales period.) The Switch was also cited as a major factor for accessory sales, which jumped 33.7% over last year’s holiday season. As for the company’s diversification into gaming adjacent businesses, the collectibles segment grew 19.4% to $211.3 million, largely accounted for by clothes and toys.However, not every part of GameStop’s business was booming. Used game sales were down 8.1% year-over-year “as customers shifted their spend to compelling new video game and collectibles products,” and the company’s technology brands division was down 18.6 percent due to limited supplies of the iPhone X and changes AT&T made to the way it compensates partner stores.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 storiesGameStop opening new US east coast fulfillment centerNew 700,000 square-foot Pennsylvania facility opens later this year, intended to support ecommerce “transformation”By Brendan Sinclair 8 days agoGameStop CEO reportedly due to receive $179m windfallOutgoing chief benefits from GameStop stock surgeBy Marie Dealessandri 20 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
EA’s plan for a record year revolves around ongoing gamesApex Legends hopes are high as it heads to mobile and China, while the publisher projects unit sales of up to 8m for single-player Jedi: Fallen OrderRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterTuesday 7th May 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleElectronic ArtsWith its revenue and net income down in its 2018-2019 fiscal year financials, EA is nonetheless projecting a significant turnaround in the coming year that will seemingly rely heavily on ongoing game services and the planned release of Apex Legends on mobile, as well as in China.In today’s earnings call for investors discussing its full year and Q4 financial results, EA executives acknowledged that after a year of being “challenged by things that did not go as planned,” and in which at least 400 employees were laid off across the company’s Australian, Japanese, Russian, and other locations, the company foresees a turnaround. EA is currently predicting a rebound in the coming full year to $5.38 billion in revenue, which would put it up 9% over this year’s total. That would be a new record for EA if reached.How does EA plan to get there? Not necessarily riding on unit sales, at least according to guidance given during the call. EA hopes to see a total of four major sports title releases in 2019 (FIFA, Madden, NBA Live, and NHL), but made safe projections for the remainder of its coming releases. The company expects to sell between six and eight million units of its planned Star Wars game, Jedi: Fallen Order, and four million of this year’s Need 4 Speed release. There’s also a Plants v. Zombies shooter in the works for which EA is projecting “low single-digit millions” in sales.That leaves EA Original Sea of Solitude, for which EA did not offer projections. Notably, all of these planned releases will hit in Q2 or Q3, with EA having no currently announced plans for Q1 or Q4. That may change at EA Play next month, but at the moment it appears EA will be looking toward ongoing games as a service offerings such as Apex Legends to meet its Q1 guidance of $1.13 billion.Apex won’t shoulder the burden alone, of course. Also during the call, EA announced that both FIFA 18 and 19 remained strong, last year seeing over 45 million unique players across PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One. And to go with that, EA has over 500 million active player accounts (largely driven recently by Apex Legends) and 3.5 million subscribers across EA Access and Origin Access combined.During the call, multiple executives emphasized the importance EA is placing on those subscriptions. Since players use those subscription services to try new games and series they’ve never played before, EA uses that engagement to decide what new games to add to Origin and Access, what future titles to greenlight, and what new games, genres, and IP to pursue. It will also be experimenting with bringing its subscription services to more platforms in the future, as it announced this morning bringing EA Access to PlayStation 4.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 But still, there seems to be a lot riding on Apex Legends. The free-to-play battle royale has been the fastest growing new game EA has ever had, and nearly 30% of its players were brand new to EA entirely. It’s also entirely digital, a factor which likely contributed to nearly half (49%) of EA’s full game sales on PS4 and Xbox One in the last 12 months being digital.For the coming year, EA expects Apex Legends to book between $300 and $400 million as the company looks to updates to the game to be announced at EA Play in June. But the game is also planned to follow in the footsteps of its battle royale brethren, Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. COO and CFO Blake Jorgensen said during the call that EA is “in advanced negotiations” to bring the game both to mobile, and to China.Though he did not provide a timeline, the Chinese release seems likely to be a way off, especially given the backlog of game approvals being worked through following the Chinese game license freeze last year. Both Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds are still pending approval in the country.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. 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We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. The Real Club de Polo de Barcelona (ESP), venue for the equestrian events at the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games, will once again play host to the FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final when the series reaches its climax at the end of September 2017. This is the fifth consecutive year that the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has allocated the Final allocated to Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region.The FEI Nations Cup™, the world’s oldest and most prestigious team Jumping series, started in 1909. Open to the best 18 teams of the 46 nations that will contest the FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2017 season between February and September the Final will take place from 28 September – 1 October.The FEI Nations Cup™ Final is run over three competitions, with each of the 18 national teams bidding to make it through to the top-10 Final. Team Germany reigned supreme this year, with a spectacular jump-off between newly-crowned Rio 2016 Olympic champions Nick Skelton and Big Star and Germany’s Marcus Ehning on Pret A Tout deciding the result.“The FEI Nations Cup™ series is the jewel in the crown of the international team Jumping calendar and we are delighted to allocate the honour of hosting the Final of this flagship series to Barcelona”, FEI President Ingmar De Vos said.“Barcelona has hosted the final since the inception of the modernised format of the series. In creating the final, we not only secured a future, but greatly increased the value of the series. We have absolute confidence in the Barcelona Organising Committee to deliver an outstanding event and together we will commemorate the ongoing legacy from the 1992 Olympic Games as the Club de Polo celebrates 25 years since it hosted the Olympic equestrian events. The significance of the FEI Nations Cup™ series has continued to increase over the years and the remodelling of the competition format in 2013 has revolutionised this team sport.”“It’s a great honour and further testament to the efficient way in which the Club has organised the Grand Final over the last four years”, President of CSIO Barcelona Emilio Zegrí said.“We are especially thrilled because our fifth Final will coincide with the celebrations for both the Club’s 120th anniversary and the 25th anniversary of the ’92 Olympic Games. It’s now 25 years since our arena hosted the equestrian competition at those Olympics. We’ve continued to be a point of reference at a global level and we want to remain so, for the sake of both Barcelona and the Real Club de Polo itself.” Tags: FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final, Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. SIGN UP Email*
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Tonight may be the night one lucky person wins one of the largest jackpots in the history of the Mega Millions lottery.The lottery game’s jackpot grew to a whopping $512 million after Friday’s drawing yielded no winners of the top prize. One lucky ticket holder might be the recipient of that windfall today, when the drawing takes place at 11 pm ET.The grand prize is the fifth largest ever for the game and the eleventh largest in U.S. history, a Mega Millions official told ABC News.But if you do win the jackpot and want your prize money in cash immediately, that amount won’t necessarily all be yours. You’ll be taking home a far smaller but still impressive sum of $303.4 million – before taxes.To take home the entire $512 million, you’ll have to be a little more patient, and choose the annuity payments option – one immediate payment, and then annual graduated payments for 29 years, the official said.Earlier this year, two other Mega Millions winners made history – with one winning a prize of $451 million in January and another winning $533 million in April.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Cecily Aguilar is seen in this undated booking photo. – (Bell County Sheriff’s Office)By CHRISTINA CARREGA and MIKE REPPLIER, ABC News(BELL COUNTY, Texas) — A married Texas woman who allegedly assisted her lover with dismembering the body of missing Fort Hood soldier Pfc. Vanessa Guillen will remain in federal custody.Cecily Ann Aguilar is described by military officials as the estranged wife of a former Fort Hood soldier and the girlfriend of Specialist Aaron David Robinson — the suspected killer of Vanessa Guillen who later died by suicide.Aguilar, 22, faces up to 20 years in federal prison for one charge of conspiracy to tamper with documents or proceedings and two charges of tampering with documents or proceedings.Defense attorney Lewis Berray Gainor entered not guilty pleas on Aguilar’s behalf during her bail hearing Tuesday afternoon.“She clearly and unequivocally denies the allegations. She had nothing to do with the murder of Vanessa Guillen,” said Gainor.However, advocates for Guillen say the charges should be upgraded.“Our Soldier was not given any options, we need to be Vanessa’s voice for justice … The appropriate charges should be murder, she needs to be charged with the maximum sentence as allowed by the law,” said the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Herencia Council No. 4297 in a statement.LULAC held a peaceful protest outside the federal courthouse in Waco, Texas, on Tuesday morning denouncing Aguilar’s bond hearing.“We need to demand the maximum sentence with denial of bond, no less,” said LULAC, adding, “The female perpetrator’s admission to be an accomplice of this horrendous crime committed, she needs to be subject to the same degree of punishment as the male principal perpetrator.”Guillen, 20, was last seen at work on the grounds of the base on April 22 and was reported missing by her captain.Guillen’s family and their attorney, Natalie Khawam, said the missing soldier was the victim of sexual harassment by her superior but that she did not report the allegations out of fear of retaliation.Army officials have launched an internal review of the command climate and culture at Fort Hood. After months of saying Guillen’s allegations were unfounded, officials said on July 10 that they found evidence that Guillen was harassed, but that it was not sexual harassment and it did not involve her alleged killer, Robinson.Investigators with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) honed in on Robinson as a suspect after Guillen’s phone records showed that he was the last person she was in contact with, according to court documents.Robinson, 20, told police that he was with Aguilar the day Guillen went missing, court documents say.After investigators conducted two interviews with Aguilar, she allegedly admitted to assisting Robinson with using a “hatchet or machete type knife” to dismember Guillen’s body and bury pieces of it in three separate holes alongside the Leon River, according to court documents.Aguilar told investigators that after they left the river she deleted the Google accounts connected to herself and Robinson, U.S. Attorney Mark Frazier said at Aguilar’s bail hearing Tuesday.When police took Aguilar into custody, she allegedly made phone calls from Bell County Jail in which she asked the person she called to delete her Facebook account “because the CID was monitoring it” and also told the person that she had $5,000 to get out of the country, Frazier said.“That’s not what I said,” responded Aguilar, who appeared at the hearing remotely from a holding cell, wearing a large orange face mask that matched her dyed orange hair.Gainor argued that Aguilar is not a risk to flee the country and that she has the support of her husband, who “has not left her side.”“She wants to fight these charges to clear her name,” Gainor added as Aguilar nodded in agreement.However Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Mansake denied bond for Aguilar because of her phone conversations where she expressed a desire to leave the country. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
London tour operator undergoes ‘complete restructure’ with new premises and vehiclesLondon-based Premium Coaches continues to expand with 15 new coaches arriving for the 2019 season and new additional premises.The VDLs will be joined by 10 Mercedes-Benz Tourismos in AprilThe operator will take delivery of five new VDL coaches from Moseley in Pontefract this month, made up of three 61-seater Futura FHD2s, one 80-seater double-decker and one 94-seater double-decker.In April they will be joined by 10 new Mercedes-Benz Tourismos during April, bringing the fleet to over 50 vehicles.Neil Wootton, Group CEO, says: “The company has been undergoing a complete restructure over the past 18 months with several parts of the business changing.“Firstly, we have a new management team with Richard Robbins, formerly of Clarkes Coaches, now heading up the team as Director of Transport. He has brought with him several other managers and administration staff to complement the already strong existing team we had in place. Collectively we have adjusted some of our working methods and are even more focused on bringing a high-quality service to an ever changing and demanding industry.”The firm has also extended its lease and space at its Old Kent Road depot and has taken out further leases in the south east and a new yard in West London in order to cater for a broader mix of work.Adds Mr Wootton: “We are also in the process of acquiring a freehold that we can invest in and turn into a high-class maintenance facility. As such we are actively recruiting for high quality drivers, managers and experienced mechanics to join our expanding team.”
Dutch Justice Minister Ard Van der Steur resigned Thursday over a controversial deal in which his ministry paid a criminal €2.1 million in exchange for information, NOS reported.Van der Steur, a senior member of Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s liberal VVD party, came under fire over his involvement in the so-called Teeven deal, a scandal that led to his predecessor’s resignation in March 2015.Former Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, along with his secretary of state Fred Teeven, resigned after admitting to misleading parliament about the payments when it emerged the amount in question was closer to €2.1 million than the previously disclosed €385,000. Dutch journalist Bas Haan alleged in a recently published book that Van der Steur had deliberately withheld information from parliament, first as an MP and then in his post as justice minister.The resignation is a blow to Rutte, who had expressed confidence in his minister and whose party is trailing behind far-right firebrand Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party just two months before national elections.Opinion polls published Sunday suggest the Freedom Party would emerge as the biggest if elections were held today, with 33 seats in the 150-seat parliament. Rutte’s party would come in second with 26 seats, followed by the Christian Democrat CDA with 16 seats. Between 50 and 75 percent of voters are still undecided, the poll found.
The wait from just under 19 to 22 minutes “may have played a role” in the death, Curtis said. “It may have played no role, but these are the problems in our system that need to be fixed. Our ordinance addresses these issues.” Adopted in December, the new county ordinance is designed to create a system in which the county contracts with one or more ambulance companies to handle transports in two separate zones, with built-in penalties when response times are too long. The company and the county emergency dispatch center have offered differing timelines and versions of what happened that day. A spokeswoman said that ambulance is being inspected by an independent mechanic to determine what caused it to malfunction. “It’s something we are going to investigate. … We do have a protocol that requires vehicles to be mechanically sound,” Trevithick said. FLINT, Mich. — The long wait for an ambulance after a fatal dirt bike accident in Fenton Township, Mich., last week will be investigated by the county Medical Control Authority. The boy died of internal injuries Monday after crashing his cycle at Fenton Indoor Motocross. And in the wake of the tragedy, two members of the county Board of Commissioners say they still want to move forward with a new ambulance system that would hold companies more responsible for their response times. An eight-minute response time is a standard that doctors and emergency workers say is important for ambulances to meet because it gives medical personnel the best chance to save lives. Bruce A. Trevithick, executive director of the county Medical Control Authority, said the oversight organization will examine the entire Waller episode. The organization has the authority to penalize Regional if it finds that its protocols were not followed. The company has said in a written statement that its dispatch and ambulance crews followed all Medical Control Authority protocols for response, notification of delay and reassignments. “Subject to a resolution, we will hopefully be able to go forward (then),” Stanley said. “We’re not going to go forward with implementation given that we’re in litigation.” Stanleysaid the county has no choice but to defend itself against the lawsuit before it implements the new system. Regional EMS claims its ambulance made it to the Waller accident scene in fewer than 19 minutes more than twice as long as generally considered acceptable because the first rig it sent to the motocross track broke down. “These are the reasons why the Board of Commissioners took this task on three years ago,” Curtis said. The current system generally allows private ambulances to set up bases around the county and handle calls based on which company has the base closest to an emergency – not based on its track record. “It’s a sad thing,” county Commissioner Jamie Curtis, D-Burton, said of the slow response in getting an ambulance to Tyler Waller, 7. Curtis and county board Chairman Woodrow Stanley said a lawsuit filed by Swartz Ambulance Service to block the county ordinance hasn’t stopped them from planning interviews with candidates to fill a new emergency medical services coordinator position. The new EMS coordinator will work for the county commissioners, Curtis said, enforcing terms of a contract with whichever company or companies are chosen to work in the two zones. Commissioners have said their goal is to have the new system in place by the start of next year.
Cherry Jones Star Files Jason Sherwood View Comments Among the newly minted Emmy winners are Tony winner Alex Lacamoire (Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton) for his music direction of Fosse/Verdon. Theater set designer Jason Sherwood (off-Broadway’s The View UpStairs, This Ain’t No Disco) took home an Emmy for his production design of Rent Live, while two-time Tony-winning actress Cherry Jones (Doubt, The Heiress) won for a guest turn on The Handmaid’s Tale.Other theater-related winners include Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) for penning the song “Antidepressants Are So Not a Big Deal” and Thom Zinny for directing the Springsteen on Broadway Netflix special.Tune in to Fox on September 22 to see who wins in other major categories; check out the list of Broadway-alum nominees here. A talented group of theater artists were honored for their work on the small screen at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremonies on September 14 and 15. The announcement of these winners comes just in advance of Fox’s upcoming Emmys telecast, set for September 22. Alex Lacamoire(Photo: Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
Vermont Business Magazine The town of Fairlee will receive $3.6 million from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to repair and update the water distribution system. Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that the USDA overall is investing $256 million in 81 projects to improve water and wastewater infrastructure in rural areas in 35 states. Fairlee is in Orange County.“No matter what zip code you live in, infrastructure is a foundation for quality of life and economic opportunity,” Hazlett said. “Through strong partnerships, USDA is ensuring that rural communities have the modern, reliable infrastructure they need to prosper.”USDA Rural Development State Director Anthony Linardos said, “Investing in dependable infrastructure is essential to supporting thriving rural Vermont & New Hampshire communities. Over 660 users will reap the benefits of these water and waste infrastructure projects. Improved infrastructure is one of many things that can help to make rural communities great places to live.”Two towns in Vermont & New Hampshire have been selected to receive a total of $4.5 million under this announcement. The neighboring states are in the same USDA region:• $3.6 million for the Town of Fairlee, VT. This Rural Development investment will be used to repair and update the water distribution system for the 341 users. This project will repair the water tank, replace water mains, install water meters and install a filtration system to remove manganese and iron. These improvements will have a significant impact on the appeal of the water as well as the efficiency of the system. Investing in these infrastructure upgrades will ensure a safe and reliable water system for the community.• $878,000 for the Town of Stewartstown, NH. This Rural Development investment will be used to fund the replacement of two aging, deteriorated and failing wastewater pump stations in the town of Stewartstown. The main pump station has failed several times and caused raw sewage overflows on the ground and the neighboring field adjacent to the river. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services has issued violations due to the overflows from the pump station failures. This project will correct a health issue. The system serves 319 primarily residential users. Other users include a large county facility nursing home and jail. A $28,000 Rural Development Special Evaluation Assistance for Communities and Households (SEARCH) grant was used to fund the preliminary engineering evaluation of the wastewater pumping systems.During her keynote address at the Arkansas Rural Development conference, Hazlett spoke about USDA’s longstanding partnership with state and local officials to improve the quality of life in rural communities. She met with various representatives on issues important to rural Arkansas residents and businesses, such as ways USDA is partnering with local communities to support opioid treatment, prevention and recovery services. She also highlighted USDA efforts to support e-Connectivity in the state.Arkansas is receiving two of the 81 rural water and wastewater infrastructure projects Hazlett announced. The Tri County Regional Water Distribution District, in Russellville, Ark., for example, is receiving a $6.2 million USDA loan to construct a water treatment plant with new intake and water lines. The new plant will better serve customers during high demand and will help avoid unhealthy conditions. Tri County supplies water to Pope, Logan and Yell counties. The town of Ravenden is receiving $859,000 to construct a water supply well. The new well will correct system deficiencies to comply with health and sanitary regulatory standards for the 246 users.The recently enacted Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Omnibus spending bill includes a significant boost in financial support for water and wastewater projects. It provides $5.2 billion for USDA loans and grants, up from $1.2 billion in FY 2017. It also directs Agriculture Secretary Perdue to make investments in rural communities with the greatest infrastructure needs.In addition to funding in the 2018 Omnibus bill, President Trump has proposed a $200 billion infrastructure investment that allocates 25 percent ($50 billion) to rural projects.The loans and grants Hazlett announced today are being awarded through USDA’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant(link is external) program. The funds can be used to finance drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems for rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents.In April 2017, President Donald J. Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. In January 2018, Secretary Perdue presented the Task Force’s findings to President Trump. These findings included 31 recommendations to align the federal government with state, local and tribal governments to take advantage of opportunities that exist in rural America. Increasing investments in rural infrastructure is a key recommendation of the task force.To view the report in its entirety, please view the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity(link is external) (PDF, 5.4 MB). In addition, to view the categories of the recommendations, please view the Rural Prosperity infographic(link is external) (PDF, 190 KB).USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov(link is external).Source: LITTLE ROCK, Ark., May 23, 2018 – USDA