Wednesday, February 10, 2010

PopCap Announce The Bejeweled Franchise Is 10 Years Old

PopCap have announced that the Bejeweled franchise is 10 years old. Since the games release as Diamond Mine back in 2000, there have been more than 350 Million downloads of Bejeweled. at retail, the game has sold more than 50 Million units, which puts it in the top 10 best selling games of all time. a copy of the game is sold around every 4.3 seconds.

In Celebration of this, PopCap are going to have a 10 Month celebration were new instalments in the Bejeweled line-up are going to be released, as well as a community wide competition for Bejeweled Blitz. The Bejeweled Blitz competitions will include finding the best players, which starts in spring, as well as other contests and promotions.
there will also be a promotion called "Show Your Bejeweled Love" which will launch next month. this promotion asks fans to celebrate their love for Bejeweled in audio/video form.

Press Release

SEATTLE and DUBLIN, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- PopCap Games, maker of some of the world's most popular video games, today announced that it will mark the 10th birthday of its flagship franchise Bejeweled® with a 10-month long celebration beginning today. Throughout 2010 PopCap will introduce new installments in the Bejeweled lineup, hold the first-ever community-wide competition for Bejeweled Blitz, and stage exciting promotional activities such as the upcoming "Show Your Bejeweled Love" contest. PopCap also announced today that Bejeweled has now sold more than 50 million units, making it one of the top ten best-selling video games of all time — and the company continues to sell a copy of Bejeweled every 4.3 seconds.

"Bejeweled has obviously succeeded beyond our wildest dreams," said Jason Kapalka, co-creator of the game and co-founder and chief creative officer at PopCap. "When Brian Fiete, John Vechey and I built the game ten years ago, we had no grand aspirations for it or PopCap, we were trying to survive as a company during the depths of the dot-com collapse. Little did we know we'd still be selling copies of Bejeweled a decade later!"

Originally launched in the spring of 2000 as "Diamond Mine," ten years and more than 350 million downloads later Bejeweled has won dozens of awards, has been localized for audiences around the world and has been adapted for more than a dozen different platforms from iPhone to Xbox and even airline seatbacks. The game has actually accelerated in popularity and now sells at a rate of one copy every 4.3 seconds somewhere in the world, and has just been named The Most Popular Puzzle Game Series of the Century by the Guinness World Records 2010 Video Games Edition. PopCap and its distribution partners have recently confirmed that more than 50 million units of Bejeweled, Bejeweled 2 and Bejeweled Twist have been sold, but the game's reach extends an order of magnitude further.

Between free-to-play online versions across the internet, trial downloads, pre-installs and demo disks, an estimated half billion people have played Bejeweled in one form or another since its introduction.

Over the course of this calendar year, PopCap will introduce new installments in the Bejeweled franchise - including an all-new way to play Bejeweled Blitz, the 1-minute social adaptation of the game - as well as conducting numerous contests and promotions open to consumers of all stripes. A competition to identify and reward the very best Bejeweled Blitz players - the first such competition held around a social game - will commence later this spring. The "Show Your Bejeweled Love" contest kicking off next month will encourage fans of the game to celebrate their affinity for the original match-3 puzzler in various audio and video forms; there is no cost or obligation to enter, and details will be available as of early March at

About PopCap
PopCap Games ( is the leading multi-platform provider of fun, easy-to-learn, captivating video games that appeal to everyone from age 6 to 106. Based in Seattle, Washington, PopCap was founded in 2000 and has a worldwide staff of over 260 people in Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, Vancouver, B.C., Dublin, and Shanghai. Its games have been downloaded more than 1 billion times by consumers worldwide, and its flagship title, Bejeweled®, has sold more than 50 million units across all platforms. Constantly acclaimed by consumers and critics, PopCap's games are played on the Web, social platforms, desktop computers, myriad mobile devices (cell phones, smartphones, PDAs, Pocket PCs, iPod, iPhone and more), popular game consoles (such as Xbox and DS), and in-flight entertainment systems. PopCap is the only "casual games" developer with leading market share across all major sales channels, including social, Web portals, retail stores, mobile phones, MP3 players, and game devices.

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EA Announce That Over 8 Million Games Have Been Sold Since Their Partnership With Hasbro Began

EA Has announced that since their partnership with Hasbro began in August 2007, over 8 Million games have been sold. this is made up of 20 different Hasbro brands that were released on 18 major digital platforms.

EA has also announced that The Littlest Pet Shop franchise has sold over 3.5 Million units since October 2008. The Xbox Live Arcade Hasbro Family Game Night umbrella, of which there are 7 games, has sold over 500,000 units.

EA/Hasbro also has games in the top 100 iPhone Apps in the USA
Trivial pursuit
The Game Of Life
Connect 4
Yahtzee Adventures
Monopoly Here & Now: The World Edition

Some Of The Hasbro Games

Press Release

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., February 10, 2010— The Play Label of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced that its Hasbro-branded video games have sold a combined total of more than eight million units at retail globally1. To date, the company has launched 20 different Hasbro brands on 18 major digital platforms since the strategic alliance between EA and Hasbro (NYSE: HAS) was formed in August 2007.

EA attributes the soaring popularity of its Hasbro-inspired portfolio of video games to a combination of key market drivers such as the growing mass appeal of family-friendly video games, the ongoing demand for video games designed specifically for girls, and the rich heritage and draw of Hasbro’s iconic toy and game properties.

A recent Nickelodeon study states that 36 percent of families are playing video games together as entertainment2, and according to NPD Group, Inc., more than $700 million of interactive software was purchased for girls ages 6-12 in 2008, up 23 percent from 20073.

“EA’s Hasbro-branded lineup has experienced tremendous success in the casual games market with video games that hold great appeal for families and kids as we’ve retained the essence of Hasbro’s iconic brands while re-imagining the toy and board game play experiences,” said Chip Lange, Senior Vice President and General Manager of EA’s Hasbro Division. “We really see these products extending the reach of interactive opportunities available for players today. They made the perfect gift for the holidays, and during the rest of the year, they are the ideal content for mobile gaming devices or to play and keep in touch with friends online.”

EA has extended the Hasbro lineup beyond consoles to more interactive platforms over the past 18 months with™, and through EA Mobile™, with mobile devices like the iPhone®. To date, Hasbro-licensed board game properties for mobile have made it into the Top 100 Paid Apps on the App StoreSM including: SCRABBLE (in the US and Canada only), BATTLESHIP, BOGGLE, CLUE, TRIVIAL PURSUIT, THE GAME OF LIFE, CONNECT 4, YAHTZEE Adventures, MONOPOLY, and MONOPOLY Here & Now: The World Edition.

In addition, three new Hasbro-licensed online games released by EA were added to the Pogo line up in 2009: BOGGLE Bash, BATTLESHIP and MONOPOLY Slots. These new offerings joined previously released titles such as SCRABBLE, MONOPOLY Here & Now: The World Edition, YAHTZEE Party! and TRIVIAL PURSUIT, all of which were in the top ten of all Pogo games in terms of worldwide visitors and minutes played. In December 2009, over 4.3 million game play minutes of SCRABBLE were logged on Pogo4.

The LITTLEST PET SHOP video game franchise from EA has shown robust growth selling more than 3.5 million units since the first wave of games were released in October 20081. In 2009, the digital franchise expanded when the company launched LITTLEST PET SHOP Online, an Internet-based game and online community allowing girls to create their very own LITTLEST PET SHOP pets, chat with friends, play fun games and explore a dynamic online world. LITTLEST PET SHOP is also now available on the iPhone and iPod touch®, and as DsiWare™.

For boys, the NERF ”N-Strike” video game franchise has delivered over-the-top action, and families around the world have gathered to play HASBRO FAMILY GAME NIGHT and HASBRO FAMILY GAME NIGHT 2, with both game franchises also selling more than one million units each1. In addition, MONOPOLY titles boasted strong sales selling over one million units across console platforms1.

EA’s Hasbro-branded games have also had a strong presence on Xbox LIVE® Arcade (XBLA), with seven games launched in 2009 under the HASBRO FAMILY GAME NIGHT umbrella, surpassing 500,000 paid downloads. The portfolio of games was ranked #4 in the most popular Arcade games on the LIVE Service for 2009, based on connectivity. HASBRO FAMILY GAME NIGHT on XBLA features classic and party game modes of family favorites such as SCRABBLE (in the U.S. and Canada), CONNECT FOUR, BATTLESHIP, YAHTZEE, BOGGLE, SORRY! and SORRY! Sliders. All games are available for 800MSP each.

“Hasbro’s powerhouse alliance with EA continues to deliver big hits for casual gamers around the world across every major platform,” said Mark Blecher, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital Gaming and Media at Hasbro. “Together, we continue to re-imagine the Hasbro-branded play experience and put it at the fingertips of consumers so they can ignite Hasbro-style fun any time, any place.”

1 According to NPD Data for December 2009, GFK and internal EA databases
2 According to Nickelodeon research study, "The Family GPS," November 2009
3 According to NPD Data for May 2009
4 According to ComScore (avg. minutes per usage day, worldwide, August 2009)

About Hasbro
Hasbro, Inc. is a worldwide leader in children's and family leisure time products and services with a rich portfolio of brands and entertainment properties that provides some of the highest quality and most recognizable play and recreational experiences in the world. As a brand-driven, consumer-focused global company, Hasbro brings to market a range of toys, games and licensed products, from traditional to high-tech and digital, under such powerful brand names as TRANSFORMERS, PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, CRANIUM and WIZARDS OF THE COAST. Come see how we inspire play through our brands at
About Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is a leading global interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the Company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers, wireless devices and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EATM, EA SPORTS™, EA Mobile™ and POGO™. In fiscal 2009, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $4.2 billion and had 31 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at

About EA Mobile
EA Mobile™, is the world’s leading wireless entertainment publisher with award-winning games such as Tetris®, Bejeweled®, The Sims™, and Need for Speed™. The EA Mobile portfolio also includes casual games based on the company’s partnership with Hasbro, Inc. including MONOPOLY, YAHTZEE and SCRABBLE (in the U.S. and Canada) as well as sports blockbusters from the EA SPORTS™ brand, including Madden NFL Football, EA SPORTS FIFA Soccer and Tiger Woods PGA TOUR®. EA Mobile develops games for multiple mobile platforms including mobile phones, smartphones, the iPhone® and iPod®. For more information about EA Mobile, please visit
About™ is the #1 stickiest online destination in the US (1). The site is home to over 15.3 million unique visitors a month (worldwide) who play for more than 62 minutes a day (1). Boasting a wide variety of more than 100 free online games including puzzle games, word games, casino games, classic card games and board games, features both single-player and multiplayer games. The site offers players an easy-to-use chat feature where millions of people talk about their favorite games, best scores, or simply share stories about their lives. is known for its thriving online community of players who forge life-long friendships through the site. Pogo has local sites and communities in UK ( and Germany ( The premium service, Club Pogo, offers players a variety of VIP features including exclusive games, no ad interruptions, private chat and avatars. Club Pogo had over 1.75 million paying subscribers at the end of August 2009.

(1 ) According to ComScore (avg. minutes per usage day, worldwide, August 2009)

EA, EA SPORTS, EA Mobile, POGO,, Need for Speed and The Sims are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. Tetris is a registered trademark of Tetris Holding, LLC. Bejeweled is a registered trademark of PopCap Games, Inc. BATTLESHIP, BOGGLE, CONNECT FOUR, FAMILY GAME NIGHT, LITTLEST PET SHOP, MONOPOLY, Here and Now, NERF and N-STRIKE, SORRY!, SCRABBLE, (in the United States and Canada), TRIVIAL PURSUIT and YAHTZEE are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. John Madden, NFL, FIFA, Tiger Woods and PGA TOUR are the property of their respective owners and used with permission. Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSiWare and Wii are trademarks of Nintendo. Xbox LIVE is a trademark of the Microsoft group of companies and is used under license from Microsoft. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc., and iPod, iPod touch and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Sega Have Released A New Trailer For Sonic & Sega All Star Racing

Sega have released a new trailer for Sonic & Sega All Star Racing. this is a launch trailer that shows of many of the characters and their vehicles in the game. several tracks and weapons are also shown. The trailer is made from in-game footage, most likely from the PS3 or Xbox 360 version of the game.

New Zero Punctuation - Borderlands

Yahtzee has finally got round to reviewing borderlands, could he possibly enjoy the game or do the games few issues get in the way?

SouthPeak Announce 3D Dot Heroes Comes Out In The UK On May 14th, Will Be At The Midlands MCM Expo

USA Boxart

Southpeak have announced that 3D Dot Heroes is coming out in PAL Countries on May 14th. Southpeak have also announced that UK gamers will be able to get their first hands on with the game at the Midlands MCM Expo, 10th February.

Press Release

LEICESTER, England & MIDLOTHIAN, Va. --(Business Wire)-- Feb 10, 2010 Leading videogame publisher, SouthPeak Interactive Corporation (OTC BB: SOPK), today announced that retro gaming delight 3D Dot Game Heroes, for the PlayStation®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system, will be playable at the Midlands MCM Expo on February 20th at the Telford International Centre.

Visitors to the show – which caters for fans of films, anime, manga and videogames – will have the opportunity to experience 3D Dot Game Heroes’ infectious nostalgic charms for themselves and even go hands-on with a section of the game for the first time ever in Europe. However be warned, because if you’re susceptible to the pleasures of classic gaming, the tongue-in-cheek script, unique visual style and ridiculously overgrown weapons can induce silly grins, tears of unbridled joy and even fits of laughter. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

“The MCM Expo is the perfect place to debut 3D Dot Game Heroes,” said Ed Blincoe, European marketing director, SouthPeak Interactive. “With its retro gaming chic and parodies of classic Japanese RPGs, we’re sure that anime and manga fans in particular - or those who fondly remember the bygone days of videogaming - will be queuing around the booth to be among the first to play it.”

3D Dot Game Heroes will be available in PAL territories on May 14th – just days after the North American release. For more information about the game, head For more details about the Midlands MCM Expo:

About SouthPeak Interactive Corporation
SouthPeak Interactive Corporation develops and publishes interactive entertainment software for all current hardware platforms including: PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, PSP® (PlayStation® Portable) system, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system, Wii™, Nintendo DS™ and PC. SouthPeak's games cover all major genres including action/adventure, role playing, racing, puzzle strategy, fighting and combat. SouthPeak's products are sold in retail outlets in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. SouthPeak is headquartered in Midlothian, Virginia, and has offices in Grapevine, Texas and Leicester, England. For additional information, please visit SouthPeak’s corporate

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Located in Irvine, California and founded in 1991, Atlus U.S.A., Inc. is renowned for its proud tradition of publishing exceptional role-playing games with strong niche appeal. The Atlus library of critically acclaimed video games includes Demon's Souls, Odin Sphere, the Trauma Center series, and the award-winning Shin Megami Tensei series. For more information, visit

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Audio Re-Cap of Yesterdays News (oldest to newest)

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  • Ubisoft Announce Ghost Recon Future Soldier. its out holiday 2010. 360 multiplayer beta summer 2010.

  • former EyeToy exec suggests PS3 motion controller should come with software for price of a game. games shouldn't be long

  • Square Enix has applied to trademark Deus Ex Human Revolution in Europe. it could be the official name for Deus Ex 3

  • survey hints the Wii game, Dead Space Extraction, could be coming to XBLA and the PSN + something called Planet Cracker

  • Wii: a pirate who illegally copied + uploaded New Super Mario Bros. Wii has been ordered to pay Nintendo $1.5M in damages

  • iPhone: Plants vs. Zombies are coming out on 15th February.

  • EA Has announced that Spore is coming to consoles between Jan-March 2011. The Sims 3 coming to consoles end of this year

  • The Upcoming Nintendo Power and Official Nintendo Magazines are teasing surprises, possibly a new title.

  • The OFLC has rated Sam & Max The Devils Playhouse - Episode 1 The Penal Zone.

  • QTE Blog: EA Announce Ferrari Is Returning To Need For Speed With The Ferrari Racing Pack For Need For Speed Shift

  • 360: Ubisoft say there is alot of potential in merging 3D and Natal.

  • EA has said that all their titles will have an online component, DLC and online play.

  • RedLynx have announced that 2009 was their most successful year. sales of their games topped 1.5M, up from 150K in 2008

  • Blizzard have officially revealed the Female Monk from Diablo III.

  • QTE Blog: Konami Have Released A New Trailer For Scene It? Twilight On The Nintendo DS

  • QTE Blog: EA Has Announced That Dragon Age Origins Has Sold 3.2 Million Units Worldwide

  • Ubisoft has confirmed there will be a PS3 version of Ghost Recon Future Soldier, and it'll come out at the same time.

  • Level 5 have announced they are working on a new game for both the PS3 and Wii.

  • Ubisoft announce financial results, Oct-Dec. sales down 2.7% to $679M. They announce unannounced games coming during 2010

  • Ubisfot reveal games coming out Jan-March 2010. Anno is coming to iPhone, new Imagine games. list in link

  • QTE Blog: Sega Have Released A New Trailer For Bleach The 3rd Phantom On The Nintendo DS

  • QTE Blog: Subatomic Studios Have Released Some Cheat Codes For The Mini's Game, Fieldrunners

  • Ubisoft have revealed they've shipped 8 Million units of Assassins Creed 2. Assassins Creed Multiplayer set in Rome

  • Wii: Ubisoft has announced that Ghost Recon Future Soldier is coming to the Wii, but don't provide a release date

  • EA has revealed that Dead Space 2 is in development for Handhelds, but don't say which ones.

  • PC: EA has announced that there are no plans to release a PC version of Dead Space 2

  • QTE Blog: THQ Have Released New Screenshots For UFC Undiputed 2010

  • QTE Blog: Sega Announces Lamb Of God Is Creating A Song Exclusive For The Iron Man 2 Game

  • Ubisoft has announced that the Imagine franchise will go online with Imagine Town. the platform is unkown.

  • NIS have changed the name of Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! to What did I do to deserve this, my lord!?

  • Rockstar have confirmed, via their twitter, that L.A. Noire is coming out this fall. no specific release date yet.

  • QTE Blog: Sony Online Entertainment Announce The Battlegrounds Expansion For EverQuest II

  • QTE Blog: Sega Announce A Premium Edition Version Of Yakuza 3

  • QTE Blog: Microsoft Announce Forza 3 has Sold Over 2 Million Units Worldwide