Australians spent AU$3.23bn on video games in 2017

first_imgAustralians spent AU$3.23bn on video games in 2017IGEA data shows AU$1bn on physical hardware and software, console sales up 36% year-on-yearJames BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefThursday 22nd February 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleInteractive Games and Entertainment AssociationThe Australian video games industry has been valued at AU$3.23 million for 2017, with both physical and digital sales rising over the previous year.The figures come from research by local trade body Interactive Games and Entertainment Association and data from NPD Australia and Telsyte. The snapshot into the Australian industry shows that the total money spent on games in 2017 rose by nine per cent year on year to AU$3.23 million. Unsurprisingly, digital (encompassing download games, online subscriptions and mobile revenues) accounted for two thirds of this.Physical still fared well, taking AU$1.176 billion over the course of the year – an improvement of 11 per cent when compared to 2016. There was a relatively even split between software and hardware sales, accounting for AU$521.6 million and $422.5 million respectively.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 Console hardware saw the biggest year-on-year lift, up 36 per cent, with Switch, SNES Mini and NES Mini highlighted as particularly strong sellers. In fact, console hardware saw the most improvement over the previous year.Almost all other sectors saw revenues increases by at least ten per cent year-on-year. The only exception was mobile, which still enjoyed a two per cent lift in revenues and stands as the biggest segment of the Australian games industry at AU$1.004 billion.You can check out more in the infographic below: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 storiesAustralian developer revenues raise 29% to $140mIndustry survey reveals more than 1,200 full-time developers are employed in the regionBy James Batchelor 3 months ago78% of Australian developers expect growth in 2017Survey by IGEA and GDAA reveals studios down under made in excess of $114.9m this yearBy James Batchelor 4 years agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Schüssel’s victory: welcome but boring

first_imgThe UK has been rocked by a firefighters’ pay dispute, leaving the Army to fight blazes in ‘Green Goddess’ engines dating from just after the Second World War.And Germany could face a similar wave of public unrest amid allegations that voters were ‘conned’ by Gerhard Schröder in September’s election.One positive aspect of the growing discontent is that politicians will have to re-engage in the debate over public spending. This in turn may well result in the major parties taking more opposing views.And that just might make European politics really interesting again. But don’t hold your breath.LET’S hope the Convention on the future of the EU backs Giuliano Amato’s suggestion that two-thirds of the procedures used by the EU to make laws should be scrapped (see Page One).The former Italian prime minister’s working group will also propose that regulations and directives should in future be described more simply as ‘laws’ or ‘framework laws’. Indeed, the rush for the centre ground is so marked these days that it’s often hard to tell the difference between the major parties on a broad range of issues.Of course, one unwanted side-effect of this is that politics is becoming a lot more boring, which is not healthy for democracy.Another is that parties on both sides of the political divide are now all desperately keen to squeeze public spending to avoid raising taxes.But there are already signs of a public backlash, with workers staging a series of demonstrations in EU capitals and other cities over pay and conditions.French farmers and lorry drivers, who have always enjoyed a good protest, were even joined by striking driving instructors on the streets of Paris this week, according to reports.Italy is facing a rising tide of industrial action, mostly centred around Fiat staff angry at impending job losses. Other public sector workers have announced strikes in the next few weeks. Like most simple ideas, it’s a winner.center_img Although Jörg Haider’s Freedom Party could yet find itself back in the ruling coalition – Schüssel did not achieve an overall majority – it managed only a 10% share of the vote this time (down from 27% in 1999). Hopefully, the EU will be hearing and seeing a lot less of Haider, but it’s too soon to write him off totally – despite his claim this week that he has absolutely “had his fill” of politics.The Austrian election continued the trend of centre-right or centre-left parties winning most recent polls (the exception being the freak result in the Netherlands when Pim Fortuyn’s party picked up a massive sympathy vote after his assassination).last_img read more

Catastrophe risk management in Europe

first_imgCatastrophe Risk Management: Preparing for Potential Storms Ahead, was based on a survey of 225 risk managers from around the world. It found that European companies are far less likely to have increased the amount of time and resources they devote to catastrophe risk management than those in other regions and that they are less likely to have considered specific threats such as bird flu, terrorist attack or extreme weather events.North American companies were most advanced in their consideration of catastrophe risk management. For example, 71% of US respondents say that their organisation has considered the threat from terrorism, compared with 62% of Asian respondents and 50% of European respondents. The greater attention afforded to catastrophe risk management in the US and Asia is not necessarily based on a higher perception of risk – across all three regions, terrorism is seen as a significant threat by broadly similar percentages of respondents.In North America, the events of 11 September 2001 and the devastating hurricane season of 2005 have focused the minds of many executives on the need for robust catastrophe risk management plans. Respondents from North America also report much greater pressure from customers to put in place plans than those in Europe. This suggests that catastrophe risk management has now become an investment criterion for customers when considering potential partners in North America – something that has not happened to the same degree in Europe. A third reason for the discrepancy may be the greater regulatory burden in North America than in Europe, although respondents from both regions report similar amounts of pressure from governments and regulators to put in place catastrophe risk management plans.In addition to regional variations in levels of planning, the report finds significant gaps in preparedness between large and small companies. Of companies with revenue of $500 million (€400m) or less, 17% said that they had no catastrophe plans at all, while a further 11% saw planning for catastrophe as a one-off exercise. By contrast, only 2% of companies with revenue in excess of $5 billion (€4bn) said that they had no plans in place.Furthermore, when the survey respondents were asked how successfully their organisation conducted aspects of catastrophe risk management, such as risk assessment, impact analysis and communication of plans to employees, smaller businesses gave themselves lower ratings than their larger peers in every category.A problem for all companies in the survey is that they are constantly prevented from addressing catastrophe risk management by what they perceive as more pressing and immediate concerns. Almost one-half of those surveyed agree that a focus on catastrophe risk management means that they risk losing sight of more immediate concerns – and this was a finding that found its strongest expression in Europe. It suggests that, for these respondents, preparing for catastrophe is seen as a distraction from ‘business as usual’ priorities and is therefore something that tends to slip down the agenda.The threat from catastrophes such as bird flu and terrorism is no less real for European companies than those in North America or the Asia-Pacific and yet there remains a considerable gap between their levels of planning and that of their peers in other regions. These findings suggest that there is a considerable need for European companies to do more to assess their risk exposure and ensure that they have done all they can to protect their employees, assets and reputation.Rob Mitchell is a senior editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit and editor of Catastrophe Risk Management: Preparing for Potential Storms Ahead. The full report is available at www.eb.eiu.comlast_img read more

Putin needs to put things right while the going is good

first_img 5 EU boosts order of BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine to 600M doses Log in 1920023454.7152003 Technology Russia Forgot your password? Click here. Latest news, analysis and comment on defense in Europe and beyond. 11.620057636.410.92006 (forecast) April 18, 2021 Security 10:48 am About us Most Read Articles Brexit Transition April 16, 2021 Declassified Latest news, analysis and comment on migration in Europe and beyond. Print Edition Beyond The Bubble 8:01 pm Related Countries Ts&Cs Sunday Crunch Financial Services April 19, 2021 Explore the live extension of our journalism More from … April 18, 2021 Columns Competition and Industrial Policy 4327.31220045897.2 Vladimir Putin Brussels Playbook 9556.4 9.5 But few foreign economists believe that, without dramatic reforms, it can sustain this rapid expansion. 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A strengthening exchange rate and an industrial base too focused on the energy sector mean that Russia is prone to sucking in imports to meet its domestic needs and is failing to develop globally competitive exporters in other sectors.The policy tools needed to maintain economic stability may be compromised. It requires a well developed financial sector for monetary policy to be effective in containing inflation and Russia does not have one. So tax and budget policy should be the main instrument for economic stabilisation. But, as the International Monetary Fund said in June, “we are concerned about plans for further fiscal relaxation”, which risk adding to demand pressures.One bright spot, surprising given the government’s assault on private property rights in the energy sector and its determination to bring the sector under government control and keep foreigners out, has been the rapid increase in foreign direct investment (FDI) going into Russia. This is up from around 1% of gross domestic product in the aftermath of the debt crisis of 1998 to nearer 3% now. But, as the World Bank points out, much of this FDI is focused on the energy and minerals sectors and on retailing rather than on sectors which would broaden Russia’s economic and technological base. But perhaps the most worrying development has been the evidence that economic reforms, which gathered pace in the wake of the currency crisis of 1998, have stalled. This at least is the common judgement of the government-owned international financial institutions such as the IMF, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Specialists who know Russia well say that top Russian policymakers are now deeply divided between those who argue Russia is performing just fine as things are, and those who worry about the longer term outlook.A key question is, to which faction does President Vladimir Putin belong ? Careers at POLITICO Print Edition Privacylast_img read more

Trump mocks Greta Thunberg

first_imgThunberg has developed an international following for her persistent efforts to get the international community to combat climate change, particularly winning support among young people. Trump’s tweet contained one of her quotes from her U.N. remarks Monday: “People are suffering, people are dying, entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth.”Thunberg did not mention Trump or any other leaders by name in her remarks, but she did scold the world’s leaders.”You are failing us,” she said to the assembled leaders. “But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say: We will never forgive you.”Last Wednesday, Thunberg addressed a congressional committee in Washington. “I want you to listen to the scientists,” she said. “And I want you to unite behind the science. And then I want you to take real action.”Trump was not alone Monday in mocking Thunberg. On Fox News, Michael Knowles referred to Thunberg as “a mentally ill Swedish child who is being exploited by her parents and by the international left,” then doubled down and called her “mentally ill” a second time. The network subsequently apologized for his remarks. Also On POLITICO Trump pops into UN climate summit as Merkel makes plea to ‘doubters’ By Arren Kimbel-Sannit and Emma Anderson UN climate summit won’t save the world (but it might help) By Kalina Oroschakoff U.S. President Donald Trump mocked 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg on Twitter late Monday.Posting a fatalistic statement the Swedish teen had made earlier Monday at the United Nations’ special meeting on climate change, Trump tweeted: “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!“Trump briefly attended the Climate Action Summit in New York but left after 14 minutes. The president has consistently expressed skepticism about the notion of man-made climate change, and his administration has declined to make the issue any sort of priority.last_img read more

Iggy Pop Releases COVID-19-Inspired Single, “Dirty Little Virus” [Audio/Video]

first_imgLeave it up to one of the last remaining heroes from the earliest days of punk-rock to help send off 2020 with a song worthy of what’s been a dismal and depressing year for live music.Iggy Pop has released a new single entitled, “Dirty Little Virus”, which as one can assume correctly, was inspired completely by the COVID-19 pandemic that engulfed the world over the past 12 months. The new song arrived onto Bandcamp on Monday, along with a video of Pop explaining how he was inspired to use a journalistic approach for penning a song about the global pandemic. The brief (2:50 minute) song was co-written by Iggy alongside Leron Thomas, who plays trumpet on the recording.Related: Iggy Pop Reads Bedtime Story About His Dog For New Museum [Listen]Listen to Iggy Pop’s newest single along with the video explaining its backstory below.Iggy Pop – “Dirty Little Virus”<a href=”https://iggypop.bandcamp.com/track/dirty-little-virus”>Dirty Little Virus by Iggy Pop</a>Iggy Pop – “Dirty Little Virus” (Who, What, When, Where)[Video: Iggy Pop Official]Fans can also click here for “Dirty Little Virus”-inspired merch including a facemask, t-shirt, and digital download of the song.[H/T Pitchfork]last_img read more

Actress addresses effects of sexual assault in lecture

first_imgWhen actress, producer and philanthropist AnnaLynne McCord spoke to Notre Dame students Thursday evening in the LaFortune Ballroom, she had one very clear message: the importance of acceptance and forgiveness.At age 18, McCord, who has starred in “90210,” “Nip/Tuck” and “Dallas,” was sexually assaulted in her own home by a male friend, and she said the fact that she knew her attacker that made it harder to grasp.“[Knowing the attacker] is the part that makes it very shameful, very uncomfortable, and this is what keeps silence,” McCord said.As the assault took place, she said she was unsure of how to fight for herself. But it was when she thought of her boyfriend that she suddenly found a voice and stood up to her attacker.“For [my boyfriend] I had a voice … but I couldn’t do it for myself because I felt pushed down as a woman,” McCord said of the weakness she felt in the moment of the attack.She said instinctually repressed the memory following the attack and did not speak about it to anyone for many months.“[It was] denial, denial, denial,” she said, until she told a male friend 10 months later.“That was the first time I ever said it,” McCord said. “That was the first time I ever acknowledged that that’s actually what it was. That was the first time I even gave any kind of thought towards it.”That moment led her to a revelation: she was not reacting to her assault in the same vengeful and angered way that her friend was reacting.She couldn’t quite understand this difference, she said.“Why didn’t I feel that for myself? Why did I feel like I didn’t have a voice?” McCord said.After her many trips to Cambodia as part of her work against sex trafficking, McCord said she began to find her voice and heal.“These girls [in Cambodia] have been raped everyday. … And they were not suffering, and they were not angry,” she said, which was completely antithetical to the anger, frustration and depression that she felt after for years after her assault.However, it was not until McCord went back to the exact place where her attacker had confronted her not long after her assault that she was able to feel at peace with what happened.“I cried for myself,” she said. It was then that she felt she had moved on.As she stood in that spot, McCord said that she thought, “I’m done. I’m done with the cycle of abuse. I’m done with the suffering. … [He does not] have power over me. I’m no longer shackled.”Another big moment in her healing process came when McCord finally admitted her assault publically, she said.“I felt relieved,” McCord said. “Everyone knew I’m damaged, I’m tainted, bad stuff has happened to me … but I’m still kicking.“It was a weight off my shoulders.”Now, McCord said she forgives her attacker because her story of healing is not about him, it is about her. She said overcoming her sexual assault has led her to better forgive and accept others in her life today.“I can’t go back. I can’t undo it.” McCord said. “Now, when something happens to me, I own it, and I practice letting it go.”The event, entitled, “It Starts with Me: Healing and Forgiveness,” was sponsored by Sponsored by the Department of Film, Television and Theatre, the GeNDer Studies Program, Lyons Hall and Duncan Hall.Tags: 90210, annalynne mccord, Dallas, It Starts With Me, Nip/Tuck, sexual assaultlast_img read more

Week’s Best Videos: A day in the life of Axel Merckx, a Quest to…

first_imgGo on a Quest to Nepal in the first of a series of short films about exploring new places by Mavic. This gorgeous footage follows rider Tito Tomasi on his bucket-list trip through Nepal with some sobering stops to look at the after effects of last year’s earthquake.Our gravel correspondent Jayson O’Mahoney captured 10,000 feet of climbing and other fun things at the Bootlegger 100. Held on North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountain gravel roads, this quick recap gives you a glimpse at the good times to be had here in Bikerumor’s home state. Check out more on his website, GravelCyclist.com. In the latest of Specialized’s pro roadie behind the scenes flicks, have a look in on the Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team to follow Axel Merckx & company as they prep for the Tour of California. Beside good cycling genes, the younger Merckx was in the past a Giro stage winner, Belgian National Champion, and Olympic medalist. Now he owns and manages his U23 team that will take the start in San Diego next week.Check out more from this past week’s best videos after the break…last_img read more

Wiemann Lamphere Architects to design Gifford senior living project

first_imgGifford Healthcare,Vermont Business Magazine Gifford will work with Wiemann Lamphere Architects as they move into the second stage of building independent living apartments at the new Morgan Orchards Senior Living Community in Randolph Center, Vermont. The Colchester, Vermont design firm will build on Gifford’s original design concept to create a vibrant neighborhood for the 25-acre campus, which includes the new Menig Nursing home and planned future assisted living.“Wiemann Lamphere has worked on many housing projects and brings specific expertise in designing for seniors in independent living facilities,” said Gifford’s Vice President of Operations and Surgical Services Rebecca O’Berry. “They are an energetic and enthusiastic team who approached our project with creative ideas on how to encourage community interaction while incorporating nature and energy conservation into the design.”Caption: (l to r) Gifford Retirement Community Executive Director Linda Minsinger, VP of Operations and Surgical Services Rebecca O’Berry, and Facilities Director Doug PfohlThe three-story, 49-apartment building will use internal common spaces (including a proposed dining room, library, fitness area, lounges, and sunroom) to encourage community interaction, and external gathering spots (a proposed campus green, orchard, gardens, and extensive nature trails) to  strengthen the neighborhood feel of the campus. Ground breaking for the independent living apartments is anticipated in the spring of 2016, with an anticipated move-in date in late spring 2017.“We are pleased to be working with Gifford to develop much needed senior housing opportunities in central Vermont and look forward to making the most of the wonderful views on the site,” said Weimann Lamphere President David P. Roy. “We have a passion for sustainability, and a drive to create healthy, invigorating spaces for people to live their lives to the fullest.Gifford is a community hospital in Randolph, Vt., with family health centers in Berlin, Bethel, Chelsea, and Rochester and specialty services throughout central Vermont. A Federally Qualified Health Center and a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the country, Gifford is a full-service hospital with a 24-hour emergency department; inpatient and rehabilitation units; many surgical services; accredited cancer program; a day care; two adult day programs; and the 30-bed Menig Nursing Home, which was named by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best 39 nursing homes in the country in 2012. The Birthing Center, established in 1977, was the first in Vermont to offer an alternative to the traditional hospital-based deliveries, and continues to be a leader in midwifery and family-centered care. The cancer program is accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. Source: Gifford. To learn more about the Morgan Orchards Senior Living Community visit www.giffordmed.org/IndependentLiving(link is external). The hospital’s mission is to improve individuals’ and community health by providing and assuring access to affordable, high-quality health care in Gifford’s service area.last_img read more

Briefly Noted: Health clinic in Mission temporarily closed for training

first_imgMission health clinic temporarily closed for training. The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment’s health clinics in Mission and Olathe will be temporarily closed after Memorial Day for staff training on a new electronic medical records system. The Mission Clinic at 6000 Lamar Ave. will be closed May 27 through June 10. Walk-in services — immunizations, STD testing and treatment, pregnancy tests, physicals, tuberculosis tests — will not be available during that time. Women, Infants and Children offices will remain open during this time to serve WIC clients.Johnson County Republican Party vice-chair Missey Smith moves on to position with state party. Johnson County Republican Party Vice-Chair Missey Smith has resigned her position, effective Wednesday, to accept a position with the Kansas GOP. With the state party, Smith will be assisting with training, education and philanthropy. Smith said she has “really enjoyed spending time with volunteers and members of JCRP.” She thanked state chair Mike Kuckelman for offering her the opportunity, and she looks forward to being able to help in electing Republicans across the state.Local Methodist leaders said they plan to stay with church while resisting anti-LGBTQ policies. A gathering of centrist and progressive United Methodist Church leaders has concluded that they plan to resist newly adopted policies that are seen as discriminatory against gay, lesbian and transgender members, rather than break away from the global church. That’s the path that emerged from meetings of 600 United Methodists this week in Leawood as part of the UMCNext Conference held at the Church of the Resurrection. United Methodists leaders, including Church of the Resurrection Pastor Adam Hamilton, were dismayed with the results of a worldwide General Conference of the church in February in which a majority of delegates voted to uphold what’s referred to as the Traditional Plan. The policy reaffirms that homosexuality is incompatible with Methodist scripture and upholds a ban on same-sex marriage and the ordination of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender clergy.“We’re saying it’s not OK for the church to treat people as second class,” Hamilton said. [Methodist leaders say they’ll resist church’s anti-LGBTQ policies but not break away — The Kansas City Star]last_img read more