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Enter the Matrix sells a million

Atari is claiming today that Enter The Matrix has already sold a million units in the USA and Europe after only a week on sale, representing 25 per cent of the four million units which the company shipped to retail last week.

Konami signs Kuju for new original title

UK developer Kuju Entertainment has been chosen by Konami to develop an original home console game for the giant Japanese publisher, making it the first European development team ever to sign a major game with the company.

Gem appointed as Sega's UK distributor

Sega Europe has announced that Gem Distribution will be handling the distribution of its titles to independent retailers and certain multiples in the UK and Ireland, resuming a relationship with the retailer which includes the launch of Dreamcast.

Matrix game deal details revealed

Legal documents filed as part of litigation between Matrix co-creator Larry Wachowski and his estranged wife have revealed financial details of the deals struck by Infogrames and Monolith to create games based on the hit movies.

Reporters Without Borders slams E3 deportations

International press freedom lobby group Reporters Without Borders has protested against the detention and deportation of European journalists covering the E3 trade show in Los Angeles last week.

Slow Cube sales hurt Nintendo profits

Nintendo has reported a 36.8 per cent fall in net profit for the year ended March 31 due to poor sales of GameCube hardware and games - but the company still posted a 67.72 billion Yen (€494 million) annual profit.

Xbox chip order suggests new sales confidence

Focus Enhancements, a company which supplies specialist video chips for the Xbox, has received the first order for its components from Microsoft - indicating that the software giant is expecting sales of the console to pick up.

Washington state bans sale of violent games to minors

Gary Locke, governor of the state of Washington in the USA, has signed into law a bill banning the sale of certain violent videogames to minors - including Enter the Matrix and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, both of which depict violence against law enforce

Hassabis steps back as Elixir announces new game, new funding

Demis Hassabis, founder of Elixir Studios, has announced that he will be stepping down as CEO of the developer, although he will continue to act as chairman and creative director at the company, which just secured $3 million new funding.

Acclaim expects major losses for March quarter

Publisher Acclaim has filed a financial report which indicates that it expects a net loss of between $40 and $50 million for the three months ended March 31st, compared with a profit of $4 million one year previously.

Sega reports a profit, but top execs step down

Hideki Sato and Tetsu Kamaya, Sega president and COO respectively, have both stepped down from their roles at the company over the recent merger debacle - just as the publisher announces its first annual profit in five years.

PS2 price cut to €199 in Europe

Sony has announced that it's to cut the price of the PlayStation 2 in Europe at last, with the console dropping from €249 to €199 in a move which brings the hardware price in line with the Xbox and GameCube.

3DO plans spending cuts after poor quarterly figures

Publisher 3DO has announced that it is "evaluating its strategic options" following lower than expected revenues in the first quarter of the year, and has issued a warning notice indicating that workforce cuts may be in store.

US Price Cuts for PS2 and Xbox, Player bundle for Cube

Both Microsoft and Sony have cut $20 off the price of their consoles in the USA, bringing them down to $179 - while Nintendo has announced plans to bundle the Game Boy Player accessory for free with the Cube.

E3: N-Gage boss talks price points and more

Following Tuesday's announcement of launch details for Nokia's new console at an underwhelming press event in LA, <b>gi</b>.biz spoke frankly with N-Gage boss Ilkka Raiskinen about criticisms of the system.

UK Charts: Zelda holds on to the number one slot

Nintendo's Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker has stayed at number one in the UK All-Formats sales charts for a second week, while Xbox and Cube releases for Burnout 2 propel it back into the top ten.