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HTC Vive signs European distribution deal with Westcoast Retail

VR headset and accessories to be fulfilled by UK-based firm

Westcoast Retail has won the contract to distribute HTC Vive units in Europe.

The UK-based distributor will handle the headsets and accessories exclusively, and will be responsible for fulfilling orders through HTC's own website, and via specialist retailers Scan and Overclockers.

It is Westcoast's first move into games distribution, having previously specialised in technology brands such as Apple, HP, Lenovo, Microsoft and Samsung.   "Entering the VR market is an important strategic step for us so we needed a partner with the reputation and team that can deliver a robust approach to the supply chain," said HTC operations director Louis Lin.

Westcoast Retail MD, Carl Oxley, added: "VR is a hot sector with the potential to invigorate the wider technology market, and we're well placed to provide an effective and efficient distribution network for HTC to deliver against that promise.   "Our services can be applied to almost any vertical and we are excited to be part of the rapidly developing gaming and virtual reality spheres."

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Chris is a 15-year games business veteran. He spent nine years at UK business weekly MCV, including five years as editor. He joined GI in 2016 and oversees editorial, sales and events worldwide. He is the architect behind Best Places To Work Awards and GI Live. And is a tiny bit obsessed with market data. He also writes for Doctor Who Magazine. Because Doctor Who is awesome.

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