The Netherlands headlines

Five Star Games to distribute Sega titles in Benelux and Australia following restructure

Following a spate of office closures, newcomer Five Star Games will handle the future distribution of Sega titles in Benelux and Australia.

  • Survey Says: 63 million iOS users downloading over 5 million games per day

    A March 2011 study conducted by Distimo and Newzoo, surveyed iOS users living in the US and six countries in Europe, and found that 63 million iOS users are downloading 5 million games on a daily basis.

  • Dutch police confiscate thousands of PlayStation 3 consoles

    Dutch police have reportedly seized tens of thousands of PlayStation 3 consoles from warehouses as part of Sony and LG’s ongoing patent dispute.

  • More Skyrim details wriggle out

    A Dutch magazine has provided another info dump on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, touching on graphical upgrades, the size of the game world, and the ever-fascinating dragons.

  • More countries to get Xbox Live Video Marketplace in the fall

    According to a Microsoft fact sheet, ten more countries will be getting the Xbox Live Video Marketplace this fall.

  • Higher percentage of Americans play games than Euro countries

    According to a Today’s Gamers’ survey of 13,000 people from Holland, France, Germany, Britain, Belgium and the US, more Americans play games as a percentage than all the rest. Of those questioned, 87 percent of American males said they play games, versus 74 percent in the UK, 67 percent in Germany, and 66 percent in […]

  • Forza 3 demo goes live

    Looks as though the Forza 3 demo’s gone live on the Dutch Marketplace. We’ve just checked the UK version and there’s nothing there as yet, but you can download it from this link provided you’re signed into the UK Marketplace (thanks, evilashchris). Thanks, TheDutchSlayer.

  • Dutch retailer refuses to stock PSP go

    Large Dutch retailer Nedgame won’t be stocking PSP go this October, the chain’s told Why? Two reasons. Firstly, it sees the €249.99 price tag – €80 more than the current PSP-3000 – as too steep. Secondly, the fact the console doesn’t use physical media means it won’t be able to sell any games for […]

  • Inside Xbox launches in 8 new European countries

    Microsoft’s confirmed to VG247 that Inside Xbox went live in eight extra European countries yesterday. The online 360 magazine is now available in Denmark, Finland, Holland, Norway and Sweden, and in multiple languages in Austria, Belgium and Switzerland. Up to yesterday, the service was viewable in America, the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Ireland, Canada, […]

  • inFamous - Euro versions to get English language patch

    Following news this morning that Sony was to release the Dutch, French, German, Spanish and Italian version of inFamous without English language support, SCEE has just told VG247 that the firm has u-turned on the decision – English is to be patched in at a later date. “Following feedback from the community, we realise that […]

  • English language left off major inFamous Euro builds

    Sucker Punch has apparently confirmed on its forum that the French, Italian, German, Spanish and Dutch versions of inFamous will feature no English language option. The English version will only have Portuguese and Russian language settings. This is unlikely to go down well, as you can see from the responses to the mod post, especially […]

  • Social problems to blame for 90% of gaming "addiction"

    Keith Bakker of the Smith & Jones Centre in Amsterdam – a unit that treats videogaming addiction in young people – has told the BBC that he’s changing his methods as 90 percent of those that come to the clinic are wanting nothing more than a bit of a hug. “These kids come in showing […]

  • A good thing: Dutch Banjo and VP2 to cost more thanks to translation

    According to this Perfect-Rare story – translated from the Dutch by – the Dutch (and Belgian) versions of Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts and Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise are to cost more than elsewhere as they’ve been fully localised. The rest of Europe ill pay €39 for the games, while if you want to […]

  • Software sales booming across Europe

    According to data from Media Control GfK International, European software sales are on the up. Sales have risen by 25.6 percent for the first half of 2008 compared with last year’s tally. Our Dutch brothers have been buying games like crazy, as sales for the region have risen by a massive 46 percent. Compared with […]