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As WP's senior editor, I edit review and preview articles, attempt to keep up with the frantic pace of Rainier's news posts, and keep our reviewers on deadline, which is akin to herding cats. When I have a moment to myself and don't have my nose in a book, I like to play action/RPG, adventure and platforming games.

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Vivendi Games Revenue Up 61% Over Previous Year

by Judy on July 28, 2005 @ 12:10 p.m. PDT

Vivendi Universal Games' revenues for the first half of 2005 are €238 million were 61% above the prior year, mainly driven by World of Warcraft and the first quarter launch of Robots, a children's game based on the movie.

World of Warcraft successfully launched commercially in Europe, Korea and China and continues to be the fastest-growing game in its category, achieving over 2 million customers via directly managed operations in North America, Europe and Korea, and 1.5 million paying customers in China (as of July 2005, with a commercial launch on June 7, 2005) in conjunction with local partner The9. Other top performing titles for the first half of 2005 include the new releases Empire Earth 2 and SWAT 4 as well as strong carryover sales of Half-Life 2 and Simpson's: Hit & Run.

For the second quarter of 2005, VUG's revenues of €125 million were 76% above the prior year (up 83% at constant currency). This dramatic increase was driven by the success of World of Warcraft. Other top performing titles in the second quarter include the new releases Empire Earth 2 and SWAT 4, as well as continuing sales of the first quarter release Robots.

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