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Another games company goes under

Another games software distributor has collapsed, with administrators being appointed for Queensland-based company Gamesxpress.

The business had been operating successfully for many years selling software and console games machines. However, according to a report from solvency and forensic accountants Worrells, who have been appointed administrators of the company, the reason for its recent poor performance is an unsuccessful move into computer hardware sales.

"This venture lost the company considerable funds and led to the cessation of trading on the 30th of June," the report says.

Creditors of the collapsed company include Electronic Arts, Nintendo, Ozisoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Australia.

NetComm announces retail Internet offer

NetComm has launched a special offer to retail buyers of its Internet filtering software, Cyber Sentinel.

The company has signed distribution agreements with ISPs Global Freeway and Freebiz to offer free unlimited Internet access to customers who purchase the software through the retail channel.

The software, which sells for around $60, blocks sensitive or explicit information before it reaches the user. NetComm claims the software has strong applications in the education, business and government markets, but is especially targeting parents.

Woolies joins online retail exchange

Woolworths will join B2B online buying venture the WorldWide Retail Exchange (WWRE) as a charter member. The grouping, which includes retailers such as GAP and Marks & Spencer, will offer standardised item information and auction capabilities.

Woolworths' managing director and CEO, Roger Corbett, said the company is looking for opportunities to gain advantage to pass on to both customers and shareholders.

Sage Distribution appoints new retail managerSpencer Woodfield-Jones will head up Sage Distribution Australia's newly established retail sales division, being appointed national retail sales manager.

Woodfield-Jones, who joins Sage from the Strathfield Group, will be responsible for running the new division, promoting the company's range of accounting software for small and medium enterprises. He will also manage and develop relations with retailers such as Harvey Norman, according to the company.

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