Train2Game News GameBlast 2020

SpecialEffect’s annual GameBlast fundraising spectacular is back over the weekend of 21-23 February 2020, and the charity are inviting gamers to hit £1M raised over the event’s seven-year history.

GameBlast is the UK’s largest charity gaming weekend and has raised nearly £800,000 so far to support disabled gamers.

It’s a festival of sponsored gaming marathons, streams and events taking place in a multitude of bedrooms, lounges, village halls, colleges and studios, all with the aim of helping the charity transform the lives of more gamers like Joe.

Joe has Duchenne muscular dystrophy and although he can’t use a standard games controller or keyboard because of his very limited abilities, he can still enjoy the excitement and inclusion of video games because of a customised controller setup put together by the charity.

He’ll be one of the gamers taking part in GameBlast20.

“I’m playing because I know what a big difference SpecialEffect make to young disabled people’s lives,” he said this year. “I was finding it very difficult to use my computer because of my disability so they came to assess what specialised equipment I needed. They managed to get me playing games again.”

SpecialEffect’s Tom Donegan said, “GameBlast is such an important event for us, not only because of the donations it generates but also the way in which it connects our work to the gaming community at large. People are so inventive with the challenges they set themselves, and the range of activities is always such a joy to see! It’s always a fantastic feel-good weekend, with gamers coming together to help their fellow gamers. It’s the best excuse to game ever.”

You can sign up for GameBlast20 at https://www.gameblast20.org.uk and keep up with the action at https://twitter.com/gameblast

Train2Game News EGX Rezzed Tickets Available Now

Gamer Network are delighted to announce that EGX Rezzed will return to London’s Tobacco Dock, on the 26 – 28 March 2020!

Tickets are now available for gamers to gain the opportunity to play the very best pre-release games and hundreds of other breakthrough indie titles, all being showcased alongside many iconic game developers, each sharing their unique insight into the gaming industry.

EGX Rezzed is where indie games shine – an essential event for both creators and players.

Much loved gaming personalities from the likes of Outside Xbox and Dicebreaker are already confirmed for the 2020 show, with Outside Xbox bringing their ever-popular Oxventure Dungeons & Dragons show on both Friday 27th and Saturday 28th.

Tickets are available now from the official EGX Rezzed website priced from £20.

Train2Game News Enthusiast Gaming Largest In UK & US

Enthusiast Gaming Holdings Inc. is excited to announce that its digital media network of websites and YouTube channels has been further verified as the largest gaming information network in North America and the United Kingdom by Comscore, a leading third party media measurement and analytics company.

The measurement firm recently verified the network as the largest gaming information network in the U.S. and has now extended that to include all of North America and the U.K., which combined represent the largest developed global digital advertising markets and account for a major share of global gaming revenue.

Generating almost one billion total views a month, Enthusiast Gaming’s network of over 100 gaming websites and 900 YouTube channels now reaches more combined unique visitors across desktop, mobile and video platforms than any other gaming information entity in each market.

In North America, this reach is now 44% greater than the next nearest entity, while in the U.K. this reach is now 102% greater than the next nearest entity.

Menashe Kestenbaum, President of Enthusiast Gaming commented, “We now have the largest gaming network in two of the largest developed gaming markets in the world, verified by Comscore.

Our network has amassed significant size and scale in a short period of time, and we can now focus on our strategy of delivering unique and effective direct advertising and sponsorship experiences for our clients.

Being verified by a trusted third party analytics company like Comscore gives our sales team a significant advantage when speaking to brands and agencies about how Enthusiast’s integrated advertising platform can be uniquely leveraged to reach more gamers than any other platform in North America or the U.K.”

The gaming industry is rapidly growing, and is now bigger than the music industry and box office combined.

Being verified as the largest gaming network in North America and U.K., positions Enthusiast Gaming as a leading platform for brands and agencies trying to reach the elusive gamer demographic. With the global gaming market set to reach almost $200bn by 2022, according to Newzoo, the Company continues to focus on its growth strategy of increasing revenue per user by driving direct sales and unlocking new revenue opportunities to capitalize on the increasing share of wallet moving to the gaming industry.

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Train2Game News Bungie Raised $1.6 Million For Charity

Bungie Foundation is proud to confirm the success of its first Game2give charity event with over 1.6 million dollars raised to support Bungie Foundation’s iPads for Kids Program and Children’s Miracle Network benefitting kids in hospitals across the United States and Canada.

Destiny fans proved once again their commitment and generosity through 40,000 individual contributions and the support of 5.5K streamers across 104 countries.

“At Bungie, our purpose is to create worlds that inspire friendship, and we are so very grateful for our community to embrace this so strongly.

We see this play out each and every day as lifelong friendships are forged, Guardians support their fellow Guardians both inside and outside of our game, and when our community rallies together for incredible causes such as supporting kids in hospitals.” declared Christine Edwards, Sr. Manager, Bungie Foundation.

Fore more information about Bungie Foundation, please visit bungiefoundation.org

Train2Game News Golden Joystick 2019 Results

The wait is finally over as the results of the 37th Golden Joystick Awards are revealed.

The winners were announced today at the award ceremony held at London’s Bloomsbury Big Top and live streamed on Twitch and YouTube.

More than 3.5 million public votes were cast to determine the winners in 19 categories, including Ultimate Game of the Year, Most Wanted Game and PlayStation, Xbox, PC and Nintendo Games of the Year. Five critics choice awards were also revealed, including Lifetime Achievement, Outstanding Contribution, Breakthrough Award and the Critics Choice.

The 2019 Golden Joystick Award winners are:

Best Storytelling: Days Gone
Best Multiplayer Game in partnership with Servers and Gameye: Apex Legends
Still Playing Award: Minecraft
Best Visual Design: Devil May Cry 5
Best Indie Game: Outer Wilds
Esports Game of the Year in partnership with Corsair: Fortnite
Best Audio: Resident Evil 2
Best Game Expansion: GTA Online – Diamond Casino Update
Best VR / AR Game: Beat Saber
Best Gaming Hardware: Nvidia 20-series Super graphics cards
Best Performer: Logan Marshall-Green
Studio of the Year: Epic Games
Best New Streamer / Broadcaster: Ewok
Breakthrough Award: Untitled Goose Game, House House
Mobile Game of the Year: BTS World
Outstanding Contribution: Life is Strange
PC Game of the Year in partnership with Magic: The Gathering Arena: World of Warcraft Classic
PlayStation Game of the Year: Days Gone
Xbox Game of the Year: Gears 5
Nintendo Game of the Year: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Most Wanted Game: Cyberpunk 2077
Critics Choice Award: Control
Lifetime Achievement: Yu Suzuki
Ultimate Game of the Year: Resident Evil 2

Daniel Dawkins, Content Director, Games and Film at GamesRadar+ said:

“What a fantastic night and what a year it has been. The Golden Joystick Awards is now in its 37th year – the longest running video gaming awards ever – and each year it just keeps getting bigger and better. We had a whopping 3.5 million public votes this year and we are so honoured to have developers from all over the world with us tonight to collect their awards. But, the biggest thank you of all goes to the amazing gaming public who took the time to vote and watch the awards tonight. We are humbled by your support.”

The winners were announced live at The Golden Joystick Awards event in London tonight. The excitement kicked off at 3.15pm GMT with the pre-show, hosted by Alix Wilton Regan featuring an exclusive ‘Making of Arise: A Simple Story’ featurette. The packed show also included a special ‘Year in Review’ created by SpecialGun Productions (the team behind Videogamer) starring leading journalists and industry guests; plus a visit to CD PROJEKT RED, for a never seen before look inside the studio behind Cyberpunk 2077, complete with new interviews with the development team. This was followed by the main awards at 4pm GMT, hosted by comedian Danny Wallace.

You can catch up on all the action on:
Twitch – The Golden Joystick Awards
YouTube – GamesRadar
Twitter / Facebook – @goldenjoysticks

Train2Game News Yorkshire Games Festival 2020

Assisting as a bastion for the UK’s ever-ambitious and successful games industry in the north of England, the National Science and Media Museum is excited to announce that the much-celebrated Yorkshire Games Festival will return to Bradford for its fourth outing between 5-9 February 2020.

Once again, the five-day event will be pitched at developers, gamers, and families alike, offering a wide variety of events and activities to appeal across the spectrum. Leading the line from an industry perspective, however, will be the Games Talks sessions from professionals and experts running across two dedicated days, 6-7 February.

Tickets for Yorkshire Games Festival: Game Talks 2020 are now available and can be picked up at the Yorkshire Games Festival website.

Heading up the line-up next year will be a bewitching mix of both developers and journalists, ensuring a heady blend of insight and inspiration for all attendees. Said billing will include famed indie developer Mike Bithell of Bithell Games, best known for Thomas Was Alone, Volume, and most recently John Wick Hex; Chloe Crookes of Team17 who serves as Senior QA Analyst; Sumo Digital level designer Zi Peters whose work at the company includes Hitman 2 and earlier in his career, Halo Wars 2; Patrick O’Luanaigh, CEO of award-winning virtual reality developer nDreams; renowned journalist Alysia Judge, whose work has been published in the BBC, The Guardian, IGN, and The Independent; Lead Animator Emma Hollingsworth of UK-based publisher Coatsink; and celebrated UK studio Rare will talk about the making of its swashbuckling multiplayer pirate action game Sea of Thieves. Further speakers will be announced in the future.

“We’ve made a point of providing a welcome environment for industry luminaries to come and lay open their views, their experiences, and their knowledge to what is always an engaged and committed crowd,” says Festival Director, Kathryn Penny.

“The next Yorkshire Games Festival is going to be no different, building on that strong relationship we’re developing with the industry and bringing those voices to the next generation – a generation of creatives who can’t typically head to events elsewhere around the country. It’s a unique meeting of minds, making the next festival the best yet.”

Adding to the mix of the event will be a demo by Team17 of its forthcoming co-op party game Moving Out – coming to PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC in 2020 – serving as the title’s first UK hands-on demo outside of London.

Team17 will also be setting up a pop-up Usability Lab at the museum, where attendees of the festival can get real-world experience of what it’s like to test games and give feedback.

“It’s exactly publishers like Team17 and activities like the Usability Lab that help us to illustrate just how wide and diverse the games industry is to our attendees,” continues Penny. “It’s very easy for those just thinking about starting out in games to have their eyes fixed on the big glamorous jobs at the Triple-A studios and not realise the industry has a wealth of other jobs and professions to offer.”

As such, also making the line-up this year are the developers behind CBBC’s online multiplayer game Nightfall, who will be showcasing the game at a dedicated play station across the course of the Let’s Play Family Weekend – running between 8-9 February – allowing up to 30 children to take it on at once. There will also be a gallery detailing the development of the game, alongside the chance to talk to those involved. It’s one of many opportunities for those starting out in the industry to see the other avenues to operating a successful business: it doesn’t all have to be Triple-A killer-apps for consoles.

Indeed, attendees will be able to get further insight into possible pathways in the world of games via “Meet the Developers” networking sessions, as well as dedicated career surgeries designed to shine a light on potential vocations, plus the return of the Young Developers Conference for 11-18 year olds, once again in partnership with BAFTA and the BAFTA Young Game Designers initiative.

For developers, Yorkshire Games Festival can also announce it has begun canvassing for games to exhibit at the Northern Games Showcase, with the remit being to show off to best the north of the UK has to offer to the festival’s throng of attendees.

If you’d like your game to be part of the mix, please contact Jack.Weedon@scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk.

The full schedule across the course of the week will be: –

  • Game Talks – 6-7 February: Talks featuring Mike Bithell of Bithell Games, Zi Peters of Sumo Digital, nDreams’ Patrick O’Luanaigh, journalist Alysia Judge, Chloe Crookes of Team17, Emma Hollingsworth of Coatsink, and celebrated Sea of Thieves studio Rare.
  • Young Developers Conference – 5-9 February: In partnership with BAFTA, the Young Developers Conference is a free and accessible event for young game developers. The conference will help provide opportunities to learn valuable skills and gain knowledge through talks, workshops and masterclasses led by industry professionals.
  • Let’s Play Family Weekend – 8-9 February: A weekend focus on families, young game developers, gaming enthusiasts and everyone in between, promoting intergenerational gameplay and learning. It features the BBC’s Nightfall, a Rocket League tournament in partnership with the British Esports Association, an exhibition of development projects from investment venture XR Stories looking at immersive and interactive technologies for storytelling, and a panel discussion about responsibility in video games chaired by Alysia Judge.

Keep your eye out for more announcements in the weeks ahead.

More details on the festival can found on the Yorkshire Games Festival website.

Train2Game News How To Watch The Golden Joystick Awards

The 37th Golden Joystick Awards ceremony takes place this Friday 15th November in central London, when the great and the good of gaming will come together to recognise the games that have wowed the public and critics this year.

But don’t worry if you don’t have a ticket, you can watch all the action live on Twitch and YouTube from 7.15am PST / 10.15am EST / 3.15pm GMT.

Dan Dawkins, Content Director, Games and Film at Future said: ‘Yet again the competition has been fierce with record numbers of votes cast in many categories. With many games having multiple nominations such as Outer Wilds, Control, Resident Evil 2, Days Gone, Sunless Skies and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, I can’t wait to see who comes out on top this Friday.”

The excitement kicks off at 3.15pm with the pre-show, hosted by Alix Wilton Regan featuring an exclusive ‘Making of Arise: A Simple Story’ featurette.

The packed show also includes a special ‘Year in Review’ created by Special Gun Productions (the team behind Videogamer) starring leading journalists and industry guests; plus a visit to CD PROJEKT RED, where we’ll get a never seen before look inside the studio behind Cyberpunk 2077, complete with new interviews with the development team.

This is all followed by the main awards at 4pm, hosted by comedian Danny Wallace.

More than 3.5 million public votes were cast this year to determine the winners in 19 categories, including Ultimate Game of the Year, Most Wanted Game and PlayStation, Xbox, PC and Nintendo Games of the Year. Five critics choice awards will also be revealed on the night, including Lifetime Achievement, Outstanding Contribution, Breakthrough Award and the Critics Choice Award.

You can follow all the action on:

Twitch – The Golden Joystick Awards

YouTube – GamesRadar

Train2Game News Magic ManaStrike

Netmarble Corp. is proud to announce new details for Magic: ManaStrike, its first-ever game for Wizards of the Coast franchise Magic: The Gathering.

Developed under license exclusively by the Netmarble Monster studio, Magic: ManaStrike is a mobile synchronous combat game that brings fan-favorite spells, and characters, such as Chandra Nalaar, Jace Beleren and more – to life in an all-new genre.

Easy to play but hard to master, Magic: ManaStrike offers simple, tactical, and strategic gameplay through its user-friendly interface.

Gameplay spotlights many customized strategies between opponents in intense Player vs. Player (PvP) matches. Players can experience Magic: The Gathering’s vast universe of original spells and characters presented with amazing visuals in high-quality 3D, all in the palm of their hand.

“Working with Wizards of the Coast on Magic: ManaStrike was great, and we are proud of the experiences we built together to bring the brand to a whole new genre of gameplay,” said Seungwon Lee, Chief Global Officer of Netmarble.

“More details on Magic: ManaStrike will be shared soon. We want to assure fans our game acts as a fresh new addition to Magic: The Gathering, and we are eager to introduce what makes Magic: The Gathering special to even more players.”

Players begin with a detailed tutorial, which guides them through the game’s early stages. After choosing a pre-made deck of cards from one of Magic’s five iconic colors – White, Blue, Black, Red or Green – players will fight against live opponents, where quick tactics and fast play reign supreme on the battlefield. As they progress, players will collect new cards and enhance their units (inspired by Magic: The Gathering’s deep library of creatures) to suit their individual playstyles and strategies.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Netmarble to bring Magic: ManaStrike to mobile gaming fans around the world,” said Eugene Evans, VP, Business Development, Wizards of the Coast. “We were drawn by Netmarble’s reputation as a global leader in mobile games and its known passion for putting a unique twist on the genre. As a new Magic-inspired experience, Magic: ManaStrike is an action-packed way to discover the Magic multiverse, and we can’t wait to welcome new players to the community.”

More details, including a gameplay first look for Magic: ManaStrike will be formally revealed at this year’s G-Star tradeshow in Busan, South Korea available from 14-17 November.

Train2Game News AVICII Rhythm Game

AVICII Invector, the inventive rhythm game celebrating the music of the legendary Swedish DJ and producer, will launch globally on December 10.

The fast-paced music game, which fuses AVICII’s signature uplifting EDM tracks with hypnotic visual scapes, will be available at major retail outlets and digitally on Xbox One and PC, along with a re-launch on the PlayStation®4 Entertainment System that includes new content and enhancements.

Created and developed by Hello There Games in partnership with Wired Productions Ltd., and with the support of AVICII Music, AVICII Invector will give fans the opportunity to feel and experience his music in a new way, across multiple gaming platforms.

Watch the release date trailer here: https://youtu.be/tONllr1Iw_A

The game’s worldwide launch will follow shortly after the sold-out AVICII Tribute Concert to be held in Stockholm on December 5. Along with the concert, where luminaries including Rita Ora, Kygo, David Guetta, and more will honour the late musician, AVICII Invector is part of an outpouring of support and recognition for the beloved DJ and music producer.

Tim Bergling, aka AVICII, himself a lifelong gamer, worked on AVICII Invector for two years through the game’s original exclusive release on PS4™.

The upcoming new multi-platform release will help to celebrate AVICII’s music and turn up the volume while taking rhythm gaming to new heights. Created in collaboration with the Swedish DJ, and now with his family in his honour, AVICII Invector has become even more of an homage to his music since his tragic passing in 2018. Set against a backdrop of 25 of his biggest hits, AVICII Invector lets players fly solo or partner up for local split-screen racing. Players can join Stella, a space pilot, on her journey from one stunning world to the next, mastering moves as they race through gorgeous landscapes while hitting the notes with three levels of difficulty to master.

Game Features

  • Experience AVICII’s Music: 25 hit songs from the EDM superstar, with five new tracks including
  • Heaven, Tough Love and Fades Away from his posthumous album, TIM
  • Be the DJ: Custom, on-the-note, level-designed tracks to play
  • New Look and Experience: New visual look and additional content
  • Additional Platforms: First time on Xbox One, Switch and PC, plus new content on PS4
  • Play it Your Way: Three difficulties on every level
  • Explore New Worlds: Six different in-game worlds including a brand-new world
  • Play with Friends: Solo play or with friends in split screen action
  • Immersive Story: Emerges through cutscenes with voice acting

For PlayStation fans, the new PS4 version reflects significant enhancements and new content including a new world, new songs; along with upgrades such as new interface, UI and other improvements and updates.

Wired Productions is also pleased to confirm that owners of the already-released PS4 version will get a free update to fully experience AVICII Invector upon its release.

AVICII Invector, scheduled to launch worldwide on December 10, 2019, for Xbox One, PC and PS4. A Nintendo Switch version is also in early production for release in Spring 2020.

The game is rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB.

For more information, search #AVICIIinvector or visit the Wired social channels.

Train2Game News KISS Indie Games Funding

Established Indie games publisher Kiss have launched a unique Intelligent Finance ISA Technology Bond as a way of attracting funding to develop and launch the companies most successful titles on console, mobile and streaming formats.

Since 2012, Kiss have launched over 150 titles plus numerous DLC on Steam and other PC vendors. Since 2016 they have been expanding their reach with versions of titles on iOS/Android, X-Box One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch from the top 10 products in their catalogue, as well as working on a number of newer franchises.

Working with finance partners Hamilton Rose Wealth Management and Money Link Financial, Kiss have created an Intelligent Finance ISA Technology Bond offering 34% return (6.8% p.a) on your investment over 5 years.

This is a forecast which is based on the terms of the bond and is not a reliable indicator of future performance.

Although not unique as a finance solution run successfully by a number of companies, it is believed to be the first time it has been used by a company within the games industry sector.

Kiss CEO Darryl Still commented “In light of a number of recent good news stories related to the games industry, such as the recent £90M Curve Digital acquisition and the upcoming new technologies from Sony and Google, we have sat down with key financial partners to create an easy and tax efficient way for people, both inside and outside of the industry to invest into the fastest growing market in the entertainment industry”.

For further details please visit: www.kiss-isa.co.uk

or by emailing: invest@kiss-ltd.co.uk