Train2Game News UK Games Consultancy

Award-winning industry pioneers Philip and Andrew Oliver today announce the launch of their new games consultancy business Game Dragons.

It follows their recent departure as studio heads of Rebellion Warwick.

Game Dragons aims to offer professional, impartial advice across a wide array of games industry business and technical fields but will be focused on delivering consultancy services to scale-up developers, investors and brand holders.

The brothers have been a leading part of the UK games industry since its inception in the early 1980s. Over the following 35+ years, they have established and run three companies, employed over 600 people and been responsible for creating over 160 games across all platforms, selling over 45 million units with a retail value in excess of £1.2bn.

They founded and ran the award-winning Blitz Games Studios for 23 years, and went on to sell their next business, Radiant Worlds, to Rebellion in 2017 for a multi-million-pound sum. They were founder members of trade association TIGA and BGI, and have been regular long-term high-level advisors to a variety of trade bodies, government agencies and business organisations.

Philip Oliver is excited by the new venture, “We’ve always been happy to informally support and advise other people as they build their businesses, and have been lucky enough to receive some of the same support from others, but it’s not always easy to do that when you’re bound by your own clients’ needs and NDAs. We’re now looking forward to being able to share our experiences in a truly independent way, and help people to succeed.”

Andrew Oliver agrees: “We’ve worked with some of the biggest publishing, technology, entertainment and software companies over our years in business, and we’ve seen a lot of things come and go. We know that this industry can be unpredictable and ever-evolving so we feel we’re perfectly placed to help other companies navigate their futures.”

To find out more visit www.GameDragons.com

Train2Game News Fork Parker’s Crunch Out

Developer Mega Cat Studios and publisher Devolver Digital have announced that their brand-new Super Nintendo release Fork Parker’s Crunch Out is complete and available for sale – all without a minute of development crunch.

Game collectors and Fork Parker groupies can grab one of the 500 remaining Fork Parker’s Crunch Out cartridge and box sets from the limited edition 1,000 produced: http://megacatstudios.com/products/fork-parkers-crunch-out

Fork Parker’s Crunch Out is a collaboration between Mega Cat Studios, Devolver Digital, and Take This for the label’s first-ever Super Nintendo Entertainment System release starring the company’s larger than life CFO, Fork Parker.

The game aims to raise awareness of the all too real issue of game dev crunch through a playful look at the pressures of game development, exaggerated by the menace that is a game publisher executive.

Devolver Digital is donating 100% of their profits from sales to Take This to support their ongoing efforts to raise awareness and combat mental health issues.

Learn more about Take This and their noble efforts: www.takethis.org.

Train2Game News Games Finance Market 2019

Momentum is building behind the upcoming fourth annual Games Finance Market, part of London Games Festival, which has secured participation from a number of world-renowned investors and game funders.

60 different investors are expected to attend the event on 3 and 4 April in central London, running during the wider 2-14 April 2019 London Games Festival. The event has grown in popularity since its 2016 debut and continues to attract investor heavyweights looking to fund new games businesses and hear innovative pitches.

Recent research has shown that the global appetite for games investments is soaring, with $5.7bn spent on games companies in 2018 – double the amount in 2017.

New to the Market in 2019 are a range of established world-famous investors who haven’t visited before but have been attracted to London and the Games Festival by its unique mix of talent, culture and cost-effectiveness. These include Accel, Balderton Capital, BigBen Interactive, Chucklefish, DMM, ExWorks Capital, Finstock Capital, Gameforge, Kowloon Nights, Private Division, and Triple Dragon.

They join other previously-confirmed attendees including All 4 Games, Altered VC, Authentic Media Group, BFI, Curve Digital, Goldfinch Entertainment, Greenlight Games, Green Man Gaming Publishing, ID@Xbox, Microsoft, London Venture Partners, Marvelous Europe, Miniclip, Northern Ireland Screen, PlayStack and SEGA.

Developers can still apply to be part of the market and get a chance to meet these visiting investors – more information can be found at http://gfm.games.london, while the deadline to apply is midnight GMT on Monday, 18 February 2019.

The Games Finance Market is part of London Games Festival and is backed by the Mayor of London. It is delivered by Games London, an initiative from Film London, the capital’s screen industries agency, and video games trade body Ukie (The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment).

Find out more at www.games.london and follow @londongamesfest for more updates over the coming weeks and months.

Train2Game News Argos let you step in to Pacific City

To celebrate the highly anticipated launch of Crackdown 3, leading video gaming retailer Argos created a piece of interactive art to transport fans into the game’s Pacific City.

The 3D artwork, by artists 3D Joe and Max, was displayed outside the Old Street Argos store in London on Friday, offering customers the chance to experience the game in the real world.

Commuters and gaming fans were invited to step into the Crackdown 3-inspired optical illusion and explore the game’s Pacific City.

Crackdown 3 fans posted pictures of themselves leaping into the artwork of Pacific City on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ArgosxCrackdown3 throughout the day and those who showed Argos staff the picture received a small discount on the game.

Peter Wray, Senior Buyer at Argos, said: “We wanted to celebrate the launch of Crackdown 3 in a way that would captivate our customers and allow them to visit the virtual world in real life. We are confident that this experience will transport them into the stunning virtual world and get them even more fired up about grabbing a copy of the game to take home”.

Mike Rapson, Xbox Senior Category Manager at Microsoft, said: “We are delighted that our fans can experience the game in such a creative and interactive way. Crackdown 3 encourages players to destroy parts of the city to boost their abilities, so the artwork, which shows a London street falling into Pacific City, really brings this world to life.

3D Joe and Max are known for their immersive artwork and seemed like the natural choice for such a collaboration. We hope the illusion will dazzle both gamers and commuters alike, as well as demonstrating the vibrant gaming culture that exists in the UK.’

The long-awaited game is available now as a standalone product or with Xbox Game Pass, which provides unlimited access to over 100 Xbox games for one monthly price.

Game Pass customers have access to exclusive discounts and the latest Xbox games on the day they’re released, with new ones added every month.

Train2Game News The World Is Square

Scarlet Moon Records is excited to release THE WORLD IS SQUARE, a Valentine’s Day tribute to Squaresoft JRPGs from the SNES and PSX eras lovingly arranged by producer and videogame remixing pioneer Mustin.

Mustin – best known as the co-founder of OneUp Studios and The OneUps – arranges fan-favorite tracks from Secret of Mana, Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy VI, and Final Fantasy VII in a series of smooth ballads including live violin and guitar. Each track is dedicated to a special girl in Mustin’s life, making a perfect musical accompaniment for Valentine’s Day. THE WORLD IS SQUARE is licensed and available today:

THE WORLD IS SQUARE on Bandcamp
THE WORLD IS SQUARE on iTunes
THE WORLD IS SQUARE on Spotify

“I spent countless hours as a kid playing through these games,” notes arranger/ and producer Mustin. “Adulthood didn’t seem to hinder me in any way seeing as how I have bought every release and remake of Final Fantasy IV. Every one of these themes is a time travel device that takes me back to my youth – sharing the emotions of these characters on my screen. I hope the listeners share my nostalgia!”

The full track listing for THE WORLD IS SQUARE is as follows:

01. Fear of the Heavens (Secret of Mana)
02. Main Theme of Final Fantasy IV
03. Theme of Love (Final Fantasy IV)
04. Forest Butterflies [“Secret of the Forest”] (Chrono Trigger)
05. From the Bottom [“Bottom of the Night”] (Chrono Trigger)
06. Coin Song (Final Fantasy VI)
07. Lonely Girl [“Terra”] (Final Fantasy VI)
08. Serenity [“Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII”]

Digital purchases on Bandcamp and iTunes include a sleek digital booklet with artwork, track credits, and liner notes. A limited physical edition CD is also available on Bandcamp to enjoy the lovely cover illustration by Scarlet Moon graphic designer Connary Fagen in all its pixelated glory.

Train2Game News February 2019 Nintendo Direct

In a new Nintendo Direct video presentation, Nintendo announced that Super Mario Maker 2, a sequel to the groundbreaking original game, and a stylish re-imagining of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakeningare both launching this year for the Nintendo Switch™ system.

The video also revealed ASTRAL CHAIN, a new action game from PlatinumGames exclusive to Nintendo Switch.

In addition to introducing other acclaimed titles coming to Nintendo Switch, like Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice and Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, the video also provided more details about upcoming Nintendo games like Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Yoshi’s Crafted World, DAEMON X MACHINA and MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order, among many others. Nintendo Switch will also be home to BOXBOY! + BOXGIRL!, the next iteration in the charming puzzle-platformer series coming to Nintendo eShop.

Plus, starting today, Nintendo Switch owners will have access to surprise launches like the online 99-player puzzle-fest Tetris® 99 and classic SQUARE ENIX role-playing game FINAL FANTASY IX, as well as new co-op DLC for Captain Toad™: Treasure Tracker and free demos for upcoming anticipated games.

“Every game covered in this Nintendo Direct is slated for launch for Nintendo Switch this year,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Whether you’re looking for new games in classic franchises, new content for existing hits or completely new experiences, Nintendo Switch has something for everyone over the next several months alone.”

Some of the highlights revealed in the video include:

  • Super Mario Maker™ 2: In this new game, players can create the Super Mario courses of their dreams, with access to even more tools, items and features. Super Mario Maker 2 launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch this June.
  • The Legend of Zelda™: Link’s Awakening: Originally released for the Game Boy™ system more than 25 years ago, one of the most beloved games in the Legend of Zelda series returns. In this modern re-imagining, players travel to the mysterious island of Koholint to guide Link on a perilous adventure. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening arrives exclusively on Nintendo Switch in 2019.
  • ASTRAL CHAIN: ASTRAL CHAIN is a new action game from PlatinumGames, directed by Takahisa Taura, known for his work as the game designer on NieR:Automata, and supervised by Hideki Kamiya, creator of the Bayonetta™ series. As part of a police special forces unit in a multicultural futuristic city, players work together with a special living weapon, the Legion, in a synergetic action system of battle and exploration. More details about this Nintendo Switch exclusive will be revealed in the future. ASTRAL CHAINlaunches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on Aug. 30.
  • Fire Emblem™: Three Houses: The Black Eagles. The Blue Lions. The Golden Deer. Three noble houses that are part of the Officer’s Academy, an elite facility that trains students in the ways of weapons, magic and special skills. As a professor, the player must choose one of these houses to lead its students in grid-based battles with life-or-death stakes. Each house is comprised of many different students to meet and train, each with her or his own personality and skills. These students can interact with each other at the academy, strengthening their bonds and supporting each other on the battlefield. The Fire Emblem: Three Houses standalone game and the Fire Emblem: Three Houses – Seasons of Warfare Edition both launch exclusively for Nintendo Switch on July 26.
  • BOXBOY! + BOXGIRL!™: Welcome back, BOXBOY! The fan-favorite puzzle series is back for the first time on Nintendo Switch with a brand-new game! In addition to 270 new levels, two players can work as a team to solve puzzles in a new co-op mode. As a bonus, players who complete the game can access a new adventure starring Qudy. BOXBOY! + BOXGIRL! unboxes itself on Nintendo eShop on April 26.
  • Tetris® 99: The iconic puzzle game Tetris® arrives, but with an online experience like no other. In this next entry in the storied puzzle franchise, 99 players compete together until only one is left standing. Nintendo Switch Online members (membership sold separately) can battle for dominance in this free-to-download software. The Nintendo Switch exclusive will be available to download starting today, and players can look forward to battling it out in upcoming online events.
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night: The side-scrolling action of yore rises once again in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. Play as Miriam, host of the Alchemist’s Curse, as she steals the abilities of enemies, bends gravity to her will and darts around the game’s elaborate castle at lightning speed. Here, the laws of reality – and 2D side-scrollers – don’t apply. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night emerges from the shadows this summer for Nintendo Switch.
  • Mortal Kombat 11: New and classic characters return for more over-the-top fighting action in Mortal Kombat 11, launching for Nintendo Switch on April 23.
  • Yoshi’s Crafted World™: Before Yoshi’s Crafted World launches on March 29, Nintendo Switch owners can head to Nintendo eShop to download a free demo for the artfully handcrafted game starting today! In the Yoshi’s Crafted World game, players can explore the Front and Flip-Side of stages while rafting, racing solar cars, tearing through the sky on a plane and experiencing many other wild and surprising gameplay sequences. Using coins collected through the varied and secret-filled levels, players can unlock 180 different crafted costumes that Yoshi can wear.
  • Captain Toad™: Treasure Tracker Update and Special Episode DLC: Guess who is still ready for adventure? After downloading a free Nintendo Switch version update for the Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker game that is available starting today, all courses in the game will support a new two-player co-op mode featuring a second Toad to explore simultaneously with a friend. And on March 14, new paid DLC arrives that adds 18 new challenges to the game, including five new courses and new Shiny Crowns, which can be obtained in each course. New players can get the Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker game together with the updates and all the new Special Episode content in a digital bundle available for purchase on Nintendo eShop beginning Feb. 13. Players who purchase the bundle or the Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – Special Episode DLC will receive early access to one of the courses in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – Special Episode, with the remainder of the courses launching on March 14.
  • Super Smash Bros.™ Ultimate Update: The fastest-selling console-exclusive game in Nintendo history is about to spring forward with a free Ver. 3.0 update coming to the game this spring. Before the end of April, Joker from Persona 5 will be available as a playable fighter. Announced in December, Joker is the first Fighters Pass DLC fighter to join the game’s expansive cast. Players who want to get access to five upcoming DLC fighters plus additional stages and music can purchase the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass by visiting https://smashbros.nintendo.com/buy/dlc/. Additional details about the 3.0 update and upcoming Fighters Pass content will be revealed in the future. Also, be on the lookout for new amiibo in 2019 like Snake, Simon, Squirtle, Pokémon Trainer and Ivysaur.
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice: Winner of multiple awards, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is coming to Nintendo Switch. Created in collaboration with neuroscientists and those with lived experience of psychosis, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice pulls players deep into the mind of a Celtic warrior on a haunting vision quest to fight for the soul of her dead lover. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice launches for Nintendo Switch this spring.
  • DAEMON X MACHINA: Starting today, mech pilots in the making can get a free demo for DAEMON X MACHINA called “Prototype Missions,” available for a limited time to download from Nintendo eShop or Nintendo.com. In the demo, players can battle through four different missions while testing out the game’s controls and mech customization. After playing, select players will receive an email containing a link to an online survey where they can provide feedback about the game to Director Kenichiro Tsukuda and the development team. Currently in development, DAEMON X MACHINA is scheduled to launch for Nintendo Switch this summer.
  • MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order: For the first time in 10 years, the MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE series returns with four-player action and an original story … all exclusive to Nintendo Switch! Assemble your dream team from a huge cast of Super Heroes, including Marvel’s ultimate cosmic protector, Captain Marvel. Players can save the world together with up to four players in TV mode, with four separate systems locally or online. A dynamic zoomed-in Heroic Camera will give players the option to get closer to the action. As characters level up, they’ll learn new skills they can use on the fly, and also perform powerful Alliance Extreme attacks. MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order launches for Nintendo Switch this summer.
  • Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition: Ready for a grand adventure filled with memorable characters, an enchanting story and classic RPG gameplay that can be taken on the go? This enhanced version of the critically acclaimed game features the same sprawling content of the original, but with newly added character-specific stories, the option for increased battle speed, fully orchestrated field and battle music, and the ability to switch between HD and retro-inspired 16-bit visuals. Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition launches for Nintendo Switch this fall.
  • DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2: Combining both RPG and crafting gameplay together, players gather materials to create things like weapons, buildings and even entire towns. With the help of the mysterious Malroth and other villagers, players will explore large islands, find quests and battle monsters and bosses scattered around the world. Those who own the original DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS on their Nintendo Switch system can craft the Legendary Builder’s outfit and the Dragonlord’s Throne. DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2 launches for Nintendo Switch on July 12.
  • ONINAKI: To uphold the tenets of reincarnation, players must travel between the Living World and the Beyond to rescue lost souls from the terrible fate of becoming monsters. In battle, the souls you rescue manifest within you, granting you strength and new abilities. ONINAKI launches for Nintendo Switch this summer.
  • New Star Fox Missions in Starlink: Battle for Atlas: The Starlink: Battle for Atlas digital update coming in April will add new Star Fox missions to the Nintendo Switch version of the game. Play as Peppy, Falco and Slippy to help aid the fight to down Star Wolf’s lieutenants, Andrew, Pigma and Leon, in a series of challenging missions. Additional content released as part of the update includes new starship races, faction missions and more. The spring update of Starlink: Battle for Atlas launches this April on Nintendo Switch.
  • Disney TSUM TSUM FESTIVAL: Disney’s adorable Tsum Tsum are coming to Nintendo Switch in a new game! In Disney TSUM TSUM FESTIVAL, players connect matching Tsum Tsum to clear them and set a high score. Up to four players can compete against each other in local or online modes. Disney TSUM TSUM FESTIVAL launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch in 2019.
  • Rune Factory 4 Special and Rune Factory 5: Classic RPG Rune Factory 4 is being remastered for Nintendo Switch. Interact with townsfolk, grow vegetables and fruit on the farm, catch fish, raise monsters and wield weapons and spells in this new version of the game. Rune Factory 4 Specialwill be ripe for playing on Nintendo Switch later this year, with the newly announced Rune Factory 5 coming at a later date.
  • DELTARUNE: The next game from the creator of Undertale is coming to Nintendo Switch. Download DELTARUNE Chapter 1 for free on Nintendo eShop beginning Feb. 28.
  • FINAL FANTASY VII: Return to Midgar in one of the most iconic RPGs of all time, when FINAL FANTASY VII finds a new home on Nintendo Switch on March 26.
  • FINAL FANTASY IX: First-time players have the chance to fall in love with Vivi like the rest of the world when the beloved RPG FINAL FANTASY IXcomes to Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch later today.
  • Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY!: KWEH! On March 20, the latest game in the Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon series arrives on Nintendo Switch.
  • Dead by Daylight: Dead by Daylight is an asymmetrical multiplayer horror game where one player takes on the role of the savage Killer, and the other four players play as Survivors, trying to escape and avoid being caught and killed. The Nintendo Switch version features loads of maps, characters and cosmetics, and a deep progression system to try out. Dead by Daylightcreeps onto Nintendo Switch this fall.
  • Assassin’s Creed III Remastered: For the first time on Nintendo Switch, experience Assassin’s Creed III with revamped gameplay and features tailored to the system like motion aiming and touch input. In addition to all the original game’s DLC, the standalone game Assassin’s Creed Liberation Remastered will also be included when Assassin’s Creed III Remasteredlaunches for Nintendo Switch on May 21.
  • Unravel Two: Take control of two adorable characters made out of yarn and solve challenges in Unravel Two. Play as both characters in single-player or team up with a friend in local co-op. Unravel Two launches for Nintendo Switch on March 22.
  • GRID Autosport: GRID Autosport comes to Nintendo Switch fully loaded with a mix of high-speed thrills, realistic handling and a difficulty level that scales to players’ skills. Players will feel like pro racers as they master the world’s fastest cars to win motorsport’s most exhilarating races, from the prestigious Circuit of Spa-Francorchamps to the narrow city streets of Barcelona. All DLC is included in this version of the game, with 100 cars, 100 circuits and some welcome additions like tilt controls and custom controls. GRID Autosport launches for Nintendo Switch this summer.

For more information about other features, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/.

Train2Game News Celebrating 10 Years of Angry Birds at IMGA

In 2018 the mobile games industry reached the legal age of 21 years.

Growing from zero to 53 Billion US$, according to Newzoo, mobile games popularity is a worldwide phenomenon.

One of the industry’s most spectacular success stories is Angry Birds, which is set to celebrate its official 10th birthday in December.

Today Rovio Entertainment and the International Mobile Games Awards (IMGA) announce that they will toast a decade of Angry Birds and the 15th anniversary of the IMGA.

In San Francisco, on 19th March, at an invitation-only event, the IMGA will announce the winners of the 15th IMGA. The ceremony will be followed by the After Party, themed around a 10th anniversary celebration of Angry Birds.

“10 years ago I played an early build of Angry Birds, a game which was immediately nominated for one of the Awards. I feel fortunate that we were one of the first to play the game before it became a worldwide success. Today I am proud that Rovio will celebrate the 10 years of their success with us.” Says Maarten Noyons, founder of the IMGA.

“For Rovio, this year is about celebrating an incredible decade while simultaneously looking toward a bright future,” says Ville Heijari, CMO of Rovio Entertainment. “We look forward to celebrating the state of the mobile games market with IMGA and raise a toast to its continuing growth.”

For more information visit http://www.imgawards.com/

Train2Game News Casual Connect 2019

After a successful event in 2018, Casual Connect is coming back to The Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London, UK on May 28-30, 2019.

At Casual Connect Europe 2019, all attendees get access to three days of lectures, official networking parties, and 90 of the world’s best indie games with developers.

Organized in part by CGA and Greenlit Content, the venue will also feature a large expo area where you can talk one-on-one with industry-leading companies.

Casual Connect brings together the most talented and knowledgeable experts in the gaming field to further the industry with the best learning and networking opportunities for gaming professionals since 2005 four times every year in USA, Asia, Western Europe and Eastern Europe.

Additionally, all attendees have unlimited access to our meeting and scheduling app to network with games industry professionals like yourself.

INDIE PRIZE SUBMISSION DEADLINE

More than 1,500 developers apply to Indie Prize during the year and judges from throughout the games industry select the most promising games to participate at international Indie Prize showcases during Casual Connect conferences. Submit your game for the international Indie Prize London 2019 scholarship program before March 20 with more details can be found in the submission form.

You can also join industry leaders as an established developer with the Developer showcase.

For more information visit Casual Connect.

Train2Game News Crash Merch

Feeling nostalgic?

Can’t wait to get your grubby little paws on Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled this summer?

It’s time to party like it’s 1996 with a new line of Crash Bandicoot products, ranging from mugs to character lights – and more!

It’s a blast from the past with Merchoid’s latest line of Crash-centric products.

Kick off a new collection featuring everyone’s favorite PlayStation mascot with some home décor: character lights! Crash is frozen in a wacky pose in this Crash Bandicoot: Totally Fly Icon Light, so drop him wherever you think you need a little extra oomph in your home or car.
The Crash Bandicoot: Prime Specimen Bell Jar Light is a micro USB-powered light is an easy way to add a little Crash panache to any room. You can’t leave him without his witch doctor spirit companion Aku Aku, though – so pick up the AA battery-powered Crash Bandicoot: Illuminating Invincibility Aku Aku Icon Light to give him another chance at life should he fall to the floor. The plastic might shatter, but Aku Aku can totally save Crash’s life, right?

Are villains more your speed? Fine then – grab the Crash Bandicoot: Nefarious Nightlight Dr. Neo Cortex Icon Light to make a little mischief.

When you’re done placing all your awesome new lights, take a breather and enjoy a tasty beverage with the Crash Bandicoot: Secret Warp Room Heat Change Mug, which will be the envy of everyone at the breakfast table. As you pour your coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or other beverage, an image of the iconic mascot character will appear – like magic! Dr. Neo Cortex is shook – if only it were this easy to defeat that pesky bandicoot.

Jumpstart your morning with an explosive cup of coffee or hot tea with the Crash Bandicoot: Don’t Tread On Me Nitro Crate Mug or the Crash Bandicoot: Begin The Countdown TNT Crate Mug. Based on the iconic TNT and nitro crates seen throughout Crash’s greatest hits, these square mugs are constructed of durable dolomite and are perfect for display, too!

Got something you need extra nefarious power to accomplish? Fuel up by drinking out of the voodoo mask spirit Uka Uka’s menacing head with the Crash Bandicoot: Ultimate Power Is Mine Uka Uka Mug.

Just don’t complain when it imbues you with evil.

If this throwback to 1996’s craziest platforming game has you nostalgic for all things PlayStation, they’ve got something to help you embrace that, too: The PlayStation: Console 3D Mug is an adorable, square version of the classic PS1 you grew up enjoying all your Crash adventures with. From Crash Bandicoot to Crash Bandicoot: Warped, it’ll all come back to you. Ahhh, DualShocks and memory cards.

Yep, this is the stuff, alright – but if you want in, you’d better hurry and lock yours in before this bandicoot’s overstayed his welcome. You never know when it’s time for him to be lost to time again…

The full range of Crash Bandicoot products is available here: https://www.merchoid.com/?s=crash&post_type=product

Train2Game News Method Dominating WoW eSports

Powerhouse esports organization Method have officially achieved their 11th World First victory live from the Red Bull Gaming Sphere in London, defeating all nine bosses in the newest WoW raid before any other guild.

The Race to World First for Battle of Dazar’alor began last Thursday (31/01/19) and Method defeated the final boss, Mythic Jaina Proudmore, live in front of fans on Twitch on Tuesday (05/02/19).

Method were the first guild to ever broadcast a Race to World First when they defeated Battle for Azeroth’s opening raid, Uldir, in record time from the Red Bull Gaming Sphere in September last year.

Sco, Gingi, Narcolies, Chrispotter, Perfecto, Deepshades and Cayna, part of the 20 man Method raid guild, battled it out tirelessly to become the first guild in the world to take down Mythic Jaina. The Race to World First saw over 230k views across the Method Twitch channels, with Method’s official channel and guild master Scott “Sco” McMillan’s channel combined seeing 4.49M hours watched last week alone (28/01/19 – 03/02/19.)

“We’re incredibly proud to have achieved another World First. To see such amazing success in terms of viewership a second time around confirms that we’re onto something special by sharing our progress with the community,” said Scott ‘Sco’ McMillan, Co-Founder, Method. “The Red Bull Gaming Sphere has become the perfect base for us to attempt World Firsts. We’ve spent over 96 hours in the space during this raid alone, and having a comfortable environment that’s purpose built to support gaming definitely gave us a competitive edge. Not to mention the unlimited Red Bull to keep us alert and focused throughout.”

Method were the first organisation to recognise the viewership potential of a Race to World First in September when they live streamed their defeat of mythic G’huun, the final boss in Battle for Azeroth’s first raid from the Red Bull Gaming Sphere. Both of Method’s Race to World First streams have seen fantastic viewership and represent an exciting new direction for the esports scene, spearheaded by a world renowned esports organisation in Method.