Train2Game News Pawsome Players Helps Cats In Care

Cats Protection has launched Pawsome Players to help gamers to raise funds for unwanted and abandoned cats in the charity’s care.

Players who sign up can get ideas of online activities to support the cat charity – such as streaming marathons or gaming tournaments – and source logos, social media images and other materials to promote themselves as a Pawsome Player.

“Whether it’s a solo Fortnite stream or a Super Smash Bros tournament, we can help you make the most of it, says Donna Forster, the charity’s Digital Marketing Officer.

“A survey among gamers shows that 58% are interested in donating money to charity and 67% would join other gamers to raise funds for charity. As cats are one of the nation’s most favourite pets, gamers could attract a substantial following by raising money for us.

“Funds help Cats Protection to provide food, shelter and veterinary care for thousands of unwanted and abandoned cats while they await new homes so gamers have the confidence of supporting a very worthy cause.”

For more details and a fundraising pack, please visit https://www.cats.org.uk/get-involved/support-us/pawsome-players

Cats Protection is the UK’s leading cat welfare charity and helps over 200,000 cats through a national network of 250 volunteer-run branches and 36 adoption centres.

The charity’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.

Train2Game News Pokémon Masters

DeNA Co., Ltd. (henceforth DeNA), in partnership with The Pokémon Company, unveiled additional information about the upcoming mobile game Pokémon Masters, which is planned to release globally on iOS and Android devices in summer 2019.

In Pokémon Masters, players will embark on a new adventure to form teams of Trainers and their partner Pokémon and engage in 3-on-3 real-time battles.

Take the treasured bond between Trainer and Pokémon to the next level in an all-new location—the island of Pasio—where Trainers from every Pokémon region gather to compete

Pokémon Masters takes place on the island of Pasio, where the rules of battle are different and the treasured bond between Trainer and Pokémon is taken to the next level with sync pairs—the combination of a Trainer and their partner Pokémon.

For the very first time in a Pokémon game, Trainers and their partner Pokémon from every Pokémon region will come together to form sync pairs. Players can team up with duos such as Korrina & Lucario, Brendan & Treecko, Clair & Kingdra, and many more. With all sorts of Trainers on Pasio, there are sure to be some exciting and unexpected encounters in this new story.

At launch, there will be 65 sync pairs to recruit in Pokémon Masters, with additional sync pairs to come following the game’s release.

Form a team of three sync pairs, and battle to become champion of the Pokémon Masters League

In Pokémon Masters, players will explore Pasio to meet various Trainers and make new friends while progressing through the story. Once a player has made friends with other sync pairs, they can recruit those friends to form a team of three sync pairs (meaning three Trainers and their three partner Pokémon) and battle AI (artificial intelligence) opponents to become champion of the prestigious Pokémon Masters League tournament.

Command a team of Pokémon and Trainers in 3-on-3, real-time battles in this strategy and battling game

Pokémon Masters introduces a new way to battle in the Pokémon world. Players will command a squad of three sync pairs in real-time team battles and release a barrage of moves—all while the AI opponent unleashes theirs at the same time. For the very first time in a Pokémon game, players can also direct Trainers in battle to use moves and healing items to increase a Pokémon’s stats. In addition to standard moves, players can occasionally deploy sync moves—powerful attacks performed by specific sync pairs.

Players will need to ration their move gauge, which refills over time, to deploy the best moves at the most opportune times to lead their squad to victory.

“The Pokémon brand has captured the imagination of the world, and we are honored to create the newest Pokémon adventure for mobile devices with Pokémon Masters,” said Isao Moriyasu, CEO of DeNA. “We look forward to sharing new ways to battle when the game releases.”

“For years, fans have created enduring memories engaging with their favorite Pokémon characters throughout the Pokémon video game series,” said Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company. “With DeNA’s development expertise, we’re excited to bring together past and present Trainers and their partner Pokémon in a unique gaming experience that will delight fans around the world.”

Pokémon Masters will be available worldwide as a free-to-start game with in-app purchases on compatible iOS and Android devices, with release planned for summer 2019.

The game will be available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Traditional Chinese.

Fans can learn more about Pokémon Masters by watching the game’s video presentation, which also includes an original animation trailer, available at https://youtu.be/QXuT7ZsrqRA.

Train2Game News Yer A Wizard…

Ready your wands! Niantic, Inc. and WB Games officially launched Harry Potter: Wizards Unite™ in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand on Friday.

The highly anticipated augmented reality (AR) real-world mobile game is co-published and co-developed by Niantic, Inc. and WB Games under the Portkey Games label, and will launch in additional countries around the world in the days ahead.

Players in the launch regions can download the game for free on the App Store for iPhone, Google Play for Android devices and the Samsung Galaxy Apps Store for Samsung devices.

“This marks the beginning of an incredible journey for fans of the Wizarding World, opening up virtual doorways to remarkable adventures in the world around them,” said John Hanke, Founder and CEO, Niantic.

“Everything we’ve learned about augmented reality and real-world game design over the last seven years has been poured into this game.”

“We are very pleased to partner with Niantic, the AR gaming market leader, for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite to create a deeply magical and immersive Wizarding World experience for our Portkey Games label,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

“If you are a wizard or witch who always felt the magic was really all around you, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’s combination of unique narrative and cutting-edge AR technology will let you live out that fan fantasy.”

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is built on the Niantic Real World Platform, and created using the game design and content creation expertise of WB Games San Francisco.

As new recruits of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force, players will investigate the chaotic magical activity that is leaking into the Muggle world and work together to solve the mystery of this Calamity. Players will be able to explore their real-world neighborhoods and cities to discover mysterious artifacts, cast spells, and encounter fantastic beasts and iconic characters along the way.

To stay up to date on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, please visit www.harrypotterwizardsunite.com to receive the latest information about the game, and follow the game on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Train2Game News Pokémon for all states of consciousness

During a press conference in Tokyo today, Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company, presented a glimpse into how the globally popular Pokémon brand will continue to be a trendsetter in gaming.

Mr. Ishihara unveiled a broad range of offerings including mobile games, apps, and innovative connected hardware to show the variety of new ways Pokémon Trainers will be able to experience and enhance their Pokémon gameplay.

Pokémon HOME

The world of Pokémon games is more diverse than ever, with a range of titles for Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices. Now, Trainers can bring all their Pokémon together with Pokémon HOME, a new cloud service app that enables them to continue their Pokémon adventures beyond a single game system and manage their collection of Pokémon across many of their games.

Smartphone users can also trade with friends or others around the world directly from Pokémon HOME. Pokémon HOME connects with Pokémon Bank as well as Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games, and also Pokémon GO. Pokémon HOME is expected to launch in early 2020 for iOS and Android devices as well as Nintendo Switch.

Pokémon Sleep

Soon, Trainers will be able to wake up with Pokémon every morning with Pokémon Sleep, a mobile app from The Pokémon Company.

Pokémon Sleep aims to turn sleeping into entertainment by having a player’s time spent sleeping and the time they wake up have an effect on the gameplay.

While more details about the app’s functionality will be revealed at a later date, it was announced that a new peripheral device from Nintendo, Pokémon GO Plus + will connect to Pokémon Sleep and launch with the app. The device will use an embedded accelerometer to track a user’s time sleeping and send this information to their smartphone via Bluetooth.

This new device also has the same functions as the original Pokémon GO Plus, so Trainers can use it with Pokémon GO during the day and with Pokémon Sleep at night.

Trainers can look forward to Pokémon Sleep launching for mobile devices in 2020. To celebrate this early look at Pokémon Sleep, beginning today, Trainers around the world will have the chance to encounter Snorlax that are lying down and deep in sleep in Pokémon GO.

Pokémon Masters

A new Pokémon mobile game called Pokémon Masters is on the way for iOS and Android devices from The Pokémon Company and DeNA.

Pokémon Masters enables players to experience a new type of Pokémon battling on the go and features many famous Pokémon Trainers from the long history of Pokémon video games. Gameplay will be optimized for smart devices for a casual but uniquely Pokémon experience. Fans can expect more details about Pokémon Masters in June.

A New Detective Pikachu game for Nintendo Switch

The release of the “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” movie has left fans wanting more of the famous Pokémon sleuth. The Pokémon Company announced today that Creatures Inc. has plans to create a new entry in the Detective Pikachu video game series, this time for Nintendo Switch. The original Detective Pikachu game for the Nintendo 3DS ended on a cliffhanger and this upcoming game will be a conclusion to that story.

Pokémon Shirts

In addition to gaming news, Mr Ishihara announced that Pokémon Shirts, a service currently available in Japan that creates made-to-order original clothing designs featuring the first 151 Pokémon, will be coming to the U.S. and Europe.

The full press conference will be posted to the official Pokémon YouTube channel.

Train2Game News Godzilla Defense Force

Godzilla Defense Force rampages onto mobile devices worldwide as the base management game now available as a free download on the App Store for iOS and on Google Play for Android devices.

In Godzilla Defense Force players will battle and collect iconic monsters from more than 29 movies in the Japanese production company TOHO’s classic Godzilla series.

Godzilla Defense Force will take fans through the history of the Toho’s Godzilla franchise, starting with the original 1954 film and on to the present day. Joining forces with powerful allies, such as MechaGodzilla, players will battle to save major cities like London and Tokyo and Sydney from monsters from across Godzilla’s lore.

“Godzilla Defense Force weaves TOHO’s iconic Godzilla series with a fantastic blend of card and defense building mechanics to create unique mobile experience that reflects the heart of the franchise,” said Jaeho Hwang, Director of Neople Studio 42.

Players will improve their ability to defend the world by building an increasingly powerful deck of Monster Cards by defeating world-threatening KAIJU, which can then be strategically used to give new skills and buffs to their decks. As players defend their city and tap their way to victory in each battle they will also add to their Codex, unlocking detailed descriptions of monsters alongside images from their respective movies. When they’re not defending cities, players can bolster their forces through lunar colonization.

For more information including character details, trailers, upcoming events and more, visit Godzilla: Defense Force’s official website: http://mobile.neople.co.kr/godzillaDF/

Train2Game News Vodafone And Hatch Team Up For 5G

Premium game streaming platform Hatch and multinational telecommunications brand Vodafone, are collaborating to bring cloud gaming to select European markets.

To start with, all Vodafone pay monthly customers in the UK will have complimentary access to Hatch Premium for three months from July 3, when Vodafone’s 5G network is switched on.

After this, they can enjoy the world’s first cloud-based mobile gaming platform for £6.99 a month.

Built for 5G, Hatch allows gamers to play instantly with no downloads, updates, ads or in-game purchases to interrupt gameplay.

With unlimited access to more than 100 premium mobile games including Angry Birds and Monument Valley, the award winning Crashlands and the exclusive Hatch Original Arkanoid Rising, Hatch Premium subscribers can also connect with friends, follow live leaderboards and join live tournaments. Hatch Premium also unlocks Hatch Kids, a separate area within Hatch that is a safe space for kids to play, create and learn.

“Vodafone is in the vanguard in Europe rolling out 5G infrastructure and leading the charge on a new generation of 5G-enabled consumer services,” says Gunjan Garg, Hatch’s Director of Commercial Partnerships.

“We are natural partners and we can’t wait to show Vodafone customers a new way to play great games on demand, anytime and anywhere.”

“We’re excited to be teaming up with the world’s first cloud-based mobile gaming platform and give our customers an extra experience over 5G for no extra cost,” says Stefano Parisse, Group Director Products and Services at Vodafone Group.

“Playing games on the go from the cloud is a great example of how 5G can transform an everyday activity and this exclusive new partnership is excellent news for our customers – now they can stream over 100 games from the cloud with instant reaction times and no lag or drop outs.”

Details of Hatch availability to Vodafone customers in other markets will be announced in due course.

Train2Game News Pokémon Rumble Rush

The Pokémon Company International today confirmed a new entry in the Pokémon Rumble series, with the all new Pokémon Rumble Rush.

This free-to-start beat-‘em-up is available for download today for owners of Android mobile devices in Australia via Google Play; with an iOS version and full worldwide release coming shortly.

In Pokémon Rumble Rush players assume the role of an intrepid adventurer tasked with discovering new islands and the various Pokémon that inhabit each area.

As they explore each island players must overcome the hordes of enemy Pokémon that stand in their way. By tapping the screen, the players’ partner Pokémon will rush in and attack each oncoming wave. During each of these encounters there is a chance one or more of the Pokémon will befriend a player and in turn use those Pokémon in future battles. Each island adventure features Super Boss fights and, if victorious, players have the chance to get items that power up their Pokémon.

As they play Pokémon Rumble Rush, players will have the chance to encounter hundreds of different species of Pokémon. The more players explore the game world and take part in special events, the more Pokémon they will discover—possibly including Legendary and Mythical Pokémon! Exploration may also lead to players finding a previously undiscovered stage, and as a reward, players get to name it.

When exploring an area on their own, a hint function can display the Pokémon that inhabit that area. Also, when players view a map of an island, occasionally they’ll see some hot air balloons passing by. Tapping a hot air balloon will let players try a stage that other adventurers have already discovered, which means players may encounter Pokémon that they haven’t found before.

Find out more at http://www.pokemon.co.uk/

Train2Game News Old School RuneScape wins at BAFTA’s

Old School RuneScape has been named EE Mobile Games of the Year at the 2019 BAFTA Games Awards.

The award, the only category open to a public vote, was confirmed at the gala ceremony held last night in London. Old School RuneScape, which launched on iOS and Android in October 2018, held off incredibly strong competition from five other mobile games, including Fortnite, Pokémon Go, and Clash Royale.

Old School RuneScape is the first comprehensive Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) to feature full cross-platform gameplay across PC and mobile devices and is uniquely driven forward by its passionate community. Since its launch on mobile, the game has been downloaded and installed on 6.4 million devices.

Phil Mansell, Chief Executive Officer, Jagex, said:

“This is astounding recognition by our players of all the great work and effort invested in bringing Old School RuneScape to mobile and making it a great British success story, and we want to say thank you to everybody who voted for us – it is very, very humbling. Since we launched on mobile just a few months ago, we have seen players return to Old School in their droves, with nearly six and a half million installs, and a resurgence of membership over the Christmas and New Year period that broke all records for the franchise. We’re looking forward to bringing new adventures to Old School RuneScape over the coming years, as well launching RuneScape on mobile devices in the months ahead.”

Old School RuneScape is part of the $1 billion RuneScape franchise and is based on the iconic MMORPG as it was in 2007. Featuring adventures for solo play through to 100-player raids and delivering new lands and new adventures that take it far beyond a purely nostalgic experience, Old School RuneScape’s popularity has continued to grow in its six years as a living game.

Train2Game News Big Money for PUBG players

Unveiled at the PUBG MOBILE 1st Anniversary party, PUBG MOBILE Club Open 2019 (PMCO 2019) marked the start of the long-term and committed partnership by Tencent Games and PUBG Corporation with Vivo to build out a true mobile esports eco-system for the world’s most popular mobile game, PUBG MOBILE.

The PMCO 2019 is divided into Spring Split and Fall Split, each with a separate prize pool totalling $2.5 million USD. Vivo, the smartphone company, is the official title sponsor of the PMCO 2019, providing smartphones to players and fans during both splits. The Spring Split Global Finals will take place in Germany this July.

Beginning March 22nd, more than 35,000 teams from around the world will compete in the first online qualifiers for the PMCO 2019 Spring Split. The online qualification period ends on March 30th.

PMCO 2019 arrives on the heels of 2018’s PUBG MOBILE Star Challenge, a worldwide circuit of tournaments that was watched by more than 230 million online viewers for the Global Finals in Dubai, where the Thai team RRQ Athena took home the Global Championship and $200,000 USD.

For PMCO 2019, 16 teams from across 10 regions (South East Asia, India, the Middle East, North America, South America, Europe, Korea, Japan, China and Wildcard) will compete in the Spring Split Global Finals in Germany. PUBG MOBILE will provide the environment for aspiring semi-pro clubs to eventually become professionals.

More information about PUBG MOBILE Club Open 2019 can be found here.

PUBG MOBILE is available to download for free on the App Store and Google Play.

PUBG MOBILE is developed by Tencent Games and PUBG Corporation and based on PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS, the original PC and Xbox One gaming phenomenon that took the world of interactive entertainment by storm in 2017.

Up to 100 players parachute onto a remote island to do battle in a winner-takes-all showdown. Players must locate and scavenge their own weapons, vehicles and supplies, and defeat every player in a visually and tactically rich battleground that forces players into a shrinking play zone.

For more information, please visit the official PUBG MOBILE accounts on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Train2Game News IMGA 15 Winners

The International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA) today announced the winners of their 15th edition.

In total, the jury selected 16 winners from a shortlist of 153 nominees that were previously hand-picked from nearly 800 submissions, with a 16th winner selected by the public.

The internationally acclaimed game Florence won the Grand Prix as well as the Best Meaningful Play and Excellence in Storytelling. The game Flippin Filip won the Jury’s Honorable Mention, while thousands of online voters chose Cooking Diary ®: Restaurant Game as the winner of the People’s Choice Award with more than 500 votes from all over the world.

The IMGA introduced a new category “Feel Good Games”, games that are intended to get you in a more relaxed mood. The game Valleys Between, made by Little Lost Fox, New Zealand.

“I’d like to thank our jury, for all their hard work: the 350 jury members who gave their scores online, working through the 800 submissions and the 15 jury members who gathered in Helsinki this February to judge the 153 preselected games,” says Maarten Noyons, Founder of the IMGA.

We want to thank all our sponsors: Rovio, Supercell, Resolution Games, Matchmade and Mobile Action and the City of Helsinki, host of the 15th IMGA judging session.

Winners of IMGA special category prizes include:

Excellence in Visual Art and Design: CHUCHEL, AMANITA DESIGN, CZECH REPUBLIC

Best Multiplayer Game: BRAWL STARS, SUPERCELL, FINLAND

Best Quickplay Game: ODDMAN, SET SNAIL, DENMARK

Guilty Pleasure: BACON – THE GAME, KAMIBOX, GERMANY

Best Meaningful Play: FLORENCE, MOUNTAINS, AUSTRALIA

Excellence in Gameplay: BRING YOU HOME, ALIKE STUDIO, SPAIN

Excellence in Storytelling: FLORENCE, MOUNTAINS, AUSTRALIA

Best Technical Achievement: ASPHALT 9: LEGENDS – 2019’s ACTION CAR RACING GAME, GAMELOFT, SPAIN

Best Upcoming Game: AGATHA KNIFE, MANGO PROTOCOL, SPAIN

Excellence in Innovation: GLADIABOTS, GFX47

Excellence in Audio: ELOH, BROKEN RULES INTERACTIVE MEDIA / JCSTRANGER / SALON ALPIN, AUSTRIA

Best Feel Good Game: VALLEYS BETWEEN, LITTLE LOST FOX, NEW ZEALAND

Best VR Game: NARROWS, RESOLUTION GAMES, SWEDEN

People’s Choice Award: COOKING DIARY ®: RESTAURANT GAME, MYTONA, RUSSIA

Jury’s Honorable Mention: FLIPPIN FILIP, DEEDEMA GAME STUDIO, IRAN

Grand Prix: FLORENCE, MOUNTAINS, AUSTRALIA

Held during gaming week in San Francisco, the 15th IMGA ceremony was presented by the Australian host Maude Garrett at the Minna Gallery, followed by an exclusive after-party hosted by Rovio who celebrated the 10 years of Angry Birds, the party had over 700 guests.