Train2Game News Gayming Awards Coming 2021

Today Gayming Magazine are happy to announce that they will be rolling out the virtual pink carpet to celebrate the Gayming Awards on 24th February 2021 20:00 GMT.

The show will be streamed to viewers around the world alongside a plethora of exciting sponsors, including presenting partner EA Games, Square Enix, Green Man Gaming, Jagex and Creative Assembly amongst others to be announced. 

Colin Blackwood, UKI Country Manager from presenting partner EA Games had the following to say on the awards, “EA are delighted to be sponsoring the first ever Gayming Awards. As one of the founding partners of the #RaiseTheGame pledge, we’re committed to celebrating diversity and inclusion within the games industry and the Gayming Awards is a great opportunity to do just that.”

Additionally, the voting window for public nominations for Industry Diversity Award, Best LGBTQ Indie Game and Best LGBTQ Streamer closes on October 31st. You can find the other award categories here.

The Gayming Awards aim to commemorate the achievements of the wider, global gaming industry and how they have championed LGBTQ people through the creative medium of videogames. Critically-acclaimed queer comedian Suzi Ruffell will be hosting the evening, best known for her appearances on Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, Go 8 Bit and more. Suzi Ruffell has also had five sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Festival with stand-up shows racking up critical acclaim from reviewers and audiences alike.

All games released in the calendar year of 2020 will be eligible for the Gayming Awards and voting will take place through November and December 2020.

You can find out more information on the 2021 Gayming Awards here: http://gaymingawards.com

Train2Game News YouTube Fall Guys Tournament

YouTube has announced a live charity gaming tournament featuring an all-star gaming creator lineup competing in Fall Guys Season 2.

Starting at 11 a.m. PT on Friday, Oct. 9, this two hour celebration will debut the new medieval Season 2 content, including new costumes, emotes, levels and more.

The winners of the tournament will receive a $100,000 donation to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on their behalf as well as a custom YouTube Gaming Fall Guys crown.
 
The tournament will be live streamed on the official Fall Guys YouTube Channel and feature prominent creators AyChristine, CouRage, ItsFunneh, JeromeASF, Jazzyguns, KreekCraft, Logdotzip, and more. Creators will compete in teams of two and accumulate points over a set number of matches for a shot at the Grand Finals, with the top two teams squaring off to see who takes the crown and charity donation.
 
“The explosive growth Fall Guys has seen on YouTube has been nothing short of jaw-dropping. In less than one month, Fall Guys related content on YouTube has seen over 1.3B views and over 650,000 videos uploaded alone,” said Ryan Wyatt, head of gaming, YouTube. “I love seeing our amazing community of creators come together to support UNICEF and its great cause. I look forward to seeing which creators take the crown!”
 
This tournament is a part of YouTube’s commitment to provide high quality and competitive live stream content for gaming fans globally while bringing awareness to important causes. YouTube Gaming is a gaming destination that gives gamers endless ways to enjoy the games they care about and connect with creators and communities that share their same passion. Viewers can find personalized gaming content, the top live games, gaming creators on the rise and trending videos all in one place

Train2Game News Steam Digital Tabletop Fest

The first ever Steam Digital Tabletop Fest, celebrating games that cross between physical and digital, will make its debut 21- 26 October 2020.

Produced in collaboration with Auroch Digital, the event will feature virtual let’s plays, panels, talks and more streaming activities that explore the fusion between physical and digital games with legendary designers, upcoming studios, and you.

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Working with Valve, indie studio Auroch Digital is helping curate the program of events and line up speakers such Sandy Petersen (Call of Cthulhu RPG, Quake, Cthulhu Wars and more!), Steve Jackson (Munchkin, Ogre, Car Wars and many more), Ian Livingstone (Co-founder Games Workshop and Fighting Fantasy, Chairman Sumo Group plc), Elizabeth Hargrave (creator of the hit game Wingspan) and author and New Yorker writer Simon Parkin talks about how a board game helped the allies win WW2 and many more!

Here’s a look at just some of the other wide-ranging activities happening during the event:

  • Plague Inc: Evolved (where James Vaughan, game designer of the digital and physical version plays the digital game’s boardgame scenario while discussing the design of both versions)
  • Othercide (the tactical-RPG blending strong art style, unique lore and challenging tactical gameplay, presented by its Art Director and Lead Game Designer)
  • Gloomhaven’s stream, featuring the developers, will discuss the upcoming content for the next major update of Gloomhaven’s Early Access on Steam.
  • Virtual panel on games about Mars, where game creators will be joined by actual space agency staff and scientists to ask what games get right and wrong about Mars.
  • Virtual panel on Cthulhu games, where some of the most notable Cthulhu-themed designers from digital and physical ask about the cultural impact of such titles and more.

How to get involved

Join in during the live broadcasts to chat to the devs about the topics of conversations and their games, or catch them via VOD if you can’t make the live steam. More panels and talks will be announced as the event gets closer.

The Steam Digital Tabletop Fest features games that run across the lines between digital and physical games; this can be a digital port of a physical game, a game which has produced a physical version from the digital one, a game that simulates the physical play experience, or a digital game whose aesthetics are inspired by tabletop games. 

To learn more and to sign up to be reminded when the event begins, please visit this link.

Train2Game News Golden Joystick Awards Now Open

Voting goes live today in the 38th Golden Joystick Awards, the world’s biggest public-voted games awards.

Every year millions of fans show their support by voting for the games, developers, publishers and personalities who have entertained and thrilled them the most over the last 12 months.
 

Now in its 38th year, the Golden Joystick Awards show has been confirmed for this November with a new all-digital format and global focus.
 

Daniel Dawkins, Content Director, Games and Film explains more:
 

“Last year the Golden Joystick Awards were held in central London with awards being handed out to developers who had flown in from all around the globe. This year the event will be a truly global, all-digital, affair with a variety of exciting guest hosts, exclusive game trailers and editorialised video features. We strongly believe this will allow us to reach millions more fans, with the Golden Joystick Awards 2020 being hosted on gamesradar.com, currently enjoying a year of record traffic. Our revamped digital show will be produced by the team behind the recently-launched Future Games Show, which attracted 23 million views for its E3 and Gamescom shows. We can’t wait to celebrate the best games of the last 12 months and look forward to the next generation of consoles and creators.”
 

The Golden Joystick Awards are brought to you by GamesRadar+, the world’s fastest-growing major games website. GamesRadar+ recorded its all-time audience record of 35.5m global users in April 2020, and has seen phenomenal growth over the year with a 92% rise in users across the globe*.
 

Voting starts today across 18 categories, including PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, Mobile, eSports and PC Game of the Year, as well as Best Family Game (NEW for 2020), Best Multiplayer Game, Best Indie Game, Best Gaming Hardware, Best Game Expansion, Best Game Community (NEW for 2020), Best Studio and more.
 

Fans can also cast a vote for online games that they can’t give up playing in the ‘Still Playing’ award, as well as the game they are most looking forward to in the hotly-contested ‘Most Wanted’ award category which was won by Cyberpunk 2077 in 2019.
 

Daniel Dawkins said:
 

“Our judging panel has worked hard to narrow down the shortlist to just eight games in each category**. Some games are so good they have made it into more than one category, with multiple nominations for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, The Last of Us Part II, Fall Guys and more. We have also added in two new categories – ‘Best Family Game’, which reflects the fantastic family games that have been released this year, and ‘Best Gaming Community’ a nod to the increased role games have played in keeping us connected to our friends and fellow players in 2020.”
 

Voting opens today and closes on November 2nd 2020.

For more information visit www.goldenjoysticks.com or follow The Golden Joysticks Awards on Twitter and Facebook

Train2Game News 5th One Special Day

This Friday, the gamers’ charity SpecialEffect will celebrate their fifth One Special Day fundraiser.

In a new record for the event, over 75 games industry partners have now pledged their support, ranging from mobile and PC developers, through to media and trade bodies.

With demand for the charity’s services increasing and other fundraising events being cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19, this year’s One Special Day has taken on an extra significance, as SpecialEffect’s Founder and CEO Mick Donegan explains: 

“Despite the challenges of recent months, SpecialEffect has been continuing its work to bring the joy of video games and technology to some of the most disabled people on the planet. Our staff have worked tirelessly to respond to an increasing number of enquiries from all over the world, carrying out remote assessments and providing specialist equipment and advice. Meanwhile, the R&D team have been working hard to finish some exciting new accessible gaming projects, such as Eye Gaze Games, which have the potential to open-up the world of gaming to 10,000s more people world-wide. Securing the future of these services is vitally important for the people we support, which is why One Special Day 2020 is more important than ever.”

Since its inception in 2016, One Special Day has raised over $1,000,000 towards the work of SpecialEffect to help people with disabilities in the United Kingdom and all over the world. The companies supporting the event raise money by donating revenue, holding events and contributing to special Humble Bundles. This year, many will also be staging virtual fundraising challenges, including Zoom quizzes, socially-distanced physical challenges and livestreams.

Some campaign highlights to look out for include: 

  • One Special Bundle, which is available now on the Humble Bundle website and features titles from nine partners. 
  • One Special Night, which takes place on Thursday 1st October from 8pm and sees SpecialEffect hosting eight of the games industry’s leading lights, including Double Fine’s Tim Schafer, for an evening of exclusive online talks. 
  • One Special Game, a competition where fan-artists have been given the opportunity to create their own poster for iconic games such as Mass Effect, Stardew Valley, Monument Valley and Need for Speed, with the winners announced on Friday 2nd October.

The range of events and activities, coupled with the number of games industry companies rallying to the call, makes this the biggest One Special Day yet. And that’s very good news for disabled gamers all over the world!


If you’d like to get your company involved in One Special Day, there’s still time. Go to www.onespecialday.org.uk to donate or, for more information, contact Nick Streeter at nick@specialeffect.org.uk

Train2Game News Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Story Trailer

Today, Ubisoft released a new Assassin’s Creed® Valhalla story trailer and a new podcast documentary series, Echoes of Valhalla, that gives insight into Viking stories and highlights the historical inspiration behind the game.
 
The story trailer offers players a new glimpse of Eivor, a fierce Viking raider torn between their duty to their brother Sigurd and a personal quest for glory.

Driven from Norway by endless wars and dwindling resources, Eivor’s clan must secure a future among the kingdoms of England. During their journey, Eivor will come across the Hidden Ones, and face powerful figures including Saxon kings and the warmongering sons of Ragnar Lothbrok, as well as a mysterious, growing threat that could determine England’s destiny”.
 
In addition, Ubisoft announced Echoes of Valhalla, a podcast documentary series starting today that unveils the historical background of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. In Echoes of Valhalla, Vikings tell their very own story to give a new voice to the warriors who have travelled and shaped the world.

To discover more about the podcast series Echoes of Valhalla, please visit: https://open.spotify.com/show/32D0s4zdgKVDplzPf8GZBO?si=YXZV_5tSRJi5DA2yaC1MEg
 
With development led by Ubisoft Montreal, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla offers players the captivating experience of playing as Eivor, a legendary Viking raider, in a beautiful and mysterious open world set against the brutal backdrop of England’s Dark Ages.

Players can take advantage of new features, including raids, weapon dual-wielding, and settlement building. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will release worldwide on 10th November, 2020 on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PlayStation®4, the Epic Games Store and Ubisoft Store on Windows PC, as well as on UPLAY+, Ubisoft’s subscription service and  Stadia. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will release on PlayStation®5 alongside the launch of the console from 12th November, 2020.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will launch on Amazon Luna alongside the launch of the Ubisoft channel.
 
For more information about Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, please visit: assassinscreed.com

Train2Game News Collection Of SaGa Final Fantasy Legend

During SQUARE ENIX PRESENTS at TGS 2020 Online, SQUARE ENIX® showcased a new trailer for COLLECTION of SaGa FINAL FANTASY LEGEND™ on the Nintendo Switch™ system, available to watch here: https://youtu.be/D7uT3iT7BxA.

Packed with brand new features to enhance the experience, including speed boosts and a retro display mode, this digital collection made up of THE FINAL FANTASY LEGEND, FINAL FANTASY LEGEND II, and FINAL FANTASY LEGEND III maintains the charm and wonder that made the pioneering original games so special 30 years ago.

RPG fans can begin their journey fighting monsters, exploring towns and discovering fantasy worlds when COLLECTION of SaGa FINAL FANTASY LEGEND launches on Nintendo Switch digitally on December 15, 2020. This classic RPG collection is available to pre-purchase now from the Nintendo e-Shop.

COLLECTION of SaGa FINAL FANTASY LEGEND is rated E10+ (Everyone 10+) and will be available digitally on Nintendo Switch on December 15, 2020. For more information visit: https://square-enix-games.com/en_US/games/collection-saga-final-fantasy-legend.

Train2Game News 20 Double Fine Years

Indie By Design, creator and publisher of books that celebrate and document video games and their creators, such as Independent By Design: Art & Stories of Indie Game Creation and Oddworld: Abe’s Origins, is delighted to partner with Double Fine Productions and Xbox to announce 20 Double Fine Years, a new art book capturing the spirit and storied history of Double Fine.
 
Featuring concept art, paintings, sketches, and renders from its digital and seldom seen physical archive, 20 Double Fine Years showcases the studio’s varied back catalogue as well as its upcoming Psychonauts 2. Alongside the art is behind-the-scenes insight from dozens of hours interviews with the studio’s founder, Tim Schafer, the exceptional Double Fine team and long-term collaborators – including Peter Chan, Anna Kipnis, Scott Campbell, Khris Brown, Peter McConnell and more.

The games, Amnesia Fortnights, Day of the Devs, company picnics, dubious early office space, dizzying success and flailing panic… discover what has made Double Fine so very mighty fine direct from the people who have contributed to its present and past as it moves towards a bright new orange and yellow future.
 
Tim Schafer: “Recently, I was looking back on the amazing 20 years we’ve had as a game company, and… I totally drew a blank. Seriously, my memory just isn’t what it used to be. So I summoned my court scribes and said, ‘Pen me a tome, worthy of the ages, so that I shall remember every amazing detail of this crazy ride we’ve been on, and so that nobody, not even I, forgets this amazing story.’ And so they did. Every up, every down, every crazy sideways shimmy we’ve ever done is in this illustrated manuscript for all to remember. Heroic ballad? Cautionary tale? You be the judge!”

20 Double Fine Years is available pre-order now from DoubleFineBook.com, shipping Q2 2021.

Train2Game News Big Brother The Game

Award winning game studio, 9th Impact, announce the release of Big Brother: The Game on App Store, Google Play and bigbrother.game on October 15th.

Players can become virtual housemates, experiencing life as a Big Brother contestant. They must make strategic choices in order to remain in the house and ultimately become victorious.

The skill of the game is social, psychological and interpersonal.   Introducing a new genre of reality gaming, Big Brother: The Game will be available worldwide for mobile devices and online through a dedicated website.

With a life changing prize fund up for grabs, anyone, anywhere can win the world’s first massively multi-player online reality TV show.  Big Brother: The Game has 2 modes – Housemate and Spectator. The game is free to download and the Spectator mode is free with optional purchases.

To become a Housemate the player must use a Token to enter the House which is an in-app purchase. 

Last year marked twenty years since Big Brother first aired in the Netherlands. Since then, 480 series have aired across 62 markets, producing an over 28k episodes. 7,153 housemates from around the globe have spent over 35,000 days in the house, with over 5,000 live evictions. 

The format continues to deliver hit primetime ratings in long-running markets such as the US, Canada, Brazil, Israel and Australia.

Train2Game News Physical Total War Saga TROY

SEGA Europe Ltd and The Creative Assembly Ltd. today announced that the physical release of A Total War Saga: TROY will release on Thursday 5 November.

This follows A Total War Saga: TROY’s enormously successful debut on Epic Games Store in August, where it was claimed by over 7.5 million players in its first 24 hours on launch. 

To celebrate that success, the physical edition of A Total War Saga: TROY will initially be released in a limited edition steelbook. This steelbook package includes the Amazons DLC, bringing warrior queen Penthesilea and her sister Hippolyta to the Bronze Age battle, along with new Epic Missions, cavalry units, unique faction mechanics and much more.

Using Total War’s BAFTA award-winning marriage of grand turn-based strategy and spectacular real-time battles, A Total War Saga: TROY™ plunges players into the legendary Bronze-Age conflict of the Trojan War, where they assume the roles of Achilles, Hector, and many other legendary heroes as they fight to defend the great city of Troy… or raze it to the ground.

The physical edition of A Total War Saga: TROY will be released on 5 November and will cost £39.99. Further details on TROY can be found here.