Train2Game News Non Interrupting Mobile Game Ads

Immersive in-game advertising, where non-interruptive brands ads are seamlessly integrated into gameplay, is emerging as an important new monetization channel, with 46.3% of mobile game developers citing it as a key opportunity for 2021.

In a global mobile developer survey by InGamePlay brand advertising platform, AdInMo, confirms that In-App Purchases (65.8%) and in-game advertising (53.8%) are still the most popular forms of monetization, but it is immersive brand ads, also known as dynamic in-game advertising, which are expected to see the largest growth next year. 

While interstitials (33%) and rewarded videos (40%) are currently the most popular in-game ad formats, more than a quarter of developers (26.7%) are planning on trialling dynamic in-game advertising within the next six months. Casual and hyper-casual mobile games are driving this trend, with 62% of developers planning to integrate the new ad formats in 2021.

Developers of Free-to-Play games must consistently balance retention and a quality player experience with the need to monetize. The limitations of performance marketing ads, which force the player to leave the game, is driving developer to seek new non-interruptive ad formats. 75% of developers surveyed rated ‘does not interrupt gameplay’ as their top feature in a monetization platform, even higher than ease of SDK integration (66%).

Kristan Rivers, CEO, AdInMo, said: “If gamers can’t or won’t actively spend on in-game content, advertising is the best method of generating revenue. 

“Developers clearly hate having to interrupt the player experience or worse force players to leave the game. InGamePlay brand ads are click-free and allow developers to earn new revenues, advertisers to engage new mobile audiences and most importantly players to carry on playing.”

This exclusive and previously unreleased survey data is from a study carried out in conjunction with Pocket Gamer’ in August and September 2020.

Train2Game News A Modern Experience Of A Retro Platform

Badgerpunch are a group of retro game developers that have teamed up to give you a taste of what recently released games are available for the Commodore 64!

This is a bunch of great games that will bring you back to more innocent times. Back when you only needed 8 bits, a can of coke, and lots of lovely big pixels to keep you happy!

Relive the heyday of the Commodore 64 with lovely new games that make the 38 year old machine shine! These games have been created with love from developers that cherish the nostalgic 8-bit experience.

This bundle combines holiday themed games and other recent paid and free games. For anyone that is looking for a collection of lovingly crafted escapes into yesterday’s hardware there is something for everyone. There are games for two players working together or competing, shoot-em-ups and platformers, number games and different takes on match-3 puzzles.

Whether you grew up in the mid 80s and want more games just the way you remember them or you’re just curious about new games for your grandparents’ dusty breadbin there is something for everyone in this bundle.

The C64 XMas Bundle is a collection of games to get the end of the year started in the right way!

The bundle will last from 00:00 at 1st of December through to midnight December 31st.

Link to Bundle landing page: https://www.badgerpunch.com/xmas/

Link to bundle buy page on itchio: https://itch.io/b/699/c64-xmas-bundle

You can enjoy the trailer below…

Train2Game News Pokémon 25th Anniversay Tease

The Pokémon Company International teased its upcoming 25th anniversary celebration for the Pokémon brand during the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®.

A troupe of Pikachu danced to the original and iconic Pokémon theme song in New York’s Herald Square.

The electrifying performance ended with Pokémon Trainers unfurling a massive banner revealing the official logo for the celebration.

This year also marked the 20th consecutive year in which a giant Pikachu balloon floated among Manhattan skyscrapers and delighted fans during the Parade.

The Pokémon Company International invites fans around the world to stay tuned for more information about the very special upcoming celebration of Pokémon’s 25th anniversary in 2021.

You can enjoy a clip of the dancing Pikachu below…

Train2Game News 38 Golden Joystick Awards

The wait is finally over as the results of the 38th Golden Joystick Awards were revealed live tonight via Twitch, YouTube, Facebook and GamesRadar at 12.30 PST / 15.30 EST and 20.30 GMT. 

The Golden Joystick Awards honour the best videogames of the year. The event was first held in 1983 and since then it has grown to become the world’s largest public voted gaming awards brand.    

More than 3 million votes were cast to determine the winners in 20 categories. Four Critics’ Choice awards were also revealed on the night.

The show was hosted by Travis Willingham, the voice of Thor in Marvel’s Avengers and Laura Bailey, voice of Abby in The Last of Us Part II and Black Widow in Marvel’s Avengers. The event also featured musical performances from Harry Mack and Lara6683, as well as appearances from some of the biggest names in gaming.    

The 2020 Golden Joystick Award winners are:

  • Best Storytelling: The Last of Us Part II
  • Best Multiplayer Game: Fall Guys
  • Best Visual Design: The Last of Us Part II
  • Best Game Expansion: No Man’s Sky: Origins
  • Mobile Game of the Year: Lego Builder’s Journey
  • Best Audio: The Last of Us Part II
  • Best Indie Game: Hades
  • Still Playing: Minecraft
  • Studio of the Year: Naughty Dog
  • Esports Game of the Year: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Best New Streamer / Broadcaster: iamBrandon
  • Best Family Game: Fall Guys
  • Best Gaming Community: Minecraft
  • Best Performer: Sandra Saad (Critics Choice)
  • Breakthrough Award: Among Us (Critics Choice)
  • Hall of Fame: Team17 / Worms (Critics Choice)
  • PC Game of the Year: Death Stranding
  • Best Gaming Hardware: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  • PlayStation Game of the Year: The Last of Us Part II
  • Xbox Game of the Year: Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Nintendo Game of the Year: Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Most Wanted Game: The next God of War game
  • Critics Choice Award: Hades (Critics Choice)
  • Ultimate Game of the Year: The Last of Us Part II   

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

“Thank you to all the developers, publishers, performers and broadcasters who have made this year’s virtual award ceremony possible, joining us from your homes and offices all over the world. We are truly humbled by everyone who has worked so hard to create and release games in this difficult year, and to everyone who has rallied around the Golden Joystick Awards.

“Finally, the biggest thank you goes to the millions of gaming fans who played and then voted for their picks of the year. This year, more than ever, games have brought people together and provided much needed escapism, empowerment and community. We’ve been celebrating the people who make games for 38 years, and it’s never felt so important to come together and recognise their achievements.”

You can watch the full awards show on catch up via:

Twitch – The Golden Joystick Awards

YouTube – GamesRadar

Facebook – GamesRadar

GamesRadar   

Train2Game News: Gods Will Fall Announced

Deep Silver is pleased to announce Gods Will Fall, a dark fantasy action game due to launch on January 29, 2021 on the PlayStation®4, Xbox One and the Xbox One X, Nintendo Switch, PC, and Google Stadia.

Developed by Manchester-based Clever Beans, Gods Will Fall is a high-stakes, dark fantasy action game about the few remaining Celtic warriors of a destroyed army, on their way to overthrow the diabolical Gods. Pre-orders will go live in January of 2021.

View the announcement trailer on YouTube – https://youtu.be/q3FEhQf98wE

In Gods Will Fall, you are the last hope for humanity. The gods’ torturous rule over humanity has lasted for millennia. Bent on cruelty and suffering, they demand to be served with blind worship through an oath of fealty pledged from every man, woman, and child.

To those who don’t submit to the gods’ will, a slow and merciless death awaits.  

Experience the brutal trials of a venturous band of warriors in their desperate plight to sever the gods’ callous grip on humanity. Every man and woman who can muster a blade, having suffered the brutality of the gods’ reign for too long, will be called upon to form your clan of eight Celtic survivors and rise up to take on the legions of horrific beasts and minions that dwell in each of the gods’ hellish realms.    

A personal tale emerges with every decision made. Succeed and see legends born. Fail and watch lives turn to dust.

Features:

  • Iconic Gods & Realms – Unravel the dark secrets of each ancient god as you venture into their elaborate and perilous lairs. Crawling with minions who will stop at nothing to defend their deities, each location will be deadlier than the last.
  • Celtic Warrior Clan – With eight different warriors of every size, each equipped with their own exclusive weapon type, choose your next hero wisely. Success is hard earned and brings unique skills, weapons, and items, but failure will see the challenger imprisoned and screaming for salvation. 
  • Navigate a World of Duality – Savor the calming sights as you explore the stunning and lush terrain of the Overworld. But beyond each ancient doorway lies a god’s realm. Brimming with foul creatures, stalking a world built from human suffering. Each path you tread and each door you open will be different from the last, ensuring a brand-new tale unfolds every time.
  • A Lesson in Brutality – With a pick up and play combat style that is easy to learn but hard to master, a massive challenge awaits all who venture within. Strengthen your warrior by entering the fray and embracing the berserker within. Defeat is always moments away as the gods await their challenger.

Gods Will Fall will launch on January 29, 2021 on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC and Stadia. For more information about Gods Will Fall, please visit the official site GodsWillFall.com

Train2Game News Discover Free Games Anywhere

Digiwalls Media has released the latest feature on GamerPower and enabled new API functionality that is free for all users.

The new API system, available here, allows any user to find and track gaming giveaways programmatically by platform, giveaway type or even a specific giveaway at the press of a button.

This feature further expands on GamerPower’s already impressive functionality that delivers gamers the best giveaways in the world of gaming.

Whether it is on PC, Steam, Mobile or a specific console, GamerPower provides instant access of giveaways across the internet and keeps its users, who pay no cost for the service, up-to-date with instant access to giveaways from all the world’s leading game publishers.

The addition of the new free API gives users unprecedented ease of access to giveaways that mean the most to them and this feature is slated to be expanded on with the addition of other search criteria in the future as well as through the implementation of user feedback.  

Interested users can check out the free service through the link above or by visiting GamerPower directly at https://www.gamerpower.com

Train2Game News Unique Production Line Puzzle Game Announced

Malmyr is a story-driven building game about production chains and automation.

It is heavily inspired by games like the Settlers, Anno and Factorio. In comparison to these you are not meant to build a huge city or factory. The goal is to take a puzzle and logic oriented approach into solving the missions at hand. It looks easy on a quick glance but gets very complex and harder with every mission. A big part of Malmyr is the constant, rather slow pace and the fitting sound design.

The feature standing out are the quite unique logistics of Malmyr. To be able to construct buildings (and for production chains), resources need to be transported to the respective buildings by road. Instead of “just” connecting two buildings, the direction of the resource flow on the roads needs to be set (and constantly adapted) manually, so that you have to learn how to handle the complexity coming from that.

You are sent to the forgotten lands of Malmyr by your King and his Court Magician. With an advisor by your side it is your task to explore Malmyr, mine its ores, process them and fill your King’s treasury. While doing so you will find ancient ruins and magical runes left behind by the previous occupants of Malmyr: The dwarves. With each mission you will learn more about the dwarves and the dark secret behind their disappearance.

In each mission you are given story context by written dialogues between the NPCs. A mission has multiple sub-goals to fulfill which have to be handled differently in each mission. The maps of the missions have different rules. An example would be that you are missing a crucial resource that needs to be sourced in another way, like from a certain special delivery building or by transmuting other resources. But there are also environmental hazards in some missions, like a lava wave you have to “outrun” or fires triggered by lightning strikes.

Features:

* A main campaign with a continuous story, consisting of 3 acts with 4 unique missions each.
* A freeplay mode, where you progress through an increasingly difficult mission. You will unlock new buildings by finishing mission steps. In the end you will unlock a building unique to this mode and face a final task.
* A sandbox mode, where you have most buildings available and start with copious amounts of resources.
* Over 50 buildings.
* Over 50 resources.
* 12 Magical Runes and 3 special Runewords.

Planned release: Q4 2020 – Q1 2021
State of development: Feature complete, currently polishing and improving UX

Price: USD 14,99$ / EUR €12.49 / GBP £11.39
Platform: Steam (PC), https://store.steampowered.com/app/1470320/Malmyr/
Multiplayer: No (Only Singleplayer)

You can find some more information, a presskit and an up to date demo on https://www.malmyr.com

Train2Game News How To Watch The Golden JoyStick Awards

The 38th Golden Joystick Awards will live stream on Twitch, YouTube, Facebook and GamesRadar on November 24th at 12.30 PST, 15.30 EST and 20.30 GMT.

The Golden Joystick Awards is the world’s longest running and largest publicly voted games awards ceremony.  Each year millions of gaming fans cast their votes for the games that have thrilled and entertained them most that year.

This year the awards have been reimagined as an all-digital affair, so set a reminder for next Tuesday to find out which games have won the public vote and wowed the critics in 2020.

The Golden Joystick Awards 2020 are hosted by Travis Willingham, the voice of Thor in Marvel’s Avengers and Laura Bailey, voice of Abby in The Last of Us Part II and Black Widow in Marvel’s Avengers. The event will also feature musical performances from Harry Mack and Lara6683, who will be performing a selection of video games music, as well as appearances from some of the biggest names in gaming.

Millions of public votes have been cast so far to determine the winners in 20 categories, including Ultimate Game of the Year, Most Wanted Game and PlayStation, Xbox, PC and Nintendo Games of the Year. Four critics choice awards will also be revealed on the night – Outstanding Contribution, Best Performer, Breakthrough Award and the Critics Choice Game of the Year.

Daniel Dawkins, Content Director, Games and Film at Future said: ‘”Join us next Tuesday for a fantastic celebration of the games, developers, performers and streamers who have enriched our lives in 2020, allowing us to connect with friends, compete, escape and adventure in new worlds. Thank you to all the fans who have voted and all the developers and creators who are joining us virtually from their homes and studios all over the world.”

Don’t forget you can still cast your vote for the Ultimate Game of the Year 2020 at goldenjoysticks.com, voting closes at 1pm GMT / 8am EST this Friday 20th November.

Follow all the action at:

Twitch – The Golden Joystick Awards

YouTube – GamesRadar

Facebook – GamesRadar

Train2Game News When The Past Was Around

From the teams that brought cult hits Coffee Talk and A Raven Monologue, Indonesian developer Mojiken and Indie publisher, Chorus Worldwide proudly present When the Past was Around, a whimsical point-and-click puzzle game about love, loss and letting go. Prepare for your soul to be touched and your heart to be warmed When the Past was Around launches for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in mid-December.
 

The game offers a wordless yet profound narrative experience and features heart-wrenching moments to move players of all ages. When the Past was Around invites gamers to gather clues, solve puzzles and unravel secrets buried deep within the protagonist’s memory. Award-winning violin music accompanies you as you explore Eda’s world, as she re-traces the steps of her lost love within her memories.
 

When the Past was Around won the coveted Best Game Award at this year’s Gamescom Indie Arena Booth. Original music, composed by Masdito “ittou” Bachtiar, also won Best Audio at this year’s Taipei Game Show Indie Game Award.
 

Features:

Pictures Paint a Thousand Words – Experience the game’s story not through words or dialogue, but through beautifully hand-drawn art created by talented Indonesian artist, Brigitta Rena.

A Short, Sweet, Whimsical Journey – Explore a bittersweet tale between a girl and her love in disjointed rooms of memories through time.

Personal and Relatable – A game about overcoming the past and finding yourself.

Brain Teasing Puzzles – Solve intriguing puzzles to uncover the story.

Award-Winning Music – Atmospheric violin music accompanies you from moments of peace to heart-wrenching sadness.

You can enjoy the trailer below…

Train2Game News Shadowlands Expansion Launch Celebration On Twitch

HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., is teaming up with Blizzard Entertainment for a livestream event to celebrate the launch of World of Warcraft®: Shadowlands, Blizzard’s new expansion for its acclaimed massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

WoW fans can join the Into the Shadowlands event through HyperX’s Twitch channel on 20 Nov. 2020 at 10 a.m. PST, 6 p.m. GMT or 7 p.m. CET for hours of entertainment leading up to the expansion’s Nov. 23 release.  

HyperX will play host to familiar WoW faces, musicians, voice actors, Blizzard developers, esports players, and more to explore the ins and outs of the Shadowlands. During the event, HyperX will be offering viewers the chance to win great prizes that will support them on their journey through the wondrous realms of Azeroth’s afterlife.  

One of the highly anticipated features coming to World of Warcraft with Shadowlands is the all-new character-customisation options, including a wide range of hair and facial designs, which will enable players to enhance the look of their characters. Reflecting this deeper in-game customisation, HyperX’s NGenuity software enables gamers to personalize their gaming gear not only with specialised commands but also to match RGB lighting with their customized WoW characters. Whether gaming with an Alloy Elite 2 keyboard or Pulsefire Raid mouse, HyperX enables WoW players to extend their characters’ personality to their peripherals.   

“As long-standing partners with Blizzard Entertainment, we are excited to offer our #HyperXFamily the chance to celebrate this amazing franchise’s latest expansion pack three days ahead of its release,” said Jessany Van’t Hoff, head of global gaming partnerships, HyperX. “We believe that all gamers play better with HyperX. Our prize giveaway during the live Twitch stream will ensure that a lucky few will have the ultimate personalisation experience when playing World of Warcraft: Shadowlands.”

To learn more about World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, visit http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/shadowlands.