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: UK Top 20 Games – 16.12.13

Call of Duty GhostsThis is the final game charts for the year from Train2Game and it is one of the quieter charts of the year. The only new game in the charts this week is Angry Birds Star Wars which has entered at number seventeen. The only other new entrant is a return of Football Manager 2014. Call of Duty: Ghosts is still at number one.

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Week ending 14 December 2013

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS ACTIVISION 1
2 FIFA 14 EA SPORTS 2
3 LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 6
4 BATTLEFIELD 4 EA GAMES 3
5 ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG UBISOFT 4
6 JUST DANCE 2014 UBISOFT 7
7 NEED FOR SPEED: RIVALS EA GAMES 11
8 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 5
9 WWE 2K14 2K SPORTS 14
10 GRAN TURISMO 6 SONY COMPUTER ENT. 8
11 KILLZONE: SHADOW FALL SONY COMPUTER ENT. 9
12 MINECRAFT: XBOX 360 EDITION MICROSOFT 13
13 SKYLANDERS SWAP FORCE SKYLANDERS 12
14 BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 10
15 FORZA MOTORSPORT 5 MICROSOFT 15
16 DISNEY INFINITY DISNEY INFINITY 15
17 ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS ACTIVISION
18 DEAD RISING 3 MICROSOFT 18
19 FOOTBALL MANAGER 2014 SEGA 17
20 TOMB RAIDER SQUARE ENIX 16
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Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2013 UKIE Ltd

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Train2Game News: Mid-week round up – 12.12.12

The Train2Game blog has once again been searching the internet and has found some of the biggest news from across the week.

The Rapid2D engine has gone live as of yesterday following its demonstration at the Evolve conference in London. Rapid2D is designed to help developers create apps for PC, tablet and Windows Phone 8 through the Windows 8 Marketplace. The engine uses C++ for scripting, and includes features such as physics, visual effects, sound particle systems, collision control and animated sprites. As well as the free version of Rapid2D, there will also be extra add-ons, upgrades and a pro-version available to developers.

Randy Pitchford, one of the developers behind Borderlands 2 has confirmed that there will be a new character class coming as DLC. Mr Pitchford previously said it was unlikely because of the amount of extra work the Mechromancer class took. The news was revealed after someone tweeted the developer saying “My mate says you won’t” to which Randy replied, “yes – we’re working on another character.” It’s as simple as that.

PopCap, the team behind hit casual games such as Plants v Zombies has announced that they are now working on a AAA title. The news comes following a tweet and job posting from PopCap. The game is a console game, inspired by Team Fortress 2. The job posting confirms that the game will use the Frostbite 2 engine, which is becoming more and more popular.

The final issues of PSM3 and Xbox World have gone on sale today. One of the many features in the last PSM3 magazine is a feature written by editor Dan Dawkins talking about the making of’ PSM3, office secrets, the highs and lows, how things have changed and how the future looks. Meanwhile Xbox World rounds up the biggest, loudest, saddest, funniest, most shocking moments in Xbox history and gives GTA5, arguably the biggest Xbox game of 2013, one final, epic preview.

Rovio has announced plans to release an Angry Birds feature film in the summer of 2016 and it will be in 3D so you can feel what those bad piggies go through. Despicable Me producer John Cohen has signed on as producer for the CG-animated movie, while David Maisel, former chairman of Marvel Studios and executive producer of Iron Man, will serve as executive producer. The movie will be produced and financed by Rovio outside of the studio system, allowing the Finnish company to retain full creative control of the project. Over 100 billion Angry Birds games have been downloaded since the games début in 2009.

Train2Game News: Mid-week Round up – 8.11.12

Curiosity: What’s inside the cube? was released for iOS and Android on Tuesday and already the first layer has been tapped away. There has been so many people trying to satisfy their curiosity that there has been some server issues but Peter Molyneux and 22Cans are working to fix that.

Peter Molyneux has said that the big game that 22Cans is leading to will be the last game he makes. He revealed the information in an interview 24 hours after the launch of Curiosity. Mr Molyneux has also revealed that the next experience could be “kind of” live on Friday.

Total Film has revealed that a reboot of Mortal Kombat will be coming soon. The original film based on the video game is one I always enjoyed so I am really hoping they do a good job. Kevin Tancharoen has been named as likely director of the film, who previously worked on the digital series released in anticipation of Mortal Kombat 9.

This month, if you play the Halo 4 multiplayer Microsoft are giving you points to spend. You do have to clock some serious hours to earn points. 35 hours earns you a whopping 100 points. Over 70 hours and you’ll receive 300. Playing 140 hours earns you 600 MS points. It is all part of the Microsoft Rewards Scheme.

Several sources aware of plans within Microsoft’s Redmond HQ have said that initial hardware planning for an Xbox Surface has begun. Specifications for an Xbox Surface 7-inch tablet computer leaked back in June ahead of Microsoft’s Surface announcement. The news outlet says the final implementation of new Xbox tablet is being worked on now.

Resident Evil developer and publisher Capcom is looking to hire 1,000 developers over the next ten years, the company has claimed. Capcom, which currently houses around 1,500 developers, also said that it wanted to increase the number of employees at the company to create a larger percentage of its games internally.

Finally Angry Birds: Star Wars has hit iOS, Android and Windows Phones today. You can see the trailer for the game, here.

Train2Game News: Mid-week round up – 10.5.12

The OnLive console is not dead according to CEO Charles Jablonski and UK general manager Bruce Grove. The new plan is all about forming partnerships to provide OnLive’s service, instead of relying on PCs and its own console.

The Volus race has come to Mass Effect 3 multiplayer with the new DLC, The Retaliation Pack. The comic relief character has been put in to the online game play to show the ever expanding war according to BioWare’s Chris Schanche. The new pack also sees the return of The Collectors to battle against.

Earlier this week it was announced that Windows 8 will primarily use real world currency over Microsoft points. This had the games world speculating that the Xbox Live Arcade was going to start phasing out MS points. Microsoft have announced this is not the case. XBLA will still use the previous points system.

Rovio and LucasArts have teamed up in an interesting combination to create Angry Birds Star Wars. The game will see the birds dressed as the main Star Wars protagonists and the pigs are going to be dressed as Storm Troopers and Darth Vader. The levels will be famous Star Wars locations such as Hoth and Tattooine. The game is being released November 8 for iOS.

IGN have brought their application to Xbox in the UK. The app is already available in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the USA. The app offers content, shows and access to its pro-gaming league.

Mark Zuckerberg has announced that Facebook has now surpassed one billion users. Since Facebook’s formation in 2004, it has seen more than 140 billion friend connections made, 219 billion photos uploaded, and 1.13 trillion likes. Facebook’s director of developer products said around a quarter of its active user base, about 230 million people, play games on the site in a month. He also noted that Facebook has more than 130 apps.

A one-man company, Cryptic Sea, has created a game called A New Zero. The game has no animation and only uses physics for any movement in the first person shooter. In addition, visuals are also procedurally generated, chopping Zero’s total size below a single megabyte. You can download the game from Cryptic Sea’s website.

Train2Game News: Mid-week round up

Five months since its release, Minecraft on the Xbox 360 is still selling 27,000 units daily. That’s an estimated 4 million copies sold, further solidifying the games legacy.

Valve’s Steam distribution service now sells software as well as games. The software is for games development. The products currently available on the store are ArtRage Studio Pro, CameraBag 2, GameMaker: Studio, 3D-Coat, 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark 11 and of course, Source Film-maker.

Halo 4 won’t be getting Kinect controls, says 343 Industries’ Frank O’Connor. His opinion is that while the motion sensor has its uses when it comes to the UI, controlling a core game is not what it’s for. Kinect will be used for Halo Waypoint however, which can be launched from in the game.

Reportedly, Arkane studios’ Dishonored will take over twenty hours to complete playing stealthily with killing no one. A brutal play through, killing anyone in your path, will take between 12 to 14 hours but that’s without exploring every nook and cranny, and knowing the solution to everything beforehand. It should take more thorough or inexperienced players longer than that.

PlayStation Europe is offering a month long internship to who ever can make the best game on LittleBigPlanet for the PS Vita. The best submission, as voted by a PlayStation judging panel, will be rewarded with a month-long internship at Swedish studio Tarsier. Games will be judged on gameplay, originality, and commercial appeal. The winner will eventually help work on official DLC for the game. To register an interest, go here.

A new mod has been developed for Crysis. The mod, StarCry, sees many different hit sci-fi shows making their way into the new user made campaign for the game. Franchises such as Stargate SG1 and Star Wars are featured in the mod.

Chasing Aurora developer, Martin Pichlmair, says that Nintendo is working hard to make the Wii U eShop friendly and open for independent developers. This opens up a whole new market with a new innovative console to work with.

World of Tanks official site, Wargaming.net, say that registration numbers have passed the 40 million mark. Players have been pouring into servers to check out the big 8.0 update, which overhauled WoT’s visuals and added proper physics. World of Tanks is one of the biggest free to play games in the world.

Cliff Bleszinski has announced he is leaving Epic. After two decades with the company he is moving on to expand his career. Whilst with the company he was responsible for games such as Jazzy Jackrabbit and the highly acclaimed Gears Of War series.

Bad Piggies, the Angry Birds spin-off from Rovio, shot to the top spot on the US iTunes App Store within three hours of launch. The firm said the game was the fastest chart-topper in the company’s history. The game is the third from the Finnish studio this year to hit the top spot within it’s first day of release. The other titles were Amazing Alex and of course, Angry Birds Space.

Train2Game news: Angry Birds passes 1 billion downloads

Angry Birds Train2Game blog image

Train2Game news recently reported that Angry Birds Space reached 50 million downloads, becoming the fastest growing mobile game ever.

The series shows no signs of slowing down either, with Finnish developer Rovio announcing that Angry Birds has reached 1 billion downloads across all platforms.

The figure incorporates all games in the series including Angry Birds, Rio, Seasons and Space and every platform the game is available on. Rovio made the announcement in a YouTube video you can see below.

Angry Birds Space is currently available for iOS and Android mobile devices, PC and Mac. Angry Birds merchandise is available throughout the High Street!

What are your thoughts on the impressive numbers for Angry Birds?

Leave your comments here on The Train2Game Blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

Train2Game news: Angry Birds Space becomes the fastest growing mobile game ever

Train2Game students will be familiar with the success of Angry Birds, the casual title that was one of the first huge stars of mobile gaming.

Now Rovio’s latest title, Angry Birds Space ,has become the fastest growing mobile game ever, with 50 million downloads in its first 35 days on release.

“We extend our deepest gratitude to all fans of Angry Birds everywhere.” said a blog post from Finnish developer Rovio.

“While numbers like this certainly say something about the popularity of Angry Birds, for us the main goal is to keep creating fun new experiences that everybody can enjoy! We just launched the first free update for Angry Birds Space, with plenty more surprises in stock.” the post added.

Angry Birds Space is currently available for iOS and Android mobile devices, PC and Mac. Angry Birds merchandise is available throughout the High Street!

What are your thoughts on the continued success of Angry Birds? Do you think it has changed the industry?

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Train2Game News, Smurfs’ Village ‘changing the market’ for mobile games

It’s very likely that many Train2Game students are aware that Angry Birds is a hugely popular game. Indeed, it wasn’t so long ago that the Train2Game blog reported that it’s been downloaded over 200 million times.

The CEO of one developer however, believes that it isn’t Angry Birds that’s the most important mobile game, but Smurfs’ Village.

Unsurprisingly, the man singing its praises is Remi Racine, CEO of Smurfs’ Village developer Behaviour Interactive.

“Everybody is talking about Angry Birds, but the game, to me, that is changing the market is Smurfs’ Village,” he told GamesIndustry.biz “Smurfs’ Village is outstanding.”

“I’d be curious to see who is making the most money between Angry Birds and Smurfs’ Village.”

When you look at the charts it’s always among the top three of four grossing games of the last seven or eight months. It’s always there. Angry Birds is in the top ten, but Smurf is in the top three. It’s amazing.”

“About 30 or 40 percent of the top grossing games are freemium based,” Racine added. “It’s the new way.”

Smurfs’ Village is free to download, but allows players to increase progress by downloading the in-game Smurfberry currency, with real money in various sized bundles that cost between £2.99 and £59.99.

For more information about Smurf’s Village, and how free-to-play could be the way to go for Train2Game students, see the Train2Game blog.

And as reported by the Train2Game blog just last week, EA believe free-to-play titles can be as profitable as console games.

So Train2Game, do you agree that Smurfs’ Village is the most important mobile game? Is free-to-play a model a smurfy way of developing games?

Leave your comments here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

[Source: GamesIndustry.biz]

Angry Birds hits 200 million downloads – a reminder to Train2Game students how big mobile gaming is!

Casual mobile game Angry Birds, which as the Train2Game blog reported reached 100 million downloads in March, has now already been downloaded over 200 million times.

That’s according to developer Rovio, with their various versions of Angry Birds currently available on iPhone, iPad, Android devices, PC, PlayStation 3, PSP and Mac.

As reported by the Train2Game blog, the popularity of the game has even led to Angry Birds merchandise being sold on the High Street.

We have seen more growth and engagement with Angry Birds games and merchandise across all markets,” said Rovio CEO Mikael Hed.

“The growing numbers of fans give us more incentive to keep creating more fresh, fun and engaging Angry Birds experiences and making them available to everyone.”

He also noted that Rovio is “very, very profitable,” and expects the company to make revenue of 50 to 100 Euros this year.

Angry Birds is a huge piece of evidence for those studying Train2Game courses about the ever rising impact of mobile games. As reported by the Train2Game blog, Rovio themselves believe that the gravity of the games industry is shifting towards mobile.

And the Train2Game blog has previously mentioned how developing mobile games could potentially be a route for Train2Game students into the games industry.

For more information about mobile gaming, see the Train2Game blog interview with games industry analyst Nicholas Lovell from December last year.

What are your thoughts on the success of Angry Birds? What is the games appeal? Does its success encourage you to develop mobile games?

Leave your comments here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

[Source: Industry Gamers]