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 World Esports Day

The British Esports Association, the not-for-profit organisation set up to promote and support esports, has teamed up with SpecialEffect and Percent as part of World Esports Day.

The global gaming celebration takes place on October 24th 2020 and will see various organisations and members of the esports community running streams and activities to spread awareness of the positives of esports.

Money raised throughout UK-based activities will go to SpecialEffect, the charity that puts fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities by helping them to play video games. By using technology ranging from modified joypads to eye-control, SpecialEffect finds a way for people to play to the very best of their abilities.

Tom Donegan, Fundraising Lead at SpecialEffect, commented: “We are delighted to have been chosen as the charity partner for World Esports Day here in the UK. Over recent years we have received fantastic support from organisations, businesses and individuals throughout the esports community, who have shown a strong affinity with our work enabling more people with severe physical disabilities to play to the best of their ability. 

“We’re proud to join with the British Esports Association, Percent and our friends across the world in celebrating the positive impact of esports in bringing people together to enjoy the games we all love.”

During the World Esports Day activities, fans, viewers and those involved will be able to make donations to a number of charitable causes around the world. Monies raised in the UK will go to UK-based SpecialEffect, with each other national esports federation nominating a charity for their respective country. 

As a global payments platform for charitable donations, Percent will utilise its global giving API that makes charitable payments safe, secure and easy.

The Percent API enables businesses to build unique giving and sustainability experiences into their products. For World Esports Day, this also means that all charities will be completely vetted and validated by Percent.

The company will carry out the necessary due diligence and charity vetting to ensure donations end up in the right pockets around the globe. 

Henry Ludlam, CEO of Percent, commented: “We’re very happy to be partnering with British Esports to build charitable purpose into esports and power donations in the World Esports Day platform across 70 countries worldwide.”

British Esports is one of several founding members of World Esports Day, the others being the Global Esports Federation, Twitch Student and the Singapore Esports Association. 

Chester King, CEO and founder of the British Esports Association, and VP and chair of the Education, Culture and Wellness Commission at the Global Esports Federation, added: “We’re delighted to help raise funds for such a worthwhile cause in SpecialEffect, and to have found a partner to ensure the donations made as part of World Esports Day are transacted safely and securely.

“We’re excited to see how the day goes and to raise money for a number of great causes and charities around the world.”

For more information, visit worldesportsday.com

Train2Game News British eSports Ramps Up The Content

The British Esports Association, the not-for-profit organisation set up to promote and support grassroots esports, is ramping up its livestreaming content.

British Esports will be running a host of streaming activities and shows on its Twitch channel, with three shows planned every week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The activities will be kicked off with a special launch stream on Friday April 3rd from 4-6pm, hosted by British Esports school and college liaison officer Elliot Bond. This broadcast will run through the association’s streaming plans, give a taste of the content series it will be producing and get some guests on to talk, including a member of the North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF).

British Esports recently partnered with NASEF and, as part of this, NASEF has helped to shape and influence British Esports’ streaming content.

British Esports has also strengthened its existing partnership with the Twitch Student program around these activities. The livestreaming platform has granted British Esports Partner status, giving the channel plenty of tools to grow and promote its streams.

Going forwards, the British Esports Twitch channel will feature masterclass speakers, takeovers, guest panels, activities from British Esports game advisers, Women in Esports content, community challenges and more.

The British Esports Championships grand finals for schools and colleges are also set to be livestreamed on April 24th to 26th, in partnership with the NUEL (further details to follow).

When the British Esports Championships returns later this year for the 2020/21 seasons, British Esports will aim to host weekly shows looking at the latest matches and interviewing teams.

Some of the British Esports streaming content series will include:

  • Esports 101: Guests will teach the community in their expert fields in a series of virtual lectures. This could be to do with casting, pro gamer advice, the different types of esports careers and so on
     
  • Game Adviser Takeovers: A British Esports game adviser will have the opportunity to run a guest stream, either to host a Q&A session or to provide the community with their top advice in their specialist games
     
  • Women in Esports Wednesdays: a mixture of panels, interviews and more talking about the latest around British Esports’ Women in Esports campaign
     
  • Off the Record: British Esports head of content Dom Sacco will interview different personalities in the esports industry to provide insight into their careers in a series of real, raw interviews
     
  • Ask the Experts: Different members of the community join British Esports in a panel/podcast series. For example, Sheridans will be on stream to talk about the government support scheme specifically for esports freelancers
     
  • Fun Fridays: Community challenges, fun mini-tournaments and games (and possibly even a Sacco’s Snackos cookery class)

Game advisers that have expressed interest in running guest streams include Terry ‘Servitude’ May, Adam Fitch (journalism), Ryan ‘Wok’ Liu, Layla ‘TamashiiKanjou’ Abbott (a mix of streams including tips, advice and Animal Crossing), Su Collins (cookery), Nick Egan, Graham Day, Ben Rogers and more.

A full schedule including times will follow in the coming weeks.

Dominic Sacco, British Esports Association head of content, commented: “We’re so excited to be launching a host of streaming activity on Twitch – I think it’s fair to say it’s overdue! 

“Over the past year we have seen good growth and now have a great team in place that I’m certain will produce some brilliant content. Please bear with us as we get up and running and let us know your thoughts on our activities. 

“I want to emphasise this is all about the community, so if you would like to get involved with our streams, or have an idea, please reach out to us and we’ll be happy to discuss. See you in the chat!”

“NASEF is honored to be partnering with British Esports to help make a difference for students, families and communities during these challenging times,” said Gerald Solomon, executive director of the Samueli Foundation and founder of NASEF. 

“It is rare to find someone with the same interests and values with whom a partnership is just so natural. Together, we are providing a free online ‘scholastic playground’ where kids can get together, play and learn at the same time, in a safe and monitored space. Thanks to the BEA-NASEF partnership, this is happening throughout the UK and North America.”  

Viewers can watch British Esports streaming activities and will soon be able see the latest content schedule at twitch.tv/britishesports

Train2Game News Educational Benefits of Gaming

The British Esports Association, the not-for-profit organisation set up to support grassroots esports in the UK, has extended its partnership with AoC Sport to host a special event focused on esports in the education space.

The Esports in Education Summit is designed to bring together teachers, lecturers, researchers and more across the UK, to help them better understand the benefits of esports and how their schools, colleges, universities and students can get involved.

There will be talks, panel discussions and more from teachers, students and industry experts, as well as members of both AoC Sport and the British Esports Association. The full content track and speaker line-up will be revealed in due course.

There will also be networking opportunities and lunch will be provided on the day.

It will take place on Thursday May 21st at Sixways Stadium, Warriors Way, WR3 8ZE, the home of the Worcester Warriors rugby team. Registration begins at 10am and the event will conclude from 3.30pm. 

The event is free for teachers, lecturers and researchers, or £80+ VAT for anyone else. Guests can sign up to attend here.

It follows on from an Esports in Further Education forum that also took place at Sixways Stadium last year, but promises to be bigger and better this year, with up to 150 delegates able to attend. In terms of spaces, teachers and lecturers will have priority and it will be first come, first served.

Last year, AoC Sport’s Managing Director kicked off proceedings with a welcome and introduction, before Darren Newnham, British Esports Association advisory board member and Nexus CEO gave an overview on esports.

British Esports content director Dominic Sacco then spoke about the British Esports Championships for schools and colleges and, after lunch, a college esports panel including lecturers, teachers and students spoke about the benefits of esports, taking part in the Championships and shared best practice with the audience including tips on setting up esports clubs, getting the right equipment and forming teams.

Delegates also learnt about career pathways, how esports can increase attendance levels, promote teamwork, leadership and communication skills and help students make new friends and more.

Kaussar Bashir of South & City College Birmingham said: “It was an amazing event to kick-start and welcome esports into the FE sector. It was very informative, engaging and offered a complete network of support for someone like ourselves who are at the start of our esports journey.”

Andy Payne OBE, British Esports Association chair, commented: “We’re excited to be bringing an esports education event back to Sixways Stadium after the success of last year. 

“We’re looking forward to updating leaders in education about what’s happening in this space, what we’re doing and how they can get involved in esports.”

Dr Dean Hardman, AoC Director of Sport and Student Experience, said: “We’re delighted to be co-hosting the first Esports in Education Summit off the back of a successful FE forum last year.

“It’s a great opportunity for colleges to find out more about the growing esports sector and the wider benefits gaming can have on students’ personal development.”

Guests can sign up to attend the Esports in Education Summit here

Train2Game News British eSports Finals

The British Esports Association, the not-for-profit organisation set up to promote and support grassroots esports, has announced the dates for its student grand finals.

The 2019/20 British Esports Championships will once again conclude at the Birmingham NEC’s Insomnia Gaming Festival, which runs from April 10th to 13th. The tournament is for students aged 12 and above in secondary schools, alternative provision schools and further education colleges across the UK.

The specific dates for each of the three finals are as follows:

Overwatch: Friday April 10th, 10am

Rocket League: Friday April 10th, 12pm

League of Legends: Saturday April 11th, 10am

The finals will see the winners of our winter championship face off against the winners of the spring championship, which has just got underway.

Team BTC (Bridgwater & Taunton College), Clyde Hot Shots (Glasgow Clyde College) and Sunderland Seers (Sunderland College) have already qualified for the League of Legends, Rocket League and Overwatch finals respectively, with the slots for their opponents currently up for grabs.

The news comes as the British Esports Championships continue to draw growing numbers of participants, following record sign-ups last October.
For the 2019/20 season, 72 individual schools and colleges are taking part, representing a 94.59% increase over the 2018/19 season.

In terms of the number of teams, 259 signed up for 2019/20, a year-on-year rise of 93.28%.

Mary Antieul, head of esports at Insomnia and BELONG, commented: “We are delighted to be hosting the 2020 Championship finals at Insomnia 66, the UK’s largest gaming festival. We look forward to watching the school and college teams compete alongside the best of our Insomnia BYOC teams and BELONG Arena Clash teams.”

Elliot Bond and Alice Leaman, British Esports school and college liaison officers, said in a joint statement: “We’re delighted to bring the finals of the British Esports Championships back to Insomnia for another two days of epic grassroots esports action. Some fierce rivalries have formed between the different teams over the past few months and we look forward to watching them culminate on the big stage come April.”

Elsewhere, a separate tournament for alternative provision schools will take place again this year, following a competition in 2019. Further details about this will be announced in due course.

If you would like to watch the finals live, you can purchase tickets to Insomnia here: https://www.seetickets.com/tour/insomnia

Train2Game News British eSports hits schools and colleges

The British Esports Association has announced details of its first full competitive gaming Championships for schools, colleges and alternative provision schools.

The not-for-profit organisation has entered into a partnership with streaming programme Twitch Student to grow the British Esports Championships and help give students support and opportunities.

In addition, a new partnership has been formed with AoC Sport (part of the Association of Colleges) and the British Esports Association to provide management and oversight of the competition via the College Esportscommittee. This new committee will ensure that esports is properly managed in colleges and is positioned as part of a balanced lifestyle alongside education and physical activity.

The British Esports Championships is for students aged 12-19, with each school or college allowed to enter teams for three different games. The first confirmed game is 5v5 League of Legends.

The Championships will begin on October 10th and run for two seasons, the first consisting of eight weeks of fixtures with breaks for half term and the second running in the New Year. The first six weeks will feature a Swiss tournament format, with Playoffs taking place during the remaining weeks.
Matches will take place for 90 minutes onafternoonsafter school or college, avoiding conflict with Wednesday afternoon sport or classes.

Depending on the number of sign ups, schools and colleges will be split into their respective regions. The top two from each region will get promoted to a Super League for Season 2.

The live finals are set to take place at the Insomnia gaming festival in Easter 2019 at the Birmingham NEC.

Team sign-ups will open in the first week of September and will close on September 26th. Visit the dedicated Championships information coming soon on www.britishesports.org to sign up or read more information.
In terms of partnerships, the British Esports Association will adopt the Twitch Student Program, which helps schools and colleges learn how to stream so that friends, parents and others can watch their matches and other gaming activities live online. It has already been working with a number colleges in the US, universities in the UK and now it’s embracing the UK schools and colleges space.

Twitch Student gives users access to ‘swag’ and privileges as they level up, such as special streaming features, subscription buttons and the chance to earn revenues, Twitch homepage promotions and more. It also helps students pitch their gaming ideas or community projects to teachers and schools.

Mark “Garvey” Candella, Twitch Director of Strategic Partnerships, commented: “The British Esports Association and Twitch Student program share a belief in the ability of students to grasp the entrepreneurial spirit inherent in gaming and esports, while applying their education in new and innovative ways.

“The combination of passion and education can only lead to more opportunities for themselves and this exciting industry. We are proud to work with the British Esports Association on helping students realise their potential through the practical experience this program creates.”

In addition to the support of Twitch, the new College Esports committee will be working with the British Esports Association to promote the Championships to colleges throughout the UK.

AoC Sport says it’s been encouraged by the work of the British Esports Association in drawing parallels between physical sports and esports, engaging with education as well as developing skills in communication, problem solving, teamwork and more.

Marcus Kingwell, Managing Director of AoC Sport, said: “We see esports as a route to engaging inactive students in colleges and encouraging them to engage in physical activity. We’re delighted to be working with the British Esports Association as part of the College Esports committee, ensuring that esports is properly managed in colleges and is part of a balanced lifestyle alongside education and physical activity.”

British Esports chair Andy Payne OBE added: “It’s fantastic to be teaming up with Twitch Student and AoC Sport and to have the backing of organisations well engrained in both gaming and college sports. We look forward to growing the British Esports Championships together.”

The announcement follows a successful pilot which took place in schools and colleges from January to April and saw Solihull School and Sunderland College win the respective Championships. The pilot allowed the British Esports Association to create a safe online environment for students aged 12-19 to play age-appropriate esports. It fostered talent, championed positive role models, promoted leadership, communication, creativity and teamwork skills and its work is supported by multiple government departments.

The pilot brought pupils together, improved relations with teachers, developed employability skills, helped schools raise awareness of their activities and secure funding. It also drew national attention including coverage from the BBC, Sky, Daily Mail and more.

The news also comes after British Esports appointed Natacha Jones as Student Esports Coordinator to develop the British Esports Championships.
Since January, Natacha has held the role of Twitch Student Program Manager at the National University Esports League, tracking the success of a pilot scheme for UK universities.

She will be working closely with schools and colleges as part of the British Esports Championships and helping them integrate with the Twitch Student Program.

If you want to find out more visit www.britishesports.org

Train2Game ESports beneficial for children


The British Esports Association, the not-for-profit national body set up to support grassroots competitive gaming, has found that esports can be a beneficial activity for children when played in moderation.
The Association partnered with Westminster City Council and DinoPC for a free two-hour after-school esports training club, running every Tuesday for a month at Maida Vale Library.

The idea was to bring in 10 different children each week from local schools, aged 8 to 14, and give them a taster session on esports, including the careers available and the skills it can develop. The training club featured games of Rocket League, coaching, casting (aka match commentary) and journalism segments, followed by a Q&A.

British Esports has published a video and extensive PDF report reviewing the event, stating some of the key findings.

The pilot scheme was a sellout, with more children and parents signing up to attend than space would allow, showing there is real demand for more regular clubs in schools and libraries in the future. It also secured national and specialist press coverage.

Children and organisers identified several benefits and skills that the esports pilot promoted, including strategic thinking, teamwork, communication, leadership, performance skills and confidence. These skills are transferable and can benefit children in other areas, such as schoolwork, physical sports and general wellbeing.

Nic Carnelutti, marketing manager for DinoPC – which provided the systems for the esports sessions – said: “We believe the educational aspects of what the British Esports Association aims to achieve are highly beneficial to children and younger audiences.

“This scheme encourages young people to learn teamwork and participate in a challenge – building up their social skills which can then be used in other aspects of life.”

British casters Harry “DocDa” Evans and Ryan “Flakes” Oliver were on hand to teach the children commentating techniques.

One of the children, 13-year-old Mohammed Badamasi from Paddington Academy, added: “I think it was extremely fun and I really enjoyed casting and working with my team to win. Commentating is fun, Rocket League is fun – we had to work as a team to score. I would absolutely love to do this again 1000%.”

All of the children that took part in the pilot scheme said they would like to take part in a more regular esports club, either at their own school, nearby library or at a similar event in their area. For more feedback from the participants, please read British Esports’ full library PDF report.

Nick Fuller, Tri-borough Libraries Children’s Services Manager, Schools Library Service, Maida Vale Library, commented: “The new initiative between The British Esports Association and Westminster Libraries offers children a new and exciting experience, which is not only popular and fun, but also develops important skills for such as their strategic skills, emphasizing the need for teamwork and making computer gaming more social. 

“The initiative will help to raise the profile of libraries to young people and a wider audience that libraries are a community space, offering new, exciting and fun activities that many would not associate with libraries. It also gives the children involved the opportunity to mix with other children from different schools and backgrounds.

“The Library Service is hoping that the partnership with British Esports will grow and that the esports offer can continue and be rolled out to more libraries, envisioning thriving leagues and competitions in libraries and across the service.”

Each child received a British Esports certificate, T-shirt and cap after the event.

Going forwards, the Association aims to help other schools and libraries roll out their own esports clubs for children.

Dominic Sacco, Content Director at the British Esports Association, said: “The idea is to better educate Britain regarding the benefits of esports, and to show parents, teachers and children there are viable career paths within the industry.

“There is a real demand for regular clubs at libraries and schools. And by targeting the younger demographic, we are looking at the bigger long-term picture with the goal of creating more British esports talent in the future.

“Also, with the likes of Ukie hosting the Digital Schoolhouse children’s esports tournaments, and several universities starting to offer esports modules, it’s a very exciting time for esports in Britain. We look forward to future developments.”

Train2Game News Esports not a sport

“Esports is not a sport, but a credible activity in its own right,” the British Esports Association has said.
Following last week’s reporting by the BBC – The State of Sport week – many listeners and readers have debated whether esports (electronic sports) is an actual sport or not.

Some have argued that esports should be classified as a sport partly because recognising it officially would grant it access to sports funding. However, esports is competitive video gaming: it is currently classified in the UK as a game (like chess and bridge) and not a sport.

The British Esports Association is also keen to emphasise that when done in moderation, esports can have positive cognitive, social and communicative benefits.

It can help to increase perceptual skills, decision making, reaction times and multitasking, and help stimulate brain growth. Playing and watching esports is very engaging to younger audiences, and esports is also a beneficial alternative to watching passive media like television.

Attempts have been made in the past to classify certain games, such as bridge, as a sport in the UK, and having learned from these experiences, the British Esports Association feels that the time is not right for such action for esports. Instead, we want to focus on educating the Government, media and general public on making sure esports gains the credibility it deserves and move away from the ‘esports isn’t a sport’ debate.

British Esports founder and CEO Chester King said: “I can see why there is a bit of confusion as millions of people play and watch esports; there are many professional teams, managers, coaches and tournaments. There is no international standard classification either as in some countries such as Poland, esports, chess and bridge are classified as sports.

“The ‘sport’ in esports may be misleading, but like traditional sports, competitive video gaming involves training, long-term dedication, determination, exceptional skills and reaction times, teamwork and coordination, and fun for all the spectators, casters, commentators and fans involved.”

In the UK, the British Esports Association positions esports as a modern mind game, celebrated at all levels of play which should not rival or replace traditional sports.

King added: “It’s time to get away from the ‘esports isn’t a sport’ debate and start realising esports’ true benefits and potential.

“Whether or not esports is or is not a sport does not change the fact that the esports industry has enormous creative potential. We must educate audiences to realise its benefits, such as gaining cyber skills and the many career paths it offers, like becoming a professional player, commentator, journalist, manager, or coach.”

Train2Game News British eSports Association Board and Website

T​he British Esports Association (British Esports) – the UK’s esports national body – established to support, promote and instil good governance for amateur esports players and teams – confirms its Advisory Board and launches its full website.
Led by British Esports Chair, Andy Payne OBE, the board for 2017 includes:
    Paul “ReDeYe” Chaloner, Veteran Esports Host, Caster and Presenter
    Richard Lewis, Esports Journalist of the Year
    Michael “ODEE” O’Dell, President Team Dignitas
    Craig “Wizzo” Fletcher, Founder Multiplay
    Chris Mead, Twitch’s UK Director of Partnerships
    Ryan Hart, World Champion Esports Player
    Ceirnan “ Excoundrel ” Lowe, Colour Caster
   Josh Williams, Founder, National University Esports League  
    Carleigh Morgan, Academic
    Andrew Nixon, Partner at Sheridans

The board, which possess a wealth of experience across all aspects of esports and are some of the leading figures within the industry, will discuss developments and areas of focus for the British Esports Association, and offer their guidance and advice to constantly develop esports in the UK. The first board meeting will take place in January 2017 and each member will sit on the board for a minimum of 12 months.

“I am really proud and honoured to be taking this role on for British Esports at such an exciting time for the industry. We have assembled a really talented group of esports professionals to interact with the community and guide our activities. There is much to do, but given the talent assembled, we will be able to make a significant difference over the coming 12 months, bring it on.” commented Andy Payne.

The brand new website www.britishesports.org will be an information hub, providing expert advice and support from grassroots levels and up, across the esports spectrum. There will be articles educating about jobs in the industry, to wellbeing, guidance for parents, to finding out the latest esports events, who are the event organisers, key figures in the industry and how to get involved in competition both locally and nationally here in the UK plus much more. British Esports wants to help existing gamers and nurture future British talent in becoming global champions.

Train2Game News British eSports Association needs feedback

The British eSports Association is calling for any final feedback to be submitted before its consultation periods ends on September 30th.
Over the past three months the British eSports Association has been gathering feedback from the UK eSports sector to ensure it fully represents the interests of individuals, players, teams, game publishers and broadcasters alike. With one week to go, the association are inviting any additional feedback to be submitted by Friday September 30th.

Set up to promote grassroots eSports in Britain, they want to know what you’d like to see from them, what challenges you face within eSports and what can be done to grow competitive gaming in the UK. Everyone is welcome to send in ideas.

Whether you’re a player, fan, someone from the eSports or games industry or anyone else, they’d like to hear from you.

Please email your thoughts and ideas to info@britishesports.org or complete our online survey by September 30th 2016.

The next announcement covering their plans is expected to be made in early October. You can also visit the website at www.britishesports.org .