Train2Game UK Games Industry Battles Corona

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is working with some of the UK’s leading games companies to feature the government’s clear  ‘Stay At Home, Save Lives’ instruction in some of their most popular games to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
 
Getting through the crisis will require a collective national effort and every generation has a role to play, everyone’s actions right now can have a direct impact upon the lives of others. Young people spend more time playing video games than the rest of the population (UKIE), which is why in-game messaging represents a creative, targeted, and immediate way to help reinforce the government’s Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives message, to gamers.
 
Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:
 
“It is absolutely vital that we all follow the simple government advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. I’m delighted to see the UK’s brilliant video games industry stepping up to strongly reinforce this message to gamers across the UK.”
 
Support from UK video games companies to date include:
 
Activision Blizzard King are inserting “Stay At Home” messaging in their network of mobile games, most notably Candy Crush Saga. The firm has also donated more than 230 “digital poster” advertising spaces in London, where they would normally advertise their own products, to be used for crucial public health messaging.
 
‘Stay At Home’ posters are already being featured in Codemasters’ DiRT Rally 2.0, played by millions of unique users since its launch in February 2019, and the company is now looking at ways to roll out more essential health messages in games across Europe and the U.S. in the coming weeks.
 
Rebellion will be including “Stay At Home” messaging on their games landing page launch sites (the landing page when you load up a game) for their games, with the capacity for these messages to link to relevant gov.uk pages where appropriate.  As well as developing games, Rebellion also publish comic books and have also offered advertising in these.
 
Humam Sakhnini, President of King said:
 
“Everyone at Activision Blizzard, and the King team I lead, are delighted that we’re able to play a small part and help with the delivery of vital public health information. Through our millions of players we’re able to assist Public Health England and the NHS spread their life saving message: stay at home, protect our NHS, and save lives”.
 
Jason Kingsley OBE, Co-founder and CEO of Rebellion:
 
 “We’re delighted to be working with the DCMS on this excellent initiative. We know how fundamentally beneficial video games, like Sniper Elite and Strange Brigade, and comics, like 2000 AD, have been and will continue to be for many of us during this extraordinary time. It makes total sense for us to help promote important public health messaging while keeping those fans entertained in the safety of their homes.”
 
Toby Evan-Jones, VP Business Development at Codemasters:
“At Codemasters we came to realise that technology within our games, which enables the remote updating of banners within the virtual environment, could be repurposed to assist with the Coronavirus communication effort. This week, through collaboration with Bidstack Group PLC (providers of the ad-replacement infrastructure), we began delivering a version of Public Health England’s “Stay Home Save Lives” message into DiRT Rally 2.0. It’s fantastic to see conversations already being sparked amongst our community.”
 
Approximately 37 million people in the UK play games, and there are around 2,277 active video game companies in the UK.

Train2Game News Cards For Humanity

Esport event organizers 983 Media have announced a charity event to bring the Competitive Card Game community together and raise funds for the Covid-19 Response aid.

The event is appropriately named…Cards for Humanity.

It’s no secret that the world is in a bizarre place right now, and for all the chaos happening around us, there are also a lot of good deeds taking place. 983 Media is adding to that list of good deeds by organizing not one, not two, not even three but four competitive CCG tournaments in some of the genres biggest games.

Cards for Humanity will bring the communities from Magic: The Gathering Arena, Mythgard, Gwent, and Legends of Runeterra together to face off in their chosen game.

The top 8 for each of the four events will be aired on 983 Media’s Twitch channel on Saturday the 18th April in a monster 16-hour charity production.

Cards for Humanity has been fully backed by the developers and publishers involved, who have provided a variety of in-game goodies to not only compete for but to also giveaway to viewers of the event.

The fundraising target for the event is $1000, with every penny raised going to the Covid-19 Response Unit. Over the course of the 16-hour production, there will be an opportunity for the viewers to donate towards the funding goal.

To make Cards for Humanity are must-watch event on the CCG calendar 983 Media and reached into their contact pool and managed to bring some of the biggest names from the official games’ esports broadcasting teams to cast the events. The likes of Merchant and AliasV will be casting the Magic: The Gathering top 8, while the dynamic duo themselves WatchFlake and McBeard will be casting the Gwent section of the event.

The donation page for the event is open now and can be found at https://tiltify.com/@983events/cards-for-humanity

The playing date of Cards for Humanity is the weekend of 11th/12th April, sign-ups are open now on the 983 Media website https://983media.com/upcoming-events/

Train2Game News WHO Orders Us To Play Games

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently held a media briefing on the best way to handle coronavirus.

They suggested a number of recommended actions individuals can take to get through this trying time.

One of the crucial things to remember is that we have to look after out mental health over the coming weeks.

WHO general director Tedros Adhanom said it’s perfectly normal to feel stressed, confused, and scared right now.

He advised that we talk to people we trust, and even help others in our community. Supporting those in need can help you as much it would them, he reasoned. So definitely be sure to check in with neighbours, family, and friends. While observing lockdown rules, of course.

Adhanom added that we should also “listen to music, read a book, or play a game,”

You can take that as doctors orders to chill out and play as many games as you want!

Train2Game News Minecraft Offering Educational Resources

Microsoft and Mojang have released several free Minecraft Education lessons in an effort to entertain and educate some of the many school kids who are currently missing classes due to coronavirus lockdowns.

These lessons were pulled from or based on the Education Edition of Minecraft, which many schools use in traditional classes.

A collection of 10 lessons can now be downloaded from the Minecraft Marketplace for free via the new Education category.

These include a replica of the International Space Station, a robot-aided coding course, a tour of Washington D.C. landmarks, marine biology, greek history, and more. These lessons are now live, and will be free to download through June 30. 

“The worlds include lesson plans like creative writing activities, build challenges, and tricky puzzles,” Mojang said in a blog post.

Learning in Minecraft might sound a bit hokey, but if these lessons are anything like the Education Edition of the game, they’re sure to be no joke. Minecraft has helped countless kids learn everything from modern coding to ancient history in classroom settings. If nothing else, these lessons ought to help keep affected kids entertained while they’re stuck at home, but they’ll probably learn a thing or two (or 10) in the process. 

Source: https://www.gamesradar.com/minecraft-education-lessons/