Train2Game News Enthusiast Gaming Largest In UK & US

Enthusiast Gaming Holdings Inc. is excited to announce that its digital media network of websites and YouTube channels has been further verified as the largest gaming information network in North America and the United Kingdom by Comscore, a leading third party media measurement and analytics company.

The measurement firm recently verified the network as the largest gaming information network in the U.S. and has now extended that to include all of North America and the U.K., which combined represent the largest developed global digital advertising markets and account for a major share of global gaming revenue.

Generating almost one billion total views a month, Enthusiast Gaming’s network of over 100 gaming websites and 900 YouTube channels now reaches more combined unique visitors across desktop, mobile and video platforms than any other gaming information entity in each market.

In North America, this reach is now 44% greater than the next nearest entity, while in the U.K. this reach is now 102% greater than the next nearest entity.

Menashe Kestenbaum, President of Enthusiast Gaming commented, “We now have the largest gaming network in two of the largest developed gaming markets in the world, verified by Comscore.

Our network has amassed significant size and scale in a short period of time, and we can now focus on our strategy of delivering unique and effective direct advertising and sponsorship experiences for our clients.

Being verified by a trusted third party analytics company like Comscore gives our sales team a significant advantage when speaking to brands and agencies about how Enthusiast’s integrated advertising platform can be uniquely leveraged to reach more gamers than any other platform in North America or the U.K.”

The gaming industry is rapidly growing, and is now bigger than the music industry and box office combined.

Being verified as the largest gaming network in North America and U.K., positions Enthusiast Gaming as a leading platform for brands and agencies trying to reach the elusive gamer demographic. With the global gaming market set to reach almost $200bn by 2022, according to Newzoo, the Company continues to focus on its growth strategy of increasing revenue per user by driving direct sales and unlocking new revenue opportunities to capitalize on the increasing share of wallet moving to the gaming industry.

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Train2Game News Bungie Raised $1.6 Million For Charity

Bungie Foundation is proud to confirm the success of its first Game2give charity event with over 1.6 million dollars raised to support Bungie Foundation’s iPads for Kids Program and Children’s Miracle Network benefitting kids in hospitals across the United States and Canada.

Destiny fans proved once again their commitment and generosity through 40,000 individual contributions and the support of 5.5K streamers across 104 countries.

“At Bungie, our purpose is to create worlds that inspire friendship, and we are so very grateful for our community to embrace this so strongly.

We see this play out each and every day as lifelong friendships are forged, Guardians support their fellow Guardians both inside and outside of our game, and when our community rallies together for incredible causes such as supporting kids in hospitals.” declared Christine Edwards, Sr. Manager, Bungie Foundation.

Fore more information about Bungie Foundation, please visit bungiefoundation.org

Train2Game News Golden Joystick 2019 Results

The wait is finally over as the results of the 37th Golden Joystick Awards are revealed.

The winners were announced today at the award ceremony held at London’s Bloomsbury Big Top and live streamed on Twitch and YouTube.

More than 3.5 million public votes were cast to determine the winners in 19 categories, including Ultimate Game of the Year, Most Wanted Game and PlayStation, Xbox, PC and Nintendo Games of the Year. Five critics choice awards were also revealed, including Lifetime Achievement, Outstanding Contribution, Breakthrough Award and the Critics Choice.

The 2019 Golden Joystick Award winners are:

Best Storytelling: Days Gone
Best Multiplayer Game in partnership with Servers and Gameye: Apex Legends
Still Playing Award: Minecraft
Best Visual Design: Devil May Cry 5
Best Indie Game: Outer Wilds
Esports Game of the Year in partnership with Corsair: Fortnite
Best Audio: Resident Evil 2
Best Game Expansion: GTA Online – Diamond Casino Update
Best VR / AR Game: Beat Saber
Best Gaming Hardware: Nvidia 20-series Super graphics cards
Best Performer: Logan Marshall-Green
Studio of the Year: Epic Games
Best New Streamer / Broadcaster: Ewok
Breakthrough Award: Untitled Goose Game, House House
Mobile Game of the Year: BTS World
Outstanding Contribution: Life is Strange
PC Game of the Year in partnership with Magic: The Gathering Arena: World of Warcraft Classic
PlayStation Game of the Year: Days Gone
Xbox Game of the Year: Gears 5
Nintendo Game of the Year: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Most Wanted Game: Cyberpunk 2077
Critics Choice Award: Control
Lifetime Achievement: Yu Suzuki
Ultimate Game of the Year: Resident Evil 2

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

“What a fantastic night and what a year it has been. The Golden Joystick Awards is now in its 37th year – the longest running video gaming awards ever – and each year it just keeps getting bigger and better. We had a whopping 3.5 million public votes this year and we are so honoured to have developers from all over the world with us tonight to collect their awards. But, the biggest thank you of all goes to the amazing gaming public who took the time to vote and watch the awards tonight. We are humbled by your support.”

The winners were announced live at The Golden Joystick Awards event in London tonight. The excitement kicked off at 3.15pm GMT with the pre-show, hosted by Alix Wilton Regan featuring an exclusive ‘Making of Arise: A Simple Story’ featurette. The packed show also included a special ‘Year in Review’ created by SpecialGun Productions (the team behind Videogamer) starring leading journalists and industry guests; plus a visit to CD PROJEKT RED, for a never seen before look inside the studio behind Cyberpunk 2077, complete with new interviews with the development team. This was followed by the main awards at 4pm GMT, hosted by comedian Danny Wallace.

You can catch up on all the action on:
Twitch – The Golden Joystick Awards
YouTube – GamesRadar
Twitter / Facebook – @goldenjoysticks

Train2Game News How To Watch The Golden Joystick Awards

The 37th Golden Joystick Awards ceremony takes place this Friday 15th November in central London, when the great and the good of gaming will come together to recognise the games that have wowed the public and critics this year.

But don’t worry if you don’t have a ticket, you can watch all the action live on Twitch and YouTube from 7.15am PST / 10.15am EST / 3.15pm GMT.

Dan Dawkins, Content Director, Games and Film at Future said: ‘Yet again the competition has been fierce with record numbers of votes cast in many categories. With many games having multiple nominations such as Outer Wilds, Control, Resident Evil 2, Days Gone, Sunless Skies and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, I can’t wait to see who comes out on top this Friday.”

The excitement kicks off at 3.15pm with the pre-show, hosted by Alix Wilton Regan featuring an exclusive ‘Making of Arise: A Simple Story’ featurette.

The packed show also includes a special ‘Year in Review’ created by Special Gun Productions (the team behind Videogamer) starring leading journalists and industry guests; plus a visit to CD PROJEKT RED, where we’ll get a never seen before look inside the studio behind Cyberpunk 2077, complete with new interviews with the development team.

This is all followed by the main awards at 4pm, hosted by comedian Danny Wallace.

More than 3.5 million public votes were cast this year to determine the winners in 19 categories, including Ultimate Game of the Year, Most Wanted Game and PlayStation, Xbox, PC and Nintendo Games of the Year. Five critics choice awards will also be revealed on the night, including Lifetime Achievement, Outstanding Contribution, Breakthrough Award and the Critics Choice Award.

You can follow all the action on:

Twitch – The Golden Joystick Awards

YouTube – GamesRadar

Train2Game News Magic ManaStrike

Netmarble Corp. is proud to announce new details for Magic: ManaStrike, its first-ever game for Wizards of the Coast franchise Magic: The Gathering.

Developed under license exclusively by the Netmarble Monster studio, Magic: ManaStrike is a mobile synchronous combat game that brings fan-favorite spells, and characters, such as Chandra Nalaar, Jace Beleren and more – to life in an all-new genre.

Easy to play but hard to master, Magic: ManaStrike offers simple, tactical, and strategic gameplay through its user-friendly interface.

Gameplay spotlights many customized strategies between opponents in intense Player vs. Player (PvP) matches. Players can experience Magic: The Gathering’s vast universe of original spells and characters presented with amazing visuals in high-quality 3D, all in the palm of their hand.

“Working with Wizards of the Coast on Magic: ManaStrike was great, and we are proud of the experiences we built together to bring the brand to a whole new genre of gameplay,” said Seungwon Lee, Chief Global Officer of Netmarble.

“More details on Magic: ManaStrike will be shared soon. We want to assure fans our game acts as a fresh new addition to Magic: The Gathering, and we are eager to introduce what makes Magic: The Gathering special to even more players.”

Players begin with a detailed tutorial, which guides them through the game’s early stages. After choosing a pre-made deck of cards from one of Magic’s five iconic colors – White, Blue, Black, Red or Green – players will fight against live opponents, where quick tactics and fast play reign supreme on the battlefield. As they progress, players will collect new cards and enhance their units (inspired by Magic: The Gathering’s deep library of creatures) to suit their individual playstyles and strategies.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Netmarble to bring Magic: ManaStrike to mobile gaming fans around the world,” said Eugene Evans, VP, Business Development, Wizards of the Coast. “We were drawn by Netmarble’s reputation as a global leader in mobile games and its known passion for putting a unique twist on the genre. As a new Magic-inspired experience, Magic: ManaStrike is an action-packed way to discover the Magic multiverse, and we can’t wait to welcome new players to the community.”

More details, including a gameplay first look for Magic: ManaStrike will be formally revealed at this year’s G-Star tradeshow in Busan, South Korea available from 14-17 November.

Train2Game News KISS Indie Games Funding

Established Indie games publisher Kiss have launched a unique Intelligent Finance ISA Technology Bond as a way of attracting funding to develop and launch the companies most successful titles on console, mobile and streaming formats.

Since 2012, Kiss have launched over 150 titles plus numerous DLC on Steam and other PC vendors. Since 2016 they have been expanding their reach with versions of titles on iOS/Android, X-Box One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch from the top 10 products in their catalogue, as well as working on a number of newer franchises.

Working with finance partners Hamilton Rose Wealth Management and Money Link Financial, Kiss have created an Intelligent Finance ISA Technology Bond offering 34% return (6.8% p.a) on your investment over 5 years.

This is a forecast which is based on the terms of the bond and is not a reliable indicator of future performance.

Although not unique as a finance solution run successfully by a number of companies, it is believed to be the first time it has been used by a company within the games industry sector.

Kiss CEO Darryl Still commented “In light of a number of recent good news stories related to the games industry, such as the recent £90M Curve Digital acquisition and the upcoming new technologies from Sony and Google, we have sat down with key financial partners to create an easy and tax efficient way for people, both inside and outside of the industry to invest into the fastest growing market in the entertainment industry”.

For further details please visit: www.kiss-isa.co.uk

or by emailing: invest@kiss-ltd.co.uk

Train2Game News Overwatch 2 Announced

More than 50 million players worldwide have teamed up to capture objectives, push payloads, and fight for the future in Overwatch®, Blizzard Entertainment’s acclaimed team-based shooter.

Before a sold-out crowd of BlizzCon 2019 attendees and millions watching online, Blizzard Entertainment revealed Overwatch 2, a supercharged sequel that will send players deeper into the world and story of Overwatch and build upon the original game’s critically acclaimed foundation of world-class PvP competition.

In Overwatch 2, players will take on the roles of the world’s heroes in cooperative missions that challenge them to team up, power up, and stand together against an overwhelming outbreak of threats around the globe.

Players will also battle each other in the next evolution of competitive Overwatch play, which carries forward existing players’ accomplishments and loot collections and features the current complete Overwatch roster, a new generation of heroes, new internationally recognizable maps that widen the scope of the world, a new Push map type, and more.

“With Overwatch 2, we’re building the cooperative, narrative-driven game experience that players have been asking for since the original—and that we’ve wanted to make for a long time,” said J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment.

“We’re looking forward to telling the next chapter of this epic story in-game, and we’re excited to give players a whole-new kind of co-op experience built around progressing and customizing their favorite heroes—all while providing even more of everything they love about Overwatch today.”

In the sequel’s action-packed cooperative Story Missions, players will experience the advent of a new Overwatch as Winston, Tracer, and other members of the original Overwatch join forces with a new generation of heroes. Players will take an active role in the Overwatch saga as a new global crisis unfolds through a series of intense, high-stakes four-player missions. As the story progresses, players will team up as different sets of heroes and fight to defend the world from the omnic forces of Null Sector, uncover the motives behind the robotic armies’ attacks, and come face-to-face with rising new threats around the globe.

The battle continues in Hero Missions, where the Overwatch team will be called upon to go beyond their limits as they deploy across the planet, defending cities against robot invasions, taking on elite Talon agents, and battling the villainous forces laying siege to the world. In this highly replayable mode, players can level up their favorite heroes and earn powerful customization options that supercharge their abilities in co-op play—such as altering Reinhardt’s Fire Strike to ignite nearby enemies or modifying Tracer’s Pulse Bomb to cause a devastating chain reaction—granting the extra edge they need against the overwhelming odds.

To help realize these missions, the sequel also introduces significant engine upgrades that support larger maps for co-op (PvE) play, as well as the wide variety of new enemies and factions that players will encounter on their missions. The game also introduces visual enhancements designed to bring players’ favorite heroes—and their new looks for Overwatch 2—to life in greater detail.

Overwatch 2 also represents the beginning of a new era for the series’ world-renowned competitive 6v6 play. In addition to carrying forward all of the original game’s heroes, maps, and modes—as well as existing Overwatch players’ accomplishments and loot collections—the sequel adds multiple new playable heroes to the ever-growing roster; widens the scope of the world with even more maps and locations; and adds a new Push map type, in which two teams compete to make a robot (that happens to be pretty good at pushing things) push the map’s objective to their opponent’s side.

Overwatch 2 also renews Blizzard’s commitment to continue supporting the existing Overwatch community. Current Overwatch players will battle side-by-side with Overwatch 2 players in PvP multiplayer. In addition, current Overwatch players will be able to play Overwatch 2 heroes and maps, ensuring the core PvP experience remains dynamic and vital for today’s community in the Overwatch 2 era. More details on Blizzard’s plans, including some of the new heroes joining the fray, will be announced in the future as development continues.

For more information on Overwatch 2, visit www.playoverwatch.com.

Train2Game News Ugly Nintendo Christmas Jumpers

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Geek Store, home of the best official video game, movie, TV show, and comic book merchandise, is always ready for Christmas.

That’s why they’re already preparing for the festive season – thanks to an official range of knitted Xmas sweaters!

Designed and manufactured by the merchandise experts at Numskull, the range of official sweaters features 18 new designs – including Spyro, Gremlins, Ghostbusters, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and more!

If you’re a fan of all things Nintendo, you’ll want to jump in early on the set of official Nintendo sweaters, exclusive to Geek Store!

Super Mario Christmas Jumper / Ugly Sweater

Ohhhh, Mamma Mia! What better garment to wear this festive season than rocking a 100% knitted Super Mario Christmas jumper? Charm the socks off Princess Peach with this winter piece, as it showcases all your favourite Mario characters in patch embroidery throughout the front. Not to forget, the gorgeous snowflake details and Power Stars dotted around makes this a staple wardrobe addition for any Mario enthusiast.

Official Pokémon Christmas Jumper / Ugly Sweater

Do you want to be the very best? Like no one ever was? Fulfil your potential as a true Pokémon master for Christmas with this high-quality knitted jumper. Emblazoned with a patch embroidery of Pikachu rocking a Santa hat and the three original starter Pokémon, this winter sweater is one for all Pokémon fans looking to embody the Christmas spirit!

Official Super Mario Princess Peach Christmas Jumper / Ugly Sweater

Gain a loyal following of Toads for the festive season with this high-quality knitted Christmas jumper, capturing Princess Peach’ iconic colours of pink. To add a classic seasonal taste, its decorated with cute snowflakes, bells and stars. Emblazoned with a patch embroidery of Princess Peach herself, this winter garment is sure to make you feel like a royal member of the Mushroom Kingdom!

These are:

– Official Nintendo products

– Exclusive to Geek Store

– 100% knitted (not printed!)

– Handcrafted high-quality patch embroidery and enhanced details

– Premium quality yarn for extra comfort

– Unisex design and fit, and can be worn all year round

– Available in sizes 2XS, XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL

– Worldwide shipping – available right now!

– Princess Peach size 4XL and Super Mario size S are currently on preorder, estimated release mid-November

Geek Store’s exclusive Nintendo Christmas sweaters are available worldwide.

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Train2Game News Pixel Game Maker MV Game Development Challenge

The Pixel Game Maker MV Game Development Challenge, a contest seeking talented developers using the intuitive yet fully-featured 2D game engine from Playism and Kadokawa Corporation, is now underway.

Taking place until March 30, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. PT, the competition offers a grand prize award of ¥1,000,000 JPY (approx. £7,539) and opportunities to be among the first Pixel Game Maker MV creations published on Nintendo Switch. In addition to the grand prize, there are award categories for side view, top view, multiplayer games, and more. Winning entries may also be adapted into books, comics, and more.

Sister software to RPG Maker, which sold more than 2,000,000 copies worldwide, Pixel Game Maker MV puts 2D game development in the hands of first-time developers with no programming knowledge while maintaining the flexibility, power, and depth required by long-time game creators through extensible scripting.

Featuring native physics and local multiplayer support as well as 20 sample games and a host of modern, sci-fi, and fantasy assets, Pixel Game Maker MV makes it easy to get started prototyping. Developers can carry their games through to completion using the assets to hand or import their own to create top-down or sidescrolling action games in any genre.

“If you can imagine it, you can create it with Pixel Game Maker MV,” said Noboru Mogami, producer, Kadokawa Corporation. “With this contest, we’re hoping to find amazing talents to highlight and nurture. We’ve already seen some truly wonderful things come out of our community so far and we’re looking forward to the delights our creators still have in store for us.”

Pixel Game Maker MV is available now on Steam in Japanese, English and Simplified Chinese for $84.99 USD/£67.99.

The full official rules can be found on the Pixel Game Maker MV Game Development Challenge page. For more information about the engine, please visit the Pixel Game Maker MV official website, Facebook page and follow @PixelGameMaker on Twitter.

Train2Game News Gayming Live Career Help

A full day of careers advice, CV polishing, job opportunities and more will be held during the Gayming Live week, which is being held throughout London from Monday September 30th.

On Wednesday October 2nd, people interested in a career in games are invited along to Soho Radio on Great Windmill Street, London, where staff from multi-award-winning specialist games recruitment agency Amiqus will be on hand to provide advice on the multitude of positions options available – and, importantly, how to get a foot on the careers ladder.

What’s more, visitors to the event will be even be able to apply for jobs there and then.

This event is suitable for people of all levels, whether you’re new to the industry, or a seasoned pro looking for their next big move!

In addition, there will be a series of careers-focused radio shows broadcast throughout the day. These can be accessed via http://www.sohoradiolondon.com.

“We’re delighted to be able to be hosting the Careers Day during the Gayming Live week,” said Liz Prince, Business Manager at Amiqus. “We know that there are many, many students who desperately want to move into the exciting world of video games, but don’t know where to start. Similarly, we want to show those who aren’t necessarily gamers that there’s a place for them within games – whether that’s in programming, marketing, design, audio, media or beyond. We look forward to welcoming anyone with an interest in games to Soho Radio.”

Robin Gray, Co-Founder of Gayming Magazine, and the brainchild of Gayming Live added: “Our Careers Day during Gayming Live is for everyone with an interest in working in games, not just those within the LGBTQ community. We look forward to welcoming students and more along to Soho House, and hopefully kickstarting some new careers!”

Sponsored by Chappy, Green Man Gaming’s Pride Run, Mediatonic, Amiqus, Fusebox Games, Modern Wolf and Failbetter Games – and supported by Ditch The Label, Soho Radio, Jaegermeister and Magic Notion – Gayming Live will take place from September 30th until Saturday October 5th, with a series of events taking place at a pop-up shop in Great Windmill Street, London. A dedicated Gayming radio show will take also take place throughout the week, with all the events and initiatives throughout Gayming Live designed to bring the community together and replicate the ethos and fun of the Gayming magazine itself.

Highlights of the Gayming Live week include:

  • Discover the art of gaming – an exhibition of LGBTQ game artists
  • Pride Run preview & competition – check out the dance-tastic new game from Green Man Gaming
  • LGBTQ industry mixer – grab a drink and network with fellow industry professionals
  • Careers workshops – CV polishing and advice, courtesy of Amiqus
  • Ginny Lemon’s 8-Bit Drag Show – Video games meet drag queens
  • Writing for video games – Story writers from Fusebox Games will be offering top tips and ideas

These events are FREE to attend. The itinerary and locations can be found here – https://gaymingmag.com/gayminglive2019/