Train2Game News Roblox Hitting $100 Million

At RDC, its fifth annual developers conference, Roblox, an online platform bringing more than 100 million people together through play, unveiled the community was on pace to earn $100 million in 2019.

The company introduced a suite of tools to empower its global community of creators to build and more easily collaborate on immersive and massive 3D experiences.

“The Roblox creator community thinks of things we could never imagine, and their continued growth is our future,” said David Baszucki, founder and CEO, Roblox. “With top Roblox experiences achieving more than 100,000 concurrent users and 1 billion plays, there’s no denying the power of user-generated content. We are committed to supporting our creator community with the tools and resources they need to realize even greater success.”

Over the course of the three-day event in California and at a viewing party in London, 500+ top Roblox creators from around the world gathered to hear keynote presentations, attend breakout sessions and participate in the annual Game Jam. The global community of more than 2 million creators spans from young creators getting their start in game design and coding, to teams of ten or twenty people forming studios.

“I’ve been a member of the Roblox community for over a decade, first as a player, then as a developer and now as CEO of RedManta, a game studio dedicated purely to Roblox development. Building and creating are a passion of mine, and from the early days I saw a future growing alongside the platform,“ said Alexander Hicks, RedManta CEO and RDC attendee. ”With new tools and technology to more easily create massive and beautiful games, we are pushing even our own expectations for what we can create on Roblox, like our upcoming experience, World // Zero.”

“What I love about Roblox is that it breaks down the barriers for game designers, giving them a chance to be creative, try new things, and share it with a massive player community,” said Robin Hunicke, Funomena Co-founder, who delivered a keynote address at RDC on game design. She added, “The enthusiasm and camaraderie from these young creators was fantastic, and they share my belief in the power of games to bring people together. I can’t wait to see what they create next!”

Immersive, Massive 3D Experiences
Roblox introduced game creation tools to help small teams of developers easily build massive, more realistic experiences that support hundreds of players. This technology builds on the existing networking support and hosting services the company provides for free, which automatically scales in real-time to meet player demand. As part of the toolset, creators can leverage Roblox’s new enhanced lighting system and updated terrain and other visual upgrades to make deep, rich experiences that rival top mobile games. In addition, the company is enabling the community to easily build competitive matchmaking, which will ensure players of similar skill-levels can compete against one another.

Collaboration Tools
Roblox will make Roblox Studio fully cloud-based by the end of 2019, allowing team members to collaborate simultaneously. All development files will be completely online and provide native support for collaborators across various computing platforms. Creators will be able to manage permissions, versioning, and rollbacks, allowing for more efficiency across all aspects of the development timeline.

New Ways to Monetize
Roblox also extended the power of user-generated content to its development platform, allowing creators to build and monetize development assets and tools in a new Developer Marketplace. In addition to offering a new channel to monetize their work, the Developer Marketplace will also help strengthen the overall experiences on the platform by crowd-sourcing solutions to help make development even easier. Creators will be able to sell game design tools including plug-ins, vehicles, 3D models, terrain enhancements, and more.

Localization Support
To further support the platform’s growth internationally, Roblox announced improvements to its localization platform making it easier for creators to offer experiences in Roblox’s supported languages, including Brazilian Portuguese, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, and Spanish.

Advanced Analytics Powered by Microsoft Azure PlayFab
Roblox outlined details of its earlier announced collaboration with Microsoft Azure PlayFab, making PlayFab’s LiveOps analytics service available for free to the company’s top 10,000 creators.

By delivering real-time analytics to their creators, including trends in player behavior, purchase history, and game telemetry, Roblox expects to empower those game creators to make their games even more successful and enjoyable for players. Some creators may choose to go even further with other LiveOps practices, such as updating their game more frequently, running live events, segmenting their players or targeting communications. This new service is driven by PlayFab’s data pipeline and can support hundreds of thousands of games events per second coming from Roblox.

Crystin Cox, Director of Live Operations at Xbox Game Studios Publishing, who also presented the benefits of the new service for game creators at this year’s RDC, commented, “LiveOps is driving growth, both in terms of player engagement and monetization, for the most popular games and platforms available today. LiveOps represents a new approach to game design combined with a better process driven by experimentation and we’re excited to offer Roblox developers a new way to think about their players.”

For more information on Roblox visit their website

Train2Game News SEGA Retrotainment On A Yacht

REZtron Ltd., invites you to a
night of RETROTAINMENT like no other for an end of summer
pop-up…

Expect 80s & 90s SEGA nostalgia, competitions, drinks, dancing, a silent disco and much more…

All on top of Europe’s most exotic Mega Yacht Hotel, Sunborn, moored in the Royal Victoria Dock.

Re-live the golden era of gaming with legendary titles on all four generation
of SEGA consoles, Master System! Mega Drive! Saturn! Dreamcast!

  • Legendary games including Golden Axe, OutRun, Space Harrier, Sonic 2, Ecco the Dolphin, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter II, Ecco Altered Beast, Pac-Man, R-Type, Streets of Rage, Alien Storm, Thunderforce, Super Monaco GP, California Games, Virtua Racing, Revenge of Shinobi, Italia ’90, Micro Machines 2, Virtua Cop, Virtua Fighter,SEGA Rally, Virtua Tennis , Crazy Taxi, House of the Dead 2,Power Stones, Soul Calibur, Marvel Vs Capcom and many more will be there to keep you retrotained…
  • Retro games displayed on Retro CRT TVs and Huge Projector screens on walls and ceiling
  • SILENT DISCO – (3-Channels) Switch between 80s, 90s and even a retro game music channel throughout the night with our amazing LED lit headphones
  • Dance , Sing and Play retro games in front of a stunning panoramic view of the city skyline that’ll sure to keep your phone busy
  • Sonic speed run Competition + Prizes Giveaway!
  • WIN AN ORIGINAL MEGA DRIVE
  • Photographer will be there capturing all the antics

AND MORE…. 8, 16, 32 and 128-BIT Yacht Retrotainment Awaits…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwF_tbOcivg

The Yacht Retrotainment experience will take place on Saturday August 31st, 6pm til 12am at Sunborn.

Tickets can be bought through Eventbrite.

Further details on REZtron’s upcoming events or for retro gaming private hire & corporate bookings please visit Reztron.co.uk

Train2Game News London Pokémon Center Pop-Up

The Pokémon Company International is excited to announce its plan to
open a special pop-up Pokémon Center retail location in London this
October.

Located in Westfield London
(Ariel Way, Shepherd’s Bush W12 7GF) and open only for a limited time
from October 18 to November 15 2019, the store will give fans a chance
to browse and purchase a range of Pokémon Center-branded products,
including exclusive designs not found anywhere else.

The pop-up Pokémon Center London celebrates the highly anticipated launch of the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield video games for Nintendo Switch this November; paying tribute to the United Kingdom’s role in inspiring the design and feel of the all-new Galar region players will explore in the games.

Further details on opening times, products available to purchase and additional in-store activities will be revealed in the coming months.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will be released worldwide on November 15, 2019, exclusively for Nintendo Switch.

Train2Game News One Special Day 2019

One Special Day, the games industry’s biggest annual day of fundraising, returns on Friday 4th October 2019 and already some of the giants of the industry have pledged their support.

Over 50 partners from across the games industry including SEGA, Codemasters, Jagex and Zynga will be rolling up their sleeves and getting involved in the event, which promises to be the biggest yet. Many companies will be donating a day of their income from game sales whilst others will stage their own fundraising events.

All the funds raised will support the work of SpecialEffect, the games industry charity dedicated to levelling the playing field for disabled gamers.

Since its inception in 2016, One Special Day has been supported by developers and gamers from all over the world and has raised over £900,000. The vital funds enable SpecialEffect to help disabled gamers both the UK and around the world through personalised help, developer support and initiatives such as EyeMine, software for controlling Minecraft with the eyes.

SpecialEffect CEO and Founder, Dr Mick Donegan, said “We’re overjoyed with the response again this year and very grateful to our One Special Day partners. The day unites the worldwide games industry and their fantastic communities of gamers because they all understand what incredible work we’re doing here. SpecialEffect has a profoundly positive impact on the lives of disabled gamers and events like One Special Day play a huge role in enabling us to reach more in the coming year.”

Companies including Rocksteady, Space Ape, Miniclip, Seriously, Outfit7 and Rare have also signed up. Craig Duncan, Rare Studio Head, said “Because of their unique work, SpecialEffect hold a special place in our heart, and indeed the whole of the video games industry, so we’re looking forward to making One Special Day 2019 the biggest so far.”

Rich Eddy, Director of Communications at Jagex, added “Our RuneScape community has celebrated SpecialEffect’s incredible work for many years, so there was no question that Jagex would be a proud supporter of this year’s event and play a big part in One Special Day. By putting the fun and inclusion back into the lives of those with physical disabilities to play video games, the work of SpecialEffect really levels the playing field”.

For more information on how your company can get involved in One Special Day, email Nick Streeter at nick@specialeffect.org.uk or go to www.onespecialday.org.uk

Train2Game News Pocket Arcade Classics

My Arcade, a leading manufacturer in licensed retro gaming collectables, announced today that its DIG DUG™ Pocket Player is now available for MSRP $34.99 at Amazon.com, MyArcadeGaming.com, and select retailers.

Additionally, pre-orders for BUBBLE BOBBLE™ Pocket Player and ROLLING THUNDER™ Micro Player are now available for MSRP $34.99 and slated to ship on August 5, 2019.

The officially licensed titles – DIG DUG and ROLLING THUNDER from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc., and BUBBLE BOBBLE
from TAITO Corporation – continue My Arcade’s expansion of its
collectable retro gaming players, offering more classics for fans to
enjoy in tabletop and/or portable form.

Making its debut in the West on
the BUBBLE BOBBLE Pocket Player is RAINBOW ISLANDS™: THE STORY OF BUBBLE BOBBLE 2,
a highly sought classic in Japan.

Each Pocket Player features a 2.75”
backlit screen, 3.5mm headphone jack, and front-facing speakers, giving
retro-enthusiasts the ultimate on-the-go gameplay experience for these
iconic games.

DIG DUG™ Pocket Player [$34.99]:
Featuring 8-bit versions of the wildly popular DIG DUG™ and its sequel, DIG DUG™II, players will navigate underground tunnels to eliminate monsters. This Pocket Player also includes THE TOWER OF DRUAGA™ that has players navigating mazes to save a maiden from an evil demon.

BUBBLE BOBBLE™ Pocket Player [$34.99]:
The BUBBLE BOBBLE™ Pocket Player will include fully playable 8-bit versions of the fan-favourite BUBBLE BOBBLE™ as well as its hard-to-find sequel BUBBLE BOBBLE PART™ 2
that has players navigating the Cave of Monsters to defeat enemies. Now
for the first time, players in the United States can enjoy RAINBOW ISLANDS™: THE STORY OF BUBBLE BOBBLE 2 where they can travel to different lands and save the Rainbow Islands.

ROLLING THUNDER™ Micro Player [$34.99]:
The ROLLING THUNDER™ Micro Player is the same arcade cabinet that gamers know and love, scaled down to 6.75” for desktop play. The ROLLING THUNDER™ Micro
Player features artwork inspired by the original arcade cabinets as
well as a full colour, 2.75” screen with volume control and 3.5mm
headphone jack.

Train2Game News Pokémon Masters Pre-Registration


DeNA Co., Ltd., in partnership
with The Pokémon Company, began opening pre-registration today for
Pokémon Masters on Google Play and the App Store.

Pokémon Masters is a strategy and battling game where players form teams of sync pairs (the combination of a Trainer and their partner Pokémon) to engage in 3-on-3
real-time battles against AI opponents.

The game takes place in an
all-new location – the island of Pasio, where Trainers and their partner
Pokémon from every known Pokémon region will gather to compete.

Players who pre-register for the game will receive a notification when it
launches later this summer.

A new series of six gameplay trailers was also released today on the official Pokémon Masters YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/PokemonMastersGame) to provide fans with a deeper look into the world of Pokémon Masters and its major gameplay features.

These trailers include:

  • An overview of the game’s battle and progression systems
  • A preview of the Story Mode, including a look at the Pokémon Masters League (PML), a tournament that takes place only on the island of Pasio
  • How to evolve Pokémon in this game and the special powers that come with evolution
  • A look at the unique features of cooperative play, such as the ability to switch between sync pairs during battle
  • How to build the perfect team based on each sync pair’s strengths and specific role (Strike, Support, Tech), as well as how to add new sync pairs to your team

In addition, a preview version of
Pokémon Masters will launch on supported Android devices in Singapore starting tomorrow and will be coming soon to Canada.

In the preview version, players in these regions will be able to enjoy select content from the game before it launches worldwide without needing to pre-register on Google Play. All player progress during this time period
will be saved and carried forward to the final version of the game.

Pokémon Masters will be available worldwide as a free-to-start game with in-app purchases on compatible Android and iOS devices, with release planned for summer 2019.

To pre-register go to:

The game will be available in English, French, German,
Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Traditional Chinese. Fans can
learn more about Pokémon Masters at https://pokemonmasters-game.com/en-US.

They can also stay tuned to the official social media channels on Twitter (https://twitter.com/PokemonMasters), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/PokemonMastersGame), and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/pokemonmastersgame), as well as the official YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/PokemonMastersGame) for upcoming news about the game.

Train2Game News N64 Goes Modern


The EON Super 64, the first-of-its-kind, plug-and-play solution connecting the Nintendo64 with modern televisions and monitors, is available now at CastleMania Games, Amazon, and other retail partners.
EON, the creators of the acclaimed GCHD and GCHD Mk-II,
upscales N64 classics by delivering gorgeous 480p — double the N64’s
native resolution — and truly lagless input with the EON Super 64. The
optional “Slick Mode” even smooths jagged edges, making classics look
sharper than ever. EON delivers the first device that respects the
original hardware without risky modifications and external power
sources.
Connect the N64 to a high-definition TV via HDMI and forego heavy CRT televisions and risky console modifications, unlocking a pure retro experience.

EON’s attention to detail provides an elegant, modern solution for the
32.9 million N64s sold that are unable to play on today’s displays.

With reverence for the Nintendo hardware legacy, EON designed the Super 64 as a natural extension of the console itself by following the N64’s
design aesthetic.

The Super 64 looks like it was always meant to be
there.

“Because the Nintendo 64 impacted our lives and the lives of so many others, honoring the original hardware with a look and quality level to match was crucial,” said Justin Chou, Justin Scerbo, and Allan Chou, founders of EON.

“We designed the Super 64 to bring our favorite games to modern
TVs, and not just be playable, but beautiful. We hope our device lives
up to your memories.”

The EON Super 64 is now available in North America for $149.99 USD on Amazon, CastleMania Games, and other EON retail partners. Check out EON’s mission and quality standards on their website and celebrate the N64 with them on Twitter.

Train2Game News Netflix’s The Witcher Trailer

San Diego hosted their annual Comic-Con over the weekend and fans were treated to a trailer of the highly anticipated The Witcher Netflix series.

The show stars Superman actor, Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia and this is the first chance that fans have got a live-action look at the fantasy adventure.

Enjoy the trailer below:

The show doesn’t have a release date yet but is coming soon.

Train2Game News Gamer Goo

Gamer Goo®, makers of the world’s only dedicated gaming lotion, today announced the launch of three all-new scents to its range of uniquely innovative products.

Joining the already popular Orange, Peppermint and Cinnamon varieties, are the sweet summer smell of Vanilla Sugar, the enticing allure of Teakwood and the captivating fragrance of Cherry Blossom.

The new scents are all available to purchase now, shipping worldwide via the Gamer Goo website.

An innovation in gaming skincare and the only product of its type dedicated to enhancing the performance of gamers, Gamer Goo is designed to improve the gamers’ grip, as well as increasing accuracy and dexterity by reducing sweat and clammy hands forever.

The unique Gamer Goo formula leaves behind no greasy or damaging residue and won’t damage controllers, keyboards, mice or accessories.

Professional gamers and participants in esports will be all too familiar with the debilitating symptoms which can result from intense gaming, namely a rapid build-up of sweat during heated play.

The special formulation only offered by Gamer Goo keeps hands dry, cool and sweat-free, allowing the gamer to perform at their best for hours on end.

A simple pea-sized application is all that’s needed to keep fresh and one-step-ahead of the competition.

Used by many professional gamers, Gamer Goo is the secret weapon to ensuring an edge over the competition, getting to work instantly, drying almost instantly and leaving a layer of protection to blocks sweat and moisture.

“Gamers around the globe are fast discovering the benefits that Gamer Goo provides to performance. Our community has welcomed our unique range with open (and sweat-free!) hands and love the distinct fragrances our products offer,” said Justin Clark, Co-Founder of Gamer Goo.

“We’re excited to bring three new scents to our product portfolio, further enhancing choice and allowing gamers to express themselves further while adding a very real competitive advantage during play. With our range shipping worldwide, we look forward to bringing Gamer Goo to more gamers than ever before in the year ahead.”

For more information on Gamer Goo and its range of gaming lotions, please visit www.gamergoo.com.

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Train2Game News Nintendo Switch Lite

Nintendo have introduced Nintendo Switch Lite, a device designed specifically to play Nintendo Switch games in handheld mode.

The Nintendo Switch Lite system launches Sept. 20 at a suggested retail price of $199.99 and will be available in three different colors: yellow, gray and turquoise. A carrying case and screen protector set for Nintendo Switch Lite will also be available.

“Adding Nintendo Switch Lite to the lineup gives gamers more color and price point options,” said Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser. “Now consumers can choose the system that best suits how they like to play their favorite Nintendo Switch games.”

The flagship Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017 and offers three different play modes: playing in TV mode by placing the system into a Nintendo Switch dock, playing cooperatively or competitively in tabletop mode by sharing Joy-Con controllers and playing in handheld mode. The system comes with either Gray Joy-Con controllers or Neon Red and Neon Blue Joy-Con controllers.

Nintendo Switch Lite has integrated controls and is smaller than the flagship version of Nintendo Switch. It has no kickstand and, as a dedicated handheld gaming device, does not support video output to a TV. Therefore, it does not come with a dock or HDMI cable. For a full list of the differences between Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/compare.

The new device can play all games in the robust Nintendo Switch library that support handheld mode, although some games will have restrictions.

Compatible game modes will be listed on the back of game packaging and in Nintendo eShop.

Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite owners can get together to enjoy compatible multiplayer titles like Super Mario Maker 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate together via Nintendo Switch Online or local wireless multiplayer.

For additional information about Nintendo Switch Lite, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/lite/