Train2Game News Yogscast at EGX

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Popular YouTube stars from Yogscast will be at EGX in September to meet and greet.

Gamer Network, the world’s leading network of independent video games websites and producer of the UK’s premiere video games events, and The Yogscast, the YouTube mega stars, today are proud to announce details of the massive EGX Yogscast presence.

Throughout EGX – running 24th-27th September at the NEC, Birmingham – The Yogscast team will be meeting fans in their own special Yogscast Zone, which features a custom designed signing area and merchandise stand. Lewis, Trott, Smiffy, Ross, Sjin, Duncan, Hannah, Kim and Turps will all be attending EGX at varying times. With so many of The Yogscast coming it means that no matter which day visitors attend the show there will always be team members on hand to meet them.

In addition to the daytime activity, from 6pm-8pm on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th September the team are inviting visitors to join them for An Evening with The Yogscast! This relaxed after-show event will give fans more personal time with The Yogscast, with two special behind-closed-doors Q&A panels hosted by Turps and featuring a classic blend of waffle, guff and great prizes. Hannah, Kim, Duncan and Sjin will be enjoying Friday evening with fans. While on Saturday, Ross, Trot, Lewis and Smiffy (AKA Hat Films) will be entertaining the group. Tickets to An Evening with The Yogscast are priced at £15 for a single evening or £20 for both Friday and Saturday evenings. Tickets are available at www.egx.net/egx/tickets.

The Yogscast CEO Mark Turpin said, “We are really excited be working with EGX this year. It is such an important event in the gaming calendar, and we are proud to be part of it again this autumn. We’re especially looking forward to meeting all our fans at the NEC, and sharing some extra special madness with you at An Evening with The Yogscast events!”.

“A huge part of the EGX experience for visitors is getting to meet their gaming heroes”, said David Lilley, Managing Director of Gamer Events. “You don’t get much bigger than The Yogscast, the original UK YouTube gaming stars. We’re delighted to welcome them back to EGX with their largest ever show presence. Fans will have more access to the team, and more fun with The Yogscast, than ever before”.

For more information about The Yogscast’s huge EGX presence, including the full schedule of activity, plus please visit www.yogscast.com . To join the team for An Evening with The Yogscast, tickets are available from www.egx.net/egx/tickets .

The Yogscast are one of a stack of YouTube stars at this year’s EGX. For all the information about EGX, including the latest publisher and game announcements, plus to buy a ticket to this year’s show – the UK’s largest ever gaming event – please visit www.egx.net/egx .

Train2Game News Videogame Nation Season Three

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Smash show Videogame Nation produced by Ginx TV has been commissioned for a third series, set to premiere tomorrow onChallenge on Saturday July 4th , 10 AM.

The show will see the return of gaming journalists co-hosts  Dan Maher (Explosive Alan),  Aoife Wilson (Eurogamer) and  John Robertson (The Dark Room) celebrating games, gamers and gaming culture. Featuring one major gaming release per week, the successful series is a blend of reviews, conversation, comedy and Top 5 picks.

As a show made by gamers for gamers, the new series renews its commitment to inclusivity and challenges the viewers’ perception of video games by exploring the world of gaming culture, from the understated beauty of games such as  Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture  to the super-powered open world of Batman: Arkham Knight.

This season will feature global gaming phenomenon including the galactic saga Star Wars: Battlefront, the anticipated apocalyptic frenzy of  Fallout 4, and the return of Lara Croft in  Rise of the Tomb Raider, as well as lesser-known indie gems such as Mike Bithell’s  Volume.

High-profile names in the new series include The Guardian’s Games Editor Keith Stuart, Kotaku’s UK Editor  Keza MacDonald, PCGamesN’s  Steve Hogarty, presenter  Julia Hardy (Video Game BAFTAs), and comedians  Steve McNeil (Go 8-bit) and  Ellie Gibson (Scummy Mummies).

Ginx TV’s Creative Director and Executive Producer  James Neal commented: “We are really excited that Challenge is committed to bringing video game entertainment to broadcast television for British audiences. The latter part of 2015 is stacked with the most amazing slate of video game launches on next gen consoles and PC and Videogame Nation will be perfectly placed to maximise the opportunity for TV.” 

Stephen Ladlow,  Director of Challenge commented:  “With such an array of eagerly anticipated games launching this year, it’s an exciting time in the world of gaming. Here at Challenge, with this new series of Videogame Nation, we are aiming to indulge our viewers and gamers in the latest topics, reviews, and hottest developments in gaming culture. 
Videogame Nation will be Produced and Directed by Ginx TV’s  Adam Mason and was commissioned by Director of Challenge and Pick TV,  Stephen Ladlow.

The brand new season 3 of Videogame Nation starts on Saturday July 4th at 10am on Challenge (Sky 145, Freeview 46, Freesat 145, Virgin 139) in the UK, and every Monday from July 20th at 19:00 CET on GINX TV.

Train2Game News Eurogamer 2014 Video

Train2GameTrain2Game was at Eurogamer last month and we have put together a video from some of our students who were in attendance about there thoughts on the Train2Game course. Enjoy the video below

Train2Game News EGX in 2015

Eurogamer ExpoEGX – the UK’s biggest games event – has struck a multi-year deal to move to Birmingham’s NEC. Next year’s event will be the biggest EGX ever and takes place at the NEC from September 24th-27th 2015.

This announcement comes hot on the heels of the most successful event in EGX’s seven-year history that saw a record 75,000 attendees visit the show over its four days. The show featured over 100 unreleased videogames, presentations from some of the world’s most prestigious game developers and lots more.

EGX is also pleased to confirm that tickets for 2015 will remain frozen at this year’s prices and that it is already working with travel companies to deliver discounted train and coach packages for visitors to the show.

Furthermore, attendees will be able to take advantage of the host of new facilities and attractions currently being built on-site. Opening in spring 2015 and part of the NEC campus, Resorts World Birmingham will be the UK’s first integrated destination leisure and entertainment complex, comprising of a four star hotel, restaurants and bars, multi-screen cinema and casino.

“EGX has experienced amazing growth during our four years at Earl’s Court,” commented co-founder and CEO of Gamer Network, Rupert Loman. “And while we are sad to leave, we see the move to the NEC not only as a real opportunity to continue its success, but also to evolve and improve the experience we offer both attendees and exhibitors.”

Gamer Network’s growth plans for EGX events have already begun with the recent announcement of a partnership between the acclaimed indie, PC and developer-focused show, EGX Rezzed and the prestigious BAFTA Games Awards. EGX Rezzed will take place from March 12th-14th, 2015 at London’s Tobacco Dock, with the BAFTA Games Awards will be held at the venue on the first evening. Tickets for EGX Rezzed go on sale tomorrow morning.

More info on both events can be found at www.egx.net

Train2Game News GamesAid record breaking fund raising year

PrintGamesAid, the UK video games industry’s charity, distributed the monies raised in 2013-2014 by its members, friends and supporters at a special cheque-giving ceremony during the Eurogamer Expo at London’s Earls Court.

GamesAid also made several announcements about its record fundraising achievements for 2014 as well as unveiling a brand new comedy fundraising event at the Manchester Comedy Store on October 20th.

“2014 has been a massive year for GamesAid,” said GamesAid Chair, Stuart Dinsey “We’ve raised more money, supported more charities and distributed bigger individual cheques than ever before.”

The outgoing Chair continued, “As I step down after my three year tenure as Trustee and Chair I think I can safely say that GamesAid has never been stronger, better supported, or more able to make a real difference to the lives of kids and young people through the charities we support – it’s a great thing to be a part of and I encourage anyone involved in the video games industry to become a member today by signing up at www.gamesaid.org.”

Each year members of GamesAid nominate and vote to decide on the good causes that receive charity funding. Those charities gaining the highest number of votes receive an equal share of all the monies raised. In previous years the organisation has supported four or five charities, but this year GamesAid has expanded its reach with seven supported charities each receiving for £62,571 – the highest individual amounts GamesAid has ever raised.

A total of £438,000 was raised in 2013-4, bringing cumulative funds raised by the charity’s loyal supporters since it was established in 2007 to £1.2 million. The charities receiving the funding during the moving London ceremony were Special Effect, Lifelites, Action for Kids, Jigsaw4U, Safe at Last, Accuro and MAPS.

In addition to meeting the due diligence requirements of GamesAid, this diverse range of charities had two key things in common: they all work tirelessly to support children and young people in the UK, and all struck a nerve with GamesAid Members – who voted in even greater numbers than last year.

GamesAid’s patron, Imran Yusuf stated “Since the voting process closed on Thursday 11th September and the votes were counted, the Trustees have been informing the successful charities about the news. This is one of the most rewarding activities that GamesAid’s trusty volunteers get involved in each year – all the more given we’re supporting seven charities this year.” He added , “Those charities that didn’t quite make the grade shouldn’t be disheartened – it’s worth reapplying and lobbying next year too – the more awareness you can build up, the more likely Members are to vote for you in the future!”

Imran Yusuf’s thoughts have already turned to fundraising efforts for 2015 – and GamesAid also announced today that the successful Comedy Store night, Stand Up for GamesAid will be headed to the Comedy Store in Manchester on October 20th 2014. He asked for people to “save the date and start booking meetings in the North for that Monday as well, more details very soon. “

During the cheque giving ceremony, Stuart Dinsey, GamesAid’s outgoing Chair offered his heartfelt thanks to all the people who supported GamesAid in 2014, and made this the biggest year in the charity’s history. He said that “GamesAid only exists thanks to the energy, passion and fundraising efforts of the games industry. Thank you so much for your support. You are simply amazing.”

Train2Game News EGX 2014 Developer Sessions

EGX 2014Gamer Network has announced the full developer sessions line-up for this year’s EGX event, taking place next Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th September at Earls Court, London.

This year’s line-up is arguably the strongest in the show’s history, featuring future blockbusters like The Witcher 3, The Division, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Dragon Age: Inquisition alongside fantastic-looking indie titles like Never Alone, Heat Signature, Volume and The Magic Circle.

The developer sessions are often a very popular part of the event giving you a look into the developers mind and thinking between some of the most important decisions behind the years blockbusters.

The four-day schedule runs from noon UK time (BST) each day. If you’re heading to the show, look for signs to the developer sessions – and remember to leave a bit of time for queuing as they often prove very popular.

The full schedule is as follows:

TTHURSDAY

12pm – Dead Island 2 (18+)
Yager’s senior gameplay programmer Isaac Durham Ashdown talks about zombies in the Hollywood Hills with Dead Island 2.

1pm – Dragon Age: Inquisition (18+)
Neil Thompson, director of art and animation at BioWare, invites visitors to discover the vast open world of Dragon Age: Inquisition through a gameplay demo and more.

2pm – Death, Stealth, Money & Power in Elite: Dangerous
Combat, piracy, bounty hunting, trading and exploring – David Braben explains how you can do it all in Elite: Dangerous.

3pm – Roll7 Exclusive Announcement
The team behind OlliOlli and Not a Hero take to the stage to announce something brand new.

4pm – The Next Total War
Creative Assembly reveals the next title in the award-winning Total War strategy series.

5pm – Alien: Isolation (18+)
Al Hope, Alien: Isolation creative lead, introduces a behind-the-scenes look into how the team at Creative Assembly created the incredible new Alien world. UI design lead Jon McKellan and audio designer Byron Bullock reveal how they created the immersive world of Alien: Isolation including bringing back the original Alien cast for the first time.

6pm – Never Alone
Gloria O’Neill of the Cook Inlet Tribal Council and Alan Gershenfeld of E-Line Media share their approach to inclusive development for Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) as a model for sharing, celebrating and extending world cultures through compelling, commercial video games.

FRIDAY

12pm – Eurogamer Let’s Play LIVE
Gamer Network video heroes Gav Murphy and Ian Higton present a live Let’s Play of something incredible!

1pm – The Division
Brand art director Cortes Rodrigo Javier presents the realisation of the world of Tom Clancy’s The Division, and how the team at Massive developed some of the key pillars of the ambitious brand new IP from Ubisoft.

2pm – Heat Signature
Gunpoint developer Tom Francis will be flying through an infinite galaxy and hijacking randomly generated spaceships in a live, unscripted playthrough of his new game Heat Signature, explaining things as he goes.

3pm – Until Dawn
Supermassive Games presents a live playthrough, with commentary, of Until Dawn. The session will be followed by an audience Q&A.

4pm – Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault
Company of Heroes 2 director Quinn Duffy will be joined by producer Greg Wilson to give COH2 fans an in-depth look at the all-new standalone content, Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault.

5pm – Nuclear Throne
Nuclear Throne is a game about action and randomness. Vlambeer’s Rami Ismail talks about randomness in games, how Nuclear Throne handles its level generation and how all of that leads to the challenging game that so many people have been playing over the past few months.

6pm – Battlefield Hardline
Steve Papoutsis, general manager of Visceral Games, details the inspiration behind Battlefield Hardline and how his team at Visceral are putting their own, new stamp on the Battlefield franchise.

SATURDAY

12pm – Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – The Art of Inspiration
Glen Schofield of Sledgehammer Games talks Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s creative development.

1pm – McNeil & Pamphilon Go 8-Bit with The Comedian’s Comedian Podcast
A very special edition of The Comedian’s Comedian Podcast with Stuart Goldsmith, interviewing McNeil and Pamphilon about their career, with a focus on their live videogaming/comedy show “Go 8-Bit!”

2pm – Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (18+)
Bob Roberts, lead designer at Monolith Productions, brings the latest news on this open-world RPG.

3pm – The Magic Circle
Jordan Thomas demonstrates the core gameplay and themes of The Magic Circle – a darkly comic story about the hero of a legendarily unfinished game who attempts to complete it from the inside.

4pm – Volume
Mike Bithell will be showing a few unseen mechanics from Volume, his upcoming PS4 and desktop stealth game, and doing a live Q&A.

5pm – Evolve (18+)
The Turtle Rock team presents a unique multiplayer runthrough of Evolve followed by a Q&A session.

6pm – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (18+)
Using the latest video and gameplay stills, CD Projekt presents the various mechanics which combine to create the living and breathing world of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

SUNDAY

12pm – Dying Light (18+)
Maciej Binkowski, Dying Light’s lead game designer, unveils some exciting news regarding Techland’s new game.

1pm – Hellblade
Dominic Matthews will discuss Ninja Theory’s new title Hellblade, the studio’s bold independent approach and an update on the game’s development so far.

2pm – LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
Arthur Parsons, game director at Traveller’s Tales, will present the latest on LEGO Batman 3.

3pm – Lords of the Fallen
CI Games’ executive producer Tomasz Gop presents an exclusive look at the upcoming action-RPG Lords of the Fallen, providing an in-depth discussion of the design process behind the game’s challenging yet rewarding combat. Showcased via all-new gameplay, attendees will also get the opportunity to put their questions to the developer.

4pm – Tearaway Unfolded
Rex Crowle and Michelle Ducker present a playthrough of Tearaway Unfolded for PS4, highlighting the exciting new gameplay mechanics in this expanded retelling of the BAFTA award-winning Tearaway.

5pm – Online Worlds with Dean Hall
DayZ creator Dean Hall argues that multiplayer sandbox gaming is the future.

Train2Game News EGX 2014 Line Up

EGX 2014Gamer Network, one of the world’s leading games media businesses, today announces exclusive details of the line-up available at the forthcoming EGX consumer show.

EGX, formerly known as the Eurogamer Expo, is the UK’s biggest video games show with over 80,000 gamers visiting London’s Earl’s Court over four days (25th-28th September 2014).

EGX is a celebration of all things gaming, from getting a career in the industry and getting invaluable insight into the development process from the experts, to coming dressed as your favourite games character or showcasing your skills in one of the competitive arenas.

At the heart of the show are the games themselves, and this year’s show will house more games than ever, with more opportunities for attendees to get their hands on this year’s hottest titles, weeks and even months before their actual release dates.

Microsoft once again supports the show with a full line-up including Sunset Overdrive, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Forza Horizon 2, Project Spark and Fable Legends while Sony will be presenting over 30 titles including The Last of Us Remastered, The Order 1886, Driveclub and Bloodborne.

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare and Assassin’s Creed Unity join the recently announced Mortal Kombat X along with the next in the much-loved Lego series from Warner, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. The CD Projekt development team will also be showcasing the highly anticipated The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Previously announced games available to play early include SEGA’s Alien Isolation, Deep Silver’s Dead Island 2 and Escape Dead Island, 2K’s award-winning Evolve, and EA’s Battlefield Hardline.

In addition to the blockbuster games on show, the event will also host EGX Rezzed, a space where developers of all sizes will be showcasing their new releases including the much talked about Gang Beasts by Boneloaf, Volume by Mike Bithell and Heat Signature by Tom Francis. This year’s event also includes the Leftfield Collection, a curated show of games from the newest and most promising indie developers of the future.

A full list of games can be found at: www.egxlondon.net/whats-on/show-floor

A number of Competitive Gaming events will be held over the four days including the EGX Fight Zone featuring Capcom Pro Tour, a Nintendo Life Mario Kart 8 Tournament, EGX Dota 2 Challenge in association with Epic.LAN and a League of Legends Tournament to be streamed live on GFinity.

In addition to the games available to play, the event includes a careers fair for anyone looking to work in the industry along with number of Developer Sessions with talks from some of the world’s leading games makers. These include an exclusive announcement from OlliOlli developer Roll7; new details from Techland on the eagerly anticipated Dying Light and the latest on Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor’s Lead Designer, Bob Roberts.

For the second year running a dedicated Cosplay stage will feature parades, workshops and competitions, and visitors are encouraged to come dressed as their favourite characters. The show even hosts a retro gaming section, including games from the past 30 years should attendees fancy a trip down memory lane.

Last year saw a number of politicians, celebrities and leading YouTubers attend EGX, an event that is gaining a reputation for one of the most cutting-edge and colourful consumer shows in the world.

Train2Game News Indie Game Show and Tell

BeefJackBeefJack, the creative games company, officially announced Indie Game Show & Tell – an event for which tickets are already shifting fast!

The event, which takes place on the first evening of EGX London, invites developers, journalists and members of the public to pop along to show off their latest project, get industry feedback, and generally have a good old free drink.

Indie Game Show & Tell takes place from 19:00 on Thursday 25th September at the Troubador Gallery on Old Brompton Road – just round the corner from EGX London at Earls Court. Tickets are free, though attendees need to register via the Eventbrite page – http://bit.ly/indieshowandtell

“This is our first event as BeefJack and we’re really excited to see such an enormous response to it only a few hours after we announced it,” said BeefJack’s Lewis Denby. “Already one of our ticket types is sold out – though we’re hoping to have more availability in the run-up to the event.”

BeefJack is a multi-faceted games company, which champions the weird and wonderful in games. It is both a games development studio and a games marketing agency, with a focus on indie, creative and alternative gaming experiences.

For more information on BeefJack, visit www.beefjack.com

Train2Game News eSports at EGX

EurogamerGamer Network is delighted to announce an agreement with Gfinity, the leaders in eSports, to provide an exciting competitive gaming feature at this year’s EGX London.

EGX London 2014 is set to become the UK’s largest ever dedicated gaming event with 80,000 attendees expected to fill two floors of London’s Earls Court.

The Gfinity stand will give EGX attendees a comprehensive eSports experience allowing them to meet pro-gamers, take part in mini tournaments with their friends and get tips on becoming a pro.

League of Legends fans are in for a treat and will be immersed in the full eSports experience across the four days as they get a chance to take part in mini competitions with plenty of great prizes up for grabs.

Also, with the release of FIFA 15 scheduled for the week of the event, Gfinity will stage a 4 person, FIFA 15 tournament featuring 4 of the UK’s biggest FIFA You-Tubers in a one-off exhibition match.

David Lilley, MD of Gamer Events, said: “We were impressed by the energy and enthusiasm that Gfinity bring to eSports. We’re excited by the prospect of working with them to provide a fantastic competitive gaming experience to our audience.”

Martin Wyatt, Head of Content & Partner Relations at Gfinity, said: ““We are going to provide some exciting and entertaining competition with the gaming community – everyone who visits EGX can come to our stand, game like a pro and talk to us about getting into eSports. We are excited to be a partner of this great event and look forward to helping others get involved.”

Train2Game News Eurogamer 2014

EurogamerGamer Network, in partnership with Virgin Media, is delighted to reveal a small selection of the huge number of games that will available to play at EGX London 2014 this September.

Battlefield Hardline, Sunset Overdrive and Alien: Isolation are just some of the games headlining this year’s show, with other titles already confirmed from the likes of 2K Games, Electronic Arts, Activision and SEGA, as well as the console platform holders Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, and VR powerhouse Oculus.

EGX London 2014 takes place at Earls Court, London, from Thursday 25th September to Sunday 28th September, and is expected to attract 80,000 gamers. For the first time in its history the event will occupy two full floors of Earl’s Court One, packing the space with hundreds of playable pre-release games, along with exclusive developer session presentations on the hour every day and a host of other attractions.

Other playable games include Evolve and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel from 2K Games and the aforementioned Destiny from Activision and Battlefield Hardline from Electronic Arts. SEGA’s Alien: Isolation, voted game of the show at this year’s EGX Rezzed, will also feature in a big way.

Visitors to EGX London will also have the opportunity to experience Oculus Rift, the cutting-edge VR headset, on its own dedicated stand. It’s another chance for attendees to enjoy what many people consider to be the future of gaming.

Gamer Network is also pleased to confirm that SEGA will continue to sponsor the Leftfield Collection (formerly Indie Games Arcade), offering indie developers the opportunity to showcase innovative projects free of charge to thousands of gamers.

Ticket sales have been very strong with super passes, early-entry tickets and Saturday day passes already sold out. Remaining tickets can be purchased via the EGX London website: http://www.egxlondon.net/tickets