Train2Game News IMGA 15 Winners

The International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA) today announced the winners of their 15th edition.

In total, the jury selected 16 winners from a shortlist of 153 nominees that were previously hand-picked from nearly 800 submissions, with a 16th winner selected by the public.

The internationally acclaimed game Florence won the Grand Prix as well as the Best Meaningful Play and Excellence in Storytelling. The game Flippin Filip won the Jury’s Honorable Mention, while thousands of online voters chose Cooking Diary ®: Restaurant Game as the winner of the People’s Choice Award with more than 500 votes from all over the world.

The IMGA introduced a new category “Feel Good Games”, games that are intended to get you in a more relaxed mood. The game Valleys Between, made by Little Lost Fox, New Zealand.

“I’d like to thank our jury, for all their hard work: the 350 jury members who gave their scores online, working through the 800 submissions and the 15 jury members who gathered in Helsinki this February to judge the 153 preselected games,” says Maarten Noyons, Founder of the IMGA.

We want to thank all our sponsors: Rovio, Supercell, Resolution Games, Matchmade and Mobile Action and the City of Helsinki, host of the 15th IMGA judging session.

Winners of IMGA special category prizes include:

Excellence in Visual Art and Design: CHUCHEL, AMANITA DESIGN, CZECH REPUBLIC

Best Multiplayer Game: BRAWL STARS, SUPERCELL, FINLAND

Best Quickplay Game: ODDMAN, SET SNAIL, DENMARK

Guilty Pleasure: BACON – THE GAME, KAMIBOX, GERMANY

Best Meaningful Play: FLORENCE, MOUNTAINS, AUSTRALIA

Excellence in Gameplay: BRING YOU HOME, ALIKE STUDIO, SPAIN

Excellence in Storytelling: FLORENCE, MOUNTAINS, AUSTRALIA

Best Technical Achievement: ASPHALT 9: LEGENDS – 2019’s ACTION CAR RACING GAME, GAMELOFT, SPAIN

Best Upcoming Game: AGATHA KNIFE, MANGO PROTOCOL, SPAIN

Excellence in Innovation: GLADIABOTS, GFX47

Excellence in Audio: ELOH, BROKEN RULES INTERACTIVE MEDIA / JCSTRANGER / SALON ALPIN, AUSTRIA

Best Feel Good Game: VALLEYS BETWEEN, LITTLE LOST FOX, NEW ZEALAND

Best VR Game: NARROWS, RESOLUTION GAMES, SWEDEN

People’s Choice Award: COOKING DIARY ®: RESTAURANT GAME, MYTONA, RUSSIA

Jury’s Honorable Mention: FLIPPIN FILIP, DEEDEMA GAME STUDIO, IRAN

Grand Prix: FLORENCE, MOUNTAINS, AUSTRALIA

Held during gaming week in San Francisco, the 15th IMGA ceremony was presented by the Australian host Maude Garrett at the Minna Gallery, followed by an exclusive after-party hosted by Rovio who celebrated the 10 years of Angry Birds, the party had over 700 guests.

Train2Game News London Games Festival Parade

The Guildhall Yard in the historic City of London will turn into a celebration of cosplay and games culture when the London Games Festival’s annual Games Character Parade and Family Day returns on Saturday 6 April.

The parade is part of the twelve-day Festival of video games and interactive entertainment across the capital and is back in 2019 for its third year. The family day boasts a range of free activities for the whole family throughout the day including game exhibits, costume making and a unique VR experience in a historic location.

Games fans will gather in Guildhall Yard for the annual Games Character Parade and an onstage fashion show hosted by Costume and Play, while retro games come to life with interactive exhibits by Actual Reality Arcade.

Meanwhile, in Guildhall Art Gallery, young people can create their own costumes for the Character Parade with Boxhead Craft and SamiArts, and use Minecraft game technology to understand traditional crafts in Minecraft Knit, with help from its creator Gemma May Latham.

Minecraft Knit will return to the Gallery the following weekend on Saturday, April 13 as part of the Family Day for Seen and Heard: Victorian Children in the Frame (23 November 2018 – 28 April 2019).

In the Gallery’s ancient Amphitheatre, an interactive virtual reality experience by Professor William Latham will introduce new audiences to the latest innovations in digital art in the historic home of games in London. Professor Latham will also lead a lunchtime symposium for game developers, digital artists and academics working at the cutting edge of digital art.

For more details and information on how to attend, head to www.games.london/parade2019

London Games Festival runs from 2 to 14 April and is organised by Games London, a partnership between the capital’s screen industries agency Film London and games trade body Ukie, supported by the Mayor of London’s London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP).

The event is supported by the City of London Corporation and Arts Council of England. It is free to attend but those wishing to participate in the cosplay parade are required to register in advance at www.games.london/parade2019

The London Games Festival Character Parade and Family Day is just one of 40+ cultural or B2B events across 30 venues from 2 to 14 April.

London Games Festival is responsible for a series of thought-provoking summits and conferences, plus the Games Finance Market welcoming financiers with over £200m to spend on games investors. Other highlights include EGX Rezzed (4-6 April), Now Play This at Somerset House (6-14) and the BAFTA Games Awards (4 April).

More information and details on how to buy tickets can be found at www.games.london.

Train2Game News Games Media Brit List

Simon Miller will once again be laying the smackdown as host of the second annual Games Media Brit List awards.

That’s right people, the games media legend, host of The Miller Report, pro wrestler and all-around badass will be keeping order at what will be the best night of the year if you work in, around or with the UK’s games media.

The Games Media Brit List will once again celebrate the very best in games writing and broadcasting on Thursday, May 16th 2019 at London’s Rix Mix.

Returning after a rip-roaring inaugural 2018 event, the Games Media Brit List awards are open to anyone involved in the games and esports media – specialist consumer journalists, B2B reporters, vloggers, media brands, national media reviewers and more.

Miller said: “It’s a pleasure to host the second-ever Games Media Brit List, especially as there was that one Tweet which said it would never last that long. Just goes to show you can never truly rely on social media.

“I do look forward to seeing the industry’s best (and Chris Bratt) gathered in one place, though, to give much-deserved credit to all those who work so hard and show so much passion for games. You’re only as young as you feel! That doesn’t really tie in. I just thought it would be a nice way to end a quote…”

The Games Media Brit List awards provide a showcase of UK games media talent and will highlight achievements from the previous 12 months – whether for excellent reporting, influencer reach, or creative ingenuity.

The nominations period closes on Friday, February 28th – for a full list of categories and to nominate click here: https://www.gamesmediabritlist.com/enter-the-awards

As well as the awards themselves, the Games Media Brit List will once again bring together the games media community and the wider industry for an evening of entertainment and networking in the buildup to E3, the global industry’s leading trade event in LA.

And for finalists, the Games Media Brit List will once again be completely free to attend.

Train2Game News Games Finance Market 2019

Momentum is building behind the upcoming fourth annual Games Finance Market, part of London Games Festival, which has secured participation from a number of world-renowned investors and game funders.

60 different investors are expected to attend the event on 3 and 4 April in central London, running during the wider 2-14 April 2019 London Games Festival. The event has grown in popularity since its 2016 debut and continues to attract investor heavyweights looking to fund new games businesses and hear innovative pitches.

Recent research has shown that the global appetite for games investments is soaring, with $5.7bn spent on games companies in 2018 – double the amount in 2017.

New to the Market in 2019 are a range of established world-famous investors who haven’t visited before but have been attracted to London and the Games Festival by its unique mix of talent, culture and cost-effectiveness. These include Accel, Balderton Capital, BigBen Interactive, Chucklefish, DMM, ExWorks Capital, Finstock Capital, Gameforge, Kowloon Nights, Private Division, and Triple Dragon.

They join other previously-confirmed attendees including All 4 Games, Altered VC, Authentic Media Group, BFI, Curve Digital, Goldfinch Entertainment, Greenlight Games, Green Man Gaming Publishing, ID@Xbox, Microsoft, London Venture Partners, Marvelous Europe, Miniclip, Northern Ireland Screen, PlayStack and SEGA.

Developers can still apply to be part of the market and get a chance to meet these visiting investors – more information can be found at http://gfm.games.london, while the deadline to apply is midnight GMT on Monday, 18 February 2019.

The Games Finance Market is part of London Games Festival and is backed by the Mayor of London. It is delivered by Games London, an initiative from Film London, the capital’s screen industries agency, and video games trade body Ukie (The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment).

Find out more at www.games.london and follow @londongamesfest for more updates over the coming weeks and months.

Train2Game News Casual Connect 2019

After a successful event in 2018, Casual Connect is coming back to The Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London, UK on May 28-30, 2019.

At Casual Connect Europe 2019, all attendees get access to three days of lectures, official networking parties, and 90 of the world’s best indie games with developers.

Organized in part by CGA and Greenlit Content, the venue will also feature a large expo area where you can talk one-on-one with industry-leading companies.

Casual Connect brings together the most talented and knowledgeable experts in the gaming field to further the industry with the best learning and networking opportunities for gaming professionals since 2005 four times every year in USA, Asia, Western Europe and Eastern Europe.

Additionally, all attendees have unlimited access to our meeting and scheduling app to network with games industry professionals like yourself.

INDIE PRIZE SUBMISSION DEADLINE

More than 1,500 developers apply to Indie Prize during the year and judges from throughout the games industry select the most promising games to participate at international Indie Prize showcases during Casual Connect conferences. Submit your game for the international Indie Prize London 2019 scholarship program before March 20 with more details can be found in the submission form.

You can also join industry leaders as an established developer with the Developer showcase.

For more information visit Casual Connect.

Train2Game News 2018 Mobile Game Awards

The Tabby Awards has announced the winners of the 2018 Mobile Game Awards competition.

Winning games included Fortnite, MARVEL Contest of Champions, PUBG Mobile, Asphalt 9: Legends, REAL Racing 3, and My Talking Tom 2.

Game publishers with multiple award winners included Lion Studios, Gameloft, Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, Netmarble, and Square Enix.

“With over 1.1 mobile games available today on Android and iOS combined, our mobile gaming award winners represent the top 0.005% games. These are the ‘best of the best of the best’,” commented Paola Schaw, Executive Producer of the Tabby Awards.

The analytical evaluation component of the award focused on app store user review scores submitted over the course of 2018 to measure user engagement. The qualitative component – benefiting from the Tabby Awards expertise in judging app and game awards since 2012 – focused on user interface, design, and innovation. The degree of tablet-optimization was also a key factor in the assessment of iPad and Android tablet games.

The 2018 Mobile Game Award winners are presented below by device type and operating system category:

MOBILE GAME AWARDS – ANDROID PHONE:

Arena of Valor: 5v5 Arena Game
Badland Brawl
Battleheart 2
Big Big Baller
Billiards Master 2018
Cash Inc
Command & Conquer: Rivals PVP
Commando Sniper Game: Cover Fire Gun Shooting 2018
Dream Walker
Fantastic Chefs
Garena Free Fire
Gunner’s Battlefield World War 2018
Happy Glass
Hero Hunters
Love Balls
MARVEL Spider-Man Unlimited
Popular Wars
Sago Mini Space Explorer
Shadowgun Legends
Snake Dot
Star Trek Fleet Command
Turn Undead 2: Monster
Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Realm War

MOBILE GAME AWARDS – ANDROID TABLET:

Assassin’s Creed Rebellion
Faraway 3: Arctic Escape
Life is Strange
N.O.V.A. Legacy
PUBG Mobile
Real Car Parking 2: Driving School 2018

MOBILE GAME AWARDS – IPHONE:

Asphalt 9: Legends
Brawl Stars
Candy Crush Friends Saga
Cube Escape: Paradox
Donut County
DRAGON BALL LEGENDS
Draw In
Flip Trickster
Hooked Inc.
Into the Dead 2
Lara Croft Go
MARVEL Contest of Champions
My Talking Tom 2
Noblemen: 1896
Playdead’s INSIDE
Real Racing 3
The Sims Mobile
Ultra Sharp

MOBILE GAME AWARDS – IPAD:

Battlelands Royale
Lineage 2: Revolution
MARVEL Future Fight
Offroad Bus Simulator: Real Coach Bus Driving
Riptide GP: Renegade
ROME: Total War

This list is also published on the Tabby Awards website (http://tabbyawards.com/winners/mobile-app-game-awards-2018) where these category-leading games can also be downloaded.

Train2Game News London Games Festival 2019 Return

The London Games Festival will return in 2019 with an extended run and bigger events from 2 April to 14 April across the city.

London Games Festival, backed by the Mayor of London with funding of £1.2m over three years, seeks to make London the games capital of the world. It is delivered by Games London, an initiative from Film London, the capital’s screen industries agency, and video games trade body Ukie (The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment).

Over 65,000 people attended 40 different events across 20 different venues during the 2018 festival. LGF has more games on show than any other global games event with nearly 400 games to play across its events. The Festival has also established itself as a platform for global business in games, connecting attendees with investors to secure deals worth nearly £20m in potential business last April.

The 2019 event will see the return of tentpole activities for the public, including the headline-grabbing Games Character Cosplay Parade and an expanded Now Play This at Somerset House, which will reach more attendees than ever. Overall the festival will provide a wider programme of outdoor events and an even bigger offering for the games developer community – while some of its core programming will focus on the impact games are having on culture, health and the wider creative industries.

Justine Simons OBE, Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries, said: “The creative industries are key to our success as a global city and the games industry is a thriving sector bringing jobs and investment to the capital. With the Mayor’s support, the London Games Festival has established itself as a global showcase for London’s cutting-edge games industry and once again shows that the capital is open to innovation and business. I’m delighted that the festival will return bigger and better than ever in 2019.”

Adrian Wootton, CEO of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: “The rapidly expanding global games industry delivers vital growth into the UK and London economies as a key, cutting edge component of the phenomenally successful creative industries. Through Games London, we are committed to cementing London’s status as a games leader, working to attract over £40m of potential investment into games businesses over the next three years. The London Games Festival is a key moment in celebrating and showcasing this success, bringing together the brightest and best talent and enabling major new business opportunities.”

Dr Jo Twist OBE, CEO of Ukie and Mayor of London Cultural Board Ambassador, said: “Games and interactive entertainment are an increasingly important part of the creative and cultural offer of London, our capital city. Games London is a hugely valued programme which showcases the talent, innovation and creativity of the sector from across the UK, and demonstrates the impact of what we make on the economy and culture. There is something for everyone at this year’s London Games Festival, which pulls together 12 days of play, with events and hands on fun for families, for fans, all over the city, as well as opening up a critical business focus through the Games Finance Market.”

Highlights of London Games Festival 2019 include:

  • The return of the LGF HUB (Tuesday 2 April and Wednesday 3 April) featuring showcases of start-ups and prototypes, workshops and summits on Games Impact, Games Culture, Convergence and Online Live Games
  • The return of Now Play This at Somerset House, a festival of playful work and experimental game design which is set to be expanded for 2019 after a popular event in 2018
  • The fourth Games Finance Market (Wednesday, 3 April and Thursday 4 April) the only event of its kind in the UK, connecting 60 games studios with 60 global games investors
  • A second phase of Ensemble, Games London’s exhibition profiling key UK-based BAME games talent
  • Games Character Parade (Saturday, 6 April) featuring a parade of cosplayers at key London locations alongside a day of family-oriented activities

Games London is also proud to have internationaly renowned global partners delivering further events during the festival including:

  • London’s largest games event EGX Rezzed (Thursday, 4 April to Saturday, 6 April), a showcase of PC and indie games at Tobacco Dock
  • The BAFTA Games Awards on the evening of Thursday, 4 April

Applications are now open for developers and industry professionals looking to take part in London Games Festival and the wider Games London programme – including the Games Finance Market and Pitch Bootcamp, the second phase of BAME exhibition Ensemble and an upcoming outbound mission to Slush in Helsinki, Finland in December.

Find out more at www.games.london and follow @londongamesfest for more updates over the coming weeks and months.

Train2Game News Eleven new companies join the UK Games Fund community

The fourth round of companies to be awarded grants from the UK Games Fund has been announced today.

Eleven projects including PC, console and VR games developed by companies based across the UK have been selected and will now receive grants to develop their prototypes and undertake to support fellow developers with knowledge-sharing.

The fourth round of funded projects is the most demographically diverse group of companies since the UK Games Fund launched in 2015; 40% of project development teams are female-led and for the first time no London-based companies have made the final selection.

Competition for this round of funding was particularly tough as applicants seeking funding from the UK Games Fund were encouraged to self-select which route was most appropriate for them with the introduction of the Pitch Development Programme. Companies with past experience of shipping a game, a development team in place and ready to mobilise, a business plan and strategy for sustainability in place and with an already well-defined USP were encouraged to apply via the direct application route to Round 4.

Margot James, Minister of State for Digital and Creative Industries said:

“It’s marvellous to see grants awarded to companies that reflect such strength and diversity in the video games sector across the UK.

“The UK Games Fund has a proven track record of supporting innovative early stage games development, and I look forward to seeing these teams realise their creative potential.”

To date, the UK Games Fund has supported over 90 projects, and has a growing community with the increasingly popular Tranzfuser competition currently underway with 18 graduate development teams participating.

Paul Durrant, Managing Director, UK Games Talent and Finance CIC said:
“Our aim is to grow the UK’s early-stage games development ecosystem using a community-led approach and these new grant recipients have all agreed to give back significant time to support other companies through various peer-to-peer activities as part of the Creative Industries Sector Deal. Sharing knowledge and experience in this way adds significant value to the investment.”

Train2Game News Virtual Indie Business Summit

Indie developers are you looking to fund your game, find the best route to publish, even grow your studio into a more profitable and professional, long-term and thriving business?

Well look no further than the Business of Indie Games – Virtual Summit 2018 which goes live 24-27 July 2018.

Our mission is simple. We support new indie devs and small to mid-size studios all over the world. We provide access to the hard-won experience, insights and vision from some of the most successful independent video games developers and business people all over the world.

At The Business of Indie Games – Virtual Summit 2018 a vast array of industry developers and businesses (30+) are a click awayaway from sharing their unique experience, providing information that will be invaluable to indie developers and studios, giving them the extra ‘je ne sais quoi’ to achieve consistent success.

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Internet access is the name of the game. Whether you live in London, rural Nebraska or Timbuktu, if you’re a game developer or games industry professional, this is for you. Once signed in an agenda page with links to pre-recorded interviews starting on Tuesday 24 July for 24 hours. On Wed 25 July through Friday 27 July for 24 hours there will be new interviews to watch each day!

There’s a free to attend option and no one is excluded. The Virtual Summit goes live from 24-27 July. And developers can upgrade for permanent and unlimited access for a reasonable cost. Free tickets still available – here.

Global Indie MatchMake 2018

There are also opportunities for developers – established and new – to get their games and game ideas in front of 30+ established publishers, investors, government tech funds, incubators and agents at the Global Indie Matchmake 2018. Publishers and Investors will review the games and set up meetings with the people they are interested in discussing things further with.

Snapshot of 30+ Commercially Astute Indie Devs & Business Folk Interviewed

  • Ago Simonetta, Regional Lead – EMEA MICROSOFT – ID@Xbox
  • Amir Rao, Gavin Simon – Co-Founders @SUPERGIANT GAMES
  • Anya Combs, Games Outreach Lead @KICKSTARTER
  • Mark Morris, Managing Director @INTROVERSION SOFTWARE
  • Des Gayle, CEO @ALTERED GENE
  • Kate Edwards, CEO @GEOGRIFY & Board Member @TAKE THIS
  • Mike Wilson, Co-Founder @DEVOLVER DIGITAL & GOOD SHEPHERD ENT & Board Member @TAKE THIS
  • David Clark, Managing Director @GREEN MAN GAMING PUBLISHING

With nothing to lose and everything to gain, check out the web site and sign up.

Join the discussion right now

Hound Picked Games is proud to be working with The Business of Indie Games as their partners to launch this incredible summit. If you can’t wait to start networking with other event attendees, Hound Picked Games is hosting the Official Business of Indie Games Discord channels.

They’ll be LIVE Q&A Sessions via Discord and more to get involved with, so head on over to https://www.discord.gg/HoundPicked

Train2Game News Writing for video games event

The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain and London Writers’ Week have announced a writing for video games panel event, which will take place as part of this year’s London Writers’ Week and which will provide access to advice from some of the UK’s leading video games writers.

Taking place on Friday 20th July at 12 – 1pm, the event will be chaired by Writers’ Guild of Great Britain video game committee member David Varela, whose credits include writing the mobile adventure Sherlock: The Network, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, script consultancy on the chart-topping mobile game Zombies, Run! (which was nominated for a Writers’ Guild Award), and writing the murder mystery game The Trace and who is currently narrative designer on an undisclosed project at Criterion Games.

Speakers for the panel event will also include Olivia Wood, who was recently selected by BAFTA as a 2017 Breakthrough Brit, and Rhianna Pratchett, who is an award-winning writer for games, comics, film, TV and short stories whose work has received awards from the WGA, the WGGB, DICE, SXSW, and a BAFTA nomination. Rhianna has written for DC, Dark Horse and Dynamite (notably writing an origin story for Red Sonja’s chain-mail bikini) and is currently working on film and TV projects with the Jim Henson Company, Film4, Big Talk and O3 Productions.

The final panelist will be Andrew S. Walsh who is an award-winning writer/director with credits across film, television, theatre, radio, animation and videogames. To date he has worked on videogames such as The Division 2, Prince of Persia, Lego City: Undercover, Risen, Harry Potter, Fable Legends and Need for Speed. His film work includes the English version of Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva, while his time in television includes BBC’s Raven, Emmerdale, Byker Grove, Risk, and Family Affairs. His theatre work includes Wind in the Willows which is touring South London this summer.

Jennifer Tuckett, Director of London Writers Week said: “We are delighted to be able to include this excellent event from The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain’s video game committee in this year’s London Writers’ Week. Writing for video games is an important opportunity for writers to know about and, as part of London Writers’ Week’s aim to provide access to and showcase the best new ideas going on in new writing in the UK each year, this year in terms of film, we are delighted to be able to provide access to advice from some of the writers leading the way in terms of writing for video games, in partnership with The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain’s video games committee”.

The event continues the relationship between The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain and London Writers’ Week, and The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain has been a supporter of London Writers’ Week since its creation four years ago.

This year’s London Writers’ Week is also donating 100% of all profits to organisations promoting diversity in the arts. The organisations which will be supported by this year’s London Writers’ Week are The Diversity School Initiative, which campaigns for greater diversity in drama schools and whose board members include Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre, Actor Awareness, which campaigns for working class actors and writers and who recently made “The Acting Class” documentary with Maxine Peake, Christopher Eccleston and others, the London Playwrights Blog, an invaluable resource providing access to opportunities and advice, and University Women in the Arts, which aims to improve the transition from women studying the arts to working in the arts.

For more information and to book tickets please go to: www.londonwritersweek.com