Train2Game News GamesAid Gets New Partner

As part of their new relationship, GG Insurance Services will be donating a

percentage of their financial revenue to the charity to help support the fantastic work they do.

Funds received by GamesAid are distributed to a selected number of charities as nominated and voted by the charities members.

GamesAid chair Matt Spall says:

‘GamesAid is incredibly grateful to GG Insurance Services for their commitment to supporting our charity efforts.

GG are the first game industry business to support GamesAid, directly from their revenues in this way, and we very much hope it’ll be a catalyst for others to join them.”

GG Insurance Services provide expert protection for the games industry and
insurance policies that cater for a business’s individual needs.

With over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, their knowledge and professionalism ensure that a company and its assets are in trusted hands.

The company was developed to find the perfect insurance solution to the gaming industry through their access to the Lloyd’s market.

Their range of cover includes, Insurance for Game Developers &
Publishers, Insurance for Esports, Cyber, Intellectual Property and
Insurance for Events.

Train2Game News StandUp for GamesAid 2019

UK games industry charity GamesAid is excited to announce that its hilarious stand-up comedy night, StandUp for GamesAid 2019, will be returning to The Comedy Store on Monday 13th May.

GamesAid’s Patron and MC resident Imran Yusuf will once again be your charismatic host leading a cracking crew of comedy stars, to keep you laughing all night.

This year’s line-up includes:

  • Shoot From The Hip
  • Yuriko Kotani
  • Alex Kealy.
  • John Moloney

Year after year, Stand Up for GamesAid has proven to be a whopping success raising over £12,200 in 2018 making the event the most fun and easiest way to raise money for a good cause. Last year was a sell-out, so let’s make this year even bigger!

Tickets are available right now at just £17 (+ £2 booking fee) and all profits raised will go to GamesAid and their life-changing charities.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting The Comedy Store website:

https://thecomedystore.co.uk/london/show/stand-games-aid/

GamesAid will also be holding a raffle to give you the chance to win some incredible prizes including the Black Ops 4 Mystery Box for Xbox One, Assassin’s Creed Origins – God’s Edition for PS4 and many more!

This event always sells out quickly, so grab yours now while they last!

Train2Game News Green Man Gaming raises money for GamesAid

Green Man Gaming yesterday presented GamesAid, a UK based video games charity, with a cheque for £30,163.33 at the London Games Festival at London’s iconic Somerset House.

The funds were raised by Green Man Gaming customers who purchased the GamesAid 50 bundle, which was created in partnership with GamesAid and sponsored by 18 leading game publishers to raise money for the industry charity. Released in August 2018, 100% of the proceeds raised from the sale of all 50 games in the GamesAid bundle were donated to GamesAid thanks to the support from game publishers and customers.

Customers that purchased the GamesAid 50 Game bundle received fifty PC games from hit indie titles such as Human Fall Flat and The Flame of the Flood to must-have big games including Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain, Batman Arkham Knight and Mount and Blade. Gamers saved over £500 (RRP) through this bundle.

The game publishers sponsoring the GamesAid 50 game bundle include Konami, Fatshark, New World Interactive, Rebellion, Green Man Gaming Publishing, Headup Games, Tripwire, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TaleWorlds Entertainment, Team 17, 11 bit studios, Curve Digital, 505 Games, Bethesda Softworks, Codemasters, Paradox Interactive, Double Eleven and Aspyr.

“We’re so delighted to have presented a cheque for such a large amount to GamesAid during the London Games Festival this week. We’d like to thank all of the publishers that partnered with us for this bundle, and to our customers purchased the charity bundle that helped raised a fantastic amount for such a good cause. This charity bundle was our first collaboration with GamesAid with more to come in the near future so watch this space,” says Paul Sulyok, CEO and Founder of Green Man Gaming.

GamesAid is a UK based charity made up of games professionals who raise money to support a number of small UK charities, helping disabled and disadvantaged children and young people.

Train2Game News Live Action Text Game in London

GamesAid today releases exclusive early bird tickets to the games industry for the live action text-based adventure interactive show The Dark Room.

Organised as a London Games Festival fringe event and hosted by GamesAid, the UK games industry charity, in partnership with the BFI Certification Unit, this one-off show will be on 10 April at BFI Southbank.

The cult hit touring the world since 2012, The Dark Room’s award-winning stand-up comedy is wedded to retro video games and fused into a deranged rock n’ roll game show where the audience play as contestants. It has been a huge success at Insomnia Gaming Expo, Runefest, EB Games Expo Australia, SFW, UK Games Expo, Soho Theatre, Gameblast, the Edinburgh Fringe, Underbelly Festival and MCM Comic Con.

Matt Spall, Chair of GamesAid said, “Expect no loot boxes, no DLC, The Dark Room is just good, old-fashioned 1980s-style torment and after its killer session for GamesAid at The Comedy Store two years ago, GamesAid is delighted to be partnering the BFI’s Certification Unit in hosting this day.”

Hosted by John Robertson, a comedian for 15 years and host of the Videogame Nation on Challenge, 2014-2016, this is how The Dark Room day works – the rules are simple:

1 – Options appear on the screen.

2 – Audience calls out the option they want.

3 – You’re either right, or dead.

4 – In the end, everybody plays!

The Dark Room reviews:

★★★★★ Sun

★★★★★ British Comedy Guide

★★★★ Den Of Geek

“NOT TO BE MISSED” – The Guardian

“Don’t miss it.” – The Daily Telegraph

“Hi, I’m Ian, I invented the thing you’re parodying.” – Ian Livingstone

Tuesday 10 April 2018
BFI Southbank – Blue Room
Doors Open at 7:30pm
Starts at 8:00pm
Ticket Price: £12.00
Tickets available here: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/473194/

Train2Game News Digital For Good Initiative


​Today, UK games industry charity GamesAid is pleased to announce the launch of a new era of fundraising with the ‘Digital For Good’ initiative.
‘Digital For Good’ offers videogame developers and publishers the opportunity to donate in-game content so it may be monetised and raise funds for the charities GamesAid supports. 

Full games, in-game items or DLC can be donated via Steam either in perpetuity or for a specified period of time to help the good causes.

The new initiative launches today with the Cynical Imp Charity DLC for lighthearted dungeon manager War for the Overworld. This variety pack of skins and themes is available at three different donation tiers, with 100% of the proceeds going to GamesAid. 

As regular supporters of GamesAid, Gamer Network – the world’s leading network of independent video games media – is supporting the launch of of the Cynical Imp Charity DLC. 

For more information and to purchase the Cynical Imp, please visit the War for the Overworld website. The Cynical Imp is also available on Steam.

To date GamesAid has raised over £2.5million and it is hoped that this new initiative will enable the charity to leverage its greatest asset in the industry to benefit those who need it most.

Last year Access Sport, Accuro, Action For Kids, Aidis Trust, Blackpool Carers Centre, The Clock Tower Sanctuary, Lifelites, MAPS, Solving Kids’ Cancer, and Special Effect all received cheques for £95,400 each during a special ceremony held at Warner House, London. It’s hoped that this new initiative will help increase that number for 2017 and beyond.

“The industry is evolving and with it so are the options to raise funds for the charities that GamesAid supports,” commented GamesAid Chair Ian Chambers. “This initiative offers game developers and publishers a straightforward and impactful way through which to raise funds from their content.”

Train2Game News StandUp for GamesAid 2017

A chuckle worthy line-up of comedians led by Imran Yusuf comes to The Comedy Store London raising the roof and funds for GamesAid.
‘StandUp for GamesAid’, the funniest night in the games industry calendar returns to the legendary Comedy Store in London on May 8th, 2017.

Hosted once again by enigmatic GamesAid patron Imran Yusuf, the rib-tickling night of cracking comedy celebrates its 5th year with another fantastic line-up, including:
Alistair Barrie

Pippa Evans

Jeff Innocent

Angela Barnes

Funmbi Onotayo

Dana Alexander

And more TBC…
Tickets for the consistently sold out show are available right now at £20 (plus £2 booking fee for orders over phone or on website), and all profits will be going straight to GamesAid to help disadvantaged and disabled young people across the UK.  Every year, StandUp for GamesAid raises thousands for the umbrella charity, and is the easiest/funniest way for you to help.

Tickets can be purchased at The Comedy Store box office, or by visiting The Comedy Store Website here: http://thecomedystore.co.uk/london/show/stand-games-aid/

Train2Game News 12 Days of GamesAid Christmas

Today, UK games industry charity GamesAid is proud to launch its 12 Days of GamesAid Christmas store on eBay.
The UK games industry has to come together to offer Christmas shoppers the ultimate wish list of unique gaming gifts to help raise money for GamesAid, helping disadvantaged and disabled children.

From 5th – 18th December, the GamesAid eBay store will auction off an amazing array of items – the like money usually can’t buy!

Items include a Deluxe Edition of Final Fantasy XV and artbook signed by game director Hajime Tabata, a copy of Football Manager 2017 signed by the Sports Interactive team, a Limited Edition Shrine of Malacath statue from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and a copy of Star Wars Battlefront: Ultimate Edition with a poster signed by the DICE team.

All the items can be found on the GamesAid eBay store, with even more to be added soon, including a mint copy of Forest of Doom signed by Ian Livingstone and a signed copy of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare- Legacy Pro Edition.

http://stores.ebay.co.uk/GAMESAID
“Last year, the UK games industry raised a whopping total of £954,000 for GamesAid. Thanks to some incredible donations from our partners, we’re making Christmas extra special with our 12 Days of GamesAid auction” said Ian Chambers, Chair of GamesAid. “Every penny from the auction on our eBay store will go directly into our funding pot, which makes a huge difference to the lives of the young people our charities support. Please show your support and get bidding!”

Huge thanks to: Activision, Bandai Namco, Bethesda, DICE, EA, Ian Livingstone, Media Molecule, Sega, SK, Sports Interactive, Square Enix, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Techland, and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for donating some truly incredible items.

Train2Game News Charity Gaming Bike Ride

Over a dozen heroic videogaming cyclists will be taking on the mammoth 352-mile, four-country, three-day challenge for the fifth consecutive year, between August 20th – 22nd, in an effort to raise funds for numerous UK-based youth and children’s charities.
Generating valuable funds for the worthwhile causes and hot on the wheels of gamescom, one of the toughest work weeks of the year, the troop will kick away their collective stabilisers with a 5am start from Cologne on Friday 20th August. The two-wheeling troop will set out across Germany, heading straight for the Dutch and Belgian borders, before finally venturing into France for the home straight.

Donations will be collected over the coming months and can be made at the team fundraising page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gamescomtobrighton2016

Averaging close to 110 miles a day for 3 days solid, their mighty distances are on par with those endured by Le Tour De France’s most challenging routes. Hi-Rez will be supporting the cyclists with a sponsored van that will provide much needed aid every mile on the way.

Hi-Rez Studios has a long history of giving back through gaming and has raised over $830,000 for good causes over the past 4 years. You can check out some of the recent charity events of Hi-Rez Studios in this video.

Speaking about the partnership, Veronique Lallier, VP of European Publishing at Hi-Rez Studios Europe said, “We’re thrilled to be partnering with GamesAid on what has become such an iconic UK fundraising institution. In addition to the practical support we’ll be offering the cyclists, our community will be reaching out to them both virtually and, we hope, personally, boosting morale every pedal of the way. We wish them the very best of luck!”

Led by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s Cat Channon, and supported by industry veteran Keef Sloan, Director of Through The Line Consulting, it’s not too late for folks to show their support and join them and the gang or donate to the team’s fundraising efforts.

Those in need of inspiration need look no further than these videos for reasons to join the 2016 troop:

James Beavan, company director of Keymailer and cycle hero since the beginning, colourfully illustrates why you should join in his amusing video.

Keef Sloan, Director of Through The Line Consulting, is already on his training bike. He too has been with us since the beginning and has a few words to say about why you should join him this year.

Currently also pedalling in preparation for the epic cycle adventure are:

    Cat Channon, (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)

    James Binns, (PCGamesN)

    Tracey McGarrigan, (CEO & Founder, Ansible PR & Communications LTD)

    Tony Solon, (Keymailer)

    Alex Cook, (Senior Manager, Business Development, GAME)

    Ian Pickstock, (Senior Designer, Arooga)

    Michael Pattison, (VP Third Party Relations, Sony)

    Richard Keith, (Chief Revenue Officer, The Yogscast)

    Nick Haywood, (UK PR Specialist, Razer)

With everyone’s combined efforts they are hoping to raise more than ever before for GamesAid, helping disadvantaged and disabled children and young people across the UK.

As always, all costs associated with the ride are covered personally by the cyclists, ensuring every penny goes to the good causes GamesAid supports.

To join these brave travellers and get more details on the adventure simply get in touch at contact@gamesaid.org

Train2Game News Numskull and Bossa endorse Stand Up for GamesAid

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Numskull and Bossa Studios have endorsed their support to the Stand Up for GamesAid comedy event coming this May 9th.

GamesAid’s funniest night, Stand Up for GamesAid, is reaching for another magnificent triumph with a first class lineup and drum-rolling hype. It’s no wonder tickets are already flying fast.

Numskull has signed up as Premium Event and Exclusive Bar Partner and Bossa Studios has snapped up Event Partner.

Ben Grant, MD of Numskull says of GamesAid, “Having seen first hand the excellent work GamesAid do for smaller charities, we are honoured to support this initiative which will help the disadvantaged, disabled children and young people. We are looking forward to working together on this and many more projects over the coming years.”

Rob Gotlieb, Head of Marketing at Bossa Studios, “We’re delighted and proud to support GamesAid. Stand Up For GamesAid is such a special event, because it brings everyone from the industry together to have a really great laugh, but also shows how we can make a really positive difference to a young person’s life in just one night.”

Last year was a sell out year and this time it will be even bigger. Imran Yusuf is hosting the night, pulling together an award winning line up including, Mike Gunn and Allyson Smith. He has been nominated best newcomer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and organised some of the country’s leading stand up acts. “One of the most captivating, energetic and animated stand up comedians I have ever seen,” reviews The New Current with a 5-star crown.

More information and tickets can be found at The Comedy Store. Money raised will go to GamesAid and their life-changing charities.

Numskull website: http://www.numskull.co.uk/

Bossa Studios website: http://www.bossastudios.com/

Train2Game News Square Enix Humble Bundle for GamesAid

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UK Games Industry Charity Stars In Line Up For ‘Choose Your Own Charity’ Feature In Videogaming Pack

Running from 11am PT (7pm GMT) today until January 5th 2016, the third Square Enix Humble Bundle offers gamers the opportunity to get their mitts on a wealth of amazing gaming content and do a good deed or two at the same time – helping ensure it’s a very merry Christmas for one and all.

Running over two weeks there are two fantastic bundles of gaming goodness for players to enjoy and great charities to benefit from.

Humble Inc operate a pay-what-you-want system where the consumer decides how much they want to pay for the games and where their hard earned cash will go. It’s an awesome set up that provides vital funding for charities such as the small children and youth based causes GamesAid supports to continue vital work throughout the year.

GamesAid would like to thank Square Enix, Humble and the individuals that have helped pull together an amazing gaming package the contents of which can be found below:

Here is the lineup of the bundle:

1st Week
Last Remnant
Life Is Strange Episode 1
Tomb Raider I, II + III
Murdered: Soul Suspect
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
Just Cause Collection
Front Mission Evolved
Gyromancer
Yosumin
20% off Just Cause 3 (Coupon)
33% off Life is Strange Season Pass (Coupon)
Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris
Tomb Raider: GOTY Edition
Hitman Absolution: Elite Edition

2nd Week Addition
Tomb Raider: Anniversary
Tomb Raider: Legend
Tomb Raider: Underworld

Link to the bundle:

www.humblebundle.com