Train2Game News Insomnia Game Festival Returns

Since its inception, Player1 Events have continued their endeavour to grow and diversify their flagship show, Insomnia, with the next event in the succession announced for 15th-18th April at the NEC, Birmingham.

Living up to its namesake, it’s now a 4-day gaming expo with a non-stop LAN running 24 hours a day alongside prominent esports titles, teams and tournaments.
 

With previous activations at the event such as The Call of Duty World League, Ubisoft Experience, WWE, League Fest and even a night of the Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses music world tour. A concert consisting of a 66 piece orchestra and a visual accompaniment on an LED panel screen, all planned, promoted and event managed by Player1. 
 

Alongside the LAN, Insomnia Gaming Festival is the longest-running UK games festival featuring a huge exhibition with content, tech, activations and brands.

The event attracts an impressive 100,000 gamers each year, solidifying itself as a must-attend event for gamers and families alike.
 

With new ways to engage your attendees than ever before, events are in a truly unique position. It’s one of the reasons we’ve invested in the latest equipment so we’re ready for the exciting opportunities that come with the return to events. From casual titles to the latest AAA releases, we’re kitted out and can’t wait to get stuck in.“ Phil Crawford, Marketing and Social Media Manager, at Player1 Events remarked on their new and improved offering.
 

More recently, following a transformative 12 months in the industry, Player1 have focused on expanding their extensive inventory available for rental.

From entry level specification to the very latest high-end kit, their arsenal includes high-quality peripherals, PS5s, Xbox Series X’s and PCs well equipped with RTX 3080’s graphic cards to handle both intensive tournament and VR play.
 

The team supports a range of partners to help them deliver their events; including full show logistics management, conferences, esports events and bespoke gaming content. With these new additions and ample experience in the space, Player1 Events are primed for the return of in-person events, ready to support brands in developing their own activations and communities.

For more information on Player1 events and their upcoming hand in events, visit www.player1events.com.

Train2Game News eBlitz Gaming Social App

eBlitz are excited to announce that they have now gone multigaming!

This comes after users of the gaming/social app gave feedback of wanting more games brought to the platform. Initially it had only been Fortnite that the platform offered, but now, after app development, eBlitz offers close to 100 (and counting) of your favourite multiplayer game titles!

Arron Wu, the CEO of eBlitz, said: “We’re delighted to be releasing a multigame eBlitz platform for our users. Now, by offering more games to find teammates for, we believe we are giving users the best possible chance of having true gaming connections and experiences!”

This new update comes after an impressive few months of releases that have seen the eBlitz app change significantly by adding in a text chat and a team chat functionality. Now with the addition of multigaming, eBlitz has a platform open for all.

Head of Growth Luke Elden added: “We are massively excited to be bringing more games to eBlitz and the platform after our community feedback. This is a huge step forward for the app and there is still more to come!”

eBlitz is available for download on both Android and iOS on the Play Store and App Store respectively.

Train2Game News Tabletop Skyrim

Tabletop publisher and creator Modiphius Entertainment is today taking the wraps off their latest project, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim® – The Adventure Game.

This new solo/cooperative (up to four players) game of adventure and exploration invites aspiring adventurers to return to the frost-covered lands of Skyrim.

Take up arms against dragons, Daedra, trolls, and many more wretched creatures to help the common folk sleep a little easier at night as you battle for glory. It’s a dangerous time, so the party brave enough to charge head-first into danger best have each other’s backs. The Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimThe Adventure Game will arrive in summer 2022 and is currently taking pre-orders via Gamefound.

So scarf down that Eidar cheese wheel and don some Nord armor — there’s a kingdom that needs saving!


In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – The Adventure Game, players are surviving members of the Blades, a legendary group who long protected the Empire of Tamriel, and must band together to thwart a plot to eradicate them all!


In the world of TheElder Scrolls, select from one of the races of Tamriel: Nord, Dunmer, Imperial, Altmer, Khajiit, or Orsimer. Equip your character with a wide range of weapons, spells, and armor. Travel across the Holds of Skyrim to places like Riften, Solitude, Falkreath, and Whiterun. Attempt a huge range of evolving quests that change the game with each decision, explore the wilderness and meet NPCs. Fight dangerous foes like Draugr, Frostbite Spiders, Daedra, and Dwemer Constructs in the ancient ruins and tombs of Skyrim. Gain experience and amazing treasures, upgrade and enchant your gear, level up your character, and play through six chapters of two huge campaigns in this endlessly replayable board game.


Your quests will lead you across Skyrim – sometimes in short side ventures, others in connected storylines that change with your choices and with your successes or failures! Gain powerful weapons, armor, and spells, amazing treasure, experience points, and of course, followers. But watch out! If you ignore the growing threat across Skyrim, the Strongholds may fall and you’ll be faced with increasingly dangerous crises.


The Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimThe Adventure Game contains two major narrative-driven campaigns, each made up of three chapters. Each chapter can change depending on your choices, following your own quests in the main storyline or meeting up for key events and exploring dungeons together. Save your character’s progress at the end of a chapter, or even mid-game, and start again from where you left off the next time you play.


Skyrim is one of the most iconic video games of all time,” said Chris Birch, CCO and co-founder at Modiphius Entertainment. “Which made creating a board game based on Skyrim, with all its depth of storytelling, a truly exciting challenge. We’ve been quietly delving deep into the narrative of Skyrim over the last 3 years as we worked on this in secret, and there’s not a doubt in my mind that The Elder Scrolls fans and board game enthusiasts alike will love the result.”


Key Features of The Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimThe Adventure Game:

  • Tamriel’s Tiny Faces: Choose from one of six several lavishly detailed plastic miniatures based on iconic Elder Scrolls races like the Khajiit, High Elf, and Nord as an in-game avatar (with more options in the Dawnguard expansion)
     
  • Compatible with Call to Arms: Fearsome foes like dragons, Daedra, and trolls will be available as miniature upgrades and are scaled to be compatible with Modiphius’s The Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms miniatures game — meaning they can be used in this game and vice versa
     
  • Gear-Up: What adventure doesn’t involve a bit of treasure hunting? There are loads of weapons, armor, and ancient artifacts for players to find that increase their power as you upgrade or enchant your gear to customize your abilities.
     
  • Gather Your Party: Go it alone, or bring up to three other players on a journey to explore Skyrim’s secrets that might save its people from certain doom
     
  • Skills, Swords, and Spells: Be it a greataxe, bow, or spells, players will be able to tailor their combat style as they like, matching their choices with a variety of skill upgrades that will give them advantages in different quests
     
  • There and Back Again: With each chapter offering roughly 90 to 120 minutes of core questing, an initial playthrough with no diversions for sidequests or exploration should last about 12 hours. Yet, thanks to a plethora of story choices, character options, and play styles, there are practically hundreds of hours worth of content to uncover in subsequent playthroughs.
     
  • Familiar Friends and Foes: The core box includes the Nord, Dunmer, Imperial, Altmer, Khajiit, and Orsimer characters and their 32mm scale pre-assembled miniatures

Dovahkiin eager to get their hands on The Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimThe Adventure Game can place their pre-orders via Gamefound when the project goes live on 11/2/2021 with an expected delivery in summer 2022. What’s more, Modiphius will launch a free sample of the game on Tabletop Simulator soon.


More info about Modiphius Entertainment is available on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and the official website: https://www.modiphius.net.

Train2Game News Social Media For Gaming Clips

Zuvvii is excited to announce the Halloween launch of an industry-disrupting social media platform designed specifically for gamers to share their clips.

Zuvvii was built with one thing in mind – a place to share gaming clips with friends and others who are part of many gaming communities worldwide.

Zuvvii is exclusively for gaming content, and users can easily upload clips directly to the free mobile app, with a desktop version coming soon. In addition, the platform has many unique features, including uploading clips directly from consoles, which improves the user experience for gamers compared to traditional social media platforms.
 

The platform encourages content creators to reach new audiences by uploading theirfunny fails or epic moments and also enables users to link their other social media channels to their Zuvvii profile.
 

We also create an opportunity for esports teams to find the most talented and underrated gamers globally. We understand how difficult it is for upcoming stars to be noticed on these saturated platforms.
 

Whatever your gaming goals, Zuvvii will help you achieve them.
 

“We’ve been working on the Zuvvii platform for almost two years now, and it’s amazing to see the platform come to life with gamers from around the world already sharing their gaming moments. However, we understand that the hard work starts now, and we have so many exciting features coming soon as we continue to listen to the communities feedback and improve” – Brandon (CEO)

Website: Zuvvii.com
Intro video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObalSh1xC0c
Download Zuvvii on the iOS app store: ‎https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/zuvvii/id1523508961
Download Zuvvii on the Android app store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zuvvii.app

Train2Game News Acer Announce New Gaming PC

Acer today announced the expansion of its Predator gaming portfolio with new Predator Orion 7000 series desktops, featuring powerful performance in a stunning design, and two smart 4K gaming projectors.

Further enhancing the gaming experience is the Predator gaming desk, which offers two practical surface options and a convenient storage rack.

“Predator Orion 7000-series desktops are premium, powerful rigs for serious players who demand incredible performance from even the most demanding titles,” said Jeff Lee, General Manager, Stationary Computing, IT Product Business, Acer Inc.

“In order to offer that next-level performance, we’re excited to be among the first companies bringing the new 12th Gen Intel Core CPUs to our product portfolio.”

“12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors are a huge innovative leap forward for game performance and industry-leading memory, I/O and connectivity,” said Marcus Kennedy, General Manager of Gaming and Esports, Intel.

“Powering the pinnacle of its performance is the new performance hybrid architecture that combines two all-new compute cores to deliver blistering performance for high frame rates and multi-tasking performance that modern gamers expect.”  

Predator Orion 7000 – Upgradeable, Liquid-Cooled Gaming PC
The powerful new Predator Orion 7000 series (PO7-640) gaming desktops provide users with everything necessary to take on the latest generation games—and the next. Designed for hard-core gaming enthusiasts, these new upgradeable gaming PCs will be equipped with the latest 12th Gen Intel® Core overclockable processors, up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 series GPUs[[1]], and up to 64 GB DDR5-4000 RAM.

The stunning, EMI-compliant chassis features transparent, tempered glass side panels showcasing two 140 mm (5.5-inch) Predator FrostBlade 2.0 front fans and a third 120 mm (4.7-inch) Predator FrostBlade 2.0 rear fan that can be lit with a dazzling array of ARGB colours. The top of the Orion 7000’s case features an opening, making it possible for users to replace this 120 mm (4.7-inch) fan with a 240 mm (9.45-inch) one, while integrated PredatorSense software lets gamers control the ARBG lighting, fan speed and overclocking. Accenting the bold lighting and design is an illuminated teal blue Predator logo on the chassis’ front and an easily accessible teal prism-refraction power button on the system’s top.

Beyond these eye-catching aesthetics is exceptional thermal management, with the three aforementioned Predator FrostBlade 2.0 fans in addition to an AIO liquid CPU cooler and advanced airflow management to effectively cool system components. The FrostBlade fan’s thin and curved blades are designed to smoothly increase airflow without causing turbulence and to quickly dissipate heat. In addition, the fan’s wear-resistant and fully-sealed rifle bearings prevent lubricant leaks and the ingress of dust in order to maintain stability and extend the computer’s lifespan.

Intel® Killer 2.5G LAN gives gamers a competitive edge by detecting and prioritizing game traffic over other network traffic, resulting in smoother and faster connectivity for online games and streaming media. Intel® WiFi 6E (AX211)[1] and 2×2 MU-MIMO technology provide fast and secure wireless connectivity. A gaming beast, the Predator Orion 7000 provides plenty of ports for leveraging the latest gaming accessories. On the chassis’ front for quick access are three USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A, one USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type C, and two audio jacks. On the back, there are three USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, one USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C, two USB 2.0 ports, and three audio jacks.

Featuring ample storage, the rig includes a 2.5-inch USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C hotswap drive bay, 2x M.2 PCIe 4.0 NVIMe SSDs (up to 1 TB each) and two 3.5-inch SATA3 HDD (up to 3 TB each).

Predator GD711 and Predator GM712 Gaming Projectors
The Predator GD711 is a smart 4K LED gaming projector that is compatible with both console and PC gaming systems. The projector also features a built-in app market[[2]] that offers users access to a variety of streaming services. The Predator GD711 features a wide color gamut that amounts to 125% of the area ratio of Rec. 709[[3]], covering most of the color space within the gamut in addition to a significant area outside of it to offer gamers impressive levels of colour saturation. 4,000 LED lumens of brightness, high dynamic contrast and HDR10 performance ensures that content looks brilliant.

The projector includes several modes that users can shift between depending on their mood. Standard mode offers 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution for enjoying movies and videos in sharp detail, while two game modes—one for bright scenes, another for dark ones—let users pick frame settings optimized for the aesthetics of the game they’re playing. The Predator GD711 projects images with a variable refresh rate mode[[4]] of 1080p@120 Hz for consoles or up to a blazing fast 1080p@240 Hz for PCs, delivering buttery smooth performance even in the busiest of scenes. Furthermore, projecting at just 23 dBa when in ECO mode, this game-ready home theatre won’t break your immersion, either.

The Predator GD711 features a throw ratio of 1.22, which means it supports a wide range of throw sizes. Acer’s recommendation is a 100-inch screen thrown from just 2.70 m (8.85 ft). It also comes with the convenience of a 10W speaker and remote control that has an antimicrobial[[5]] coating on its surface and buttons. Excellent airflow dissipates heat, helping to deliver a long 30,000-hour lifespan. Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports for PCs and consoles, audio out for an extra speaker and three USB Type-A ports: One for the projector’s hidden wireless dongle, another for connecting wireless accessories, and another for DC 5V-out that also enables users to update the device’s firmware.

For users who prefer lamp-based projectors, the Predator GM712 is also available with 4K resolution and 3,600 ANSI lumens of brightness.

Predator Gaming Desk
The large 55-inch Predator gaming desk (PGD110) provides ample room for a gaming system, monitor, accessories, and more. Gamers can choose from two surfaces: one coated in easy-to-clean, stylish carbon fibre or another covered with a custom-designed Predator mouse pad. Outfitted with ample storage space, the Predator gaming desk comes with a rack for storing gamepads and/or cartridges, a headphone hook, a cup holder, and a tray tucked in the back for AC adapters. It also has the convenience of a headset cradle to save desk space, a cup holder to prevent spills, and a cable management cutout on each side of the desk to keep cables organized and out of the way. The desk is sturdy with the ability to hold up to 120 kg (264 lbs).

Pricing and Availability
The Predator Orion 7000 (P07-640) will be available in North America in Q2’22; in EMEA in Q1’22 starting at EUR 2,199; and in China in Q1’22, starting at RMB 20,000 and UK from £3500.

The Predator GD711 Projector (GD711) will be available in EMEA in December starting at EUR 1,499; and in China in November, starting at 11,999.

The Predator GM712 Projector (GM712) will be available in EMEA in January 2022 starting at EUR 1,399; and in China in November, starting at 10,999.

The Predator Gaming Desk (PGD110) will be available in EMEA in December starting at EUR 229.
Exact specifications, prices, and availability will vary by region. To learn more about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office via www.acer.com.
Visit Acer’s press kit for product images and specifications, or visit the next@acer press room to see all announcements.

Full product review here – https://bit.ly/3oYuNR5

Train2Game News Hypercasual Heroes Mobile Game Funding

Kwalee, a world-leading developer and publisher of hypercasual mobile games, has launched ‘Hypercasual Heroes’ to reward independent game developers making compelling and original mobile titles with up to $100,000 in advances and a publishing deal including substantial uncapped profit share.

There is even a Tesla Model 3 up for grabs for the first dev to pass the challenge!
 

With the limited-time challenge open for submissions until 31st August 2021, Kwalee is particularly looking for mobile games that feature new gameplay mechanics or ingenious twists on existing ones. This is in-keeping with Kwalee’s DNA, with many key figures at the company – including CEO David Darling and COO Jason Falcus – having begun their game development careers independently as teenagers and remaining passionate about the new strides being taken by independent developers worldwide.
 

Hypercasual games are titles which can be played in short bursts and have incredibly broad appeal, not just among traditional ‘gamers’, so hitting upon that combination of gameplay and visuals to entice all kinds of players will be the key for developers to become bonafide Hypercasual Heroes.
 

“One of the most satisfying aspects of hypercasual game development is that such a great variety of themes and gameplay styles can make for global hits with millions of players,” said Kwalee CEO David Darling.

“We’re always looking to develop titles that are completely unlike what’s been seen before and now we’re investing heavily in encouraging other developers to do the same with Hypercasual Heroes. We don’t even need to see a full game – just a video or a few levels can be enough to see a game’s potential!”
 

Kwalee’s Hypercasual Heroes is open until 31st August 2021. Full information on how to submit a game and potentially earn the aforementioned awards can be found on our website: https://kwalee.com/blog/inside-kwalee/introducing-hypercasual-heroes
 

Train2Game News Best Year Ever For D&D

Wizards of the Coast are proud to announce that 2020 was once again the most successful year for Dungeons & Dragons in its rich franchise history.

This is on the back of 2019 also being a record year already, with the legendary tabletop game continuing to grow and diversify its community which now counts with more than 50 million fans worldwide.

After an unprecedented year for businesses and individuals alike, Wizards of the Coast is proud to look back at the way the team and community came together stronger than ever, despite the need to party up at a distance. Wizards has compiled key figures for 2020 in an infographic that illustrates and celebrates the growth of the brand and highlights key milestones in the year ahead for D&D.

In 2020, D&D welcomed even more celebrity players and content creators to the table, be it at D&D Live, D&D Celebration or other exciting games, including the casts of Game of Thrones and Stranger Things as well as WWE Superstars and some of the UK’s top comedians

Key stats from 2020 include:

  • More than 50 Million players to date!
  • 7th consecutive year of growth
  • Sales have increased by 33% year-over-year globally
  • #DND is taking off on TikTok with over 1 Billion views in 2020
  • Over 4 Million views of D&D Live 2020
  • Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything was D&D’s most pre-ordered book ever!
  • March 2020 marked an all-time peak in search interest
  • Millions of downloaded free materials from D&D’s Stay at Home, Play at Home Hub

“We’re proud that Dungeons & Dragons continued to bring people together during the challenges of the pandemic, providing valuable social connection even when we couldn’t meet in person, as the brand continued to grow strongly.

With our video game Dark Alliance, the first D&D and Magic: The Gathering crossover card set, special events such as D&D Live and D&D Celebration, additional TTRPG releases, and more to come in 2021 alone, we’re well set-up to sustain this progress.

D&D is for everyone, and our growing EMEA¹ team are excited to introduce even more new fans to our legendary world of fantasy storytelling, now and in the years to come. We are hard at work on exciting plans for the future of D&D in our region, and look forward to sharing them with you in more detail in the coming months.” – Dan Barrett, Senior Brand Manager – D&D, EMEA.

What’s next for D&D this year? Thanks to regular TTRPG releases, the co-op action brawler Dark Alliance coming to PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox Game Pass on June 22, the exciting MTG and D&D crossover Magic expansion Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms releasing on July 23 and the return of special events such as D&D Live and D&D Celebration, the brand is setting the stage for yet another successful year, continuing to broaden their impact as a leading fantasy franchise in mainstream media.

To stay up to date on the latest news regarding tabletop, games and entertainment, follow Dungeons & Dragons on Social Media (FacebookYouTubeTwitterTwitchInstagram). 

Train2Game News Reign Gaming Laptop

Announcing its move to the mobile gaming market last week, Reign Gaming by Novatech Ltd. have launched their first ever line-up of gaming laptops, featuring NVIDIA’s new RTX 30-series graphics cards.

Slim, sleek and lightweight machines, the appropriately named Reign Nomad currently has two variants on offer, giving gamers a choice between the high-end performance of NVIDIA’s RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 Max-Q GPUs.

The Max-Q models offer an improved mobile gaming experience, giving the laptops a healthy increase to battery life while keeping the system cooler, quieter and more power efficient than their non-Max-Q counterparts.

Both featuring the Intel Core i7-10875H and 16GB of DDR4 RAM, the 17.3” gaming laptops have plenty of processing power on offer, with lightning-fast clock speeds to match.

Those high clock speeds will come in handy too, since both versions of the Reign Nomad are sporting 240Hz 1080p WVA (also known as IPS) displays, meaning both the RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 will be able to take full advantage of ultra-high refresh rates. So for those looking to keep their frame rates high in popular titles like Call of Duty: Warzone, Fortnite, and even Minecraft, it really doesn’t get much better than this.

The gaming laptops also feature fantastic connectivity options, with several USB 3.2 ports, a MicroSD card reader, and a Mini Displayport connector. They even include a Thunderbolt 3 port too. That means these laptops can hook up to an external monitor for some fantastic 1440p or even 4K gaming, without limiting the refresh rate to 60Hz.

When it comes to storage, the Reign Nomads certainly don’t disappoint here either. With 1TB of NVMe M.2 storage from Western Digital, and room for an additional M.2 drive to be installed if more space is required, these gaming laptops will have no issues holding multiple AAA games and many, many save files.

Jerry Hughes, Digital Marketing Manager at Novatech, commented on the company’s enthusiasm for the launch, saying, “We’ve been designing and building our own range of home and office laptops for several years now. But when it came to gaming, we always kept to desktops. With how successful our Reign Gaming brand has been over the last few years, it was well and truly time for us to officially expand the range into the mobile gaming space. It’s a really exciting development and we couldn’t be more thrilled.”

Train2Game News UK Gamers Averaging Over 7 Hours A Week

Video game playing rose to a new level, with UK consumers’ time playing up 4 percent over last year.

The desire to stay connected and entertained while stuck at home during the pandemic has driven online gaming popularity – more than a third of UK gamers (37 percent) have made new friends through online gaming in the last year. In fact, gamers in the UK are now playing video games an average of seven hours 10 minutes each week according to the “State of Online Gaming 2021,” a report commissioned by Limelight Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: LLNW), on global gaming preferences and habits.

New data shows that the increases in gaming over the last year are driven by gamers’ desire for social connections. Over a third of UK gamers (37 percent) say they’ve made new friends through online games in the past year and 15 percent say the ability to interact with other players is extremely important. Opportunities for interactivity and social engagement are likely drivers for video game adoption with the majority (51 percent) of UK gamers saying they started playing online video games in the past year.

Additional findings from the report include:

  • Performance drives demand for next-generation consoles. Three quarters (74 percent) of global gamers are interested in purchasing a new console, due to updated technology (32 percent) and faster game play (31 percent). Gamers in China are most likely to consider upgrading their console (92 percent).
  • Gamers demand fast gaming experiences. Fast performance is extremely important to 35 percent of UK gamers, the lowest response among all countries surveyed. In addition, 87 percent of UK gamers say the process of downloading games is frustrating.
  • Binge-gaming reached an all-time high. The average global gamer has played video games consecutively for five hours and six minutes, which is a eight percent increase from last year. Sessions in the UK were 4 percent higher than the global average, at five hours and 18 minutes per week. Young gamers ages 18 to 25 have binge-gamed for the longest at an average of nearly six hours.
  • Video games have become a spectator sport. Over half (56 percent) of global gamers say they’ve started to watch others play video games in the past year. The proportion of UK gamers watching others play video games online on a weekly basis reached a tipping point in the past year, increasing from 49 percent to 53 percent.
  • Playing video games is the top entertainment choice for many.  Nearly half of UK gamers (44 percent) say they prefer to play video games versus watching a movie or TV show. 

“Video gaming has evolved into a social platform. Gamers want interactive, high performance, disruption-free experiences that allow them to connect with others and play longer,” said Nigel Burmeister, Vice President at Limelight Networks. “This evolution is putting pressure on gaming companies to match this demand and requires technology investments like edge computing to deliver high-quality gaming environments to users across the globe.”

The “State of Online Gaming 2021” report is based on responses from 4,000 consumers in China, Germany, India, Indonesia, South Korea, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam, ages 18 and older who play video games. This included 500 respondents in the UK. 

Train2Game News First Black Game Pros Mixer

Ubisoft today announced the first UK Black Game Pros Mixer to be held on Friday, 11th December. 

The online event, which is being held in Europe for the first time, will be hosted by co-founders Kurston Timothy, Development Tester at Ubisoft Toronto and Leon Winkler, Ubisoft Director of International Events and will feature a full programme of panels, key notes and interviews with some of the UK industry’s most successful black professionals. 

The free event will take place from 3pm to 6pm GMT and complimentary tickets will be available from this link.

The mission of The Black Game Pros Mixer is to generate and foster more representation and diversity in the broader video game industry.  The events facilitate networking and dialogue with relevant speakers as well as shine a light on under-represented job profiles to demonstrate the many pathways for people of colour to enter and thrive within the industry.

Leon Winkler, said, “It’s our goal to reach out to and actively engage with communities representing people of colour to show off how viable and diverse the opportunities within our industry are.” He added: “We’re delighted to be welcoming some of the most inspiring British professionals to contribute to this by sharing their experiences and knowledge about the UK industry, covering topics that are meaningful for both themselves and our community.”

The three-hour event will feature the following elements:

KEYNOTES:

  • Chella Ramanan, Jr Narrative Designer at Ubisoft Massive – How did I get into the Industry?
  • Sian-Selina Grant, Partnerships Manager at Newzoo – Data and the UK Gaming Industry

PANELS:

  • Breaking into the UK Games Industry: including panelists Rosemary Buahin (Games Category Lead, Xbox UK and Ireland), Lauren Dillon (Sr. Account Director at Premier PR London) and Adam Campbell (Director of product at Azoomee and founder of POC in Play) – Moderated by Leon Winkler
  • Being and staying successful in the UK Gaming Industry: with Stephanie Ijoma (founder of NNESAGA), Marcus Bronzy (award winning presenter) and Timi-Abajomi Ofarn (co-founder of The Nerd Council) – Moderated by Kurston Timothy
  • Making the Industry truly diverse: including panelists such as Mr Midas (award winning Video Game TV Presenter and Content Producer) and Nigel Twumasi (co-founder of Mayamada – The World’s First Manga Network) – Moderated by Kurston Timothy

INTERVIEWS:

  • Mr Midas (Interviewed by Leon Winkler)
  • Stephanie Ijoma (Interviewed by Leon Winkler)

Ahead of The Black Game Pros Mixer – UK Edition, Ubisoft will be hosting another edition of the event for those working in the African games industry on 3rd December in partnership with the FEJA game event, for more information, please visit the following link.