Train2Game News Marmalade 7.4 update

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Marmalade Technologies Ltd, providers of the free, top-rated cross-platform app development tool, today announced the release of Marmalade 7.4.

The updated SDK includes a wealth of new features to assist developers in deploying their apps to a broad range of platforms, maximizing their potential reach and revenue streams.

Harvey Elliott, CEO, Marmalade Technologies Ltd: “The release of Marmalade 7.4 is yet another milestone met for Marmalade and the fast growing Marmalade Community, which has more than doubled over the past year. By making continuous improvements to our core C++ tool, we give game developers of all shapes and sizes the ability to publish native performance games on the app stores that matter, without expensive reworking and consuming valuable development time.”

Marmalade 7.4 Key Features
·        Windows Phone 8.1 platform support
Developers can now extend apps and games to take advantage of WP8.1 features. For example there is now  no need to pre-compile shaders
·        iOS 8 and Xcode 6 support
Update and submit your Marmalade apps ahead of public release – use the latest Xcode IDE. The release includes fixes which will ensure Marmalade apps continue to work with iOS8.
·        In-app purchase support for Roku
Easily monetise Roku apps
·        Marmalade Web support for Firefox OS
Bring your Marmalade Web apps to the Firefox OS marketplace
·        Facebook Support
Marmalade 7.4 includes updated Facebook SDKs
·        Plus more useful fixes and updates that can be explored further  here.

Train2Game News Port iOS Games to Android

MarmaladeCross-platform game development SDK  Marmalade Technologies Ltd announced today that all iOS game developers can now use the Marmalade SDK to bring their games to a market of over 1 billion additional devices worldwide.

Marmalade Juice, the new iOS to Android porting tool, will be included in all Marmalade licenses and from today, for a limited time, the annual Community license is free.

The full release of Marmalade Juice will be welcome news to millions of game developers who, until now, have taken a single platform approach, finding themselves locked into the iOS ecosystem and unable to maximize the wider market opportunity for their app. Now, using Marmalade Juice, developers have the ability to recompile their Objective-C code for Android, providing a clear and cost-effective route to stores including Google Play and the Amazon App Store. Once their games are compiled into Marmalade, developers have many of the benefits of working within the cross-platform SDK such as maintaining a single codebase and the option to target further platforms in the future.

Justin Ng, Engineering Manager, Storm8: “Working with Marmalade Juice has made the process of bringing games to Android almost invisible. The Marmalade toolset integrates well into our process and because everything is still developed in Xcode, there was a minimal learning curve. Using Marmalade Juice was incredibly easy and allowed us to focus on what we love – building hit games for our more than 50 million monthly active users”.

Harvey Elliott, CEO, Marmalade Technologies Ltd: “Adding Marmalade Juice to our powerful SDK means that at last developers have an easy way to extend from iOS to the now dominant Android market, using technology from a company that has grown up with mobile gaming. The release of Marmalade Juice underlines the long established aims of Marmalade in ensuring that operating across platforms can be a sustainable strategy for the developer and the industry as a whole.”

Marmalade Juice now comes included with all Marmalade SDK seats at no additional cost. To celebrate GDC 2014, Marmalade Community licenses will be free for a limited time, so all qualifying iOS developers can unlock their games to Android for free. Developers should use code: GDCFREE here: www.madewithmarmalade.com/free.

Train2Game News: BAFTA Inside Games Event

BAFTAThe British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has today announced that tickets for Inside Games, a new public showcase of the latest games from the world’s biggest games companies, are on sale now.

The event will take place on the same day as the British Academy Games Awards, Wednesday 12 March, at the Tobacco Dock London.

Inside Games is BAFTA’s first-ever pre-Awards event celebrating gaming excellence. It will offer the public hands-on experience with a wide range of highly anticipated games. The event includes a series of BAFTA-curated talks with leading game developers and, with the ‘Inside Games Arcade’, a playable showcase of independent games. These will vary in scope, platform, style and development budget, showcasing the best the art form has to offer.

Also this year, for the very first time, BAFTA is selling public tickets to the British Academy Games Awards. The ceremony, hosted by comedian Dara O’Briain, will take place later that evening. Tickets for the Awards, which include entry to Inside Games, are on sale now.

Harvey Elliott, Chair of BAFTA’s Games Committee, said: “After a review of last year’s Awards activity, the committee believed it was time to broaden the ways in which BAFTA celebrates games and to enable the industry to engage more directly with gamers. Our Inside Games event has been curated by BAFTA to give gamers unprecedented access to the developers behind some of the best new titles of 2014. Also opening our Awards to the public for the first time is another way in which we are helping them have a better connection with the industry.”

Tickets to Inside Games are available for £12 in advance, with a limited number available on the day.

Tickets to the British Academy Games Awards, which include access to Inside Games, are available for £30.

For more information on both these events and to purchase tickets, visit http://bit.ly/InsideGames.