Train2Game News Rugby Lunch Supporting SpecialEffect


The inaugural fundraising lunch for rugby connoisseurs is bringing together three legends of the modern game to raise money for the charity, SpecialEffect.

The charity enable everyone, whatever their disability, to enjoy video games and leisure technology not just for the sake of fun but by giving individuals the means to participate, they are kick starting their rehabilitation, self-esteem, and most importantly, inclusion. Truly life changing support for the inspirational people they support.

Tables are now available for the Legends Lunch, which will feature former internationals Paul Wallace, Simon Shaw MBE and Zinzan Brooke. The event will be hosted by Miles Harrison, the Principal Rugby Commentator for Sky Sports.

A three-course gourmet lunch will be followed by entertainment and banter from the panel of rugby legends, who will be recounting their sporting and not-so-sporting experiences on and off the rugby field. There will be plenty of opportunity to put your questions to the panel and meet the players.

The event, organised by Limelight Interactive, will be held on Thursday 26 February 2015 at the Minster Exchange in central London. The beneficiary charity, SpecialEffect help people with disabilities to benefit from video games and leisure technology.

Matt Hampson, former England International is the proud Patron of SpecialEffect, having worked with the charity after his own life-changing injury;

“I know how it feels to have the opportunity to play a game at the highest level, and how it feels to lose it.  I’m very proud to be the Patron of SpecialEffect – the only national charity specifically dedicated to helping everyone with disabilities to enjoy a better quality of life through games and leisure technology”

“It’s exactly the kind of support that SpecialEffect gave me following my own injury so I know firsthand the difference it can make between watching others enjoy themselves, and joining in yourself”

– Matt Hampson, Patron of SpecialEffect

The cost for a table is £850 plus VAT for a table of 10 people, and interested parties are invited to contact Alison at

Train2Game News: Rugby Nations 13

Rugby Nations 13The biggest rugby game for smart phones and tablets is back and aims to grow its existing 2.5m fans with new features including professional commentary and improved rugby simulation.

Distinctive Games launches the fourth instalment of the biggest rugby title for the smart phone and tablet, Rugby Nations 13. The series has gone from strength-to-strength since its creation in 2009, new features include: Commentary from Sky Sports’ Bill Leslie, improved visuals and animations with guidance from ex-professional rugby player James Waterhouse and increased accuracy and realism of the rugby simulation, directly requested by players of previous games in the franchise.

Powered by the Phoenix engine, the astonishing visuals and incredibly fluid game play of Rugby Nations 13, propel your rugby experience to new heights. Charge into the action with all-new set play mechanics, offload passing and strategically increase your scoring potential using the in-game team management to ensure only the fittest make the pack.

Rugby Nations is one of Distinctive Games major franchises, to date it has released four games in the series that have been played by over 2.5m players. Rugby Nations 13 will the 5th in the series and will be released accompanied by Rugby Kicks 2, a free rugby flicking game which will be available a few weeks after Rugby Nations 13 is released. Rugby Nations 13 will be launched exclusively on iOS with plans for release on additional formats later in the year.

The Distinctive Games team have a huge amount of experience in creating sports games, having previously worked with the biggest sports IPs in gaming and now with over 30 million people playing their sports titles. The franchise has achieved over 2.5m downloads, is the #1 rugby game for smartphones/tablets and has featured in the top 10 sports games on Appstores, with Rugby Nations 2011 reaching #1 within two days of release.

Distinctive games have also recently employed Tarnya Smith, a Train2Game student who worked on this years Rugby Nations game. We will catch up with her soon to find out about her experiences with Distinctive Games.

Nick Dent, Creative Director, Distinctive Games, said: “We’re all huge fans of sports and sporting games at Distinctive Games, so it’s great to bring the latest version of Rugby Nations to our enthusiastic and passionate fan base. We’ve taken a lot of time to look over reviews of the previous titles by the players and improve aspects of the game they have specified. We’ve also been continuing to work with ex-professional rugby player James Waterhouse to improve the realism of the game. With professional commentary by Bill Leslie this is the biggest and best Rugby Nations to date.”

Distinctive Games recently won the Windows 8 “Power Up” gaming App competition. To find out more visit the Distinctive Games website at