Train2Game News Scottish Games Week Keynote Speakers Announced

The first Scottish Games Week has today revealed its initial keynote speakers: industry veterans Graeme Devine and Houston Howard

Tickets for Scottish Games Week, taking place across Scotland from 24th to 28th of October, are on sale now via Citizen Ticket, with early bird discounted tickets available until Friday 2 September. 

With decades of industry experience under their belts, both speakers have a vast wealth of knowledge and expertise in the global gaming sector, having spearheaded titles such as Quake 3. Speaking at events across the whole of Scottish Games Week, including More Than Games in Glasgow (October 24th) and at the Scottish Games Week Conference in Dundee (October 27th and 28th), both keynotes will give insight into the global games industry. 

Scottish Games Week has been created to highlight and showcase the incredible creativity and technical expertise in Scotland’s rapidly-evolving games ecosystem, and demonstrate the potential of the sector to the country’s digital and creative economies.

Graeme Devine, formerly of id Software and one of the key designers behind the seminal game Quake 3, said: “I’m really looking forward to presenting at Scottish Games Week! Scotland has a long history of being a creative engine for the world and being able to return to encourage that endeavour is extremely humbling and exciting.

Houston Howard, leading transmedia storyteller and author of ‘You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Story: The 21st Century Survival’, said: There is so much opportunity, so many channels, and such an endless amount of tools for artists to launch and scale IP that I’m convinced that this is the most exciting time to be a creator since the invention of the printing press. It’s great to see Scottish Games Week is highlighting this.”

Brian Baglow, founder and director of Scottish Games Week, said: “Scottish Games Week will not only celebrate and showcase Scottish gaming talent working all over the world, but will highlight the enormous achievements, opportunities and potential of the games ecosystem to our digital future.

Graeme is a global scot, working on the world stage, while Houston is a pioneer and thought leader exploring our converged interactive future. We are truly delighted to have them involved and welcome them to join the first SGW programme.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. We have a lot more happening and many more exciting announcements to make as this brand new video games event in Scotland.

Scottish Games Week takes place from the 24th to 28th of October 2022 across Scotland. Tickets are now available for all of the key events including:

More Than Games (Barclay’s Campus, Glasgow) – Video games are Scotland’s ‘secret weapon’ offering far more than ‘mere’ entertainment. More Than Games will open up this remarkable ecosystem and make games relevant to the wider digital tech, creative industries, media, public sector and government in Scotland.  

Education Symposium (Codebase, Edinburgh) – A special event bringing together key educational institutions across the country, exploring the potential for games education and games IN education. 

Scottish Games Week Conference (Malmaison, Dundee) – An industry-focused conference, discussing the future of the games ecosystem. 

Scottish Games Awards (Malmaison, Dundee) – Showcasing and highlighting the incredible talent, creativity and skills of the game creators, educators and community across Scotland.

Scottish Games Week is supported by the Scottish Government’s Ecosystem Fund, delivered as part of its Scottish Technology Ecosystem Review (STER) programme. 

Scottish Games Week has partnered with Citizen Ticket, the cutting-edge Scottish ticketing platform. Dedicated to the fight against climate change, for every ticket purchased Citizen Ticket will plant a tree – a cause fully supported by the team behind Scottish Games Week. 

For the latest updates, more information about Scottish Games Week and to purchase one of the strictly limited early bird tickets, visit Citizen Ticket.

Train2Game News First Ever Scottish Games Week

Scottish Games Week, the first-ever week-long, Scotland-wide series of events focused upon videogames, will take place from October 24th-28th 2022.

Created and organised by the Scottish Games Network, with support from the Scottish Government’s Tech Ecosystem Review (STER) fund, Scottish Games Week will position the sector as a key part of Scotland’s digital future.

From design, development and publishing, to education and the application of games, the event series will showcase Scotland’s pioneering and diverse games ecosystem and act as a catalyst for a more connected and collaborative sector across Scotland, the UK and internationally.

In 2021 the global games industry was worth a staggering $192.7 billion USD, eclipsing many of the other key digital sectors such as cyber, data, AI, fintech and the Internet of Things (IoT). 

Scotland has played a pioneering role in the evolution of the games sector since the late 1980s and continues to produce some of the world’s most popular games, including Grand Theft Auto and Minecraft.

The programme for Scottish Games Week will take place across the whole of Scotland, with events being planned in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee, as well as the Highlands and Islands and Scottish Borders.

Events within Scottish Games Week will include:

More Than Games – An event designed for a non-games audience, to help explain the transformative potential of the tools, technologies and techniques from gaming to other digital tech sectors, the wider creative industries, education, healthcare, the media and beyond.

Education Symposium – With eleven colleges and seven universities producing graduates with skills in game design, development and production, Scotland’s talent pipeline is world class. In the first event of its kind, the symposium will bring together educators and stakeholders from across the education and academic landscape.

Scottish Games Week Conference – A two-day industry conference in Dundee, the heart of Scotland’s gaming heritage, focusing on the cutting edge of game design, development, publishing, funding, and more.

Scottish Games Awards – The first ever Scottish Games Awards will recognise, reward and highlight the incredible creativity, technical expertise, business acumen and pioneering work being carried out across the country’s rapidly evolving games sector.

Satellite Events – The programme will also include several events across the whole of Scotland, from the highlands and islands to the borders, focusing on local clusters and topics relevant to each region.

Scottish Games Week will bring together game developers, publishers and educators as well as the broader games tech ecosystem and streamers. All of the events will be hybrid, offering the opportunity to attend in-person, or join an online stream to put games created in Scotland in front of a global audience.

Brian Baglow, director of the Scottish Games Network, said: “Scotland is home to an incredible games ecosystem. We have over 300 developers and creators across the country, from the largest studios, to part-time indie developers. Eleven colleges and seven universities in Scotland are producing graduates with games design, development and production skills.

“The games sector proved to be not just resilient to COVID-19, it positively boomed. In 2022 the global games market is projected to exceed $200 billion dollars for the first time. 

“Scotland’s games industry is the country’s secret weapon. The games ecosystem is far larger and more complex than anyone gives it credit for, with much to offer the wider creative industries, as well as other areas of the digital technology sector.

“Scottish Games Week will give this incredible ecosystem a global platform, showcasing, highlighting and supporting the incredible work being produced here in Scotland, as well as exploring all of the ways in which the tools, technologies and techniques from games can be utilised in everything from education, to healthcare and Scotland’s future as a digital society.”

Scotland’s Finance and Economy Secretary Kate Forbes said: “Scottish Games Week builds on the industry’s reputation thanks to advances made in centres of excellence for the sector like Edinburgh and Dundee.

“The games industry will play a key part in Scotland’s digital future and in our economy as a whole and is receiving continued Scottish Government support through the Scottish Tech Ecosystem Fund.

“The Fund is providing support for organisations to deliver meetups and events like Scottish Games Week – which create the best environment for entrepreneurs to succeed.”

Louise Blain, journalist and BBC broadcaster, said: “Games are the most successful entertainment medium in the world but people just don’t know Scotland’s part in that story in 2022. I’m thrilled to be heading up the Scottish Games Awards jury to recognise Scotland’s talent and, importantly, show it off on the world’s stage”

The development of Scottish Games Week is supported by an independent Steering Committee representative of the diverse ecosystem the event aims to serve. Members include: Louise Blain (journalist & DJ), Dr Amanda Ford (West College Scotland), William Huber (Abertay University), Joanne Lacey (AdInMo), Gary Penn (Denki), Nazan Ünlütürk (Zappaty) and Jim Woods (Sumo Digital).

Anyone interested in being part of the programme, attending or sponsoring any of the events should contact the SGW team at: hello@gamesweek.scot.

For all of the latest news and updates on the programme, and to secure tickets, visit: https://gamesweek.scot. You can also follow Scottish Games Week on social media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/scotgamesweek

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scotgamesweek/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/701845541217246

Train2Game News Scottish Games Company Receives Big Funding

Blazing Griffin, a digital entertainment group, today announced it has completed its Series ‘A’ round, raising £5 million led by private investors and matched by the Scottish Investment Bank (SIB), the investment arm of Scottish Enterprise.
The funds will be used to help support the group’s continued growth and to expand its game development portfolio, film output and post production services.

This latest round of funding builds on 5 years of substantial growth and an exciting year ahead for Blazing Griffin. From its current capacity of 30 staff, the group plans to use this investment to treble its headcount over the upcoming months.

Blazing Griffin is working on a number of on-going and unannounced game development projects. Following the launch of The Ship: Remasted and coupled with the investment, the games studio plans to build at least two new development teams.

The film department recently announced the start of principal photography for its first feature film project, Anna And The Apocalypse, starring Ella Hunt and Paul Kaye and backed by Creative Scotland. Blazing Griffin has many exciting licensed and original properties for film and TV in development with world-class talent and production partners, and is supported by slate development funding.

Building on their achievements and through the work on high profile shows, the post production team have created a new facility in Glasgow, with 4K delivery capabilities, to service UK-wide and international projects, specialising in remote workflows with international and UK partners – the first of its kind in Scotland.

“Having the hard work of all The Griffins be recognised in this way is an awesome feeling. I can’t wait for people to see everything we’re currently working on and very much looking forward to sharing all of our plans over the next couple of weeks and months.” said Managing Director, Peter van der Watt, “We all appreciate the continued support and confidence our investors and Scottish Enterprise have in our ambitious plan to become one of Scotland’s largest entertainment companies.”

The Scottish Investment Bank (SIB) is the investment arm of Scotland’s main economic development agency, Scottish Enterprise, operating Scotland-wide in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

“Scottish Enterprise has been working with Blazing Griffin for over three years during which we have seen the company go from a fledgling games development studio to a diversified digital entertainment group” said Kerry Sharp, head of SIB, “Following on from our initial investment in February 2015, we are delighted to again support the group’s growth plans and, capitalising on the talented team it continues to build in Scotland, look forward to seeing the company create brilliant content across its games, film and post production portfolio that will be enjoyed by a global audience”.

Train2Game News Scottish Games Industry Growth

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The SNP has today pledged to support the continued growth of the computer games industry after five ‘exceptional’ years for the industry.

The number of computer games companies operating in Scotland has increased from 15 in 2010 to 100 in 2015, with 95 of those businesses registered in Scotland – an increase of over 600% in five years.

Between 2010 and 2013, the last year for which figures are available, turnover increased from £38.1m to £67.6m.

Scottish computer games companies include Rock Star North, producers of the Grand Theft Auto series, and 4J Studios, involved in the production of Minecraft.

Previous SNP action to support the industry includes:

    Successfully lobbied the UK Government to introduce tax incentives for the computer games industry

    Funding 40 post-graduate places for a new masters programme in Computer Games Development at the University of Abertay Skillset Media Academy

    Financial support for Scotland’s first digital skills academy CodeClan

Commenting, SNP MSP Joe Fitzpatrick said:

“Computer games are a massive success story for Scotland and the growth since 2010, both in terms of established companies and in turnover, has been exceptional.

“This is an industry that drives exports and makes a huge cultural and economic contribution to Scottish life.

“The SNP want to ensure that this sector continues to grow as a key part of Scotland’s creative industries.”

Train2Game News: What’s inside the cube!

curiosity-whats-inside-the-cube-22 Cans’ debut project, the iOS and Android title Curiosity, has finally come to an end, with the UK-based winner receiving his life changing prize.

Since November 6 last year, the intriguing mobile and tablet game has drawn in about five million users, according to creator Peter Molyneux. If you are unaware of Curiosity: What’s inside the cube, the game asked players to tap away at tiny cubelets which together formed layers of a massive cube.

Now, some seven months later, user Bryan Henderson from Edinburgh has reached the centre of the cube and received what Mr Molyneux said would be a “Life changing prize”.

Once Bryan tapped the final cube, a video was revealed to him detailing his prize and in my opinion, it certainly can be life changing.

The video revealed that he will be granted the role of God in 22 Cans’ next project for PC and iOS, Godus.

“As God, the Curiosity winner will decide the rules under which the Godus game is played by and even share in the success of the product” said Molyneux.

“Every time people spend money on Godus, you will get a small piece of that pie,” he explained.

“It means that you will decide on how people will play a game. You will accrue riches from that game, from the start until the finish of your reign. That, by any definition of the word, is life changing.

“You will have fame, you will have fortune and you will have the power to introduce morals into a game.”

Molyneux went on to say the idea of having a single player act as god over an entire game genre came to him many years ago, but “it’s only now when we’re all connected that we have the power to do it.”

Molyneux also confirmed that 22 Cans may undergo another gaming experiment that’s “even more intriguing” in the future.

You can enjoy the video Bryan shared after clicking that final cube, below: