Train2Game News Sold Out Offering Developers Investment

Video games publisher Sold Out has launched an exciting new initiative for the Unreal Engine development community. Called ‘The Unreal Box Offer,’ it’s designed to offer financial support and to provide the benefits of releasing a digital game in a retail box.

Developers can secure funding of up to $500,000 and the opportunity for their titles to be released to the physical market, providing an additional revenue stream along with the competitive advantage of increased visibility.

“This is a great way for us to recognize up-and-coming titles and to optimize their success through physical release,” said James Cato, COO of Sold Out. “The Unreal Box Offer represents a modern opportunity for retail game sales, and Sold Out looks forward to publishing fantastic new Unreal Engine titles.”

“At Epic we support programs that help Unreal Engine developers get their games into the hands of as many players as possible,” said Mike Gamble, Head of Unreal Engine games licensing for Europe. “We applaud Sold Out’s efforts to bring promising independent titles market with even more prosperity.”

The Unreal Box Offer is open to anyone developing a game using Unreal Engine that is scheduled for release in 2019 and 2020. Interested developers can find out more at www.soldout.unrealboxoffer.com

Train2Game News UK Game Charts – 10.03.15

dying lightA very quiet chart this week with Dying Light remaining at number one. There is only new game in the charts this week which is Sold Out’s Zombie Trilogy at number eight.

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Week ending 7 March 2015

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 DYING LIGHT WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 1
2 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 5
3 FIFA 15 EA SPORTS 6
4 CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE ACTIVISION 2
5 DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE BANDAI NAMCO GAMES 3
6 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 9
7 THE ORDER: 1886 SONY COMPUTER ENT. 4
8 ZOMBIE ARMY TRILOGY SOLD OUT SALES & MARKETING
9 EVOLVE 2K GAMES 8
10 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 10
11 FAR CRY 4 UBISOFT 7
12 DESTINY ACTIVISION 11
13 WWE 2K15 2K SPORTS 17
14 TERRARIA XBOX 360 CLASSICS 19
15 FORZA HORIZON 2 MICROSOFT 12
16 THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: MAJORA’S MASK 3D NINTENDO 14
17 DISNEY INFINITY 2.0 DISNEY INFINITY 16
18 SAINTS ROW IV RE-ELECTED/GAT OUT OF HELL DEEP SILVER
19 THE CREW UBISOFT 18
20 ASSASSIN’S CREED: UNITY UBISOFT 13
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Train2Game News From Bytes to Boxed

Sold OutSold Out Sales & Marketing Limited, one of the UK’s leading publishers of boxed titles, claims that many independent developers are missing out on substantial amounts of additional revenue by ignoring traditional routes to market.

The firm – which recently announced a partnership with Team17 Digital Limited to bring its forthcoming digital titles to retail – is now actively seeking new publishing opportunities which can generate an additional tranche of revenue for the developer.

In the case of high-profile digital releases, many mainstream publishers have forecast that their digital revenues may be as little as nine per cent of their boxed income. Microsoft’s decision to keep boxed as part of their Next-Gen strategy indicates that even where a business intends to be primarily digitally focused, retail earnings are still very key in the revenue streams.

“Digital publishing has proved a fertile ground for innovative, lean independent developers – but many are ignoring additional opportunities – which is leaving that cash on the table,” says James Cato, Sales Director at Sold Out.

“Whilst the digital marketplace is undoubtedly convenient for indie developers, we’re able to very quickly and easily open up routes to traditional markets, reaching players who prefer to build physical collections – or those who remain fearful of purchasing online.”

In the latter half of 2014, Sold Out will bring at least seven new titles to retail – including some of the highest-profile digital releases of the year. More information will be revealed at a later stage. These titles will be in addition to Sold Out’s own digital releases across PC and home consoles.

“We’re actively seeking new partners,” adds James Cato. “We’re as simple to work with as it comes: getting your games into shops requires very little additional manpower, and we’re not interested in owning anyone’s IP or digital revenues, all we offer is additional profits and access to a traditional market – literally every sale we make is a bonus to our partners.”

For more information in working with Sold Out, please contact sales@soldout.uk.com / +44 (0)203 405 4585