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 W.A.S.D Careers For Games Industry Students

Roucan is delighted to announce W.A.S.D Careers, a new video games careers expo on 17th/18th November 2022 at Farnborough International.

The event will bring together the best-in-class UK student development talent and employers looking to work with them in the future.

W.A.S.D Careers will be for anyone interested in a career in the videogames industry. A perfect venue and opportunity for development talent to showcase their skills and for video games companies to meet and see their work. W.A.S.D Careers will be the first nationwide opportunity for development talent to meet prospective employers and network with other collaborators within the games space.
 

The showfloor will comprise of a few key zones;
 

  • Students showcase – students show their playable work 
  • Developer stands – developers meet talented students 
  • Recruitment area – recruiter booths to talk to candidates 
  • Technology focus – tech providers show off their capability on the event floor 
  • Educators – educators meet the candidates of the future, employers and government
  • Meeting/chat/networking – a free meeting system to match developers and students 
  • Esports and publishing – how to get into the business Charity – make something that makes a difference and meet the people involved

Event Director, Matt Styles, said, “There is a very clear games development skills gap in the UK and we’re excited to be providing the platform for everyone to meet, show their work and learn more about one of the leading employment opportunities in the world”
 

W.A.S.D Careers will feature multiple theatres running content for the duration of the event. The main theatre – seating 1,200 people – will be curated by education specialists within the games industry offering tips and advice for getting into the business.
 

W.A.S.D Careers guarantees a low ticket price, easy access and group discounts to ensure that students all over the country can afford to attend. Plus, early-bird discounts and deals for universities showing games at the event.
 

The launch event will be partnered with many other networks within the games market, to be announced over the coming months.
 

Farnborough International boasts 20,000sqm of flexible indoor event space, ample outdoor areas, the latest in-house technology and more than 70 years of event organisation experience. The venue will offer a dedicated drop off and pick up area for coaches, and due to expansive hard standing secure space on site coaches will be allowed to stay on site for the duration. Located in Hampshire, the purpose-built venue has strong transport links and is in easy reach by train, just 35 minutes direct from London Waterloo, or by car from the M3.

Train2Game News Amazing Frog? Coming To Android

After a successful iOS release in 2019 Developer Fayju is excited to announce that its hilarious sandbox adventure game Amazing Frog? is headed to Android devices later this year.

Android players will be able to enjoy all currently live features available in the PC version of Amazing Frog? V2 (the remastered version of the game) right at their fingertips.
 

Amazing Frog? is an open world sandbox game where players take control of the webby feet of superhero Amazing Frog? as he wreaks havoc in Swindon, UK. Explore the streets atop your trusty swine steed and interact with dozens of available shenanigans all throughout the town. Take to the skies with balloons, use cannons to propel yourself and test the aerodynamics of webbed feet or just have a nice relaxing swim with absolutely no danger or frog-eating animals to disturb the peace.
 

Amazing Frog?’s Android release has been highly requested by the community for many years. Android players can expect regular updates and changes to the game to keep things fresh and exciting. One of the very first sandbox games to give players total freedom, Amazing Frog? hopes to keep impressing players with its wacky and wonderful world. 

Features: 

  • Explore beautiful Swindon, UK via the eyes of the one and only Amazing Frog?
  • Discover hidden secrets around every corner of the continent
  • Unlock dozens of interactable items
  • Travel in a wide assortment of vehicles (and on pigs)
  • Dress Amazing Frog? in dozens of customizable outfits to fulfill his every froggy desire
  • Hang with dangerously fun wildlife
  • Participate in frog-induced mayhem


In addition to the game’s upcoming release on Android, Amazing Frog? V2 has just received a brand new update which adds some of players favorite features from the original version including the Sewers and the Megladon. Explore Swindon to find all the new things added and look for even more updates on the way.

Amazing Frog? is currently available on iOS and PC via Steam will Android coming later this year. Want to see what Amazing Frog? gets up to in his free time? Visit him on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and Facebook.

Feel like hopping over to Amazing Frog? on PC? Right now for a limited time, you can grab the game for 25% off on Steam

Train2Game News Esports In Education Summit

British Esports, the not-for-profit organisation and national body set up to support grassroots esports in the UK, is pleased to announce the return of the annual Esports in Education Summit this year.


Scheduled to take place on Thursday June 30th, 2022, at The Metronome (Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies), the fourth annual edition of the Esports in Education Summit, brought to you by British Esports and Association of Colleges Sport (AOC), will be a hybrid event with spaces available for attendees on the day.


The Esports in Education Summit brings together Senior Leaders, Curriculum Managers, Lecturers, as well as Team Coaches, from across the UK, to discuss the impact, developments and opportunities available in competitive gaming and esports in schools and colleges.


“We’re delighted to host the Esports in Education Summit once again this year, at the Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies in Nottingham,” said Andy Payne OBE, Chair of British Esports. ”This summit is vitally important to continue the discussions around Esports and Education.  With restrictions forcing events online over the past few years, it’s great to be able to get back to physical events once again to meet with key stakeholders and educational leaders”.


“Over the past couple of years the Esports in Education Summit has become an established event and one of the real highlights of the college Esports calendar,” said Dean Hardman, Director of Sport and Student Experience at AOC. “We at AoC Sport are once again delighted to be partnering with British Esports to deliver what promises to be yet another informative and enjoyable event”.


A range of keynotes, panel discussions, and sessions with industry leaders as well as experts from across the education sector will discuss a wide variety of topics, including:

  • Esports: the competitive activity of the future
  • British Esports and the Student Champs (The story so far)
  • Career pathways in esports
  • Wider Impact Projects – Diversity and Inclusion
  • Esports in Education: Academic development in Further Education and Higher Education
  • How sport and esports can mutually benefit – Commonwealth Games
  • A special tour of Confetti X – the brand new purpose built esports arena at Confetti Institute of Creative Technology (physical attendees only)

There will also be opportunity to discuss solutions to challenges and learn from schools and colleges who are in varied stages of esports development.Tickets are FREE and are available to book via the Event Page.  Visitors will also be offered the opportunity to visit the brand new purpose built esports arena at Confetti Institute of Creative Technology, scheduled to host the British Esports Student Champs Finals on July 2nd and July 3rd 2022.


The confirmed line up of Speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Train2Game News The Serpent Rogue

Team17 and Sengi Games have today launched alchemy sandbox adventure game The Serpent Rogue on PC, Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®5, and Xbox Series X|S.

As the mysterious, plague-masked protagonist, The Warden, players must explore the world, craft, and utilise crucial potions to cleanse the world of the malevolent corruption known as the Serpent Rogue, and restore balance to the lands surrounding Mount Morbus.
 
The perfect blend of gameplay awaits: https://youtu.be/QQxg_wb3qEE
 
Alchemy is one of the key ingredients in The Serpent Rogue’s gameplay and mastering it will be pivotal to The Warden’s success. Collect and research ingredients to unveil their uses, experiment with different mixtures to craft unique potions, and use concoctions in a variety of ways to progress through an everchanging world.
 
The Serpent Rogue allows players to tackle challenges in a myriad of ways: adversaries can be defeated directly through head-to-head open combat, perfectly timed alchemic potions, or by befriending and taming local beasts. Each step on The Warden’s journey is fraught with challenges and decisions, the echoes of which can be felt across the wider world. For instance, leaving food lying around will attract vermin and cause havoc, while bodies left unburied will lure fearsome ghouls, so tread carefully.
 
The Serpent Rogue key features

  • Sandbox roguelike: Explore the mysterious world of The Serpent Rogue; locations and items are randomised by storms that sweep the land
  • Permutations aplenty: Utilise the magic and crafting of alchemy to create new tactics and overcome the many threats and situations created by the corruption of the Serpent Rogue
  • Cause and effect: The Warden’s actions have consequences that can be used to their advantage; but will they become the hero of the tale… or the villain?

 
The Serpent Rogue is available to purchase now on Steam, or try the free demo. To keep up to date with all the information on The Serpent Rogue please like the game on Facebook, follow it on Twitter and join us on Discord.

Train2Game News Pokemon Center UK Master Ball

The Pokémon Company International and The Wand Company have announced the Master Ball (with a special-edition plaque on the included display case) is now available to purchase exclusively at the Pokémon Center UK store.
 
As Pokémon veterans may know, the Master Ball is the only type of Poké Ball that can catch any Pokémon without fail—no matter how strong or rare that Pokémon may be. This legendary item is now available to purchase for Trainers in the UK with this premium replica from The Wand Company.
 
Featuring touch- and proximity-sensing technology, the front button illuminates in response to nearby motion, becoming brighter when the Master Ball is touched. Pressing the button will also initiate a Pokémon-catching light sequence.
 
This Pokémon Center UK exclusive replica comes with an illuminated display case, a special-edition plaque and a display ring that lets Trainers show off the Master Ball on its own. Visit the Pokémon Center or TheWandCompany.com/PokeBall for more information.
 
Additionally, seasoned fans and budding Trainers alike can also now take advantage of free shipping on all orders of £20.00 and over from the Pokémon Center UK store, across the full range of apparel, plush, Trading Card Game and other products. Go to the Customer Service page for Frequently Asked Questions and more information.
 
Visit Pokémon Center UK to view available products, or sign up for the official email newsletter to keep up to date on new products and merchandise releases.

Train2Game News SpecialEffect Exclusive Kit Available In FIFA 22

Electronic Arts are supporting charity partner SpecialEffect by featuring an exclusive FUT kit in FIFA 22. 

The kit will went live in game yesterday as a reward for a weekly objective in FUT 22

SpecialEffect are a UK-based charity that provide custom-designed control setups for people with physical disabilities who want to enjoy video games. FIFA is one of the most popular games requested by people they help.

The kit is being launched at SpecialEffect’s local professional club Oxford United with guests including beneficiaries of the charity, and an appearance of the Premier League Trophy by kind arrangement with EA Sports.

Peter Moore, SpecialEffect Vice President said, “as a proud SpecialEffect Vice President it’s wonderful to see the charity featured within FIFA 22. It shines a bright light on the great work that Dr Mick and the team carry out to help gamers with disabilities across the world. I first got involved with the charity after seeing a story of how they helped a fellow Liverpool fan game again and know the reaction to the shirt will be huge, raising awareness of their important mission of bringing gaming to all.”

Dr Mick Donegan, SpecialEffect Founder and CEO, said, “we’re immensely grateful to EA for this wonderful gesture. For many years they’ve been major supporters of our work in levelling the playing field for people with physical disabilities, and the increase in global awareness of our work that the kit will bring is very much appreciated. When I started the charity fifteen year ago, I could never have dreamed that we’d be honoured in this way through the most popular game series ever.”

“SpecialEffect plays a critical role in making gaming accessible to everyone.  This is something EA too feels very passionate about, as we inspire the world to play” said David Jackson, VP of Brand, EA SPORTS FIFA. “FIFA 22 is proud to support the incredible work of SpecialEffect as they break down barriers for players living with physical disabilities and make video gaming truly inclusive.”

Train2Game News 2022 BAFTA Game Winners

At the BAFTA Games Awards, Returnal won Audio Achievement, Best Game and Music, and Performer in a Leading Rolefor Jane Perry, winning her first BAFTA.
 

Two games won two BAFTAs each: It Takes Two won Multiplayer and Original Property, and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart won Animation and Technical Achievement.
 

Kimberly Brooks is another first-time performance winner, taking home the BAFTA for Performer in a Supporting Role for her role as Hollis Forsythe in Psychonauts 2.
 

TOEM, the hand drawn adventure game, won the Debut category.
 

Artistic Achievement was won by The Artful Escape, the game about a guitar prodigy who sets out on a psychedelic journey to inspire his stage persona and confront the legacy of a dead folk legend.
 

Forza Horizon 5 won British Game, the second BAFTA for the racing franchise that has been nominated in every year of release.
 

Evolving Game was won by No Man’s Sky, the game about exploration and survival in an infinite procedurally generated galaxy.
 

The top-down action adventure game Chicory: A Colorful Talewon Family.
 

Game Beyond Entertainment, the category that recognises games that deliver a transformational experience beyond pure entertainment,was won byBefore Your Eyes, the narrative adventure game that tells the story of a soul’s journey into the after-life.
 

Game Design was won by Inscryption, the card-based game that blends deckbuilding roguelike, escape-room style puzzles and psychological horror.
 

Unpacking, the game about taking things out of boxes and discovering a life in the process, won the BAFTA for Narrative as well as EE Game of the Year, the only award voted for by the public.
 

Hosted by Elle Osili-Wood, the ceremony was live streamed on Twitch, YouTube and Facebook and was followed by a post-show party exclusively on Twitch.
 

The Awards are supported by BAFTA’s official games partners Electronic Arts, Epic Games, PlayStation, SEGA, Tencent and Ubisoft with EE sponsoring the Game of the Year Award.

Train2Game News Wobbledogs Available Today

Developer Animal Uprising and publisher Secret Mode are thrilled to announce the launch of Wobbledogs on Steam today. After six years of development and a year in Early Access where it received Overwhelmingly Positive user reviews, players can today jump in and discover the weird and wonderful world of this colourful mutant pet simulator.

Launching today, Wobbledogs is a 3D pet simulation that allows players to manage their own kennel of mutating dogs, hatched from eggs and simulated in incredible detail all the way down to their wibbly-wobbly guts.  
 

Wobbledogs is a casual and relaxed sandbox experience for players of all ages who want to care for their very own virtual pets in a surprising, unique, and stress-free environment. The dogs start out relatively normal but mutate and behave in unexpected ways as the game progresses and their evolutionary lines advance.  

Wobbledogs is launching out of Early Accesswith a whole host of features including resizable decorations, customisable dog dens, an anti-gravity machine, ghostly hauntings and additional surprises. Like its colourful canine characters, Wobbledogs will continue to evolve with new content and game updates after launch.  

“There’s nothing quite like Wobbledogs out there.” said James Schall, Director of Publishing at Secret Mode. “It allows gamers to simulate a dog living its best life, right down to its guts! With all the creative craziness going on in the game, we’re always thrilled to see the next generation of wobbly dogs out there as player share the madcap exploits that their newfound canine friends get up to.”  

“Wobbledogs is by far the most ambitious project I’ve ever worked on,” said Tom Astle, founder of Animal Uprising. “I’m super proud of what it’s turned into and I’m incredibly grateful to the wonderful community that’s grown around it during its time in Early Access. I can’t wait for everyone who’s been looking forward to the full release to finally get their paws on it, and I hope you all enjoy!”  
 

Wobbledogs launches today onSteam for $19.99 / €19.99 / £15.99. For more information visit Wobbledogs.com.  
 

Follow Secret Mode on Twitter or visit WeAreSecretMode.com.  

Train2Game News Unknown Number Chosen For London Games Festival

Indie studio godolphin games are thrilled to announce that their voice-controlled puzzle adventure game, Unknown Number, has been chosen as part of London Games Festival’s Official Selection.

Combining cutting edge voice recognition technology with an explosive thriller narrative, Unknown Number is scheduled to launch in Q2 2022 on Steam.

An innovative voice-controlled adventure told entirely through interactive phone calls, Unknown Number has been picked for the London Games Festival Official Selection, and will be showcased as part of the 10-day in person and online event, from Friday 1st April to Sunday 10th April.

The game is part of this year’s ‘Narrative Excellence’ category, where Unknown Number and other titles tell gripping stories in innovative and experimental ways.

Watch the Unknown Number Gameplay Trailer

“We’re thrilled that Unknown Number has been selected for ‘Narrative Excellence’ at the London Games Festival”, said Thomas Keane, Creative Director of godolphin games. “Voice control puts players at the heart of the action like never before. After all, who needs a fancy avatar when you can speak to characters directly?”

“In Unknown Number, you’ll receive phone calls from a full cast of colourful personalities – from eco-warriors to oil barons. But it’s your words, and your voice, that really take centre stage. Heck, at the end of this, you’ll probably deserve an award for ‘Best Vocal Performance’. We’ll have a word with the LGF to see if they can make it happen.”

The first game in an all-new genre that the developers are calling a “First Person Talker”, Unknown Number combines elements from puzzle adventure, interactive story and augmented reality games to create a high-octane gameplay experience. Make your voice heard as you talk, sing, whisper and shout your way through the captivating narrative, and interact with a plethora of morally complex characters.


In this genre-defying thriller, use your voice to…

  • SOLVE complex puzzles to unlock treasure vaults
  • NAVIGATE a maze-like oil rig under serious time pressure
  • IMPERSONATE high-profile oil execs on conference calls
  • TRICK henchman into abandoning their guard posts
  • JOIN an underground eco-movement run by kids
  • MAKE crucial moral decisions that impact the story
  • TELL knock-knock jokes… and maybe even SAVE the world

More information about Unknown Number:


Add Unknown Number to your Steam wishlist: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1692340/Unknown_Number_A_First_Person_Talker/
Visit the Unknown Number website: http://www.godolphingames.com/
Follow godolphin games on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/godolphin_games
Like godolphin games on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/godolphin_games
Join the godolphin games Discord channel: http://www.godolphingames.com/discord