Train2Game News WeWanaPlay writing competition

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If you have ever dreamed of becoming a Games writer then WewanaPlay have a great challenge which could give you the exposure you desire.

The Wewana:Readit challenge will give you the opportunity to writeabout something you love and help you gain recognition for it too.

The challenge aims to bring together gaming’s best new writing talent in a unique competition that encouraged creativity and originality as you can write about anything within the world of video gaming. The challenge was launched on the 10th of February and has already been well received within the industry.

Ghostwriters for many well-known gaming publication already write for and support WewanaPlay as they gain the recognition and exposure that they don’t get anywhere else. As WewanaPlay CEO, Deepak Pathak explained: “It is notoriously difficult to break into Gaming Journalism and it’s perhaps why so many talented writers already support us. We decided it’s time to increase the scale of what we are doing, help new gaming talent to be seen and of course encourage the 48% of our app users who are female to begin being better represented in games writing too.”

Although the competition is mainly aimed at students there is a category for non-students too. The categories include Secondary school pupils, College, University and of course a non-student category.

Each entry must be between 500 and 1500 words long, be related to gaming and be an original piece of work written solely for the competition. Submissions must be submitted by 7th April whereafter screening the shortlisted finalists will be published on the site from the 10th April for the public voting process. From these awesome articles he winners will be announced on the 30th April.

Full details of how to get involved (either as entrants or supporters) can be found on the dedicated event page: http://wewanaplay.com/events

Train2Game News WeWanaPlay around the world

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For the 7th year in a row, Global Game Jam is hosting the world’s largest hackathon  (A marathon for gaming developers) where over 25k developers are coming together for one weekend in almost 500 locations worldwide to build games. This year the event takes place on the 23rd-25th January.

It’s a great opportunity to not only help inspire the next generation of programmers, but a chance for  some of the best, smartest and most entertaining developers to gain international exposure to the rest of the gaming world.

Wewanaplay (a Birmingham, UK based gaming company) are planning to livestream the entire event from over 40 different Jamming locations around the world. Each team will be showcasing their event for an hour, helping to bring together the entire game developing community for the very first time on one channel. It’s a great way to showcase how different cultures tackle the challenge and show that even when we are miles apart, we can still come together for great reasons.

Deepak Pathak, WewanaPlay CEO mentioned “With places like Costa Rica, Jamica and Taiwan getting involved it’s going to be fantastic not just to watch the amazing games they create but also feel like you have travelled the world in one weekend.”

To catch the livestream over the weekend go to http://www.twitch.tv/wewanaplay
For information on the schedule of different teams streaming visit http://www.wewanaplay.com/events

Train2Game News WeWanaPlay Game Jam

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Gaming industry professionals and students from across the West Midlands will be heading to Birmingham City University on 23 January to make new computer games – in just one weekend.

Hosted by the University’s Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment and co-organised with Birmingham gaming app-makers WewanaPlay, the event forms part of the Global Game Jam (GGJ) – the world’s largest game jam event which last year saw almost 3000 games created.

Taking place at Birmingham City University’s City Centre Campus, participants from the West Midlands will join more than 7,000 people worldwide as they compete to make the best computer games in 48 hours.

“Computer games are of growing importance to our regional economy and we are very fortunate to have so many great innovative indie game studios so close to our City Centre Campus. Our highly respected computer games technology course is leading the way in providing exceptional young talent to these companies”, said Andrew Wilson, Programme Leader for Computer Games Technology at Birmingham City University.

“This event will emphasize both the regional and global importance that computer games play and it’s an amazing opportunity to network with industry professionals, learn new skills and share best practice.”

On arrival at the event, a secret theme will be announced which must form part of all of the games created. Attendees will be invited to explore new technology tools, take on new roles in games development and test their skills as they design, develop, create and test new games over two days.

To find out more visit http://www.blog.wewanaplay.com/

Train2Game News WeWanaPlay Charity Live Stream

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WewanaPlay are supporting Birmingham Children’s Hospital this Christmas with a unique event. 

What started as just a small project to help the children at this festive time has spiralled into something much bigger with companies such as Microsoft, Jagex and Tripwire Interactive already committing their support.

Deepak Pathak, WewanaPlay CEO explained “WewanaPlay has a history of working with the local Children’s Hospital, so when they approached us to help with their £25,000 ‘Let us Play’ room, we knew we had to get involved. I’d seen first-hand with my nephew this year just how much they needed a decent games room and set the challenge to the team to do something special”

The simple idea to do a 24 hour Twitch live stream somehow spiralled into an event which will bring together many well-known gaming companies and personalities. The 24 hour live stream will be split into 30 minutes slots with each going to one of the events partners and collectively creating a highly entertaining event.

Deepak added: “WewanaPlay aims to bring gamers together, so It’s fantastic that companies such as Jagex (who make Runescape) and Microsoft jumped right in and saw the value of bringing their community together for crazy event.  We still have a lot of hard work left to do with filling the final slots with exciting companies and making sure the message of our event reaches many more people. If anyone out there can help, or know people who could help us, please get in touch!”

The event will run from:

Tuesday 9th December   3pm  (GMT:  UK time)
Until  Wednesday 10th December  3pm
On WewanaPlay’s Twitch channel: http://www.twitch.tv/wewanaplay

Full details including the JustGiving Donation Page can be found here:
http://www.blog.wewanaplay.com/events/

Please make sure you tune in and if you can help out in any way for this great cause lease get in touch via twitter:  @Wewana_Play or via their website.

Train2Game News Halloween Hackathon

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WewanaPlay is going to show you how to make a game quickly by challenging coders to make a game in just 30 hours with their Halloween Hackathon which is supported by big name companies such as Unity.

WewanaPlay, an innovative Birmingham based gaming startup is now turning startup creator. This weekend WewanaPlay is offering a fantastic chance to see how a Hackathon works thanks to their Halloween themed event which will take place in their head office and will also be streamed live on Twitch for everyone to follow along.

The Hackathon will be streamed at http://www.twitch.tv/wewanaplay

The stream will be live between Sat 25th Oct, 9am until Sun 26th , 4pm UK time, supported by the tens of thousands of users of their smartphone application. WewanaPlay was actually started on a weekend hackathon and now they want to give back that experience to new gaming companies.

Talented individuals making up 3 or more teams will be tasked with developing a working Halloween themed game in just 30 hours. The teams are free to use whatever software they wish and develop for whatever chosen platform.

The event is being live streamed on Twitch and is open to anyone who wants to view it. If you are interested in seeing what games can be produced in 30 hours and how it can be done, come watch.  The WewanaPlay team will be there to welcome you!

WewanaPlay hopes this event will show how fun coding can be and hopefully show how within a short time, someone with coding experience can create something which the whole world can enjoy. Well… that’s the aim anyway! Remember Flappy Birds was said to have been made in just 3 hours.

WewanaPlay would love you to follow the event on the live stream and even challenge you to take part from your own homes.  If you think you can produce an awesome game in the same time frame as them, either on your own or as part of a team, then join virtually!

All you have to do is send a tweet to @Wewana_Play along with regular updates and perhaps even your own live stream. It will be interesting to see what games are made and remember there is a year subscription to Unity3D Pro up for grabs for the winner.

The teams will also be wanting feedback from those who just love to play games, so be sure to tune in and play test some awesome new games.