Train2Game News World Esports Day 2021

The British Esports Association is proud to announce that it will host the second annual World Esports Day, due to take place on Saturday 23rd October 2021, and bring people together for a global celebration of esports. 

Following on from the success of last year’s activities, the event is coming back bigger and better to increase awareness of the positive impacts that esports has on society.

The campaign aims to celebrate all things competitive gaming,including the players, tournaments, streams, content, as well as other areas that help to build up the industry. 

World Esports Day is backed by the British Esports Association, as well as having further support from the Global Esports Federation, Singapore Esports Association and Twitch. 

After raising money for Special Effect in last year’s event, this year the selected charity is COVAX.

‘COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access, abbreviated as COVAX, is a worldwide initiative aimed at access to COVID-19 vaccines directed by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, and the World Health Organization.’ 

In light of the pandemic, British Esports decided it was best to support this charity in its journey to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to countries all around the world.

Funds raised will go straight to COVAX and allow more people globally to be protected amidst the current global situation. 

There are several ways to get involved with #WorldEsportsDay, whether you are an individual or organisation.

Some of the many things to do include: hosting an event, running a stream, doing an educational piece or even just promoting esports through social media. 

To give some inspiration, these are some of the activities completed last year:


RAF vs student show matches
Warzone Tournament
Fundraising Stream
Social Media Post
Merchandise Promotion


World Esports day allows for organisations to let their creativity shine through and help to celebrate all of the positive aspects of esports with people from around the globe. 

 
Download our activity deck:


British Esports has created a deck for individuals and organisations to gain more of an understanding about the day itself, as well as how they can get involved. 

This deck outlines the processes behind things like donations to give you more of an understanding about what happens in a more detailed way. 

The deck can be found here.


As well as the deck, there are also several assets and resources available to help get activities started, and for you to show your support for the campaign. 


These include:
– Social media templates
– Streaming overlays
– Donation ticker
– High-quality logos


All of the World Esports Day assets provided have the space for individuals and organisations to include their own branding, whilst showing their support for the day.


If you have any questions about the day, or how to get involved, contact us through info@worldesportsday.com, alternatively make sure to check out the World Esports Day website.


Already have a plan for an activity?

Fill out the form here to let us know what you’re doing to celebrate so we can help support.

Remember to use the hashtag #WorldEsportsDay and let us know what you are doing to celebrate.

Train2Game News Nintendo Indie Showcase

The Nintendo Switch system offers access to a treasure trove of indie games, with even more arriving before the end of this year and into 2021.

Today, Nintendo unveiled a new Indie World Showcase presentation, which includes some notable surprises in its upcoming game launch calendar.

Highlights of the video include Among Usthe riotous social-deduction survival game, which launches for Nintendo Switch later today! Other featured games in today’s showcase include Super Meat Boy Forever, the highly anticipated sequel to Super Meat Boy, and Spelunky and Spelunky 2, the cavernous exploration platformers that have set players’ imaginations (and bomb bags) on fire.

“We want Nintendo Switch owners to feel like they’re on a journey of discovery, with new indie gems to uncover around every corner,” said Steve Singer, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Publisher and Developer Relations. “Thanks to the dedicated ingenuity of independent developers around the world who have chosen Nintendo Switch as a home for their games, the system continues to host a flourishing collection of unforgettable indie experiences for players to enjoy.”

To view the Indie World video in its entirety, visit https://indieworld.nintendo.com/.

Some of the highlights revealed in the video include:

  • Among Us from InnerSloth: Discover which of your friends is a secret imposter in Among Us, the survival social-deduction game that has taken outer space by storm. Work together to complete tasks on a spaceship before the imposter sabotages or takes out the other players. Think a crewmate is acting strange? Call for emergency meetings and discuss who the suspected imposter is … but make sure you’re confident before you vote to eject someone into the cold reaches of space. Among Us launches on Nintendo Switch later today featuring cross-platform play!*
  • Spelunky and Spelunky 2 from Mossmouth: With Spelunky and Spelunky 2, brave your way through treacherous tunnels and caverns, outfitted with the survival supplies you find along the way. Featuring dense worlds teeming with secrets, surprises and slapstick hilarity, each time you play promises danger and delight. Watch out for leprechauns, ghosts, flying fish and galloping turkeys as you explore the unknown. Plunge into Spelunky and Spelunky 2 when both games launch on Nintendo Switch in summer 2021.
  • Grindstone from Capybara Games: CAPY’s hit puzzle-battler Grindstone smashes its way onto Nintendo Switch. Clobber creeps to rack up huge combos and earn precious Grindstones. Cash in your grindstones to craft new gear and overcome devious enemies, obstacles and boss encounters as you conquer Grindstone Mountain. With more than 200 brutal levels to tackle, get ready to rise, grind and repeat when Grindstone gets its console launch on Nintendo Switch as a timed exclusive later today.
  • Calico from Peachy Keen Games: Magical girls, cat cafes and cuddly animals – what more do you need in life? Fill a cozy café with cute creatures, charming furniture, festive decorations and yummy pastries. It’s the purr-fect way to spend a day! You can begin relaxing in Calico when it launches on Nintendo Switch later today.
  • Super Meat Boy Forever from Team Meat: The highly anticipated sequel to Super Meat Boy has arrived! In Super Meat Boy Forever, Meat Boy and Bandage Girl’s adorable baby girl, Nugget, has been kidnapped. You’ll get put through the grinder as you jump, slide, punch and kick through several worlds containing thousands of hand-constructed levels that are randomly smashed together to create a unique gameplay experience with each save game. With bosses, secrets, dying, awesome music, vibrant art and even more dying, prepare to face some intense challenges. Super Meat Boy Forever squishes onto Nintendo Switch on Dec. 23 as a console launch exclusive.
  • Cyber Shadow from Mechanical Head Studios: Dash, slice and leap your way through futuristic levels as you take down more than a dozen apocalyptic bosses in this action-platformer ninja game. The world has been taken over by synthetic lifeforms. A desperate plea for help sets Shadow on a journey. Nimbly navigate the ruins of Mekacity, leap past traps and defeat the techno hordes. You can even scan an amiibo of a Shovel Knight series character for a little help from a familiar friend. Unlock the secrets to your ninja clan’s ancient powers in Cyber Shadow, coming to Nintendo Switch on Jan. 26, 2021.
  • Tunche from LEAP Game Studios: Tunche is a 2D beat-’em-up game with breathtaking hand-drawn art, set in the Amazon Rainforest. It can be explored with one of five heroes, each with their own distinctive skills and abilities, including Hat Kid, the protagonist from the 3D platformer A Hat in Time. Unravel the rainforest’s secrets in search of a mythical beast, the Tunche. Enjoy a unique experience every time you journey into the jungle, traversing different paths and facing fantastic creatures. With charming hack-and-slash combat, local co-op play and a pinch of shamanic witchcraft, you’ll experience a magical tour of Peruvian legends and folklore. Venture into the jungle when Tunche arrives first on Nintendo Switch in March 2021.
  • Very Very Valet from Toyful Games: Get behind the wheel to pick up, park and return cars in over 20 locations. Up to three other players can join you in this frantic and fun party game. Very Very Valet accelerates onto Nintendo Switch first as a timed exclusive in early 2021.
  • Fisti-Fluffs from Playfellow Studio: Watch out – these kittens have claws! In this physics-based party game featuring fierce felines, you’ll need to whack and pounce your way to victory. Turn the playroom into a battleground by smacking into objects and launching them across the room. Experience the pinnacle of cat-tussling fun by proving your wobbly cat is the best cat. Take the competition locally at launch, with online multiplayer coming in a post-launch update. The paw-sibilities are endless! Fisti-Fluffs gets frisky first on Nintendo Switch in spring 2021.
  • Happy Game from Amanita Design: Solve unnerving puzzles, endure a few unsettling songs and survive face-to-face encounters with suspicious smiley faces. Earn your sweet dreams in spring 2021, when Happy Game launches on Nintendo Switch.
  • Alba: A Wildlife Adventure from ustwo games: The award-winning studio that created Monument Valley is delivering a new open-world experience – Alba: A Wildlife Adventure. In this game, even the smallest person can make a big difference. Join Alba as she visits her grandparents on a Mediterranean island, ready for a peaceful summer of wildlife exploration. But when she sees her beloved Island in danger, she realizes that she needs to do something about it! Recruit volunteers for your cause, help heal sick animals, clean up the wilderness and ultimately save the island. A visually stunning season of exploration awaits in Alba: A Wildlife Adventure, coming to Nintendo Switch in spring 2021.
  • Gnosia from Playism: In this one-of-a-kind sci-fi adventure game, a spaceship is overtaken by aliens who can take the form of humans. Meet an eclectic cast of characters and help unravel their mysteries in a fascinating narrative spin on the social-deduction genre where you play against up to 14 NPCs. Overcome your fears when Gnosia launches on Nintendo Switch in early 2021.

The Indie World presentation also included a montage of upcoming indie games, including When the Past was Around, which will be launching for Nintendo Switch later today. It also featured Finding ParadiseHazel SkyHoaKosmokrats and Trash Sailors, which are all headed to Nintendo Switch.

For the latest news and updates about indie games on Nintendo Switch, follow the Indie World Twitter account @IndieWorldNA.

Train2Game News World Esports Day

The British Esports Association, the not-for-profit organisation set up to promote and support esports, has teamed up with SpecialEffect and Percent as part of World Esports Day.

The global gaming celebration takes place on October 24th 2020 and will see various organisations and members of the esports community running streams and activities to spread awareness of the positives of esports.

Money raised throughout UK-based activities will go to SpecialEffect, the charity that puts fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities by helping them to play video games. By using technology ranging from modified joypads to eye-control, SpecialEffect finds a way for people to play to the very best of their abilities.

Tom Donegan, Fundraising Lead at SpecialEffect, commented: “We are delighted to have been chosen as the charity partner for World Esports Day here in the UK. Over recent years we have received fantastic support from organisations, businesses and individuals throughout the esports community, who have shown a strong affinity with our work enabling more people with severe physical disabilities to play to the best of their ability. 

“We’re proud to join with the British Esports Association, Percent and our friends across the world in celebrating the positive impact of esports in bringing people together to enjoy the games we all love.”

During the World Esports Day activities, fans, viewers and those involved will be able to make donations to a number of charitable causes around the world. Monies raised in the UK will go to UK-based SpecialEffect, with each other national esports federation nominating a charity for their respective country. 

As a global payments platform for charitable donations, Percent will utilise its global giving API that makes charitable payments safe, secure and easy.

The Percent API enables businesses to build unique giving and sustainability experiences into their products. For World Esports Day, this also means that all charities will be completely vetted and validated by Percent.

The company will carry out the necessary due diligence and charity vetting to ensure donations end up in the right pockets around the globe. 

Henry Ludlam, CEO of Percent, commented: “We’re very happy to be partnering with British Esports to build charitable purpose into esports and power donations in the World Esports Day platform across 70 countries worldwide.”

British Esports is one of several founding members of World Esports Day, the others being the Global Esports Federation, Twitch Student and the Singapore Esports Association. 

Chester King, CEO and founder of the British Esports Association, and VP and chair of the Education, Culture and Wellness Commission at the Global Esports Federation, added: “We’re delighted to help raise funds for such a worthwhile cause in SpecialEffect, and to have found a partner to ensure the donations made as part of World Esports Day are transacted safely and securely.

“We’re excited to see how the day goes and to raise money for a number of great causes and charities around the world.”

For more information, visit worldesportsday.com

Train2Game News Dr Mario on Mobile

Players can pre-register now to be one of the first to be notified when Nintendo’s newest mobile game, Dr Mario World, launches for iOS and Android devices on July 10.

A new trailer revealed new details about the puzzle game, including its capsule and virus-matching gameplay, colourful cast of viruses and characters, and more.

In Dr Mario World, meddlesome viruses have the world in a panic, and Dr Mario and friends are tasked with eliminating them by matching capsules with viruses of the same colour. Players should keep calm, take their time and plan their approach carefully, as each puzzling combination of viruses in each stage must be cleared using a limited number of capsules.

Luckily, Dr Mario isn’t the only one on call: A full office of doctors, including Dr Peach, Dr Bowser, Dr Toad and many others, will be available to help players overcome the pesky viruses through various virus-busting skills. Over 200 stages across many different worlds will be available at launch, with new doctors, stages and worlds continuing to be added to Dr Mario World on a regular basis after launch.

Dr Mario World can also be played together with friends and family around the world. Players can earn and receive stamina-giving hearts from friends, and use the hearts to play Stage Mode. In Versus Mode, players can turn up the intensity by challenging others online to a one-on-one showdown in real time.

Dr Mario World is free-to-start and will be available to download for iOS and Android devices beginning July 10. Those who want to be notified once the game is available to download can pre-register for the game notification today at https://drmario-world.com/pre-registration-link.

For more information about the game, visit http://drmario-world.com.

Train2Game News Ghostbusters World out now

Sony Pictures Consumer Products, Ghost Corps, publisher FourThirtyThree Inc. (4:33), and developer Next Age have today announced the global launch of Ghostbusters World for iOS and Android.

Now available as a free download from the Apple App Store and Google Play, Ghostbusters World offers a fun, fresh take on location-based mobile AR games with iconic characters from across the Ghostbusters universe and adding a variety of gameplay modes with an RPG twist.

Check out the launch trailer here (https://youtu.be/quRF-gecY2U) and download the game today for free:

Ghostbusters World allows players to fulfill their childhood dreams of following in the footsteps of ghost-busting greats like Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz, Egon Spengler, and Winston Zeddmore, by strapping on their own proton pack and going out on ghost patrol.

Neighborhoods around the world are more haunted than ever, and this time, you’re the one that’s gonna be called. There are hundreds of ghosts—including favorites from the films, TV shows, comic books, theme parks, and video games—that you can capture in the real world and then utilize in teams to battle in the ghost dimension.

Whatever your playstyle might be, Ghostbusters World has something to offer for all types of gamers and Ghostheads:

  • Bust Ghosts in Your Neighborhood: Go out and capture ghosts appearing all over the real world with stunningly realistic ghostbusting action made possible through Google’s ARCore and Apple’s ARKit technology.
  • Don’t Cross the Streams: Take on massive bosses like the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man with up to four other players in co-op raid action!
  • Go Solo: Enjoy a single player story campaign written and illustrated by the minds behind the beloved IDW comic book series.
  • Get Your Ghosts Going: Assemble and upgrade your very own ghost squad and face off in asynchronous PVP team battles against other Ghostbusters.
  • Gear Up: Upgrade your equipment, get perks, and purchase new gear to take down bigger and better ghosts—fast.

More information and assets can be found at: www.ghostbustersworld.com.

Train2Game News Insomnia63 smashes records

The GAME Events team, previously known as Multiplay, smashed expectations with another successful Insomnia show featuring record-breaking feats with games such as Fortnite and Mario Kart.

Insomnia63, which was held at the NEC in Birmingham, is the largest family gaming event in the UK, bringing together people of all ages and genres. Over the four-day event from 24th – 27th August a staggering 14 records were achieved at the Guinness World Records GWR Live! stand, establishing six brand new record-holders (two individuals and two pairs) across Fortnite, Mario Kart, Rocket League and TrackmaniaTurbo.

The four records up for grabs were:

• Fastest time to complete the Rocket League training time trial
• Most coins collected in one minute in a game of coin runners on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (team of two)
• Fastest completion of the TrackmaniaTurbo race track in double driver smash mode
• Fastest time to build a three-story wooden fort in Fortnite: Battle Royale solo Playground mode (Console version)

Hot off the heels of the teams Insomnia success is the upcoming BrickLive event – http://bricklive.co.uk . The UK’s largest LEGO® exhibition is back at the NEC, Birmingham on 1st – 4th November 2018. With a wealth of new features including new for 2018, the Mythical Beasts section which houses over 50 models and interactive experiences from mythology to life, making it an unmissable experience for LEGO® fans of all ages.

For tickets please to go http://bricklive.co.uk/bricklive-tickets/

Train2Game News Ghostbusters World

Sony Pictures Consumer Products, Ghost Corps and publisher FourThirtyThree Inc. (4:33) have today revealed new gameplay and never-before seen features for the hotly anticipated location-based mobile AR game, Ghostbusters World.

Check out a new gameplay trailer showcasing the exciting new Story and PVP modes here: https://youtu.be/0Fn7n5jF6sQ

Available worldwide in late 2018, Ghostbusters World includes skill-based single-player AR battle mechanics and RPG-style multiplayer mode. The game allows players to battle and capture hundreds of ghosts from all dimensions of the franchise, including the films, TV shows, comic books, theme parks, and video games as well as new ghosts unique to the Ghostbusters World. Assemble your team, trade ghosts, gear up, face off in asynchronous PVP battles, and try not to get slimed.

When you’re not out keeping the streets spirit-free or competing against rival Ghostbusters, enjoy your own personal adventure in the game’s single player story mode, featuring original artwork and a full-fledged story from the minds behind the beloved IDW comic book series.

The game is now in soft launch in select countries for Android devices. A collaboration between Sony Pictures Consumer Products, Ghost Corps, the game’s publisher FourThirtyThree Inc.(4:33), and developer Next Age, Ghostbusters World uses Google’s ARCore and Apple’s ARKit to bring the latest AR technology to Ghostbusters all over the world.

If you ain’t afraid of no ghosts and want to keep track of news and updates, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

More information and assets can be found at: www.ghostbustersworld.com.

Train2Game News Record Breaking at Insomnia63

Esports and Events is delighted to partner with Guinness World Records to bring their roadshow, GWR Live!, to Insomnia63.

Attendees will have the chance to attempt a variety of GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ titles inspired by the world’s best-selling videogames annual, the Guinness World Records: Gamer’s Edition, at GWR’s stand – including record attempts for hit games Fortnite, Rocket League and Gang Beasts. The UK’s biggest gaming festival returns this Bank Holiday weekend, kicking off from 10:00 a.m. on Friday 24th August 2018.

To join in, all attendees need to do is visit the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ stand and achieve the highest score on that day’s game. The individual with the highest score by 15:30 will be invited to take part in an official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ attempt during the Nerds & Noobs show (every day at 16:15) on the Main Stage alongside everyone’s favourite YouTubers who will be on that stage show.

The GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ Insomnia63 schedule:

Friday 24th August – Trackmania:
Teams of two will attempt to complete the official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ course in double driver mode in Trackmania: Turbo on PlayStation 4.

YouTubers on the stage show: Dawko, DAGames will be alongside the top team on stage during the World Record Attempt.

Saturday 25th August – Fortnite
Individuals will have the chance to prove that they’re the best at the smash-hit, Fortnite.

YouTubers on the stage show: Cheering them to victory on stage will be Ashens, Dan Bull, Yammy and Seepeakay.

Sunday 26th August – Rocket League
If you think you can break a record with a high-flying, hard-hitting, rocket-powered car in the critically-acclaimed Rocket League, stop by the GWR stand on Sunday to give it a go.

YouTubers on the stage show: Syndicate, Kaaaarl, Yogscast will be on hand to support the top team.

Monday 27th August – Gang Beasts
Step into the ring for a chance to make your way into the record books.
YouTubers on the stage show: Helping the top scorer will be ThePrenti, Meganyyy, MarleyThirteen and Yammy

In addition to getting the chance to break GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title, attendees will be able to experience everything gaming culture has to offer. From meeting the top YouTubers to taking part in esports tournaments, getting their hands on the biggest upcoming games to shopping for exclusive gaming merchandise, as well as being able to buy the brand-new Guinness World Records: Gamer’s Edition before it hits bookshops in September, Insomnia63 caters to the whole family.

Insomnia63 is set to be the biggest summer show ever this Bank Holiday weekend. Doors open on Friday 24th August at 10:00 a.m.

For more information including full line-up of guests and games, please visit: https://insomniagamingfestival.com

For more information on tickets and booking, please visit: https://www.theticketfactory.com/insomnia/

For NXT tickets, please visit: https://insomniagamingfestival.com/wwe-nxt-uk/

Train2Game News Micro Machines returns to home consoles

Codemasters & Koch Media today announced that legendary gaming franchise, Micro Machines, will be racing its way on to PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and Windows PC on 21st April 2017. 
Micro Machines World Series retains the manic social gameplay of the classic series, updated with stunning HD visuals that will see you return to the garden, kitchen, workshop and many more great locations in an array of amazing miniature vehicles.

In addition to classic game modes such as Race and Elimination, Micro Machines World Series introduces all new Battle Arenas which allow you to wreak mass destruction on a miniature scale against your friends or the AI.  Meanwhile, Team play lets you work together using your vehicles’ unique skills in modes such as “Capture the Flag” and “King of the Hill.”

Designed around fun gameplay at every turn, Micro Machines World Series is the ultimate pick up and play experience for players of all ages and abilities, offering intuitive, easy to learn controls that make the controller impossible to put down.

Codemasters’ VP Publishing, Jonathan Bunney, commented: “The original Micro Machines was a breakthrough multiplayer racing game and remains much loved in the gaming community.  We saw great success earlier this year with our free-to-play mobile game but this brand new console title takes the franchise to its greatest levels of multiplayer mayhem and enables you to play with your friends on the same sofa or across the world.”

Bunney continued: “Whether you’ve been playing Micro Machines since the early days or are new to the craziness of racing and battling vehicles across household environments, this incredibly fun experience is a welcome break from all the serious multiplayer alternatives. With the support of Hasbro and being able to feature some of their biggest brands, such as HUNGRY HUNGRY HIPPOS, G.I. JOE, OUIJA and NERF, this represents the very best of social gaming.”

Releasing on 21st April 2017, Micro Machines World Series will support up to 12 players online and four players on the same screen across a variety of racing and battling environments.  Each of the 12 vehicles has its own unique load-out of weapons and abilities and the game will launch with a massive range of customization options.

Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 03.08.15

Lego Jurrasic WorldLEGO Dinosaurs have taken over… the charts number one spot as LEGO Jurassic World is back at number one with the caped crusader is second with Batman: Arkham Knight. No new games have entered the charts this week again.

All formats

Week ending 1 August 2015

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 2
2 BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 3
3 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 5
4 RORY MCILROY PGA TOUR EA SPORTS 1
5 FIFA 15 EA SPORTS 10
6 THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 9
7 BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE EA GAMES 13
8 F1 2015 CODEMASTERS 4
9 CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE ACTIVISION 6
10 GOD OF WAR III: REMASTERED SONY COMPUTER ENT. 15
11 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 8
12 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 7
13 WWE 2K15 2K SPORTS 14
14 THE WITCHER III: WILD HUNT BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT 12
15 DESTINY ACTIVISION 11
16 FAR CRY 4 UBISOFT 16
17 LITTLEBIGPLANET 3 SONY COMPUTER ENT.
18 TERRARIA XBOX 360 CLASSICS 17
19 DYING LIGHT WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 19
20 HALO: THE MASTER CHIEF COLLECTION MICROSOFT 18
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