Train2game News Yogscast join SpecialEffect Event

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The Yogscast have joined the growing number of games industry companies who’ve signed up for SpecialEffect’s One Special Day charity initiative.

One Special Day, which will be held on 15 July, is an opportunity for companies to donate 100% of revenue in one or all areas of their business; for example a day’s sales of one or more games, or 100% of advertising revenue, in-app purchases or DLC.

The Yogscast have pledged their support as a promotional partner. Mark Turpin, Yogscast CEO and SpecialEffect Vice President, said “Games allow us to escape our world to visit another, experiencing anything and everything and loving every second of it. SpecialEffect give the gift of gaming to people who thought it was lost from them. The tireless work and passion to help that Mick Donegan and the team display never ceases to amaze me.”

“We think One Special Day is a fantastic idea and are delighted to get behind the day as a promotional partner and I hope to get the chance to play some of the games on the day.”

Payload Studios, Revolution Games and Escape Technology have also joined the event this week as contributory partners. Russ Clarke, Founder of Payload Studios, added “As long-time supporters of SpecialEffect, we’re delighted to be joining the One Special Day line-up, helping to turn sales of TerraTech into magic moments for people with disabilities.”

One Special Day is open to all companies working in the games industry. To find out more, visit www.onespecialday.org.uk

Train2game News Yogscast at MCM London Comic Con

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The Yogscast are attending MCM London Comic Con the weekend of May 27-29 …and they’ll also be hosting a special Gameshow session on the evening of Friday 27!

Throughout the weekend, fans of the hugely popular YouTube channel will be able to get autographs signed by members of The Yogscast and snag excellent official merch by visiting their stand. Lewis, Duncan, Kim, Hat Films, Hannah and Martyn will be there Friday and Saturday, while Sunday will have Lewis, Hat Films, Turps and Kim.

On Friday join the team – Lewis, Duncan, Kim, Hat Films, Hannah and Martyn – as they go head to head to determine who are the Avengers and who are the Justice League (the rubbish ones) in a show hosted by Turps. The show will be a celebration of comic books, movies, cosplay and everything Yogscast.

Join The Yogscast for their most SUPER-POWER ACTION KAWAI live show yet at 8pm, Friday 27 May in ExCel London’s Platinum Suite. Get your tickets here!

An MCM London Comic Con ticket is not required to attend and will not grant you admission; this is a separate after-hours ticketed event.

For MCM London Comic Con tickets visit:
www.mcmexpostore.com

Train2game News Yogscast new mobile channel

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Yogscast, the UK’s leading games video specialist, is pleased to announce the forthcoming launch of TAPP, a new YouTube channel dedicated to all things mobile gaming.

TAPP is being created by Yogscast’s in-house production team and will be fronted by the firm’s star personalities including Kim, Duncan, Martyn and Hannah and will produce regular video entertainment focussed on iOS and Android gaming.

The TAPP launch is in partnership with IPC Ventures, who are using the channel to promote their Gaming Top Talent competition to find the best mobile gaming devs in the world, and reward them with prizes worth over $1M.

TAPP will launch with a range of programming covering the latest games being released and regular features on 3 May.

“We’re really excited to be launching TAPP, which we’re confident will quickly become the leading channel for iOS and Android gaming on YouTube,” said Mark Turpin, CEO of Yogscast.

“We all play games on our phones and tablets as well as PCs and consoles and it’s always been a frustration that it’s hard to find great videos that will help us find new games or enjoy the ones we’re already playing. I’m also delighted to have a legitimate reason to be able to expense all my gem purchases in Clash of Clans.”
“Gaming Top Talent is a great partnership for us as it means we’ll also be able to discover the best new mobile games while they’re still in development – and with the prizes on offer we know there will be both strong competition and high quality games being produced,” Turpin added.

“Through our Gaming Top Talent initiative we are taking on the challenge of finding the best mobile games being made and sharing them with the world”, said Shelley Lau, Managing Partner at IPC Ventures, “which is why we are excited to partner with Yogscast, a pioneer in the games video industry with a dedicated, game-loving fanbase.”

More details about TAPP and the initiative with Gaming Top Talent and other partners ​will be released over the next few weeks.

Train2Game News Yogscast at EGX

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Popular YouTube stars from Yogscast will be at EGX in September to meet and greet.

Gamer Network, the world’s leading network of independent video games websites and producer of the UK’s premiere video games events, and The Yogscast, the YouTube mega stars, today are proud to announce details of the massive EGX Yogscast presence.

Throughout EGX – running 24th-27th September at the NEC, Birmingham – The Yogscast team will be meeting fans in their own special Yogscast Zone, which features a custom designed signing area and merchandise stand. Lewis, Trott, Smiffy, Ross, Sjin, Duncan, Hannah, Kim and Turps will all be attending EGX at varying times. With so many of The Yogscast coming it means that no matter which day visitors attend the show there will always be team members on hand to meet them.

In addition to the daytime activity, from 6pm-8pm on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th September the team are inviting visitors to join them for An Evening with The Yogscast! This relaxed after-show event will give fans more personal time with The Yogscast, with two special behind-closed-doors Q&A panels hosted by Turps and featuring a classic blend of waffle, guff and great prizes. Hannah, Kim, Duncan and Sjin will be enjoying Friday evening with fans. While on Saturday, Ross, Trot, Lewis and Smiffy (AKA Hat Films) will be entertaining the group. Tickets to An Evening with The Yogscast are priced at £15 for a single evening or £20 for both Friday and Saturday evenings. Tickets are available at www.egx.net/egx/tickets.

The Yogscast CEO Mark Turpin said, “We are really excited be working with EGX this year. It is such an important event in the gaming calendar, and we are proud to be part of it again this autumn. We’re especially looking forward to meeting all our fans at the NEC, and sharing some extra special madness with you at An Evening with The Yogscast events!”.

“A huge part of the EGX experience for visitors is getting to meet their gaming heroes”, said David Lilley, Managing Director of Gamer Events. “You don’t get much bigger than The Yogscast, the original UK YouTube gaming stars. We’re delighted to welcome them back to EGX with their largest ever show presence. Fans will have more access to the team, and more fun with The Yogscast, than ever before”.

For more information about The Yogscast’s huge EGX presence, including the full schedule of activity, plus please visit www.yogscast.com . To join the team for An Evening with The Yogscast, tickets are available from www.egx.net/egx/tickets .

The Yogscast are one of a stack of YouTube stars at this year’s EGX. For all the information about EGX, including the latest publisher and game announcements, plus to buy a ticket to this year’s show – the UK’s largest ever gaming event – please visit www.egx.net/egx .

Train2Game News Insomnia 55

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Multiplay, organiser of the UK’s largest and rapidly growing gaming festival Insomnia, is delighted to announce the initial line-up of its upcoming Insomnia55 festival taking place August 28-31 at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry.

With billions of views and tens of millions of subscribers, The Yogscast group will be heading to the UK’s home of esports and gaming culture, Insomnia55. Well-known names from the crew such as Lewis, Sjin, Duncan, Sips, Hannah, Martyn, Hat Films and Turps will be sharing some of their unique insight into gaming culture across the event’s three live days.

Hugely popular online content creators including Syndicate and The Diamond Minecraft return after attending previous Insomnia festivals, while first-person shooter enthusiast Ali-A attends for the first time this year. Also returning are The Sidemen featuring KSI, W2S, Vikkstar123, Behzinga, Zerkaa, Miniminter and TBJZL, bringing their unique sense of gaming-focused humour to the event. With Kwebbelkop, Slogoman, The Gaming Lemon and Jelly also attending, Insomnia55 will be the only place to see your favourite stars, and with plenty of guests still to be announced, now is the perfect time to book your place at the UK’s biggest gaming festival.

At Insomnia55 there will be more live ‘Lets Play’s, more exhibition booth gaming, and more interactive gaming content than any Insomnia event to-date. Other regular returning features include the 24hr BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer / Console) LAN areas, the Minecraft zone, Panel Talks, the Indie Zone, the Retro Zone, the Tabletop Gaming Zone, and the burgeoning Retail zone.

“We are thrilled to have so many online stars attending Insomnia55. Ever since introducing this aspect of the show we have seen thousands of young gamers discover their passion for live gaming events, and it is a very rewarding experience being able to bring creators and fans together in our weekend-long live festival experience,” said Craig Fletcher, Founder and CEO of Multiplay. He continued, “We pride ourselves on delivering more content, more personalities, more showcases and more esports tournaments than anyone across Europe, and Insomnia55 is no exception.”

“Attending Insomnia as a Special Guest is an amazing experience. Multiplay are incredibly accommodating and good to work with, and the opportunity to see thousands of fans in a festival environment is something you just can’t get anywhere else in the UK,” said Josh “Zerkaa” Zerker, member of The Sidemen. “This is my third time attending Insomnia with the rest of the Sidemen crew and we always have a great time, and can’t wait to show all our fans what we’ve got in store for Insomnia55.”

Insomnia55 takes place at the Ricoh Arena over Summer Bank Holiday weekend, Friday, August 28th to Monday, August 31st 2015. Tickets are currently on-sale and are available via http://insomniagamingfestival.com/tickets/.

Train2Game News Yogscast 2014 Christmas Charity

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Yogscast, the UK’s most watched family of YouTube channels announces today that its latest Christmas drive has raised $1,104,882.09 – just over £725,000 – for a mixture of international charities.

The incredible haul for the ‘Yogscast Jingle Jam’ beats last year’s total and brings the overall amount raised to over $2.6m since the Christmas events began in 2011.

Talent from across the Yogscast family of YouTube channels – plus some special guests – appeared on Twitch.tv every night during December playing games, taking on challenges and having fun.

The money will be shared between five charities: Oxfam, Doctors Without Borders/MSF, Fauna & Flora International, Special Effect, and End Polio Now.

Those who donated more than $25 got an amazing bundle of games and in-game items, including Thomas Was Alone, Magicka and Call of Juarez – delivered digitally via Humble Bundle and kindly supplied by generous game developers.

Those who gave more than $5 were able to leave messages for the livestreamers and received a unique accessory item in Team Fortress 2.

The month of donations clocked in at a total of $930,097 – with the other $175,000 being raised by the Yogscast directly, through a mixture of initiatives including the Christmas song ‘Does Santa Claus Visit Zombie Pig-men Kids in the Nether in Minecraft (At Christmas Time)?’ and from limited edition Christmas jumpers.

Yogscast co-founder Lewis Brindley said, “It blows our mind every year just how incredibly generous people are – I want to thank each and every person who donated to make the Jingle Jam so successful.”

“Once again we’ve had fantastic support from the UK and international video games industry supplying the games and items,” said Yogscast CEO Mark Turpin.

“We also have to thank the Yogscast family and other YouTubers who gave up their nights throughout December to broadcast live and raise so much money,” Turpin added.

Train2Game News: Yogscast raises huge amount for charity

YogscastYogscast, the UK’s most watched YouTube channel, announced that its December charity drive has raised an incredible $1,156,799.80 – just over £700,000.

The record haul for the ‘Yogscast Dwarven Dairy Drive’ smashed last year’s £240,568.25 and will be shared between five charities: Oxfam, War Child, GamesAid, Special Effect and Little People UK.

Talent from across the Yogscast family of YouTube channels appeared on Twitch.tv every night during December playing games, taking on challenges and having fun.

Yognau(gh)ts – fans of the Yogscast – who donated more than $25 got an amazing bundle of games and in-game items worth $350, including Napoleon: Total War, Garry’s Mod, Sonic All-Star Racing, Awsomenauts and The Chaos Engine. Those who gave more than $5 get a ‘Heart of Gold’ accessory item from popular title Team Fortress 2.

Yogscast chief executive Mark Turpin said, “We were aiming to reach £300,000 so to get to £700,000 is an incredible achievement and shows how generous gamers in general and Yognau(gh)ts in particular are.

“We’ve had amazing support from the UK and international video games industry supplying the games and items – there is no way we could have raised the money we did without their fantastic support.

“We also have to thank the Yogscast family who gave up their nights every day, except Christmas Day, in December to broadcast live and raise money.”

Train2Game News: Yogscast and Humble Bundle raising money for charity

YogscastYogscast have teamed up with Humble Bundle to raise money for several different charities this Holiday season.

People who donate $25 to this Humble Bundle will receive over $200 worth of games including; Torchlight, Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, Shank 2, Magicka: Wizard Wars (Early Access), Sonic All-Star Racing Transformed and Napoleon: Total War. With this Bundle not only will you receive all those games but even a couple of bits of DLC, including an exclusive Yogscast War of the Vikings Hat.

The money raised by this Humble Bundle will be used to support great charities like; Oxfam, SpecialEffect, Little People UK, GamesAid, and War Child.

Yogscast have created this video to explain what they are doing in more detail:

If you want to donate and get some great games visit https://www.humblebundle.com/yogscast

Train2Game News: Minecraft Expo

MinecraftThe Minecraft Expo is heading to the UK this August and as many of the Train2Game students are Minecraft fans, it may be a good place to get together.

Taking place at the Insomnia 49 event between August 23 and 26, the event offers free to enter Minecraft game tournaments, Minecraft talks and presentations and an exhibition showcasing creations from the community.

There will also be costume competitions, creative build challenges for schools and a Minecraft Lounge.

Special guests currently include Youtube players – Yogscast and Mindcrack, Film makers – Hat Films and Minecraft builders – The NoxCrew.

“Each time we host an Insomnia event, the community amazes us with its passion, making each event bigger and better than the last,” said event organiser Multiplay CEO Craig Fletcher.

“With the runaway success of Minecraft, we’ve answered the call from devoted fans by creating the UK’s first Minecraft Expo, and we can think of no better place to host it, than the UK’s biggest gaming festival.”

The Insomnia event hosts a number of eSports tournaments, and to date organisers say more than 3,000 spaces have been reserved for ‘bring your own PC and Console’ tickets.

There will also be various development talks taking place at the event.

Up to 15,000 visitors are expected to attend, with over two million watching video streaming of the eSports events online.

Insomnia 49 and the Minecraft Expo will take place in Telford and the Telford International Centre, between August 23rd and 26th.

Visit the official website for more information.