Layoffs Hit Frontier Developments

January 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Frontier Developments, the makers of Elite: Dangerous, have laid off a number of employees this week, according to this VG247 report. At least 15 employees have been laid off at developer’s Halifax, Canada studio, according to a new Investors update. In a section labeled "Operations Update," the company said that 15 content creation roles have been made redundant in Cambridge:

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Amazon Dominates UK Christmas Entertainment Sales

January 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to new data from analyst firm Kantar Worldpanel (as reported on by MCV), Amazon dominated Christmas entertainment sales in the United Kingdom. For the 12 week period that ended on December 21, one in four pounds spent on video games, physical music and video content in the UK went to Amazon. Ultimately the retailer claimed a 25.6 percent share of the market during the UK holiday season.

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Double Fine's Tim Schafer Joins SpecialEffect Charity

January 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Double Fine front man Tim Schafer is one of several new high profile vice presidents newly appointed to help out UK charity Special Effect. The Double Fine Productions CEO and founder joins MP Tom Watson, the BBC’s Kate Russell, Mastertronic’s Andy Payne, UKIE boss Jo Twist and TIGA boss Richard Wilson in the new line-up.

Special Effect is a charity that helps disabled gamers get access to gaming by providing them with assistive technology, services, and software. The charity has been doing this since its inception in 2007.

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Jagex To Host SpecialEffect’s 'GameBlast15' Charity Gaming Marathon in Late February

January 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

RuneScape and Block 'N Load maker Jagex Games Studio announced that it will host UK-based games charity SpecialEffect’s GameBlast15 games marathon weekend on February 20th - 22nd. The event is a 24-hour gamer challenge to raise money and help enable individuals with physical disabilities play games (the charity's main goal).

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UK Man Arrested For Christmas Day Attacks on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network

January 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A series of tweets this morning from the official Twitter account for the UK law enforcement agency South East Regional Organized Crime Unit reveals that an unnamed 18-year-old has been arrested in South Port, England for his alleged part in the Christmas day dedicated denial of service (DDoS) attacks that took both PlayStation Network and Xbox Live offline.

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GamesAid Appoints New Trustee

January 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

UK-based gaming-related charity GamesAid announced the appointment of a new trustee. Green Man Gaming's Tracey McGarrigan has joined the charity as a trustee. McGarrigan has been an enthusiastic participant over the years in various GamesAid efforts including taking part in a concert, a marathon and a charity bike ride across Europe.

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BBC Radio Asks: Can Video Games Be A Sport?

January 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

On Thursday, January 15, BBC Radio 5 Live will present a segment called "Gaming: Rise of the Cyber Athlete." The show will air from 8:30pm-10pm (UK time) on January 15, and will explore whether playing games professionally is a legitimate sport. The BBC website will also offer an online iWonder guide on Wednesday at midnight.

The show will be hosted by radio presenter OJ Borg and guests will include Team Dignitas manager Michael O'Dell (ODEE) and PlayStation racing champ Jann Mardenborough.

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BBC On The Hunt For Game Development Partnerships

January 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is on the hunt for a few good studios to develop games based on its most popular series, according to this Develop report. BBC Worldwide's Game team will be visiting London Mobile Games event later this month, seeking any development and partnership opportunities that will benefit their biggest IPs like Doctor Who and Sherlock.

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UK Politician Not Pleased With Student Parody Game

December 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

UKIP leader Nigel Farage is a bit upset with a group of Canterbury, England students for developing a game that spoofs both him and his political party. According to a Kent Online report (by way of MCV) the game is called UKIK, and charges players to take control of a character named Nicholas Fromage.

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Valve's Chet Faliszek To Host Developer Sessions at EGX Rezzed 2015

December 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve Software's Chet Faliszek will host a developer session at EGX Rezzed 2015. EGX Rezzed is a consumer friendly event dedicated to PC, indie and console gaming taking place March 12-14, 2015 at Tobacco Dock, London.

Faliszek is best known for his writing on Half-Life, Portal, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Left 4 Dead. more details about the developer session are to be announced in January.

Organizers also announced that the following games will be playable during the event.

  -  Adventure Box. City building multiplayer RPG.

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UK Spy Agency Releases 'Fun and Free' Cryptography App for Kids

December 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the UK agency dedicated to surveillance and other hush hush top-secret stuff has released its own Android app to teach secondary school students about cryptography. The app is "free and fun," though it is from the same agency known for cooperating the National Security Agency in a number of surveillance and spying programs around the world.

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Tiga: Video Games Should Officially Be Recognized As Art

December 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

UK video games industry trade body Tiga says that games should officially be recognized as art. Speaking to BBC's Newsbeat program, Tiga CEO Dr. Richard Wilson said that video games should officially be classified as cultural products on the same level as Television, film, animation, etc.

British Tory MP Caught Playing 'Candy Crush Saga' During Important Hearing

December 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Guardian reports that Conservative Amber Valley MP Nigel Mills was caught in a photo taken by British newspaper The Sun playing Candy crush Saga on his phone during a meeting of the "works and pensions" committee.

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The Writer's Guild of Great Britain Names 2014 Awards Nominees

December 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Writer's Guild of Great Britain has released its short list for its 2014 writing awards today. The 2014 Writers’ Guild of Great Britain annual Awards will take place at RIBA in London on January 19, 2015. Sandi Toksvig will be this year's presenter at the awards.

"As a long-standing member of the Writers’ Guild I am delighted to be presenting the WGGB Awards,” said Sandi Toksvig. “I am looking forward to an evening of fun and fanfare."

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UK ASA Agency Will Not Punish Gameloft Over Micro-Transactions in 'Littlest Pet Shop' Game

December 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The U.K.-based Advertising Standards Authority has decided pursue a complaint against Gameloft over one parent's complaint that its free-to-play mobile game Littlest Pet Shop is specifically designed to exploit children by "coercing them" into making in-app purchases.

While the ASA's ruling acknowledged that the Gameloft game targeted young children, it also noted that the developers of the game put enough warnings in place so that both parents and the player would know about the microtransaction scheme and could oversee their children's use of it.

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Research: Girls Better at Designing Story-Driven Games Than Boys

December 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

New research coming out of the University of Sussex in England suggests that girls may be better than boys in designing more complex story-driven games. The study conducted by Dr. Kate Howland and Dr. Judith Good - and recently published in Computers and Education journal - came to the conclusion that girls in the classroom wrote more complex programs in their games and learned more about coding than boys did.

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Thirteen Games Selected for UK Tax Relief Program

November 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The British Film Institute, which awards certificates for tax credits from the British government, has selected 13 projects - two of which are being kept secret - which passed the cultural test and will get tax relief.

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Boston Man Sentenced for Attempted Murder of UK Girlfriend He Met in 'RuneScape'

November 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Twenty-year-old Boston man Shane Coffey has been sentenced in the UK for attempting to kill his online girlfriend and her brother in their Hook Road, Epsom, Surrey home on April 18. Coffey met 19-year-old Farha Dowlut in the online MMORPG Runescape when she was 13-years-old. They became close friends and later began dating online. Over the years they spent time gaming and chatting online. Dowlut eventually broke off the relationship because she feared that her Muslim family would not approve (because Coffey was not a Muslim).

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Layoffs May Hit 'Transformers Universe' Development Team at Jagex

November 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

UK-based RuneScape and Transformers Universe studio Jagex has confirmed with GII that it is currently in a consultation process with members of its staff assigned to work on its Transformers Universe MMO game project. The company says that some of those staffers may secure new roles on other Jagex games, while others face layoffs.

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Sumo Digital Buys Back Its Independence

November 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and LittleBigPlanet 3 developer Sumo Digital has completed a management buyout, acquiring itself from parent company Foundation 9 Entertainment today. The UK-based studio was acquired by mega development studio Foundation 9 back in 2007, and has collaborated on big-name titles and built its own games since then.

The studio was able to buy itself back from Foundation 9 thanks mostly to cash from private equity firm NorthEdge Capital.

NorthEdge did not disclose how much it invested in Sumo Digital.

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Women in Games Jobs Appoints New CEO

November 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Jenny Richards-Stewart is the new CEO of Women in Games Jobs. Richards-Stewart previously worked as CEO at the Gremlin Group and as the chair of the board of governors at UK games industry charity GamesAid. Prior to that she worked for six years at the Paddington Academy. Richards-Stewart took on the position because she was keen to help the organization to promote equality within the games industry.

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'Papers, Please' Wins GameCity Prize

October 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nottingham, England-based video game festival GameCity has awarded Papers, Please with the fourth annual GameCity Prize, an award that "celebrates videogames as a cultural art form." Indie game developer Lucas Pop's "dystopian document thriller" joins previous winners Spaceteam (2013), Journey (2012), and Minecraft (2011).

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TIGA Proposes Tax Relief Scheme For Training

October 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Video game industry trade group TIGA has called on the British government to greenlight tax relief that can be put towards helping small business - including video game studios - train their employees in important technical and productivity skills.

These tax breaks would be open to small to medium-sized businesses and would allow them to offset expenditures on employee training, continuous professional development and education outreach activities against corporation tax.

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London Mayor Slams UK TTIP Protestors

October 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

London Mayor Boris Johnson has called those critical of the US-EU trade deal (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) "numskulls" and "left-wingers." In his regular column in The Telegraph, Johnson described the protest in the UK over TTIP as spreading panic and fear. His focus is mainly on critics of the trade agreement that are worried about the "irreversible privatization" of England's national healthcare system.

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UK Wants to Add Stricter Penalties to Cyberbullying Laws

October 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

UK Justice secretary Chris Grayling has put forth a proposal that would add serious punishment for anyone convicted of online abuse. Currently, those convicted of cyber bullying crimes - using sexually offensive, verbally abusive or threatening material online - can only be imprisoned for a maximum of six months in the UK courts. If Grayling has his way that penalty would be quadrupled to a maximum of two years.

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Free 'Doctor Who' Game Teaches Children Basic Programming

October 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new game from the BBC and BBC Doctor Who Interactive hopes to use the popular sci-fi television icon to teach young people how to program. The game, "The Doctor and the Dalek," was being designed to help children learn some basic programming skills. The game is set to launch on Oct. 22, and features voice narration from current Doctor Peter Capaldi, and a new story by Phil Ford, who has written for the TV show.

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UK Consumers Can Now Legally Make Backup Copies of Music, Movies, and More

October 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new law in the United Kingdom makes it legal for citizens to make backups of their legally purchased CDs, MP3s, DVDs, Blu-rays and e-books. Consumers can store these backup copies on home PCs or in the cloud, according to the BBC. Obviously it is still illegal to share these backup copies with friends, family, or with the Internet community at large. Prior to this change in the law, it was illegal to rip CDs locally or for use with iTunes.

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Ukie Elects Ten New Board Members

September 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

UK video game industry trade group Ukie announced 10 new board members.

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UK Government Teams With Industry Leaders For 'The Next Gen Skills Academy'

September 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Several major publishers doing business in the United Kingdom have teamed up with the British government to fund a whole new generation of game designers, according to Gamasutra. Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Ubisoft Reflections have teamed up with the British government to back The Next Gen Skills Academy, which will fund video game developers, visual effects and animation professionals.

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Report: 'Destiny' Drives PS4 Sales in the UK

September 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Apparently Destiny's release in the UK helped increase sales of Sony's PS4 console in the region dramatically. PS4 sales rose by a phenomenal 300 percent week-on-week during the launch of Destiny, according to MCV - citing a source with access to unreleased Chart-Track data.

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Andrew EisenI'm interested in giving it a try. I think it has some cool ideas but I haven't been "feeling it" when watching continuous gameplay.01/29/2015 - 8:04pm
Matthew Wilsonif you dont know, the code name STEAM demo is out, and it it downloading very slowly. It might be more popular that I thought, or it could just be the eshop.01/29/2015 - 8:02pm
Goth_SkunkPlayer/Playable Character, yes. As opposed to the NPC.01/29/2015 - 7:36pm
Andrew EisenOh, Player Character! Heh, that one took me a few moments!01/29/2015 - 7:29pm
Goth_SkunkIt really bothers me that there is no explanation for the PC's misanthropy. Even the Saw movie series, despite the level of violence in them, had a premise that fascinated me. The only thing about Hatred that fascinates me is the controversy.01/29/2015 - 7:27pm
Goth_SkunkI can't think of a time a game has made me simultaneously want to both buy it and not buy it. On the one hand, I find the premise disturbing and repulsive. On the other hand, I find the controversy fascinating and want to play it just to say I did.01/29/2015 - 7:25pm
Andrew EisenTrailer for new Van Damme movie, Pound of Flesh. "They just stole the wrong man's kidney!" http://vimeo.com/11808880501/29/2015 - 7:24pm
Andrew EisenNew Hatred trailer. Destructible environments, vehicles, light buildings and people on fire! http://www.gametrailers.com/videos/7bzwzs/hatred-devastation-gameplay-trailer01/29/2015 - 7:12pm
Goth_Skunk@WonderKarp: And that's why I don't read or watch mainstream news.01/29/2015 - 5:06pm
Matthew Wilsonzip is it KB or kb? if its KB its MB, if its kb is mb. ether way where do you live that you are getting ripped off that badly?01/29/2015 - 4:41pm
ZippyDSMleeI has a whole 1MB(mb mabye, 1000KBPS) for a whole...100$ a month ;_;01/29/2015 - 4:24pm
WonderkarpFCC appears to be kicking ass today01/29/2015 - 4:11pm
WonderkarpI found this neat. Shows the different ways different websites tell the same story. Not VG Related, but its neat https://i.imgur.com/3m6xOfE.jpg01/29/2015 - 2:12pm
Matthew Wilsonnp I am still suprised that the fcc did it, but I still do not trust the chairman yet.01/29/2015 - 2:11pm
Andrew EisenYeah, what I mean is I'm fortunate enough to live in an area where I have the option of up to 50Mbps if I want to pay for it. Meant that as an anecdote; didn't mean it to come across as a "you're wrong!" Sorry 'bout that!01/29/2015 - 2:06pm
Matthew WilsonThat is why I said "every market". for example totalbescuit has TWC, and the best he can get atm is 10/10.01/29/2015 - 1:58pm
Andrew EisenTWC offers speeds that high, at least in my area. (Standard is 15Mpbs)01/29/2015 - 1:54pm
Matthew Wilson@prh I still have my doubts. if anything the big winner is Comcast. they are the only isp in the us that can provide that speed in every market they serve. att, verizon, and twc cant or at least dont.01/29/2015 - 1:50pm
Andrew EisenTrailer for Ted 2 and it looks like it won't simply be a rehash of the first. That's encouraging! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3AVcCggRnU01/29/2015 - 1:49pm
prh99It's nice to see an FCC chair who isn't just there to facilitate monopoly building for cable and telecom. Basically not a dingo.01/29/2015 - 1:46pm
 

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