Play.com goes offline

March 25, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Play.com has shut down, with the once popular gaming destination redirecting to Japanese retail specialist Rakuten's UK website (www.rakuten.co.uk), according to MCV. Rakuten bought the website back in 2011 for around £25 million. After that purchase, the website no longer sold products directly and became a marketplace for third-party retailers to hawk their wares.

Rakuten didn't disclose why it decided to shut down in a statement to MCV today:

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'Battlefield Hardline' debuts at number one in UK sales charts

March 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

EA's cops vs. robbers game is having a good showing in the United Kingdom, according to new data from Gfk Chart-Track. EA's Battlefield Hardline debuted at the top spot in the Gfk Chart-Track Top 40, and is the biggest launch of 2015 so far in the region. For perspective, the last title in the series, Battlefield 4, debuted on the same UK charts in Nov. of 2013 at number two.

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BBC To Hand Out One Million 'Micro Bit' Coding Devices to UK Students

March 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The BBC will give away one million micro computing devices to children in the UK as part of its "Make It Digital" initiative. Through this initiative, the BBC will distribute a wearable coding device called a "Micro Bit" to every year 7 student (ages 11 to 13) in the country, totalling one million devices.

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'Destiny' Named Best Games at BAFTA Game Awards

March 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Destiny won the top honor today at the 2015 BAFTA Games Awards, picking up the Best Game award. Bungie's online shooter managed to beat out such heavyweights as Monument Valley, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Mario Kart 8, and Alien: Isolation.

Monument Valley was the only game to pick up two awards - the British Game award and Mobile & Handheld award.

Lumino City picked up the Artistic Achievement award, while Alien Isolation won for Best Audio, and Never Alone won the Debut Game award.

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SpecialEffect's GameBlast Raises £80K

February 25, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

SpecialEffect's GameBlast charity gaming marathon weekend now has garnered £80,000 in pledged donations, according to Games Industry International. That is a substantial improvement from the money raised at last year's event - £70,000. In case you didn't know, the UK-based charity helps people with physical disabilities by providing support and special equipment to enable them to play games.

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Couple Plays 'Call of Duty' While Infant Suffers From Brain Injuries

February 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A couple from South Yorkshire, England are currently on trial for their part in giving their infant son brain damage. According to a report in The Star, the couple (who are not named) played a newly launched "Call of Duty" video game while their four-month-old son lay in his crib with a severe brain injury, according to what the court was told by prosecutors at the couple's ongoing trial.

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SpecialEffect Hosting 24-Hour Charity Live Stream This Weekend

February 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

UK-based game-related charity SpecialEffect will host a special gaming marathon called GamesBlastLIVE. The24-hour long charity gaming marathon will begin at 10am (London time) on February 21.

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UK's House of Lords Calls For Reclassification Of Internet Access As A 'Public Utility'

February 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The House of Lords (the upper house of UK parliament) released a report this week that calls for Internet access to be classified as a public utility. If that sounds at all familiar it's because the Federal Communications Commission will vote on this very issue later this month.

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Nominees Revealed For The 2015 British Academy Games Awards

February 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced the 51 nominees for the British Academy Games Awards in 2015. A total of 51 games have been chosen across 17 categories, with Alien: Isolation leading the way with six nominations across Audio Achievement, Best Game, British Game, Game Design, Game Innovation and Music.

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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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Andrew EisenMechaCrash - Sony in particular or Hollywood in general?03/26/2015 - 7:38pm
Matthew Wilson@mach no way in hell, so that is why I want them to stay away.03/26/2015 - 7:21pm
MechaCrash"Get the movie right" is preferable to "stay away," but do you really think they won't screw it up?03/26/2015 - 7:19pm
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Andrew EisenConster - Sure, give me a few minutes.03/26/2015 - 3:05pm
Consterhttp://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2015/03/26/salesforce-ceo-says-company-is-cancelling-all-programs-in-indiana-over-lgbt-discrimination-fears/ http://edition.cnn.com/2015/03/25/politics/mike-pence-religious-freedom-bill-gay-rights/index.html03/26/2015 - 2:55pm
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Andrew EisenThat said, I doubt that if the movie gets made, it will be similar to either version of the show. But, Star Wars movies will be out again and the designs are still pretty awesome so it's got a chance.03/26/2015 - 2:34pm
Andrew EisenPeople my age and older with disposable income and a fondness for nostalgia.03/26/2015 - 2:32pm
Matthew Wilson@AE I am kinda surprised sony would want to make a movie of something that is 30 years old. I woulder how many people remember robotech?03/26/2015 - 2:24pm
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Matthew Wilsonhttp://variety.com/2015/film/news/robotech-movie-sony-tv-series-anime-1201460191/ am I the only one that wishes Hollywood would stay a million mile away from anime?03/26/2015 - 1:29pm
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Matthew Wilsonnot shocked, lets see how gencon reacts.03/26/2015 - 11:01am
Andrew EisenAnd for those of you keeping track, Indiana's SB 101 was signed into law this morning by Gov. Pence.03/26/2015 - 10:58am
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