U.K. Rag Tries To Link Teen Suicides With Call of Duty

May 29, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

The Daily Mail has jumped on the story of South Manchester coroner John Pollard (pictured) who noticed that four teenagers who had committed suicide, in a span of at least two years, had played a Call of Duty game.

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Future to Lay Off Over 170 Employees in The UK

May 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

UK-based magazine and website publisher Future Publishing will lay off 170 employees as part of a new restructuring plan, the company announced today. Over 170 employees in the UK will be laid off as the company slims down costs and streamlines its operations. The company made the announcement as it published its half-year financial results for the six month period that ended on March 31.

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UK Retailer Calls Wii U Bundle a 'Mistake,' Does Not Honor Deal

May 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

UK retailer John Lewis basically said "woops" today when it revealed to Eurogamer that it couldn't fulfill the £112 Wii U console bundle orders that lead a lot of traffic to its online site last week. A spokesperson for the retailer said that the listing for the ultra cheap Wii U bundle was a mistake, and apparently one it would not honor for those who locked down an order before the bundle was unceremoniously yanked from public view.

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Rockstar Founders Make the '1,000 Wealthiest People in Britain' List

May 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to UK publication The Sunday Times, Grand Theft Auto creators and Rockstar co-founders Sam and Dan Houser have made the paper's "1,000 wealthiest people in Britain" list, alongside the creator of RuneScape, the owner of a video game retailer, and a man associated with King.com.

The Houser brothers barely made the list at the 947 spot with a joint fortune of $151 million.

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Report: London Mayor Explores The Possibility of Bringing Back London Games Festival

May 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

London Mayor Boris Johnson could bring back the London Games Festival according to a research proposal from the Mayor's Office obtained by GamesIndustry International.

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UK Education Expert Thinks Games Like 'Angry Birds' Have a Place in the Classroom

May 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Playing computer games such as Angry Birds and Lemmings teaches children some pretty important life skills including concentration, resilience and problem solving. Professor Angela Mcfarlane, an education expert in the United Kingdom who has advised the government there on educational technology (she is also currently writing a book called "Authentic Learning for the Digital Generation") and will soon become the head of the College of Teachers.

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Ukie and Staffordshire University Present One-Day Student and Indie Developer Conference

May 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Ukie, the trade group representing the games and interactive entertainment industry in the United Kingdom, announced that it has teamed up with Staffordshire University for a one day student and indie developer conference at the university's campus in Staffordshire, UK (College Rd, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST4 2DE, United Kingdom).

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TIGA Urges PEGI To Lower Pricing on Games Rating Certification

April 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

UK video games industry trade group TIGA has written an open letter to European game content rating system PEGI calling for a review and adjustment of its pricing policy, which the groups claims is charging indie developers in the UK "unreasonably high and repetitious fees." TIGA wrote the letter in response to complaints from its members about PEGI’s pricing policy.

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Daily Mail Report Pegs Suspected UK Teen Killer as a 'Loner' and a 'Gamer'

April 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A 15-year-old teen from the UK accused of stabbing his Spanish tutor is being pegged as a "loner" and a "gamer" who enjoyed "achievement hunting" and playing games like "Dark Souls" and other PS3 games by UK paper The Daily Mail. The Daily Mail calls the unnamed teen a "depressed recluse" obsessed with a "video game [Dark Souls] where [a] lone cursed character travels through fantasy world killing others."

The 15-year-old is currently being held on suspicion of stabbing his Spanish tutor Ann Maguire.

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TIGA to Run Games Tax Relief Tour in May

April 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

TIGA, the trade group that represents the video games industry in the UK, announced that it will facilitate a series of events around the country to help developers understand the importance of the new Games Tax Relief recently approved by the government. The tour will start in Oxford, England sometime in May, and all of the events will be free for developers to attend. These events will feature input from UK industry veterans as well.

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Developer Mediatonic Delivers A Massive Donation to Get-Well Gamers UK

April 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

British gaming charity Get-Well Gamers UK announced that it has received a large donation (pictured) of video games and video game consoles from UK games developer Mediatonic. The charity said that it was surprised and stunned (in a good way) by the generosity of Mediatonic - and obviously they were grateful for it.

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Ubisoft Backpedals on Giving Journalists at 'Watch Dogs' Paris Press Event Free Tablets

April 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

This NeoGAF thread and a subsequent post on OXM reveals that journalists attending a Watch Dogs event in Paris were given a Nexus 7 Tablet t

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Sony, Bossa to Help Sponsor 'Stand Up for GamesAid' Event

April 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony PlayStation and Bossa Studios have announced their support for the Stand Up for GamesAid comedy event on April 14. The proceeds of the comedy event will go directly to UK-based gaming charity, GamesAid. PlayStation has signed up to the role of Premium Event and Exclusive Bar Partner while Bossa Studios is an Event Partner.

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Layoffs Hit Sega's London Offices

April 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sega announced today that it has cut a small number of jobs from its European office in London as part of a larger consolidation plan for the company's Sonic and mobile divisions.

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Mega Brand Takes Heat from UK MP Keith Vaz and Advocacy Group Over 'Call of Duty' Play Sets

April 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Late last year Activision announced a licensing deal with LEGO competitor and toy maker Mega Brands to make building toy sets based on its popular mature-rated action game series, Call of Duty. The toy sets, which were launched in January, are finally getting the attention of children's advocacy groups and one outspoken UK MP - UK Labour MP Keith Vaz, who chairs the Commons Home Affairs Committee.

'NotGTA5' Parody Game Launches, All Proceeds Go To Charity

April 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

UK indie developer NotGames has launched a new game called NotGTAV, an extremely low-budget PC parody of Rockstar's popular open-world action adventure, set in the UK. The game lets you: harass sheep in rural Wales, raid a LIDL in Swindon and play as David Cameron in London running over liberals and public sector workers," according to Eurogamer.

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UK MP Ed Vaizey Calls on Video Games Industry to Spend Tax Incentives on Hiring Youngsters in the UK

March 31, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The UK Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries said that, now that the UK video games industry is confirmed to get tax relief, he wants the sector to focus on bringing more youngsters into the business, as opposed to spending that money on hiring from outside the region. Last week the European Parliament gave the greenlight to the scheme, much to the delight of the industry in the UK and the members of parliament that have long supported giving tax incentives to the sector.

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UK Copyright Law Will Allow CD and DVD Ripping This Summer

March 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

It will soon be legal to rips CDs, DVDs, and other media in the United Kingdom, according to this TorrentFreak report. The UK government has released a guide informing its citizenry that an upcoming revision of copyright laws in the country which will make it perfectly legal to make backup copies of CD and DVDs for personal use. Those changes will be in effect this summer.

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Sony Confirms Layoffs at Multiple UK Studios

March 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony has confirmed that several studios in its UK studio system have been affected by a round of layoffs. The studios affected by layoffs include its London Studio, Guerrilla Cambridge Studio, and Evolution Studio. While the company confirmed the layoffs it would not say just how many employees were let go in this latest round of layoffs that are part of a restructuring plan.

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'Stand Up for GamesAid' Line-Up Announced

March 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

UK-based games charity GamesAid has announced the line-up of comedians that will be taking part in its annual comedy-charity event Stand Up for GamesAid. The annual comedy show takes place this year on April 14 at the Comedy Store in London and will be hosted by Imran Yusuf, and Eurogamer's Ellie Gibson.

They will be joined by comedians Paul Tonkinson, Ola, Holly Walsh, Paul Thorne, Jarred Christmas, Susan Calman, and Kev Orkian.

Money raised from the event through ticket sales will go directly into the coffers of GamesAid.

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No Video Game Industry Tax Relief in 2014 UK Budget

March 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The 2014 budget has been passed in the United Kingdom, but once again this year tax relief for the video games industry in the region were not included. UKIE CEO Jo Twist described the ongoing struggle to get tax relief included in the budget "frustrating." The campaign for tax relief similar to what is enjoyed by the film and TV industries has been going on for years, but there were high hopes from the sector and the trade groups representing it in the UK that it would happen this year.

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The Last of Us Wins Five BAFTA Awards

March 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Naughty Dog's The Last of Us was the biggest winner at the 2014 Video Game BAFTA awards in London last night, garnering five awards for Action & Adventure, Audio Achievement, Best Game, Performer, and Story. Grand Theft Auto V and Tearaway won three awards each, while Rockstar Games was awarded the BAFTA Fellowship award.

The most interesting winner was the popular indie game Papers, Please, which won Strategy & Simulation. Not too many indie games are even nominated for a BAFTA, let alone make it far enough to win an award.

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Game Music Connect Set for Sept. 24

March 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Game Art Connect Ltd. announced that Game Music Connect, a one day event dedicated to all things related to music in video games, will return to Southbank Centre in London, England on September 24.

Game Music Connect is aimed at aspiring and professional composers of all backgrounds and those interested in learning about the process of creating video game soundtracks. The event features interviews, practical demonstrations and roundtable discussions with leading composers and audio directors working in the space.

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Report: HMV Getting Out of Pre-Owned Games Business

March 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this Eurogamer report UK retailer HMV is getting out of the used games business to make room for other merchandise. A "UK industry source" told the publication this morning that HMV is no longer buying used games or game systems.

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Report: UK Spy Agency Evaluated the Potential of Using Kinect, PlayStation Eye for Bulk Surveillance

February 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

New documents from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden cited in a new Guardian report indicate that UK spy agency GCHQ evaluated the potential of using the Xbox 360 (and now Xbox One) Kinect peripheral as a means to spy on people. The report also indicates that the agency also considered the usefulness of the PlayStation Eye as well.

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UK Mother Claims Son Charged £4K in FIFA 14 DLC To Her Card, Blames EA

February 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Just for fun, check out this audio interview from the BBC featuring a mother who claims that her 13-year-old son racked up a £4,000 bill on FIFA 14 by buying "Player Packs." He apparently spent £1,000 of that on DLC in 24 hours, according what his mom tells the BBC.

You can check it out here.

EA declined to comment on the story.

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Xbox One Price Cut Coming to UK, Titanfall Bundle Announced

February 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft's chief marketing and strategy officer Yusuf Mehdi announced that a limited edition Titanfall Xbox One bundle will be released on March 11 in the United States. The bundle offers the standard edition Xbox One console, Kinect peripheral, wireless controller and headset, a download code for Titanfall and a voucher for one month of Xbox Live Gold. The bundle is available to pre-order at participating retailers and will cost $499.99.

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Court Orders GAME to Pay Back-Rent

February 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

UK video game retailer GAME has been ordered by the Court of Appeals to pay missed rent payments of around £3 million amassed during its period of administration back in 2012, according to MCV. The retailer said that it had put aside £3 million in the event that it lost its case.

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Abertay University Opens 'Playstation Lab'

February 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new teaching lab has opened at Abertay University in Dundee (Scotland). The new lab represents the largest in Europe and offers 30 new PlayStation Vita development kits, and stock of PS3 and PS4 dev kits. Students attending the lab have access to all of the hardware. The University has dubbed it the "Playstation lab." The development kits were given to the university as part of a partnership with PlayStation First, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's Academic Development Program.

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Team17 Wins British Game Jam

February 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Worms developer Team17 has won the British Game Jam, beating out fellow UK developers Future Studios and Bossa Studios with a game it developed in 48 hours called [R]evolve. As is usually the case with game jams, teams had 48 hours to develop a game based around a theme - in this case "resilience." Team17's game beat out Future Studios' submission Fearless Finn, and two titles from Bossa - I HATE YOU and Space Radish. Indie developer Luke Whiston tweeted his own entry to the competition on Twitter called Gobulus Rift.

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E. Zachary KnightGot that same recommendation on Twitter. So I guess that is a good sign.09/15/2014 - 8:39pm
prh99Portlandia, though I don't watch a lot of sitcoms. Heard it was good though.09/15/2014 - 8:02pm
E. Zachary KnightSitcom recommendations for someone who like Parks and Rec but hates The Office: Go.09/15/2014 - 6:08pm
NeenekoEven if they do change their policy, they can only do it moving forward and I could see the mod/pack community simply branching.09/15/2014 - 12:50pm
Michael ChandraAs for take the money and run, the guy must have a networth of 8~9 digits already.09/15/2014 - 10:33am
Michael ChandraMe, I'm more betting on some form of mod API where servers must run donations/payments through them and they take a cut.09/15/2014 - 10:32am
Michael ChandraEspecially since they want it for promoting their phones. Killing user interest is the dumbest move to make.09/15/2014 - 10:32am
Michael ChandraGiven how the EULA actively allows for LPs, I'm not sure Microsoft is ready for the backlash of disallowing that.09/15/2014 - 10:31am
Matthew Wilsonthey wont do that, the backlash would be too big.09/15/2014 - 10:25am
ConsterSleaker: how is that a flipside? Sounds to me like that's basically what Notch himself said, except rudely.09/15/2014 - 10:18am
MaskedPixelanteOn the plus side, no more lazy Minecraft LPs, since iirc Microsoft has a strict "no monetization period" policy when it comes to their stuff.09/15/2014 - 10:13am
james_fudgeBut it continues to sell on every platform it is on, so there's that09/15/2014 - 10:09am
james_fudgeOh, well that's another matter :)09/15/2014 - 10:08am
E. Zachary KnightNothing against Notch here. I think it is great that he made something so cool. I just can't understand how it is worth $2.5 bil09/15/2014 - 9:59am
InfophileWhat a world we live in: Becoming a billionaire was the easy way out for Notch.09/15/2014 - 9:42am
james_fudgelots of hate for Notch here. I don't get it. Sorry he made a game everyone loved. What a monster he is!09/15/2014 - 9:37am
SleakerOn the flipside, Notch has been a horrible CEO for Mojang, and the company has grown on sheer inertia, DESPITE being mishandled over and over.09/15/2014 - 9:33am
SleakerI can understand Notch's statements he made to Kotaku about growing bigger than he intended, and getting hate for EULA changes he didn't enact.09/15/2014 - 9:32am
MaskedPixelantehttp://pastebin.com/n1qTeikM Notch's statement about the MS acquisition. He wanted out for a long time and this was the easiest way.09/15/2014 - 9:08am
ConsterEh, I can't blame him.09/15/2014 - 9:01am
 

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