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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TIGA Calls for $4.9 Million in Annual Government-Backed Funding for UK Game Developers

September 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

UK video game trade body TIGA has put forth a proposal calling on the British government to create a new Creative Content Fund for video games to the tune of £3 million ($4.9 million) annually. Last month the British government finalized tax breaks for video game production cost to companies that create games that can pass a British cultural test. Naturally TIGA was delighted with this news, after fighting several years to get them on behalf of the shrinking video game industry, but now the trade group wants more.

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One Million PS4s Sold in the UK Since Release

September 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

One million PlayStation 4 consoles have been sold in the United Kingdom since launch, according to an announcement from Sony, making its current-generation console the "one of the fasted selling systems in UK history."

At launch in the UK, Sony sold 250,000 units in the first few days of availability, surpassing the Wii U's lifetime total in the country in short order.

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Sports Interactive Dominates at SpecialEffect Soccer Fives Charity Event

September 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

UK-based gamer charity SpecialEffect announced the winners of SpecialEffect Soccer Fives and that it managed to raise a cool £3000 for its ongoing mission of helping individuals with disabilities find new and exciting ways to play video games. The soccer event took place last Friday in the shadow of Wembley Stadium, with the Sports Interactive (makers of the Football Manager series) team winning the 2014 SpecialEffect Soccer Fives Trophy by beating out RuneScape maker Jagex.

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Help GamesAid Decide Which UK Charities to Fund in 2014

September 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Voting has opened for which UK-based charitable organization GamesAid will support this year through various fundraising efforts. You can help them by visiting this link and casting your vote for one of the following charities. While GamesAid is a gaming-focused charity, the organization hands out donations to a wide variety of worthy causes.

This year's candidates are:

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Tax Credits Available for 'Culturally British' Video Games in the UK

August 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Developers of video games that are deemed "culturally British" can claim tax relief on some of the production costs in the United Kingdom thanks to a new tax relief scheme that officially went into effect in the region yesterday.

Under the newly implemented plan, game developers and publishers can claim a tax credit of up to 25 percent on qualifying production costs associated with producing games that are certified by the BFI as culturally British.

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UK WOW Subscribers Getting a Rate Hike

August 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Blizzard has revealed that when the next expansion for World of Warcraft is released later this year, subscribers in the UK will have to pay a slightly larger amount for their monthly subscriptions. When the Warlords of Draenor expansion for World of Warcraft releases this November, the game's monthly subscription fee will increase to £9.99.

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BAFTA Supports Game Music Connect 2014

August 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Game Music Connect organizers today announced that its 2014 international video game music conference, which returns to London's Southbank Centre on September 24, will be supported by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

Game Music Connect is for aspiring and professional composers of all backgrounds and those interested in learning about the art and craft of creating video game soundtracks.

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Crytek CEO Admits They Made Mistakes

August 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a lengthy interview with Eurogamer, Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli goes over all of the recent controversies surrounding the company including its finical stability, not paying employees on time, and selling off the Homefront IP to Koch Media.

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Epic Launches New UK Studio

August 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Epic Games announced today that it is launching Epic UK after purchasing long-time collaborator Pitbull Studio. Pitbull will be rebranded as Epic Games UK, and will help drive Unreal Engine 4 development in Europe.

Pitbull collaborated with Epic on the development of Unreal Engine, and did work on Gears of War: Judgment and Silent Hill: Downpour. Epic Games UK will help drive Unreal Engine 4 development in Europe, according to Epic.

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Research Suggests One Hour of Gaming a Day is Good for Children

August 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new study from Oxford University suggests that playing video games for one hour a day can have a positive impact on child development. That same research concludes that playing more than one hour a day - or as researchers call it, "high levels of video game-playing " - is only "weakly linked" to behavioral problems in the real world.

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Mastertronic Exiting Physical Retail Space, Laying Off 40 Percent of Workforce

July 31, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GII reports that UK games publisher Mastertronic announced that it is being "forced" to apply for a Company Voluntary Agreement (CVA) to avoid catastrophe over outstanding loans. In addition, the company announced that it will be closing its Cambridge, England headquarters, exiting the physical retail business it has been involved in for decades, and laying off 40 percent of its workforce.

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City of London Government Replaces Ads on Piracy Sites With Warnings

July 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The City of London's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has begun replacing advertising on sites deemed to be "copyright infringing websites" with official warnings from the government informing visitors that the site is under criminal investigation, according to this Wired UK report. The sites receiving these warnings that replace their ads have been designated by the government as "hosting copyright-infringing content" and reported to the agency by rights holders.

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Video Standards Council Appoints New Chair

July 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The UK video games regulator, the Video Standards Council (VSC) has appointed a new chair to take over from Baroness Shephard of Northwold who was appointed in 2005. The new Chair will be Tony Lake, who has served as a vice-chair for the organization since December 2009. According to the VCS, Tony Lake has an extensive background in law enforcement, having served for 36 years in the Police Service and working for five different police forces during his career.

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European Women in Games Conference Launches Sept. 10

July 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The European Women in Games Conference will open its doors officially on Sept. 10 and will feature two keynote speakers (so far), organizers announced today. This year's event will take place at London South Bank University, in London England.

Topics being focused on this year relevant to women already in the games industry or trying to break in include setting up your own games company, games industry career advice on to how to encourage more school children to consider a career in the games industry, and much more.

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UK Tries Gentler Approach to Fighting Online Copyright Infringement

July 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

UK households that repeatedly pirate music, movies, and other copyrighted material online will receive warning letters beginning in 2015. Beyond that, the new informational initiative to educate the UK populace on the ills of piracy and where to find legal sources for content seems to have no punitive component attached to it.

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