UKIE Responds to OFT Rules on In-App Purchases

January 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The UKIE, the trade group that represents the video games industry in the United Kingdom, issued a statement today concerning the Office of Fair Trading’s principles for online and app-based games (you can read about that here). UKIE CEO Jo Twist said that her organization has worked closely with its members and the OFT to help form guidelines that protect children and continue to grow business in the UK.

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UK's Office of Fair Trading Gives App Developer Two Months to Adapt to New In-Game Purchasing Rules

January 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The United Kingdom's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) watchdog agency has given mobile phone app developers two months to adapt to new in-app purchasing rules that better protect children (and subsequently their credit-card holding parents) from in-game micro-transactions and messaging that generally encourages them to buy things to advance gameplay. The OFT has given developers a deadline of April 1 to make their apps for iOS, Windows Phone, and Android devices comply with new rules.

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Wargaming and RAF Museum Launch Apparition App

January 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

World of Tanks and World of War Planes maker Wargaming announced today the global launch of an augmented reality application that draws attention to the Dornier 17 aircraft currently being exhibited at the RAF Museum in Cosford, Shropshire, United Kingdom.

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Report: UK Anti-Porn Filter Messing with League of Legends Updating

January 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The anti-porn filtering law takes effect the United Kingdom this month, but according to a forum post over at the official League of Legends community site, the new system may also stop you from updating your favorite MOBA game in the region.

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UK Prime Minister's Children 'Banned' From Technology, Video Games, and Miley Cyrus

January 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In an interview published on Sunday, UK Prime Minister David Cameron revealed that his children are banned from video games and technology. Noting that he worries about the effects of technology on his young children, the Prime Minister says that his children are banned from playing video games, using mobile phones and tablets. He also is apparently no longer a fan of Miley Cyrus because he doesn't want his children to know what "twerking is." On that we can probably agree...

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Research: Video Games and Movies Motivate Children to Read More

January 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

New research confirms what most parents with young children and the people that market all kinds of things to them already know: that there is a synergy between films, video games, toys, and books. A survey of more than 420,000 British school children found that almost all the most-loved books of 2012 and 2013 also existed as films, apps or video games.

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UKIE Disputes Government Report on Industry Shrinkage

January 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Video game industry trade group UKIE is strongly disputing the Government's claim that the games industry in the United Kingdom is shrinking. The UK games industry shrank by nearly half in 2012 compared to 2011, according to figures released by the department for Culture, Media and Sport. UKIE disputes the findings of the report and warns that many UK games companies are not being counted as part of official industrial and economic figures.

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Survey: A Quarter of British and Canadian Companies Plan to Move Data Out of U.S. Due to NSA Spying Activities

January 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A quarter of British and Canadian technology firms surveyed say that they want their data taken out of the United States because of the NSA's unfettered spying activities. The survey was conducted by cloud provider Peer1, which has infrastructure in the U.S., Canada and Britain.

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UCS Games Design Students Win National Award

December 12, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

A University Campus Suffolk (UCS) computer games design student and a graduate are the winners of a prestigious national games award, much to the delight of the UK-based school. Brad Smith, currently studying at UCS, and former student Joe Kinglake, were the overall winners in the Walking Dead 48-hour game jam – held in October 2013. The two students teamed up to enter The Walking Dead’s ‘All-out War’ themed Game Jam where they competed with 140 other game jam teams.

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Online Retailer Threatens Legal Action Against Customers for a Mistake it Made

December 10, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

By all accounts online retailer Zavvi made a mistake when it mailed out a PlayStation Vita and Tearaway bundle to UK customers who simply ordered only the PS Vita game, but the company's response to customers is what's making news this morning. According to Eurogamer, the retailer has sent customers who received the PS Vita bundle by accident emails filled with ultimatums and legal threats.

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Report: Declassified Documents Show American and British Spy Agencies Targeted Xbox Live, Second Life, and World of Warcraft

December 9, 2013 - James Fudge

According to a lengthy report co-published by Pro Publica and the New York Times, American and British spy agencies have infiltrated World of Warcraft and Second Life, conducting surveillance and collecting data in the games played by millions of people around the globe, according to newly disclosed classified documents. Agents supposedly created characters to snoop and to try to recruit informers, and collected data and contents of communications between players, according to the documents disclosed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward J. Snowden.

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GamesAid Gears Up for Christmas Charity Auction

December 6, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

UK games industry-related charity GamesAid has begun a Christmas campaign to get video game companies in the country to donate unwanted merchandise to its eBay activity. The UK games industry charity raises money throughout the year and is distributed annually, as per the votes of GamesAid members. Almost £1m has been raised since GamesAid was founded five years ago, and in September alone, £260,000 was donated equally to five youth-orientated charities.

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Play.com Predication: Wii U Will Beat PS4 and Xbox One This Holiday Season

December 6, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Rakuten, owner of the UK-based games retailer Play.com, claims that Nintendo’s Wii U has seen a 75 percent sales spike in October. The company predicts that Wii U and iPad will be more popular than Xbox One and PS4 amongst children during the holiday season. The company also cites a Twitter analysis that comes to the conclusion that its Wii U and iPad range are "the most talked about presents for children this Christmas."

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Video Game Research Invades ACE 2013

December 3, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Two graduates from the United Kingdom's Univeristy of Lincoln will have their research highlighted and discussed during ACE 2013 – the 10th international conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology. Sean Oxspring and Nick Bull graduated with a BSc in Games Computing in September of this year. Bull currently works as an assistant web developer at Blue Box Software. His research focused on developing mobile games that use interactions in the real world as a lynch pin for gameplay.

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The Mainstream Media Generation Gap on Video Games

November 29, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Gamasutra points out a video (to your left) featuring UK gamer and writer Charlie Brooker trying to explain to Channel 4's Jon Snow how to play games on the new PlayStation 4 console. The video is interesting because it shows how older people just don't understand video games, and how the media often repeats the same tired questions about violence in video games.

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V&A Museum and Abertay University Team Up for Video Game Museum Venture

November 27, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

The V&A Museum and Abertay University in Dundee, Scotland are working together to develop new ways to display video games in museums, according to a report in the Scotsman. The two organizations have formed a new research network to work on a project called Video Games in the Museum.

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Blitz Games Founders Launch New Studio

November 27, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

It looks like the remnants of Blitz Games Studios live on with the formation of a brand new company called Radiant Worlds. Blitz Games shut down in September of this year citing a number of challenges including "frustrations with clients, the global economic crisis," and their "fair share of simple bad luck."

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Skylanders Giants Wins BAFTA

November 27, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Skylanders Giants, the second game in Activision's popular series of games that requires action figures in order to play, has won a BAFTA award. It was named game of the year at the 2013 Children's BAFTA awards, beating out the likes of Lego City Undercover, Luigi's Mansion 2 and Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Despicable Me: Minion Rush by Gameloft was chosen as the winner in the BAFTA Kids' Vote - Video Game in 2013. The award was voted on by children ages 7-14, who picked Gameloft's free-to-play game over Minecraft and Just Dance 4.

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Report: Sony Bundle PS4 and PS Vita, But Only in the UK

November 22, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a circular uncovered by VideoGamer, a bundle offering the PlayStation 4 and the PS Vita will be available to consumers in early December. While Sony has confirmed that the "Ultimate Bundle" is real, it looks like it will only confirm it for the United Kingdom.

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London Man Arrested for Sharing Explicit Material with Minor While Playing Video Games

November 12, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a report in Blackburn News, London Police have arrested a man who shared sexually explicit material with a Tennessee teen - and he did it while playing an unnamed game with him.

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GamesAid Auctions Rare White Xbox One for Charity

November 5, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

UK games charity GamesAid is auctioning off a special version of the Xbox One to raise much needed funds for future charitable work. The special console is very rare; it is white and was only given out to employees who worked on the console.

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Zynga Wins 'Scramble With Friends' UK Lawsuit, But Must Alter Game's Logo

November 4, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Zynga has won its Scramble With Friends lawsuit against Mattel in a UK court. The social gaming giant was sued by Mattel, who claimed that Zynga's game was too similar to Mattel's classic word game Scrabble. Mattel filed suit against Zynga arguing that Scramble With Friends was too similar to its own trademarked game, but High Court Justice Peter Smith rejected the claim, with one caveat.

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UK May Crack Down on Newspapers Publishing NSA Leaks

October 29, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Reuters is reporting that the UK government is threatening to move to stop papers in the country from publishing further leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. According to Reuters, British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday that his government was "likely" to move towards putting a stop to newspapers from publishing "damaging leaks" from Edward Snowden unless they started to "behave more responsibly."

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Therapy Using Virtual Avatars Helps Schizophrenia Patients

October 29, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

A new treatment for patients who suffer from schizophrenia is being developed and field tested by University College London. According to Julian Leff, the University College London psychiatrist who developed the program, the treatment puts a face on the destructive and negative voices that schizophrenia patients sometimes hear and allows them the opportunity to confront that personality.

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Daily Mail's Narrative on 'GTA V-Inspired' Bank Robbery Falls Apart

October 23, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

MCV points out a pretty astonishing story that recently appeared in the UK newspaper the Daily Mail.

UK Government Fast Tracks Green Man Gaming, Mindy Candy for IPO

October 17, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

UK-based video games retailer Green Man Gaming and Moshi Monsters development studio Mind Candy could be fast-tracked to the London Stock Exchange under a new government scheme called The Future Fifty.

First unveiled by UK chancellor George Osborne in April, the program connects "high-growth tech companies" with specialized support to lay the foundations of an initial public offering or sale. Two UK video games companies were chosen from an initial list of 25 businesses in the technology, digital, consumer goods and financial services markets.

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Call of Duty Tops Amazon UK's All-Time Best Sellers List

October 14, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

To celebrate 15 years in business Amazon UK has released its best selling games list of all time, and the Call of Duty series is prominently highlighted throughout. According to Amazon UK, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (all platforms) is the best selling game in the service's history, followed by Black Ops, Modern Warfare 3, Grand Theft Auto V (which has only been out since September in the UK), and Black Ops 2.

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Wargaming Helps RAF Museum Bring German Dornier Do17 Bomber to the Masses

October 7, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Wargaming has teamed up with the British Royal Air Force (RAF) Museum to share its newly acquired exhibit – the Dornier Do17 bomber - with the world. Using an "Augmented Reality App" created by Wargaming called Apparition: Dornier17, visitors can see a full scale, 3D vision of the aircraft at various locations around the world. In June, the Museum successfully lifted the only known German Dornier Do17 bomber from the waters of the Goodwin Sands, three miles off the coast of England.

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GTA V Beats Out GTA IV's Lifetime Sales in the UK

October 7, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto V has become the 12th best-selling game of all time in the UK, overtaking its predecessor's lifetime sales - and only after three weeks at retail - according to UK retail sales tracking firm Chart-Track. The firm reports that GTA V sold 1.57 million units in the UK on day one of release, beating out previous record holder Call of Duty: Black Ops' 1.41 million in sales to become the fastest-selling game in UK history.

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Scotland Gets Its Own Trade Group: The Scottish Games Network

October 7, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Scotland has decided that it needs its own trade body that better represents its unique perspective and business in the region. The new trade body is called the Scottish Games Network. The group wants to serve as a unified contact point in Scotland for every company in the video game sector including developers, tech companies, retailers, media, and academic institutions.

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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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