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GAME Digital plc has today announce a number of key promotions and appointments across the Group. These appointments follow the continued strategic progress GAME has made over the last year. 2015 has already seen the Group launch GAME Marketplace and significantly increase its gamer offering with the acquisition of Multiplay, organisers of Insomnia, the UK’s largest gaming festival, live gaming events for third parties (such as MINECON 2015) as well as providers of managed game servers through its ClanForge platform and digital solutions to game publishers and developers.

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Following that acquisition, GAME has now been realigned into three new operating divisions: GAME Retail, GAME eSports and Events and GAME Digital Solutions.

As part of GAME’s ongoing commitment to deliver market leading offers and experiences to customers, Charlotte Knight has been promoted to the new role of UK Retail Managing Director with responsibility for all commercial activity in the UK, across all channels. Charlotte has held a number of commercial positions within the business over the past 13 years, including the role of UK Category Director since 2012, where she was responsible for GAME’s expanding product ranges across digital and physical, mint and pre-owned.

Pablo Crespo, Director General Spain, will continue to lead our operations in the Spanish market and will work closely with Charlotte as he becomes more involved in the group activities.

GAME also announces the appointment of Stuart Rowe to the senior team as Business Development Director.

Stuart has held senior positions at a number of consumer facing businesses over the course of his career, including the role of Managing Director of Play.com between 2005 and 2011, where he led the strategy and expansion of the business. Stuart will be responsible for all business development opportunities across the Group, as well as owning the digital solutions strategy, and will report into Martyn Gibbs, Group CEO.

Following GAME’s acquisition of Multiplay, Craig Fletcher, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Multiplay and Stewart Fletcher, Chief Operating Officer of Multiplay, also join the senior team and will help lead the expansion of GAME’s eSports, events and community based offer.

Martyn Gibbs, GAME Digital Chief Executive Officer, said:

“I’m both fortunate and excited to work alongside such a talented and dynamic senior team and am delighted to be announcing these new, senior appointments, which further strengthen our leadership team. The changes will ensure we are best placed to deliver a leading customer experience for both gamers and gifters, whilst maximising the long term growth potential of each of our divisions: GAME Retail, GAME eSports and Events and GAME Digital Solutions.”

Telltale Games have released Episode 2 of Tales of the Borderlands, and here is our spoiler free review.

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This is how Telltale describes the game:

Like all good tales, there’s more than one side to a story. Especially one about a Vault key, the Hyperion Corporation, bandits, loot, gangsters, Vault Hunters, secret Atlas tech, explosions, getaways, extortion, betrayal, and mayhem.

Set after the events seen in Borderlands 2, Tales from the Borderlands is about Rhys, a Hyperion company man looking to become the next Handsome Jack, and it’s also about Fiona, a Pandoran con artist out to score the biggest of all swindles.

Lured into danger by a Vault key and all it promises, the unlikely duo are thrown together with a common goal and a huge amount of mistrust. Who is telling the truth, and why is it important?

That’s up to you to decide.

You are Rhys…and you are also Fiona, because like every tale worth telling, there are two…oh, you read that part already? Well, it’s important to remember that there *are* two sides to every story, and you my friend, you will tell this tale, or…tales, through the choices that you make. Your every decision as both Rhys and Fiona will affect the people and world around you: this is a game where YOU are the final author in a brand new Borderlands story set on the unforgiving world of Pandora.

Now I’m both a fan of Telltales other games, in particular The Walking Dead, and also of the Borderlands series from 2K Games and Gearbox, so when I heard about Tales of the Borderlands I couldn’t wait to play it.

Like the description says, you play two different characters – the first one is Rhys, voiced by Troy Baker (I’m not sure when he gets the time to do anything other than record voices for games, but he is very good at it and so its always a pleasure to listen to). As this is a spoiler free review I wont go into too many details about the plot, other than to say that Rhys was due a big promotion at Hyperion and he gets screwed out of it by his arch-nemesis, so he decides to screw him back.

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The second character is Fiona, voiced by Laura Bailey. Fiona is a grifter and part way through the episode you switch to playing her. Fiona and Rhys’s story is interwoven and it’s fun to watch them play off each other, but again, I don’t want to give too much away.

The gameplay style is what you would expect from Telltale – you have a number of options to choose from in different situations, and your selections will result in the story changing around you. There are also sections where you have to dodge attacks, and even target enemies (which is a whole heap of fun).

The first thing I noticed when the game started was just how much it felt like a Borderlands game. Now that might sound obvious, but I wasn’t sure if this would be a Telltale game with a Borderlands theme, or a Borderlands game with a Telltale interface. It’s actually the best of both worlds, with a typically insane and funny Borderlands story with all the gameplay you would expect from Telltale. I found the gameplay very smooth and the selections easy to choose, even easier than previous Telltale games.

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The graphics are typical Borderlands and I loved the humour. The voices are done really well, and along with Troy and Laura, Nolan North also makes an appearance, as does Dameon Clarke.

Now’s it’s been four months since episode 1 was released, and I was hoping for a quicker turnaround for episode 2, but that wasn’t the case. This has happened in the past with Telltale games, they are always worth the wait, but with 5 episodes making up the entire game if each 2 hour episode takes 4 months to come out I can see people getting rather frustrated. At least Telltale made a little joke about the delay in the opening moments of episode 2, so that was a nice touch.

As with other Telltale games, episode 2 takes place straight after the events of episode 1, and as before I am not going to spoil anything by telling you much, suffice to say that Handsome Jack plays a big part in this episode, and fans of Borderlands The Pre-Sequel will be pleased to see a few characters making an appearance. Watch out for the eye though!

The second episode took about 2 hours to complete, and I am really looking forward to episode 3, let’s just hope that doesn’t take 4 months to come out.

The cost of this episode is just $4.99 USD or equivalent or as part of a Season Pass package for all five episodes for just $24.99 USD or equivalent or less.

If you are a fan of either Telltale’s games or Borderlands, then this is a must for you. Now I just have to wait patiently for episode 3.

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Today, the Pokémon Company International has today announced an exciting spring promotion with the retailer, GAME. Pokémon Trainers can receive a rare Shiny Charizard for their Pokémon Omega, Ruby Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y and a free Pokémon TCG:XY Primal Clash special Collector’s Album.

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From 3rd April —and for a limited-time only—players can receive Shiny Charizard for Pokémon Omega Ruby,Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon Xand Pokémon Y at one of GAMEs 320 stores. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary.

To claim Shiny Charizard in your game:

  1. Select MYSTERY GIFT on the main menu, and then RECEIVE GIFT. Select YES to confirm.
  2. Select GET WITH CODE, and then select YES to confirm.
  3. Enter your code.
  4. Resume the game, make sure you have an empty space in your party, and then speak to the delivery girl in any Pokémon Center to receive your Shiny Charizard!
  5. Be sure to save your game!

Use the code in your Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby, or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire game by 2nd July, to receive your Shiny Charizard.

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2K today announced that it is partnering with UK retailer GAME to offer customers the chance of becoming a real life Vault Hunter. On 27th March, to celebrate the release of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, four GAME stores nationwide will take possession of a custom built loot lockers containing the much sought after Claptrap robot, plus other exceptionally rare Borderlands loot.

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The first 20 customers to visit one of the four stores with proof of their Borderlands: The Handsome Collection pre-order will be allowed to pick from one of 20 special golden keys, only one of which will unlock the chest and reveal the loot.

The lucky person who picks the winning key will walk away with the now sold-out Claptrap robot, custom made Borderlands loot locker, Turtle Beach gaming headset (Xbox ONE or PS4), Borderlands Funko Dolls, Jakobs leather messenger bag, 12 exclusive lithographs, plus plenty more.

 

The following GAME stores will each have a loot locker:

 

·         Westfield Stratford (London)

·         Bullring (Birmingham)

·         St David’s (Cardiff)

·         Braehead (Glasgow)

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Battlefield fans get ready to give the chance to be among the first to get their hands on its latest instalment, Battlefield: Hardline, before its official launch on Friday 20th March.

To ensure gamers can enter the fray as soon as possible, GAME will be opening over 200 of its stores across the UK at midnight on Thursday 19th March – giving fans the chance to experience the launch buzz and make the most of some exciting GAME exclusives.

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Battlefield: Hardline sees a shift from the traditional backdrop of warfare, as gamers are immersed in a world of street crime and heists. Play as either the cop or criminal as you navigate through this action-packed blockbuster in gripping single and multiplayer modes.

And if the chance to get the game before anyone else wasn’t enough to tempt fans to get along to their local store, the Battlefield: Hardline Deluxe Edition, only at GAME, includes a Versatility Battlepack, Precision Battlepack and Suppression Battlepack – all featuring unique assault rifles, weapons, camos and XP boosts. There are also 10 gold backpacks delivered in-game once a week, featuring a host of invaluable extras.

For those visiting GAME Stratford, GAME Liverpool Lord Street, GAME Birmingham Bull Ring, GAME Newcastle Eldon Square or GAME Edinburgh St James’ Centre, there is the added bonus of having your prison mug shot photo taken. Gamers can stand in front of an official GAME prison wall and share their photo on social channels using #GAMEmugshot.

Dave Howard, Operations Director at GAME Retail Ltd, says: “We’re really excited to open so many store at midnight for this highly anticipated title. There will be lots of added theatre at our stores across the UK and more importantly, the Exclusive Deluxe Edition looks to be a much-needed lifeline for gamers to help them navigate through the game.”

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Not long now to wait for Mortal Kombat X from NeatherRealm Studios, and I recently got to talk to Hans Lo about the newly announcement features, including the mobile game.

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Mortal Kombat X is NetherRealm Studios’ next highly anticipated installment in its legendary, critically acclaimed fighting game franchise that propels the iconic franchise into a new generation. The game combines cinematic presentation with all new gameplay to deliver the most brutal Kombat experience ever, offering a new fully-connected experience that launches players into a persistent online contest where every fight matters in a global battle for supremacy.  For the first time, Mortal Kombat X gives players the ability to choose from multiple variations of each character impacting both strategy and fighting style. Players step into an original story showcasing some of the game’s most prolific characters including Scorpion and Sub-Zero, while introducing new challengers that represent the forces of good and evil and tie the tale together.

New and Klassic Characters: Featuring Klassics such as Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Raiden and Kano, as well as new characters such as Cassie Cage, Kotal Kahn, Ferra-Torr and D’Vorah, the roster will include fan favorites where both good and evil must battle it out.

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Character Variations: Mortal Kombat X offers three different versions for each playable character, all of which have their own fighting style, special moves, abilities and strategies. The Variation that players choose affects the style and overall strategy by which the game is played.

Epic, Cinematic Storyline: A deep story mode continues up to 25 years after the events of 2011’s Mortal Kombat and advances the dark tale – introducing new characters such as Cassie Cage, daughter of fan favorites Sonya Blade and Johnny Cage.

Visceral Kombat: Mortal Kombat X introduces the next evolution of fighting with the return of X-ray and Finishing Moves that showcase brutal battles like never before with enhanced graphics and animations.

Over to Hans, and there some new gameplay showing the mobile game, and it’s good:

Mortal Kombat X will be released in April 14th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC.

Which is your favourite Mortal Kombat character? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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EA are set to release the first expansion pack for The Sims 4 called Get to Work and we got some time with it.

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In The Sims 4 Get to Work players will take active control of their Sims while they’re at work and determine whether they are headed towards the big promotion or becoming the workplace menace.  Jump to the rescue and save countless lives as a Doctor, torment your neighbours with mischievous inventions as a Scientist, or investigate crime scenes and crack the big cases as a Detective.  Additionally, players with an entrepreneurial spirit can decide to set up shop to create, customize, and manage their own Sim retail businesses to become a Simoleonaire!  However players choose to get to work, this expansion pack will introduce new venues, skills and other fun gameplay elements to their The Sims 4 experience.

I sat down with Azure Bowie, one of the Producers from The Sims team to talk about the new expansion pack and also the free updates coming this month to The Sims 4, plus there is some brand new gameplay in there showing Get to Work:

The Sims 4 Get to Work will be available in April 2015.

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With EA set to release Battlefield Hardline next week, we got to play a lot of multiplayer, so we thought we would share three Blood Money maps with you.

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There are 9 new maps and 7 new modes for Hardline, here are a few of them all captured in 1080p from the PlayStation 4 version of the game, and thanks to @Teflon for being the one who was playing:

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The Block Blood Money

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Battlefield Hardline will be available March 20th on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PC.

Are you going to play it? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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With EA set to release Battlefield Hardline next week, we got to play a lot of multiplayer, so we thought we would share two Crosshair maps with you.

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There are 9 new maps and 7 new modes for Hardline, here are a few of them all captured in 1080p from the PlayStation 4 version of the game, and thanks to @Teflon for being the one who was playing:

Riptide Crosshair

Everglades Crosshair

Battlefield Hardline will be available March 20th on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PC.

Are you going to play it? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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With EA set to release Battlefield Hardline next week, we got to play a lot of multiplayer, so we thought we would share four Hotwire maps with you.

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There are 9 new maps and 7 new modes for Hardline, here are a few of them all captured in 1080p from the PlayStation 4 version of the game, and thanks to @Teflon for being the one who was playing:

Riptide Hotwire

Downtown Hotwire

Derailed Hotwire

Everglades Hotwire

Battlefield Hardline will be available March 20th on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PC.

Are you going to play it? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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With EA set to release Battlefield Hardline next week, we got to play a lot of multiplayer, so we thought we would share it with you.

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There are 9 new maps and 7 new modes for Hardline, here are a few of them all captured in 1080p from the PlayStation 4 version of the game, and thanks to @Teflon for being the one who was playing:

Riptide Rescue

The Block Rescue

Bank Job Crosshair

Everglades Blood Money

Bank Job Team Deathmatch

Battlefield Hardline will be available March 20th on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PC.

Are you going to play it? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

GAME Digital plc, today announced that it has acquired Multiplay (UK) Limited which is a community-based games company focused on live events, online gaming services and eSports.

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GAME’s acquisition of Multiplay will create a unique platform to expand significantly the Group’s community-events and eSports programme and drive deeper interaction with gamers. In addition, the acquisition opens up new opportunities for GAME to increase its presence in the digital PC games market, supporting the Group’s dual ambitions to grow the size of its gaming communities and to offer customers new products, services and gaming experiences.

Multiplay was established in 1997 and has organised over 150 gaming events in the UK and internationally, including its flagship “Insomnia” festival, the largest of its kind in the UK. The Company also provides online multiplayer gaming services to millions of PC gamers around the world. Its clients include some of the biggest names in the games industry including Mojang, Nexon, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, DICE, Jagex Studios and many more.

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In 2014, Multiplay’s Insomnia consumer event saw visitor numbers rise 60% with more than 67,000 people attending in person, 1.4 million logging on to the official Insomnia website and over 45 million media impressions recorded through Twitch, YouTube and Flickr. The Insomnia festivals combine stage events, LAN Gaming areas, eSports competitions and a retail expo, plus a chance to meet YouTubers, Minecrafters and pro players.  The events attract gamers of all ages, spectators, families as well as dozens of publishers, developers, retailers and eSports organisations.

Multiplay’s CEO and Founder, Craig Fletcher, will continue to lead the business, ensuring continuity of relationships, content and strategy. Craig will report directly to Martyn Gibbs, Group CEO. All 50 of the business’s employees will remain with the Company and will continue to operate from Multiplay’s headquarters in the New Forest, UK.

GAME has acquired the entire issued share capital of Multiplay for a total consideration of £20 million, comprising £12.6 million to be paid in cash on completion and £7.4 million payable in deferred cash and shares over the next 3 years. The initial cash payment will be funded through GAME’s existing cash resources.

Martyn Gibbs, Chief Executive of GAME Digital, said:

“The acquisition of Multiplay is an exciting and strategically important step for GAME. The world of live events, eSports and multiplayer gaming is growing rapidly and one we have been looking to enter for some time. By acquiring Multiplay we are benefitting from nearly two decades of experience, during which time Multiplay has built an exceptional reputation and leading position in its markets. Multiplay has a great management team and a fantastic culture – their passion and enthusiasm for games is infectious.

“Like Multiplay, our communities are at the heart of our business, and together we will be able to move even faster to grow and develop our services for both gamers and suppliers in the UK, Spain and around the world.”

Craig Fletcher, founder and Chief Executive of Multiplay, added:

“GAME and Multiplay are both passionate about games and gaming, building valuable communities of gamers and putting customers first. Over the years we’ve worked closely with the GAME team on many occasions and come to know them well. Our businesses are culturally aligned and I am looking forward to joining and working with Martyn and the team. Being part of GAME means that together we can offer our communities so much more than we ever could have independently and can more rapidly realise our growth aspirations.”

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In a first of its kind digital and in-store activity, Electronic Arts Inc. UK and GAME, the UK’s largest video games retailer have today launched a one-week Evidence Sweep taking place in each of their 321 stores nationwide.

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Bringing to life the Scanner from the Battlefield Hardline single player campaign with the GAME Scan It! app, wannabe Detectives that head in-store are able to unlock 1,000 reward points, claim a free Battlefield Hardline t-shirt and enter to win the chance to lead their crew in the upcoming Battlefield Hardline: Live.

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The 10 steps for customers to fulfil their duties in the Evidence Sweep are as follows:

  1. Find and visit your nearest GAME store
  2. Connect to GAME’s free in-store Wi-Fi
  3. Download the GAME mobile app
  4. Select the Scan It! functionality
  5. Sweep store for Evidence
  6. Once found, equip the Scanner and scan the Evidence
  7. Watch the Battlefield Hardline: Live – GET A PIECE OF THE ACTION video on their phone
  8. Pre-order Battlefield Hardline
  9. Pick up your free Battlefield Hardline t-shirt*
  10. Purchase Battlefield Hardline and receive your 1,000 GAME reward points

Fred Prego, Marketing Director at GAME said: “We are delighted to be teaming up with EA to bring Battlefield Hardline to life for our customers in a really unique way. We know that like us, our customers want to turn everything into a game so we’re glad to bring this to the shopping experience. By using our Scan It! app, customers can scan the store for evidence, unlock Reward points and get their hands on lots of great Battlefield Hardline merchandise. This unique challenge will offers a great incentive for customers to get involved and is something you won’t find anywhere else on the market.”

Battlefield Hardline will be available Friday 20th March 2015 in the UK on Origin for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

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