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The Top 20 Free, Paid and Revenue Grossing UK mobile charts for week 29 by Reflection.
Activision Blizzard’s ‘Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy’ remains at No1 which makes 4 weeks out of 5 at the top of the All Formats Top 40 All Prices (Units). Last week’s big Nintendo Switch new entry ‘Splatoon 2’ remains at No2 and Rockstar/Take 2 remain at No3 with ‘Grand Theft Auto V’.
Ukie is out in Shanghai this week with a mission of UK games businesses visiting ChinaJoy, in an exciting addition to our growing International Trade programme. This is the third time that Ukie have taken games companies on a trade mission to the show, but the first time that Ukie have hosted a UK Industry Stand in the b2b area.
Ukie congratulated 3 winning teams for winning the fourth annual Ukie Student Game Jam 2017 by presenting them with their trophies.
The 3 teams won prizes for "Best Game", "Best Concept" and the "Accessibility Award".
This year's game jam was sponsored by Criterion Games, Gram Games and Unity. The Jam ran from the 17th - 19th May. 22 teams from Ukie's student membership competed against each other to create a winning game in 48 hours, using the theme 'empowerment'.
Games London welcomed four top US games investors to the capital earlier this month for a week's introduction to the UK games sector; full of tours of world-leading games studios and introductions to some of London's top development talent.
Our four US investors, with members of Games London, Ukie and Film London who accompanied them on the tour.
The four delegates were:
Nesta research reveals the average person who plays games: female, 43 years old, highly educated and an active consumer of culture
People who play games are better educated, no less wealthy and more likely than non-games players to participate actively in culture, according to research conducted by innovation charity Nesta, released in a report that challenges the existing stereotype of games players.
The Top 20 Free, Paid and Revenue Grossing UK mobile charts for week 28 by Reflection.
Renewed stock of Activision Blizzard’s ‘Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy’ helps it regain No1 from ‘Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age’ which drops to No7.
New entry ‘Splatoon 2’ comes very close to claiming Nintendo’s second ever Switch-only All Formats No1 with a strong debut, but has to settle for No2. ‘Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy’ matches ‘The Last of Us: Remastered’ with the most weeks at No1 for a PS4-only title with 3 weeks.
The latest figures from HMRC, released this morning, show that £73m in Video Games Tax Relief was paid out relating to 280 claims in 2016/17. This represents a 60% increase in payments from 2015/16 (£45.5m) and a 115% increase in claims (up from 130). These figures bring the total relief paid out since the relief's introduction in April 2014 to £119m, relating to 420 claims.
Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer MP visits Space Ape’s studio to discuss the importance of staying open to talent and data flows
Last Friday, Ukie organised for Keir Starmer MP for Holborn & St Pancras and Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union to visit Space Ape’s studio to discover a thriving business in his constituency, and gain an understanding of the games industry’s priorities for our forthcoming departure from the EU.