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UKIE backed Edinburgh Interactive (EI) has announced the opening of registration for the tenth anniversary event taking place on the 9th & 10th August 2012.
The Early Bird rate is currently available until the 31st March 2012. Early Bird tickets are priced at £175 + VAT for two-days of conference and networking activity. Tickets increase to £229 + VAT after this date; a very reasonable charge for the longest running games event in Europe considering its prime position in central Edinburgh.
Following a UKIE led investigation; a UKIE IP Crime Unit (IPCU) Investigator participated in a raid with Surrey Trading Standards Officers on the 14 November at the home address of the registrant of a website selling illegal games. Prior to the raid a UKIE IPCU Internet Investigator conducted two covert test purchases from the website. During the raid approximately 500 Wii, DS and Xbox 360 games on master Disks and PS3 games on DVD-R’s were seized along with 3000GB of hard drives containing 1000’s of games on them.
On Monday 28 November UKIE announced the launch of the Next Gen Skills campaign to call for fundamental changes to the education system to drive hi-tech growth.
On the eve of the Chancellor’s Autumn statement, some of the biggest names from the digital, creative and hi-tech industries joined leading skills and educational bodies to launch a major new campaign to change the education system and ensure that the computer programming skills needed for the future growth of the UK’s hi-tech economy are properly embedded in schools and classrooms.
Coinciding with the launch of the UKIE led Next Gen Skills campaign, the government has outlined, in its response to the Livingstone Hope Skills review, its commitment to working with industry and educators to develop an attractive computer science offering for schools. The Livingstone Hope Review was published in February 2011 and looked at the skills that were needed to grow the UK’s video games and visual effects industries.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’ (-41%) keeps its grip on top spot for a 3rd consecutive week after launch, a feat predecessor ‘Black Ops’ couldn’t manage last year (denied by Gran Turismo 5). ‘Assassin’s Creed: Revelations’ clings to second place despite a 61% drop in sales, while ‘Saint’s Row: The Third’, up from No4 to No3 (-40%) swaps places with ‘Skyrim’ (-43%) even though both titles are down by similar amounts.
Activision Blizzard’s ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’ declines -87% over the huge week 1 units but holds on to No1 for a second week. It’s a new release bonanza with 9 new titles in the Top 40 and 5 of those within the Top 10. Ubisoft mirror last year’s Assassin’s Creed (Brotherhood) by debuting at No2 in the week after Call of Duty launch, thanks to ‘Assassin’s Creed: Revelations’.
Monday 28 November 2011, 10.00am-12pm at Google, Belgrave House, 76 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 9TQ.
Founding father of interactive entertainment and fiction Ian Livingstone OBE and Double Negative MD Alex Hope OBE will announce that some of the biggest names from the UK digital, creative and hi-tech industries have joined up with leading skills and educational bodies to back a new campaign aiming to improve the computer programming skills needed for the future growth of the UK’s economy.
Activision Blizzard’s colossal Call of Duty series returns with the Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games co-developed ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’, marking the eighth instalment in the franchise. In the five days of its just behind ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops’ for units, down 1.6%, but up for revenue by 1.5%. This makes it the highest grossing opening week of all time for any entertainment title, outselling the opening weekend box office of the last four Harry Potter films combined.
Edinburgh Interactive (EIF) has announced the dates for its 10th year anniversary, the 9th &10th August 2012.
In the energy charged setting of the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe, EIF will continue with its successful eclectic mix of presentations and debates relating to emerging trends and future gazing at the world of interactive media and entertainment. Nintendo, MCV and Develop have already confirmed renewal of their partnership for the 2012 anniversary year.
UKIE has today announced new initiatives that will deliver real benefits the UK’s interactive entertainment industry: