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UKIE worked closely with Talkback Thames to advise on the final challenge on the BBC One’s Young Apprentice to create an online game and viral ad campaign.
Twelve candidates were whittled down to two over seven weeks before Lord Sugar made his decision on who would be his Young Apprentice and win access to a tailor-made fund worth 25,000 pounds to kick start their career. The final task was to create a new downloadable online game, and to launch the game alongside an ad campaign with the potential to become an online viral hit.
UKIE is delighted to announce the appointment of our new CEO - Dr Jo Twist.
Dr Twist comes from Channel 4 as Commissioning Editor for Education and previous positions include Multiplatform Commissioner for BBC Entertainment and Switch, plus BBC Three’s Multiplatform Channel Editor.
UKIE is delighted to announce that we are providing a student travel fund to help successful student applicants attend the Blitz Games Studios 2012 Student Open Days.
‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’ celebrates its first sales increase since it launched 4 weeks ago, holding on to No1 with a 2% jump in sales. ‘FIFA 12’ (+30%) shimmies past ‘Assassin’s Creed: Revelations’ (-2%) to become COD’s biggest competitor this week, up from No5 to No2 - however it is still over 55,000 sales behind Activision Blizzard’s blockbuster. Shoppers appear to already have an eye on Christmas with another strong festive performer ‘Just Dance 3’ (+54%) moving up from No8 to No4.
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.