NCCU Cyber Crime Campaign teaches kids benefits of online skills
The National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU) has launched a new campaign aimed at tackling cyber crime in the UK, by educating young people about how computer skills can be used positively, rather than for online crime.
The team will get parents, teachers and schools careers advisers on board to show how skills that can be used for cyber crime are in high demand in many industries.
We’d like to introduce a couple of new faces who have joined the Ukie and Games London teams over the last couple of weeks.
Another quiet week in terms of new releases and Ubisoft remain unchallenged with a third consecutive week at No1 for ‘Far Cry 5’. In terms of recent Ubisoft games with more than 2 weeks at No1, Ubisoft’s ‘Ghost Recon: Wildlands’ from 2017 managed 4 weeks at No1 (2 weeks consecutive), whilst 2016’s ‘The Division’ racked up 4 consecutive weeks at No1.
Cryptonite crowned UK Champions 2018
Four of our regional champions from across the UK headed to Gfinity’s London arena yesterday, to battle it out for the coveted trophy, designed by a father-daughter duo representing Creative Assembly. After fierce competition playing Blizzard’s Overwatch, Cryptonite for The Crypt School came out on top and went home the winners.
After the storm that was raised last week with the launch of ‘Far Cry 5’ it’s all quiet this week as no new entries make it in to the Top 40. ‘Far Cry 5’ retains top spot.
There is also no change at No2 and No3 as ‘FIFA 18’ and ‘Sea of Thieves’ are both non-movers. The price drop on ‘Forza Motorsport 7’ continues to push it back up the chart, accelerating from No9 to No4 this week. Outside the Top 10, a retail promotion on ‘Star Wars Battlefront II’ has it re-enter the Top 40 at No16.
‘Far Cry 5’ storms to the top of the All Formats Chart this week becoming the biggest launch in the franchise’s history. Released on Tuesday it just manages to topple ‘Far Cry 4’, which debuted at No2 in W47 2014 (behind GTA V). It is impressive for a game launched in the first quarter of the year and positions it as the biggest seller ever in a week 13 (beating Bioshock Infinite). Naturally it is also the biggest launch of the year so far. The PS4 version is publisher Ubisoft’s 6th biggest launch in terms of revenue for a title on an individual format.
EA’s ‘Burnout Paradise Remastered’ for PS4/Xbox One is a remaster of 2008’s 360/PS3 original, and claims No1 this week, just like ‘Bunout Paradise’ did back in week 4, 2008. ‘Burnout’ as a franchise has existed since the first Criterion-developed/Acclaim-published game launched in 2001 on PS2. In terms of success, 2004’s ‘Burnout 3: Takedown’ (EA-published from here on in) is the biggest-seller both as week 1 and cumulative, claiming No1 in week 37, 2004. The only other game in the series to claim No1 was 2005’s follow-up ‘Burnout Revenge’. Nintendo’s ‘Kirby Star Allies’ for Switch de
1 game. 4 venues. 60 players. 82.7k spectators.
This week saw a dramatic end to the programme’s national esports qualifiers, with two additional teams joining last week's Regional Champions after battling it out on Twitch's homepage to an audience of 675+, playing Blizzard's Overwatch.
Our third Regional Qualifier of the tournament was hosted by Belong in Bristol's city centre, welcoming visiting schools from the far reaches of Southern England, to Northern Ireland.
We’re very excited about this year’s London Games Festival, which is going to the biggest and best yet when it arrives in the city next month from 5 April to 15 April.
The London Games Festival is organised by Games London, a partnership between Ukie and the capital’s screen industries agency Film London, supported by the Mayor of London’s London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP).