ME TV goes live

The new video feature represents another rich new element of the Mobile Entertainment website, as the brand prepares for its online-only future.

ME TV will reside on the home page of the site, and will feature filmed interviews with senior industry figures on the big issues of the day.

The first series, sponsored by Amdocs and produced in association with Mobile Industry Review, is entitled ‘tackling the data capacity crunch’.

It will focus on the deluge of traffic currently running across the mobile networks, the problems this is causing and possible remedies.

To kick off, ME speaks to Jonathan Earle, head of consumer marketing at O2 UK. Earle was part of the team the devised the new data tariffs that signaled the end of flat-rate data for O2 customers.

He speaks about the pressure placed on the network by streaming video and other data-hungry applications, and outlines the thinking behind the new plans.

You can watch the full Jonathan Earle interview here.

If you would like more information on how service providers can deal with the capacity crunch, Amdocs has made available a white paper on the subject. You can download it for free here.

In the coming weeks, we will broadcast more interviews, with Sky, RIM and others.

Big names headline London Games Conference

Luminaries from some of the most innovative and important companies in the games market have been confirmed for the London Games Conference on Thursday, November 4th.

The event, which takes place at BAFTA, Piccadilly, will examine the challenges in an industry that is being driven more than ever before by digital distribution, online play, social networks and the concept of ‘games as a service’, not shifting boxed product into the High Street.

A full list of speakers can be found below.

Screen Digest will also be presenting exclusive new data at the conference. And Ed Vaizey, the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, will deliver a closing address. The exact schedule, including sessions chaired by MCV editor-in-chief Michael French, former Sony Worldwide Studios boss Phil Harrison and Eurogamer TV’s Johnny Minkley, will be published soon.

“We’re delighted at the calibre of speakers and panellists that we’ve brought together for the second London Games Conference – and with the support we’ve received from UKIE, the London Games Festival and Screen Digest,” commented Stuart Dinsey, managing director of event organiser Intent Media.

“The end result will be a conference that delivers a unique set of insights into the issues that are currently challenging all parts of the business.”

A limited number of delegate spaces are available, but the early bird £229 rate runs out on Thursday, September 23rd. Contact Jodie.Holdway@intentmedia.co.uk to attend.

The event is supported by platinum sponsor IGN, and gold sponsors The Hut, AGI,  InComm and Virgin Gaming.

London Games Conference will run from 5pm to 8pm and is followed by a networking dinner and drinks.

LOOK WHO’S TALKING

Speakers and panelists attending London Games Conference to talk about their digital experiences include:

* Heiko Hubertz – Founder and CEO, Bigpoint
* Shuji Utsumi
– CEO, Q Entertainment
* Ben Cousins
– Executive Producer, EA Dice
* Kristian Segerstrale
– CEO, Playfish
* Dave Perry
– Co-Founder and CEO, Gaikai
* Phil Harrison
– Co-Founder and General Partner, London Venture Partners
* Chris Petrovic
– SVP and GM, GameStop Digital Ventures
* Ian Chambers
– International Vice President, Direct2Drive
* David Reeves
– COO, Capcom Europe
* Floris Jan Cuypers
– Business Development Director, Spil Games

Games Media Awards finalists revealed

Over 300 of you made in excess of 2,000 nominations – and the result is a fascinating list of finalists in this year’s Games Media Awards.

The next level of judging will now be done by a panel drawn from the full gamut of the video games media itself, plus selected industry PR execs.

The winners will be revealed and acclaimed at the new home of the GMAs, the Bloomsbury Ballroom, on Thursday, October 14th.

The night will also see the crowning of a new Games Media Legend, following on from last year’s chosen one, Pat Garratt.

A limited number of Trade Tickets are available for £50 – contact Kathryn.Humphrey@intentmedia.co.uk for details, or download, fill in and return this booking form.

Games Magazine
* Edge
* Games TM
* Official PlayStation Magazine
* PC Zone
* Retro Gamer
* PC Gamer
* Official Nintendo Magazine

Games Website
* Incgamers
* CVG
* Videogamer.com
* IGN
* Eurogamer
* Nowgamer

Rising Star
* Martin Gaston – Videogamer.com
* Dave Cook – NowGamer
* Martin Robinson – IGN
* David Brown – PC Zone
* Rich McCormick – PC Gamer
* Tom Pakinkis – CVG
* Neon Kelly – Videogamer.com

Specialist Writer, Print
* Jon Blyth – Freelance
* Matt Handrahan – Games TM
* Matthew Castle – Ngamer
* Gillen McAllister – Official Xbox
* Tom Francis – PC Gamer
* Alex Wiltshire – Edge

Specialist Writer, Online
* Christian Donlan – Freelance/Eurogamer
* Neon Kelly – Videogamer.com
* Dan Howdle – NowGamer
* Simon Parkin – Freelance
* Tim Ingham – CVG
* Ellie Gibson – Eurogamer
* David Houghton – Games Radar

Coverage by a National Newspaper Brand
* The Guardian
* The Daily Telegraph
* The Observer
* The Sun
* The News of the World

Coverage by a Mainstream Magazine Brand
* Shortlist
* Nuts
* Wired
* Zoo
* Front

Regional Games Columnist
* Dave Cook – The Scotsman
* Steve Wollaston – Sunday Mercury
* Dan Slingsby – Games Addict
* Ian Crump – Southern Daily Echo
* Scott Munro – Scottish Daily Record

Games Broadcast/Podcast
* Rampage – Radio 1Xtra
* OneLifeLeft – Resonance FM
* FirstPlay – Future
* Eurogamer podcast
* Johnny Minkley – Radio 1
* SentUAMessage – Inside Xbox
* The Blyth Report – IGN

Games Blog
* VG247
* Ready Up
* Daily Girl Attack Panic Super – HD Remix
* Guardian Games Blog
* Gamesbrief
* Rock Paper Shotgun

Sourcebook 2010 online now

The latest edition of the most comprehensive guide to the European games and interactive industries, Sourcebook 2010, is now available in both print and online.

Offering an indispensable guide to agencies, service providers, games studios, distributors and more, it is available via the dedicated Sourcebook website and a digital version of the print book that can be read online and downloaded on Issuu.

The circulation for the print product stands at 20,000 copies.

“We launched the Sourcebook almost ten years ago now, having recognised that there was a need for a dedicated directory of service and ancillary companies,” Intent Media managing director Stuart Dinsey stated

“In 2010 the Sourcebook has become the bible for the European games industry, covering more sectors and companies than ever before. And our new website and digital edition means that even more people will be able to access the Sourcebook than before.”

To find out more about getting involved in Sourcebook in 2011 contact Rob.Baker@intentmedia.co.uk or call 01992 535647.

ME iPhone app available now


The ME iPhone app
(iTunes link), sponsored by Qualcomm, distills the contents of the ME website and reproduces it in a richer and more flexible fashion than a mobile browsing session.

Its main features include:

* Up to the minute news content arranged  chronologically and by category
* Customisable home page to allow users to personalise according to their industry specialism
* Fully searchable news archive
* Industry event listings
* The ability to save favourite articles for offline reading
* Sharing via Facebook and Twitter

Stuart Dinsey, MD of ME’s publisher Intent Media, said: "The development of the iPhone app is another important milestone for the brand.

"ME is the mobile content exec’s premier source of news and analysis – so it goes wherever its readers go."

The app launch is part of ME’s ongoing mission to inform its readers, and to act as a community ‘hub’.

This evolution has also seen ME expand into the events space via the Monetising Mobile conference brand. Our second event, on emerging markets, is scheduled for September 28th.

Meanwhile the Meet-Up networking events continue to bring the industry together. The next one is set for September 20th, sponsored by InMobi.

And then there is the ME Awards, now into its sixth year. This year’s sell-out event takes place on November 28th.

The iPhone app is available now as a free download right now from the Apple App Store. Just click here if you have an iPhone.

If you have another kind of smartphone, don’t be alarmed. We’re working on versions of the ME app for other platforms, beginning with Android.

The richer interaction delivered to reader by the iPhone app extends to advertisers too. To find out more, contact Katy Grant on +44 (0) 1992 535 647 or email
katy.grant@intentmedia.co.uk

MCV to launch on iPad

The E3 edition of MCV will launch as a special iPad app next month, kick-starting a brand new digital edition strategy for the leading games industry publication.

Available from June 11th, the interactive version of MCV arrives just days after the UK roll out of the Apple device.

Leading video game accessories brand Logic 3 is sponsoring the iPad edition of MCV throughout June.

Apple launched the iPad in the US at the start of April – the tablet has since sold over 1m units in the territory.

The UK version arrives on May 28th, and rolls out in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and Switzerland at the same time. Since launch iPad has sold over 12 million apps through its App Store, as well as over 1.5 million ebooks from the new iBookstore as users start to consume the printed word in different ways.

MCV’s iPad app will be a digital version of the weekly magazine. Along with our authoritative news, features and product coverage, it will contain video segments and various ways to read the magazine.

“Launching on iPad is part of our on-going commitment to making MCV content available on all devices,” said Intent Media MD Stuart Dinsey.

“This digital edition will bring to life our print edition, with rich media options and even wider UK and international circulation.

“Our established PC digital edition will also be relaunched at the same time.”

MCV AWARDS 2010: Trade hails the very best

Over 650 retailers, publishers, developers and distributors jammed into The Brewery in London to see 60 firms compete for key accolades at last night’s MCV Industry Excellence Awards.

The big winner was Microsoft. Xbox took home both the Sales Team prize and the prestigious Grand Prix.

The format-holder has driven 360 forward by championing key third-party titles, working closely with retail, and it heavily backed 2009’s biggest title, Modern Warfare 2.

In fact Activision, MW2’s publisher, took home the most prizes, winning Game Campaign for Modern Warfare 2 and overall Games Publisher.

The Retail Advisory Board Special Recognition Award went to its UK senior sales director Roy Stackhouse, recognised for Activision’s faultless delivery of MW2, the biggest day one ship and no street date worries.

HMV was the big winner in the retail category. Winning Star Store for its 360 Oxford Street and the overall High Street Chain prize were well deserved after 12 months that has seen the chain seriously grow market share and continue to ramp up both its range offer and in-store Gamerbase services.

Other retail winners were Asda (Supermarket), Grainger Games (Independent Retailer), and Play.com (Online Retailer).

All of which meant GAME missed out in every category it was nominated – the first time the firm has gone home empty-handed from the MCV Awards.

Elsewhere, Just Dance helped Ubisoft scoop two prizes – New Games Brand and Sales Triumph.

Nintendo also won two,  Trade Marketing Team and Marketing Team. But for the first time in four years it lost out on the PR Team award, which went to Sega. The PR prize was voted for especially by a panel of 150 journalists.

Other marketing winners were Sony’s Game Is Just The Start campaign taking Game Creative, while Mad Catz won the inaugural Peripherals & Accessories Brand award.

Meanwhile, champions in lynchpin sectors development and distribution were also honoured. Centresoft won the Distribution Team prize, and Rocksteady Studios the UK Development Team award.

A judging panel of 76 senior industry executives from across the entire market chose the winners from a set of Finalists per category.

 

 

THE WINNERS IN FULL

RETAIL

Star Store
HMV (360 Oxford Street)

Online Retailer
Play.com

Independent Retailer
Grainger Games

High Street Chain
HMV

Supermarket
ASDA

PEOPLE & INDUSTRY

Sales Triumph
Just Dance (Ubisoft)

UK Development Team
Rocksteady Studios

Sales Team
Microsoft

Distribution Team
Centresoft

Games Publisher
Activision

PR & MARKETING

Peripherals & Accessories Brand
Mad Catz

Game Creative
Game Is Just The Start (Sony)

New Games Brand
Just Dance (Ubisoft)

Trade Marketing Team
Nintendo

PR Team
Sega

Game Campaign
Modern Warfare 2 (Activision)

Marketing Team
Nintendo

SPECIAL AWARDS

Retail Advisory Board Special Recognition Award
Roy Stackhouse, Activision

Grand Prix
Microsoft

Develop Awards 2010 lobbying now open

Lobbying is now open for the 2010 Develop Industry Excellence Awards.

The awards take place on July 14th at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Brighton and 500 industry execs are expected to attend the event, which is now in its eighth year.

Studios from the UK and Europe can put themselves forward for hotly contested prizes including Best New IP, Visual Arts, Technical Innovation, Best In-House Studio and many others. Other returning prizes include Best New Engine, Creative Outsourcing and Services.

New for this year is Best Micro Studio, an award designed to recognise the increasing number of small scale studios with 10 or fewer staff working on original download IPs.

We’ve also reduced the prices for tables and tickets to make the event as accessible as possible.

Early bird prices, for those tickes or tables booked on or before June 7th, are:Gold Table of 10 – £1,975 + VAT; Standard Table of 10 – £1,750 + VAT; and Single Seats – £175 + VAT.

To book your place at the event contact Kathryn.Humphrey@intentmedia.co.uk, or download the booking form  – which can be downloaded here.

There are a number of excellent promotional possibilities at the event that include category and award sponsorship. Contact Katie.Rawlings@intentmedia.co.uk for more information on how you can get involved.

Meanwhile, we’ve posted up the full guide to the event, all of the awards up for grabs and how you can lobby for consideration – click here to read it.

But in short: anyone in the games industry can put forward their studio, services or technology firm for the awards – or suggest companies they think should win. Simply send a 300 word lobbying pitch to developawards@intentmedia.co.uk.

DEVELOP AWARDS 2010

 

CREATIVITY
Best New IP
Best Use of a Licence or IP
Visual Arts
Audio Accomplishment
Publishing Hero

TECHNOLOGY & SERVICES
Technical Innovation
Best Tools Provider
Best Engine
Creative Outsourcing
Services
Recruitment Company

STUDIOS
Best New Studio
Business Development
Best Handheld Studio
Best Micro Studio
Best In-House Studio
Best Independent Studio

SPECIAL RECOGNITION
Development Legend
Grand Prix
(Winners for these awards are chosen by the Develop team after soundings from the industry)

NEWBAY MEDIA AND INFOCOMM ANNOUNCE DIGITAL SIGNAGE 2010

NEW YORK, NY (February 2, 2010) — NewBay Media and InfoComm have partnered together to launch Digital Signage 2010, a complimentary, innovative virtual conference for digital signage professionals, featuring a program of conference sessions with live Q&A, keynotes, vendor presentations, exhibit booths with supplier/buyer interaction, downloadable reference material, lounge for idea exchange and social networking.

Digital Signage 2010 is a one-day event that will take place on April 22, 2010 from 10 am EST to 6 pm EST. It will be conducted exclusively online, and is free of charge to all attendees who register and supply their demographic information. It will also be available for post-event consumption.

The event will also include a virtual lounge that serves as the place to connect with colleagues to discuss the latest developments in the industry. Plus, there will be a series of scheduled chats on pertinent topics led by InfoComm educators and the edit

New Mobile Entertainment conference to address apps space

Monetising Mobile: How To Make Apps Pay Their Way takes place on Wednesday May 26th at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London.

It will address the huge commercial opportunity available to content providers, brands and media companies in the exciting mobile apps sector.

"The app store era has changed everything. But it’s still not clear how to make money in the space," said Tim Green, executive editor of Mobile Entertainment. "At Monetising Mobile we’ll have senior speakers discussing real-world commercial solutions – from the newest ad formats to in-app billing ideas and discovery engines."

In addition to compelling presentations, Monetising Mobile will offer guaranteed networking with speakers plus an informal dinner.

At £199 (early bird price, before April 1st), Monetising Mobile is also under half the price of most comparable events.

The single day event is being run by Intent Media, which publishes Mobile Entertainment, MCV, Develop, Licensing.biz, PC Retail and CasualGaming.Biz.

Sales and sponsorship opportunities are available now.

For more information about speaking opportunities contact: Tim.Green@intentmedia.co.uk or call +44 (0)1992 535646.

For sponsorship opportunities contact: Katy.Grant@intentmedia.co.uk or call
+44 (0)1992 535647.

For ticket bookings contact Jodie.Holdway@intentmedia.co.uk or call
+44 (0)1992 535647.