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Gamers’ Delight: GameFly Launches New Subscription Offerings and Console Drop Notifications

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GameFly is rolling out several new tiers and offerings for gaming and movie fans everywhere. From budget-friendly to the works, GameFly’s new plans give gamers access to the entertainment they crave at a range of price points. One important thing will remain the same, however: GameFly’s Standard Subscription will stay at the same price, even as the service’s offerings improve.

“GameFly is listening to our customers,” says GameFly President Tim Hinsley. “We’re committed to constantly improving our service and offerings to our members. We are especially glad that we are able to do this without having to increase our standard plan price,” something the company has avoided for more than ten years.

GameFly is offering more ways to access games and entertainment than ever before. Though still focused on games and gamers, GameFly is expanding its movie/DVD service with new movies-only subscription tiers. The Elite level of movies-only membership gives members access to 4K discs, a much loved format that’s become increasingly hard to rent, as retail rental outlets close. (GameFly is now the only online reservation option for fans of 4K.)

Gamefly’s main focus, as always, remains games and gamers. It has unveiled a new Elite tier for its gaming members, with additional perks, and a Budget tier for the cost-conscious (the Elite and Standard tier game plans also include 4K disc availability). To help members take full advantage of the service’s members-only PS5 and Xbox Series X console sales, GameFly has just launched an email registration page, just for subscribers looking to purchase next generation consoles. (More info here.)

“We’ve been taking multiple steps this year to meet our members’ needs, starting with our GameLock feature, which for the first time, offered members a guaranteed rental,” explains GameFly Marketing Director Joe Slepski. “Secondly, we’ve shouldered more inventory costs on our side, by increasing our inventory on almost all games across the board. This breaks from the traditional rental model going back over 40 years, where 1:1 fulfilment was not possible. Additionally, we’ve added more service levels, giving members even more control on how we fit into their gaming styles.”

About GameFly Subscriptions:

GameFly has thousands of new releases and classics available to rent for Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS5, PS4, PS3, PS Vita, Switch, Wii U, and 3DS, as well as older systems, as well as 4k, Blu-ray and DVDs. GameFly members can rent as many console and handheld games as they wish, delivered to their mailbox for one monthly fee. Members can keep games they love for a low used price. There are never any due dates or late fees.

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Bacta to host Social Responsibility Exchange in November

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Bacta will host its annual Social Responsibility Exchange at the County Hall in London on Thursday 22nd November, the trade body announced today. The event will provide members with an opportunity to share best practice tactics and strategies around Social Responsibility.

The event will be introduced by Elizabeth Speech, chair of bacta’s Social Responsibility Committee. YGAM and GamCare will also be speaking at the event alongside Social Responsibility updates from the Gambling Commission.

Bacta Membership, SR and Compliance Manager Russell Edge said: “Our Social Responsibility Exchange will allow members to hear crucial updates on Social Responsibility from the likes of the Gambling Commission, YGAM and GamCare.

“The day-long event will also provide a structured forum for discussion around the tactics and strategies bacta members are employing across the country.

“Ultimately, we hope members leave the event knowing more about Social Responsibility and having exchanged their knowledge where they can.”

 

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Massive News for the Esports Industry with Potential Inclusion in the Commonwealth Games

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Esports is one of the fastest growing industries in the world and there’s no limit to how big it could become. It’s already breached a valuation of $1 billion, and it’s expected to grow to $13.05 billion by 2025.

One of the greatest indicators that competitive gaming is going mainstream is the fact that it has been recognised by the Commonwealth Games. Indeed, it is expected to be included when the event takes place in Victoria in 2026.

Test Run Has Already Taken Place

A few years ago, the thought of seeing Esports at the Commonwealth Games would have been laughable. Now, it is a realistic prospect. It was recently reported that a dry run of the Commonwealth Esports Championships was held in Birmingham, England, at the 2022 Commonwealth Games to see if this type of competitive action could be included as an official event in 2026. It went well and garnered positive feedback from the people involved.

The Victoria edition of the Commonwealth Games is set to take place in 2026, with 16 sports already confirmed. However, the organisers are hoping to add more to the schedule with Esports being strongly considered. Competitive gaming has proven to be a popular spectator sport, with more people tuning in to watch it every year. By 2026, there could be close to a billion people watching Esports, meaning that it would be a popular inclusion at a major event.

Esports has been referred to as the “new sporting frontier,” and it wouldn’t be surprising to see it gaining even more credibility in the next decade. Even the world’s biggest traditional sports had to start somewhere. Football and cricket are now well-established and loved the world over, and there’s nothing stopping Esports from following a similar trajectory.

How Will This Affect Related Industries?

With the Commonwealth Games set to take place in Australia next time, the country could be in a prime position to capitalise on the inclusion of Esports. Part of the success of competitive gaming up to this point has been thanks to related industries pushing it, along with big name companies striking sponsorship deals. Australian companies, therefore, will most certainly seek to capitalise in 2026.

The betting industry was built around traditional sports, and it is now a behemoth industry around the world. In Australia, online betting is so popular that there are countless sites vying for bettors’ attention. Indeed, there are so many to sift through that people turn to comparison sites that list the best ones based on their offers and ratings. Bettors simply scroll through and then click a link to be taken directly to a site.

Many of these online sportsbooks are already offering eSports betting, and the number of markets available is only set to rise in the future. When the Commonwealth Games rolls around, betting sites could benefit from special offers. They may also start to have a greater focus on Esports, thus drawing more attention to the competitive gaming industry.

Esports at the Commonwealth Games isn’t just huge news for the industry itself, but it’s a great move for related industries. Australian companies are set to benefit in 2026, with the betting industry being in a particularly strong position to take advantage.

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Nigma Galaxy female CS:GO Champions: New docu-series follows rise to becoming champions

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This Sunday 14th, Nigma Galaxy is set to release the first episode of their new docu-series, Jiggy Biggy Best: A CS:GO Story, which follows their hugely successful female CS:GO team and their journey to becoming champions at two major tournaments this year.

The first instalment of the series will be launching on Nigma Galaxy’s YouTube channel at 1pm CEST on Sunday. You can find more information below, in case the team’s story would be of interest to your editorial plan:

  • Fans will get a behind the scene glimpse into the female Nigma Galaxy CS:GO team preparing for two of the biggest tournaments of their careers – ESL Impact League Season 1 in Dallas to the stand-alone ESL Impact tournament in Valencia
  • The docu-series also offers an exclusive peek into the teams journey to the top – their training regime, team cohesion and a deeper dive into the world of female esports
  • Uncover the dedication and support Nigma Galaxy have placed on the competitive female esports scene, one of the fastest-growing sub-genres in the industry
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