Where games meet music, film, sports, fashion, technology, the metaverse…
Following the success earlier this year of the first Beyond Games Summit, Steel Media is proud to launch its new online hub, BeyondGames.biz, which will explore the evolution of gaming and the transformational impact of interactive media on the creative world.
The site is one of the first to bring together every sector within the creative industries and explore the ways in which they can learn from each other.
The global videogames market has changed. The tools, technologies and techniques, which were created and pioneered within the world of gaming are transforming the future of the whole creative world.
Every aspect of the creative industries are increasingly interactive: film, TV, sports, marketing, music, fashion, and other sectors all have huge global presence, as well as their own sub-sectors, audiences, business models, best practice and even language. Digital and interactive technology may be the underlying infrastructure, but bringing such eclectic and established industries together will be challenging.
BeyondGames.biz will offer a platform and channel to chart the ongoing evolution of our converged future, which will bring together the artists, the innovators, the creators, the business leaders and those who are pushing back the boundaries of our new converged future.
Games, screen, music, sport, literature, fashion are converging…
The site will cover the latest news – the deals, the funding, the partnerships, and the launches, which are shaping the future of our creative world. It will feature analysis and editorial from business leaders, creators, technologists, and futurists. It will bring together the pioneers building the metaverse, and explore the convergence of games with film, TV, sport, fashion, marketing, music and more. It will offer readers from every background insight into the interactive world.
Tony Pearce, the founder and CEO of Reality Gaming Group, said:
“I’m so excited about Beyond Games and proud to be a partner. It’s great to see an event and publication that explore the future of interactive entertainment at a time when boundaries between content types are increasingly blurred. At Reality Gaming Group our vision is to create new games & entertainment that harness the blockchain and NFTs, bringing fun new experiences to audiences across many devices. Beyond Games is essential for everyone in this space.”
“We’re pleased to be a launch sponsor of Beyond Games as the interactive entertainment landscape continues to grow and adapt,” said Chris Cataldi, co-founder and COO of Genvid Technologies. “As our recent Rival Peak project with Facebook illustrated, cloud-based interactive offerings have the potential to significantly expand the definition of interactive entertainment and attract the broadest possible audiences to engage in all-new experiences.”
Dave Bradley, the COO of Steel Media said, “We have been running Beyond Games tracks at several of our other events over the last year or more and it became clear very quickly that there is a huge appetite for this type of content that stretches far beyond the games sector.
“Beyond Games is the first online channel, which will cover the impact of digital tools and virtual worlds on the creative industries, as well as highlighting the pioneering work taking place to build this new converged future.
We’ll be offering news, analysis and insight into this incredible new future. From mapping the metaverse, to transformative transmedia, Beyond Games aims to be a catalyst for change and an active agent in the ongoing evolution of the digital future.”
BeyondGames.biz is part of the Steel Media Network, which also includes Pocket Gamer, Blockchain Gamer, PC Games Insider and more. The company runs a series of successful events based around these titles, with a dedicated Beyond Games conference held in May 2021 and a sequel planned for November 2021.
Kinetix Announces New AI Features
Kinetix, the AI startup bringing emotes to video games and virtual worlds, announced major advances in the generative AI technology powering its platform; including an updated AI model for motion extraction from videos, and an AI tool that applies a predefined motion to any animation in one click.
Traditionally, 3D animation has been an expensive and time-consuming process involving trained 3D experts, and specialist software and hardware. This is no different for emotes – animations that express emotion – which Kinetix is best known for pioneering. Its video-to-animation AI and no-code editing tools streamline the process for professionals such as game developers, and open up the creation of 3D animations to anyone. Kinetix emotes can be used with any avatar, within any video game or virtual world.
The new Kinetix tools have been released as part of version 2.0 of the Kinetix platform and feature a new generation of algorithms for motion extraction from videos, creating better results in terms of posture, translations, and grounding. The second key element is style transfer filters, an AI tool that applies a predefined motion to any animation, enabling users to create more expressive emotes. The first style transfer filters available are “Robot” and “Drunk” – animations which need little explanation – and the library of filters will be constantly added to.
Henri Mirande, CTO and co-founder at Kinetix, said: “With so much debate recently on generative AI’s potential to streamline and democratize creative processes, we’re proud to announce these advances in our custom AI model. They mean that we can now more accurately extract complex motions from video content – such as backflips, parkour, or sprinting up a flight of stairs. We have also found that a large number of our users enjoy creating animations from a pre-existing library rather than uploading their own videos. Our AI-powered style transfer filters can be used to enhance both custom-generated and stock animations, adding more fun and humor into the mix.”
Kinguin Celebrates 15 Million Registered Users
Kinguin, the world’s first digital marketplace, has revealed its latest milestone of serving 15 million registered users on the platform worldwide, an increase of 50% since the end of 2020. The milestone is a reflection of the demand for players to purchase digitally and is signified by growth to over 150,000 digital offerings on the Kinguin digital and NFT marketplace.
To celebrate the announcement of 15 million registered users, Kinguin has revealed insights into user preferences including:
- The top selling games of 2022 on the platform in order, led by; Elden Ring, FIFA 23, God of War, Ready or Not and Total War Warhammer III
- Location of users include 21.5% in Germany and 15.9% from USA with over 60% of total users from Europe
- The largest age group on the platform is 18-24 with registered users in this category equalling 42.4%, 27% between 25-34, 14.9% between 35-44 and 15.7% 45 and over.
Kinguin continues its exponential growth having launched its NFT marketplace in May 2022 and launched the first ever esports tournament bringing back legendary pro-players, Kinguin Legends. Kinguin also launched Kinguin Cares to support esports players and their families affected by the war in Ukraine, offering accommodation to Ukrainians and their families free of charge at the Kinguin Esports Performance Center (EPC) in Warsaw. To date, it has hosted almost 30 people, and its doors are still open to Ukrainian people in need of support.
Robert Kalbarczyk, Chief Executive Officer at Kinguin said: “I would like to thank all our users around the world for their constant trust in Kinguin. 15 million milestone is amazing, especially with the 50% increase in users globally since 2021. That proves that our business is going in the right direction. Our vision is to be the world’s most open digital entertainment playground where everybody plays, and we truly mean it.”
Made-in-India Battle Royale Indus Gameplay Trailer Revealed via London Takeover, Pre-Registrations Live Now
Leading Indian game developer SuperGaming has revealed the first gameplay trailer for its upcoming Indo-Futuristic battle royale Indus to celebrate India’s Republic Day of January 26, 2023.
To launch the gameplay trailer, the company released a series of high-impact takeovers across the biggest locations in London. This is in line with SuperGaming’s vision of putting India on the global gaming map much like its previous Indus trailer launch at New York’s Times Square to mark India’s Independence Day of August 15, 2022.
“As we’ve been making Indus and seeing its gameplay evolve over the year, we wanted to share it with the rest of the world,” says SuperGaming co-founder and CEO Roby John. “This gameplay trailer is for the Indus community the world over that may not have been able to play it with us and to show off the true scale of battle royale that we want you to have when the game is out.”
The trailer entices players to discover, loot, and win on Virlok — the game’s island map, all while showcasing Indus’ weapons, Paragons (the game’s character skins), and traversal. It also highlights multiple locations and firefights with an intent of showing the scope and size of the battle royale experience SuperGaming aims to provide.
You can check out the trailer right here:
Indus Pre-Registration Details
Pre-registrations for Indus are now live on the Google Play Store for Android with pre-registrations on the App Store for iOS and iPadOS to follow soon. Pre-registering early will get you exclusive surprises that will make your experience of Indus truly your own.
You can pre-register now for Indus via the Google Play Store.
In the run up to Indus’ release date, SuperGaming will have multiple community playtests through the year. The last community playtest was held at Comic Con Bengaluru which was met with a tremendous response from the community, on an average being overbooked by 50 percent for each playtest slot. Players will be able to share their thoughts on various aspects of the game and impact the direction of how SuperGaming crafts its most ambitious title yet.
The first Indus Community Playtest for 2023 will be revealed soon.
For more on Indus, check out the developer blog as YouTube, Discord, Twitter, and
Instagram for the latest behind-the-scenes updates.
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