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Jagex celebrates best of British talent by partnering with design school Central Saint Martins

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New line of limited-edition Jagex inspired merchandise and products to include
consumable, tech and convenience items

Leading UK games publisher and developer Jagex, has joined forces with graduates from world-renowned arts and design college Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, to create a new line of limited-edition Jagex inspired merchandise and products.

Best known for RuneScape and Old School Runescape, two of the world’s most successful and legendary online games, Jagex has partnered with Central Saint Martins to add a new spin to its own brand as it continues to scale, and to show its support for both the British design industry and for its international graduates.

The brief challenged graduates of the Central Saint Martins BA Product Design course to create a range of products that are in-line with the company’s core values of community collaboration, scientific creativity and courage for change while simultaneously leveraging the iconic Jagex logo as inspiration. Graduates were offered the opportunity to submit ideas across a range of consumables, clothing, tech, convenience and vanity items.

Six products were chosen from the four designers who were invited to pitch their ideas, with those designs ultimately moving into production. These included the Choc Bloc, a chocolate selection cast in the style of colourful building blocks to assemble into playful architectural combinations; a coffee dripper and jug designed to evoke a computer loading symbol and the Jagex logo; the Infinite Light decorative candle and incense holder; an articulated lamp; and a wireless phone charger.

Jagex CEO Phil Mansell said: “Jagex has a long history in game design, and so we are thrilled to have been able to partner with Central Saint Martins, especially at a time when the arts have been severely impacted by the pandemic. Not only does this collaboration allow us to champion the British design industry, it gives us a platform to communicate the strength of two well-known and respected globally iconic brands which, independently, continue to move the needle in their respective sectors. We are really impressed with how these extremely talented graduates approached this challenge, helping Jagex to evolve in a fresh, new way which marries perfectly with the strategy we have adopted to develop our community-driven core games.” 

BA Product Design Course Leader Paul DeAth added: “Working with Jagex has provided a unique opportunity to see into the changing nature of the wider games industry, and how the values held there can inform design beyond the usual gaming merchandise. As the games industry continues to grow in prestige, we hope to see more opportunities like this, which offer an emerging generation of engaged students a better chance to engage with the space.”

The full details of the range will be revealed soon, with a selection from the range of chosen designs made available for general purchase in limited numbers via Jagex’s own store page from 2022, starting from £12 per unit. 

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BetGames Will Start Accepting Fasttoken (FTN) as a Supported Cryptocurrency

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BetConstruct is pleased to announce that BetGames, the leading provider of premium gaming solutions, is planning to add FTN to the list of supported cryptocurrencies.

FTN is the official cryptocurrency of the Fastex ecosystem as well as the adopted cryptocurrency of the leading betting and gaming software provider BetConstruct.

The inclusion of FTN in BetGames’s supported cryptocurrencies will start from January 26th.

To learn more details about FTN, feel free to visit the website www. fasttoken .com.

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Game Wave Festival invites everyone to watch the live broadcast of Nordic Game Discovery Contest Grand Finals!

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Game Wave Festival announces that it will broadcast Nordic Game Discovery Contest (NGDC) Grand Finals November 28 at 19:00 – EET (18:00). Everyone can join for free on Nordic Game Vimeo channel and Game Wave Festival YouTube channel.

Three days left to the Game Wave Festival and those who are not in the travel mood, can join online sessions as well as have the opportunity for one-on-one meetings. Register with Black Friday 30% off promo code (WHITEFRIDAY) at https://www.gamewave.eu/ and meet 35+ speakers who will share the knowledge on various gaming industry relevant topics.

In addition to that, on-site and online participants will be able to join Panel Discussions, Workshops and Nordic Game Discovery Contest Grand Finals. Right after NGDC Grand Finals kicks off the Game Night – Open Microphone event. Everyone will have a chance to go in front and present a game, service or talk about actual topics! See the full agenda here: https://www.gamewave.eu/agenda

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SuperGaming and Google Cloud Collaborate to Empower Game Developers with a SuperPlatform

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Leading Indian game developer SuperGaming has chosen Google
Cloud to bring its best-in-class live-ops engine, SuperPlatform, to game developers the world
over. This will empower game developers to make better games with battle-tested cloud
infrastructure that currently powers all of SuperGaming’s efforts. This includes PAC-MAN, which
has more than one billion downloads across all storefronts, and its multiplayer shooter
MaskGun, which has more than 65 million players.

SuperPlatform will run on Google Cloud and will enable game developers to manage live ops,
matchmaking, player progression, player data, analytics, monetization systems, server scaling,
sales, and merchandising. It also integrates with popular game development platforms.

“The SuperPlatform is at the core of what makes our games tick,” says Roby John, CEO and
co-founder, SuperGaming. “It’s been made by game developers, for game developers, and after
years of iteration, finesse, and supporting some marquee games like PAC-MAN, we felt it’s the
right time to share it with more game developers. Google Cloud’s reach, technical expertise, and
best-in-class infrastructure made it an obvious choice as our partner to bring this to market.”

SuperPlatform is a SaaS (software as a service) and will be an ISV (independent software
vendor) running on Google Cloud, which provides secure, scalable, and sustainable
infrastructure that will enable more game developers to access SuperPlatform at scale.

“Gaming is a big focus for Google Cloud. We have scaled our global investments in this space
and are excited about the response we are getting from the market. ” says Bikram Singh Bedi,
managing director, Google Cloud India. “Advancements like the SuperPlatform are welcome
additions to an ever-evolving ecosystem. With Google Cloud’s infrastructure that enables
developers to build at scale and SuperGaming’s pedigree in gaming, we can really drive impact
and innovation and see more games come out of India.”

“By working closely with Google Cloud engineers and SDKs, a lot of our initial friction was
eased,” says Navneet Singh Waraich, chief technology officer and co-founder, SuperGaming.
“One key for us and our SuperPlatform customers is choice, and the ability to migrate our entire
orchestration as needed for cost-effectiveness without disrupting the game client or server
integrations on the frontend. This was a major plus for choosing to build our current stack on
Google Cloud.”

In addition to this, upcoming SuperGaming titles such as Indo-Futuristic battle royale, Indus and
Tower Conquest Metaverse Edition will also run on Google Cloud.

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