SquareGo and Gamestation Team up In March

26 02 2009

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Edinburgh – 2009 SquareGo
, the jargon-free video game magazine has today secured a deal with games retail giant Gamestation that will see 25,000 readers able to get a free dose of videogames information from all 25 Scottish stores throughout March.

The announcement comes as the magazine gears up for its sixth issue, which will be its biggest and best yet, featuring  all-new Gamestation-sponsored release lists and new budget gamer guide ‘Bargain/Bin’. In its short six-month history, SquareGo has achieved a massive cult following online with its mix of jargon-free articles, off-beat humour and original features such as the insightful ‘Debate This!’ and retrospective ‘For the Love of…’ series.

Launching at the 2008 Edinburgh interactive Festival, the magazine pulls together many of Scotland’s best unsung heroes of gaming critique, including managing editor Josh Wilson who conceptualised and launched the publication from scratch and Games Media Award-winning features editor, Dave Cook.

Managing editor Josh Wilson said: “The editorial team are extremely excited at the prospect of our magazine being stocked by Gamestation. The chain successfully remedied the daunting game shopping experience for parents and casual gamers, young and old, with its charismatic and unique spin on the game store. I feel that this, coupled with SquareGo’s accessible and plain English content, we can speak out to their customers and keep them informed about gaming news in ways other, jargon-heavy magazines simply can’t.”

Gamestation’s Marketing Coordinator Dean Shaw said: “We are really excited to be supporting Square-Go. Being such avid gamers themselves, it was a natural fit and we are happy to offer our customers this great magazine!”

The magazine is now calling on companies to get in touch regarding advertisements. With highly competitive pricing structures and a readership of 25,000+ in March alone, the magazine urges all interested companies, even those out-with the gaming to get in touch early to secure their place.

For further advert space queries, please contact the sales team at sales@square-go.com

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For press information, please contact:
Dave Cook / 0131 557 2183 / 07525358281 / fastrez@gmail.com
Josh Wilson / 07929381197 / josh@square-go.com

About SquareGo

The newest independent gaming magazine, catering for gamers of all backgrounds and skill levels. Distancing itself from using technical terms and jargon, stockist and reader feedback since the publication’s launch in August 2008 has been superb.

Originally launching with a distribution of 3,500 free copies across Edinburgh, 5,000 copies currently make their way to over 25 entertainment retailers across the capital, Glasgow, Dundee, Perth and Sterling including Game, Gamestation, HMV, Blockbuster, Chips, indie stores and various pubs and cafes.

In February 2009, the magazine secured a deal with games retailer Gamestation, which will stock over 10,000 copies across all 25 Scottish stores throughout March 2009. The publication has its sights set on the wider UK audience with national interest in the print version hitting ever-growing peaks thanks to the internet-distributed digital edition being downloaded well over 2,000 times.

SquareGo’s website, www.square-go.com features additional daily news, reviews and features. Currently enjoying an average of 12,000 unique web hits a month, it has steadily built up a base of regular visitors.

Magazine content is also featured in the game section of free Scottish culture magazine The Skinny, currently enjoying a circulation of over 33,000 copies and 46,000 unique web hits per month. For more information, please visit www.theskinny.co.uk

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Dynamo Games – Now on Twitter

23 02 2009

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Calling all ‘Tweeters’, BAFTA award-winning mobile game and application developer Dynamo Games lets its new Twitter feed fly free today.

The next few months mark a hectic, yet exciting time in the developers history with four new titles in the works, including the much anticipated Football Tycoon, which places you in the shoes of a high-rolling football club owner. the game is up for an Independent Games Festival 2009 award for technical achievement, cramming a massive game into the relatively small Java-based format, the title offers budding club owners an expansive experience.

Will you play wisely and invest in local community schemes and youth training programmes or will you squander your hard-earned money at the race track in the hopes of getting just enough for that hot new signing?

Attending at this year’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco during March, the team, who won a prestigious BAFTA for their sterling work on Championship Manager Mobile have their sights set on more silverware to add to their already bustling trophy cabinet.

Make no mistake, Dundee-based Dynamo are a developer to watch, with plans to take their work to the Google Android format, you will be seeing a lot of them in future so get the inside story and get following them on Twitter today via their feed ‘dynamogames’





‘Tweeting’ marvellous! – It’s the edtwestival

13 02 2009

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Last night was definitely something of a first for many people. Venues across the UK played host to the first in what will no doubt be a long line of ‘Twestivals’. It really is a brilliant concept, where members of the ‘not quite a blog-not quite a networking site’ Twitter got together to meet face to face, some for the first time, despite having exchanged tweets for a long while.

To be honest, I had no idea what to expect, other than it was a charity event to raise funds for clean water pumps in Africa (I’m happy to add that they exceeded their quota for the evening!) and that there would be live music and an awful lot of tweeting.

A networking event at its core, patrons were given those stereotypical ‘Hi My Name Is…’ badges, but instead of your own name of course, you had your Twitter username, followed by instructions of how to tweet your interactions throughout the evening. Displayed in the venue’s main bar was a giant map of people’s interactions throughout the evening, who they met, when they met them, who met the most people (not ideal if you’re ‘billy-no-mates’)

Attendees could even tweet to the Twestival’s live feed, displayed on screens around the venue, people could comment on the evening’s events. Once the charity raffle had been drawn, the cries of ‘shenanigans’ started flooding in from tweeters, disgruntled that they were going home empty-handed.

The winning tickets were all orange and in the 300’s mind you……

Twestival is really a rare thing. The days of networking events full of cliques and people standing at opposite sides of the room are surely a thing of the past, as this event was cheerful and actively encouraging strangers to interact with Twitter as the platform.

Let’s hope the event regular and not just an annual occasion. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some tweeting to do…

(oh and incase you were wondering, my twitter username is davescook feel free to add me for video game news and PR tidbits)





Welcome aboard: Interactive Tayside

4 02 2009

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Ink Media has today secured Interactive Tayside as a client, starting with a premier release on behalf of member business, prominent marketing company Avian, which will be going out in the coming weeks.

At the heart of the digital media landscape in the region, Interactive Tayside is a key player in the sector, raising the profile of emerging and established companies.

We look forward to assisting the organisation with its media relations going forward. Please check back here regularly for news items, press releases and an insight into Interactive Tayside’s current activity.

Managing Director, Dave Cook

http://www.interactivetayside.com

About Interactive Tayside (source: http://www.interactivetayside.com/aboutus.cfm?page_ID=2)

Interactive Tayside is a partnership between public, private and academic sectors to develop and promote Tayside’s digital media industry. Digital media represents a key part of Tayside’s economy and through Interactive Tayside, a local delivery mechanism has been established that aims to build the digital media industry in the area, encourage higher levels of collaboration between businesses and with academia, develop new commercial opportunities and promote the high-quality skills and talents of the area’s digital media practitioners to a wide audience.

Historically, Tayside has always been a hot-bed of creative talent, particularly in the publishing, design and music industries and the area has always been renowned as a breeding ground for innovation and skills.

Today, Tayside continues to enjoy a vibrant and rapidly expanding cluster of businesses, organisations and individuals engaged in digital media and creative industries sectors. There are over 350 businesses operating in the area of digital media in Tayside, employing over 3,300 people and generating a combined annual turnover in excess of £185 million.  The sector has experienced growth in employment of 225% since the year 2000 and a further two thousand jobs are expected to be created in the sector within the next 3 years (by 2010).

The area’s 2 universities and 3 further education colleges carry out leading edge research and deliver innovative and high quality teaching across a wide range of digital media related subjects.  Every year, over 900 students, from over 50 different nationalities, graduate in digital media disciplines from the region’s higher and further education institutions.

Computer games and electronic entertainment, mobile platform development, software development, animation, graphic design, publishing and music and just some of the specialisms in which Tayside companies excel.

The region is home to many exciting digital media companies including Scotland’s largest games development studio, Realtime Worlds, BAFTA Award winning mobile development studio Dynamo Games, 2d and 3d animation studio, Ink Digital, and also the largest internet service provider in Scotland, ScotlandOnLine.  Tayside’s success stories in these industries are numerous.

Though Interactive Tayside, liason between businesses, academic institutions and support agencies is actively encouraged, creating a stimulating environment in which ‘start-ups’ and established companies alike can quickly translate ideas into commerical reality.

In addition to this informative, regularly updated website ofering all the latest news on Tayside’s digital media industry, Interactive Tayside offers a regular events programme; events that are free and open to everyone, covering a variety of topics relevant to the digital media industries and affording ample opportunity for attendees to network informally with like-minded individuals.  Be sure to sign up for our newsletter so as not to miss out on all of the region’s digital media news and invites to our events.

Enterprise is actively encouraged in Tayside by a flexible and dynamic support structure. Everything you need to develop your business or turn ideas into reality is available here from a variety of institutional and commerical sources. As you would expect from a centre with a renowned academic reputation, Research and Development and training and skills are thick on the ground for large and small businesses. With this support, Tayside continues to be a rich source of intellectual capital, media content and commercial opportunity.

The vision for the digital media industry in Tayside is to become ever more renowned for the standard of its creative and technical talents and skills, internationally recognised for the quality of its products and level of innovation, globally networked, and make an every increasing contribution to the economy of the Tayside area and Scotland as a whole – establishing Tayside further as an international centre of excellence in digital media.