Golden Joystick Awards: Winners Announced

October 28th, 2014 Posted by News No Comment yet

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Golden Joystick Awards: Winners Announced

Over Nine Million Votes Cast

Dark Souls II crowned Game of the Year

Metal Gear Solid series creator Hideo Kojima bestowed with

Lifetime Achievement award

DayZ, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft and Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag

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The Golden Joystick Awards presented by Green Man Gaming today rewarded the best of the best in international gaming. With over nine million votes cast, the Golden Joysticks once again proved, in its 32nd year, why it is the biggest award show in the world of gaming.

Dark Souls II was awarded the most prestigious gong of the afternoon – Game of the Year in association with Green Man Gaming. Following on from Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls, this is the third game in this hugely acclaimed series. An action RPG (role-player game), Dark Souls II was the resounding winner as voted for by the worlds gamers. With a perfect 10 rating from CVG when it was released back in March of this year, they described it as “…a near perfect amalgamation of its predecessors” and “… a landmark action RPG that is unforgettable for so many reasons”.

Lifetime Achievement recipient, Hideo Kojima is revered as one of the most influential and important people in the world of gaming. He has worked in the industry for almost 30 years and without him gaming as we know it would be a unrecognisable. Creator, director and writer of the ground-breaking Metal Gear Solid series, as well as the adventure games Snatcher and Policenauts, he also produced series’ Zone of Enders, Boktai and Castlevania: Lords of Shadows. Ken Levine was the inaugural recipient of the Lifetime Achievement in 2013.

On receiving the honour, Kojima said, “Thank you very much for presenting me with this prestigious Golden Joystick Award. To be recognised with this award means a huge amount to me.”

Open world zombie survival horror game DayZ, was the winner of Best Original Game and Best Indie Game, and was one of three that picked up two awards. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, the free-to-play digital collectable card game, picked up Best Online Game and Best Mobile Game, while Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag won Best Visual Design and Best Audio with the games creators, Ubisoft Montreal, also winning Studio of the Year.

Elsewhere in proceedings, Oculus Rift retained their Innovation of the Year crown, collecting the accolade again for their latest version the DK2. Most Wanted – which looks forward to game releases in the coming year – was won by The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, which was also exclusively revealed as part of the afternoons ceremony, and Gaming Personality of the Year was won by PewDiePie.

Andy Robinson, Editor – Golden Joysticks and CVG, says: “The Joysticks are the people’s awards and 2014’s winners entirely reflect the creativity and diversity of modern gaming. I’d like to thank everyone who voted for again joining us in celebration of a passionate and innovative medium that we all love.”

Declan Gough, Future’s Head of Content & Marketing, Film, Games & Music, says, “This year’s awards have been another triumph for both Future and the world of gaming. The fans have once again voted in their absolute masses with some categories literally coming down to the last hours of voting. The Joysticks have once again demonstrated the depth and quality of this market and something we are very proud to be part of.”

The Golden Joystick Awards full list of awards can be viewed here

For logos, B-Roll and press releases please go to – https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B5KmSmXeIMf9ZndkWVkyNTktR0U&usp=sharing

For more information please contact Ben Pester at Pester PR on +44 (0)7968 144 230 or ben@PesterPR.co.uk. Alternatively go to www.goldenjoystick.com

 

Future named online publisher most likely to be visited by UK males aged between 25 and 34

October 24th, 2014 Posted by News No Comment yet

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23/10/14 Future, the international media group and leading digital business, has been named the online publisher most likely to be visited by UK males ages 25 to 34.* According to comScore MMX Multi-Platform, males ages 25-34 are 97% more likely to visit Future compared to an average site.

Future has firmly established itself as the destination for news, reviews and how-to-guides for the technology, games, entertainment and creative industries; last month reaching 57.2m global uniques.

For example, around the iPhone 6 and iWatch launch, all Future traffic was up more than double, with mobile traffic rising fourfold. TechRadar also secured its highest ever traffic – hitting over 3.6m visits in one day.

Future’s Games portfolio has similarly established itself as the place for gaming fans to go – with GamesRadar consistently hitting 6.5m users a month. Online voting for the 2014 Golden Joystick Awards hit 1.5 million in just 3 weeks.

Zillah Byng-Maddick, Future’s Chief Executive, says: “This is a clear indication that Future’s outstanding and engaging content is making us the go-to online destination for men in the UK, we meet their needs and are trusted to provide entertaining insight.”

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*Source: comScore MMX Multi-Platform, Composition Index Unique Visitors June 2014, UK. Based on largest online publishers by Unique Visitors.

For further information please contact Gemma Combellack, Communications Executive, ongemma.combellack@futurenet.com or  020 7042 4036/07788 576505.

Future’s Technology Group announces new editors for Gizmodo UK and T3

October 17th, 2014 Posted by News, Uncategorized No Comment yet

Future’s Technology Group announces new editors for Gizmodo UK and T3

Gizmodo UK names Matt Hill as Editor 
 

Tom Dennis named Editor of T3

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17/10/14 Future, the international media group and leading digital business, today announces new editorial appointments for its Technology Group. Matt Hill, previously Editor of T3 Magazine and Digital Editions, joins Gizmodo UK to lead the team as Editor. Tom Dennis becomes Editor of T3, following his time working on Future’s digital brands including the award-winning Photography Week.

Gizmodo UK launched in September 2011, quickly doubling its audience and making it the UK’s fastest-growing technology website. The site currently averages over 1.6m monthly global unique users.

Before guiding T3 Tablet Edition to become the UK’s highest-selling digital edition as Editor, Matt was previously Deputy Editor for T3’s record two PPA Award wins, and before that Deputy Editor of Britain’s biggest men’s magazine, ShortList.

Matt says: “Gizmodo is a huge international brand with an enviable level of reader engagement in the UK. I’m a big fan of its informed but irreverent take on the wider world of tech, design and  and am looking forward to working with Gawker and Future to build on the site and community that previous editor Kat Hannaford created.”

Established in 1996, T3 is the world’s leading consumer technology lifestyle brand. The 2014 T3 Gadget Awards took place on October 2 and named the Sony Playstation 4 as its Gadget of the Year. Tom was named Digital Native of the Year by the PPA in 2013 for his work on Future’s digital brands.

Tom says: “I’m delighted to be offered the editor’s chair on one of Future’s most prestigious titles. T3 is a phenomenally important brand to its worldwide audience – an audience with a ferocious appetite for the latest consumer tech news, reviews and opinion. I can’t think of a more exciting time to be leading the magazine and its digital editions.”

Paul Newman, Group Editor-in-Chief of Future’s Technology Group, adds: “We couldn’t have two more talented people filling these critical roles. Matt has all the journalistic instinct and digital nous required to take Gizmodo to new heights, while Tom will bring a wealth of magazine experience and creative flair to T3.”

Both appointments are with immediate effect.

For further information please contact Gemma Combellack, Communications Executive, on gemma.combellack@futurenet.com or  020 7042 4036/07788 576505.

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Golden Joystick Awards 2014: Green Man Gaming To Give Away A Free Game To Voters

October 14th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Voting Closes On Monday

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14/10/14 Green Man Gaming, the headline sponsor of the Golden Joystick Awards 2014, has revealed that they will be giving away XCOM: Enemy Unknown to voters of this year’s awards*.

Voters, including those who have already voted, will be eligible to claim their free copy from TODAY via the free game giveaway site, which is now LIVE! goldenjoysticks.greenmangaming.com.

By using the same email address they registered and voted with, users will need to sign-up to Playfire (and link to Steam) in order to receive their verification email and game code.

Voting closes on 20th October, so this will be your last chance to have your say. You can cast your vote for the awards at www.goldenjoystick.com

Paul Sulyok, CEO at Green Man Gaming, says, “After the success of the Golden Joystick Awards last year, we knew we had to make our offer to voters extra special this year, and are thrilled to have once again partnered with our friends at 2K Games to make this incredible free game giveaway possible.”

The offer is for the full PC version of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, the turn-based alien invasion strategy game from Firaxis and 2K Games. This critically acclaimed title was described by PC Gamer as,  “more coherent and elegant than anything the genre has granted us in years”, awarding it 87%, with GamesRadar giving it an “Excellent” 4.5 out of 5 rating.

Extending the offer, thanks to Playfire Rewards, any user who plays XCOM: Enemy Unknown and unlocks the “and so it begins…” achievement, will receive an 80% voucher for XCOM: Enemy Within.

The Golden Joystick Awards presented by Green Man Gaming is the world’s most popular and credible games awards. Taking place on the afternoon of Friday 24th October at the indigO2 in the world famous O2 Arena, it celebrates the very best in the gaming industry. It is the only annual awards voted for by gamers, and in 2013 an incredible 10 million votes were cast in what was a record breaking year.

Now in its 32nd year, the 2014 awards have 16 reader voted categories, with additional special awards being chosen by an expert panel consisting of the editorial teams. The awards recognise every aspect of the world of gaming with gongs including Best Original Game, Studio of the Year, Best Visual Design and Game of the Year.

The Golden Joysticks shortlist was chosen by an editorial panel comprised of Future games staff from publications including CVG, PC Gamer, Edge, Kotaku UK and more.

Voting for the awards is open now at www.goldenjoystick.com

Future launches new global marketing agency: Future Fusion

October 8th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

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08/10/14 Future plc, award-winning international media group and leading digital business, today officially launches Future Fusion – its new global content marketing agency. Future Fusion offers bold and compelling new ways for brands to target influential audiences both across Future’s network of 52 million consumers and beyond.

The agency combines the existing talent of FuturePlus and NGIN to create an outstanding team of strategists, creatives and content specialists. This proven team will collaborate with brands and Future’s award-winning editorial, multi-media and digital teams to produce innovative content, campaigns and media products that deliver results.

By joining up Future’s multi-channel expertise and access with its content marketing pedigree and deep well of editorial talent, Future Fusion offers a massive competitive advantage to its clients.

Jeff Turner, Commercial Director, Future plc said: “It’s an incredibly exciting time to launch Future Fusion with its combination of great teams and great work that offers brands more exciting ways to tell their story. Our blend of top-class editorial, design and digital innovation along with a results focus means we can truly deliver for our clients.”

Existing clients include: Sony Mobile, EE, Microsoft Xbox, HP, Tesco, Virgin Holidays and the Professional Footballers Association.

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PCGamer.com unveils upgraded website

October 1st, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

The global authority on PC gaming upgrades to a fresh new look with increased hardware and video content

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01/10/14 PC Gamer, the global authority on PC games, today unveils its brand new website. The website now boasts an enhanced user experience due to a responsive design platform enabling PC Gamer content to display comfortably on any device. The simplified navigation and vibrant new layout, which also implements infinite scroll, helps showcase content better than ever. In addition, the new website features improved ad performance for commercial partners.

PC Gamer has over 20 years of heritage. It currently reaches over 9.1 million monthly unique users through PCGamer.com and has 2.75 million followers on Facebook, more than any other videogame publication. PC Gamer’s global team works around the clock to bring readers breaking news, expert reviews, and in-depth features.

The relaunch will also see PC Gamer placing renewed emphasis on hardware content, with a dedicated Hardware Editor overseeing a new series of component buyer’s guides, custom PC builds, and easy-to-follow technical advice for players just getting started.

The new site will host a variety of great video content, including impressions on new releases, event coverage, and high-res footage of games running on our $10,000 super computer, The Large Pixel Collider. PC Gamer also produces a new episode of The PC Gamer Show bi-weekly, taking viewers behind the scenes with the team for exclusive game demos and developer interviews.

Tim Clark, Global Editor-in-Chief of PC Gamer, says: “Since launching in 2010, pcgamer.com has exploded in popularity. This refresh reflects both the needs of modern gamers and the depth and breadth of content which our team of experts and enthusiasts creates every day.”

Declan Gough, Head of Content and Marketing for Film, Games and Music, adds: “The upgraded PCGamer.com reflects our commitment to doubling down on one of Future’s most important gaming brands. With an international team of experts, PC Gamer remains the global authority on PC gaming culture with an enormous and passionate audience, and the new version of the site brings a renewed emphasis on hardware coverage alongside our already successful existing array of content.”

SEGA’s Alien: Isolation has signed up as one of the official launch partners.

To experience the new PC Gamer website, please visit www.pcgamer.com.

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For further information please contact Gemma Combellack, Communications Executive, on gemma.combellack@futurenet.com or 020 7042 4036/07788 576505.

A new direction for Total Film and SFX Online

September 30th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Brands to join GamesRadar to create one entertainment site

GamesRadar main30/09/14 Future plc, the international media group and leading digital business, today announces its plans to combine TotalFilm.com, SFX.co.uk and GamesRadar.com into one market-leading entertainment site.

TotalFilm.com, the website of Total Film; SFX.co.uk, the website of market leading sci-fi magazine SFX, and leading videogames portal GamesRadar.com, are teaming up to create a new destination for film, TV, games, comics and books content.

Launching in November, the new-look website will deliver up-to-date film, TV and game exclusives, reviews and offers in one place. A channel on GamesRadar.com will host all of Future’s film and sci-fi content, allowing readers to view, share and comment on stories more easily and on a more mobile-friendly website. Film fans who love videogames will also now get a wealth of gaming and entertainment news and exclusive offers when visiting the site.

David Bradley, Group Editor-in-Chief for Film, adds: “This move brings our outstanding film, TV and book content to a whole new audience. It’s a great example of all our magazines and online brands working together to create one super entertainment site, reaching more people than ever. I’m excited about how this great new platform will deliver a better online experience for our readers. And the sci-fi, film and gaming crowds will soon benefit from a fantastic range of stories, news, reviews and features in one handy place.”

Declan Gough, Head of Content and Marketing for Film, Games and Music, says: “This move demonstrates Future’s online strategy at its most joined-up. We have the finest film, TV and sci-fi content in the world thanks to Total Film and SFX, and this year we’ll be combining that with the games know-how of our leading games website. All of our film content will be moving to the new channel where the teams’ great work will continue seamlessly. GamesRadar.com’s advanced platform is a fantastic experience on mobile devices and is great for sharing content, making it the perfect place to unify all our audiences. And our readers and advertisers will soon see the benefits of being part of a huge combined audience.”

There will be no changes to the print or digital editions of Total Film or SFX.

For further information please contact Gemma Combellack, Communications Executive, on gemma.combellack@futurenet.com or 020 7042 4036/07788 576505.

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Future announces digital initiative for print consumers

September 23rd, 2014 Posted by News No Comment yet

First time a publisher has introduced a promotion of this kind for its entire portfolio

Future plc, the international media group and leading digital business, today announces a promotion giving print consumers a free digital edition. The promotion is the first of its kind in the industry, and the first from Future’s new Consumer Revenues team. All issues that go on sale in September, will have the option of a free digital edition. No other publisher has attempted to run a promotion like this across its entire print portfolio. Customers will be given a redemption code, allowing them to download their free issue. The promotion is being supported by a large marketing campaign, covering all of Future’s editorial and advertising channels as well as its social media platforms.

Clair Porteous, Head of Channel Management for Future, says: “This marketing initiative is the first of its kind in the industry. We are generating consumer excitement by a mass appeal promotion which is being pushed across all of our channels. We intend to do more of these in the coming months so watch this space.

Paul Layte, Head of Consumer Revenues for Future, adds: “Here at Future we are listening to our customers and they tell us that they love our content and love it in both print and digital formats. Therefore we have decided for the first time to combine these as a special promotion for our print customers at no extra cost. This innovative proposition makes the most of Future’s unique assets and gives our customers something extra to say thankyou for their loyalty to our brands.

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Future announces appointment of Richard Haley as new CFO

September 23rd, 2014 Posted by News No Comment yet

Future, the international media group, today announces the appointment of Richard Haley as CFO and Company Secretary of Future plc with effect from 1 October 2014.

Richard is currently Finance Director for Tesco Extras UK, prior to which he was Group Financial Controller for Tesco plc. Zillah Byng-Maddick, Chief Executive Officer for Future, said: “Richard brings a wealth of experience within the retail sector and is of enormous value to us as we continue with the Transformation plans already announced.

Richard said: “I am very excited to be joining Future at such an important time in the company’s history and I look forward to supporting the board in driving the company’s development.” The appointment follows the move from CFO to CEO for Zillah Byng-Maddick in April 2014.

Additionally Jeff Turner has joined Future as Commercial Director for Advertising. Jeff brings a wealth of advertising sales experience, most recently from KGB Deals and previously at the Telegraph Media Group leading its digital sales team. Jeff will oversee the advertising sales revenue streams and commercial content creation.

Emma Harvey has been appointed to the role of Product and Technology Director. Emma is responsible for Future’s strategy and execution across IT architecture, product management across all of Future’s channels and the Development and UX teams. Emma joins Future with both VC backed start-up experience and classical training from almost 10 years in telecommunications.

Both Emma and Jeff’s appointments are with immediate effect.

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Virgin Holidays’ first ever digital magazine, produced by Future Plus, is Unleashed – for FREE!

September 22nd, 2014 Posted by News No Comment yet

Unleashed, the first ever digital travel magazine from Virgin Holidays, has launched for iOS and Android smart devices, in collaboration with content agency Future Plus. Unleashed is packed with a diverse and surprising selection of recommendations and ideas to inspire readers to go on their next adventure.

The launch issue can be downloaded for free from a reader’s favourite app store, and they will then be taken on a digital journey to the Zulu tribes of Kwazulu Natal and through the waterfalls of Costa Rica, to the finest dining in Dubai, zip lining in Jamaica, and beyond. There’s expert photography tips, personal recommendations from the Virgin Holidays’ team, how to see and do it all in Florida, the best travel apps for your trip and a deep dive into the Caribbean culture of Grenada.

There’s even time to get Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams top travel tips! Unleashed will be a quarterly publication, and it revolutionises the way digital magazines present content. The magazine enables readers to create their own beach-to-bar outfits and (literally) discover the best places for pizza in New York by slicing away at an in-app pizza.

It’s almost as much fun as actually being on holiday. Jayne Caple, Managing Director of Future Plus, says: “Unleashed is our best digital edition to date. It’s got a superb balance of deep information and lighter, more entertainment focused pieces, as well as many unique interactive elements that readers won’t have seen before – which was all inspired by collaborating with the cool, innovative company that VirginHolidays is. Technologically, Unleashed really sets the standard for what digital publishing should be and editorially I believe we’ve put together a really exciting, diverse and inspirational magazine that readers will get real benefit from.

 

James Ward, Brand & Digital Engagement Manager from Virgin Holidays adds: “We know that customers are looking for inspiration on many different platforms and we’re always striving to find the best way of bringing our holidays to life. Unleashed showcases both the destinations and the experiences around a holiday to their fullest in an innovative and engaging way that will hopefully get the reader dreaming about their next trip.”

To download Unleashed on an IOS device click here.

To download Unleashed on an Android device click here.

To find out more visit virginholidays.co.uk.