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TotalFilm.com and SFX.co.uk join forces with gaming giant GamesRadar.com to form GamesRadar+

November 20th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Future plc, the international media group and leading digital business, today launches GamesRadar+, the most significant development ever of its global GamesRadar.com brand.

Gamesradar+ signifies the broadening of the market leading gaming site as it launches three significant new channels – Movies, TV and Cool Stuff. The migration of TotalFilm.com and SFX.co.uk onto Gamesradar, creating the new Gamesradar+, echoes the progression of how traditional gaming consoles, such as the Playstation 4 and XBox One, have become home entertainment devices.

The new Movie channel will be powered by Total Film, with SFX powering the TV channel, whilst the Cool Stuff channel will be a place for editors and readers alike to share relevant content from across the internet with like minded people in the GamesRadar+ community.

In its 17 year history, Total Film magazine has established itself as one of the leading titles in the global movie market. SFX magazine, celebrated its 250th issue earlier this year and is the world’s leading science fiction title, and GamesRadar has become a global powerhouse in all gaming, read each month by an audience of over 6.5 million. GamesRadar+ will now be a one-stop destination for audiences who love Games, Movie and TV.

The migration of two leading websites into GamesRadar+ has been a priority project for Future over the last few months. It signifies the start of an ambitious process to develop Gamesradar+ into one of the leading games and entertainment sites in the world.

The new Gamesradar+ will also enable readers to view, share and comment on stories more easily and on a more mobile-friendly website. There will be no changes to Total Film or SFX print or digital magazines.

Declan Gough, Future’s Head of Content & Marketing, Film, Games & Music, says “The arrival of Movie and TV content onto GamesRadar+ via the world renowned experts on Total Film and SFX will give the site an unbeatable edge when it comes to delivering gaming and entertainment content. Our research has shown clearly that consumers are not exclusively into just gaming, and with the development of the new consoles into powerful, all-encompassing entertainment systems, now is the perfect time to reflect this with the development of Gamesradar+.”

Sophia Tong, Global Editor-in-Chief for GamesRadar+, adds: “I’m thrilled to have the TotalFilm and SFX team join the GamesRadar family to power the new movie and TV channels with the launch of GamesRadar+. The team brings their extensive knowledge and expertise in an area that feels like a natural extension for the next phase of the website that gamers can enjoy.

“We’ve also launched a new channel called ‘Cool Stuff’, a place where all the editors and readers can share anything they’re passionate about, such as toys, soundtracks, books, or board games. GamesRadar+ is truly a global website with best-in-class journalists in the US, UK, and Australia to provide the most up to date news, 24 hours a day. As a team, we will continue to produce the quality of content that has become expected of these brands.”

GamesRadar+ is the name of the new site reflecting the additional content, and it can be found at the existing URL www.GamesRadar.com.

All existing content from TotalFilm.com has been migrated to the new destination, and archives from SFX.co.uk will be available soon.

For more information please contact Laura Driffield laura.driffield@futurenet.com or ben@PesterPR.co.uk

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Microsoft Chooses Future plc for Six-Figure Promotional Campaign for XBox One Exclusive, Sunset Overdrive

November 20th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Future Fusion, Future plc’s in-house content marketing agency, has been awarded an exclusive partnership deal by Microsoft, for a one month long promotional campaign for the Xbox One exclusive, Sunset Overdrive.

The six-figure deal will see the creation of a multi-platform, multi-brand campaign across CVG.com and promoted in Future’s leading Games, Tech and Film portfolios including the brands T3, Total Film and Edge.

The deal is formed of three distinct areas;

  1.  A bespoke microsite housed on CVG.com, which consists of exclusive blogs, Sunset Overdrive breaking news and exclusive imagery, all of which can be viewed at www.computerandvideogames.com/sunset
  2. Targeted promotional content including four online Sunset TV shows and advertorials.
  3. A 12-page print supplement that will be distributed to over 200,000 recipients via T3, SFX, Total Film, Official Xbox, Edge and GamesMaster magazines.

Released on 31st October, Sunset Overdrive has been met with universal critical acclaim. This open-world third person shooter has topped the Independent Formats UK Sales Charts and hit number 2 in All Formats chart, second only to record smashing FIFA 15.

Jeff Turner, Commercial Director, Future plc says: “Future Fusion is uniquely able to market directly to high spend gamers, as well as the casual gaming community, so we’re delighted to work with Microsoft on the Sunset Overdrive campaign. As a marquee title, we’ve offered a campaign that fits the game’s broad appeal, and our best-in-class journalists have delivered in-depth content designed to appeal to each audience segment.”

For more information, please contact Ben@PesterPR.co.uk or +44(0)7968 144 230

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PCGamer.com reaches record engagement since redesign

November 13th, 2014 Posted by News No Comment yet

The global authority on PC gaming recorded a record-breaking month following the redesign of PCGamer.com

 

5th November, 2014 – Future, the international media group and leading digital business, today announces that PC Gamer has experienced record-breaking growth in engagement in its first month since a the site re-design, with over 52 million page views globally, up 109% over the previous record of 29.5 million.

 

PCGamer.com’s global relaunch featured an enhanced user experience with a responsive design platform enabling content to display comfortably on any device. The new design led to an increase in pages per visit, up 111%, with the average time per user on site up 22%. In addition, the sites bounce rate is down 12%, highlighting the success of the new editorial strategy.

 

In the UK, page views were up 64% month-on-month, increasing the average time per user by 10% with bounce rates is down 10%. Additionally mobile page views have increased 93% in a month.

 

The relaunch has placed renewed emphasis on hardware content, with a dedicated Hardware Editor creating 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 also increased the production of video content, including impressions on new releases, event coverage and high-res footage of games running on the team’s $10,000 supercomputer, The Large Pixel Collider – an ultra-powerful PC gaming rig, outfitted with the highest spec components to give cutting edge graphics and the greatest PC Gaming experience – see more at http://lpc.pcgamer.com/.

 

Tim Clark, Global Editor-in-Chief of PC Gamer, says: “We’ve been absolutely delighted by the response from readers so far, but also see this new design as just the first step. We have big plans in terms of how our hardware, e-sports and video coverage are going to evolve, so stay tuned for those.”

With over 20 years of heritage, PC Gamer 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.

 

Zillah Byng-Maddick, CEO Future PLC, says. “At Future, we are relentless in our objective to create unique content that connects with our audiences, the relaunch of PC Gamer has been a resounding thumbs up from our readers in achieving this. The performance of the site and the overall engagement levels have surpassed our own expectations, with the renewed emphasis on Hardware being a highlight.”

 

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

 

For more information please contact Ben Pester at Pester PR on

ben@pesterpr.co.uk or 07968144 230

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.