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2015 INDIECADE AWARDS HONOR THE YEAR’S MOST INNOVATIVE INDEPENDENT GAMES AT INDIECADE FESTIVAL 2015

Winners Honored at Awards Event Across Several Categories, Including the Grand Jury Award, Game Design, Audio, Visual, and More

Annual ‘Choice Awards’ Voted on During Event by Media, Developers, and Audience
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LOS ANGELES—OCT 28, 2015—IndieCade, the premier international festival of independent games, honored the winners of the 2015 IndieCade Awards at an event last Thursday evening, during IndieCade Festival 2015 in Culver City. In addition, the annual ‘Choice Awards,’ which are voted on by the attending media, developers and audience, were also presented.

“This was our biggest and best IndieCade Festival ever and our amazing award winners reflect the incredible growth, creativity and diversity among indies that the Festival aims to foster,” said Stephanie Barish, chief executive officer, IndieCade. “Never before have independent developers been so critical to the health and success of the larger game industry, and we’re proud to celebrate and honor so many of the best the world has to offer.”

 

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SKULLCANDY HALO 5: GUARDIANS EDITION SMOKIN’ BUDS 2 NOW AVAILABLE

Halo® 5: Guardians REQ Packs Included with All Halo-Branded Skullcandy Headsets and Earbuds

PARK CITY, UTAH OCT. 15, 2015 – Skullcandy, Inc., the original performance and lifestyle audio brand, announced today the availability of the new Skullcandy Halo® 5: Guardians Edition Smokin’ Buds 2 gaming earbud.  Designed in partnership with Halo® developer 343 Industries, the gaming earbud features a custom dark chrome matte finish, metallic blue accents, a striking honeycombed graphical treatment as well as Off-Axis™ and Supreme Sound™ audio technology to ensure an iconic representation of the Halo experience.  The Skullcandy Halo 5: Guardians Edition Smokin’ Buds 2 is available now for ($29.99 USD) just in time for the biggest Halo game yet in Halo 5: Guardians, available beginning October 27, 2015 exclusively for Xbox One.

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ASTRO GAMING TOURNAMENT READY (TR) SERIES HEADSET AND MIXAMP™ NOW AVAILABLE

 For Gamers: New TR products Introduce Increased User Customization to Adapt to Any Environment

 For Streamers: New MixAmp™ Pro TR Delivers Dramatic Improvements with Digital Components, Command Center Software, Customizable Stream Output and Much More

SAN FRANCISCO  Oct. 13, 2015 – ASTRO Gaming, creators of premium video gaming equipment, announced that its exciting new Tournament Ready (TR) series of gaming audio products are now available.  The ASTRO Gaming TR lineup includes a redesigned ASTRO Gaming A40 TR Headset that enables this award-winning product to be compatible with the studio’s new ASTRO Gaming Mod Kits, a collection of interchangeable parts that enable the headset to adapt to any gaming environment.  In addition, ASTRO has delivered exciting improvements to the ASTRO Gaming MixAmp™ Pro TR making it an essential piece of gaming hardware for pro players, serious gamers and livestreamers alike.

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Adweek Magazine interviewed Maverick PR partner Brandon Smith as part of a story highlighting the changing landscape in the game industry and the challenges of being heard in this ever expanding space.

http://www.adweek.com/prnewser/how-to-find-a-pr-model-that-really-fits-in-the-new-era-of-gaming/118763

Read on for the full story.

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More than 70 Curated Titles Will Have Attendees Fighting Werewolves, Donning a Brainwave Reader, Causing Chaos for Good, and Much More

LOS ANGELES—OCT 9, 2015—IndieCade, the premier international festival of independent games, has revealed the list of Official Game Selections for IndieCade Festival 2015, to be held in Culver City, CA October 23-25. These games – numbering more than 70 – were hand-picked by IndieCade’s curation committees for being some of the best of the year and will be showcased at the IndieCade Village throughout IndieCade Festival.The annual IndieCade Festival celebrates some of the most creative and diverse independent games of the year while also establishing a leading voice in the promotion, cultivation, and community of ind
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The massively multiplayer space epic comes first to console on Xbox One 

Cambridge, UK. 7 October 2015. Frontier Developments plc (AIM: FDEV) has released Elite Dangerous for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft.

Elite Dangerous brings gaming’s original open world adventure to Xbox One with all 400 billion stars of the Milky Way re-created at their full galactic proportions, an evolving player-driven narrative and fully connected multiplayer experience.  Read more

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FRONTIER DEVELOPMENTS ANNOUNCES STEAMVR SUPPORT FOR ELITE DANGEROUS

HTC Vive Support coming as a Free Update to the Massively Multiplayer Space Epic This Holiday Season

Cambridge, UK. 21 September 2015. Frontier Developments plc (AIM: FDEV) today announced it will support SteamVR and the HTC Vive virtual reality headset in the PC version of its massively multiplayer space epic Elite Dangerous.

The HTC Vive will be the first virtual reality headset available to consumers, and Elite Dangerous will support Vive on PC from launch via a free update available Holiday 2015.

SteamVR support in Elite Dangerous marks the latest step in Frontier Developments’ ongoing commitment to immersive, high resolution virtual reality experiences. Read more

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INDIECADE ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL NOMINEES FOR INDIECADE FESTIVAL 2015 AWARDS

Annual Festival Celebrates Independent Games with Games Showcase, Peer Conference, Awards Program and More October 23-25 in Culver City, CA
LOS ANGELES—SEPT 16, 2015—IndieCade, the premier international festival of independent games, has revealed the Official Nominees for the IndieCade Awards at IndieCade Festival 2015, to be held in Culver City, CA October 23-25. The annual IndieCade Festival celebrates some of the most creative and diverse independent games of the year while also establishing a leading voice in the promotion, cultivation, and community of independent games development.
The 2015 award nominees feature 36 games on most major video game platforms, including PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox One, PlayStation®4, Wii U™, IomPE, Neurosky, Leap Motion and including Alternate Reality Games and Augmented Reality, as well as additional categories such as table top games, card games, sports, performance art, live action role playing, and even an interactive art installation.
Tickets for the festival are now available on the IndieCade website at http://www.indiecade.com/2015/tickets. The All Access pass grants admission to the Awards Ceremony, IndieXchange, the Professional Conference think:indie, Night Games, the Beer Garden Party and much more.

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NEW DEVELOPMENT STUDIO, POUND SAND, FORMED BY GAME INDUSTRY VETERANS FROM MEDAL OF HONOR, BATTLEFIELD AND CALL OF DUTY FRANCHISES

Studio’s First Game, Third-Person Shooter Fantastic Plastic Squad, Debuted Today at Apple Press Conference

EL SEGUNDO, CA (SEPT 9, 2015) — A group of veteran video game developers, with credits that include some of the biggest franchises in the industry, such as Medal of Honor®, Battlefield ®, Call of Duty® and God of War®, have joined forces to found a new development studio, Pound Sand™, in El Segundo, CA. The studio’s first game, Fantastic Plastic Squad™, a free-to-play third-person shooter in which 1980s action figures come to life, was revealed today at the Apple press conference running on the new Apple hardware.

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The game will be published by DropForge Games, a mobile publishing arm of Wargaming.net and will release on iOS first, followed by Android, with additional platforms planned.

Led by CEO Greg Goodrich, whose credits include Medal of Honor®, Return to Castle Wolfenstein®, Spyro the Dragon® and The Simpsons®, and partnered with entertainment media moguls Billy and Fernando Rovzar, Pound Sand brings together experienced leaders from the action/shooter category across all disciplines, including design, technology, art, and production.

“Throughout my career, I’ve been incredibly fortunate to work alongside some amazing people on some really great franchises, and I’m humbled by the level of talent we’ve been able to assemble at Pound Sand,” said Greg Goodrich, CEO of Pound Sand. “We founded the studio with the mindset to give passionate game developers the creative freedom to do what they do best without having to ask anyone for permission. Having our very first game, Fantastic Plastic Squad, chosen to help show off Apple’s new hardware is a great validation of both our team and game.”

Joining Goodrich at Pound Sand are some of the industry’s most experienced action/shooter game development veterans, including:

  • Paul Ohanian, Founder and Technical Director, credits include Battlefield 4, and Medal of Honor;
  • Andy Cheren, Founder and Director of Business Development, founder of Digital Artist Management and Production Road;
  • Torin Kampa, Lead Programmer, credits include Battlefield 4 and Medal of Honor;
  • Leon Brazil, Animation Director, credits include Medal of Honor, Battlefield and Harry Potter;
  • Greg Farren, Design Director, credits include Medal of Honor, Star Wars Battlefront I and II and God of War;
  • James H. Dargie, Art/Creative Director, credits include Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Final Fantasy, Metroid Prime, and The Matrix movies.

Fantastic Plastic Squad is a shooter for the ages” said David Bluhm, CEO of DropForge. “Imagine the fun and speed of Call of Duty, but fighting with your 1980s collection of plastic action heroes.”

ABOUT FANTASTIC PLASTIC SQUAD
Pound Sand’s first title is Fantastic Plastic Squad, a free-to-play, fast-paced third-person shooter in which players collect and control dozens of 1980s-style five-inch-tall action figures that have come-to-life to battle against their enemies for control of a house.  Each figure is customizable with weapons and accessories, allowing for millions of possible combinations to create truly unique heroes that can be brought into battle or shared with friends.

Fantastic Plastic Squad includes epic single-player missions as well as an exciting and fully featured asynchronous player-versus-player multiplayer mode that will offer advanced competitive features like clan support, tournaments, leaderboards and replays.

Fantastic Plastic Squad will be available later this year for mobile devices with additional platforms in the future. Fans can learn more about Fantastic Plastic Squad on the game’s Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/fantasticplasticsquad) and keep up with Pound Sand at the official web site at www.PoundSand.com and on Twitter (@poundsandgames).

ABOUT POUND SAND
Based in Los Angeles, Pound Sand is comprised of veteran video game developers with proven expertise in the Action/Shooter category, responsible for developing multi-billion dollar franchises including Medal of Honor, Battlefield, Call of Duty, God of War and more. The studio’s first game, Fantastic Plastic Squad, is a fast-pace third person shooter that brings 1980s-style action figures to life in an epic battle for control of the house. Visit the website at www.PoundSand.com.

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FRONTIER DEVELOPMENTS LAUNCHES ELITE: DANGEROUS — POWERPLAY

Frontier’s Massively Multiplayer Space Epic Expands With Free Powerplay Update Introducing New Ways to Play

Cambridge, UK. 5 June, 2015. Frontier Developments plc (AIM: FDEV) will today release Elite: Dangerous – Powerplay free for all players.

Powerplay is the third major free update for Elite: Dangerous and the largest to date, introducing new ships, new features and an all-new strategic layer to the Elite: Dangerous galaxy.

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