Thursday, 6 May 2021

E3 2021

E3 is the world’s leading premier event for computer and video games, literally the best in the world. The show is owned and operated by the ESA - the top US trade association dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of the companies developing and publishing interactive games for video game consoles, handheld devices, personal computers, and the internet. This year E3 will be a digital event and hopefully, fingers crossed, as it's my ultimate dream, E3 will take place in Los Angeles California in 2022.

 A few words from Stanley Pierre-Louis, President & CEO of the ESA.'E3 2021 is set to continue its legacy as the premier video game industry event as we add new publishers, sponsors and partners. We can’t wait to share more details about this virtual event for audiences around the globe.'

Previously confirmed E3 partners include Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive and Warner Bros. Games. A growing list of publishers and participating partners can be found on the E3 website below, as well as registration dates, portal and app details.

E3 on Facebook @E3Expo or Twitter @E3

Monday, 26 April 2021

Secretlab MAGNUS Desk Reveal

As a Secretlab affiliate I'm really proud to announce an exclusive reveal, as Secretlab steadily expand their gaming range introducing the 'Magnus Desk' which is expected to feature built in coloured RGB LED lights! Wow. This is set to be a great accompaniment to any Secretlab chair, and complete your high class gaming setup in an extremely impressive and professional way. Stay tuned for more information about the new Magnum range including prices and colours. 

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Starting Your Pro Gamer Journey

Gaming is one of the most rewarding careers there is, especially when it's your ultimate passion, and it doesn't even feel like a job! We spend most of our adult lives working, so why not make sure you are doing something you really enjoy? Investing in your passion for gaming to help turn it into a career has never been easier. Many gamers have bridged the gap and are making impressive incomes via streaming on Twitch and YouTube and collaborative campaigns with leading gaming brands.

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Invest in Equipment - To become a pro, you need to invest a good amount of time to your gaming to build on your skills and allow you to compete with the some of the best well known gamers. This means taking a moment to assess your current set up and whether it is designed to give you the best gaming experience possible.

Aim for a fully ergonomic set up to reduce strain and injury from prolonged gaming. Buddy Loans could help you kit out your set up. Always look for the best specs for your gaming equipment possible and use accessories designed to help you play, quicker and easier and for extended periods of time if need be.

Invest in Yourself - You don't need formal education to be a pro gamer. You simply need skill, dedication and determination. Learning as much as you can about the games to give your gameplay an edge will help you climb the ranks to reaching pro status. I'm barely there, mainly because although I have streamed in the past on Twitch, I don't have a regular weekly schedule, as I am heavily involved in Gaming at doctoral level and wish to progress in academia, teaching after obtaining my PhD. Heading to university to learn game related skills such as QA, Game Design, Programming, or Coding will help get you obtain an entry level position after graduating, and work your way up within the industry. These skills can also be self taught.

Choose your Game - A great idea is to head down the route of established tried and tested games that already have the fan base, tournaments and sponsorship deals, particularly mainstream titles such as Fortnite, and Call of Duty for example. This may be a tricky market to break into because there are already many players earning well, but it can also guarantee a great support system and fan base if you are entertaining and engaging with your gaming content. Alternatively, choosing a game that is newly released and up and coming, you can start at the beginning and work your way up as the fan base steadily develops.

Join the Community - The support of the gaming community is almost vital if you intend to make a career in gaming. You need the support of experienced consistent gamers and access to leading exclusive information which will be useful to you in the future. Stay tuned to sites such as PlayStation, and IGN for the latest, as well as specific developer sites for each game i.e. Epic Games for Fortnite, and Rockstar for Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption.

Joining the game-specific community will also help you get a better idea of a pro gamer's lifestyle for your chosen game and to see if it is really what you would like to do or even what you thought it would be. Also follow your favourite gamers on social media, which I do - It's great for learning about top brands you may like to collaborate or do game promos with.

Becoming a gamer takes time and dedication. For those who are deeply interested in making a career in gaming, fully immerse yourself into the culture, have fun, engage with the community, be yourself, and remember to go with your passion. I did, and I have to say it has been the best career decision I've ever made.

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Monday, 29 March 2021

Fortnite Spring Breakout starting March 30

Spring is here! Wasn't the weather so lovely here in the UK today? Apologies for not posting recently, crazy busy preparing for Grad School. Great news Fortnite is celebrating Easter starting tomorrow! Yay! Look out for new outfits, duo competitions, and in-game rewards. I'm looking out for the the bunny skin in orange above, love her and there will be a free pickaxe gifted too. Look out for the featured skins below, including Bunny Brawler, Rabbit Raider, and Quackling.  

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

10 Free PlayStation games this Spring!


Starting next week - March 25, PlayStation gamers will be able to download selected games absolutely free including PS4 blockbuster game for a limited time - Horizon Zero Dawn from April 19. Stay tuned, and keep on eye on the PlayStation store over the coming weeks. For the full list of games check out the link below. Don't miss out!

Play at Home 2021

London Games Festival March 19-28

It's on. In just two days time the London Games Festival kicks off all online. If, like me, your a gaming professional within the industry, or just have a great passion for video games, you will be able to interact, network, meet and connect effortlessly this year, and have the opportunity to demo new showcased games which will be revealed for the first time, and also listen to free talks for those who are interested in making and developing games. Check out the schedule each day to see what you might like to take part in, plus game coverage, documentaries, music performances and much more. Click the link below to subscribe and visit the site in 48 hours, see you there!

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