E3 2021: Ubisoft Forward takes place on Saturday, June 12

Ubisoft has announced that the Saturday June 12 at 9:00 p.m. (Spanish peninsular time) celebrate a new Ubisoft Forward, a digital event with news about its video game catalog and future releases that will be framed in E3 2021. The company thus confirms its attendance at the traditional summer fair and indicates the day and time when the firm’s fans will have to tune in to the official channels to find out about news related to Ubisoft’s franchises.

“Get ready for Ubisoft Forward! Our digital conference will begin on Saturday, June 12, at 9:00 p.m. PDT, as part of E3 2021. Be on the lookout for news about the program and announcements from our teams around the world“, you can read in the official page of the event that the company itself has shared through its Twitter account with a short message that you can see inserted below:

A digital E3, free and with the support of (almost) all companies

Ubisoft Forward is a brand that the video game company established last year, when all firms were forced to launch their own digital event due to mobility restrictions caused by the coronavirus. In 2020 there were two editions of Ubisoft Forward, one in July, mainly starring Far Cry 6, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs Legion Y Hyper Scape, and another in September, in which we could see news from Rainbow Six Siege, For Honor, as well as the first glimpses of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake Y Riders Republic.

Although Ubisoft was the first company to take a place on the calendar of the E3 2021, which will be held online from June 12 to 15, will not be the only firm to support this year’s edition, a fair that for the first time in its history will be completely virtual and free, despite rumors pointing to the contrary. Among the companies that will attend this E3 we find big names like Xbox, Nintendo, Capcom, Konami, Take-Two, Warner Bros. y Koch Media, although also some forgotten ones such as Sony, EA, Activision Blizzard, Sega, Bandai Namco or Square Enix, who have not confirmed attendance at the moment.


Playing in Coburg: Then just CONline – Coburg

Coburg – players, gamers, gamblers: Contrary to their reputation, these are actually very sociable people, because many games usually need other players. And so that card, board and role players can always find someone to play with, the Förderverein innovative Spiel (FIS) offers a physical and digital platform for getting to know each other, networking and, above all, playing games. But because face-to-face meetings to play cards with and against each other, roll the dice or tell stories is so difficult, after a long break from broadcasting, there is finally a larger event of the association again and that is online! On Saturday, April 17th, the first game round of the ‘C0nl1ne’ with an open end starts at 10:00.


“The New Normal after Brexit”: Expand institutional partnerships.

Stressed in her keynote speech Vivienne Stern, Director Universities UK Internationalthat the academic relations between the UK and Germany are special and important. She pleaded not to look back any more, but to act under the new framework conditions. The British government’s new exchange program (“Turing Scheme”) could even increase the motivation of British students to start stays abroad – especially since it also enables shorter stays. The Welsh government has also announced an additional program that can also support incoming mobility to a certain extent. It will be crucial that British and German universities now actively approach each other and conclude or expand bilateral agreements.

Eva Maria Feichtner, Vice President for Internationality and Diversity at the University of Bremen, advocated strong partnerships between British and German universities. The important lesson is that collaboration will change; strategic partnerships between universities are becoming more important. On this basis, mutual exemption from fees can also be agreed. Especially for students, the full range of options will no longer be available.

Bremen cooperates with the University of Cardiff as part of a strategic partnership, as well as in the European university network Yufe with the University of Essex.

Nick Hillman, Direktor des Higher Education Policy Institutes (HEPI), emphasized that universities do not want borders. Academic cooperation in teaching and research is more effective when there are no limits. Universities have an interest in the great diversity and diversity of their students from different origins from both Germany and India.

Sally Mapstone, Vice Chancellor der Universität St. Andrews, pointed out that bilateral cooperation between British and German universities existed even before joint membership in the European Union and will continue to do so. In the future, the collaborations will vary from institution to institution. There will be no “one size fits all”. Many UK universities will offer fee waiver or reduction to remain attractive to German and European students.

Ruth Krahe, head of the DAAD branch in London, reported that many German universities are already negotiating a new cooperation agreement with their British partners. She recommends that German universities focus on their respective strengths. Shortly before the expert meeting, the DAAD also had on the future of cooperation with the United Kingdom. The UK has some of the best universities in Europe and around the world.

For us as a funding organization for academic mobility and academic exchange, it is therefore essential to further develop our own funding instruments and to provide our member universities with the best possible support for the challenges ahead, so DAAD President Joybrato Mukherjee.


Al-Bilad Newspaper | After sharp declines, trade exchange between Britain and Europe is approaching the average

Saturday 10 April 2021

The numbers of trade exchange between Britain and Europe approached their monthly averages after sharp declines after the first exit from the European Union.

According to CNBC, the trade exchange figures between Britain and the European Union in general and France in particular have begun to approach the monthly average after suffering sharp declines as a result of Britain’s exit from the European Union.

As for British exports to France, they jumped by 27% to reach 1.5 billion euros in February, on a monthly basis.

Britain had postponed the introduction of a set of import checks after leaving the European Union for about six months, saying that companies needed more time to prepare due to the impact of the Corona epidemic.

In mid-March, the American “CNN” published a report in which it confirmed that Britain’s exports to Europe had collapsed in January, as companies grappled with new trade terms after Britain’s exit from the European Union.

The numbers were cited as the UK exported ÂŁ 8.1 billion ($ 11.3 billion) of goods to the European Union in its first month entirely outside the bloc, down 41% compared to December, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Imports from the bloc fell 29% to 16.2 billion pounds ($ 22.6 billion) in January compared to the previous month, when British companies hoarded goods before the end of the Brexit transition period.

It said the decline in activity with its largest trading partner led to the largest monthly decline in total imports and exports of British goods since 1997.

“External evidence indicates that some of the slowdown in merchandise trade in early January 2021 can be attributed to the disruption caused by the end of the transition period,” the Office for National Statistics said in a statement. Adding that “import and export began to increase at the end of this month.”

The office said trade was “not typical in recent months” and urged caution when comparing the report to recent data. The United Kingdom also entered into a new national lockdown due to the Coronavirus at the beginning of January, which affected economic activity.

Britain’s gross domestic product fell by 2.9% in January compared to the previous month, when it expanded, according to the Office for National Statistics, as GDP was 9% lower than levels seen last February, before the Corona virus struck.

It is worth noting that investors are awaiting the numbers of the Office for National Statistics next week and whether the economy has stabilized after a decline of about 3%, in January when it entered the United Kingdom in a state of closure.

Recent figures indicate that companies have found ways to operate despite the restrictions and that vaccinating more than half of UK adults has increased consumer confidence.


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UK reacts to study connecting loot boxes to gambling

This week we are talking about GambleAware, a new study carried out by the universities of Plymouth and Wolverhampton, which indicates that button boxes or loot boxes are “structurally and psychologically similar” to gambling. While in Spain the Ministry of Consumer Affairs is proposing a whole series of measures, in the United Kingdom They have also echoed this study and point out that their industry has already taken the relevant measures.

The button boxes, the gambling and UK

The button boxes are offered to players during game matches as FIFA, but also can be purchased with real money; This is why they are also called micropago o microtransaccin. They are literally shaped like boxes, but can also be shaped like virtual envelopes and the like. The controversy is that players do not know what item, weapon or skin they will receive with the purchase of these boxesas the probabilities vary depending on the value of the item in question. For companies like SHE, this type of mechanism resulted in more than $ 2 billion in profits.

The UK Interactive Entertainment Association (UKIE) has reacted to the publication of the report GambleAware. It has done so by highlighting the actions they have recently taken to establish certain guidelines as far as the button boxes are concerned. “The UK Video Game Industry has already taken action regarding concerns about button boxes“said a UKIE spokesperson.

UK industry also reacts to the GambleAware study

Among the measures taken in the United Kingdom, players are given information about the probability with which the boxes have; while, Along with the PEGI age label, a new signal has been added that warns of the inclusion of this type of payment mechanisms within the game in question. They have also been implanted settings and tools on all major gaming devices, and in a large number of popular titles, which allow players “manage, limit or deactivate spending”.

“You can get more information on all these measures, and more on responsible gambling, in www.askaboutgames.com“They argue from UKIE.” We will also continue to work constructively to support our players in partnership with the government and other organizations. “In the UK, in particular, they have long struggled for loot boxes to be considered gambling.

GambleAware: Button boxes and games of chance

This new study is in charge of “check quickly” that these button boxes keep the same structure as gambling, and are based on the same psychological techniques. Another aggravating factor is that these micropayments are in games accessible to minors: In fact, the researchers show that up to 40% of children who play video games opened button boxes.

Likewise, they conclude that 12 of the 13 studies on this topic have found “ambiguous” connections between button boxes and gambling problems. In turn, they point out that young men are the most likely to use button boxes, and especially those with a lower education. “It is time for politicians to analyze this study, and the evidence from other organizations, to decide what changes in legislation are necessary to address these concerns“, sostiene Zoe Osmond de GambleAware.

You can read the full report here.


UK sales: Outriders opens in sixth position and FIFA 21 dominates the top

New video game releases in the week ending April 3 are dominated by Square Enix. The Japanese firm has released two titles: Outriders, the shooter cooperative with RPG elements of People Can Fly; and Balan Wonderworld, the three-dimensional platformer of Yuji Naka, the creator of Sonic. The first arrives appearing in the sixth position of the best-selling games in physical format while the second does not manage to enter the top 40, according to data from GamesIndustry.

Outriders has sold the most on PlayStation consoles. The version of PS5 accounts for 52% of total sales while that of PS4 (there is free update from one edition to the other) accounts for 31% of the units placed in the hands of consumers. The version of Xbox Series X and Xbox One has sold 17% of the total. Two things must be taken into account: first, that the game est en Xbox Game Pass for console since its premiere; and second, that usually the sales of games with an online component have a higher percentage of digital sales (not represented here) than in other genres.

Balan Wonderworld, the 3D platformer from ARZEST Corp. distributed by Square Enix on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC does not enter the list of the 40 best-selling games. Critics have called him a mediocre game; its Metacritic on the platform where it has been analyzed the most (PS5) it is 51 out of 100 at the time of writing these lines.

They argue from GamesIndustry that the Easter holidays and offerss in some titles have increased the sales of games with several months behind them. The most prominent case is that of FIFA 21, which occupies the first position from the podium with 81% more units sold compared to last week. Several nintendo switch games have benefited from the same: Animal Crossing: New Horizons (in position 2 with an increase of 11%), Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury (increases by 16%), Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (in fifth place with a 20% increase) and Ring Fit Adventure (7th place with an increase of 127% thanks to a new advertising campaign).

Monster Hunter Rise, which are released the week before in the first place, drop to fourth position with 74% less sales. Super Mario 3D All-Stars, which stopped being sold in the Switch digital store on March 31 and that not redistribute once the remaining physical copies are used up in stores, it ranks number eight with 56% fewer sales compared to last week.


The 10 best-selling games of the week in the UK

Below we list the 10 best-selling titles for the week from March 28 to April 3 in the United Kingdom according to data from the consulting firm GfK. In parentheses, last week’s position.

  • 1. (8) FIFA 21
  • 2. (3) Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • 3. (4) Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
  • 4. (1) Monster Hunter Rise
  • 5. (7) Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
  • 6. (-) Outriders
  • 7. (16) Ring Fit Adventure
  • 8. (2) Super Mario 3D All-Stars
  • 9. (14) Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • 10. (6) Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition


SEGA is the best publisher of 2020 according to the Metacritic ranking

Sega, Annapurna Interactive y Capcom, in order, are the 2020 video game editing improvements according to the note aggregator Metacritic. The website has published its eleventh ranking of the best publishers, where I know takes into account the criticism notes to titles, the number of games published and other factors.

Therefore, before representing the ranking or explaining the milestones of each brand, we have to stop for a moment at how the scoring system works that have followed since Metacritic. The most important factor is the Metascore half, that is, an average of the scores of all the games they have published throughout the year which is then multiplied by 1.5.

Then they take into account the percentage of titles that have received “positive reviews”, that is, those with an average greater than 75. If 80% of those who have published are good, 80 points are added; if 60% are good, they add up to 60 points. The same goes for negative dashes: the percentage of titles that have received scores of 49 or lower is collected. If 30% are “bad critics”, they add 70 points; if they are 40%, they add up to 60 points.

Finally, they add five points for each “great” title, that is, those who have a Metacritic of 90 or greateras long as that game has more than seven analyzes. Yes, it must be borne in mind that the games for mobile devices are not taken into account; and that only publishers who have published enter the ranking five or more different games (that is, the same game released for several platforms does not count).

Kentucky Route Zero

Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo do not reach the podium

Cleared, this, the top 10 fall as:

  • 1. SEGA: 372.2 points
  • 2. Annapurna Interactive: 322.9 points
  • 3. Capcom: 313.8 points
  • 4. Sony: 308.6 points
  • 5. Activision Blizzard: 306.6 points
  • 6. Microsoft: 293.3 points
  • 7. Aksys Games: 290 points
  • 8. No More Robots: 287.2 points
  • 9. Nintendo: 284.7 points
  • 10. Return Digital: 271.0 points

The first place of SEGA is due, above all, to Person 5 Royal for PlayStation 4 (it was the highest rated game of 2020) and at the launch of Yakuza 0 for Xbox One. The great new game of the Japanese brand has been 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim for PS4, but it is placed at the top of the list for the relaunch in other systems of delivery of Yakuza and games like Bayonetta.

Yakuza 0

Activision Blizzard get that position thanks, above all, to Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 and Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time. Sony almost reached the podium with The Last of Us Parte II and Demon’s Souls Remake, but the bad reviews Predator: Hunting Grounds they take their toll. Versions next-gen from Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition and Monster Hunter World: Iceborne for PC are guilty of the success of Capcom, whose points go down by the critics to Resident Evil: Resistance. Annapurna Interactive takes second place thanks, above all, to the adaptations to the console of Florence and Kentucky Route Zero.

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Return Digital, which repeats the position compared to last year, has had in Disc Room and RuinerNintendo had the great critical success Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but the numerical mean went down by Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light. No More Robots adapted to consoles great titles that have already been released on PC, such as the well received Hypnospace Outlaw. Aksys Gamesspecialized in Japanese games, they were successful with titles such as Code:Realize – Guardian of Rebirth. The Microsoft Flight Simulator and Ori and the Will of the Wisps got high marks, but the average of Microsoft baj por Battletoads and Bleeding Edge.

The Last of Us Parte 2

Other data: 505 Games, the best editor of 2019 for the launch of Control and of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, down 13th in 2020.


Al-Bilad Newspaper | Britain: The weapons used to attack Saudi Arabia are Iranian

Sunday 28 March 2021

The British ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Neil Crompton, confirmed that his country is aware that the weapons used in attacking Saudi Arabia are Iranian. He said, “We support Saudi Arabia in its defense against Houthi attacks.”

He also stressed that attacking oil installations in Saudi Arabia is a dangerous escalation.

He said in an interview with Okaz newspaper today, Sunday: “We know that these weapons that support the Houthis come from Iran, and this is a dangerous escalation by the Houthis, which increases the importance of the Saudi initiative to solve the crisis in Yemen, which we welcomed.”

The importance of the Saudi initiative

In addition, he stressed the importance of the Saudi initiative as it reflects the Kingdom’s stance towards the Yemeni crisis in political and humanitarian terms, as well as the reopening of Sanaa airport and the port of Hodeidah, calling on the international community to exert pressure on the Houthi militia to participate in the implementation of this initiative in order to solve security and peace in Yemen.

He stressed the importance of the strong and historic relations between Britain and Saudi Arabia, as he put it, adding that they have witnessed development in recent years.

He also pointed out that the British government supports the Kingdom’s vision 2030, and the exchange continues between the British and Saudi people, as evidenced by the presence of 18 thousand Saudi students studying in Britain, and 20 thousand Britons working in the Kingdom.

It is noteworthy that the Houthi militias’ repeated attempts during the past days to target civilian objects in the Kingdom have met with widespread international condemnation.

Destruction of two booby-trapped boats

And at dawn today, Sunday, the Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen announced that it had intercepted two marches that were launched towards the southern region in the Kingdom. He also indicated the destruction of two booby-trapped boats off Hodeidah, adding that the Iranian-backed militias take the Stockholm Agreement as an umbrella to launch hostile attacks from Hodeidah Governorate, and threaten shipping routes and global trade.

Yesterday, a spokesman for the US State Department, Ned Price, stressed that “the actions of the Houthis are a clear provocation aimed at prolonging the crisis” that has been going on for six years in Yemen.

He also strongly condemned the Houthis’ targeting of an oil distribution station in southern Saudi Arabia, noting that this attack comes days after the initiative launched by Saudi Arabia to end the conflict in Yemen.


Al-Bilad Newspaper | Britain: Financial Services Agreement with the Union after Brexit

The UK Treasury announced that Britain and the European Union have reached a cooperation agreement between financial regulators after the country leaves the bloc.

“There is a need to take formal steps on both sides before a memorandum of understanding can be signed, but it is expected that this can be achieved quickly,” the ministry said in a statement.

On the other hand, the British Food and Beverage Association said that food and beverage exports from the United Kingdom to the European Union fell by 75.5% on an annual basis in January, attributing most of the drop to trade barriers after Britain’s exit from the bloc.

The union added that the most affected trade route was to the Republic of Ireland, as exports to the UK’s largest market in January accounted for only 5% of all food and beverage exports, compared to about 18% a year ago.

Official data released earlier this month showed that trade between the United Kingdom and the European Union deteriorated in January, with overall exports falling 40.7% compared to December.