Tom Barrack and Mahmood Khimji (Getty)Tom Barrack’s Colony Capital is selling the majority of its beleaguered hotel business to private investor Highgate Hotels in a deal valuing the properties at $2.8 billion. It’s the largest shakeup the hospitality sector has seen since being decimated by the pandemic.The publicly traded Colony signed an agreement to sell six of its seven hotel portfolios to Highgate for $67.5 million, plus the assumption of $2.7 billion in debt, the California-based company announced Thursday afternoon.Read moreInside the “legacy” hotel assets Colony Capital is pivoting away fromColony defaults on $3.2B in loansTom Barrack predicts commercial mortgage market crisis Highgate co-founder and managing principal Mahmood Khimji said his company, which has more than $10 billion worth of hotels under management, remains bullish on the sector “despite the unprecedented disruption in hospitality over the past six months.”The deal, expected to close in the first quarter of 2021, includes 197 hotel properties with 22,676 rooms across the country.With the sale, Colony is making an almost full exit from the hospitality sector — a move long planned by the company but accelerated the pandemic forced hotel closures and put a halt on travel.The firm, which has struggled with a lagging stock price, has spent the last few years pivoting away from traditional, legacy real estate investments to ones focused on digital properties like cell phone towers and data centers.But the coronavirus pandemic put a huge strain on the company’s existing properties. Even as Barrack took to public airwaves to advocate a government bailout for the commercial real estate industry, Colony was struggling to make its mortgage payments. In May, the company defaulted on $3.2 billion worth of loans backing its hotel and healthcare properties.The sale of the majority of its hotel assets is likely the largest distress-driven transaction in the sector since the start of the pandemic. (The deal does not include Colony’s second-largest portfolio: the 48-property, 6,402-key Inland portfolio, which is in receivership.)“The sale of our legacy hospitality assets is a significant milestone in Colony’s digital transformation as we pivot to focus exclusively on our fast-growing digital businesses that generate superior returns for Colony shareholders,” Colony CEO Marc Ganzi said in a statement.The pandemic has disrupted the hospitality industry in other ways. In April, a deal between Anbang to sell a portfolio of 15 American hotels to Mirae Asset Global Investments for $5.8 billion fell apart, and the two sides are now in court battling it out.Highgate, for its part, has also seen its own shakeup. Neil Luthra, the company principal who ran Highgate’s day-to-day operations, recently left the company.HIghgate is the largest owner and operator of hotels in New York City.Contact Rich Bockmann Message* Full Name* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tagscolony capitalhighgateHotelsInvestment Sales Share via Shortlink Email Address*
UK Charts: Two Point Hospital debuts at No.2Call of Duty: Modern Warfare returns to No.1Christopher DringHead of Games B2BSunday 1st March 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleGfKTwo Point Hospital was the second best-selling boxed game in the UK last week.Call of Duty: Modern Warfare enjoyed a 30% increase in sales week-on-week, and keeps Sega’s hospital sim from the top spot. Of course, with digital combined, it’s possible that Two Point Hospital was the real No.1. We will receive the digital data later in the week.The game’s predecessor, Theme Hospital, reached No.1 back in 1997.The most successful platform for Two Point Hospital was Nintendo Switch, with 55% of boxed sales coming on Nintendo’s hybrid platform. 34% of sales were on PS4, with 12% on Xbox One. It wasn’t the only new release in the charts this week, with Rune Factory 4 Special on Switch coming in at No.17.Last week’s biggest new release was the double pack of Vanquish and Bayonetta, and that has dropped out of the Top 40 entirely. The other new title was Hunt: Showdown, which falls 46% in sales and drops from No,29 to No.40The big risers in the charts this week all benefited from price activity at retail. Ubisoft’s The Division 2 re-enters the Top Ten at No.7 (up from 12th place), Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy is at No.8 (rising from No.17 after a 17% jump in sales), and Crash Bandicoot Racing Nitro-Fueled leaps from No.22 to No.10 after a 35% sales improvement week-on-week. Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games With Team Sonic Racing at No.12 and Mario Kart 8: Deluxe at No.6, there are three kart racing games in the top part of the UK boxed charts.The recent PS4 game Dreams continues to perform relatively steady after a muted launch three weeks ago. This week, sales of the creation game dropped 33%, but it is still in the Top 20 at No.19. Here is the GfK Top Ten for the week ending February 29thLast WeekThis WeekTitle21Call of Duty: Modern Warfare New Entry2Two Point Hospital13FIFA 2034Grand Theft Auto 545Minecraft (Switch)66Mario Kart 8 Deluxe127Tom Clancy’s The Division 2178Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy49Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order2210Crash Team Racing Nitro-FueledCelebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesResident Evil: Village is the third biggest PS5 launch so far | UK Boxed ChartsBut physical sales down over previous Resident Evil gamesBy Christopher Dring YesterdayNier Replicant ver.1.22474487139 is No.1 in the UK | UK Boxed ChartsIt’s very quiet out thereBy Christopher Dring 15 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
Scalpers and bots reportedly driving PS5 shortagesOne UK-based group claims to have secured nearly 3,500 next-gen consoles for resaleJames BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefTuesday 24th November 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareA new report has thrown the impact of scalpers and bots on PlayStation 5’s launch into sharp relief.Business Insider spoke to groups who have secured large quantities of the new console and are reselling them at an inflated price.One UK-based group, CrepChiefNotify, told the site its 12 members had collectively purchased close to 2,472 PS5 units in recent weeks, plus “just under 1,000″ when pre-orders first opened in September.Groups like this are usually competing with each other over high-price items, such as designer sneakers, as well as other products that have seen a dramatic increase in demand during the pandemic.”Our developer wrote some site monitor software, and we tracked the stock of the sites selling hot tubs,” said Tom, a CrepChiefNotify manager, by way of example. “Every time they pinged into stock, we would notify our members to buy it all.”The group used the same software to monitor retail sites for Xbox Series X|S and PS5 stock, as well as bots that could circumvent wait times, jump online queues and purchase consoles faster than a human being would be able to.”Bot developers have seen the demand rise for next-gen consoles,” said Tom. “[They] have changed their focus from being sneaker-focused bots into multi-use bots for electronics too.”Business Insider reports one individual reseller was charging $1,100 for the $500 disc-based PS5 and $900 for the $400 digital-only model. Meanwhile, groups like CrepChiefNotify charge anyway between $40 and $530 as a subscription to their service.PS5 launched on November 12 is key markets, and then the rest of the world on November 19.Related JobsSenior QA Engineer Gaming Studio Baltic Region UK & Europe Big PlanetLead Game Programmer – Quebec Province Quebec Big PlanetSenior Build Engineer – AAA Studio – Yorkshire UK & Europe Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games In a recent interview with Russian news agency Tass, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan said launch allocations have flown off the shelves everywhere, saying: “Everything is sold. Absolutely everything is sold.”Last month, our contributing editor Rob Fahey pointed to the struggles over pre-orders for both next-gen consoles — and the role scalpers played there — as proof that hardware launches and online pre-order systems need to be re-evaluated.Similar reports of bot-wielding scalpers emerged earlier this year when Nintendo Switch suffered shortages just as many regions of the world were going into lockdown.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesSpecialEffect joins Best Places To Work Awards as charity partnerUS event deadline is coming upBy Christopher Dring 22 hours agoResident Evil: Village is the third biggest PS5 launch so far | UK Boxed ChartsBut physical sales down over previous Resident Evil gamesBy Christopher Dring 23 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
Check out these games at GI Live: OnlineSponsored article: And you can meet with the indie developers behind them from WednesdaySponsored articleMonday 12th April 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareGI Live: Online kicks off Wednesday (April 14th) with hundreds of games and studios to meet and discover at the digital event. Already our showcase area is filled with products to check out, including some promising unsigned titles, all of which could win the ‘Unsigned Game of the Show’ prize at Thursday’s Indie Publishing Awards.Below are a number of the titles that we’ve checked out and are being promoted to attendees at the show. Ticket holders can arrange meetings with their creators. For more details on GI Live: Online, click here.6 DegreesCode Blue Games inc6 Degrees is a third person action-adventure game with a hint of tower defense mixed in, You play as Kenya Curtis, a brilliant neuroscientist who has the ability to transfer her mind into a variety of robots each with different abilities. However doing so leaves Kenya’s physical body in a comatose state. Players must protect her body, carry it with them and use it to solve a variety of puzzles. More details over at: https://codeblugames.comGI Live: Online ticket holders can meet with Code Blue here.7SwordsmanBroken Archer (Chris Cummings)7Swordsman is a turn-based strategy RPG about a swordsman who is on a quest for revenge after his family was ripped away from him. Players must utilise different swords and attacks, fight monsters, connect with characters and use the ‘Virtues’ to find vengeance. The game uses strategic turn-based battles, with different characters boasting unique abilities and stats, and their position on the battlefield dictates the available attacks. GI Live: Online ticket holders can meet with Broken Archer here.9th Dawn III: Shadow of ErthilValorware9th Dawn III: Shadow of Erthil is a huge 2D open world RPG and collectathon dungeon crawler. The story begins with ghostly sightings, and becomes a journey through lakes, ancient fortresses, dark dungeons, perilous swamps and a whole lot more, to confront an untrustworthy king. Players must battle over 27 unique monsters, unlock spells, abilities and acquire loot. They can also recruit monsters to their team, customise their weapons and armour, go fishing and complete a variety of silly and scary sidequests. There’s also a full orchestral soundtrack and an original card game to enjoy.GI Live: Online ticket holders can meet with Valorware here.10 Days of QuarantineOveron Station StudioThe story follows a 13 year-old gamer who has been infected by COVID-19 and locked in his room. And worst of all? His gaming PC is faulty.Using his imagination, he creates game worlds to keep himself entertained, and summons an imaginary friend (the player) to control him. 10 Days of Quarantine is a story-driven meta game that mixes various gameplay styles. The game can change without a transition, so one minute you’re in a photorealistic forest, and the next you’re leaping over mushrooms in a pixel-graphic side-scroller. GI Live: Online ticket holders can meet with Overon Studios here.A Musical StoryGlee-Cheese Studio/Digerati A music/narrative experience set in the 1970s, A Musical Story is part rhythm game, part interactive art. There’s no text or dialogue – the entire story is told through the game’s original music and distinct animated art style.Players explore the memories of Gabriel, a young musician who finds himself lying in a hospital bed with no recollection of how he got there. Players must help Gabriel come to terms with his situation through the connections to his musical memory – use rhythmic button presses in time with the music (including 26 original songs) to rekindle his memories.GI Live: Online ticket holders can meet with Digerati here.AnadoluSarmal Entertainment L.L.C.Anadolu is a first-person shooter, sandbox survival game about building communities, out-witting opposing factions, and exploring Turkey’s unique topography. You can choose to endure the environment as a lone wolf or venture through it with fellow survivors. Scavenge for weapons and equipment to build your arsenal, travel from village to village along the Silk Road in search of the next assignment, or team up with other survivors to convert old ruins and ransacked villages into flourishing communities. Players can craft their own stories in a game that hopes to deliver spontaneous gameplay experiences.GI Live: Online ticket holders can meet with Sarmal Entertainment LLC here.A Space for the UnboundMojiken Studio/Toge Productions/Chorus Worldwide/PQubeA slice-of-life adventure game with beautiful pixelart set in the late 1990s rural Indonesia. The game tells a story about overcoming anxiety, depression, and the relationship between a boy and a girl with supernatural powers.Atma and Raya are two high school sweethearts on a journey of self-discovery at the end of their high school years. When a mysterious power threatens their existence, they must explore their town to uncover hidden secrets, face the end of the world and learn more about each other.GI Live: Online ticket holders can meet with Toge Productions here.Back ThenOutridersBack Then is an adventure game that tells a story not often seen in the world of video games. It’s about an elderly poet who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, and it deals with how our elders and their families change and learn to adapt to this loss of memory and identity. But more than that, the game wants to show players that there is more to these situations than simple forgetfulness as we get older. GI Live: Online ticket holders can meet with Outriders here.Checkout SockMonkey StudiosCheckout is a multiplayer ‘shop-a-thon’. Players must dash around the aisles of supermarkets to fulfil shopping lists and provide excellent customer service, all while avoiding obstacles in unusual levels. The term ‘physicals-based carnage’ sums up this co-op game, with upgrades and special items to help you achieve your goals. GI Live: Online ticket holders can meet with SockMonkey Studios hereColorBlend FXPi-Dev BulgariaColorBlend FX is a single-player stylized 2.5d metroidvania. An evil cloud-like create has devoured the colors form the world, and the Splatians must work together to ‘blend’ them back again and foil the villain’s plans. The gameplay is traditional platforming and physics-based puzzles, mixed with unique color painting mechanics featuring squishy slimes that splatter everything, including the player character. Different devices react to specific colours. The developer says the game is inspired by Inside, Limbo, Splatoon and Little Nightmares.GI Live: Online ticket holders can meet with Pi-Dev Bulgaria here.Crooks Like Us Out Of Tune GamesUp to eight players must collect as many valuables as possible and get to the escape van in this chaotic party game. Players can balance multiple items for bigger scores, but the larger the stack, the more precarious things can become, with rival crooks looking to spoil your plans. And no burglary game is complete without falling anvils, earthquakes, banana skins, power cuts and other tomfoolery. There are also multiple game modes and character customisation options. GI Live: Online ticket holders can meet with Out of Tune Games here.Harmony’s OdysseyMythic OwlThis adventure puzzle sees the modern world mingle with mythology and comedy. It’s a place where a cyclops can’t take their eye off their phones, furious minotaurs drive to work and mermaids hang out in their garden swimming pools. Players must embark on a quest to restore peace to seven distinct worlds that are full of tangled, 3D tile-based puzzles that have been created by a rowdy cat. This one looks like one to watch. GI Live: Online ticket holders can meet with Mythic Owl here.Hell is OthersStrelka Games/YonderThis is one surprising online multiplayer top-down shooter, in a game that is all about survival and… farming.Players must venture into the streets of Century City, and loot, explore, shop and hunt. If gamers make it back home safely, they can then relax and farm their own custom bullets. They just need to water them with a mix of other players’ blood, and monster remains.Hell is Others will be released in Early Access on Steam in 2021. GI Live: Online ticket holders can meet with Strelka Games here.In The MealtimeTeam Madness GamesIn the Mealtime is a multiplayer physics game where teams of players work together in a restaurant. In co-op, four players must work together to give customers what they order within the time limit. In co-op versus, eight players are divided into two teams and compete to deliverIt’s not all about the kitchen, with a garden, dining room and freezer in all six locations. Players compete for coins and stars to obtain character skins. The developer is also planning to hold temporary events.GI Live: Online ticket holders can meet with Team Madness Games here.Model BuilderMoonlit S.A. Model Builder brings the joy of, well… model building to the virtual world. It allows users to build model machines just like you would in reality by cutting out, assembling, and then painting and customizing your creations. Players can build an array of cars, planes, helicopters and tanks (from different countries and regions), and then display them in dioramas or even sell their creations. Model Builder boasts and array of tools and models, colors and decals, and there’s no need to find space in the house to keep them. GI Live: Online ticket holders can meet with Moonlit S.A. here.NARAKA: BLADEPOINT24 EntertainmentNARAKA: BLADEPOINT is a new take on the royale genre, with an experience built around speed, agility and close quarters combat. Players use grappling hooks to traverse trees, buildings and temples, and parkour skills to scale anything in sight.Ranged weapons are scared, with limited ammunitions and fast moving targets, this is a game about face-to-face combat. The developer says it is easy to pick up for newcomers, with plenty of depth for seasoned players, with parrying, dodging and counter-attacking skills to master.GI Live: Online ticket holders can meet with 24 Entertainment here.Neko Ghost, Jump!Burgos GamesThis puzzle-platformer (which the developer describes as ‘pawsome’) involves switching between 2D and 3D camera perspectives as players guide Nekoman on a quest to save friends, family and bride-to-be from the evil Space Dog Pirate Boss. Featuring numerous playstyles, customisation options and locations (including grassy plains, snowy tundras and sweltering deserts) , Neko Ghost, Jump! is designed for all varieties of gamers, from hardcore masochists to those looking for something a bit more family-friendly. GI Live: Online ticket holders can meet with Burgos Games here.Night ReverieSomber PixelNight Reverie is a puzzle/adventure video game in which a child must solve the mystery behind the distortion of his house. Players must explore puzzle-filled, dream-like environmenst, discover strange creatures living in the house, engage them in conversation and try to reach the truth behind of what looks like a bizarre nightmare.GI Live: Online ticket holders can meet with Somber Pixel here.Out of LineNerd Monkeys/Hatinh Interactive Out of Line is a platformer filled with beautiful puzzles all hand-draw in a lovely 2D style . Out of Line follows the adventures of San in a quest to escape a factory that was once their home. Out of Line dives players into San’s story that will be unveiled through multiple chapters. It is being developed for PS4, Switch and Xbox One.GI Live: Online ticket holders can meet with Hatinh Interactive here.OWO GameOWOGI Live: Online isn’t all about the games. On show at the event is the OWO Game, which is a haptic vest with which you can feel more than 30 different physical sensations while playing video games. It’s wireless, compatible with all platforms and modes (including local and online multiplayer). The firm explains that the OWO Game technology is based on electro-muscle stimulation, and not on vibration like rival systems that are out there. You can check the website here.GI Live: Online ticket holders can meet with OWO here.Pollito & Xiang Xiang: Adventure in the ForestPollito & Xiang XiangThe puzzle adventure game stars Pollito, who is intrepid, agile and can fly and jump to reach inaccessible places. And his brother Xiang Xiang, who boasts strength and a camera that can exorcise from the planet’s inhabitants. The duo is searching the galaxy for remains of an evil force, before crash landing on a strange planet, and losing their video games, drinks and food in the process. Players must recover these items, fix their ship, build a house and save the planet from evil. It can be played in single-player or in two-player co-op. GI Live: Online ticket holders can meet with Pollito & Xiang Xiang here.Retreat To EnenHead WestRetreat To Enen is an open world survival game set 1,500 years in the future. After centuries of war and climate disaster, humanity has been brought to the brink of extinction. The remaining few humans have formed a new society with an emphasis on reconnecting with the natural world. You are sent to the legendary island of Enen to not only survive, but build a new beautiful home and learn to sustain yourself with the resources around you. The game features crafting, base building, meditation, hunting, fishing, foraging and exploring. GI Live: Online ticket holders can meet with Head West here.Rising HellTahoe Games/Toge Productions/Chorus Worldwide/Another IndieRising Hell is a vertical platformer rogue-lite filled with adrenaline-pumping action and tons of heavy gothic metal shreds. Climb out from the ever-changing hell while you fight hordes of blood-lusting demons, unlocking new characters and talents to create chaos in randomly generated and ever-changing landscapes. To succeed, players will need to chain combos and perform jumping manoeuvres. There are numerous game modes, including the campaign and challenge modes, plus epic boss battles to fight.GI Live: Online ticket holders can meet with Toge Productions here.Sam & Max: This Time It’s Virtual!HappyGiant/Big SugarSam & Max return, using the magic of virtual reality to bring players into their off-kilter world for a day of monster-slaying, obstacles courses, responsibly discharged firearms, and, of course, saving the entire world.Original creator Steve Purcell returns to support the project, plus former developers from previous games (including Peter Chan, Mike Stemmle, Julian Kwasneski and Jared Emerson-Johnson) and the Sam and Max voice actors David Nowlin and Dave Boat. The game is coming to Oculus Quest, SteamVR, Viveport and PSVR.GI Live: Online ticket holders can meet with Big Sugar here.Severed SteelGreylock Studio/DigeratiSevered Steel is an FPS that casts players in the role of Steel. After losing an arm in an accident, Steel is abandoned by nefarious mega-corporation, EdenSys. In the name of all those crushed under the boot of her former paymaster, Steel sets her sights on revenge.Steel’s residual limb means she can’t reload weapons. When a gun is out of ammo, she must find a replacement, which often means stealing a weapon from an enemy. The game features a fluid stunt system, destructible voxel environments, loads of bullet time, a unique one-armed protagonist, and a dark electronic soundtrack. Chain together wall runs, dives, flips, and slides to take every last enemy down.Awarded an Epic MegaGrant, Severed Steel is the debut game from Greylock Studio, aka Matt Larrabee.GI Live: Online ticket holders can meet with Digerati here.StuffedWaving Bear StudioStuffed is a fast-paced FPS that takes place in the dreams of a little girl. Players must take control of a teddy bear fighting waves of nightmares.The concept behind the game is to take the adult gameplay of Call of Duty, Halo and Gears of War, and put it in a setting for a more casual audience, so that it can be enjoyed by adults and their kids. The core of the game is a horde mode, which can be played in local and online co-op, where players fight waves enemies while also trying to protect the bedroom door. The map in game is procedurally generated making every experience different. GI Live: Online ticket holders can meet with Waving Bear Studio here.TamarinChameleon GamesIn this third-person action adventure, an insect invasion threatens the destruction of nature, and sets the game’s cute monkey hero on a journey exploring, leaping and shooting to save his family. Tamarin boasts an interconnected 3D world, with a scenic wilderness filled with forests, fjords and mountains. Along the way, players will chase mysterious electrical fireflies, discover a secret underground world of dancing ants, rescue innocent birds and restore this one idyllic natural habitat.GI Live: Online ticket holders can meet with Chameleon Games here.Tandem: A Tale of ShadowsMonochrome Studios/Hatinh Interactive Tandem: A Tales of Shadows is an original action puzzle game featuring 45 levels where players will have to alternate between two characters: Emma (top-down view) and her teddy bear Fenton (side view) to solve the mystery of her missing brother. Players use light and shadows to solve puzzles and perform platform challenges in an accurate Victorian era setting. Tandem was recently showcased at the MIX and London Games Festival, and is being made for PC, Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this year. GI Live: Online ticket holders can meet with Hatinh Interactive here.The Sacred AcornA Few DragonsThe Sacred Acorn is a unique top-down adventure game where you play as a squirrel fighting against a mysterious force known as ‘Chaos’, which is spreading across the land and corrupting all that it touches.Players must journey across a beautiful and enchanted world filled with ancient forests, mysterious caves, frigid tundras, murky swamps, deadly volcanoes and much more, filled with fearsome monsters to fight, puzzles to solve and ‘cute and strange’ creatures to befriend.GI Live: Online ticket holders can meet with A Few Dragons here.Thirsty HeroesBit By Bit StudiosPart-management sim, part turn-based deck building game, part… Diablo. In Thirsty Heroes, players take the role of Quartermaster in service of an inept King. Their job is to keep treasure flowing into the royal vault by hiring heroes to fight through dungeons. From behind the tavern bar, players organize scouting parties to find dungeons and hire bar patrons strategically suited to crawl them. The player then controls the hero as they fight through the procedurally-generated dungeon encounters and collect loot. Spoils gained are used to satisfy the King’s demands as well as upgrade heroes and facilities.GI Live: Online ticket holders can meet with Bit By Bit Studios here.Turn left at SaturnSiunne StudiosTurn left at Saturn is a unique racing game with deck building mechanics.Players must try and try again to overcome increasingly difficult challenges and increase their chances of survival by building their own deck of abilities, such as double jump, slow motion, turbo, and many more. Featuring an eye-catching comic-book art style and a funk soundtrack created by a real band, players will uncover an intriguing story and meet fascinating characters in this intense world.GI Live: Online ticket holders can meet with Siunne Studios here.Related Jobs3D Artist – Mobile Studio – Midlands UK & Europe Big PlanetProducer Indie Game Studio France UK & Europe Big PlanetSenior C++ Unreal Programmer – PC and Console Studio – Austria South East Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games GI Live: Online is an indie developer event created by GamesIndustry.biz, with support from the EGX Rezzed team. Alongside games and companies to meet, there are also a number of high profile talks, roundtables and special guests to watch, take part in and speak to.Talks include sessions with Minecraft head Helen Chiang, industry leader Peter Moore. and major studio heads at Velan Studios (Guha Bala), Sumo Digital (Carl Cavers) and IO Interactive (Hakan Abrak), Special guests include Brenda Romero, John Romero, Debbie Bestwick, Dr Jo Twist and Warren Spector. Meanwhile, there are roundtable sessions with Valve, Xbox, Kowloon Nights and more. You can see the full schedule at live.gamesindustry.biz.Tickets are on sale now at $50 for developers (+VAT). The event is sponsored by Xsolla, gnet, LEGO Ventures, nDreams, Renaissance PR, Curve, My.Games, CrazyLabs, Limited Run and Creative England’s Advance Initiative. Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesCEO says Paradox “can do better” as Q1 profits plummet”We are not satisfied with the quarter,” CEO Ebba Ljungerud saidBy Marie Dealessandri 52 minutes agoStarbreeze’s Q1 losses shrink 95% to $505,000New CEO Tobias Sjögren says “the road ahead is clear” as Payday 3 is fully funded By James Batchelor An hour agoLatest comments There are no comments on this article yet. Why not be the first to post one?Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
Ahh!!…what’s this amazing smell, I know what it is ….oh! its Chole Bhature …. the thick gravy texture, puffed Bhatura, stuffed spicy green chills …is now all over my head, I rush to the kitchen, to see if I have all the ingredients, oh! let me google the recipe first, alas! seems too much for my elementary cooking skills, but no worries Zomato or Swiggy is the knight in shining armour, done ordered. And now till the time, the Chole bhature gets delivered onto my doorsteps by the angel Swiggy bhaiya, my mind simply refuses to settle…Why this mind is so delinquent? Ever wondered you are resting on a couch peacefully, reading or watching something and suddenly a random thought pops up and then you leave everything you were doing and go right after to pursue what came just now like it happened with me just now. Our body is merely following the wishes dictated by the mighty mind. It is the Professor ( yes the Money Heist one ) in the human anatomy. It hatches all the plan, simply pulls the trigger and lays comfortably on the couch and enjoys the whole drama …I Pondered this question often whose side the mind is? Remember those early days when from parents to the self-appointed guardians exercised their right to apprise us every time they saw us demanding cold drinks, fast foods, chocolates and we still sneakily use to go right after them, isn’t this the responsibility of our mind to tell us “Don’t”.In this time of extreme turmoil, when almost every business is trying to stay afloat one concept is in full swing and that is “Mindfulness”. Instagram, LinkedIn and almost all social to professional media platforms are flooded with aspiring experts guiding distinct techniques to achieve mindfulness, now the catch is, it sounds really pragmatic to start with but as you delve deeper you realize it is not at all easy, we don’t even know what being mindful is, we entertain every thought, we allow these thoughts to trigger random emotions and hence our actions are more often reckless. Interestingly never knew that there are over 20 different ways of meditation, thanks to the endless surge of these mindful experts, I now know that none of them works in isolation and these varied contours gifted to Sigmund Freud Id, Ego, Super-ego model of structural Psyche, is simply too much for an ingenious mind.Just a close peer of this latest vogue speaks volumes about the enormous popularity of the growing space, which simply translates to how brazen our mind is, it goes right onto things, it shouldn’t, simply because it is the one passing orders right now and our muted body is simply complying to them.There has already a lot been written and spoken about how to tame the mind however real action lies in practice, but how much of this practice will make it happen? Wait, I think something interesting is cooking next door.
The Hungarian parliament will this week discuss whether to ban the red star in Heineken’s logo under a law outlawing symbols associated with Nazi occupation and communist rule, Reuters reported Monday.Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s government has said that the banning of symbols such as the swastika and the hammer and sickle is a “moral obligation.”A bill proposing the ban was introduced last week by Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén and Orbán’s chief of staff János Lázár. Semjén said the Dutch brewing giant’s logo was “obvious political content.” According to Reuters, Heineken has had a star logo on its beer for most of its history (it was first brewed in the second half of the 19th century), with the star becoming red in the 1930s. The star is believed to represent a brewers symbol of the various stages of the brewing process. Also On POLITICO Mole rats don’t dig Hungary’s migrant fence By Emma Diltz Hungary hardens immigration line By Tom McTague
LRM candidates insist that nothing is done yet, that the electorate has never been so volatile, and that they remain vulnerable to unpleasant last-minute surprises. But they can’t hide their confidence as they ride the wave that carried Macron to the French presidency a month ago. Opinion polls suggest the party is on course for a landslide victory, which would give Macron a powerful mandate to implement reforms to shake up the French economy, such as liberalizing the labor market.On the LRM campaign posters, the picture of the president is at least as large as that of the local candidates, who don’t campaign on the local or regional issues that aspirants for parliamentary seats traditionally have to master.“Voters want to allow Macron to implement his platform, that’s why they want to give him a majority” — Hughes Renson, the LRM candidate running in the 15th arrondissement of ParisThis time it’s all about Macron, acknowledged Gilles Le Gendre, the LRM candidate in what is traditionally one of Paris’ most conservative districts, which encompasses the 5th, 6th and part of the 7th arrondissements. “People mostly talk to us about Macron and his platform, national issues, and the details which are of particular concern to them,” he said as he set up camp one morning last week at Marché Monge, a well-known food market in the Latin Quarter.Le Gendre, 59, is a representative of an army of novice politicians that Macron has tasked with taking parliament by storm. A former journalist who went on to found his own PR firm, Le Gendre volunteered last year to spend a few hours of his time with Macron’s movement. It ended up being more than a few hours, which led him, like 19,000 others across France, to put his name forward for selection as a parliamentary candidate.Gilles Le Gendre, the LRM candidate in one of Paris’ most conservative districts. “People want him to succeed,” Le Gendre said of Macron. “They have been impressed by his first few days on the international stage” | Miguel Medina/AFP via Getty ImagesConservative turfUntil very recently, the constituency for which Le Gendre is campaigning would not have been seen as fertile ground for an LRM candidate. Its outgoing MP is François Fillon, the former presidential candidate for conservative party Les Républicains, whose campaign foundered earlier this year on allegations of embezzlement and nepotism. The conservatives this time are fielding Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, a flamboyant former minister who also put her name forward for the presidential nomination last year. He will run against the sitting Républicains MP Jean-François Lamour, a former Olympic fencing champion and another ex-adviser to Chirac, who later made him sports minister.Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, a former minister who also put her name forward for the presidential nomination, faces off against Le Gendre | Christophe Archambault/AFP via Getty ImagesParis looks set to become one of Macron’s strongholds, confirming the trend set in the presidential election. Thirty-five percent of voters in the capital chose Macron in the first round of the presidential poll, with 26 percent going for Fillon, and National Front leader Marine Le Pen a distant fifth with less than 5 percent of the vote. The national figures for those three candidates were 24 percent, 20 percent and 21 percent respectively.In the second round of the election, which pitted Macron against Le Pen, almost 90 percent of Parisians voted for the victor — way above the 66 percent national average.If the parliamentary election establishes Paris’ status as Macron City, LRM could try to cement its domination with a run for city hall. The party already seems to have Socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo in its crosshairs. Hidalgo poured scorn on Macron when he was in François Hollande’s government, notably for his efforts to liberalize the French economy. According to LRM insiders, the party already has a candidate to take her on in the 2020 municipal election: Benjamin Griveaux, the 39–year-old former spokesman of Macron’s presidential campaign, who is also running for a parliamentary seat in Paris this year.Nationwide supportWhile the rest of France may not be in the grip of the same levels of Macron mania, the new president seems to be doing well enough across the country to secure an absolute majority of seats in parliament. That would allow him to dispel the notion that he doesn’t have a “real mandate” because so many of his second-round voters were only driven by their rejection of a possible Le Pen presidency.Under the French system, if no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the votes in the first round, two or more leading candidates go on to a runoff. The Macron camp in recent days has taken to warning its supporters against over-confidence, as poll after poll suggests a landslide victory. The most spectacular survey, by Ipsos-CEVIPOF, showed last week that with only 31 percent of the votes nationwide, LRM could expect to sweep the board, winning between 395 and 425 seats in the 577-strong National Assembly. Les Républicains would become the main opposition, but with only 95 to 115 seats. And all the other parties, including the National Front, would be reduced to marginal roles by the French electoral system.Asked about his chances last week, Le Gendre said he is just hoping to “come out ahead” in the first round, in a field of 24 candidates, including four or five serious ones. “And then we’ll see,” he added. Under the French system, if no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the votes in the first round, two or more leading candidates go on to a runoff.A few days after Le Gendre’s visit to the market, a new poll conducted in his district came out, showing the formerly “unknown” candidate (as some newspapers called him) polling at 42 percent to Kosciusko-Morizet’s 24 percent.That’s more than Macron himself scored in that area in the first round of the presidential ballot. Also On POLITICO 6 Macron ministers in hot seat for parliamentary election By Nicholas Vinocur Macron’s party on course for landslide victory in French vote: poll By Saim Saeed Why Poles are bearish on Emmanuel Macron By Claudia Ciobanu PARIS — To get a sense of the great upheaval taking place in French politics, you just need to go to a Parisian open-air market.Only two types of candidates seem to be competing for votes at these traditional venues for election campaigning: French President Emmanuel Macron’s, and all the others.As France heads to the polls in the first round of the parliamentary election Sunday, the candidates from La République En Marche (“The Republic on the Move”) — the centrist movement-turned-party Macron created a little over a year ago — seem to have more volunteers, more energy and more enthusiasm than rivals from traditional parties looking on in envy. “NKM,” as she is widely known, tried hard to convince Macron that she would support him if elected to parliament. To no avail: LRM still decided to put Le Gendre up against her — in contrast to the few other potential conservative supporters left to run without a Macronist opponent.Kosciusko-Morizet can claim, at 44, to belong to a younger generation than Le Gendre, but she could still fall victim to the feeling expressed by Martine Vinchon, a 52-year-old secondary school teacher visiting the market that day. “I voted for Fillon both as an MP in 2012 and in the first round of the presidential election,” she said. But, she added: “This time, it will be Le Gendre. Macron has been elected, he deserves his chance.”“People want him to succeed and they have been impressed by his first few days on the international stage,” said Le Gendre who, not to be outdone by “NKM,” is campaigning as “GLG.”The campaign faced a hiccup, he admits, when Macron’s aura was tainted by nepotism allegations against LRM leader and regions minister Richard Ferrand. That didn’t seem to square with Macron’s campaign promise to clean up French politics and “people were troubled and asked questions,” Le Gendre said.But then, he smiled, “Trump helped us.” Macron responded to the U.S. president’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord with solemn televised statements — in French and English — at 11 p.m., allowing him to claim the mantle of a European leader ready to pick up the gauntlet. The next day, confirmed Anne Vicher, a volunteer handing out flyers, “questions about Ferrand have disappeared. As if people realized there are global problems that are much more serious.”Presidential platform“Voters want to allow Macron to implement his platform, that’s why they want to give him a majority,” said Hughes Renson, the LRM candidate running in the 15th arrondissement of Paris. Renson illustrates how people with a variety of political backgrounds are rallying behind Macron. Once an adviser to former President Jacques Chirac on social affairs, he later became a top executive at EDF, the French mammoth utility.
A court in Istanbul ordered the conditional release on bail of the local Amnesty International chair Taner Kılıç, the human rights group said in a statement on Wednesday. However, the court later reversed its decision.Kılıç was detained and jailed in June last year, facing charges of belonging to a terrorist organization. Turkish prosecutors accuse him of downloading a messaging app they say is linked to supporters of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gülen, who President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan claims organized the failed 2016 military coup.However, Amnesty International says there is no evidence that Kılıç ever had the app on his phone. Colleagues and friends in the courtroom on Wednesday erupted into cheers at the decision, some embracing one another and crying, Reuters reported.However, the prosecution appealed against the decision and a second court agreed, meaning his detention continues.“To have been granted release only to have the door to freedom so callously slammed in his face is devastating for Taner, his family and all who stand for justice in Turkey,” said Salil Shetty, Amnesty’s secretary general.Amnesty International said it will continue to push for all charges against Kılıç and 10 other activists facing similar accusations to be dropped.This article was updated after the second court decision
The last-minute decision follows a diplomatic spat over comments made by Netanyahu in Warsaw last week. Polish leaders expressed outrage after he was reported as saying that “the Poles cooperated with the Germans” during the Holocaust.The Israeli government later said that a Jerusalem Post article had been wrong to include the definite article (which exists in Hebrew but not in Polish), and that Netanyahu had said “Poles cooperated with the Germans.”Michał Dworczyk, the Polish government’s chief of staff, told news agency PAP: “Prime Minister Morawiecki has a very principled approach to cases of accusing the Polish state and the Polish nation of acts that it did not commit during World War II.”Michał Broniatowski contributed reporting from Warsaw.This article has been updated. Also On POLITICO Poland’s problem with a 3-letter word By Jan Cienski Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki canceled plans to travel to a summit in Israel over remarks by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the role of Poles in the Holocaust.Morawiecki informed his Israeli counterpart by telephone of his decision to skip the summit of the Visegrad Group of Central European countries, slated to be held for the first time in Jerusalem on Monday and Tuesday, I24News reported.Poland’s foreign minister is expected to attend instead, Haaretz reported.
After some significant weather patterns forced Lockn’ Festival to close their campgrounds and cancel the first day of festival performances, the organizers have been working tirelessly to ensure that the show will go on! As such, they’ve released a three-day schedule that has enabled some of the Thursday night performers to play throughout the remainder of the weekend. The festival has also announced that the campgrounds will officially open at 6 AM tomorrow morning.Check out the revised schedule below:Among the notable reschedules are Mickey Hart & EOTO and the Doobie Incident (a crossover between Doobie Brothers and String Cheese Incident), both of whom were scheduled to play on Thursday night. Billy & The Kids were scheduled for Thursday night, but they were also scheduled to perform on Saturday, and have announced a make-up show for tonight at a nearby venue. Make-up shows were also scheduled for Moogatu and The Southern Belles, and a separate free show for Strangefolk as well.Unfortunately, it seems fans eager to see Soulive, Little Feat, Deer Tick and Galactic are out of luck. Most importantly, however, we’re particularly grateful that no one was severely injured by the inclement weather.