Today's round-up includes news that WorldWinner will co-host the Worldwide Web Games championship with SkillJam, NPD's top-selling PC titles for April, and the Inaugural Canadian Awards for the Electronic and Animated Arts, as well as the latest GameSetWatch posts, Serious Games Source news, product news and Gamasutra job postings.
- Fun Technologies subsidiary WorldWinner announced that it is joining SkillJam Technologies to co-host the Worldwide Web Games, formerly known as the Skill Games World Championship. Together, WorldWinner and SkillJam comprise Fun’s 'Fun Games' division, and both companies are working together to bring casual gamers worldwide an opportunity to compete for the $1 million prize at the Worldwide Web Games finals in September. Available immediately, WorldWinner players can enter tournaments in Solitaire
to qualify for the Worldwide Web Games championship, and the high scorer in each qualifying tournament wins a seat at the finals. WorldWinner plans to add qualifying tournaments in Bejeweled 2
shortly. Visit the website for Worldwide Web Games
for more information, including how to enter.
- The NPD Group has released its list of best-selling PC games for the month of April. The Sims 2 Open For Business Expansion Pack
took the top spot, followed by The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
. Another expansion for The Sims 2
, subtitled Family Fun Stuff
, took the third spot, followed by Blizzard's popular MMORPG World Of Warcraft
in fourth. NCsoft's recently released Guild Wars Factions
ranked as the fifth top selling PC title for the month, followed by LucasArts' Star Wars: Empire At War
. Electronic Arts' continues its dominance of the list with The Sims 2
in the number seven spot, followed by the company's Lord of the Rings: Battle For Middle Earth II
. Microsoft's popular real-time strategy title Age of Empires III
finished out the top ten in the final spot.
- Several companies and organizations, including EA, Ubisoft, A2M, Auto Desk, Studio B, Voicebox, Nitrogen, Bardel, Western Imperial, David Kaye Productions, Budget Monks, British Columbia Film, Sheridan Institute, VanArts, Selkirk College, and The Art Institute of Vancouver have been confirmed as being on board and backing the new Canadian Awards for the Electronic and Animated Arts
(CAEAA 2006). The event will serve as a way to bridge the animation and video gaming industries, as well as recognize the students and educators who supply the talent for both trades. The first year of this awards event is being held near Vancouver, BC at the River Rock Theatre on September 14, 2006.
- The latest updates on Gamasutra sister weblog GameSetWatch include a look at the History of Videogames "booth" in Kentia Hall at E3
, a rather negative look at SiN Episodes Vol. 1
, recently released last week during E3 over Steam, and a special bikini packed-in
to the Limited Edition of the PSP title Finder Love
, out this June in Japan.
- Also updated today: Serious Games Source
news on a call for papers for Serious Games Summit DC 2006
, public reaction to Darfur Is Dying
, an E3-themed serious game pitched during the conference
, and a feature discussing the merits of using video games to teach students in school
, plus Gamasutra product news regarding EVE Online Getting Vivox Voice Chat
, as well as the latest Gamasutra job postings
, featuring openings from ArenaNet, iBase Entertainment, Idol Minds and Splash Damage.