Brink European Community Tournament Recap

Alistair Hatch, our European PR Manager, reports on our European community tournament held at Splash Damage’s office last week. Read details below…

Brink Community Megathon 2011

A short while ago we ran competitions with leading games websites in each of our key PAL territories for a chance to fly to London and compete in a Brink tournament before it launches this week. Eurogamer (UK), ESL (Germany), JeuxVideo (France), 3djuegos (Spain), Everyeye (Italy), Fz (Sweden), Insidegamer & 9lives (Benelux), and Gamespot (Australia) all provided one editor and three competition winners to shoot it out on Splash Damage’s innovative new shooter.

Held at the Splash Damage’s studio, the tournament kicked off with a titanic clash between old sporting rivals – UK and Australia. Perhaps it was the jetlag, or just the very fact that they’d spent 24hrs on an aeroplane, but Australia narrowly lost to the UK team in a tightly fought opening match.

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European community tournament for Brink announced!

Wanted to share details on this awesome opportunity for Brink fans in Europe.

Put together by our colleagues in our London office, between May 4th and May 6th, they’ll be running a community tournament at Splash Damage HQ — pairing gaming journalists with members of their respective online communities. Together they’ll form four-person teams (one journalist, three community members) competing against other community teams in Brink’s Stopwatch mode.

To find out how you can get involved (including rules), check out the sites participating:

The winners of the event will receive either an Xbox 360 or a PlayStation 3, plus a copy of Brink.

The latest from Europe

It’s the final countdown before the weekend, but before we head out, we’ve got some great info from Europe (no, not the band).

Our colleagues over in London office have shared new magazine covers featuring both RAGE and Prey 2. Included in our Flickr slideshow are RAGE cover stories at Official PlayStation Magazine (Benelux) and GameStar (Germany), as well as Prey 2 features at PSM3 (Australia), Game Reactor (Nordic), and PC Games (Germany). All five cover stories are on newsstands now.

In other overseas news, Brink fans in Europe can watch GameFace tomorrow night at 11 PM for an all-new preview on the game. Check your local listings, but I’m told it’ll be airing on Sky Channel 125, BT Vision Channel 46, Freeview Channel 46, and Virgin Media Channel 139.

Zenimax Online Studios opening customer support office in Ireland

Being the week of St. Patrick’s Day, I can’t think of a better time to announce our company’s expansion into Ireland. In a press release today, we’ve announced that ZeniMax Online Studios plans to open a customer support center in Galway, Ireland. The new support center will provide support for ZOS’ upcoming (and still unannounced) massively multiplayer online game.

Get the full scoop below…

ZENIMAX ONLINE STUDIOS TO OPEN FACILITY IN IRELAND

Galway, Ireland Home to ZeniMax Online Studios’
European Customer Support Center

March 15, 2011 (Hunt Valley, MD) – – ZeniMax Online Studios, a ZeniMax® Media company, announced today plans to open a customer support center in Galway, Ireland. The Company’s new facility will provide customer support for players of their future massively multiplayer online games and is expected to result in the creation of hundreds of jobs over the next several years.

Under the leadership of industry veteran Matt Firor, ZeniMax Online Studios was founded to create online role playing games. Overseeing the global customer service initiative at the studio is Rich Barham, Director of Customer Support, whose leadership will foster the growth of the operation. Prior to joining ZeniMax Online, Barham, formerly with Blizzard Entertainment, was a major contributor to the management of in-game support needs, customer care, and retention for World of Warcraft and was a key team member setting up customer service centers for North America and Europe.

“Today’s announcement marks an important step for us,” said Matt Firor, president of ZeniMax Online Studios. “We are excited to be building an experienced team, led by Rich, which will focus on providing superior customer support for our games. Galway has world-class educational facilities, is a beautiful place to work and live, and offers a wide variety of benefits for our employees. Our ability to provide superior customer service for our future products is firmly on track.”

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OXM UK teases Skyrim cover story

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Today on OXM UK’s Facebook page, they’ve teased the Skyrim cover story that hits newsstands this Thursday. If you’re in the UK, be sure to check it out.

If you’re somewhere else in Europe/Australia, keep an eye out for these features on the game

United Kingdom

Official Xbox Magazine — on shelves February 10th

Official PlayStation Magazine — on shelves February 16th

France

PlayStation Le Magazine Officiel — available now

Germany

Computer Bild Spiele — available now

Benelux

Power Unlimited — available now

Spain

Micromania — available now

Italy

Giochi per Il Mio Computer — available now

Nordic

Gamereactor — available now

Australia

Game Informer — available now

Dragons preparing to deliver Skyrim details worldwide

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There’s been plenty of excitement over Game Informer’s cover story for Skyrim, but we’ve also heard many of you asking, “When will the game get covered in Europe?”

That question gets answered today. European reveals for Skyrim will appear in the following territories…

United Kingdom

Official Xbox Magazine — on shelves February 10th

Official PlayStation Magazine — on shelves February 16th

France

PlayStation Le Magazine Officiel — on shelves January 28th

Germany

Computer Bild Spiele — on shelves February 2nd

Benelux

Power Unlimited — on shelves January 27th

Spain

Micromania — on shelves January 27th

Italy

Giochi per Il Mio Computer — on shelves January 30th

Nordic

Gamereactor — on shelves February 1st

Australia

Game Informer — on shelves January 19th

While you wait for these reveals to hit, keep an eye on GameInformer.com’s Skyrim hub for continued coverage on the game.

Beyond the Brink Interview

With the Beyond The Brink: European Parkour Tour videos beginning to go up this week, we caught up with Daniel Ilabaca to discuss his tour, which included a trip to the Bethesda booth at GamesCom.

You attended GamesCom… did you do anything special parkour stuff for the show?

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Beyond The Brink: European Parkour Tour

In August, we let you know about the Beyond The Brink: European Parkour Tour featuring world-famous freerunner Daniel Ilabaca. Beginning this week, you’ll be able to watch documentary clips of Daniel’s tour across Europe. Here’s a rundown of when his videos will be premiering on the tour’s YouTube Channel.

  1. Wednesday 13th October & Friday 15th October – London
  2. Tuesday 19th October & Friday 22nd October – Amsterdam
  3. Tuesday 26th October & Friday 29th October – Cologne
  4. Tuesday 2nd November & Friday 5th November – Copenhagen
  5. Tuesday 9th November & Friday 12th November – Vienna
  6. Tuesday 16th November & Friday 19th November – Milan
  7. Tuesday 23rd November & Friday 26th November – Barcelona
  8. Tuesday 30th November & Friday 3rd December – Paris
  9. Tuesday 7th December & Friday 11th December – ‘Surprise’ film from (Parkour birthplace) Lisse/Evry to sum tour up

For a sneak peak at the documentary series, watch the trailer above. Afterwards, you can compare his moves with the ones performed in the official Brink trailer.

On Newsstands: Cover Stories for Brink and New Vegas

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Cheers to our mates over in our London office for sending over these smashing covers .

With a setup like that, you’d think the image above is from a UK publication, but it’s actually from Australia’s PC Powerplay, who checked out Brink, RAGE, New Vegas, and Hunted at this year’s QuakeCon. For Aussies interested in reading their impressions, I’m told it’ll be on newsstands on Friday.

After the break, check out two new covers for Fallout: New Vegas.

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