Earthbound Games raises £750k to self-publish Axiom SoccerFunding comes from individual investors led by board member Neil HeywoodPress ReleaseThursday 20th September 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet Share20th, September 2018: Dundee-based indie game developer Earthbound Games today announced that it has successfully secured £750,000 in equity funding. The finance will support the development and distribution of its flagship PC game, Axiom Soccer, which launches early next year.The investment has been led by board director Neil Heywood, who has extensive games industry experience, and is also on the board of real-time analytics company deltaDNA. Heywood was previously executive chairman and investor at VR audio company Two Big Ears, which was acquired by Facebook in 2016.The funding has been secured through a number of individuals with a track record of investing in the games and technology industries. They include Heywood himself, and Tim Christian, chairman of Dimensional Imaging, and board director at deltaDNA. High-quality games like Axiom Soccer are usually developed by a studio working in partnership with a publisher. The publisher covers the cost of development, marketing and distribution, and controls the product and profits. Breaking with convention, Earthbound Games has decided to self-publish Axiom Soccer. In doing so, the founders will be drawing on decades of industry experience, working on successful games such as the Crackdown series and Grand Theft Auto.The decision to seek external funding and self-publish Axiom Soccer will allow the team to directly connect with the players. They will use continual feedback to improve the player experience, and road-test game elements such as interactive spectator features.Neil Heywood said: “Equity funding and self-publishing isn’t the traditional way to make and distribute high-quality PC games. But if you’ve got a great game, there’s an opportunity to create a community, by communicating directly with the players.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 Axiom Soccer, we’re doing something new with our approach to funding and publishing, and with some of the interactive features we’re developing. That’s meant we could attract support from a number of backers who are already involved with and enthusiastic about the industry. We all believe that Axiom Soccer is going to be a great success.”Chris Stamp, CEO, Earthbound Games, added: “We’ve put the publishers to the back of the equation with Axiom Soccer. That’s allowed us to take a truly player-first approach, and connect the development of the game with our community.”Having made published games for more than thirty years, it’s incredibly exciting to be working with such a talented team, and to be creating a game which is so finely tuned to the feedback we’re receiving from our players.”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 13 hours 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 14 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
ABC News(NEW YORK) — When a California businessman saw a story about a single mother from across the United States having difficulty navigating the novel coronavirus pandemic with her six children, he stepped in to help.In an effort to highlight working-class wage workers — many of whom are among the first to feel the financial impact of the ongoing public health crisis — ABC’s Tamron Hall connected Johanna, a mother of six from Dover, New Jersey who wished to be identified by only her first name, with Mark Miller, who saw Johanna’s story on an ABC News “20/20” special about the pandemic.Hall first visited Johanna, a nurse and full-time student, on Monday. Johanna told Hall that with schools temporarily closed due to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, her biggest concern “is with the homeschooling” of her kids. She said her family only had two laptops — her own and one belonging to one of her daughers — and that they’d have to be shared among the other children during schooling hours.“I can’t have all five of them with one or two laptops,” she said, noting that she would have to prioritize who gets the laptops while also trying to do her own homework. “I had to do mine during the night, while I was working, while they’re asleep.” After seeing her story, Miller reached out to ABC with a plan to help alleviate some of Johanna’s challenges.“It was an instinct I just wanted to figure out a way to help,” said Miller, who said he was also one of six kids and that he could empathize with Johanna’s situation after seeing his own mom manage their family.On Wednesday, Miller and Johanna spoke to each other for the first time through Skype with ABC News, where and he told her that he’d bought laptops for all her children who don’t have one and send them to her.“Oh I am so thankful,” Johanna said. “Now they can all sit on a table and do their work together. They don’t have to be alternating and doing work so late at night. That will also help me, too, because I can work with them and do my homework, too.”“It’s a big weight off for me right now. One less thing I can stress about and I’m very thankful for his generosity,” Johanna said of Miller.Miller also had a message for others who find themselves in a position to share their resources and generosity during a time like this.“What it really comes down to is being able to take one situation and help,” he said, “and if everybody looked at it that way — [if they] could take one situation to make it better — it just multiplies.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Family firm Hatts Quality Travel Ltd â€“ which includes Bodman Coaches, Hatts Coaches and Wiltshire Buses â€“ has ceased trading.It has appointed restructuring specialists FRP Advisory as administrators and stopped the majority of its operations, resulting in the loss of 89 jobs and affecting 1,000 holidaymakers.The firm was not a member of ABTA, nor was it bonded, leaving holidaymakers in the lurch and without proper recourse.The administrators are continuing to run Hatts’ Salisbury park-and-ride service, under contract to Wiltshire County Council, safeguarding 32 jobs, on an interim basis at least for the next month pending re-tendering by the council.Its other bus routes have been taken over by other operators, including Go-Ahead’s Salisbury Reds (six routes) and sister company Damory Coaches (one route).Hatts, which has been run by the Hillier family since 1928, is based in Foxham, near Chippenham, Wiltshire, and has offices and depots there and in Salisbury and Worton near Devizes.Bodman’s Coaches, based at Worton, near Devizes, was taken over by Hatts a few years ago and uses the brand name Wiltshire Buses.In addition to its bus work, it has a holiday and day trip programme.The Limited firm is owned by Adrian and Jill Hillier, but it operates with an O-Licence as a partnership (Michael Hillier & Partners trading as Hatts) authorised for 70 vehicles.Andrew Sheridan, partner at FRP Advisory and joint administrator with Gareth Morris, says: â€œIt is deeply regrettable and sad for all concerned that the majority of Hatts’ operations should have to stop trading. The businesses simply ran out of cash.â€A council spokesman said that bus services that have new providers are being run on an interim basis at least for the next month, and then the council will have to re-tender for the services.
An all-star tribute to The Band‘s iconic The Last Waltz farewell show from Thanksgiving 1976 is set to take place during New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and feature Robbie Robertson, Warren Haynes, John Medeski, and many more.The concert, slated for the Saenger Theatre on May 2nd, will also feature Jamey Jonson, Don Was, Terence Higgins, Dave Malone, Ivan Neville, Bob Margolin, Mark Mullins & The Levee Horns, in addition to special guests that have yet to be announced.Related: Martin Scorsese Releases Trailer For ‘Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson & The Band’ Documentary [Video]“New Orleans has always been a special and influential place,” Robertson said in a statement. “I am honored to continue the tradition of celebrating The Last Waltz with this extraordinary lineup in a city that has meant so much to me.”This edition of The Last Waltz comes as the latest installment of Blackbird Presents‘ annual celebration of The Band’s farewell to fans and each other. Last year, a similar lineup of musicians, including Haynes, Medeski, Was, Lukas Nelson, and more, took The Last Waltz on the road for a 13-city tour across the country. Robertson even joined in on the celebration during the tour’s closer in Nashville, TN.A pre-sale for tickets for The Last Waltz at Saenger Theatre during Jazz Fest begins today, March 3rd at 12 p.m. CST via Ticketmaster. The general on-sale begins on Friday, March 6th at 12 p.m. CST.
I’m sure you’ve seen the recent news of unrest in Pakistan. As things were coming to a head, I was part of a team that was conducting the inaugural ATLS program in Karachi, Pakistan. As the president of Pakistan was declaring a state of emergency and suspending the constitution, the last of us were on our way home. Hopefully, things will settle down quickly, and organizers will be able to continue their plan, which includes PHTLS for prehospital providers and training for nurses as well. We were working at the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan, which is a secure facility in Karachi that provides training and testing for doctors in Pakistan and several other countries. The facility has classrooms, libraries and e-learning facilities, as well as living quarters for faculty and students. With all that was going on while we were there, we felt quite safe in these facilities and the attention of our hosts. The program in Karachi may sound like an example of a rare occurrence — representatives from various countries coming together to improve prehospital care in developing countries. However, it’s just a personal and recent example of international cooperation that takes place all over the world. On any given day, it’s likely that U.S. paramedics, physicians and nurses are working with our brothers and sisters in established and developing countries.Back at home, I’m happy to have been a part of this and feel strongly that this type of cooperation — especially when it’s not easy — will save lives in many ways. First, the training will give the country’s medical personnel a chance to use their skills and passion to give the best possible care. Second, these types of international cooperatives teach all of us about one another and the benefits of sharing knowledge of science and culture — bridging gaps, and finding common missions and passions. Although the attention to trauma in much of Europe and the Americas has resulted in a reduction in deaths due to trauma, in this part of the world death due to trauma is on the rise. In his address to the media during a recognition of the inaugural ATLS program, Professor Zafarullah Chaudhry, the president of the college, described the country’s recent history of earthquakes, road traffic injuries and other examples of trauma that require an organized approach. He continued that countless lives could have been saved with the training that 16 Pakistani doctors went through during the week. The course is the beginning, and trauma systems planning and prehospital education are the keys to the overall plan for Pakistan. Given the diverse populations — including congested urban settings and sparsely populated rural areas — getting EMS organized in Pakistan is a huge undertaking. In the vicinity of Lahore, a system similar to 9-1-1, called 1122, was recently inaugurated. Results of implementing the 1122 system have been encouraging, and Pakistani officials hope to expand further as they learn. An international team consisted of Dr. Christoph Kaufmann (ATLS International Coordinator) from Portland, Ore.; Dr. John Kortbeek (ATLS Chair) from Calgary, Canada; Dr. Jameel Ali from Toronto, Canada; and Dr. Subash Gautam from United Arab Emirates. It also included Prof. Zafarullah Chaudhry, Prof. Mahmood Ayyaz and Prof. Irshad Waheed — Pakistani physicians trained in the U.S., — and Dr. Mohammad Farooq Afzal and Dr. Kamran Khalid Khawaja — Pakistani physicians trained in Saudi Arabia. What we found when we arrived was a dedicated staff; the doctors and nurses we worked with were committed to working toward improving opportunities for improved trauma outcomes and to participate in the international community that focuses on improving those outcomes.
The following indictment were returned by a Jefferson County grand jury Wednesday:Lee Jared Bossette, 36, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Jadon Thad Castille, 19, possession of controlled substance in drug-free zoneCindy Lynn Griffin, 51, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Cindy Lynn Griffin, 51, tampering with physical evidenceRaquan Lee Mickens, 21, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Tammy Michelle Pratt, 51, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Ryan Clay McCall, 38, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Marquise Edward McGhee, 24, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Marquise Edward McGhee, 24, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Ashlei McGown, 26, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1John Nguyen, 37, possession of controlled substance penalty group 2Matthew Jerome Parker, 25, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Jessica Lynn Peterson, 18, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Quintel Craig, 25, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Ismael Ramirez, 25, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Ismael Ramirez, 25, possession of marijuanaDeandre James Ballou, 24, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Kendrick Jarae Renfro, 32, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Russell Sampson, 56, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Glen William Simpson Jr., 29, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Kristain Lee Smith, 25, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Maurice S. Smith, 36, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Maurice S. Smith, 36, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Trevan Michael Smith, 27, possession of marijuanaCody James Sonnier, 35, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1David Tezeno, 42, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1David Lee Thomas, 61, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Lawrence William Thomas, 67, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Mark A. Truax, 41, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Gilbert Wayne Valdez, 35, evading detention with a motor vehicleRonnie Jermain-Jacob Walker, 29, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Dionandre Marquez Walton, 31, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Dalveus Williams, 25, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Tramon James Williams, 25, possession of controlled substance penalty group 2Jayla Dania Armstrong, 25, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Brian Alexander Daubenheyer, 18, possession of controlled substance penalty group 2Chase Morgan Kimball, 34, possession of controlled substance penalty group 2Zemyra Travell Lee, 22, possession of controlled substance penalty group 2Alex Kiwan Narcisse, 22, tampering with physical evidenceAlex Kiwan Narcisse, 22, possession of controlled substance penalty group 3John Christopher Sastre, 36, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Dan Shelton Jr., 56, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Andrew Alan Sherman, 39, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Brandi Irene Sherman, 39, possession of controlled substance penalty group 2Chance Shofner, 44, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Nicholas Ray Smith, 31, possession of controlled substance penalty group 2Cody Lee Williamson, 31, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Paula Michelle Daigle, 39, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Alexander Ira Griffin, 32, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Tracy Lavon Carry, 28, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Miles Cody Fulbright, 32, injure childMiles Cody Fulbright, 32, injure childMiles Cody Fulbright, 32, injure childAngel Galvez-Cardenas, 20, aggravated sexual assault on a childChristopher Lynn Robinson, 43, abandon/endanger a childChristopher Lynn Robinson, 43, abandon/endanger a childChristopher Lynn Robinson, 43, abandon/endanger a childChristopher Lynn Robinson, 43, abandon/endanger a childDalveus Williams, 25, injure child
Vermont Business Magazine Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) has begun notifying non-subsidized individuals with BCBSVT plans purchased through Vermont Health Connect that they will be able to enroll directly with the health plan when open enrollment begins on November 1, 2015. Individuals and families currently enrolled through Vermont Health Connect that do not receive state or federal subsidies like tax credits or premium assistance are invited to give BCBSVT a ‘heads up’ if they plan to enroll directly through the health plan for 2016 coverage.“BCBSVT is pleased to offer non-subsidized customers the option of directly enrolling with us.” said Don George, President and CEO. “Our enrollment and billing capabilities are reliable and easy to use.”Current, non-subsidized Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont members can give a ‘heads up’ now by either going online to www.bcbsvt.com/headsup(link is external) or call our Consumer Support team at (800) 255-4550. In-person assistance is available in Berlin or South Burlington locations Monday – Friday 8:00 to 4:30 with no appointment needed.Individuals that are not currently BCBSVT customers can directly enroll after November 1 by visiting www.bcbsvt.com(link is external).Individuals and families that enroll directly for 2016 coverage will forego all State and Federal subsidies or cost sharing reductions during that plan year. There are no additional processing costs or fees associated with direct enrollment.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest health insurer, providing coverage for about 250,000 Vermonters. It employs about 400 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and its Information and Wellness Center in South Burlington’s Blue Mall, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external) Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.Source: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont
by VT Secretary of State Jim Condos Smart, focused and efficient government helps Vermonters, so why does it seem that levels of frustration and distrust are at an all-time high? I believe that listening to your customers, cutting red tape, finding efficiencies, and increasing transparency are all keys to earning that trust. At the Secretary of State’s Office, we serve Vermonters in many ways, including: overseeing the state’s elections, registering its businesses, licensing its professionals, managing its records, providing information, assistance and educational materials related to municipal and open government laws. We balance these critical priorities with Vermonters’ ability to afford them – ensuring fee revenue is spent wisely. Recent news about broken contracting practices, failed Information Technology (IT) projects, and budget deficits are discouraging and don’t inspire confidence. In my time as a City Councilor (18 years), State Senator (8 years), and Secretary of State (5+ years), I’ve heard it all regarding government reforms and efficiency. I am encouraged by recent conversations about change and meaningful reform. However, experience tells me – be skeptical – good intentions often become superficial calls to action that do not translate to real structural, long-term solutions. The Secretary of State’s Office has worked hard to fulfill its mission while upholding high standards, increasing efficiency while providing quality customer service. Our talented staff works smart and implements creative and flexible solutions to business problems.We have successfully completed four technology projects by focusing on solutions meeting the needs of the customers and the agency while improving cohesiveness and integration, creating efficiencies and reducing redundancies. We have implemented a new website and major overhauls of IT systems for three Divisions – Professional Regulation, Corporations, and Elections. These projects reduce processing times, eliminate paper/postage, and increase the public’s access to information. Our implementations succeed because we “measure twice and cut once.” Before we go out to bid on a project, we study and improve our business processes and focus on customer service, and public protection.Government must review its mission, strategy, and processes, then streamline as necessary to right-size its programs. Regulation should be risk-based and implemented only when absolutely necessary. It’s not acceptable to follow a process because “we’ve always done it that way.” With every existing practice, we must ask “Why?” and “What are we trying to accomplish?”More than 30 years’ experience in the business sector taught me the value of listening to customers and front-line staff to achieve excellence in customer service. This instills confidence and trust, providing for stability and predictability. I’ve spent countless hours talking about transparency in towns across the state, aimed at improving openness and accountability. Transparency in government drives:· Measurable results and outcomes – engaging in clear and respectful exchanges with external and internal customers and stakeholders;· Breaking down government silos – ending the old entrenched ways which will allow us to pool resources;· Public confidence – by letting the sun shine in, we achieve greater accountability, prevent overspending and inappropriate contracting; and· An authentic culture of accountability in government – as the Vermont Constitution demands!There are many opportunities for the State to listen to Vermonters, streamline its programs, and open its doors to inspection, constructive criticism, and improvement. By focusing on our core functions and mission, we improve the essentials. Hard work, efficiency and common sense solutions are not Republican, Progressive or Democratic values; they are Vermont values. Here at the Secretary of State’s office, we work hard every day to uphold these values and strive to promote confidence in government through excellent customer service, innovation, and accountability.I believe if our government is transparent, accountable and focused, it can improve Vermonters’ lives and earn their trust and respect.
The 2019 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship off-road triathlon festival weekend is set for March 30-31, 2019, at Kenting National Park on the southern tip of Taiwan in Pingtung County.Last year’s inaugural event in Taiwan was reportedly honoured as the ‘Best Off-Road Triathlon in Asia for 2018’ by AsiaTRI.com correspondents, who added that ‘last September’s race lived up to the expectations of off-road triathletes and that Kenting National Park is an idyllic outdoor sports paradise.’The main event is Saturday, March 30, and boasts a US$25,000 elite prize purse, 51 qualifying spots to the XTERRA Worlds for amateur racers, and a 100-point scale scoring structure for both amateurs and elites vying for XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour honours.The race starts with a 1.5K swim at Little Bay Beach, follows with a 26K mountain bike that traverses coastal terrain to rocky riverbeds, to uncharted territory high atop Menmalou mountain, and finishes with a 10K trail run through the ‘enchanted forest’ of Chihniuling.Other weekend events include the Xticer beginner distance off-road triathlon, trail runs, kids races, live music, local cuisine, cultural demonstrations, and entertainment for family, friends, spectators and racers alike. All the action will unfold at the Kenting Youth Activity Center which showcases the area’s traditional Minnan style architecture.“Following a successful debut race at Kenting in September, it was clear Taiwan could host a world-class event and provide a magnificent experience for competitors,” said XTERRA President, Janet Clark.“I was impressed with their attention to detail, from the unique cultural experiences like the local song and dance performance at the start of the race to the 750m of red carpet they laid down from the beach to transition. Plus, getting in-and-out of Kaoshiung International Airport is a breeze, the fresh seafood is fabulous, the locals are warm and welcoming, and so is the weather and the water.”Lewis Ryan, who won the inaugural men’s elite race at XTERRA Taiwan, added “I think I can speak on behalf of everyone who participated in 2018 when I say this is an incredible event and should be on everyone’s bucket list.“The landscape is mesmerizing, the atmosphere is beyond words, and as far as race courses go, it’s got to be one of the best, if not the best in the world. The place feels so untouched you wouldn’t be surprised if a dinosaur was waiting around the next corner.”The sixth annual XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship in Taiwan is the first of five majors on the 2019 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour that also includes stops in Rotorua, New Zealand (April 6), Moorea, Tahiti (May 31), Marunuma, Japan (Sep 15), and culminates at the inaugural XTERRA China off-road triathlon in Kunming on September 22.For amateur racers competing in the 2019 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour the rules are the same as last year , i.e. ‘every race counts, most points wins’. For elites, those racing in the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour count just their best three out of five races, and the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship race in Taiwan must count as one of the three races.There are two 100-point scale ‘Gold’ races and three 75-point scale ‘Silver’ races.Gold races: Taiwan and ChinaSilver races: New Zealand, Tahiti, and Japan2019 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour ScheduleDate – Race – Location – Elite PurseMarch 30 – XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship GOLD – Kenting, Taiwan – US$25,000April 6 – XTERRA New Zealand Silver – Rotorua – US$7,300May 31 – XTERRA Tahiti Silver – Moorea – US$7,500Sept 15 – XTERRA Japan Silver – Marunuma – US$7,500Sept 22 – XTERRA China GOLD – Kunming – US$15,000www.xterraasiapacific.comwww.xterraplanet.com Related