London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony – Live coverage – Updated 12.55am

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by Alex Hoad at the Olympic Stadium

The London 2012 Olympic Games is officially open and we
were in the stands for the Opening Ceremony to bring you
as much of the colour, atmosphere and spectacle as possible as
the Greatest Show on Earth got under way.

Update – 12.55am – Well that’s it. It’s over. Really just an
incredible night. The Games of the 30th Olympiad are open. The
world is now watching London.

So many highlights, just impossible to pick one, but I’ll
never forget the absolutely ridiculous welcome for the British
athletes. Spine-tingling.

I’ll be back with you in a few hours time when I’ll be
heading to Eton Dorney to see if Ashford’s Tom Ransley and the
men’s eight can progress in the opening round of the rowing

Keep following me on twitter – @kentonline2012 – for all
your live updates throughout the Games.

Hope that ceremony has made you feel a little better about
being British. It certainly has done for me.

12.45am – Sir Paul McCartney singing Hey Jude. The big
hitters keep on coming. Very proud to be British. This has been a
good night.

12.37am – The flame’s been on a lap of the stadium thanks to a
group of seven future Olympic stars who have each been nominated by
legends including Kelly Holmes and Sir Steve Redgrave.

There was also a guard of honour from 500 people who helped
build the Olympic Park and more than 200 British past medal

The seven youngsters carried the flames into the centre of the
stadium and ignited a cauldron formed from copper petals, each
of which were carried through the athletes parade by individual
countries before being passed into the middle of the stadium

The cauldron has been a closely guarded secret and was designed
by Thomas Heatherwick. The petals were gifted to each international
association upon their arrival in the UK

And now THAT was a firework display! Very full-on with those.
Felt so close.

12.30am – Emotional scenes as Muhammed Ali emerges
to join the flag procession. The Olympic anthem followed and now
we’re going through the oaths.

Elsewhere a speedboat with David Beckham in
just passed the Olympic flame on to Sir Steve Redgrave
who is running towards the stadium with it.

12.19am: Speeches done. The Queen declares the Games open.
Fireworks. Lots of them. The Olympic flag is about to be

12.04am – Morning! The show is back on. Great
performance by the Arctic Monkeys. Going to be at least half an
hour more. Here’s Seb Coe and IOC President Jacques

11.59pm: That was unbelievable. Driscoll bouncing about and
the place just genuinely going bonkers. Passed the news at the same
time that the flame lighting will be a collaborative effort, but
there is no place for a chap named David Beckham.

11.54pm: Nearly there. Kat Driscoll is in the fourth
row. Jack Oliver plans to join flag-bearer Sir Chris Hoy
apparently. Bet he bottles it.

11.45pm: Almost there. South Africa bounced through like a
Tasmanian Devil (I know, wrong country!) and we’re almost at
TeamGB. I want to know who’s lighting the flame and how they’re
doing it. Anyone else?

11.25pm: We’re at Norway. They’re playing 120bpm dance
music to encourage the athletes to walk faster apparently! Very

11.05pm: We’re about half-way through the parade so looking
like over half an hour to go until TeamGB are here.

Unfortunately many of our local athletes are not going to be
taking part, they have some kind of sporting event to get up and
win tomorrow, while others are still training in Portugal.

I’ll try and see who’ve we’ve got in there though. I know
Kat Driscoll is outside the Stadium and getting increasingly

We’ll also look out for South Africa shall we? Hockey star
Jen Wilson’s pretty much an adopted-Canterburyite.

10.45pm – Ok China and Canada have usurped those
boisterous Aussies as the loudest cheers so far! I’d place a shiny
penny on the fact that the loudest will be the last.

Surprising number of Columbians here. Olympic Spirit is

Just so you know, after the parade is over there’s still
plenty more ceremony. There’s the celebration of the bicycle and
then some Olympic i-dotting and T-crossing like speeches, hoisting
of flags, singing of Olympic anthems and swearing of

THEN it’s the bit that everyone is speculating about….
who will light the flame and how will they do it. Some of the
rumours I’ve heard are absolutely brilliant.

After that, if you haven’t had enough, there’s some
music from a chap named Sir Paul McCartney to round us off

10.35pm – We’re well into the parade of athletes now. Well, 29
down of the 205 who’ll be joining us. As expected, huge cheers for
Australia and Brazil.

10.20pm – Sombre dance performance dramatising the
struggle between life and death, all with Abide with Me perfomed as
a back-drop. It’s a bit of a choker actually.

This is the last section before the parade starts!
Anyone know who is traditionally the first country out on the
track? Nooooo, it’s Greece! They came up with this thing! The rest
of the countries will come in alphabetical order apart from Team GB
who will be last, so you have time to go and put the kettle

10.10pm – Live performance from East Londoner Dizzee Rascal
in the middle of all that went down well. Berners-Lee typed ‘this
is for everyone!’ on an old-school computer. Thanks Tim!

I think it’s going to mellow-up a little in a sec. Abide
with Me and memorials are the theme.

10pm – Very fun run-through of British music from the
60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and we’re gradually catching up to present day
with references to social media and the internet, brainchild of
Brit Tim Berners-Lee.

We given the world some really good music. And some very
talented dancers too by the looks of it.

9.45pm – More music from the London Symphony Orchestra at the
end of the NHS segment – which rather scarily featured some really
bad villains from British literature.

Mr Bean is now playing Chariots of Fire. I don’t know what
else to say.

9.35pm – Rousing rendition of God Save the Queen and
now we’re into the next section which celebrates British creations
like the NHS, Great Ormond Street Hospital and we’ll soon be
hearing some Great British literature from a very famous British

9.30pm – Well that industrial revolution was busy, and
smelly, but I think we should all be grateful. Now we have James
Bond and the Queen arriving at the Olympic Stadium in

9.15pm – We’ve seen Kenneth Branagh dressed as Isambard
Kingdom Brunel reading from The Tempest and now we have 965
drummers, 50 more Brunels and countless workers showing us how the
industrial revolution changed Britain in the 19th

9.05 – Wow. Goosebumps everywhere. Bradley Wiggins rang the bell
I mentioned earlier after a rousing video montage of London and now
a lovely rendition of Jerusalem mixed with Oh Danny Boy, Flower of
Scotland and Bread of Heaven.

8.58 – Rousing classical music, blue silk seas, the shipping
forecast, goosebumps, rousing cheers. One minute to go.

8.51pm – Less than 10 minutes until the Ceremony
begins. The warm-up is over. The lovely British countryside scene
is the centre of attention. An atrocious game of football has
broken out in the meadow. And now there’s maypole

8.40pm – Danny Boyle has come out to welcome everyone and insist
that his show is merely a warm-up for the athletes coming into the
Stadium later. We’ll see….

More folk music while on the stadium floor there’s a game of
cricket going on on the ‘village green’ while a shocking game of
badminton is taking part in a nearby meadow. They don’t even have a

One thing to look out for later is the super-colourful audience
participation sections. Each seat has a flashing light-box built
into it and all waved simultaneously it’s quite a sight!

8.35pm – Sadly the rain has arrived and the brollies are
out in the lower tier, which is uncovered. However the compere is
leading everyone in a rousing rendition of ‘I’m forever blowing
bubbles…’ Lot of West Ham fans here it would seem!

8.25pm – Folk music and audience participation games are
going on here. The Ceremony proper starts at 9pm.

8.12pm – The Red Arrows have just blasted over,
having taken off in Manston. This place is buzzing. There’s a
compere on stage and everyone seems just so ready to clap and

8.05pm – Lots of nice animals have been led into the stadium.
Ready for the numbers? 34 animal handlers with 12 shire horses,
three cows, two goats, 10 chickens, 10 ducks, nine geese and three
sheep dogs. Oh, and don’t count the sheep, you’ll fall asleep,
there’s 40 of them!

Lovely sound of birds tweeting being piped into the Stadium.
It’s just like Kent!

Update: 7.45pm – I have never seen so many different
flags in one place. And I’m not including the ones hanging from the
roof here at the Stadium. There are people wrapped in massive,
colourful flags from every continent. I’m literally looking at a
chap in a German flag sat next to a chap in what looks like a
Zimbabwean flag with a family of Union Jack-clad Brits sat
immediately infront of them.

This is awesome. The giant screen just flashed up a clip
of David Beckham talking about Legacy and the place went

Update: 7.40pm – The giant bell at one end of the stadium is
going to be used to end the countdown to the Games, just so’s you
know! I am reliably informed that it is the biggest
harmonically-tuned bell in existence. Pretty impressive really!

Oh, and I haven’t forgotten about other people involved in the
ceremony from Kent. I know we have lots of volunteers taking part
in the show itself, as well as helping around the Park and making
sure everything goes smoothly behind the scenes.

This is swiftly turning into a night everyone can be proud

Update: 7.30pm – The atmosphere here is picking up.
There’s a real buzz around the crowd and the Mexican waves have
begun. God Bless the Brits, we know how to kill time at major
sporting events, thanks to Wimbledon probably!

Anyway, while we have a dozen-plus Kent athletes
taking part in these Games, there are countless more residents who
will be involved in getting the Greatest Show on Earth up and

Lots of Kent schoolchildren will actually be llining
the athletes’ route into the stadium for the Parade

It’s all part of KCC’s 20in12 education
programme, which helps the schoolkids get involved in Olympic and
Paralympic experiences.

The Guard of Honour will see each
school representing a different country in the

Meopham (Gravesham) will represent
the Central African Republic, Knockhall Community Primary
(Dartford) will be North Korea, Valence School
(Sevenoaks) are for Haiti, St John’s RC Comprehensive School
(Gravesham) for Hong Kong, Hayesbrook School (Tonbridge and
Malling) for Mali, Lenham Primary School (Maidstone) for Slovenia,
Brompton Academy (Medway) for Senegal, Highworth Grammar School
(Ashford) for Sudan, Bennett Memorial Diocesan School (Tunbridge
Wells) for Sweden, and Chaucer Technology School (Canterbury) for
Virgin Islands U.S.
I’ve got to say, what a fantastic opportunity. I hope they all
enjoy it.

Update: 7.15pm – The place is filling up nicely and I’m sure
you have seen that the Stadium floor has been transformed into the
Green and Pleasant Land. I am told it is the Britain of the Wind in
the Willows or Winnie the Pooh, but personally I keep expecting to
see a Hobbit frolicking around.

UPDATE: 6.15pm – I’m here nice and early and I can only
really tell you one thing. This looks like it’s going to be

We are under strict instructions not to ‘spoil the
surprise’ so I will not be tweeting any pics of the scenery which
is laid out across the entire floor of the stadium just yet and I
shan’t describe any of the eye-catching props and themes which are
hiding on the stadium concourse.

Just know that there are some!


Friday, July 27 2012

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London 2012: Your complete guide to the Olympic Games online

London 2012 Summer Olympic Games online

Find out how to watch the 2012 Olympic Games online, how to follow on Twitter, and more in our complete guide to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games online.

At 9pm GMT (4pm ET/1pm PT) today, the 2012 London Olympic Games will officially begin. But unlike years past, it is possible to enjoy every moment of this year’s Summer Games without having an actual television — the Web is taking center stage. Below is a quick rundown of all the places you need to bookmark to get the full London 2012 Olympic experience online.

Where to watch

Despite NBCUniversal (which has exclusive rights to the Olympics in the U.S.) making a big deal out of the fact that you can stream every event at this year’s Games online via a PC or smartphone, it’s not quite as simple as visiting a website or firing up an app — you have to have a cable subscription as well.

If you do have a cable subscription that includes CNBC and MSNBC as part of your channel package (both are a prerequisite), then head over to, where you can enter in the username and password associated with your cable subscription. (If you don’t have login credentials for your cable service, call up your provider and set them up.) After that, live streaming will be available via Olympics highlights will also be posted to NBC’s Olympics website, which anyone can watch, regardless of whether you pay for cable.

NBC also offers two mobile apps, NBC Olympics and NBC Olympics Live Extra, for iOS and Android devices. The former gives you highlights, while the latter gives you extensive coverage of all the events.

Once again, you’ll have to have login credentials for your cable service, so make sure to get that before downloading the app. Download: NBC Olympics (App Store, Google Play); NBC Olympics Live Extra (App Store, Google Play).

If you don’t live in the U.S., you can watch the Olympics legally on YouTube at And international viewers can grab a live feed from their local broadcaster. Here’s a list of some of the major ones:

Of course, there are ways around the technical barriers that prevent U.S. viewers from watching via YouTube or BBC (like Tor or a VPN like Overplay or HMA), as well as illegal streaming sites. ReadWriteWeb has a good explainer on where you can find the Olympics streaming online.

What to watch

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games includes 304 events across 36 sports — so you’ll have to pick what you want to watch wisely. You can find the complete Olympics schedule here. And Business Insider has put together a great list of all the major events that are happening each day.


As with any live event these days, the best place to stay up to the micro-second is Twitter. The official hashtag for The Games is #olympics, though many people are also using #london2012, and others not yet defined — so keep a lookout in the trending topics for how to effectively tag you Olympics-related tweets. (We’d wager that, in the U.S., #usa and #teamusa will also make regular appearances.) An excellent one-stop resource is this Twitter list made by Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch.

Olympic extras

Here’s a quick list of some other Olympics-related links that can add to your experience.

So that’s it. If any of you have any suggestions for things that should be on this list, let us know in the comments, and we’ll add the best suggestions!

Image via Flickr/The Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Games in troubled times: London, do well

Friday’s opening of the Olympic Games comes at a time when the British people and many others around the world feel the stress of joblessness and debt and struggle to maintain living standards.

The Olympics won’t make anyone forget those troubles. But the Games will give us an opportunity to celebrate the best of the world’s athleticism and the spirit of friendly competition.

The British have done this before, and brilliantly. Europe’s problems today pale next to what it faced the last time London hosted the Games.

In 1948, death and destruction haunted postwar Europe. The allies had won the war, but England had lost its economic grip. Its infrastructure was a shambles, its credit tapped out. Even the weather that year was worse than the weeks of rain that preceded this summer’s Games.

The British carried out the ’48 Olympics on the cheap. No new venues were built. Athletes were billeted at former military camps. Contestants were told to supply their own towels. Many brought food as well. One British athlete eager to build herself up ahead of the Games forced down the only readily available, unrationed animal protein she could find: whale meat.

The opening ceremony concluded with a release of pigeons, though fewer than was intended. Thousands had died in their holding pens.

But the Games of ’48 were a popular success. They helped to heal terrible wounds.

The Games beginning Friday won’t match the money’s-no-object spectacle of the Beijing Olympics in 2008. To keep rain and fog at bay for the opening ceremony, the Chinese even used missiles to seed the clouds. But given the times, the 2012 Olympics may be an even more impressive achievement.

The run-up hasn’t exactly been smooth. The planners spent three times as much as the original estimate in 2005. Great Britain has scrambled to meet security concerns. Traffic has been trouble.

Then there was the diplomatic dust-up this week when Mitt Romney arrived in London and promptly and publicly doubted whether the city was ready for the Games. Bad form, Mr. Romney.

London’s preparations were completed on schedule. The city has used the opportunity to regenerate depressed neighborhoods in the east of its metropolitan area. Housing and transit have been transformed, with every expectation of lasting benefits. Working in Britain’s favor: It has a lot of recent experience with showcasing itself to the world. It hosted the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee earlier this year and a royal wedding in 2011.

Sure, there will be controversy. There always is. At least nine athletes already have been suspended for alleged doping violations. One athlete was kicked off the Greek team for sending an insensitive tweet.

But we look forward to 16 days of the most fleet and graceful athletes in the world performing at their peak, performing to honor their homelands.

Best of luck, London. You’ve brought the world to your doorstep. Now bring on the Games.

The play’s the thing: let the adult games begin

AN EMERGING art form comes into the spotlight next weekend when the public is invited to take part in Melbourne’s first games carnival, This is a Door, at St Kilda’s Theatre Works.

”It is difficult to describe because people immediately think of video games or perhaps board games if they can imagine adults playing games at all,” says comedian and actor Ben McKenzie, one of three people who created Pop Up Playground which is organising the three-day event (the others are Sayraphim Lothian and her fiancee, playwright Robert Reid). ”There really isn’t a proper term for it yet.”

The theatre’s large space will be turned into a festive arena with bunting, lighting and sound for people to join in playing a series of games that include trying to stop someone jumping off a building, putting out the great fire of London and inventing ways to disrupt a wedding ceremony.

McKenzie says in contrast to the anonymity of conventional theatre audiences, the aim is to get people to participate.

”Everyone knows social games such as charades,” says Lothian. ”There are other after-dinner games that are not played much any more, partly because of the influence of video games. But everyone already knows how to play because it is inherent in all of us.”

Lothian is doing a master’s degree at RMIT on art in public spaces and is a craft artist whose work is in New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery of Victoria.

She has little interest in competitive games, preferring instead to use them as a way to get people to interact. ”They are open to all sorts of personalities because they are about inclusiveness,” she says.

The trio have invented and tested several new games, with McKenzie using his expertise to determine why some do not work. ”Play is often fun but it is not an element in all of these games. London Burning can become quite tense as the fire comes closer to your designated area.”

Helium-filled balloons are used in Race To the Sky, which is based on an 18th-century hot-air balloon race. Contestants decorate a clothes peg, then place it in a small basket connected to the balloons. The aim is to get the airborne object as high as possible without the peg falling out. Lothian describes it as ”a beautiful and gentle game”.

She says that space needed to play the games is ”infinitely adjustable” because they can all be explained by a set of rules and taken anywhere.

As well as the games developed by Pop Up Playground, This is a Door includes some international games whose owners have given them permission to play them, reflecting the supportive nature of the developing games movement. The group formed after a visit to Melbourne two years ago by one of the pioneers of the new movement, England’s Tassos Stevens.

Stevens is a co-director of Coney, whose founding principles include ”adventure, loveliness, reciprocity and total potential engagement”. The company has been commissioned by London’s National Theatre, the Dublin Fringe Festival and publishers Hodder Stoughton. Lothian says Coney is representative of the growing games activity in Britain and Europe, and that elements of the movement are already being used in Australian theatres and galleries.

It is not entirely new. She says the New Games Movement came to Victoria from the US in the ’70s, which led to a regional tour and the development of the ”Life Be In It” campaign.

”That was designed to get people to go out and play,” she says. ”It went from Victoria to become a federal campaign until funding was cut to establish the Australian Institute of Sport. So the money went from encouraging the general public to developing elites.”

Lothian and Reid are travelling to England in September to attend a games festival in Bristol and hope to make a documentary about it.

”Everyone is very supportive in the games movement and generous with their time and their games,” she says.

This is a Door is at St Kilda’s Theatre Works from 6.30pm next Friday until Sunday.

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How to follow the London Olympics online

Even London's famous Tower Bridge is decorated for the Olympics.

(CNN) — It would take you almost five solid months — without sleeping or bathroom breaks — to watch every sporting event at this year’s Summer Olympics. More than 3,500 hours of competition from London will be crammed into just 17 days.

In the past, people had to settle for watching the delayed, edited bits broadcast on TV or websites, but technology and viewing habits have changed. This year, 40% of people plan to follow the games on more than one device, with 35% checking in on their tablets and 27% using their smartphone, according to a new study by Harris Interactive.

So what are the best ways for today’s mobile, multiple-screen owning, Twitter-loving generation to follow the Olympics à la carte? We offer these five:

Live streaming, with a catch

First, the good news: It’s finally possible to stream any Olympic event live online, on a tablet or from your smartphone. After years of tape-delayed broadcasts and online video, NBC has caught on that viewers want to follow the Olympics on multiple devices in real time, and is offering the live options in addition to its regular television programming.

The bad news is that anyone in the U.S. who wants to enjoy live streaming of the games needs to have a current cable, satellite or telco TV subscription that includes MSNBC and CNBC (for some areas this may mean be more than just basic cable). You will be prompted on the NBC site and in NBC apps to choose your provider from a list and log in with your official username and password in order to access any live streams.

Cord cutters — those who have canceled their cable and primarily watch TV online through services like Hulu and Netflix — are out of luck, however. They can sign up for cable and cancel after the games are over, but there’s no one-time payment option just to access live streaming. NBC wants mobile and online options to complement the TV coverage, not replace it.

NBC, which is owned by the largest cable provider in the United States, Comcast, paid $1.18 billion for the rights to this year’s Olympics. The network makes a good portion of that amount back on television advertising, which still generates more revenue than online ads.


The Internet portal for all video in the U.S. is On the main video page, anyone can view the select clips that NBC posts after watching a short ad. These clips are a combination of highlights from events, interviews, profiles, and peeks behind the scenes. Sort by your sport of choice or type of video.

The site is also providing live streams of any sport to cable, satellite or telco TV subscribers. Called LiveExtra, the service will live stream some Olympic trials and every single Olympic sport. You can watch online or through the complimentary app. It’s the only option for live streaming in the U.S.

Though hosted through YouTube, all of the videos on the NBCOlympics are in Flash. To view them on iPhones, iPads or other mobile devices, go to the mobile version of the site, You can also download one of the official apps to watch official NBC Olympic video on your iOS or Android device.

For the first time, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will live stream 11 high-definition channels simultaneously over YouTube for 64 territories in Asia and Africa that don’t have broadcast deals, but those streams will not be accessible outside of those countries. Foreign news websites such as the BBC will also have videos, but again, most will be blocked for U.S. viewers.

Mobile apps

NBC created two official apps for Android and Apple mobile devices, NBC Olympics and NBC Olympics Live Extra, and both are free to download. NBC Olympics has no live video, but tons of content that can be enjoyed by anyone for free, including news, results, video highlights, and the intriguing-sounding Twitter heat map.

NBC Olympics Live Extra app is a mobile version of its LiveExtra online service and requires a cable, satellite or telco subscription. View any event live, watch replays of the ones you missed, and check out medal ceremonies and alternative camera views. Look over the in-app schedule and set up notifications for the events you don’t want to miss. (Avid streamers should be careful not to go over their monthly data limits.)

There are two official apps for the London 2012 Olympics, and they’re available for a mix of platforms including iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7. Official London 2012: Results App has live updates of results, as well as schedules, news, background on sports and athlete profiles. You can follow specific countries and set up custom alerts. The second app, Official London 2012: Join In App, is more for people attending the games, and has schedules and locations for the various Olympic-related festivities going on in London.

The free BBC Olympic iOS and Android app will have a steady stream of quality Olympics news, including a running tally of medals won and live reporting from the BBC journalists attending events.

Social media and news

Perhaps you have no interest in seeing your favorite diver’s perfectly executed reverse 3 1/2 somersault tuck. You just want to know who got the gold as soon as it happens. Individual sports have official, automated Twitter feeds that will tweet out the results as they happen. You can narrow it down to just the events you’re interested in and follow those feeds (say @L2012Trampoline or @L2012Judo), or keep an eye on all of them at once by following the London 2012 official Twitter list of automated feeds. The official London 2012 feed is @London2012.

This year a lot of the fun will be following the athletes themselves. You can look up your favorites or follow this list of verified Olympic athlete Twitter accounts, the London 2012 list of Olympians or find a list just for your preferred sport of team, like Team USA.

If you want more color, find a hashtag for the event you’re interested in to get live tweets of the excitement as it happens from attendees and journalists. There’s also an official London 2012 Facebook page you can like to get updates.

And of course, there are old-fashioned news sites and blogs filled with words and pictures. There are 21,000 journalists in London covering the Olympics (outnumbering the 10,500 athletes competing).

With all the content online, on TV and on social media, keeping up with the Olympics won’t be nearly as much of a challenge as avoiding spoilers.


Oh right, there’s TV, too. If you have cable, you can catch NBC’s coverage scattered across a number of its channels: NBC, NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, CNBC, Bravo and Telemundo. Check the schedule for your location, sorted by time or sport, at the NBC Olympics site.

If you don’t have cable, you can still tune into NBC over the air for nearly round-the-clock coverage, including the four-hour prime-time broadcast that will show the most popular events mixed in with the usual profiles and athlete interviews. The channel will broadcast a total of 217 hours of Olympic coverage.

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Highly Anticipated FPS MMO Warface to be offered through GFACE

Leading premium online games company Trion Worlds and Crytek announced today they will co-publish and co-operate the award-winning online first-person shooter (FPS) Warface in North America, Europe, Turkey, Australia and New Zealand, through GFACE powered by the Trion platform.

“Trion is the company spearheading a revolution in gaming through delivering premium online games across big genres powered by a proven, cutting edge platform,” said Cevat Yerli, CEO and founder of Crytek.  “The combination of this platform, GFACE and Warface shows Crytek’s commitment to finding innovative new ways to bring superior gaming experiences and AAA titles to gamers. That’s why we are creating strong strategic alliances with the best online publishers across the world.”

“Crytek has repeatedly proven their foresight and they are doing that again by leading the shift towards delivering high-quality, free-to-play, online games,”  Dr. Lars Buttler, CEO and founder, Trion Worlds, said.  “We are very impressed with Warface and Crytek’s commitment to polished gameplay, amazing graphics, technical excellence, and real innovation. We very much feel that we are kindred companies and stand strong together.”

Currently live in Russia, and boasting more than two million registered users, Warface recently won Best Game and Best Graphics at the Russian KRI Awards after breaking player concurrency records within four weeks of its launch.

Warface is a vast online universe, set in the near future.  The game offers a cinematic experience with next gen visuals, AI and physics based on Crytek’s proprietary CryENGINE 3 game development solution. Warface provides gamers with a constantly updated extensive PVE universe full of dramatic multiplayer co-op missions, a full set of class based PVP and will be available for PC via Crytek’s free-to-play social platform GFACE.

Warface is an original Crytek game, developed by Crytek Kiev and co-produced Crytek Frankfurt.

Trion’s platform, codenamed Red Door, was announced Fall 2011, and is a full-scale publishing and development solution for premium online games, enabling unprecedented flexibility and control for game monetization teams, ideal for the free-to-play model.  The platform offers a sophisticated server architecture and proprietary toolsets positioned to radically speed up the time-to-market for developers who want to create the next generation of AAA games for connected devices.

Game companies look abroad

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Visitors play online games at ChinaJoy 2012 yesterday, the first day the show was open to the public. Chinese game developers are trying to break into or make further gains in overseas markets after capturing a more than 70 percent share of the domestic market.

Visitors play online games at ChinaJoy 2012 yesterday, the first day the show was open to the public. Chinese game developers are trying to break into or make further gains in overseas markets after capturing a more than 70 percent share of the domestic market. [Photo/Shanghai Daily]

Chinese game developers are trying to break into or make further gains in overseas markets after capturing a more than 70 percent share of the domestic market, it was revealed at ChinaJoy 2012 in Shanghai Thursday.

Top game firms, including Shanda Entertainment, NetEase Inc and Perfect World, are attending the five-day China Digital Entertainment Expo and Conference, also known as ChinaJoy. Though the expo kicked off on Wednesday, yesterday was the first day it was open to the public.

Among a total of about 600 games displayed at ChinaJoy, the country’s biggest annual game fair, more than 400 games are developed locally.

“Homegrown games have become mainstream products in the domestic market,” said Sun Shoushan, vice director of the General Administration of Press and Publication. “Now we are on the way to making Chinese games competitive globally.”

In the first half of this year, Chinese game market revenue jumped 16.9 percent year on year to hit 23.5 billion yuan (US$3.7 billion). Among this, homegrown game revenue was 16.8 billion yuan, accounting for 71.6 percent of the total, according to the United States-based research firm International Data Corp.

Top firms have started to penetrate overseas markets through products and services. Beijing-based Perfect World expects overseas revenue to account for 30 percent of its total revenue this year, compared with 10 percent in 2011, said Chi Yufeng, Perfect World’s chairman. Perfect World has set up facilities in Europe, the US and Japan.

Shanda has acquired a US-based game platform to promote its games overseas.