Thirteen1 magazine representative joins UK games industry board

Hull, UK Communications Director of free-to-read web games magazine, Craig Albeck takes his seat as Associate Director on the board of UK gaming trade association, Tiga

Monthly free-to-read web games publication, Thirteen1 are proud to announce that its Communications Director was recently appointed as an Associate Director on to the board of Tiga, the premier trade association representing the interests of the UK games development community.

Colleague and Editor of Thirteen1, Dan Allen applauded the appointment,“Craig is a hard working, well connected games industry ambassador. Tiga will appreciate the insight and energy that Craig will bring to the board. The appointment is also fantastic news for our media publication, delivering the recognition that Craig and the whole editorial team at Thirteen1 have worked hard to achieve”.

Thirteen1 magazine is the publishing arm of Omerta Game Limited. Steve Biddick, CEO of the Omerta Group offered this glowing tribute, "Craig has proved to an asset to our business and that is reflected in the continued growth of our publishing division, Thirteen1 magazine. His time served as champion of the games development community in Yorkshire under the auspices of Game Republic puts him in good stead to make a valuable contribution to the ongoing development of the games industry in the UK."

"Its a personal milestone that I am extremely proud of" added Craig Albeck. "My first hand experiences of working in partnership with the games industry at a local and national level– through Game Republic– will serve me well in this role. Tiga has a pivotal role to play in facilitating the growth of the games industry in the UK, and they have a number of leading figureheads on the board that collectively can achieve this. It is a privilege to be part of the board. I am sure they will accept me and at the same time value my industry experience."

Richard Wilson, CEO of Tiga added, "It gives me great pleasure to welcome our new Directors. I look forward to working with them in the coming year in our endeavour to drive TIGA, the trade association representing the UK games industry, forward in our campaign to serve the sector more effectively".

Craig will represent Thirteen1 magazine at the next Tiga board meeting in April 2010. In the meantime, he will continue to add value to the web games magazine by achieving the best results for advertising clients.

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About Thirteen1:

Thirteen1 is an independent free-to-read web-based games magazine. Each new issue is released on the 13th of every month at 13.00 GMT. Thirteen1 have published 23 issues to date, as well as 2 supplements. The coverage of Thirteen1 is multi-platform.

Thirteen1 is read in 125 territories, with the majority of the readership coming from North America, UK and BENELUX region. Thirteen1 is currently pushed out to an audience of 20,000. The readership has experienced monthly growth of 12% over the previous calendar month.

Thirteen1 can be viewed in all browsers and is also available as a PDF.

For Thirteen1 press enquiries please contact:

Craig Albeck

Communications Director

Thirteen1 magazine

c.albeck@thirteen1.com

www.thirteen1.com

+44 (0) 1482 214 714

About Omerta Game Limited:

Omerta Game Ltd was founded in 2004 to manage and further develop Omerta. It now boasts a full-time staff of 18 people in four countries and a network of over 200 volunteers, spread out across the whole globe. Omerta is available in 29 languages, all of which are updated for the forthcoming launch of Omerta 3.

Regional (single-language) versions are available in Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Portuguese/Brazilian, Turkish and the 'Nordic' languages (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and Finnish). Apart from the International version, the Dutch, Turkish and Portuguese versions are the biggest versions.

Already more than 3.5 MILLION people have played Omerta.

About Tiga:

Tiga is the trade association representing the UK’s games industry. The majority of our members are either independent games developers or in-house publisher owned developers. We also have outsourcing companies, technology businesses and universities amongst our membership.

Tiga's vision is to make the UK the best place in the world to do games business. We focus on three sets of activities: political representation, generating media coverage and developing services that enhance the competitiveness of our members. This means that Tiga members are effectively represented in the corridors of power, their voice is heard in the media and they receive benefits that make a material difference to their businesses, including a reduction in costs and improved commercial opportunities.

For further information, please contact:

Dr Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO

0845 0941095

richard.wilson@tiga.org

Eva Field, TIGA PR Manager

07814 039 983

eva@tiga.org

www.tiga.org


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