New games mag emerges

A new games publication aimed at kids has launched this week.

Called Megaton and aimed at children aged between eight and 12, the brand is being co-launched by Skyjack Publishing and Eurogamer.

The print version of Megaton, produced by Skyjack, launches today (Thursday, February 25th). The publication is priced at 2.99 and features game reviews, competitions, puzzles and a Cartoon Network comic.

Megaton in print will be made available every four weeks, and issue one includes a free Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom A4 sticker sheet as well as a Lego Indiana Jones and Bakugan Brawlers double-sided poster. Skyjack is the team behind Toxic and the Official Ben 10 Magazine.
Meanwhile, the full Megaton website is due to launch on Thursday, March 25th, and is being created by the Eurogamer team.

This is incredibly exciting for us and for many video game publishers for whom dedicated kids gaming media site is long overdue,” publisher Catherine Channon told MCV.

There are over 4.9 million young gamers online every day, more than three million are online for over three hours and one-in-four have a laptop.

We want to provide a space where kids can engage and play with their favourite gaming brands outside of the straight experience. Often these titles have great creative resources behind them that are underutilised and we want to make the most of what’s available and translate it into fun-filled content.

At first glance it may seem like a departure from Eurogamer’s core focus but we want to be to kids’ sites what Eurogamer is to games, and provide the best possible quality of video gaming content we can.”

Skyjack publish MD Matt Yeo added: Megaton is the only magazine in the children’s market that offers 100 pages of pure gaming and comic content. We’ve created a truly exciting magazine that offers kids all of their favourite characters and brands in a unique and innovative format, and it’s one that also offers parents real value for money.”

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