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Ripstone on the Road: TwitchCon 2016

19th September 2016

We're super excited to share that we're heading over to TwitchCon later this month to talk all things streaming!

TwitchCon is taking over the San Diego Convention Center from September 30th - October 2nd, bringing the Twitch community together for a celebration of everything great about Twitch. 

We'll be catching up with our streamy friends, taking some very exciting meetings and taking part in a panel about working with developers on your channel. You can watch our panel 'Get Developers Fired Up For Your Stream' here: on October 1st, 2.30pm PST. We'll also be hosting the panel on our own channel.


If you're heading to TwitchCon and would like to meet up/grab lunch/do shots with us, drop us an email to!

Hope to see some of you at the show!

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Introducing the Bold Deck for Pure Hold'em

14th September 2016

Make a statement at the poker tables in Pure Hold'em with the brand new Bold DLC Card Deck. This stylish deck has been designed with the serious poker player in mind, leaving no room for distraction.

The Bold DLC Deck launched this week and is available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC via Steam.


Available now from the following online stores:


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JOB OPPORTUNITY: 3D Environment Artist

14th September 2016

Overview: We are looking for an experienced 3D Game Artist to join our team, here at Ripstone.

Ripstone Publishing is an independent UK based games publisher specialising in digital distribution. Ripstone’s ethos is built on honesty, integrity and trust, founded in 2011 in order to create a bespoke service for independent game developers.

With a history of publishing video games on a number of different platforms including handheld and mobile, our focus now is on bringing quality indie games to home consoles and PC. Ripstone is best known for games such as Ironcast, Stick It To The Man and the Pure series (Pure Chess, Pure Pool & Pure Hold’em).


·         Deliver high-quality 3D art on-time and within budget

·         Collaborate with artists and programmers to deliver performant assets

·         Model environmental props from photo-reference

Person Specifications:

·         Experience with a variety of programs including Maya, Photoshop (plus ideally ZBrush & Substance Painter)

·         Strong knowledge of creating textures for a Physically-Based Rendering (PBR) engine (ideally UE4)

·         Extensive environment art experience is very beneficial

·         Have a strong portfolio of exterior and interior environmental game assets

·         Have an eye for detail and composition

·         Flexibility – ability to perform well within a broad range of areas

·         Adapt to the project needs, learning new software packages and workflows where necessary

·         Ability to create 3D assets to a high standard

·         Competent at working effectively within a deadline-driven environment

·         At-least 1 years’ experience creating 3D art in the video game industry

·         Self-motivated and possessing a desire to continue learning

·         A strong portfolio showcasing your most recent work

·         Great communicator and team player

·         Some background in traditional art is very beneficial

·         BA (Hons) degree in Animation, CGI, Game Art, Illustration or a related field is very beneficial

Salary dependent on experience.
Please apply via email to
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Pure Chess Grandmaster Edition: Out Now on Xbox One & PC

12th September 2016

Pure Chess has made its move onto Xbox One and Steam via PC! Join over 2.5 million players across 10 platforms to take the ultimate chess challenge. Are you a Grandmaster in the making?

Take advantage of a launch discount and bag 25% off the Grandmaster Edition on Steam until September 16. 

Watch the trailer and explore 9 detailed chess sets and 6 stunning locations and visit the Steam and Xbox stores below to take on the Grandmaster challenge.



Pure Chess Grandmaster Edition is available NOW on Xbox One and PC, as well as PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, 3DS and mobile platforms.

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Twitch vs. Pure Chess: The Grandmaster Challenge

06th September 2016

To celebrate the launch of Pure Chess on Xbox One and PC via Steam this Friday, we are hosting a Twitch stream with a twist, and a very special guest...

On Friday September 9th, join us on Twitch to take on the ultimate chess challenge: battling a Grandmaster. In this exclusive world-first, viewers on Twitch will vote for moves in the chat as part of a crowdsourced game against Simon Williams, British veteran Grandmaster with a FIDE rating of 2444.

Who will win? Chess decides.


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Work And Play


    I love games. Since the age of 10 it's all I ever wanted to do (except in 1986 when I wanted to be a fighter pilot), and I'm kinda banking on the prophecy that the geek will inherit the Earth! Having worked on over 50 games in my career so far, setting up Ripstone was the natural thing to do.

    Today I enjoy playing games as much as I did when I was in short trousers. More so actually. But when I'm not chasing trophies on my PS3 and PS Vita you'll find me playing football with my two little boys, or walking the Lake District fells with my friends.


    I’ve worked in the entertainment industries since 1983 when I was a fledgling music producer. In ’88 I got a job as a radio producer and 9 years later got my first games industry job as an external producer at Psygnosis.

    After a spell at Codemasters I joined XDev Studio Europe and was there until we founded Ripstone in January 2011.

    All my spare time is spent with my family and friends and I have a drum kit on top of the wardrobe that I’m determined to play again one day.

  • Michelle Turner HEAD OF PR & MARKETING

    My first job in PR was at Disney Interactive Studios, it was a great start to my career working on franchises such as Pirates of the Caribbean, High School Musical and Lumines. I love working in the games industry and engaging with people that are passionate about what they do and the gamers that are passionate about what they play.

    In my spare time I love to travel, whether it's camping somewhere in the UK or living it up in a fancy hotel in Australia. I also enjoy baking, and I write my own food blog so I'm often found cooking up a storm in my kitchen on the weekend.

  • Rachael Gregg-Smythe ASSISTANT PRODUCER

    I've been into games ever since my Dad bought me a NES and secretly let me stay up late to play it! I've always been passionate about art and design so I knew I would want to work in a creative industry. I started my career in the games industry by working at SCEE whilst studying for my Masters in Architecture at Edinburgh University. Since then, I have come to Ripstone for the opportunity to work in an exciting and vibrant atmosphere and to work more closely with a development team.

    When I'm not working on games I like drawing things in Photoshop, watching anime, levelling up on RPGs and reading comics. 

  • Rob Williams PROGRAMMER

    I taught myself to program so I could make games instead of paying attention at school.

    In 2004 my hobby game evolved into a small business, and shortly afterwards I was offered my first job in the games industry. 

    Other than games I enjoy cooking, cocktails and coffee, concurrently or consecutively.


    After graduating from Liverpool John Moores University with a degree in Culture and Communications and running a community news site on the side, I accepted a marketing role with the first school in the UK to specialise in careers in the games industry. From there I joined the Ripstone team as Social Media and Community Coordinator.

    Outside of work I love exploring; be it getting lost in a great game, travelling to new places or discovering weird corners of the internet. I also love watching speedruns in my pyjamas, what else are Sundays for?

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Everyone here loves playing games and we want to play our part in creating games that we can all be proud of. To make this happen, we need brilliant people who share our passion. That's why we're always looking for talented, ambitious and enthusiastic teams to work with and brilliant people to come and work with us.

  • Need a publisher?

    If you want a publisher that shares the same indie spirit as your studio then we'd love to talk to you. Ripstone does everything you'd expect from a traditional publisher, but with a twist. We believe indie devs need a more tailored, personal approach to their games and that the relationship between developer and publisher is the difference between a game that is merely good and one that is great. We always like to look at things differently and never focus on processes and procedures, but want to understand what you want and what you need to make great games.

    So, if you've got a great game and you want the world to be able to play it, let us see if we can help you.

  • Want to be in our gang?

    We're a playful bunch, we like each other's company, we love our work and we care passionately about the games we publish. We've created a place where people are excited to work. We have ice-cream in the summer, team lunches, celebratory cakes for special occasions and you get an extra day off for your birthday!

    If you want to join the Ripstone team check out the Team Talk area for details of available vacancies or check for updates on facebook and twitter..

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Contact Us

We like making friends so we've made it easy for you to talk to us at Ripstone. Don't be shy, say hello, we'd love to hear from you.

  • Ripstone

    Elevator Studios. 25 Parliament Street. Liverpool. L8 5RN. United Kingdom
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    Want to get updates straight from the horses mouth? Contact us to be added to our media list.
    Our PR team can provide journalists with additional information about Ripstone and all our games, as well as being able to arrange interviews with the developers we work with and provide assets that can be used in the media.


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