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Twitch Plays Pure Chess is back for 2017

06th January 2017

Happy New Year!

And what a way to start the year, jumping straight back in with a brand new Twitch Plays Pure Chess event!

On Monday 9th January at 5pm GMT, we will be joined on stream by VP at and International Master, Daniel Rensch. The well known American chess personality will be taking on the hive mind of the Twitch chat, and with a FIDE rating of 2388 it will definitely be an interesting game..

IM Rensch was one of the youngest people in the U.S. to become a National Master at the age of just 14 and is now Vice President of Content at, where he provides in-depth chess analysis.

Join us on Monday to play live against IM Rensch by voting for moves in the Twitch chat. If the chat win, everyone watching will win a free Ripstone game! 

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Zoink! Games Developer Stream - 25/11/2016

23rd November 2016

Join us on Twitch this Friday from 4pm GMT for an exclusive Stick It To The Man developer stream!

We will be joined by Klaus and Emil from Zoink! Games to talk about all things Stick It. You can also tweet us questions to @ripstonegames on Twitter and we will try to answer as many as we can on stream.

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Expanding into eSports with Official ESL Tournament

22nd November 2016

It's a *very* exciting day at Ripstone HQ today..
We are finally able to share that we have partnered with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and the Electronic Sports League (ESL) to announce our first venture into eSports! We're bringing Pure Pool to the forefront of the PS4 Events schedule, with an official ESL tournament starting on Saturday 3rd December.
The Pure Pool Contender Cup begins in Europe on December 3rd 2016 at 3pm GMT, with any and all Pure Pool owners on PlayStation 4 welcome to sign up and compete. The full rules for the tournament can be found in the Sony PS4 Events App, and on the Pure Pool ESL official pageWe currently have over 300,000 Pure Pool players and can't wait to see who is crowned champion of the first official online tournament.
To register for the tournament, sign up for an ESL account and then register online, or visit the Events App on your PS4.
This is our first splash into the eSports scene, and we have loads more plans for numerous other events in the coming months!
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JOB OPPORTUNITY: IT Manager (Position Closed)

18th November 2016


We're looking to recruit an IT Manager to provide technical assistance and maintenance to a multi-user Windows based environment. This role will be our first in house IT role taking responsibility for the systems in a growing video game publisher. There are currently 15 of us and this is expected to increase in the next year.

You'll be expected to make recommendations on the IT systems currently in place, to specify and oversee changes to systems, to make recommendations for the systems going forward and to handle any transition arrangements. 


As the IT Manager, you'll need to have up to date technical skills and be able to offer options on systems to aid the team in achieving their goals. You'll also be an excellent communicator who can build relationships across the business and prioritise multiple demands.

Required Technical Skills Include:

• Windows Small Business Server 2011 
• Cloud Based Servers
• Version Control Management (SVN, Git)
• Project Management Software
• Networking (TCP/IP, DNS, WINS & DHCP, VPN etc.)
• Windows OS 
• Microsoft Office Applications
• Mac OS

Key Responsibilities include

• Providing technical support to 15+ people
• Building and provisioning workstations and laptops for new and existing users and updating documentation in the process. 
• Pro-actively assisting in the monitoring and maintenance of servers, applications and hardware. 

This is an exciting opportunity for a talented IT professional to develop their career and in return we can offer you a competitive salary with a benefits package that includes 25 days holiday, company pension scheme and free biscuits. If you think you can make this role your own then please email with full CV indicating current salary to


We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

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Twitch Plays Pure Chess: 70,000 viewers vs. GM Huschenbeth

17th November 2016

So, Twitch Plays Chess Round 2 happened. And it was AMAZING.

70,000 Twitch viewers took part in our event yesterday and played live against chess Grandmaster Niclas Huschenbeth on the front page of Twitch. And lost. Four times.

GM Huschenbeth has a FIDE rating of 2548 and refused to let the chat force a win, despite them outnumbering him 70 THOUSAND to one. Viewers typed chess moves into the Twitch chat to vote on their next move, with the most popular move being made against the GM.

The Twitch chat played four games of Pure Chess against GM Huschenbeth over a period of four hours and you can watch the whole stream on the our official Twitch channel. You can also see Game 1 over on our YouTube channel.

Download the PGN for each game:

Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4


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    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.

  • Hollie Pattison COMMUNITY MANAGER

    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 to work with the community and manage all social channels.

    Outside 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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    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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