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Boss Fight Hires Veteran CTO as Studio Scales

Rich Geldreich Joins the Growing Dallas-Based Game Studio as Chief Technology Officer


Headshot - Rich GeldreichDALLAS, Texas – December 11, 2014 – Boss Fight Entertainment, an independent game company focused on creating breakthrough, original free-to-play games for mobile devices, today announced the addition of Rich Geldreich, who will serve as the company’s Chief Technology Officer.  Geldreich joins the Boss Fight team as it continues to grow capacity and talent leading into 2015.  The Dallas-based studio’s first title, Dungeon Boss, will launch in early 2015. Boss Fight is comprised of a veteran team known for making award-winning strategy and free-to-play games that have helped define genres.

“Our team is excited to have a world-class technologist like Rich join our studio as we grow and scale our operation,” said Scott Winsett, COO of Boss Fight Entertainment.  “Rich’s passion, expertise and leadership in all aspects of software development will be critical as we continue our mission to provide the absolute best game experiences on a variety of platforms.”

"Having known many of the developers at Boss Fight for over a decade, I watched with deep admiration and respect as their studio has grown in size and talent. I look forward to making all of Boss Fight's titles look great and run amazingly well on as wide a range of devices as possible," adds Geldreich.

Geldreich, who specializes in graphics optimization and data compression, has worked in the gaming industry for over 20 years, making significant engineering contributions to Portal 2, DotA 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Age of Empires III, Halo Wars, and Shrek (the first game to use deferred shading). He was a founding member of the Steam Linux Team and was named to the Data Compression Hall of Fame in 2010 for creating the LZHAM codec, a data compression library used by Titanfall and PlanetSide 2.

About Boss Fight Entertainment
Boss Fight Entertainment is an independent game development studio based in Dallas, Texas. Founded in 2013, Boss Fight’s 40 person veteran team has produced some of the industry’s best-selling and most critically-acclaimed games for mobile, social, PC and consoles. These titles include the CastleVille, Age of Empires, and Halo Wars franchises. Boss Fight is currently preparing for commercial launch of the highly-anticipated Dungeon Boss with additional titles in the works. The studio’s continuing mission is to bring simple, beautiful and fun game experiences to players wherever they want to play. For more information, please visit: www.bossfightentertainment.com



 

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Outplay Entertainment Surpasses 20 Million Download Milestone for its Portfolio of Mobile Games

Studio Continues Growth with New Label, Bite Size Games


20M Download Infographic 1Dundee, UK – Decemeber 9th, 2014 – Outplay Entertainment, a leading mobile game publisher and developer, today announced that it has surpassed 20 Million downloads for its portfolio of mobile games. With recent hit titles Alien Creeps TD and Monster Legacy, as well as the first game from its Bite Size Games label, Pug Rapids, the audience for Outplay’s games is expanding rapidly. The portfolio is currently seeing more than 32,000 downloads per day on average. Outplay has titles that appeal to all ages across a wide range of genres including strategy, RPG, word, and puzzle. The new label, Bite Size Games is focusing on fast, fun free-to-play titles that are smaller in size, but still deliver a high-quality game experience for audiences of all ages.

“Our goal from the start has been to have a portfolio approach with games that appeal to the mass audience,” said Doug Hare, CEO of Outplay Entertainment. “Surpassing 20 Million downloads is a testament to the team’s ability to create games that stand out as fun and engaging in a market that is incredibly competitive. Our growth is accelerating and we’re actively looking to add to our team as we expand our portfolio further and reach more people on their smartphones and tablets each day.”

“We realize that there are people of all ages that play our games and there are a lot of ways we can provide entertainment,” said Richard Hare, President of Outplay Entertainment. “Bite Size Games is our new label to deliver compact game experiences that are fast, and free.”
2014 has been a strong year for Outplay with growth month over month in terms of audience and downloads from all around the world, on iOS, Android, Samsung and Nook platforms. In May 2014, the company secured a $5m round of funding from Oxford Capital to accelerate Outplay’s strategic plan. The company is poised for a strong 2015 with six games live across multiple platforms, as well as three currently in development. Current games include:

Alien Creeps TD (Best New Games on the App Store)
Android - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.outplayentertainment.aliencreeps
iOS - https://itunes.apple.com/app/monster-legacy/id652151375

Booty Quest
Android - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.outplayentertainment.bootyquest
iOS - https://itunes.apple.com/app/booty-quest-match-3-jewels/id511011732

Bubble Blaze
Android - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.outplayentertainment.bubbleblaze
iOS - https://itunes.apple.com/app/bubble-blaze/id560462487

MonstAR Truck

iOS Exclusive - https://itunes.apple.com/app/monstar-truck/id528540345

Monster Legacy (Editor’s Choice on the App Store, BAFTA nominee, Best new Updates on the App Store)
iOS Exclusive - https://itunes.apple.com/app/monster-legacy/id652151375

Mystery Match

iOS Exclusive - https://itunes.apple.com/app/mystery-match/id836517222

Pug Rapids 
(Bite Size Games)
Android - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bitesizedgames.pugrapids.googleplay
iOS - https://itunes.apple.com/app/pug-rapids/id912347252

Word Trick
Android - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.outplayentertainment.WordTrick
iOS - https://itunes.apple.com/app/word-trick-free/id471284130

ABOUT OUTPLAY ENTERTAINMENT
Outplay Entertainment are a venture-backed developer and publisher with a mission to deliver fun, free and innovative games across a wide range of social and mobile platforms, for players to enjoy with friends and others around the world. The immersive, vibrant and unique experiences Outplay create across iOS, Android and Facebook are enjoyed by millions every day. For more information, please visitwww.outplay.com.  



 

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Ambush Your Enemies In The ‘Advanced Tactics’ DLC For Hegemony Rome

Downloadable content is out today and adds 6 brand-new units for use in the recently added recon feature


Hegemony-CaesarLeicester, UK, - December 4, 2014 – From rolling hills to secluded woods, a wise leader knows that how you use the environment of the battlefield can change the course of victory. Master the art of war and enhance your combat stratagem in the ‘Advanced Tactics’ DLC for Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caeser, which is out today and adds 6 all new-units to your mercenary army: including the Kush Archer, Parthian Cataphracts and Horse Archers, Berber Javelineer, Naked Skirmishers and Gallic Ambushers. The additional content makes use of the recently introduced ambush game feature that allows units to shroud themselves within the field of war, await the approaching enemy forces and seize the opportunity for an attack advantage. Utilise the agile Parthian Horse Archers to scout out the area, rally a powerful charge with the cataphracts and employ the Gallic Ambushers’ knowledge of the terrain to launch deadly surprise assaults. The ‘Advanced Tactics’ DLC for Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar is available to purchase today for £3.49/€3.99/$4.99 and can be downloaded via Steam.

Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar is available now via retail and as a digital download through Steam – the ‘Bannermen’ and ‘Mercenaries’ DLC are also available to download right now. For more information on the game head over to the Steam page here.

Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar takes you to the plains and forests of ancient Gaul where Julius Caesar wages a decade long war to subjugate the barbarian hordes. It will immerse you in history like no other real time strategy game ever before, forcing you to pay close attention to the changing seasons and rapidly changing military situations.

Features of Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar 

  • Direct from the hand of Caesar – Four campaigns follow the conquests of Julius Caesar as he wrote them in Commentarii de Bello Gallico. Bridge the Rhine, invade Britannia and conquer the Gauls in over 100 objectives or choose from over 20 factions in the epic sandbox mode.
  • All new map – Explore over one million square kilometers that are seamlessly zoomable, from the Mediterranean coast to the shores of Britannia.
  • Improved graphics engine – Hegemony Rome supports 10x the terrain detail over previous instalments and features a diverse and immersive landscape to explore.
  • Build an empire – The construction system allows players to build forts, walls, and bridges at thousands of sites across the map to cement Roman control over the barbarian kingdoms.
  • Promote your legions – Players can train officers to augment their unit’s skills as well as appoint governors and construct buildings to expand and improve their cities.
  • Starve your enemies – Supply camps and logistics system makes sieges and supply lines more intuitive and more important than ever.

For more information on Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar please visit www.kasedogames.com

 

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Monster Legacy Reaches its ULTIMATE Evolution!


Monster-Legacy-2014Dundee, UK – December 3, 2014 - Since launching in the Spring, Outplay's beast-battling epic Monster Legacy has been downloaded over a million times, been BAFTA nominated and become proud winner of The App Store Editor's Choice award, and above all, brought together a huge community of dedicated monster-collecting battlers all over the world!
 

Now, the ultimate update is headed to mobile, brimming with new Monsters and packed with new features to astound players old and new. First of all, there's a rustic overhaul of the visuals, adding more detail and polish to the magical world of Arborea, with its 70 quests across 20 mystical locations. Even better, there are now 150 distinct Monsters to find and take into the pvp battle arena!


Watch the trailer here: 
http://youtu.be/WUXsojZhsWc


Download the trailer and assets here: 
http://bit.ly/MonsterLegacyPress


A Monster Upgrade

Comprising two updates in one, this new overhaul of Monster Legacy is more than cosmetic, however. The quest system has streamlined to compliment a redesigned world map. Extra items are now hidden throughout the world and players can collect and craft extra bonuses on the go!
 

And when it comes to Monsters, you will now be able to purchase exclusive new beasts early on in your journey, for a limited time, giving your team the edge from the very start of your quests. So what are you waiting for? Join the legions of Monster Hunters in this ultimate relaunch, and start battling beasts right away!
 

This ultimate update of Monster Legacy is available to download for free from the App Store: http://bit.ly/MonsterLegacyMonster Legacy includes in-app purchases.


ABOUT OUTPLAY ENTERTAINMENT

Outplay Entertainment Ltd is a mobile-focused game developer on a mission to deliver fun, free and innovative games for smartphones, tablets, and social networks. The immersive, vibrant and unique experiences Outplay create are enjoyed by millions of people around the world every day. For more information, please visit www.outplay.com

 

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Helpshift Updates Dashboard with Advanced Analytics Illustrating the Efficiencies of Mobile Game Companies’ Customer Support Programs

Analytics Platform Enables Companies to Evaluate and Optimize Their Mobile Customer Support System and Procedures



Helpshift 1SAN FRANCISCO – December 2, 2014 - Helpshift, the leading CRM platform for mobile apps, today announced new features for its customer support dashboard, providing companies with analytics data on all aspects of the help and support systems for mobile apps and games. The data provided to customer support teams includes key metrics such as ticket deflection (reduction of tickets through the self-help FAQ), time to resolve, open rates of in-game support messages and more. The analytics allow teams to optimize their workflow and determine where to tune the customer support flow from initial help need to resolution.

“Helpshift can collect important system information with each help request, enabling teams to quickly troubleshoot support requests and identify where common issues are occurring,” said Tushar Makhija, VP of Business Development at Helpshift. “As these issues are analyzed, development teams can fix potential bugs or incompatibilities while support teams tune the FAQs and help flow to provide the fastest and best quality customer experience possible.”

Key analytics captured by the system include Issues, Team, and Agent Specific factors including: Issues Reported and Issues Resolved, Percentage of Issues Resolved, Backlog, Time to First Response, Holding time, Agent Touches and Agent Score, Issues Assigned and Issues Resolved, Average Survey Rating, Replies per Resolve and Ratings Split. These metrics allow companies to evaluate the effectiveness of their customer support program as well as their agents based on the parameters and goals they set.

The analytics system also gives valuable feedback on the quality of the FAQ and the answers you are providing your users. These metrics include: FAQ Inserts, Number of FAQ views, Number of FAQ likes, and dislikes.

Helpshift is a complete platform for managing players within a game or App. When a user needs help, they simply click a button and are presented with an FAQ that tends to answer the majority of questions. If their specific question isn’t answered, the user is given the ability to contact the publisher directly from within the App. On the publisher side, customer relationship managers are given information about the player, including device diagnostic information, and they have the ability to sort and prioritize users based on a variety of factors. As the manager answers the user’s question, the message is sent back within the App and the user is notified through badging and push notification. The entire process keeps players in the App and has been proven to reduce tickets by up to 95 percent. That’s a massive benefit and time savings for anyone developing Apps today.

Helpshift is offering a free tier of its platform for anyone developing a mobile game for iOS or Android: https://www.helpshift.com/gaming

About Helpshift
Helpshift is the leading CRM provider for companies building Mobile apps and smart devices. Helpshift is installed on over 350 million devices worldwide and is used by some of today's largest mobile companies, including SupercellGlu MobileFlipboard and ModCloth. The platform features a number of major benefits for app publishers and users by improving the customer experience, driving higher app ratings and user retention, and saving time and money in the support of apps. Helpshift has raised $13.2 million and is backed by Intel Capital, True Ventures, Visionnaire Ventures and Nexus Venture Partners. To learn more about Helpshift, visit  https://www.helpshift.com/ or follow @helpshift.

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SIMPLYGON ROLLS OUT NEXT GENERATION OF SimplygonTM CLOUD

Cloud-Based Platform Gives Anyone Creating 3D Assets the Ability to Easily Optimize Their Projects with Simplygon


STOCKHOLM, Sweden – November 18, 2014 – Simplygon, the leading provider of automatic 3D optimization solutions for digital content creation, today announced that it has launched the latest version of Simplygon Cloud, its 3D asset optimization platform. Originally launched with support for just Unity 3D, Simplygon Cloud now can optimize assets for any 3D engine or platform as the company has integrated Simplygon Cloud into MAX and Maya. The Simplygon Cloud platform enables asset creators to build multiple Level of Detail (LoD) models in the cloud, saving significant time, resources, and polygons as they optimize their projects. The four key optimization functions offered are:

·         Reduction
·         Texture Merging
·         LoD Creation 
·         Proxy Creation

Here is a video explaining Simplygon Cloud:
 


Simplygon Cloud has a free tier where creators can use up to an hour of server time each month at no cost. For reference, a larger texture and Proxy LoD would take a few minutes where smaller jobs like a Reduction or LoD Creation would likely take less than 30 seconds. It’s a significant free offering that 3D asset creators will find easy to use and seamless with MAX and Maya. Multiple paid tiers are available for creators needing more server time, or working with larger models, starting at just $100 per month. All that’s needed to get started is to visitwww.simplygon.com

“Last year we rolled out an initial version of the cloud service and we received great feedback from the Unity 3D community on what was working well, and where parts were a little complex for some people,” said Koshi Hamedi, VP of Product, Simplygon. “We added new features, streamlined the user interface and put in direct access for MAX and Maya, meaning Simplygon Cloud is now the fastest and easiest way to optimize 3D models.”

With Simplygon Cloud, 3D art assets are run through the award-winning Simplygon system and delivered to the creator without any additional action required. Assets are processed entirely in the cloud and the service is proven to save time and money on the development of 3D projects.

Simplygon is popular amongst developers of mobile games; AAA PC and console games; and large MMOs, and is applicable to any medium where 3D art assets are created or utilized. By automatically generating lower-polygon models that are required for different levels of detail (LoD), an optimization process for making games and visual scenes run smoother, at higher frame-rates, and requiring less data, Simplygon helps digital content creators save important resources where artists would otherwise need to manually re-create large amounts of content.

About Donya Labs & Simplygon (www.simplygon.com)
Simplygon is the leading automatic 3D-optimization technology and spawned from within the demanding video games industry. Simplygon is developed by Donya Labs; a privately held company founded 2006 and headquartered in Sweden. Donya Labs and the Simplygon Team is dedicated to helping professional software developers make complex 3D content available on all platforms while streamlining their production pipeline. For more information, please visit: www.simplygon.com.

The statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. The Company cautions readers of this press release that a number of important factors could cause Donya Lab’s actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in any such forward-looking statements. Donya Labs and Simplygon’s name and logo are registered trademarks of Donya Labs. All other company or government agency names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright © 2014 Donya Labs. All Rights Reserved.

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Tired of crushing candy? An All-New Match-3 Puzzle Adventure is Out Now!

 

DUNDEE, UK – November 13, 2014 – Outplay Entertainment, one of the leading mobile publishers and developers of games in the United Kingdom, today announced that Mystery Match its new title which brings an all-new blend of captivating narrative and jewel-matching brain teasers to players’ mobile devices, is now available in the App Store at: www.bit.ly/MysteryMatchiOS
 

“We’ve played a lot of Match-3 style games and we’re big fans of the genre,” said Richard Hare, President of Outplay Entertainment. “Adding the mystery components and building a compelling story around the gameplay in Mystery Match was very important in order to give players a reason to engage with the game and progress beyond just beating the next board.”


Set in the post-Edwardian era, Mystery Match is an all-new kind of match-3 puzzle adventure. It tells the tale of aristocratic sleuths Emma Fairfax and Julian Beaumont as they unravel an intriguing plot left behind by 18th Century genius inventor Alexander Knight, in a series of cryptic puzzle boxes. The Sherlock Holmesian plot boasts dozens of captivating puzzle challenges, set in exquisite locales from 1930’s London, enchanting Venice and the Pyramids of Cairo. Gamers will intuitively grasp the gameplay as they match jewels and race against friends to clear each gripping stage and reach the top of the leaderboard.
 

Mystery Match will also draw players in through a unique narrative, a twist-filled detective plot which unfurls as they progress, meeting new intriguing characters as the final challenge of the mysterious Knight becomes clear...
 


FEATURES

• Enchanting free to play jewel-matching fun

• Captivating game modes and complex puzzles

• Enthralling challenges over dozens of levels and spectacular settings

• Join a detective duo to unravel the mystery of Alexander Knight

• Invite friends across social media to experience the mystery


Download Assets at: www.bit.ly/MysteryMatchPress

 

ABOUT OUTPLAY ENTERTAINMENT

Outplay Entertainment is mobile-focused game developer on a mission to deliver fun, free and innovative games for smartphones, tablets, and social networks. The immersive, vibrant and unique experiences Outplay create are enjoyed by millions of people around the world every day. www.outplay.com

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2XL Racing – Street Wars is Now Available via the iOS App Store and Google Play

 

2XL Games’ Latest Console-Quality Racing Game Brings 20 Licensed Car Brands to the Drag Racing Genre
 

PHOENIX – October 28, 2014 – 2XL Games, veteran developers of hit mobile games including: 2XL Supercross, Ricky Carmichael’s Motocross Matchup, and XGames Snocross, today announced that its latest mobile title, 2XL Racing – Street Wars, is now available in the App Store and via Google Play.  2XL Racing is a cinematic racing adventure set in the streets of Los Angeles. Players collect and race some of the most sought after officially licensed cars in the world from Nissan, Acura, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Lexus, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Scion, and others. 2XL Racing – Street Wars is free to download and free to play.
 

Download the game:

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.twoxlgames.street

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/app/2xl-racing-street-wars/id797136411?mt=8



“2XL Street is the deepest drag racing game available for mobile devices, complete with licensed cars, licensed upgrades and tuner parts,” said Rick Baltman, President of 2XL Games. “We wanted to deliver a console quality game that drag racing and tuner fans alike would find deep, authentic and most of all fun. We have real-time synchronous multiplayer which lets players compete against friends, new rivals and anyone in the world. Our pink slip racing mode raises the stakes even higher and makes the experience more exciting and meaningful for players willing to risk their cars to prove their skills.”
 

2XL Racing – Street Wars Features:

  • Drag racing game with the best graphics, sound and physics in the industry
  • Street Wars single player campaign mode. Battle to take over the streets of LA
  • 20 licensed car brands including: Ford, Chevrolet, Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Bentley, McLaren, Honda, Mini, and many more
  • New cars are being added all of the time
  • Custom pro-tuner editions of cars from custom race shops around the world
  • Daily Quick Race mode with new rewards every few hours
  • Ghost Race multiplayer with weekly competitions (Asynchronous multiplayer) … race even when your friends are offline against their fastest ghosts
  • Live Head to Head Multiplayer including matchup mode to find the best opponents online worldwide (no bots, all real people)
  • Friends and Rivals mode in head to head keeps track of all you most recent opponents for easy matchups
  • Integrated with Facebook, Google+ and Game Center
  • Single player and multiplayer achievements
  • Global leaderboards
  • Hire a mechanic with pro-tuner parts for maximum performance
  • Authentic engine audio from over 25 high performance engines

 

About 2XL Games

2XL Games, founded in 2005 and headquartered in Phoenix, AZ, found world-wide fame for its #7, top-grossing game of 2007, “2XL Supercross.” Its sequel, “XGames Snocross,” enjoyed the distinct honor of being the first app to be demoed on the iPad at the very first press conference that introduced the iPad to the world. 2XL’s catalogue of games has been downloaded more than 30 million times. For more information about 2XL Games, visit: www.2xlgames.com


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Helpshift Launches Free Version of its Leading CRM Platform for Mobile Game Companies

Mobile Game Developers and Publishers Get Free Helpshift to Manage Players and Reduce Support Requests by up to 94 Percent

 

SAN FRANCISCO - October 15, 2014 - Helpshift, the leading CRM platform for mobile apps, today announced that it has introduced a free tier to its product offerings, specifically to enable independent game developers and indie game developers to be able to benefit from its platform. Now anyone creating and publishing mobile games for iOS or Android can setup their FAQs in-app and have access to both the mobile client software and the player management and support dashboard for free, up to 10,000 MAUs. Companies using Helpshift have seen reductions in the number of support requests by up to 94 percent, which gives game developers more time to make great games rather than managing support issues. Anyone interested in signing up for the free tier and getting Helpshift into their game can do so at: https://www.helpshift.com/gaming

 

“We’ve realized that the big publishers are making the move to get on Helpshift, but at the same time, there are tens of thousands of mobile game developers and self-publishers that are dealing with support requests via email, or other outdated methods that are time-consuming, inefficient and not very effective,” said Tushar Makhija, VP of Business Development at Helpshift. “We know that we can provide a lot of benefit to this audience of game creators and free them up to focus on the parts of their games that deserve their attention. By implementing a free tier and allowing anyone to get on Helpshift for free, we’re actively supporting the community and also planting the seeds for the next big game to be made.”

 

Helpshift is also seeing explosive growth in acceptance of its platform as it is now handling more than three billion App sessions per month across 350 million devices. More than 100 million monthly active users are playing games that are powered by Helpshift and the list of developers is growing daily, with TinyCo, Supercell, Glu Mobile and other industry leaders all adopting Helpshift.


Our new players are definitely using Helpshift and we’ve noticed that our players are generally more knowledgeable than before. The ability for them to give informed feedback is exactly the kind of ticket we want to be responding to," said Matt Fairchild, Director of Community for TinyCo. "Being able to talk to players in-app helps significantly and the entire process is much easier for our team then what we had before.”

 

Helpshift is a complete platform for managing players within a game or App. When a user needs help, they simply click a button and are presented with an FAQ that tends to answer the majority of questions. If their specific question isn’t answered, the user is given the ability to contact the publisher directly from within the App. On the publisher side, customer relationship managers are given information about the player, including device diagnostic information, and they have the ability to sort and prioritize users based on a variety of factors. As the manager answers the user’s question, the message is sent back within the App and the user is notified through badging and push notification. The entire process keeps players in the App and has been proven to reduce tickets by up to 94 percent. That’s a massive benefit and time savings for anyone developing Apps today.

 

About Helpshift
Helpshift is the leading CRM provider for companies building Mobile apps and smart devices. Helpshift is installed on over 350 million devices worldwide and is used by some of today's largest mobile companies, including Supercell, Glu Mobile, Flipboard and ModCloth. The platform features a number of major benefits for app publishers and users by improving the customer experience, driving higher app ratings and user retention, and saving time and money in the support of apps. Helpshift has raised $13.2 million and is backed by Intel Capital, True Ventures, Visionnaire Ventures and Nexus Venture Partners. To learn more about Helpshift, visit https://www.helpshift.com/ or follow @helpshift.

 

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Critically-Acclaimed THE WOLF AMONG US: A TELLTALE GAMES SERIES coming to Retailers on November 4th


Also Arriving on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Xbox One for the 1st Time

YouTube Link:  http://youtu.be/zOwxXf0TPgE
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point-blankToday we would like to share an all-new trailer for the critically-acclaimed The Wolf Among Us: A Telltale Games Series, based on Bill Willingham's award-winning comic book series 'FABLES' and licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

Today we can also announce that The Wolf Among Us: A Telltale Games Series will be available to purchase at retailers in North America on November 4th, available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for the first time, as well as on disc on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 for the first time. The Wolf Among Us will also be available for purchase on PlayStation Vita at retail for the first time on November 4th in North America. In Europe, The Wolf Among Us will be available for consoles on November 7th.

Each retail edition of The Wolf Among Us: A Telltale Games Series will include all five episodes from the critically-acclaimed series. The full season will also be available for download on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Xbox One in North America and Europe.

The series has been met with critical-acclaim since its premiere leading to its finale this July, when GameSpot.com heralded the series as a 2014 Game of the Year Contender. The series was nominated in five categories in the 2014 Golden Joystick Awards, including Game of the Year, Best Original Game, Best Audio, Best Storytelling, and Studio of the Year for Telltale Games.

The finale episode received a 9.3 out of 10 score from IGN.com who awarded it'Game of the Month,' saying,  "Simply put, The Wolf Among Us' finale provides some of the finest storytelling I've played in a long time," later adding "Telltale's finale is a fantastic adventure, and some of the best work the studio has ever done." 


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 called the series upon its conclusion,  "... a tour de force of sex, lies, murder, deceit, and, ultimately, hope. The final moments of the series are guaranteed to be the subject of heated comment section debate for months to come and can totally shatter your perception of everything you've come to know."  Also in their review of the season finale, GamesBeat awarded the episode a 9.5 out of 10 score, saying "Cry Wolf ends Telltale's Fables series on a memorable and effective note... It's everything a finale should be." 


Official Xbox Magazine
 awarded  'Cry Wolf' a  9 out of 10, calling it "a spectacular end to an excellent series," while Joystiq, also gave the episode a  9 out of 10, saying,  "The Wolf Among Us has been consistently excellent from start to finish."


The series is now available for download on the Xbox Games Store for Xbox 360, on PlayStation®Network for PlayStation 3, on PC and Mac via digital download including Steam, on iOS for compatible phones and tablets, as well as on compatible Amazon Fire tables, phones, and micro-consoles. The series will also make its debut this Fall on over 6000 compatible Android-based devices via the Google Play store, including the NVIDIA Shield.


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Turbo FAST Tops 50 Million Downloads!

App Gets Major Updates Including New Characters and Tracks


NEW ZEALAND, Wellington, September 30, 2014 – That snail is fast – and that snail’s app is even faster, cooler and more fun than ever as DreamWorks Animation and leading games publisher PikPok®’s Turbo FAST has topped 50 million downloads! In celebration of this milestone, a major update has been released on app which is available now for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android, from the App Store and Google Play.

The app is inspired by DreamWorks Animation's Turbo franchise and the latest update features new characters from the film as well as the popular Netflix original animated series Turbo FAST.  Additionally, players can enjoy new track content and an all-new Challenge Mode where they can take on each other in a head to head format.

The Turbo FAST App features the thrill of racing in the palm of your hands: players can rocket to the finish line like shell on wheels as they drift around corners, perform crazy stunts, collect tomatoes and grind rails to earn performance upgrades and improve their race times.

"The Turbo FAST app has been a huge success, and is the perfect complement to our furiously funny and tremendously popular Netflix series," said DreamWorks Animation Sr. Director of Marketing for Global Interactive Maria Pacheco. "We are delighted to be continuing to support the tens of millions of fans we have, and look forward to even more success."

The Turbo FAST App features:
 ·         13 unique race tracks to test your skills
·         Challenge Mode: go head to head against your friends to win delicious tomatoes!
·         Special Race Events: Time Trials, Limited Fuel, Slalom and Rival Races
·         Thousands of performance & design combinations: Shell upgrades, new paint jobs and neon glows
·         Pre-race mods enable you to improve your performance with things like extra speed, fuel and time
·         Ability to record your greatest race moments, watch on instant replay and share with your friends
·         Optional Facebook and Twitter posting to show off your tricked-out shell and best scores
·         Leaderboards show how you rank amongst your friends and all the top players

"Working on this property has been a delight for the studio, and hitting the 50 million download mark has been an amazing achievement," said Mario Wynands, Managing Director of PikPok. "Existing players and new fans alike will love the new features and content we are bringing to the game."

The Turbo FAST App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch at http://www.appstore.com/turbofast, and from Google Play at http://play.google.com.
 


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About DreamWorks Animation
DreamWorks Animation creates high-quality entertainment, including CG animated feature films, television specials and series and live entertainment properties, meant for audiences around the world. The Company has world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced filmmaking technology and techniques. DreamWorks Animation has been named one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" by FORTUNE® Magazine for five consecutive years. In 2013, DreamWorks Animation ranked #12 on the list. All of DreamWorks Animation's feature films are produced in 3D. The Company has theatrically released a total of 29 animated feature films, including the franchise properties of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Puss In Boots, and The Croods.

About PikPok
PikPok is a leading publisher of great games across mobile, tablet and desktop. With a portfolio of original, licensed, and third party developed properties, PikPok delivers games that appeal to all consumers with pick-up-and-play gameplay, high-quality art, and immersive audio design which provide rich game experiences. PikPok has released multiple critically and commercially successful games including the popular Flick Kick® series, BAFTA nominated Super Monsters Ate My CondoTM, Into the DeadTM and more. Steal a moment, and play a game from PikPok. For more information on PikPok, please visit www.pikpok.com andwww.facebook.com/pikpokgames

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Broken Bulb Studios Announces Ninja Warz 2 Will be iOS Exclusive


The Next Great Addition to the Ninja Warz Franchise is Coming Soon


SCOTTSDALE, AZ – September 22, 2014 – Broken Bulb Studios, a developer and publisher of games for everyone, today announced that it is in the final pre-launch development stages of Ninja Warz 2, the sequel to the company’s 2009 smash hit, Ninja Warz. The game will be available soon, exclusively for iOS devices via Apple’s App Store. Ninja Warz 2 lets you take control of the dojo while you build up your team of ninjas to take on foes and bring balance to the world.

Ninja Warz 2 is a brand new take on role-playing strategy games. Build and train an elite band of ninjas to battle guardians, epic bosses, and other players. Join your friends in Factions and enjoy all the things you love about strategy games on your iPhone, iPad, or iPad Touch without all the waiting around for timers to expire and troops to be created!

“After five years, we’re bringing a new version of Ninja Warz to the players with Ninja Warz 2, and iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch owners will have the first opportunity to play the game as we bring it exclusively to iOS first” said Robert Nelson, CEO of Broken Bulb Studios. “We still have a very active community within the original game and know that this new addition to the series will delight those both familiar and new to Ninja Warz alike.”

About Broken Bulb Studios
Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Broken Bulb Studios released their first title, Ninja Warz, in 2009, and the game is still played today by hundreds of thousands of players. After the success of several social games, developed entirely in-house, Broken Bulb entered the mobile games market in 2012. Broken Bulb has created 10 unique IPs, 7 finely tuned custom game engines tailored to its titles, and innovated dramatically with server technology and efficiency. With their fifth mobile title launching soon and hundreds of thousands of daily users across social and mobile, Broken Bulb continues to prove their ability to create successful games that entertain and engage.

 

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ORCS MUST DIE! UNCHAINED Closed Beta Updates Bring Improvements to AI, Matchmaking, Co-op and PvE Experience


An exciting new update is coming to the ORCS MUST DIE! UNCHAINEDclosed beta on Tuesday, September 23.   Players will now be offered a wide range of experiences in co-op with significant improvements to AI difficulty. AI difficulty now comes in four flavors: Easy, Normal, Hard, and Nightmare. All players start with “Easy” and must win a game at their current level to unlock the next AI difficulty. Options in co-op matchmaking now allow the selection of a specific difficulty for AI as well if players feel like more or less of a challenge.

OMD1Rewards for co-op games also now scale with difficulty:
·         Easy games are 75% until level 10.
·         Normal games are 100% until level 15.
·         Hard games are 125% with no level limit.
·         Nightmare games are 150% with no level limit.

Improvements to AI difficulty along with updates to the matchmaking system offer more challenges and a better experience for closed beta players looking to hone their skills in a PvE setting before facing off against other players. Other significant balancing to Guardians, Heroes, Traps, Glyphs, and more will also be coming soon to the ORCS MUST DIE! UNCHAINED closed beta via this update.

For complete update notes and details on new features, improvements and updates to the ORCS MUST DIE! UNCHAINED closed beta, please head here:https://forums.orcsmustdie.com/discussion/2293/patch-notes-closed-beta-patch-1-5-september-23-2014


Supporting Assets:

To download a special supporting asset for today’s announcement for the next update to the ORCS MUST DIE! UNCHAINED closed beta, please visit:https://app.box.com/s/eheg59w8utxnfsm368y6

For additional closed beta assets please head here:https://app.box.com/s/xlzg794kcig8siakxcua

ORCS MUST DIE! UNCHAINED is a fast-paced Fortress Siege game in which teams of heroes battle head-to-head to attack and defend ancient strongholds. For the first time in ORCS MUST DIE!, teams of players are responsible for both sides of the battle – building traps to stop the enemy assault and summoning their own armies to lead against the enemy defense. Dozens of unique and powerful heroes offer deep gameplay options at all skill levels, and players can build an arsenal from an enormous variety of choices, customizing their strategy for every match. New heroes, weapons, traps, and minions are continuously added, and a player’s collection will never stop evolving.

Founder’s Packs are currently available and provide tremendous value on a wide assortment of items including Heroes, exclusive skins and in-game currency, plus instant access to the game during beta. For more information about ORCS MUST DIE! UNCHAINED and the Founder’s Packs, visit http://www.OrcsMustDie.com, or follow the game on Facebook and Twitter.

ORCS MUST DIE! UNCHAINED will be published in North America by Robot Entertainment and in Europe by GameForge. Plans for releasing the game in other regions will be announced soon. ORCS MUST DIE! UNCHAINED will be available exclusively as a free digital download on PC in late 2014.

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The Maze Runner app available now on the App Store and Google Play

Players take on the challenge of the mysterious maze in this officially licensed action game

NEW ZEALAND, Wellington - September 20, 2014 – Leading games publisher PikPok® today announced the launch of the Maze Runner app for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices, on Apple’s App Store and Google Play.  The officially licensed game, created by veteran developer Sticky Studios, is based on the Twentieth Century Fox action-adventure film as well as James Dashner’s New York Times bestselling novel of the same name.

 

The Maze Runner feature film follows a young man named Thomas, played by Dylan O'Brien (“Teen Wolf”), who wakes up trapped in a massive maze with no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. By piecing together fragments of his past through clues he discovers in the maze Thomas hopes to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape.  Players of the official app join the expanded Maze Runner adventure to unravel the mystery of the maze, exploring its depths and overcoming perilous challenges in a fast paced, level based action title.

 

"In addition to creating an immersive read and captivating viewing experience, James Dashner and Wes Ball created an experience that translates flawlessly to the mobile platform. We're thrilled to provide a meaningful way to extend the overall fan experience,” commented Rick Phillips, SVP, Fox Digital Entertainment.

 

The Maze Runner app for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android features:

 

  • Intuitive touch and tilt controls to RUN, JUMP, and SLIDE to safety
  • PLAY as your favorite runner from The Maze Runner film
  • EXPLORE the Maze, COLLECT hidden clues, and unlock new LEVELS
  • RACE the clock and get to safety before the Maze seals shut
  • REWARDS and Daily Gifts for loyal fans

 

“The Maze Runner has been an exciting and fun property to work on, especially as many aspects of the film translate very well into the gaming world" said Jeroen De Cloe, CEO of Sticky Studios. “We’ve managed to condense the thrilling action of the film into a portable, snackable gaming experience that both fans of the movie and gamers alike will enjoy.”

 

More information about The Maze Runner app can be found at www.pikpok.com/games/themazerunner .  For more information about The Maze Runner, please visit Fox's official website at www.themazerunnermovie.com.  

 

The Maze Runner app is free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.appstore.com, and from Google Play at http://play.google.com.  

 

 

About PikPok

PikPok is a leading publisher of great games across mobile, tablet and desktop. With a portfolio of original, licensed, and third party developed properties, PikPok delivers games that appeal to all consumers with pick-up-and-play gameplay, high-quality art, and immersive audio design which provide rich game experiences. PikPok has released multiple critically and commercially successful games including the popular Flick Kick® series, BAFTA nominated Super Monsters Ate My Condo™, Into the Dead™ and more. Steal a moment, and play a game from PikPok. For more information on PikPok, please visit www.pikpok.com and www.facebook.com/pikpokgames

 

About Fox Digital Entertainment

Fox Digital Entertainment (FDE) is the Twentieth Century Fox division dedicated to fostering new and innovative mobile content and apps in emerging distribution channels. FDE develops and produces original videos, apps, and games based on new concepts and extensions of existing Fox brands. The group has produced a number of award-winning products, among them ANGRY BIRDS™ RIO, ICE AGE VILLAGE™, THE SIMPSONS™ TAPPED OUT, FAMILY GUY: THE QUEST FOR STUFF and many others.

 

About Sticky Studios

Sticky Studios (SST) is a leading developer of games across web, mobile, desktop and physical spaces. Award-winning games developed and produced by SST include EDGE OF TOMORROW: LIVE DIE REPEAT, 300: SEIZE YOUR GLORY, THE HOBBIT: BARREL ESCAPE, NICK RACERS REVOLUTION 3D and more. Collaborations in the gaming field include projects with Warner Bros, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, Qualcomm and Walt Disney Imagineering. For more information, please visit www.stickystudios.com and www.facebook.com/stickygamestudios

 

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Fleur Gunn

PikPok

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Fox Digital Entertainment

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