- Partnerships to Leverage GREE's Technology and Expertise Combined with Indie Creativity to Build Best-in-Breed Free-to-Play Titles -
San Francisco, CA — October 5, 2012— GREE, a leading social mobile gaming content and platform provider, today announced partnerships with four North American indie game developers: Enders Fund, Fathom Interactive, Fifth Column, and FreezeTag. The partnerships illustrate GREE's continued commitment to supporting the indie developer community and growing the worldwide mobile games market. With several game launches on GREE Platform, including HotHead's Zombie Ace which reached Top 25 on the charts, GREE Platform has already seen steady North American growth.
"We're very focused on working with indie talent here at GREE and we're committed to helping these guys succeed," says Eros Resmini, SVP of Developer Relations and Marketing, GREE International, Inc. "We know each of these guys is different. Some need the technology and some want to leverage our know-how -- we're happy to help them however we can."
GREE Platform allows independent developers to leverage GREE's extensive experience in social and free-to-play, while accessing the global market. In addition to offering a robust toolset and expertise, GREE ensures indies are set up for success by providing them with various resources including developer meetups and educational videos through the Developer Center. GREE is fully committed to supporting indie developers through their launch process, and will continue to make service improvements based on the needs of the developer.
"As a small, indie developer, we face significant challenges in today's highly competitive social mobile gaming market. Working with the GREE team allows us to focus on making a great game and getting it out to the right players, while maintaining full ownership of the title," says, Andrew Marsh, CEO of Fifth Column Games, Inc. "We are impressed by GREE's successes in this industry and how quickly they have been able to establish themselves as a worldwide leader. We look forward to working with GREE Platform to make our games an international success."
Fifth Column Games, Inc.
Fifth Column Games, Inc. was founded in 2011 to fulfill a unique role in the gaming ecosystem. By joining forces to create their own game development studio, founders Mike Fahmie, Adam Lipski, and Andrew Marsh bring 25 years of shared experience across console, mobile, Facebook, web, handheld, Kongregate, and PC platforms. Leveraging professional design and creative expertise, Fifth Column Games is able to partner with publishers to craft high quality, custom games to meet specific needs, as well as generate original concepts to deliver fresh and unique games to the market.
Enders Fund, Inc.
Ender's Fund is a San Francisco-based mobile game studio. The company's mission is to produce engaging, asynchronous, casual games that are turn-based and inherently social. The company has an agile team of developers who are able to create high quality, light-weight games at an accelerated pace allowing Enders Fund to produce at least 12 games a year. One of the first titles to be featured on GREE Platform is called TriviaThis-- a fast paced, social trivia game with many pop culture categories.
Fathom Interactive is an independent developer and outsourcing partner located in Vancouver, Canada. Built around an exceptional team of video game veterans who lead a focused group of young developers, Fathom Interactive provides a full range of services from concept creation, production, and outsourcing solutions for numerous platforms including gaming, print, film, and television. Fathom Interactive's IP roster includes the popular Sky Pirates of Neo Terra franchise, the soon to be released Kaia's Quest, and several other properties being released in the second half of 2012. Fathom Interactive plans to launch its mobile title, Sky Pirates on GREE Platform by the end of this year.
Freeze Tag is a leading creator of casual games for smartphones, tablets, and computers. Freeze Tag's "family friendly fun" games such as the Victorian Mysteries® and Unsolved Mystery Club® series have seen millions of downloads on mobile devices and computers. Freeze Tag's free-to-play, world-building, mini-game based Party Animals? is scheduled to launch on GREE Platform within this year.
GREE continues to focus on building a leading mobile social gaming ecosystem for users around the world by developing robust content alongside established global partners. GREE's new partners showcase the company's continued efforts to support independent game developers by guiding them through their launch, while delivering fun mobile gaming experiences to gamers worldwide.
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