Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Video Game: Bigpoint Exceeds 250 Million Registered Players

Worldwide Free-to-Play Online Game Leader Celebrates Milestone; Looks Forward to Several 2012 Launches

San Francisco – Jan. 31, 2012 – Bigpoint (www.bigpoint.com) – a worldwide leader in online games – today announced that it has surpassed 250 million registered players for its free-to-play (F2P), browser-based online games. Bigpoint – which has established a global publishing network of 1000+ game portals, social networks, and media sites – attracts over 250,000 new players to its key titles every day, such as Battlestar Galactica OnlineDrakensang OnlineDark Orbit, and Farmerama.

“Since 2002, we’ve strived to bring high-quality games and experiences to the widest possible audience,” said Heiko Hubertz, CEO and Founder, Bigpoint. “With players hailing from every corner of the globe, today’s milestone underscores our success – and we’re not done. We’ll continue to challenge the notion of what online games are and can be.”

Bigpoint introduced the concept of F2P games, a business model that allows players to spend small amounts of money on virtual items and in-game bonuses, to the western world with the launch of IceFighter in 2002, which Hubertz personally developed. Since then, Bigpoint has amassed a portfolio of 60+ casual, core, and hardcore games. In addition to its own internally-developed titles, Bigpoint outsources the development of several projects, and also publishes games from other companies.

Over the past decade Bigpoint has radically improved the quality of the online games. Beginning with relatively simple Flash-based titles, Bigpoint has released a number of high-quality games built atop the Unity development platform in the past year. The company is planning a series of new launches in 2012, including new titles that leverage world-class Hollywood intellectual property.

Headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, Bigpoint made international expansion a top priority in early 2010 when it established its first North American office in San Francisco. Bigpoint also has offices in Berlin, São Paulo, and Malta – more locations will be established this year.

About Bigpoint
Bigpoint (http://www.bigpoint.com) is an online-game developer, publisher and content provider for more than 1000 global distribution partners. Bigpoint’s free-to-play games are played by over 250 million registered users in over 30 languages. The company’s diversified portfolio includes high quality games for browser, mobile and social platforms. More than 800 employees from over 35 different nations work at the company headquarters in Hamburg, Germany or at other locations in Berlin, San Francisco, São Paulo, London, France, Spain, and Malta. For more information, please visit www.bigpoint.net.

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