KingsIsle Entertainment and Gameforge Partner to Bring Wizard101 to Europe
PLANO, Texas, Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- KingsIsle Entertainment, Inc. today announced a licensing agreement with German online games publisher Gameforge to bring its award-winning massively multiplayer game Wizard101 to Europe.
"This partnership is an important first step in our strategy to expand beyond the domestic US market and bring Wizard101 to an international audience," said Elie Akilian, chairman and CEO of KingsIsle Entertainment. "It's a very exciting time at KingsIsle and we are eager to share the magical world of Wizard101 with an entirely new community of players."
"Wizard101 has proven to be a high-quality MMO that appeals to a large audience of all ages. We are very excited to partner with KingsIsle in bringing this great game to the European market and expand its audience globally," said Carsten van Husen, CEO of Gameforge 4D.
Earlier this summer, KingsIsle announced that more than 10-million Wizards have registered to play Wizard101 since the game launched in September 2008. KingsIsle is currently working closely with Gameforge to localize Wizard101 for the European market. The first European launch is planned for late 2010.
In Wizard101, kids and families enter the magical world of Wizard City as student Wizards setting out to hone their Wizard skills, cast spells and summon powerful creatures to fight evil forces. The characters and worlds of Wizard101 are influenced by literature, history and pop culture, giving the game a depth and quality appreciated by families and players of all ages.
Wizard101 can be downloaded at www.Wizard101.com. Players seeking access to premium areas and items may purchase pre-paid cards in participating stores or purchase a subscription or Crowns online. New worlds, activities, pets and Wizard clothing are periodically added to the game, creating an ever-changing world with new things to see and do.
About KingsIsle Entertainment, Inc.
KingsIsle Entertainment is a developer and publisher that specializes in creating high-quality massively multiplayer online games which provide entertainment for the entire family. Wizard101, KingsIsle's flagship property, has received the Parent Tested Parent Approved Media Seal of Approval in 2009 and has been recognized by the National Parenting Publications Awards. Wizard101 was named the #1 Best Family/All Age Game by Beckett Massive Gamer Magazine, and the #1 Best Family Game by MMORPG.com for 2009. The company's experienced and creative team is raising the bar in online entertainment by offering products with rich storylines, friendly navigation, top-quality art and fully-voiced characters. KingsIsle is headquartered in Plano, Texas, and has a development studio in Austin, Texas. For more information, please visit www.kingsisle.com.
KingsIsle and Wizard101 are trademarks or registered trademarks of KingsIsle Entertainment, Inc.
Gameforge is the largest independent global provider of online games. Located in Karlsruhe, Germany, the company specializes in developing and publishing client- and browser-based online games and boasts more than 200 million registered users worldwide. Gameforge currently offers 21 games localized into more than 50 languages. These games can be found at MMOGAME.com, the company's comprehensive community network. Gameforge and its products have won numerous awards including the "German Developer Award" and the "Deloitte Technology Fast Forward 50 Award" for fast-growing technology companies. Gameforge was titled one of Germany's 100 best employers by the Great Place to Work® Institute Germany.
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