LOS ANGELES, Aug. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- 3BLACKDOT (3BD), the influencer-driven entertainment company created to develop exciting new digital experiences, is adding a new title to its roster of global successes with the early access release of Dead Realm on STEAM.
Launched on STEAM early access on July 30, Dead Realm quickly shot to the top of the STEAM charts, hitting the coveted #1 spot of Popular New Releases in its first day before climbing the charts further and landing the #1 spot in both Horror and Indie categories on the popular PC gaming platform. Created in partnership with leading global YouTube influencers Adam Montoya (SeaNanners), Tom Cassell (TheSyndicateProject) and Evan Fong (VanossGaming), Dead Realm is the first multiplayer PC game created by an influencer network and for the YouTube community.
"The original concept for Dead Realm was to create a new game that was simple in nature, but also addictively fun to play with friends," said Adam Montoya, one of the founding members and Co-Creators of 3BLACKDOT.
Developed by Los Angeles-based gaming guru Section Studios and published by 3BD, Dead Realm is a creepy and beautifully crafted immersive gaming experience that thrusts players into the haunted world of a long dead electricity tycoon, William Huxley. Gamers can play as either a Ghost or a Human character and must roam the halls with friends in co-op fashion to run, hide, survive...or die. "Our intention is to work with the community to constantly develop new content, including ghosts, humans and maps. This early access release is just the beginning of what will be an ever evolving project," said Evan Fong, the newest global influencer to join 3BD and its rising multi-channel network JETPAK as partner and co-creator.
"This is the first time that a game has been developed in partnership with online influencers with a primary goal of creating content that's not only fun to play, but also fun to watch, share and stream," said Angelo Pullen, CEO and Co-founder, 3BLACKDOT. "Our company's mission is to produce innovative, high-quality experiences for and with influencers and their communities."
"When Dead Realm first hit the STEAM early access store, we really didn't know what to expect," said Tom Cassell, Partner and Creative Director, 3BLACKDOT. "Then the community began to react and the response was overwhelming. Our twitter account hit twenty-thousand followers within the first two days and Twitch created a designated channel on day one --- this all happened without any dedicated marketing dollars."
Dead Realm was an instant success with the gaming and YouTube community, with more than 25,000 individual fan videos created, generating more than 30 million views to date and counting. Leading livestream video platform Twitch.tv also received more than 1 million views to its official Dead Realm channel. As a trending topic on Twitter, more than 90,000 tweets mentioning #DeadRealm have been posted in the two short weeks since landing on STEAM early access.
Dead Realm will be updated periodically with new content during its early access phase, with the final release of the game slated for early 2016.
3BLACKDOT is an influencer-driven entertainment company focused on delivering audience engagement and developing entertainment properties. Harnessing the power of influencer communities, 3BLACKDOT partners with some of the largest YouTubers worldwide, garnering hundreds of millions of monthly views. In November 2013, 3BLACKDOT unveiled the company's first mobile game, Zombie Killer Squad which quickly garnered one million installs in the first 9 days, making it one of the fastest growing games to reach this number in history. It charted as the #1 App in the Apple iTunes store in the U.K., Canada, and Australia and #2 App in the U.S. The company was founded by former Machinima executives Angelo Pullen and Luke Stepleton, along with top-ranked YouTube gaming influencers Adam Montoya (SeaNanners – 5.4 million subscribers) and Tom Cassell (TheSyndicateProject – 9.1 million subscribers).
About Section Studios
Founded by an experienced production strategist and industry creative veterans, Section Studios has built a team of experts to deliver solutions at all levels of game development. Specializing in creative game development and art solutions, its team of 50 core members hails from AAA companies such as SCE Santa Monica Studio, Nexon, Pandemic, Spark, THQ, Dreamworks, and more. For more information, please visit www.sectionstudios.com.
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