Reykjavik, ICELAND– March 23, 2009– CCP, one of the world's leading independent game developers and creator of EVE Online, has announced a strong corporate outlook ahead of this year's Game Developers Conference (GDC), (San Francisco, CA, March 23-27, 2009). The company was recently honored for its innovative approach to development; is announcing aggressive recruitment plans; and earlier this month released the latest EVE Online expansion: Apocrypha, available online as well as in retail stores via a distribution partnership with Atari.
CCP has received two key business awards over the last month, The Icelandic Innovation and Knowledge Award from the Association of Businessmen and Economists in Iceland and the 2009 Top 10 Innovative Technology Companies Award from the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG). Both awards highlight CCP's strength and innovation in technical development.
"CCP was founded around innovation and the pursuit of excellence," said CEO Hilmar Veigar Petursson, "and those core values have continued to be at the heart of everything we do, even as we've expanded our global reach in the last few years. We feel great pride and humility to have been recognized with these prestigious awards and feel more determined than ever to keep attracting brilliant people and building the best battletested technology to create the most compelling virtual worlds imaginable."
On the heels of these two awards, and with March 10th's retail box release of EVE Online: Apocrypha, CCP has announced a heavy presence at this year's GDC. Several CCP representatives will give presentations, and CCP is also hosting booth #210 in the GDC Career Pavilion as part of its recruitment drive.
GDC speaking slots include:
• Eyjo Gudmundsson, Lead Economist, and Petur Oskarsson, Researcher: "The Council of Stellar Management: EVE Online Bridges Worlds for a Society"
• Halldor Fannar, CTO: "From Evolution to Revolution: Upgrading the Graphics Engine of EVE Online"
• Ryan Scott Dancey, CMO: "Network Marketing: Leveraging Social Networks to Grow an MMO"
During the expo, CCP will be accepting resumes from aspiring and talented developers as it commences a series of recruitment waves in which the company aims to fill about 60 positions over the course of 2009. The company will also show highlights of the new features and capabilities associated with their latest expansion, EVE Online: Apocrypha, including an eased learning curve for newcomers, unstable wormholes for exploration and modular ships that pilots may tailor-build to suit their own specifications and needs.
"We are excited to be growing our developer team, and it's nice to see the team winning awards from our industry peers," said Mike Tinney, president of CCP North America. "By hiring top talent, and tackling hard problems 2008 became a strong year for CCP. Now coming into 2009 we're looking for more insanely talented and like-minded people to join our team. We will continue to enrich the EVE player experience and continuously develop and improve our upcoming projects as well."
For media briefings with CCP at GDC, please contact:
Valerie Massey at firstname.lastname@example.org
LEWIS PR at email@example.com
About EVE Online
Set tens of thousands of years in the future, EVE Online is a breathtaking journey to the stars, to an immersive experience filled with adventure, riches, danger and glory. With over a quarter of a million subscribers worldwide inhabiting the same virtual universe, EVE features a vast player-run economy where your greatest asset is the starship, designed to accommodate your specific needs, skills and ambitions. EVE offers professions ranging from commodities trader to mercenary, industrial entrepreneur to pirate, mining engineer to battle fleet commander or any combination of these and much more. From brokering business deals to waging war, you will have access to a diverse array of sophisticated tools and interfaces to forge your own destiny in EVE. Learn more and sign up for a free trial at www.eveonline.com.
Definition of Subscribers
EVE Online subscribers include individuals who have paid a subscription fee or have an active electronic time code (ETC) to play EVE Online, as well as those who have purchased the game and are within their free month of access. The above definition excludes all players under free promotional subscriptions, expired or cancelled subscriptions and expired ETCs.
CCP is widely recognized as an industry-leading pioneer of the single-server persistent universe architecture as the developer and publisher of EVE Online, the critically-acclaimed, science fiction-based massively multiplayer online game (MMOG). Utilizing a cross-discipline approach combining cutting-edge technology and artistic excellence, CCP is dedicated to providing vibrant, compelling products that transcend the boundaries of conventional MMOGs and facilitate social networking through virtual worlds. Privately held and founded in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1997, CCP's international reach now spans the globe with offices in Atlanta and Shanghai as well as a base of operations in London. More information about CCP is available at the company's website, ***ERROR***.