Karlsruhe, 06.11.2012 – Ikariam, one of the most successful browser games ever with over 51 million registered players, is going mobile: following a successful trend. The market for digital entertainment and, in particular, the mobile game sector, is constantly growing. More and more people are playing away from their stationary PCs and consoles: they are playing on the go. According to analysts at Digi-Capital, the entire digital games market will reach a turnover of 82 billion USD by the year 2015. This corresponds to an increase of a full 14 percent from 2011 to 2015. Online and mobile games in particular are named as growth drivers, which will by then will make up 50 percent (or 41 billion USD) of the entire market.
The German civilisation strategy game Ikariam, developed by the Karlsruhe-based games company is already able to look back at a successful history: launched at the beginning of 2008 in Germany, Ikariam is now played in over 60 countries; 38 different language versions allow players to dive into the ancient island world from all over the globe and now they will be able to do it on the go too.
The Ancient World is going Mobile
In November 2012, the mobile version for the Apple iPad will be released. The main focus during this implementation is to create an optimum experience with the many capabilities of the tablet. This means that Ikariam gets the full range of functions that players already know and love from the browser version but with a touchscreen experience.
"Ikariam stands out with its easy accessibility, appealing graphics and with game content that gradually becomes more and more complex", said Sebastian Meyer, Product Director at Gameforge. "As developers and publishers, creating a mobile version of Ikariam was the next logical step and we are very pleased with the results."
Ikariam is a browser-based strategy game, that whisks players from all over the world into an antique island setting. In an era of emerging advanced civilizations, ground-breaking discoveries and destructive battles, the player leads their civilisation to honour and glory. With a comprehensive overview, great tactics and by cooperating with thousands of other players, a huge online world can be explored and seized.
With an impressive portfolio of 20 titles and over 300 million registered players, Gameforge is one of the leading providers of Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs) in the western hemisphere. Based in Karlsruhe, the internationally active group of companies offer their games in more than 50 languages. Their portfolio contains client based games such as AION, TERA, Metin2 (Europe’s most successful MMOG), 4Story, Runes of Magic, Elsword, Wizard101 and RaiderZ. They also offer browser based online games such as the classic OGame, the award-winning Ikariam and mobile games. The company employs around 600 employees at its locations in Karlsruhe and Berlin. Gameforge was founded in 2003 by CEO Alexander Rösner.
Genre: Civilisation Strategy
OS: PC, iPad
Publisher: Gameforge Productions GmbH
Release Date: 2008
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