13th August, 2008 - Codemasters Online and Game Factory Interactive (GFI), are pleased to announce a licensing deal that will bring the highly anticipated massively multiplayer online space game, Jumpgate to Russia, former USSR countries and the Baltic Region. The game will be fully localised for the Russian territories with Game Factory Interactive publishing and operating the game across the region.
“It was important for Jumpgate Evolution to have the right partner in Russia”, commented David Solari, Vice President and General Manager of Codemasters Online.“We selected GFI due to their expertise and in-depth knowledge of the Russian market. We are very excited to be launching this incredible title with them and have every confidence they will make it a huge success.”
GFI Director, Slava Plotnikov added,“We are very excited to begin working with one of the top developers and publishers of online gaming content in the world. Signing this licensing deal is the next step in securing our position as a professional market player across the region. I am sure that this is the start of a long-term partnership between both companies and we look forward to working closely with Codemasters Online and NetDevil on this incredible next generation MMO”.
Developed by the highly experienced US-based MMOG developer NetDevil, Jumpgate is the definitive elite space combat MMO allowing players to choose from one of three playable nations and engage in an intense action-packed universe. Embarking on an immersive and accessible space adventure, players can trade valuable commodities, take part in dangerous intergalactic raids, meet and play with friends and live out the dream to become an elite hero or a mercenary space trader. The game features both a rich and varied universe to explore and has been designed for experienced and novice MMO players alike.
For more information on Jumpgate or to sign up for BETA visit www.jumpgateevolution.com
Codemasters is a leading developer and publisher of best-selling interactive entertainment products for a global audience across multiple gaming platforms and channels. Established in 1986, the company’s dominant brands include Colin McRae DiRT, Race Driver GRID, Overlord and Operation Flashpoint; the company recently secured the exclusive worldwide video game rights to FORMULA 1. Codemasters is headquartered in Warwickshire UK, with North American operations based in Universal City, California. The company also maintains operations in Germany, France, Spain, Benelux and Malaysia. Codemasters receives over two million visitors to its web site every month, discover why at www.codemasters.com
ABOUT CODEMASTERS ONLINE
Codemasters Online is a leading global publisher / operator of online persistent world games. Established in 2005 and part of the wider Codemasters organisation, in a short time Codemasters Online has become one of the west’s leading gaming companies specialising in persistent world services. With a suite of successful persistent games including the hugely popular The Lord of the Rings Online™, ArchLord and forthcoming space based MMO Jumpgate Evolution, Codemasters Online is one of the fastest growing specialists in massively multiplayer online games in the world.
ABOUT NETDEVIL, LTD
NetDevil is a leading independent game development company that specializes in the development and construction of massively multiplayer online games (MMOs). Founded in 1997, under the inspiration of Jumpgate TM , the world’s first massively multiplayer space simulator, the company carries on a commitment to creating interactive, virtual worlds in unique and elaborate settings. Led by a development team of talented and experienced industry veterans, NetDevil has grown to over 100 employees with plans to hire and retain top industry talent for work on its large scale projects in development. All NetDevil employees share a common vision to bring the mysteries of new and exciting worlds to life as immersive online universes. NetDevil is a privately held company, with headquarters in Colorado, USA.
For more information about the company, visit www.netdevil.com
GFI ( www.gfi.su) is the only vertically integrated publisher of online products in Russia and former CIS with production capacity of five localization teams to maintain online worlds. Offline distribution channels include 1172 major chain stores in 500 cities and towns, and a similar number of independent retailers. Direct download distribution provided by website with integrated DRM and payment processing. GFI has unified hosting platform at a secure location with RELCOM, one of Russia's largest ISP's, with up to 10 GB/s connectivity available on demand and full support for MTX, accepting all popular methods of payment including SMS, instant payment terminals (35 000 located throughout Russia), all forms of e-currency, direct debit, etc.