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DUNDEE, Scotland– October 2nd, 2009 - In a bid to find the technology stars of the future, the Tech Media Invest 2009 (TMI) programme came to its conclusion last night at the Emirates stadium, with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) awarding the Hottest Prospect award to Realtime Worlds (RTW).
This young, Dundee based, technology company specialises in video gaming, employing cutting edge software to enable players to compete against each other online– using customised avatars, vehicles and weapons. Their latest project All Points Bulletin (APB) is being heralded as a huge step forward in persistent multi-player online gaming. Founded by Dave Jones, RTW boast a talented team of 300 with a tremendous history of creating some of the world’s best-selling video games, including the original Grand Theft Auto, Lemmings and more recently, the double-BAFTA winning, multi-million seller Crackdown.
TMI showcases outstanding technology and media companies in the UK, with over 50 presentations from young, fast growing companies, and is sponsored by PwC. Up against RTW for the award were Adjug, Comufy, Huddle, and Slicethepie.
Brian Henderson, director, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and one of the judges, said:
"Realtime Worlds impressed with the innovative technology behind their games, the quality and vision of their management team and the sheer energy and enthusiasm of their wider employees. Video gaming is a fast growing $42bn worldwide industry which spans many platforms. The structural shift to digital makes this industry even more exciting and filled with opportunity for great companies such as RTW."
The PwC Hottest Prospect award focuses on those companies showing promise to be the next big thing in a digital worldwhere new apps and technologies are changing on an almost daily basis.
Those shortlisted were selected for their high growth potential, based on their submissions, presentations and in depth interviews throughout the summer.
Gary Dale, CEO, Realtime Worlds said:
"Realtime Worlds are delighted to have won the Hottest Prospect award at Tech Media Invest 2009. This is an exciting period for the company as we head towards the launch of APB next year. We are thrilled that the judges appreciated the potential for the company and our people and share our corporate vision, ambition and our enthusiasm for APB."
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About Realtime Worlds
Founded in 2002 by Creative Director David Jones alongside gaming industry veterans Ian Hetherington and Tony Harman, and recently joined by CEO Gary Dale, Realtime Worlds is one of the largest and most successful independent game developers in the world. With an exceptionally talented staff of 300, its experienced teamshave a tremendous history of creating some of the world's bestselling video games, including the global hit franchises 'Lemmings' and 'Grand Theft Auto'.
Realtime Worlds launched its first title, Crackdown, on Xbox 360 in early 2007. The debut game broke records for demo downloads, sold approximately 1.4 million copies, and won multiple awards including prestigious BAFTA and Develop Industry Excellence awards.
Realtime Worlds is currently working on All Points Bulletin ( www.apb.com), a persistent, online action game with a contemporary urban setting and themed around celebrity, conflict, competition and creativity. In June 2009 Realtime Worlds entered into an exclusive marketing and distribution agreement with EA Partners to bring APB to PC in early 2010.
For more information on Realtime Worlds, visit www.realtimeworlds.com
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