Roubaix, France– February 25, 2010– Ankama, creator of the acclaimed MMORPG DOFUS ( www.dofus.com) is pleased to announce its election at Cartoons on the Bay as International Studio of the Year for its work on Wakfu, its recent animated series and global cross-media project.
To mark the occasion of the 2010 edition of Cartoons on the Bay, the International Television and Cross-media Animation Festival in Genova - Italy, Ankama will receive an award for its revolutionary cross-media project and high quality animated series Wakfu, which has received critical acclaim for every new episode, and reached an audience share of 20% on the 4+ on France 3, the French public television network.
Ankama is proud to receive the International Studio of the Year award.« This award gives us the recognition of our professional peers and increases our confidence in our chosen creative process. Wakfu is the first illustration of our ability to create a cross-media universe. Other projects are underway which we hope will further expand the limits of the user experience in this direction» says Emmanuel Darras, co-founder of the Ankama Group.
« We chose Ankama for their unique cross media vision inside the animated series world and for their ability to effortlessly weave different audiovisual genres together.» , said Roberto Genovesi, Artistic Director of Cartoons on the Bay.« Cartoons on the Bay is honored to bestow the International Studio of the Year award to Ankama after realizing that this European company has a great capacity for anticipating future developments in the field.»
This award recognizes Wakfu as a revolutionary cross-media project that combines animated series, comics, trading card game, online and console games, community websites and mobile services: all conveyed in an all-embracing and family friendly universe.
Wakfu is a world destroyed by the tears of a sad, lovelorn ogre, Ogrest, in which a child with mysterious powers, Yugo, goes in search of his origins and his people: the Eliatropes. During his journey, he is joined by other travellers: Ruel Stroud, an old, crafty, avaricious bounty hunter, Percedal, a young, brainless, but exceedingly brave warrior, Amalia, a fugitive princess as beautiful as she is rebellious, her bodyguard Evangelyne, who is much more down-to-earth, and finally his most faithful companion, Az, a greedy, clumsy but loyal Tofu.
Ankama wishes to thank the organizers of Cartoons on the Bay and all the people who believed in this French company from the beginning.
Visit the Wakfu TV Series website: http://serie.wakfu.com/en
About the ANKAMA Group
Founded by Anthony Roux, Camille Chafer and Emmanuel Darras in Roubaix in 2001, ANKAMA is an independent group which produces digital creations and employs over 400 people. The international success of the group’s MMORPG DOFUS ( www.dofus.com), with more than 30 million players, has enabled ANKAMA to branch out into several related industries: online games, publishing, animations, web design, press, mobile phone services, video games for next gen’ consoles. ANKAMA is also developing Wakfu ( www.wakfu.com), a cross media project composed of an animated cartoon, a video game, card games and comic books.
More information about Cartoons on the Bay
Cedric Gerard– ANKAMA
International Marketing Manager
Tel. +33 3 320 36 36 03
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