AR Games Acquires 25 Percent of Online Game Publisher Syncopate

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MOSCOW - August 8, 2011

AR Games today announced that it has acquired 25 percent of Syncopate, one of Russia’s largest online game publishers. Founded by famous Russian film producer and media entrepreneur, Alexander Rodnyansky, AR Games is expanding the scope of AR Films across new mediums. Syncopate, developer and operator of the GameNet platform, is one of the leading publishers Russian-speaking markets, with hit titles including Aika and Blood Rites.

AR Games is a division of AR Films, an international film production and distribution company operating in Russia, as well as 22 Eastern and Central European countries and the US. “For 30 years I have been working exclusively in production and distribution of filmed content, but today the line between movie experience and gaming is blurring,” said AR Films’ owner, Alexander Rodnyansky. “Film lovers and gamers expect not only to be entertained, but engaged. By joining Syncopate I intend to provide both financial resources and creative expertise, helping the company implement its expansion strategy and further grow its market share.”

Oleg Sambikin, co-founder and president of Syncopate, also commented: “Syncopate’s biggest advantage has always been its outstanding team. We are excited to have Alexander Rodnyansky, a legend in the film business, join us as a valuable member of Syncopate’s ‘all-stars.’ With AR Games' participation we expect to take Syncopate to a new level of audience reach, while further strengthening our relationship with gamers.”

Syncopate will continue development of GameNet, the company’s publishing platform and social network for gamers, with the intention of bringing its innovative technology to the global market. Syncopate will also continue building its portfolio, emphasizing its already dominant position in cybersports and with the gaming community at large.

About AR Games

AR Games is a division of AR Films, a film production and distribution holding located in Russia and founded by Alexander Rodnyansky. AR Films also operates A Company, one of the biggest film licensing and distribution corporations in Central and Eastern Europe. Rodnyansky Productions is AR Films’ independent film production company in the US. Its first project – Billy Bob Thornton’s film Jayne Mansfield's Car – is currently filming in Atlanta.

Alexander Rodnyansky, Russian film and television producer and media executive, is the founder of the Ukrainian TV channel 1+1 and former CEO of CTC Media (NASDAQ: CTCM), the biggest independent publicly traded media conglomerate in Russia. He has produced over 20 TV series and more than 30 films including East/West (1999), A Chef in Love (1997), The 9th Company (2005), Heat (2006), The Inhabited Island (2009), Innocent Saturday (2011), and Elena (2011). Two of his films were nominated for an Oscar in the “Best Foreign Language Film” category. Elena received the Special Jury Prize at 2011 Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard.

About Syncopate

Syncopate is an online game publisher and platform operator headquartered in Moscow, Russia. Syncopate’s publishing platform, GameNet – a self–populating social network for gamers – is a unique technology that seamlessly integrates social networking and community features with game content, creating an entirely new level of customer immersion. GameNet is the official platform for WCG (World Cyber Games) Russia, and two of Syncopate's titles are WCG disciplines. Syncopate's current game portfolio includes the following titles: Aika, Magic World 2, Golden Land, Blood Rites, Rage of Titans and War Inc.

Syncopate was founded in 2009 by Oleg Sambikin, Chairman & President, William Verigin, CEO, and Vasily Medvedev, CTO, pioneers of the Russian online gaming market, who previously founded Innova Systems, publisher of Lineage II, Aion and a number of other titles in Russia.

Dmitry Kochnev

+7 495 648 9108

info@syncopateglobal.com

 


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