San Francisco, March 9, 2010 - Bigpoint, the global market leader in Browser MMOs, today announced that it will be demonstrating the next generation of browser based games and the future of multiplayer gaming with a multiplatform technical demo, codenamed Uniter, that illustrates how multiplayer gaming can be achieved across multiple platforms like smart phones and PC.
Leveraging Unity, Bigpoint can develop games for browser, console or smart phones with the goal of creating a truly open gaming platform. Bigpoint is currently working on other different Unity projects, the first technical demonstration of them (codename“Uniter”) will be presented at the GDC. The Uniter technology will be demonstrated with the help of a racing game that shows how Unity allows Bigpoint to develop games that are completely synchronous, so the players can compete and interact in real-time on multiple platforms. This is the first time that cross-platform gaming has been realized in this form and will provide the industry with a first look at the future of gaming. A Bigpoint user will be able to play the same character in the game on different platforms. Which means that you can start in the morning on your PC, pick up the same game exactly where you left off on the bus using your smart phone and after that at home on your console. It will be always the same game and the same character.
"This is an important and historic opportunity for the online gaming industry," explains Heiko Hubertz, CEO and founder of Bigpoint. "We believe the future of gaming exists in a world without borders and platform boundaries and in real-time. Bigpoint is excited to show the industry how it will unify the gameplay experience for gamers across all the devices they use to play our games."
"We're completely thrilled to see Bigpoint applying Unity this way," said David Helgason, CEO of Unity Technologies. "We believe that providing a ubiquitous gaming experience that adapts to mobile lifestyles is the future. Bigpoint has been a true pioneer in web games and in taking this step, they're staying at the forefront of the industry."
As leading developer of online games, Bigpoint experience in server based games programming significantly contributed the development of a server system that enables real-time multiplayer gaming between smart phones and PC– even the integration of consoles would be possible in the near future.
Bigpoint will be located at booth #2038 at Game Developers Conference. This will be an opportunity for Unity and Bigpoint to demonstrate this technology to other developers interested in publishing through Bigpoint.com, media and other games industry colleagues.
Bigpoint is an online-game publisher, content provider for large media concerns and browser-based game developer. The company’s game portfolio has achieved the same high level of quality usually associated with CDs or consoles. More than 300 employees from over 35 different nations work together in Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany at the headquarters of the world’s largest browser-game portal. The company also has locations in Berlin, San Francisco and Malta. The games are available in +20 languages and provide more than 100 gamers from Europe to America and beyond with free, first-class entertainment, without the hassle of having to download or install any additional software.
Bigpoint has pocketed such prestigious honors as the Eco Award“Best Content Provider“ 2009, the Ruban d’Honneur at the European Business Awards 2009, the Red Herring 100 Europe, the OnlineStar for the most popular website in Germany and the MTV Skyscraper Award for extraordinary achievement in game development. People’s choice awards and user awards such as the Dutch HME Award 2009 and the American Website of the Year Award 2009 confirm Bigpoint’s sensational success. Bigpoint placed third in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 due to company growth of 4,094.06% within four years. Founder Heiko Hubertz was awarded second place as Internet Entrepreneur 2007. For further information about Bigpoint and its games, please visit http://www.bigpoint.net.
Unity Technologies is revolutionizing the game development industry and was named one of the top five game companies of 2009 after just four years in the market. Today Unity Technologies has more than 100,000 registered users worldwide– including leading companies like Cartoon Network, Electronic Arts, LEGO and NASA, large and small studios, independent professionals, students and hobbyists– using the Unity platform to develop high performance interactive 3D content for the Web, for mobile and for consoles. Unity Technologies is one of the fastest growing software companies and is aggressively innovating to expand usability, power and platform reach so that it can deliver on its vision of democratizing interactive 3D technology. Unity Technologies is headquartered in San Francisco and has development offices worldwide. For more information, visit unity3d.com.