London, September 23, 2011 – Bigpoint ( http://www.bigpoint.com/), an international leader in online games, last night celebrated success at the Investor AllStars Venture Capital Awards, where its CEO Heiko Hubertz was named ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’.
The award win adds to what has already been a stellar year for Bigpoint and its CEO and founder. In addition to securing $350million worth of investment – the second largest investment ever in an online gaming company – the company also celebrated passing the 200 million user milestone in June. In a further reflection of the company’s ongoing commitment to delivering the most cutting-edge games to its ever-expanding user base, Bigpoint also last week announced the takeover of the entire production team of 49Games, an internationally renowned studio specialising in sports entertainment software. This takeover followed the addition of 47 former Planet Moon Studios staff to the company earlier this year.
Commenting on the award win, Bigpoint CEO Heiko Hubertz said: “This is a fantastic accolade for Bigpoint and me personally. 2011 has continued to see our company defined by a sustained level of expansion and innovation: the addition of former Planet Moon Studios employees, our recapitalization and the recent takeover of the 49Games production team illustrate how we are realising our ambitious growth strategy while simultaneously delivering the optimum user experience to our growing global customer base.”
Dubbed the ‘Oscars’ for the venture capital community and now in their ninth year, the Investor AllStars Venture Capital Awards recognise the world’s leading investors and risk-takers. This year’s event took place in London’s Natural History Museum and the ceremony gathered together some of the leading players from across the VC community.
Hubertz concluded: “I would like to express my gratitude to the Investor AllStars Venture Capital Awards for recognising Bigpoint’s achievements with such a prestigious award. We look forward to building on this momentum in 2012 and beyond, as we seek to accelerate our global expansion and provide the optimum mulit-platform online gaming experience to our customers the world over.”
Bigpoint ( http://www.bigpoint.com) is an online-game developer, publisher and content provider for large media concerns. Bigpoint-developed games are played by over 200 million people in more than 25 languages, are free-to-play anytime, anywhere, and require no download or installation. The company’s portfolio includes games in a quality which until now was associated exclusively with CD or console games. Over 700 employees from some 35 countries work at the world’s largest supplier of browser-based games; at the company headquarters in Hamburg, Germany or at one of the other locations in Berlin, San Francisco and Malta. Bigpoint’s many distinctions in the industry include the Media Momentum Award’s “Fastest Growing Larger Company” and “Uniqueness of Offering” 2010, as well as the MTV Skyscraper Award for extraordinary achievement in game development. For more information or press material, please visit the press are at the www.bigpoint.net.
About Investor AllStars Venture Capital Awards
The Investor AllStars Awards, organised by tech investment bank GP Bullhound and Vitesse Media, are known as the “Oscars” of the venture capital community. Each year the VC community congregates to vie for one of the coveted Investor Allstar trophies. Not only is it an opportunity to reward those who have made outstanding contributions in the last 12 months, but also a chance to network with over 600 people at a must attend networking event - and enjoy a great party at a fabulous and unique venue. Manish Madhvani, Founding Partner GP Bullhound, acts as Chairman of the Judges who decide on a pre-announced shortlist, and winners, who are announced on the night. This year's event, the ninth edition, took place on 22nd September at The Natural History Museum.