(Cologne, Germany) January 9, 2013 -- Electronic Sports League (ESL) is pleased to announce that it has joined forces with publisher Perfect World Entertainment and developer Zombie Studios to introduce VERSUS, a competitive matchmaking system, to the award winning, free-to-play first-person-shooter, Blacklight: Retribution. Working closely with Turtle Entertainment, host of the largest global eSports platform with over four million users, Electronic Sports League, Perfect World Entertainment, and Zombie Studios are excited to offer FPS fans around the world a simple way to connect with one another in a competitive environment with the click of a button.
Make every kill count in Blacklight: Retribution with the new VERSUS matchmaking tool. With VERSUS, getting into the competitive eSports scene is effortless, allowing players to quickly select from a list of matches with players of a similar skill. Following the integration of VERSUS, Blacklight: Retribution players will be able to enjoy this new PvP experience that's addictive and fun for veteran players and newcomers alike.
"Games are never more exciting than when you played a part in getting a meaningful outcome," says David Hiltscher, Vice President of Gaming Communities at Turtle Entertainment. "With VERSUS and Blacklight: Retribution you can really make each game count, and with its integration it's effortless too!"
"We are thrilled to be working with Turtle Entertainment in bringing the ESL into Blacklight: Retribution," says Jared Gerritzen, Creative Studio Head at Zombie Studios. "With Blacklight: Retribution we set out to make the best F2P FPS possible and now adding ESL, we feel we have made the game even better. As we added ESL support we also updated major mechanics including the gunplay to make Blacklight: Retribution the best competitive multiplayer F2P game available."
ABOUT PERFECT WORLD ENTERTAINMENT INC.
Perfect World Entertainment is a leading North American online games publisher specializing in immersive free-to-play MMORPGs. Founded in 2008, Perfect World Entertainment has published 10 popular titles, including Blacklight: Retribution, Forsaken World, Perfect World International and Star Trek Online. The company works closely with its American development teams and partners such as Cryptic Studios, developer of the highly anticipated MMORPG Dungeons & Dragons Neverwinter, and Runic Games, developer of the hit Torchlight series, to provide unparalleled quality of service and game experiences to its players. A subsidiary of Perfect World Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: PWRD), Perfect World Entertainment is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California. For more information, please visit: www.perfectworld.com
ABOUT ZOMBIE STUDIOS
Formed in 1994, Zombie Studios has designed and produced over 28 games for worldwide distribution on virtually every major gaming platform including PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PCs, iOS and Android. In addition to entertainment games, Zombie Studios has been at the forefront of Serious Games developing simulation, education and training applications. For additional information, please visit
Electronic Sports League
The Electronic Sports League (ESL) is the largest and most important league for gamers in Europe consisting of more than 4 million registered members and more than 800,000 registered teams. ESL is operated by the company Turtle Entertainment GmbH since 2000 and offers more than 3,500 professional leagues and amateur ladders from a variety of games. Nearly 400.000 matches per month are being played worldwide using the ESL technology. The ESL website currently reaches above 2.5 million unique visitors a month and about 35,000 new players register every month.