SAN FRANCISCO and SEATTLE– May 13, 2009– Frogster America, Inc. today announced at LOGIN‘09 that it has partnered to utilize BitRaider MMO, LLC’s streaming technology to Runes of Magic in North America. The Runes of Magic BitRaider client will allow players to begin playing the game within minutes rather than hours, by downloading only the portions of the game needed to begin. As the game is played, additional content is downloaded in the background.
“The biggest barrier to even wider adoption of free-to-play online games is the time it takes from when you start downloading the game, to when you get in and play,” said Lars Koschin, CEO of Frogster America, Inc.“We understand that people want to be able to get into a game as quickly as possible, and that is why we are working with BitRaider to make Runes of Magic the first free-to-play title to use the technology. We believe that by reducing the download and installation process to less than 5 minutes on most systems, we’ll see a rapid increase in players coming to the game”
“Our technology is focused on improving the game play experience and taking away the pain of online distribution,” comments Royal O’Brien Founder and CEO of BitRaider.“We assist publishers by increasing the adoption rate of their games and by getting the player in faster—while lowering bandwidth costs by reducing unused downloaded content.”
The BitRaider version of the Runes of Magic client will be available for download in the next few weeks, as the companies work together to shrink the initial download and optimize the technology for Runes of Magic.
About Runes of Magic
With an extensive range of features Runes of Magic is redefining the standard for free-to-play titles. Runes of Magic conveys an absorbing story through more than 1,600 quests in an exciting and dangerous fantasy world. Players can choose between six main classes and combined with a secondary class, choose to create a character from 30 character class combinations. All characters possess unique skills with impressive combo attacks and can use mounts including war horses. For more information, please visit: www.runesofmagic.com
About BitRaider MMO LLC
BitRaider is a Jacksonville, FL based corporation founded to create a meaningful change in howgaming entertainment is consumed. The player comes first. It’s the belief behind everything we do. Get in. Get playing. Get updates without the pain. And in the process, make the PC play experience as effortless as console.
About Frogster America, Inc.
Frogster America, Inc., was founded in 2008 to bring high-quality online games to the North American market. As a wholly owned subsidiary of the Frogster Interactive Pictures AG, a Berlin based listed publisher of online computer games, Frogster America is located in San Francisco, and focused on the operation and marketing of MMO games that appeal to a global audience. With Runes of Magic, released on March 19, 2009, the company is well positioned for success with a rapidly growing community and strong initial title on which to establish its market presence. For more information, please visit: www.frogster-america.com
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