San Francisco, CA — June 5, 2012— GREE, Inc. and 2K, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), today announced a partnership to bring games based on the 2K’s Sid Meier’s Civilization and Sid Meier’s Pirates! franchises to select global social gaming markets. GREE, a leader in social mobile gaming platforms and the free-to-play business model, will work together with 2K to introduce social features within the games. ?
“GREE’s social games have generated tremendous interest in Japan and are a driving force in making Japan one of the most fascinating social gaming ecosystems in the world,” said Fabien Siouffi, Vice President Online and Social at Take-Two Asia. “Creating social mobile games based on the Sid Meier’s Pirates! and Sid Meier’s Civilization franchises are our way to connect with Japanese fans in a fun and innovative way.”
Through the partnership, GREE and 2K will leverage their combined industry expertise to develop the titles specifically to take full advantage of the smartphone platform Both games will be developed at 2K’s studio in China.
“ Sid Meier’s Civilization and Sid Meier’s Pirates! have been beloved franchises for decades, and Civilization has been recognized as one of the greatest strategy franchises of all time with nearly 11 million units sold-in worldwide,” added Christoph Hartmann, President of 2K. “Recreating these timeless classics on GREE’s fast-growing platform is a fantastic opportunity for us to bring deep, rich gaming experiences to a new audience.”
“We are excited to work with a renowned publisher like 2K, as it expands into the social mobile space and takes its award-winning franchises to the next level of gaming,” concluded Yoshikazu Tanaka, CEO of GREE. “Our goal is to build the best global social mobile gaming ecosystem for players, developers, and publishers around the world. This partnership is a big step toward evolving the traditional gaming world by creating a worldwide network for all types of gamers.” ? ?
Pirates! Legends will be a socially interactive battle and questing game. Players will sail the Seven Seas in search of the ultimate fleet team. On their journey, gamers will be confronted with countless enemies as they travel around the world in search of hidden treasures and the ultimate reward of becoming the most notorious pirate ever.??
Civilization (working title) will be a social interactive game where gamers are required to build their own empire to stand the test of time. Through the process of leading the empire, discovering new technology, waging war, establishing new diplomacy, and building the most powerful civilization, players will be confronted with some of history's most famous leaders to become the greatest civilization in the world.
Partnering with Cyberagent, 2K also plans to bring a taste of the award-winning, top selling, NBA 2K franchise to the GREE platform in Japan. The game will be optimized for a mobile social gaming experience in a player-stats battle format. ??GREE will continue to provide the leading mobile social gaming ecosystem for users around the world, by creating high-quality content in collaboration with established global partners.
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About GREE, Inc.
GREE is a global mobile social gaming company at the forefront of mobile technology. GREE is focused on building the world’s leading mobile social gaming ecosystem for users and developers, while creating and supporting unique free-to-play game content. GREE is continuing to expand globally and its network now reaches more than 230 million users around the world. GREE has offices in Tokyo, San Francisco, London, Singapore, Seoul, Beijing, and Amsterdam. ?
About 2K Games
Founded in 2005, 2K develops and publishes interactive entertainment for console systems, handheld gaming systems and personal computers, including smartphones and tablets through its three divisions: 2K Games, 2K Sports, and 2K Play that are delivered through physical retail, digital download, online platforms and cloud streaming services. 2K publishes titles in today’s most popular gaming genres, including first-person shooters, action, role-playing, real-time strategy, sports, casual, and family entertainment. The 2K label has some of the most talented development studios in the world today, including Firaxis Games, Visual Concepts, Irrational Games, 2K Marin, 2K Australia, 2K Czech, Cat Daddy Games, and 2K China. In just a few short years, 2K launched the 2007 Game of the Year - BioShock®; published the critically acclaimed Borderlands™; continued the award-winning Sid Meier’s Civilization® series; delivered the #1 rated and #1 selling basketball franchise with NBA® 2K*; and broke new ground in the family entertainment market with its multi-million unit selling hit Carnival Games. 2K is headquartered in Novato, California and is a wholly owned label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO). For more information, please visit www.2K.com.
*According to 2008 - 2012 Gamerankings.com and The NPD Group estimates of U.S. retail video game sales through April 2012.
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