IndieCity and Velocix Launch the Official Raspberry Pi Store!

The Raspberry Pi Foundation, in conjunction with indie content portal IndieCity, and technology service provider Alcatel-Lucent, is proud to announce the launch of the official Raspberry Pi Store.

The new Pi Store features include:

  • A one-stop shop  for all users to share their Pi content.
  • The Store is now part of the Raspbian operating system and is also available from the Raspbian repository.
  • Consumers will find free and paid titles available at launch, ranging from games and apps to tutorials and other development tools.
  • Creators can sell their games/apps and tools using IndieCity’s secure payments system.
  • Creators of free content can benefit from a “tip jar” system, allowing people to reward creators on a voluntary basis.
  • IndieCity provides the bespoke distribution platform and a recommendation engine to make content easily discoverable.
  • The content delivery platform provided by Velocix (a subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent) will ensure that uploading and downloading of Pi content will be smooth, fast and reliable.
  • Unique ‘Upload’ area allows every user to upload and share their creations.
Eben Upton of the Raspberry Pi Foundation is enthusiastic about the potential of the new store: “With the Raspberry Pi finally having a dedicated software store, it’s going to bring together the already-thriving Pi community in a way that’s simply not been possible before. By combining the expertise of our partners IndieCity and Velocix, we’ll be able to provide all Pi users easy access to a wide variety of content and we’re hugely grateful to both organisations for helping us to make this possible.”

He continued: “Our driving aim has always been to use Raspberry Pi to encourage and introduce a generation of children to programming and creative computer science. By now enabling Raspberry Pi users of all ages to gain critical and commercial success from their work through the new Pi Store we also believe it will be a powerful incentive for others to get involved and further spread the word.”

Chris Swan , Head of IndieCity, commented: “At IndieCity we've long been huge fans of the Raspberry Pi, and are therefore delighted to be working with the Foundation to provide the store for them. By combining the Pi and its educational goals with a store that is open to all types of content I cannot wait to see how it will be shaped by the community.”

Paul Larbey, President of Alcatel-Lucent's Video division, is also enthusiastic about the collaboration: "Raspberry Pi is a great initiative and the launch of the official Pi Store is great way to showcase innovation. I learnt to program on a BBC Micro and it’s great to see a new platform that will stimulate the next generation of computer scientists. As a company that is a global leader in communication technology, we recognise the importance of maintaining and developing the computer science talent pool and look forward to seeing the first wave of students inspired by Raspberry Pi."

The official Pi Store is now part of the latest release of Raspbian, which can be downloaded by Raspberry Pi users from http://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads.

The Store can also be accessed through any non-Pi browser at: http://store.raspberrypi.com

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ABOUT RASPBERRY PI:

The Raspberry Pi is a tiny computer, designed to fit in a pocket, and cheap enough to be bought with pocket money. It was developed by the not-for-profit Raspberry Pi Foundation in Cambridge to help children engage with computer programming, and has won dozens of awards in its first year of release. http://www.raspberrypi.org

ABOUT INDIECITY:

IndieCity.com, a division of Blitz Games Studios,  is a unique online marketplace committed to celebrating and supporting the indie community at all levels: highlighting the creativity, the passion and the people. The site aims to create one integrated indie community that draws together developers, fans and press to encourage the discovery, promotion and enjoyment of indie content of all shapes and sizes. http://IndieCity.com.

ABOUT BLITZ GAMES STUDIOS:

Blitz Games Studios ( www.BlitzGamesStudios.com) is a highly respected, award-winning independent games developer founded in 1990 by industry veterans Philip & Andrew Oliver. Based in the UK (in Leamington Spa), it now employs over 200 dedicated  staff,and maintains a diverse portfolio that showcases its industry-leading, licensable development technology BlitzTech. Recent releases include Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (co-developed with Junction Point and Disney Interactive Studios), Kumo Lumo, the studio’s first title to be developed exclusively for iOS and Puss In Boots: The Video Game (for THQ/Dreamworks).

ABOUT ALCATEL-LUCENT (EURONEXT PARIS AND NYSE: ALU):

The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a leading innovator in the field of networking and communications technology, products and services. The company is home to Bell Labs, one of the world's foremost research centers, responsible for breakthroughs that have shaped the networking and communications industry. Alcatel-Lucent was named one of MIT Technology Review's 2012 Top 50 list of the "World's Most Innovative Companies" for breakthroughs such as lightRadio™, which cuts power consumption and operating costs on wireless networks while delivering lightning fast Internet access. Through such innovations, Alcatel-Lucent is making communications more sustainable, more affordable and more accessible as we pursue our mission - Realizing the Potential of a Connected World. With operations in more than 130 countries and one of the most experienced global services organizations in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The Company achieved revenues of Euro 15.3 billion in 2011 and is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.

ABOUT VELOCIX:

Alcatel-Lucent’s Velocix solution is a world leading portfolio of Digital Media Delivery Platforms, a new generation CDN (Content Delivery Network) designed to meet the rich media needs of communications service providers. Velocix offers service providers one of the broadest and most innovative ranges of content delivery technologies in the industry, tailored specifically to delivering large media files that will continue to be the driving factor behind the exponential growth in consumer IP traffic. A wholly owned subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent, Velocix was founded in 2003 in Cambridge, UK and is a leading authority and innovator in the field of digital content delivery over the Internet. The company has a proven track record of bringing unique and exciting technologies to market that provide intelligent digital media delivery, in particular for large multi-GB media assets. www.velocix.com

 


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