JAGEX ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC WORLDWIDE PARTNERSHIP WITH HEROTAINMENT FOR AWARD-WINNING“HEROTOPIA”

CAMBRIDGE, UK—10 th May 2011 - Jagex Games Studio, the UK’s largest independent games company behind the world’s most popular multiplayer game RuneScape , today announced that they have entered into a world-wide partnership with Herotainment, a New York-based children’s media company, to publish Herotopia, the award-winning social online game for children. 

Recipient of the prestigious Gold Award for excellence in video games from the National Parenting Publication Awards (NAPPA), Herotopia is a new browser based multiplayer online game and community where children become their own superheroes and explore real and fantasy locations around the world.  Herotopia offers an engaging and entertaining environment where players can complete thrilling quests, make new friends, build their own secret hideout and show off their newfound superpowers.

Wendy Rosenthal, Chief Brand Officer for Jagex said:“We are delighted to partner with Herotainment as they have created an enthralling virtual world which provides kids with a fun and enjoyable experience they can make their own.  Herotopia offers huge customisation of characters, secret hideouts and pets, whilst also offering educational content in a safe environment which will appeal to the superhero in everyone.”

Caryn and Wade Teman, Co-CEO’s of Herotainment said: “Jagex has tremendous expertise in online gaming and distribution and we are very excited to partner with them to bring Herotopia to kids all over the world.” 

Herotopia has been specifically designed to provide the best online experience for all children to enjoy.  Players can visit 19 different locations in Herotopia, play 25 unique mini-games, develop a fully customisable secret hideout, and complete daily quests to become the ultimate superhero. New content including, game features and events, will be added frequently, giving an everlasting experience for kids to return to again and again.

Herotopia marks the second third-party game joining Jagex’s established portfolio of over 40 free-to-play games, and the first time that Jagex will launch a game targeted towards children. It will be available to play for free, with an option to sign up for an“All Access” paid membership for added content and access to the world of Herotopia and its community.

Within this new partnership, Herotopia will re-launch this summer with a new look and added features, opening the world of superheroes to kids around the globe. Jagex will share additional news announcements in the coming weeks.

To play Herotopia and find out more about the game, visit www.herotopia.com.

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About Jagex– Just About the Game Experience:

Jagex Games Studio is a multi-award winning games developer and publisher based in Cambridge, England. Jagex specialises in the development of browser-based MMO’s and is the largest independent games developer and publisher in the UK.

Jagex has a long-standing reputation for creating the world’s best online games and for developing hugely popular, high quality, accessible, free-to-play games and for providing an unbeatable community experience for millions of players around the world. Jagex has developed and self-published over 40 online titles including the world’s most popular free online multiplayer game, RuneScape.

About Herotainment, LLC

Herotainment, LLC is a New York based children’s media and entertainment company. Herotainment develops interactive content that is fun, educational and rewarding.  The company’s flagship property is Herotopia.com, a dynamic, multi-player online game with engaging characters and story that will be the basis for books, mobile apps, an animated television show, licensed products and more.

For More Information Please Contact:

Jagex Games Studio                                                      Jagex US PR

Laura West, Head of Global PR                                  Dana Whitney  / Jeane Wong

Adam Tuckwell, PR Manager                                     ONE PR Studio (for Jagex / North America media)

Email:  laura.west@jagex.com  /                              Email: dana@oneprstudio.com

             adam.tuckwell@jagex.com                                      jeane@oneprstudio.com

Tel:         +44 (0)844 588 6607                                        Tel: 510-893-3271

Fax:       +44 (0)844 588 6611                        

Herotainment, LLC

Caryn Teman

Email:   info@herotainment.com

Tel:        646-807-4550

  


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