Kickstarter campaign launched to allow 80’s Classic “Footballer Of The Year” to be released for FREE


[8 th April 2013] [London] White Room Games Limited, the UK-based publisher / distributor, follow up last months announcement, about the collaboration with Flaming Pumpkin to launch “Footballer Of The Year”, to reveal that they have launched a Kickstarter campaign to allow the game to be released for free.  The campaign is packed with exciting rewards that both companies believe will be very appealing to gamers, football fans and a wider audience.  The campaign went live today and will be on Kickstarter for 30 days.

Luiz Ferreira, Founder of White Room Games comments: “Very early on during the planning stages with Flaming Pumpkin we knew that we wanted to make the game free to play but we also knew that funding would be hard to secure.  That’s when we turned to crowd funding as we also believed that it would be an amazing place to build the initial community for our game.” Ferreira continues, “We have been working really hard to get this campaign up and running and using Kickstarter has been a great experience so far.  We have some really great and fun rewards and some of our favourites are stadium-naming rights and you can even put your Sunday league or pub team into the game. We believe that we have all the ingredients for a successful campaign.”

Charlie Horn, Studio Director at Flaming Pumpkin, comments: “Our game has to be free to play because we want as many people to experience it as possible and Kickstarter is the ideal home for our crowd funding campaign.” Horn also added “Collectively we have come up with some amazing rewards that are either in-game or tangible limited editions items.  We know we have an amazing game in development and our rewards are really appealing so we are confident it will be a success.”

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About Footballer of the Year

The original game was launched on the ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 aka C64 in 1986 by Gremlin games.  The game was one of the first to include lifestyle elements in a football game. The new Footballer of the Year game is the ultimate social football game and is being developed for mobile and tablets.  The game will be available at launch for both iOS and Android devices. You start your career playing for a local team and a local scout notices your performances, which is where your journey begins.  The ultimate aim of the game is to become Footballer of the Year and along the way you will be able to enjoy the lifestyle of a top professional but to achieve the ultimate goal you must work hard and not be too side tracked by the fame and fortune.

The game will combine single player, online and offline modes and exciting challenge modes between friends or players from around the world, which will allow you to progress through the various divisions.  Like the original game everything will hinge on the use of Goal Cards, which can be used in various parts of the game.  These goal cards can also be earned through completing challenges, training hard and scoring multiple goals.  The finished game will be available for free and players will have the option to buy goal cards to assist in their progression.

What is Kickstarter?

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About Flaming Pumpkin

Flaming Pumpkin is an independently owned games development company based in the centre of Birmingham, West Midlands, UK. With over 30 years combined industry experience their team offers a full range of gaming experiences including Facebook, iPhone & Android and Online. The studio produces both client work and their own IP's including their latest WIP "Dead Faction".  Flaming Pumpkin are also the creators of the successful Adobe Flash to Unity UI software solution "uniSWF". uniSWF is available for sale on the unity store and has been the top grossing application as well as being purchased by organisations such as Konami, EA, Square Enix and Lucas Film.

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About White Room Games.

Founded in 2009, White Room Games are video game software, accessory and merchandise distributor that offers sales, marketing and pr services to clients.  The company supplies the leading retailers in the UK as well as international distributors.  The company also offers Business Development services to independent games developers as well as well as publishing their own games. Relying on the management team’s wealth of experience from the traditional gaming sector, the company has set out to deliver a high-quality games service to the broadest audiences possible. White Room Games in funded by private equity.

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