‘Big Match Striker’ kicks off its final testing phase

18th August 2010: Leading UK video games developer Supermassive Games TM today announces the launch of the open beta testing phase for Big Match Striker, the unique and free-to-play downloadable PC football game where real fans battle head to head in the ultimate championship of tactics and trivia.

Following the successful completion of a three-week closed beta trial where the game was finessed and rigorously tested, Big Match Striker opens its stadium gates ( www.bigmatchonline.com) for football fans to sign up and play the free game with an exclusive offer for the open beta testers. This group of players will be awarded the status of‘Founders’, receiving a special trophy identifying them as a founder member of the game, claiming ultimate bragging rights, as well as other rewards such as in-game currency, Smackers.

Football fans of all levels will need to combine all the skills of chairman, manager, player and fan as the title blends the best in football management strategy and animated trivia games. The exciting new title is highly competitive and will challenge all levels of football fans’ knowledge and strategic skills as they battle in one-on-one leagues to meet the game’s main objectives - to win titles and silverware, and attract more fans to their club.

Players succeed by answering a selection of both constantly-updated and historic football questions from English football’s top four tiers, keeping the game concurrent with the real-life action. Players can win possession and tackle the opposition by responding quicker to questions, requiring a decent level of football knowledge and quick thinking.

The reward of winning matches is gaining fans and in-game currency. This can be strategically used to buy players, upgrade stadiums and even install burger vans to attract more fans and progress to the league’s higher echelons.

“Everyone at Big Match Striker is incredibly excited to announce the final trial phase and launch of the new site, including new community aspects. We look forward to hearing what real fans think of the game and hope they will tell us what they do and don’t like,” commented Supermassive’s Online Publishing Director Geraint Orchard-Bungay.

“I believe that this game raises the bar for free-to-play games and is much more like a boxed product that you’d normally expect to pay£40 for at retail. With stunning graphics, the most up-to-date questions of any football game, a huge depth of game play, amazing soundtrack and great commentary, quite frankly it’s the dogs!”

Player interaction will be a key aspect of the game experience. The game’s main entry point and community, www.bigmatchonline.com will contain regular news and features from the game’s editorial team, and discussion forums for players to interact with each other. The initial game download and subsequent updates will be available from the game website.

Key features

Question Engine:An innovative and unrivalled question generator with a resource of thousands of football questions.

Big Match Bucks: Effectively your‘wallet’ for buying additional stamina to play more matches, or to exchange for in-game currency 'Smackers'.

Smackers: The in-game currency which players accumulate as they win matches.

The Community: www.bigmatchonline.com - a website acting as the game’s entry point and the home of the game’s community.

Player Stamina: As in the real-life game, stamina on the pitch can only last so long.

Trophy Cabinet: Each player has a cabinet where they display their winnings.

Club Strategy: Strategy management of stadium expansion plans, revenue streams such as catering, merchandise and team-playing tactics.

League Seasons: Each League season lasts three weeks in real time.

Artificial Intelligence: An AI system stores a player’s playing style, mimicking their behaviour when an opponent plays against them.

Challenge your friends: Players can invite their friends and set up private, invite-only leagues.

Quality graphics: Compared to many online free-to-play downloadable games, the graphics and quality of the game are far superior.

Specialist cup competitions: There will be various cup competitions for players to enter and demonstrate their skills and knowledge.

Commentary: In-game commentator, Roger‘The Gaffer’ Gaffney adds a twist of banter and humour.

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To view screenshots and video trailers of the game visit: www.bigmatchonline.com/news

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About Supermassive Games TM

Headquartered in Guildford, England, Supermassive Games TM Limited is a leading independent UK developer of interactive entertainment. Established in 2008 by highly-respected industry veterans, the business now employs more than 85 talented individuals developing cutting-edge video games. More information about Supermassive Games Limited can be found on the company’s website, www.supermassivegames.com

About Big Match Striker

Big Match Striker - the free-to-play downloadable PC football game where fans battle head to head in the ultimate championship of tactics and trivia. Players succeed in the game by answering a selection of both constantly-updated and historic football questions from English football’s top four tiers, keeping the game concurrent with the real-life action. Players can win possession and tackle the opposition by responding quicker to questions, requiring a good level of football knowledge and quick thinking.

The reward of winning matches is gaining fans and in-game currency. This can be strategically used to buy players, upgrade stadiums and even install burger vans to attract more fans and progress to the league’s higher echelons.

Players will need to combine all the skills of chairman, manager, player and fan as the title blends the best in football management strategy and animated trivia games. The exciting new title is highly competitive and will challenge all levels of football fans’ knowledge and strategic skills as they battle in one-on-one leagues to meet the game’s main objectives - to win titles and silverware, and attract more fans to their club.

Player interaction is a key aspect of the game experience. The game’s main entry point and community will be hosted online and will contain regular news and features from the game’s editorial team, weekly podcasts with lively chat and debate on the game’s latest talking points and discussion forums for players to interact with each other. The initial game download and subsequent updates will be available from the game website; www.bigmatchstriker.com.


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