NORTHERN IRISH GAMES STUDIO REELS IN A BIG FISH!

DERRY~LONDONDERRY - May 04, 2012 – Today Black Market Games announced the signing of their distribution deal with Seattle-based Big Fish Games, leading online marketplace for premium casual games.  The deal will see Black Market Games’ Dead Hungry Diner, a fast-paced puzzle and strategy game, released in over 150 countries and territories.

“With Dead Hungry Diner, our goal was to create a charming, fun game that could be enjoyed by all the family,” said Sean McCafferty, Lead Designer at Black Market Games.  “Hitting that sweet spot between accessibility and depth is a key design principle for us. We looked at classic movie monster imagery to make our characters as easily identifiable as possible, as well as game mechanics that would feel innovative and yet familiar - and that’s really what it is all about - the Player’s Experience.”

To date, Black Market Games’ maiden title has received a warm welcome in the gaming press from both casual and mainstream websites respectively, being heavily praised for its polish and production values. Popular PC Gaming blog Rock Paper Shotgun described Dead Hungry Diner as “casual gaming gold” and GameZebo the “home for casual game reviews” gave the game a 4-out-of-5 star review and proclaimed  “it’s without a doubt a shoo-in for players who enjoy time management games”.

“We are delighted to have launched our first title “Dead Hungry Diner” with Big Fish. It is a fantastic show of support that the games we are creating are in demand right now.” said Lee Fallon, Chief Financial Officer at Black Market Games.  “At Black Market Games, we have a lot of fun developing fresh and fun ideas which we plan to commercialise across a variety of media platforms, this release marks the start of our long term strategy”.

“Big Fish’s knowledge and experience of the casual games market enabled us improve Dead Hungry Diner beyond what would normally be achievable for a small developer alone.” said Eric Reinhart, CEO at Black Market Games. “We are looking forward to continuing this partnership over our forthcoming titles.”

For more information about Black Market Games, contact Press@BlackMarketGames.com

For more information about Dead Hungry Diner visit: http://www.deadhungrydiner.com

About Black Market Games

An independent games studio based in Derry~Londonderry, Northern Ireland.  Founded in June 2011, the team have been hard at work developing their first title, ’Dead Hungry Diner.’ and the technology behind it.

About Big Fish Games

Founded in 2002, Big Fish is the leading online marketplace for premium casual games.  Through its proprietary, data driven platform, millions of consumers seeking immersive, relaxing entertainment easily discover and purchase premium casual games created by Big Fish’s network of more than 500 development partners and in-house by Big Fish Games Studios.  Renowned for offering A New Game Every Day!® on www.bigfishgames.com, the company offers thousands of games on multiple platforms -- PC, Mac, mobile phone, and tablet.  Big Fish’s websites, games, and customer service are available in ten languages – Danish, Dutch, English, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish – and its games are sold in more than 150 countries.  The company is headquartered in Seattle, WA, with regional offices in Oakland, CA; Cork, Ireland; Vancouver, Canada; and Luxembourg.  


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