London—24 January 2012 — OnLive, the pioneer of on-demand cloud gaming, announced today that KONAMI’s highly anticipated game Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 is now available for instant play on the OnLive® Game Service. To celebrate, OnLive has partnered with BT to offer a PES 2012 Play 2 Win Kickoff Giveaway for the first week that the game is available, enabling gamers to win an incredible array of prizes just for playing the game on-demand using OnLive.* Gamers who play for more than three hours between 24 January and 31 January will be automatically entered to win a pair of BT luxury box seats for a top-level fixture on 10 March, among other prizes. But gamers and football fans can also win OnLive Gaming Packs just for playing the free demo—instantly on-demand, on nearly any type of device, with no purchase or commitment necessary. Coming shortly after OnLive’s UK debut, the game’s launch not only adds the first KONAMI blockbuster to the 200 premium video games available for instant play on the ever-expanding OnLive Game Service, it sends a clear message to UK gamers: OnLive won’t leave its UK fans on the sidelines.
Beginning with the game’s launch this morning at 12:01 A.M. GMT, anyone who plays PES 2012 on the OnLive Game Service before 1 February 2012 will be entered to win break-away prizes through the BT-sponsored PES 2012 Kickoff Play 2 Win Giveaway:
· Gamers who play for 3 or more hours before 11:59 P.M. GMT 31 January will be automatically entered to win one of two Grand Prizes, a pair of luxury box seat tickets to a top-tier match at the Emirates on 10 March. Runners Up prizes include an Option 3 BT broadband line, with free broadband for 12 months (5 winners) and an OnLive Gaming Pack, including the winner’s choice of an OnLive Game System or a recently released Universal OnLive Wireless Controller, Full PlayPass to any game (excluding pre-order promotions), OnLive beanie and PES t-shirt (3 winners).
· Gamers who play the free demo or play for less than 3 hours before 11:59 P.M. GMT 31 January will be automatically entered to win one of 10 OnLive Gaming Packs, including a Universal OnLive Wireless Controller, a copy of PES 2012, an OnLive beanie and PES t-shirt.
PES 2012 is the latest edition in KONAMI’s top-selling football franchise, and continues the series’ growth throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America and the United States. The game extends KONAMI’s partnership with UEFA via its exclusive UEFA Champions League™ and UEFA Europa League™ competitions and also boasts the Copa Libertadores license. PES 2012 improves on past versions with features such as an all-new Active AI system, which sees players behave more realistically on-field in creating space and making key runs, while the game’s more fluid gameplay and new Teammate Control system gives players unprecedented control of the action.
Harnessing the power of the cloud, OnLive is the first-ever gaming platform to enable high-performance games like PES 2012, which would normally be limited to high-end computers and consoles, to be played on devices like tablets in addition to PCs, Macs® and HDTVs. Gamers can now jump into the game anytime, anywhere, or jump seamlessly from device to device without losing achievements or progress. And, with the new Universal OnLive Wireless Controller, gamers can retain a console-quality experience no matter what device they’re on: tablet, PC, Mac or HDTV.
In addition, OnLive has many one-of-a-kind social features that promise to add unparalleled dimension to the game, such as a massive spectating Arena with trans-Atlantic voice chat, and the ability to record and share videos of your best and worst gameplay moments. Gamers can instantly broadcast goals, fouls, runs and saves to friends on Facebook, along with achievements or a heads-up that they’re looking for friends to play. Friends can click in instantly from Facebook, to join a game or spectate as they play.
“We are excited to be working with KONAMI on another of their incredible games,” said Steve Perlman, OnLive Founder and CEO, “and even more excited to be bringing a new dimension to this highly demanded game, for OnLive players on both sides of the Atlantic.”
“We are delighted to be able to offer PES 2012 via the exciting OnLive format,” said Jon Murphy, PES Team Leader for KONAMI Digital Entertainment GMbH. “ PES 2012 is a game best played against a rival, and OnLive will offer users a welcome taste of its incredible realism and stunning simulation elements, and will also provide them with a wealth of like-minded fans to try their luck against. It’s great to see a competitive game such as PES 2012 debuting on such a socially minded format.”
OnLive is available through www.onlive.co.uk on virtually every PC and Mac through a simple browser download, on Android™ tablets with the free OnLive app, and on HDTVs via the OnLive Game System. All OnLive games are available across all devices with no additional charge: simply log in and play wherever you are.
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About KONAMI Group
KONAMI CORPORATION was established in 1973, and became a holding company of the Konami Group on March 31, 2006. KONAMI CORPORATION covers the fields of "Digital Entertainment Business", "Gaming & Systems Business", "Pachinko & Pachinko Slot Machines Business" and "Health & Fitness Business". KONAMI CORPORATION went public on Tokyo Stock Exchange in 1988, the London Stock Exchange in 1999, and the New York Stock Exchange in 2002. Home Page URL: www.konami.co.jp. Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH is a wholly-owned subsidiary, responsible for popular franchises like Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill and Pro Evolution Soccer amongst other top sellers. Konami Group is also the manufacturer of the wildly popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, which has sold more than 25 billion cards worldwide. For more information concerning Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH and its products, please visit www.konami-europe.com.
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