AMMAN (August 25, 2012) – Wizards Productions announced today it has been accepted into the elite YetiZen Accelerator Program, a one-of-a-kind games accelerator program that helps post product and traction gaming startups strengthen their marketing, distribution, monetization and overall company strategy while connecting them with the largest network of early stage investors, venture capitalists and strategic investors and acquirers committed to games.
“Today’s announcement represents a major milestone for the growth and development of our company. In the past three years, we have emerged as one of the leading game developers in the Middle East. As we chart our more global future, the YetiZen Accelerator will provide us with the mentoring, relationships, and resources we need to fuel our growth, especially as we focus on new platforms to serve,” said Sohaib Thiab, CEO at Wizards Productions.
Wizards Productions is one of the first developers of massively multiplayer online (MMO) social games in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region. It has produced numerous social and MMO games, including the first-ever 3D MMO Facebook game in Arabic. Its first mobile game, Aqua Jam, is now available on iOS devices.
“The August round of the YetiZen Accelerator Program includes many of the industry’s most impressive gaming startups. Wizards Productions, with a highly capable production team in the Middle East, is in a distinct position to capitalize on the underserved Middle Eastern market, whose mobile penetration is expected to exceed that of the United States this year. We are excited to work with the talented team at Wizards Productions that has time and again demonstrated its deep understanding of the psyche of the Arab gamer through its games,” said Sana Choudary, CEO at YetiZen.
YetiZen accelerator startups receive access to more than 150 mentors who are veterans of the game space, 300 early stage investors, 10 notable game venture capitalists, and representation from virtually every major game acquirer and strategic investor.
In addition to the YetiZen Accelerator Program YetiZen is also the host of the San Francisco Video Game Development Workshop series, the world’s largest regularly meeting game developer group anywhere in the world. More than 5,000 unique developers attended its events last year.
To learn more about Wizards Productions, please visit http://www.wizardsproductions.com.
About Wizards Productions
Developing the first 3D massively multiplayer online (MMO) Facebook game in Arabic is impressive. Having King Abdullah II of Jordan test the beta version of your game—now that is magical. Wizards Productions have been providing royal and non-royal gamers throughout the Middle East with the opportunity to play some of their favorite English online games in Arabic, as well as games of their own creation, since 2009. In the past two years, Wizards has localized three online games and developed numerous games of its own, serving more than 1 million registered users and becoming the first MMO browser-based game development company in the Middle East.
About the YetiZen Accelerator Program
The YetiZen Accelerator Program is focused entirely on game studio and emerging platform startups. YetiZen helps post product and traction gaming startups build and strengthen their business models, marketing strategies, and market position while simultaneously connecting them with a network of seed partners, angels and VCs. These companies are also given access to incredible partnership deals to accelerate their user acquisition and distribution. Each Accelerator Round has a maximum of 10 candidates, who are selected from hundreds of applicants for their potential for success and promise of disruption.