YoYo Games Announces GameMaker: Studio Partnership with Award-Winning Development Studio HandyGames

Dundee, Scotland – May 22, 2012 – In conjunction with today’s launch of GameMaker: Studio, YoYo Games announces a licensing partnership with award-winning German games development studio HandyGames. HandyGames uses GameMaker: Studio to create high-quality games in a single code base and then export and run them natively on multiple formats including HTML5, Facebook, Android, iOS, Symbian, Windows and OSX.

HandyGames developers participated in the recent GameMaker: Studio beta program and already have one major project underway – a role playing game that introduces an innovative new approach to the genre.

“We have known about GameMaker for years, but once we heard about a cross platform GameMaker product, we knew we needed to be involved right away,” said Markus Kassulke, chief executive officer of HandyGames. “Our experience with the beta convinced us the tool was extremely efficient and powerful. We also met with the team at YoYo Games to discuss GameMaker: Studio and the future product vision and we very much like where it is headed.”

GameMaker: Studio offers a powerful, yet simple to use drag-and-drop integrated development environment with a built-in games-oriented scripting language that considerably increases games development productivity. GameMaker: Studio is a best-of-breed platform that caters to entry-level novices and seasoned game development professionals equally.

“YoYo Games is proud to have HandyGames on board using GameMaker: Studio for cross-platform games creation,” said Sandy Duncan, chief executive officer at YoYo Games. “In just a short matter of time we expect to start seeing innovative and successful new titles on worldwide “app stores,” on Facebook and across the Web, all created with GameMaker: Studio.”

For more information, please see today’s press release “YoYo Games Launches GameMaker: Studio for Fast and Easy Cross-Platform Games Development,” and visit www.yoyogames.com.

About HandyGames

HandyGames is one of the leading independent developers and publishers of mobile games and No. 27 in Pocket Gamer’s 2012 Top 50 developers list. HandyGames has offices in Giebelstadt, Germany, and has its own international distribution network. Founded in 2000 with 40 employees and growing, HandyGames has released more than 150 games on a multitude of mobile platforms, utilizing a wide range of technologies. Current game development is strongly focused on iOS and Android smartphones and  tablet computers. HandyGames has developed top sellers such as “Clouds & Sheep,” “Super Dynamite Fishing,” “Aces of the Luftwaffe,” the “Townsmen” series, “Devils and Demons,” “Shark or Die,” “Guns’n’Glory” and “Panzer Panic.” The company’s long-time success is reflected in close cooperation with producers of mobile phones and network operators, as well as in the many international awards it has won. For more information, please visit: www.handy-games.com.

About YoYo Games

YoYo Games is a top publisher of mobile, social and web-based games and the creator of GameMaker: Studio, the world’s fastest and easiest to use cross-platform games development tool. YoYo Games publishes titles created with GameMaker including hits "They Need to be Fed,” “Simply Solitaire HD” and Pocket Gamer’s 2012 Android Game of the Year "Karoshi.” Privately-held YoYo Games was founded in 2007 by games industry visionaries to incubate and showcase the next generation of games development talent and devices. GameMaker has been downloaded 10 million times, hosts a community of a half a million registered users and is deployed in more than 5,000 schools and universities worldwide. For more information, visit www.yoyogames.com. Follow YoYo Games on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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Tony Coles

020 7240 2645

Tony.coles@peppermintp.com

 


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