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GamersFirst inks deal with A2M, Canada’s largest independent game developer

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

K2’s service, GamersFirst announced yesterday that they’ve signed a joint development deal with A2M, Canada’s largest independent game developer.

GamersFirst and A2M say that they’ll be partnering on a yet to be announced social gaming title.  The new game has a projected launch date of late 2009, and continues GamersFirst’s pledge to expand it’s industry presence into the development of unique and original titles.

K2’s GamersFirst is a free-to-play gaming portal that provides gamers with engaging and compelling titles.  Their mission is simple: to become the leading publisher of free-to-play games and provider of the largest and most active network of communities in the global online games market.  No small feat given today’s increasingly competitive market.  Partnering with Canada’s largest independent and highly respected game developer is certainly a step in the right direction for K2.

“GamersFirst is continuing its growth with the development of our own IP,”stated Joshua Hong, CEO and Founder, K2 Network/GamersFirst. “Being able to develop these new games assures that our gamers will have input as to what they like to see and allows us to put GamersFirst.”

A2M has been developing game content since 1992, has developed over 40 titles across every gaming genre, and has partnered with heavy hitters including Activision Blizzard, Disney, Electronic Arts, LucasArt, Sony, Vivendi Universal, and Warner Bros.

“This new partnership allows us to express our gameplay know-how to social online gaming,” said Remi Racine, President and Executive Producer, A2M. “As an independent game developer, we have the freedom to create highly imaginary concepts and, working with our partners, put it in the hands of game fans. Our creativity, combined with our ability to answer the needs of expanding markets, will make the upcoming MMO projects key milestones.”

GamersFirst currently provides services for 23 million registered users in more than 160 coutries around the world.

Free on tap at GamersFirst?

For more info on K2 visit them at: http://www.k2network.net
For more info on GamersFirst visit them at: http://www.GamersFirst.com
For more info on A2M visit them at: http://www.a2m.com

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Parlez vous l’essay?

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Canadian residents are not required to pay an entry fee for Blizzard’s upcoming arena tournament. Instead, Canadian residents are required to write a 250 word typewritten essay comparing the video gaming culture in the Great White North to the video gaming culture in the States. Click here for the tournament main page and then click on rules (Blizz isn’t allowing direct linking to this page).

Canadian residents are not required to pay an Entry Fee in order to enter. Instead, Canadian residents may enter by submitting a 250 word typewritten essay comparing the video gaming culture in Canada to the video gaming culture in the United States on 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper and mailing their essay to Essay Entry for The North American Blizzard Entertainment Arena Tournament, P.O Box 18979, Irvine, CA 92623. Essay entries must be received no later than March 31, 2008 in order to be eligible. Essay entrants represent and warrant that the essay is their original work and does not infringe the rights of any third party. By entering, essay entrants hereby grant, without further consideration, all right, title and interest in and to their essay to Sponsor.

Ok, so the deadline has passed, so if you’re living somewhere in a province under a red maple leaf, sorry, but you missed the boat. On the other side of the coin here, gotta hand it to Blizz, excellent crowd sourcing and market research all within a highly specialized field. I’d LOVE to be sitting on the marketing review and research and development panels on the receiving end of these essays. Nice work Blizz!

On a side note, all Canadian contests involving a game of skill or chance must have a no fee entry clause. Normally this is covered by the STQ. The STQ is a skill testing question, used in order to qualify a ‘potential’ winner. While this question is usually mathematically in nature, sometimes a trivia question has also been used. I’m assuming that a 250 word essay will be a perfectly acceptable STQ.

A skill testing question is a legal aspect attached to all contests that Canadian residents can enter. Some contests may require you to answer the STQ when you enter the contest, other may require it only after you are declared a ‘potential’ winner. Because Canadian law prohibits “for-profit” gaming or betting, but does allow prizes to be given for skill (or mixed games of skill and chance), chance-based games (which, a random draw for contesting is), stays legal when contestants are required to answer the “skill” testing question. The STQ is a mathematical question, which you must answer correctly to be declared the contest winner. Contests which are run by sponsors in the USA are required to include a STQ if the contest winner is a Canadian resident, even though STQs are not required by contest winners in the USA. Some Canadian contests will ask a trivia question in place of a mathematical STQ.