Nexon America, Inc., O-Games, Inc., Realtime Worlds and Ignition Entertainment Join the ESA
Growing Computer and Video Game Publishers Bring Innovation, Artistic Talent
Washington, DC - Nexon America, Inc., O-Games, Inc., Realtime Worlds and Ignition Entertainment joined the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the trade association for U.S. computer and video game publishers today announced. The addition of these diverse companies continues the growth of the ESA, and brings additional artistic talent and creative energy to the association’s membership.
“We are pleased to welcome Nexon America, O-Games, Inc., Realtime Worlds and Ignition Entertainment to the ESA. These companies are on the cutting edge of developing quality, interactive computer and video game experiences that engage and connect gamers around the world,” said Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of the ESA. “We look forward to representing them as we continue our work on the key public policy issues facing the entertainment software industry, including piracy, intellectual property rights and freedom of speech.”
Located in Los Angeles, Nexon America is the North American publishing arm of Nexon Corporation, a pioneer of interactive entertainment software based in South Korea, and the world’s leader in massively multiplayer online role playing games. The company’s growing library of titles includes MapleStory, Mabinogi and Combat Arms. The foundation of all Nexon America titles is the “item” selling business model, in which users access the full game for free and can later opt to pay for game enhancements.
“We eagerly anticipate working with other ESA members to raise the visibility of the interactive entertainment software industry in the U.S.,” said Daniel S. Kim, CEO of Nexon America. “With the association’s support, Nexon America will continue to develop and publish games that build on our principles of immersion, fantastic game play, innovative content, and ease of use.”
Based in San Carlos, Calif., O-Games, Inc. began publishing lifestyle-based family, social and sports video games in 2004, and has launched products on Wii™, Nintendo DS™, Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, and PC platforms. The company’s major titles include the official PDC World Championship Darts games, as well as the My Games, Challenge Me and ProStroke Golf game series.
“O-Games, Inc. is proud to join an association that is dedicated to protecting the interests of the computer and video game industry and promoting the positive contributions its member companies make to the entertainment arena,” said Greg Lanz, general manager of O-Games, Inc. “We look forward to participating in the many programs and opportunities the ESA provides.”
Founded in 2002, Realtime Worlds has created some of the world’s best-selling video games, including Crackdown for the Xbox 360 platform. The company’s founders, including Dave Jones, were the original creators of the Lemmings and Grand Theft Auto franchises. Based in Boulder, Colo., Realtime’s experienced team has incorporated innovative concepts and used unique technology to develop and launch popular massively multiplayer online action games, such as APB: All Points Bulletin.
“At Realtime Worlds, we are developing revolutionary new software technology that will bring exciting changes to computer and video games and will have widespread applications throughout many industries,” said Tony Harman, president of Realtime Worlds. “We are eager to join the ESA, an organization that represents the innovation and growth occurring within our industry.”
Ignition Entertainment is a global interactive entertainment developer and publisher with offices in Los Angeles and Gainesville, Fla. Since its founding in 2002, the company has provided gamers with artistically-inspired, immersive experiences through its innovative approach to game development. In 2007, Ignition received a major investment from UTV Software, an integrated global media and entertainment conglomerate based in India, which enabled the company to further expand its audience and product offerings. Ignition’s major titles include the critically acclaimed Muramasa: The Demon Blade and Arc Rise Fantasia, which will ship in June 2010.
“Ignition is pleased to become a part of the Entertainment Software Association,” said Ajay Chadha, president of Worldwide Publishing for Ignition Entertainment. “We are looking forward to working with the organization and participating in its efforts to support the video game industry”
The Entertainment Software Association is the U.S. association dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of companies publishing interactive games for video game consoles, handheld devices, personal computers, and the Internet. The ESA offers services to interactive entertainment software publishers including a global anti-piracy program, owning the E3 Expo, business and consumer research, federal and state government relations, First Amendment and intellectual property protection efforts. For more information, please visit www.theESA.com.
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