iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Android and Windows PC users will soon be able to explore the persistent virtual world of Pocket Legends together, in the same shared server set — a first in the industry.
“In the near future, it will be possible to be on the bus in California with your iPhone, playing with someone in a park in France on their Android device, and both be playing in the same server set with someone in South Korea on their PC.”
Spacetime Studios, a Texas-based indie studio, is expanding operations following a recent round of funding from Insight Venture Partners, a leading global technology and internet investment firm. The investment will be used to extend Spacetime‘s technology platform and pioneer new functionality for the mobile multiplayer gaming market. Capital will also be deployed to enhance the feature set of the Spacetime 3D MMO game engine, before licensing it to other game developers.
“The Spacetime Engine offers seamless global multiplayer gameplay to anyone with an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch over 3G, Edge, and wireless networks. We plan to add Android and PC users to the mix.” said Anthony L. Sommers, co-founder and CTO of Spacetime Studios. “In the near future, it will be possible to be on the bus in California with your iPhone, playing with someone in a park in France on their Android device, and both be playing in the same server set with someone in South Korea on their PC.”
The Spacetime Engine, Spacetime’s 3D MMO technology platform and tools, will be available to developers sometime in 2011. The Spacetime Engine will be the first 3D MMO engine designed to support a global player-base on different devices, including mobile, interacting together in the same server-set.
“Providing players, no matter where they are, with a single deep, seamless 3D MMO gaming experience on multiple devices has been a dream of ours since the company was founded,” said Gary Gattis, CEO. “We feel we’re at the forefront of a whole new market for MMO game developers.”
About Pocket Legends:
Pocket Legends is the pioneering 3D MMO on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. A bold attempt to bring MMOs to the mobile space, Pocket Legends quickly proved to be popular with both public and press, gathering praise from the most important publications in the industry. The game’s pick-up-and-play format, expandable nature, and unparalleled instanced gameplay have helped it become a benchmark game on Apple’s suite of mobile devices. Pocket Legends is the #1 RPG on the iPad.
About Spacetime Studios:
Spacetime Studios is an independent game development studio located in Austin, Texas. The company was founded by videogame veterans Cinco Barnes, Gary Gattis, Jake Rodgers and Anthony L. Sommers. In 2010, Spacetime released the world’s first 3D real-time mobile MMO, Pocket Legends. The company continues to expand its content and technology lead in the mobile multiplayer market.
About Insight Venture Partners
Founded in New York in 1995, Insight Venture Partners is a leading growth-oriented, entrepreneur-focused private equity and venture capital firm focused on expansion and late stage investments in the global software, Internet and data services industries. With over $3 billion raised since inception and a large network of technology experts, Insight provides strong support to its portfolio companies. In 2009, Insight was named among the Top Ten VCs Globally by Red Herring Magazine. www.insightpartners.com
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