Appota Group announced today the close of a financing round led by Mirae Asset Venture Investment with participation from other strategic partners. The investment is earmarked for developing the company's blockchain ecosystem based on its 10-year gaming publishing business.
Anthony Tran , group co-founder and COO, said in a statement: "We are excited to have Mirae Venture on this journey. As an Appota investor since 2017, Mirae's guidance has been crucial to our focus on continuous innovation. This initiative will make blockchain technology more accessible to gamers, developers, and community members."
One project, ChainVerse, aims to serve hundreds of local independent game studios by removing the steep learning curve and letting developers focus on building great games. Tuan Nguyen , ChainVerse CEO, said: "We provide developers with powerful, effective, and affordable tools for integrating blockchain digital assets and reaching 50 million mobile users in Appota's ecosystem."
Another project initiative, AceStarter, is a next-generation launchpad that curates and launches world-class blockchain projects globally. The platform is a bridge that connects communities and investors with high-potential, early-stage offerings.
Tran concluded: "With ChainVerse and AceStarter, we are well poised to capitalize on opportunities not unlike the early Internet revolution. Appota will debut products relating to game guilds management platform and web3 game streaming platform by the end of this year."
Appota is a pioneer technology solutions and digital entertainment content provider in Vietnam . The company's entertainment ecosystem comprises over 55 million users globally. It is a top three game publisher in the country and an official partner of the Facebook Gaming Creator network.
Appota Website: https://appota.com/
ChainVerse Website: https://chainverse.org/
AceStarter Website: https://acestarter.finance/
About Mirae Asset Venture Investment
Mirae Asset Venture Investment invests in and supports innovative growth-stage technology companies around the world. The firm works with founders on strategy, M&A, and restructuring initiatives to set the foundations for business scalability and success.
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East Side Games Group (TSX: EAGR) (OTC: EAGRF) (" ESGG " or the " Company "), Canada's leading free-to-play mobile game group, in collaboration with Universal Games and Digital Platforms, announced today the worldwide launch of The Office: Somehow We Manage on iOS and Android. The free-to-play idle game is inspired by NBC's critically acclaimed, Emmy® Award-winning U.S. version of The Office which is now streaming exclusively on Peacock.
Watch the launch trailer here .
" The Office: Somehow We Manage offers players the chance to immerse themselves in iconic moments from the series and connect with their favorite characters like never before," said Darcy Taylor , Chief Executive Officer of ESGG. "Fans of The Office will absolutely feel the nostalgia through this new game."
" The Office: Somehow We Manage reimagines the cast as vibrant, animated characters for the first time, bringing a fresh new experience to The Office fans everywhere," said Jim Molinets , SVP of Production, Universal Games and Digital Platforms. "The game will transport players into well-known and hilarious episodes that have resonated with so many over the years and let them 'clock in' even more time with their favorite Dundler Mifflin employees."
The Office: Somehow We Manage will allow fans to relive memorable moments from the show like they've never seen them before – animated, all while tapping their way to record profits to save the Scranton Branch from downsizing. Featuring accessible gameplay for all types of players, this narrative idle tapper will give players the chance to unlock and upgrade iconic characters and their desks all the while participating in monthly special events for additional in-game rewards.
COLLECT ICONIC CHARACTERS IN GAME
Tap, upgrade, and build desks for favorite characters from the hit NBC comedy The Office , including Prison Mike, Farmer Dwight, Pretzel Day Stanley, and of course, Three Hole Punch Jim, all appearing in animated form for the first time.
RELIVE MEMORABLE EPISODES FROM THE OFFICE [U.S.]
Click through memorable episodes in this free-to-play game, like "The Dundies" and "Dinner Party." Take a seat in Michael's office, get in line for Pretzel Day, or spend the weekend at Schrute Farms. Oh, and watch out for Kevin's famous chili! Additional episodes from all nine seasons of the show will be added to the game on a regular basis.
In-game events will introduce new versions of characters and more memorable moments, along with weekly and monthly special events inspired by elements from the show.
EARN IN-GAME REWARDS TO KEEP THE BRANCH AFLOAT
Manage Dunder Mifflin Scranton with the help of the whole branch! Get new leads and tap away as the in-game rewards start rolling in. Just make sure Michael doesn't spend the surplus on a new plasma TV!
Players can now run the world's best mid-size regional paper company branch in The Office: Somehow We Manage , available now on iOS and Android.
Visual assets for the game, including key art and logos, can be found in the online press kit .
ABOUT EAST SIDE GAMES GROUP
East Side Games Group (formerly operating under the name "LEAF Mobile Inc.") is a leading free-to-play mobile game group, creating engaging games that produce enduring player loyalty. Our studio groups entrepreneurial culture is anchored in creativity, execution, and growth through licensing of our proprietary Game Kit software platform that enables professional game developers to greatly increase the efficiency and effectiveness of game creation in addition to organic growth through a diverse portfolio of original and licensed IP mobile games that include: Archer: Danger Phone, Bud Farm Idle Tycoon, Cheech & Chong Bud Farm , The Goldbergs: Back to the 80s, It's Always Sunny: The Gang Goes Mobile and Trailer Park Boys Grea$y Money , RuPaul's Drag Race Superstar and T he Office: Somehow We Manage .
We are headquartered in Vancouver, Canada and our games are available worldwide on the App Store and Google Play. For further information, please visit: www.eastsidegamesgroup.com and join our online communities at LinkedIn , Twitter , Facebook , and Instagram .
Additional information about the Company continues to be available under its legal name, LEAF Mobile Inc., at www.sedar.com .
ABOUT NBC'S THE OFFICE
Produced by Universal Television in association with Deedle-Dee Productions and Reveille Productions, The Office is a groundbreaking mockumentary television series that follows the daily lives of the employees of the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin, a fictional paper company. All nine seasons of the Emmy® Award-winning series are available exclusively on Peacock.
Peacock is NBCUniversal's streaming service. Peacock delivers a world-class slate of exclusive originals, on-demand libraries of hit TV shows, plus critically acclaimed films from the vaults of Universal Pictures, Focus Features, DreamWorks Animation, Illumination and Hollywood's biggest studios. In addition, Peacock taps into NBCUniversal's unmatched ability to deliver a broad range of compelling topical content across news, sports, late-night, Spanish-language and reality. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.
ABOUT UNIVERSAL GAMES AND DIGITAL PLATFORMS
Universal's Games and Digital Platforms group leverages the vast portfolio of IP and characters from NBCUniversal. The Games and Digital Platforms group is a business unit of Universal Brand Development, which is chartered with globally expanding the company's intellectual properties, franchises, characters and stories through innovative physical and digital products, content, and consumer experiences. The company's extensive portfolio includes properties created by Universal Pictures, Illumination, DreamWorks Animation and NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. Universal Brand Development is part of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. www.universalbranddevelopment.com .
Certain statements in this release are forward-looking statements, which reflect the expectations of management regarding the proposed transactions described herein. Forward-looking statements consist of statements that are not purely historical, including any statements regarding beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results, performance or developments to differ materially from those contained in the statements. No assurance can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will occur or, if they do occur, what benefits the Company will obtain from them. These forward-looking statements reflect management's current views and are based on certain expectations, estimates and assumptions which may prove to be incorrect. A number of risks and uncertainties could cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including factors beyond the Company's control. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release.
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The Highly-Anticipated Illuvium Land Sale, sold out 20,000 land plots during the 72-hour launch event on Immutable X
Immutable X the leading Layer 2 (L2) Ethereum scaling solution for NFTs powered by StarkWare 's zero-knowledge rollup technology, today reported the launch results of Illuvium 's highly-anticipated June 2 Universe Land Sale selling out 20,000 land plots valued at $72 million during the 72-hour launch event, making it one of the most successful NFT sales of all time. This initial sale represents merely the first 20% of available land on Illuvium, with the remaining 80% to be released in the future and sold via Immutable X.
The Layer 1 ETH smart contract sale was run as a dutch auction, allowing the community to determine fair value; the average sale price was $3,615 ; with the lowest sale price being $567 and the top sale fetching $133,283 .
In comparison to other gaming-focused sales, Illuvium's Universe Land Sale, powered by Immutable X, generated 70x the value in USD (5x in ETH) of Axie Infinity's land sales in 2019 and 2020 combined, 20x the value of Splinterlands' land sale in 2021, and 10x of NetVRK's primary land sale. Further, Illuvium land sold more in this primary sale than most web3 games in all-time trading volume, including Alien Worlds, TreeVerse, TownStar, Voxels, World Wide Webb (land) and RaidParty.
By partnering with Immutable X as its exclusive protocol of choice, Illuvium delivers the next generation of blockchain gaming: a AAA game with true digital ownership, leveraging Immutable X's gas-free minting with near-instant and carbon-neutral transactions on L2.
"Immutable is the partner you want when that big moment hits," said Andrew Wall , Head of Marketing, Illuvium. "Our land sale launch went off without a hitch, and Illuvium land owners have been unanimous in their praise for Immutable's smooth minting process. Press the button, and it's minted – it's that simple."
"Our partnership with Immutable was an instrumental component in our successful land sale." said John Avery , CTO, Illuvium." Their Immutable X platform enabled gas-free minting and provided the APIs we use to drive our own marketplace experience. The Immutable X platform's performance was rock solid throughout the land sale. Working with Immutable was an equally smooth experience: they made themselves immediately available through a number of support channels, provided quick and accurate answers to our questions, and assisted us with timely operational support during both development and release. Immutable was also able to provide deep technical insight into Immutable X, and the blockchain as a whole, and they worked with us at the design level to ensure we took best advantage of their system. The results speak for themselves."
"We are beyond thrilled by the results of this monumental launch with Illuvium, being one of the most successful in history." Said Robbie Ferguson , co-founder of Immutable. "Achieving $72M in land sales is a testament to the incredible games that Illuvium is building – some of the first triple-A content in web3 – and the liquidity of Immutable X. Illuvium has an incredible shot of being the first major break-out gaming hit with hundreds of millions of players, and we're thrilled Immutable X can help enable that vision."
Illuvium is an open-world exploration, monster collector, and auto battler game, released on PC and Mac earlier this year. By building on the Ethereum blockchain, Illuvium brings its players a level of true ownership and interoperability of their digital assets never before possible in mainstream gaming.
Land in Illuvium allows owners to extract fuel, a critical element for catching and upgrading Illuvials, by building a virtual industrial complex in Illuvium Zero – the desktop and mobile partner game to Illuvium. There will be a total of 100,000 plots in the Ecosystem. The first 20,000 are now sold and minted with zero gas fees on Immutable X. As all in-game assets are blockchain tokens on Immutable X, players will also be able to sell fuel or other items on the IlluviDex marketplace shortly, rewarding them for their effort and investment.
Illuvium is an open-world exploration, monster collector, and autobattler game built on the Ethereum Blockchain, releasing on PC and Mac in 2022. Play-to-earn in an AAA sci-fi adventure and conquer the wilderness to help your crash-landed Ranger flourish
Race across crystal labyrinths, toxic deserts, and windswept mountain summits. Quest to uncover the cause of the cataclysm that shattered Illuvium. Hunt and capture Illuvials, powerful creatures who rule the land. Train and fuse your Illuvials into powerful evolutions. Build your ultimate Illuvial team to take into battles and tournaments in PvE and PvP Arenas. As you discover the capabilities of the Illuvials you collect, use your creativity to build unique synergies to outsmart your opponents. Hit a winning streak as you best other hunters to become the strongest Ranger on this planet.
Illuvium's collectible NFTs are interoperable across the entire Illuvium universe. The decentralized NFT collection offers players user-maintained custody never before possible in mainstream gaming.
Immutable X, powering the next generation of web3 games, is the leading L2/L3 scaling solution for NFTs to enable strong liquidity at a huge scale without compromising decentralization or security of the most-used blockchain globally for NFTs, Ethereum.
The scaling solution, powered by StarkWare's innovative technology, offers instant trade confirmation, massive scalability (up to 9,000 transactions per second), and a fantastic developer and user experience. Immutable X has announced integrations with leading marketplaces and is powering some of the most prominent NFT plays across consumer apps (TikTok), DeFi (SuperFarm), and gaming (GameStop, ESL Gaming, Ember Sword, Planet Quest, Gods Unchained, Guild of Guardians, GreenPark Sports, Illuvium, MyCryptoHeroes+).
To learn more about Immutable visit: https://www.immutable.com
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Ubisoft is launching Ubisoft RADAR, its first-ever $10 million investment fund dedicated to identifying, financing, and supporting games created by independent studios in Quebec .
Ubisoft RADAR aims to support Quebec entrepreneurs in the video game industry by maintaining intellectual property in Quebec.
The fund will support gaming projects at one of the following key moments in their development:
"For 25 years, Ubisoft has contributed to the development of the video game industry in Quebec , now the third largest hub in the industry. With this investment fund, we want to reaffirm the importance of continuing to expand the fantastic local technological and creative ecosystem while supporting independent creators. These are the two essential levers for shaping the future of Ubisoft and more broadly, that of our industry," said Yves Guillemot, Ubisoft CEO and co-founder.
In addition to providing flexible financing solutions adapted to each project, Ubisoft RADAR will provide the selected companies with personalized support from internal experts and external partners.
"Ubisoft RADAR is the latest addition to the partnerships, mentorships, and financial assistance offered by Ubisoft Entrepreneurs to support Quebec independent developers and encourage creativity in this vibrant industry. It's another opportunity to make sure our ecosystem thrives," said Francis Baillet , vice-president of corporate affairs at Ubisoft.
The profits generated by the fund will be reinvested until 2030 to support the creativity of the province's indie studios in the years to come.
The first round of funding will be distributed in the fall of 2022. Entrepreneurs can obtain information and apply for financial assistance today on the Ubisoft RADAR website.
Ubisoft—creator of worlds—is committed to enriching players' lives with original and memorable entertainment experiences. Ubisoft's global teams have created and developed a diverse portfolio of games, including brands such as Assassin's Creed®, Brawlhalla®, For Honor®, Far Cry®, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon®, Just Dance®, Rabbids, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six®, The Crew®, Tom Clancy's The Division®, and Watch Dogs®. With Ubisoft Connect, players can enjoy an ecosystem of services to enhance their gaming experience, earn rewards, and connect with friends on other platforms. The Ubisoft+ subscription service boasts a growing catalogue of over a hundred games and downloadable content (DLC). In the 2021–22 fiscal year, Ubisoft achieved a net book value of €2.129 million. For more information, visit: http://www.ubisoftgroup.com .
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Valhallan Makes Its Arrival to the Esports Industry Known, Pursuing Aggressive Growth, Plans Global League Expansion Starting with the U.K.
New esports franchise concept Valhallan announced today its acquisition of the North American Esports League (NAEL), the largest youth (under 15 years old) esports league with more than 100 total teams. The move establishes Valhallan as a leader in youth esports, bringing its exclusive training program and arenas together with high-profile tournament play.
Valhallan plans to build on the NAEL's growth and introduce the league in major markets across the globe, including the launch of the United Kingdom Esports League (UKEL) in the coming months. Valhallan, the NAEL, the UKEL and future international leagues will combine to create Valhallan Holdings (VHH).
The NAEL was founded to create an opportunity for age-appropriate gamers to play against each other in an interactive, competitive environment. Teams play in-person and have pro-style tournaments to showcase their talents. The league hosts events throughout the year, with major events including the Summer and Winter World Series. Players currently compete in Fortnite, Overwatch, Rocket League and Valorant, with more games coming soon. The NAEL and UKEL will continue to welcome teams from LAN centers, clubs, schools, and other organizations and incoming Valhallan teams.
"The acquisition of the NAEL and our global league expansion plans are exciting opportunities for Valhallan, our franchise owners, our gamers and their families and the entire esports industry," said David Graham , chief executive officer of Valhallan and its parent company FranchiCzar . "Valhallan can now offer esports players an established, high-profile platform to compete and test their skills with the best esports training and arenas available. We're continuing to build on the growth of the esports industry with the goal of giving players everything they need to realize their potential."
Given the rapid adoption of the franchise concept, with 13 agreements already finalized within the company's first month of franchising , Valhallan is actively seeking potential franchise owners across major markets in the U.S. and the U.K. The initial investment for a Valhallan franchise is approximately $52,950 to $201,400 in the U.S. Prospective franchisees in the U.K. can contact Valhallan for pricing information.
More information on Valhallan and how to inquire about franchise opportunities nationwide is available at valhallan.com/franchise in the U.S. and valhallan.com/franchise-uk in the U.K.
Valhallan brings education, life skills, and inclusive competition to the world of esports while providing a path to esports business ownership to entrepreneurs. Based in Houston, TX , the Valhallan team has years of experience building platforms, curricula, training systems and franchise brands – including several team members with esports industry experience.
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One-day competition on Saturday, June 18 , aims to support funding for people living with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related neuromuscular diseases.
WhatWhereWhen: The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) will host "MDA Rivals," a one-day streaming event featuring the stars of the MDA's Let's Play gaming community and professional streamers, including Indianapolis Colts running back and the MDA 2022 National Spokesperson Nyheim Hines, on Saturday, June 18, 2022 from 7-8pm ET on Twitch .
The full day of gaming begins at 3pm ET and MDA will host professional streamers and people who are a part of the neuromuscular disease community to play popular games including Rocket League , Fall Guys and Apex Legends to drive awareness and funding for the mission of MDA. Participants will earn prizes and have the opportunity to win sponsored product giveaways including signed jerseys and footballs from Hines.
MDA partners with Hines, who has a personal connection to the critical need to drive awareness, improve care, advance research, and advocate for people living with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related neuromuscular diseases. Hines' mother lives with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD) and shares his story in the video and audio PSAs with MDA National Ambassador Ethan LyBrand , who lives with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Hines also shares a love of gaming and unites with the MDA community to use his NFL platform to raise awareness and funds for the organization. Learn more here .
MDA is an active member of the gaming community through MDA Let's Play, a platform to raise funds for research, care and advocacy, for over 300,000 people in the United States , living with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related neuromuscular diseases. MDA Let's Play is a year-round gaming community that comes together all week long, especially weekend game nights on Saturday's at 7pm ET .
Funds raised from these events will go directly to MDA to provide funding for research that is shared freely to develop treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related neuromuscular diseases. Funding also supports a network of medical care teams at over 150 MDA Care Centers at the nation's top medical institutions.
Follow MDA Let's Play on Twitter for daily updates.
Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is the #1 voluntary health organization in the United States for people living with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related neuromuscular diseases. For over 70 years, MDA has led the way in accelerating research, advancing care, and advocating for the support of our families. MDA's mission is to empower the people we serve to live longer, more independent lives. To learn more visit mda.org and follow MDA on Instagram , Facebook , Twitter , TikTok , and LinkedIn .
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Myria Studios the blockchain gaming division of Myria announced that the company is rewarding its community members with its inaugural NFT drop — a free-to-claim Alliance Sigil NFT . For a limited time, all new and existing Myria community members can claim the exclusive NFT for free.
The Alliance Sigil NFT forms part of the intricate lore of the Myriaverse and will signify where each holder chooses to stand in the fight against "The Rift" — a powerful force that consumes real worlds and mutates them into digital ones. The Sigil NFT will also grant holders additional access and utility, which will be revealed at a later date.
Participants must complete basic missions to claim their chosen Alliance Sigil NFT, such as joining and introducing themselves to the Myria Discord community, and can also choose to complete further missions to claim additional rare rewards.
Members can select from three Alliances: Federation, which seeks to combat the Rift's expansion on all fronts; Vector Prime, which believes humanity is due for an evolution and will stop at nothing to accelerate the Rift's expansion; and Equinox, which favors balance and coexistence.
The rich lore of the Myriaverse will carry across Myria Studios' game worlds, and metaverse, and will be revealed over time, chapter by chapter.
"Space and time bend and twist, taking your consciousness with it. If you don't move fast, you could get caught in a time loop forever. But if you're quick and smart, and choose your Alliance wisely, you'll be rewarded."
Visit https://www.myria.com/sigil to complete the Alliance Sigil NFT claim.
Myria is the first Ethereum Layer 2 scaling solution built for gaming. We make digital asset trading and blockchain gaming easy with our all-in-one platform, including the Myria NFT marketplace, Myria Wallet , Myria Game Platform, and a decentralized exchange. With the mission of enabling more people to build, experience and enjoy the benefits of blockchain and the metaverse, we are building a suite of developer tools including easy-to-use API integrations and SDKs for developers to easily harness our platform infrastructure to unlock the potential of blockchain. This suite of infrastructure will also underpin the expansive blockchain gaming ecosystem being developed by our gaming division, Myria Studios.
Myria Studios has a variety of free-to-play AAA blockchain games in the pipeline, spanning across genres from light-hearted multiplayer obstacle course games, action-packed battle-royale shooter games, and everything in between.
The coming months of 2022 will mark many notable milestones for Myria, including the launch of the $MYRIA Token and Node License Sale. Node License owners will receive $MYRIA token and NFT rewards for their contribution to Myria's decentralized network, be awarded voting rights, and will receive future benefits, to be revealed later.
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In line with BLANCOZONE's solidarity with global efforts to protect the planet on which we live, Puzzles & Survival, a post-apocalyptic Match-3 mobile strategy game published by 37GAMES is playing host to a timed event known as "Ocean Defense." The debut of this event on the smash-hit, match-three, 4X mobile strategy game on June 7 th will coincide with World Oceans Day, an international event oriented towards fostering public interest in the sustained management of one of our most precious natural resources. Furthermore, an all-new commercial for this event is also available globally.
This event will place human activities such as overfishing and ocean dumping at the forefront, with a horrifying mutation of marine habitats forcing survivors to rally against mutated ocean creatures. Moreover, the hefty rewards awaiting those who manage to protect our homeland, including an ocean-themed sanctuary skin, will only further drive the determination of those otherwise doomed to either death or a life lived in purgatory.
In the meantime, as a precursor to this event, players can redeem the gift code "pnsocean" to attain some free supplies or else download the game via the link below. Spread the word and join Puzzles & Survival's bid to save our oceans now!
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