New York, August 30, 2011 - Live Gamer (www.livegamer.com), the world’s first combined digital commerce and advertising platform for the interactive entertainment industry, announced today that it will power the virtual economy in Rise of Immortals™, the new Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game from Petroglyph®.
Petroglyph has broken new ground in the MOBA genre with free-to-play Rise of Immortals, and has introduced unique socialization features like a social hub where players can show off their enhanced Immortals, a chat system, leader boards, and friend lists, an innovative character progression system, persistent level progression and skill trees, as well as cooperative Player versus Environment (PvE) mode – without the upfront cost of a typical MOBA game. Virtual goods and microtransactions let players engage and advance within Rise of Immortals at their own price point and pace, offering an experience that truly stands apart from existing MOBA titles in the market.
Petroglyph has integrated the Live Gamer Elements platform into Rise of Immortals to drive the game’s virtual economy. As a complete monetization engine, Live Gamer Elements includes virtual and digital goods catalog management, earned and bought currency support, item storefronts and merchandising, as well as deep analytics and international payment gateways.
“Petroglyph has built quite a bit of innovation into Rise of Immortals, bringing players features and game play that are new to the MOBA genre,” said Andrew Schneider, President and Co-Founder, Live Gamer. “We’re excited to be working with them to power some of these new features, and wish them the best of luck with the release.”
“Live Gamer’s Elements technology allowed us to quickly develop micro-transaction inventory, catalog and price management systems for Rise of Immortals,” said Steve Wetherill, Producer at Petroglyph Games. “Elements proved to be a great match for our requirements, enabling us to focus our development efforts on our game and at the same time shortening our time to market.”
Live Gamer and Skrill Partner to Offer Turnkey, End-To-End Monetization Engine for Global Game Publishers
Live Gamer and Skrill, which operates the payment provider Moneybookers, today announced a preferred payments partnership creating a sophisticated, end-to-end monetization engine tailored for online game publishers. By seamlessly integrating Moneybookers’ secure, real-time payments platform with Live Gamer’s total commerce solution, Live Gamer Payments by Skrill offers game publishers and developers a one-stop solution for driving online revenues, maximizing user acquisition and retention, developing and managing digital item sales, increasing user engagement and much more.
The combined turnkey, multi-platform service gives publishers and developers instant access to new markets with over 100 payment methods in 200 countries and territories. Live Gamer Payments by Skrill offers localized, country-specific payment methods including bank transfer and debit instruments, in addition to global credit/debit, mobile payments, pre-paid cards, Facebook credits and more. Additionally, Skrill’s digital wallet offers customers an easy ‘password only’ payment method, tailored for micro payments and set to increase merchant’s retention rates. Settlement can be conducted in 41 local currencies.
Going beyond payments, the combined service offers a complete virtual economy management platform, including advanced merchandising tools and an industry-leading transactional analytics system. With deep insights into user data, publishers can optimize their digital sales strategy and increase ARPU. Publishers are also able to easily manage and price thousands of SKUs including digital media, virtual goods or even physical product, as well as create discounts, coupons and bundles.
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Europe is a key market for game developers. However, due to the difficulties in reaching the many individual markets, European customers have been largely underserved. One major challenge is understanding the diverse payment options for digital content and how these options vary by country. The content providers that understand and tackle payment issues country-by-country are the ones likely to be most successful in Europe.
Live Gamer GDC Session: Beyond Credit: Localized payment strategies for a global business
During this session, key findings will be shared that highlight which payment methods drive the most revenue in Europe for online game publishers. Best practices, success and failures and how to best set up a global-local payments strategy will be discussed.
When: Thursday March 3rd
Where: Moscone Center 1:30pm PT (RM 309)
Presented by David Cole, DFC Intelligence, Analyst
Moderator: Jeremy Miller, DFC Intelligence, Analyst
Panelists: Nima Pourshasb, Live Gamer, VP Corporate Development
Carsten van Husen, Gameforge 4D, CEO
Ralf Wenzel, Skrill Holdings, COO
Linus Menden, Big Point, Head of Finance
Rika Nakazawa To Kick Off 2011 PCGA Speaker Series With “State of the Virtual Goods Industry” Lecture
We are very pleased to announce that Live Gamer’s VP of Business Development and Account Management, Rika Nakazawa will kick off the 2011 PC Gamng Alliance Speaker Series.
State of the Virtual Goods Industry
Rika Nakazawa, VP Business Development and Account Management, Live Gamer
March 1, 2011 4:00 – 5:30 PM
Capcom 800 Concar Drive, Suite 300, San Mateo, CA 94402
Abstract: Presentation on an overview of the virtual goods industry, the latest statistics and projections, monetization models, case studies of successes and failures and the blurring of lines between games, digital entertainment and education.