Copenhagen-based Nordisk Games has increased its shareholding in Swedish game studio Star Stable Entertainment, creators of the world’s first – and only – multiplayer role-playing horse adventure game, Star Stable Online. The purchase of additional shares from existing shareholders means that Nordisk Games’ stake in the company has increased to close to 57%. Star Stable Online is the world’s top-ranked horse game, and it recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.
Nordisk Games is owned by the entertainment company Nordisk Film, which is a part of Egmont, a leading Nordic media group. In recent years Nordisk Games has built a high growth portfolio of minority and majority-owned game studios that includes Avalanche Studios Group, Supermassive Games and MercurySteam.
Launched in 2011, Star Stable Online is a unique game that’s turned MMO convention on its head, creating a horse-themed game catering to girls and young women. Each month, more than 1.4 million players from 180 countries spend time in a world populated by other riders and a colourful cast of characters. Its magical fantasy storylines, challenging horseback quests, and social gameplay has earned it a reputation as a destination for girl gamers who want to socialize and make friends online.
“Nordisk Games has been such a positive influence on the studio, and their purchase of additional shares is a big endorsement of everything we’ve done so far and our plans for the future. What is so great about Nordisk Games’ approach is that they are not interested in controlling what we do, but rather, helping us in the long term to achieve something special. That’s why we are all looking forward to continuing the great working relationship we have,” said Johan Sjöberg, CEO at Star Stable Entertainment.
“What we love about Johan and the team at Star Stable Entertainment is how they have stayed true to their vision to create a game that’s so different to anything else on the market. Not only creating a unique game but then expanding the Star Stable universe into animation, books and more,” said Mikkel Weider, Managing Director of Nordisk Games. “We like to say that we want to work with studios that have broad and bold visions; having just celebrated the 10th anniversary of Star Stable Online, I can’t think of a studio that better embodies this approach.”
NGDC Season VI: Special Qualifier announced for Game Wave Festival
We’re thrilled to announce a special qualification round of the Nordic Game Discovery Contest Season VI, giving Baltic-based developers a unique chance for a seat in the NGDC Grand Finals.
All studios attending the upcoming Game Wave Festival in Tallinn (www.gamewave.eu) can submit their game to the NGDC when they register for the festival. A board of experts will then select the game which deserves the most to be discovered, and it will get status as NGDC Grand Finalist and be among the studios battling for the three seats at the live and hybrid NGDC Final 3 on 28 November.
“We’re very excited to announce this special qualifier”, says NGDC host and Nordic Game Program Director Jacob Riis. “The Baltic region has a great amount of talented developers, and it will be very exciting to see who will be selected as the finalist for the NGDC Grand Finals.”
“We are very happy to welcome NGDC to our event and to have such an important game-related event in the Baltics region. It will draw top game studio attention to our region and inspire new studio development and capacity building of experienced ones.” adds Ints Viksna, head of the Game Wave Festival.
The selected game will win a seat in the NGDC Grand Finals throughout November, as well as prizes from Tencent Games, Nordic Game, and PR specialists Games Branding.
Are you developing or have you already developed a game that deserves more attention than it’s received so far? And are you attending the Game Wave Festival? If so, submit your game and prepare to participate in the special qualifying round of NGDC Season VI – and maybe go all the way to the Grand Final 3 Final on 28 November.
Here’s the submission form for the NGDC Season VI qualifier: https://forms.gle/bjpURRjV8pMgVAsk7. The deadline is 14 October 2022
NGDC Season VI is sponsored by Tencent Games, and Nordic Game Ventures, in partnership with Games Branding.
Pixion Games Announcing Fableborne Pre-Alpha
Pixion Games is announcing the date for their first
‘Fableborne Pre-Alpha Playtest’, giving a small number of players from the community as well
as content creators an exclusive chance to experience the game and some of its core features
ahead of the public.
Fableborne is an action RPG blended with strategic base building, created by seasoned
industry veterans. Players can build their base, raid their opponents and upgrade buildings and
Echoes in a world rich of lore with a stunning art style and a fun gameplay loop.
This Pre-Alpha consists of two rounds of playtesting during the month of October. The first
Playtest is a Community & Content Creator Sneak-Peak happening from Saturday, October
8th, 2022 to Sunday, October 9th, 2022. During this first Playtest Pixion Games is inviting a
small number of content creators and handpicked community members who will get an
exclusive first look at the game to dip their toes in the world of Fableborne.
The second playtest will happen the following weekend, from Saturday, October 15th to
Sunday, October 16th with a higher number of allowed participants. Unlike most Playtests,
Pixion Games aims to not only collect valuable feedback from their community to improve
Fableborne, but to make the Playtest rewarding and fun. During these two days, Pixion Games
is inviting their community and members of various DAOs and Guilds to compete in a
tournament event, the Shatterlands Invitational. Players will compete against each other to be
the top contenders. Bragging rights and a prize pool of $2500 awaits the lucky winners.
Additionally, participants can unlock exclusive rewards, like a Pre-Alpha Champion Badge and
Discord community currency that can be used to participate in NFT Raffles..
Many Web3 gaming focused DAOs and Guilds will be participating in this event, such as Ready
Player DAO, IndiGG, MetanomGG, and many others to yet be announced.
Signing up to this Pre-Alpha Playtest is made easy. Users simply need to, subscribe to the
Fableborne newsletter, complete the Pre-Alpha Survey sent to their email inbox and join the
community on Discord. With a bit of luck there is a good chance to be selected to participate
and compete in the Shatterlands Invitational.
More information about the Pre-Alpha Playtest can be found in the official announcement.
Best iGaming Affiliate for the second half of 2022
The online gambling market is more prominent than ever and it is likely that this steep increase is only going to continue in the future. Worldwide, hundreds of companies appear daily, aiming to offer the best services to players and other businesses alike. After all, iGaming does not only refer to the online casino itself, but the huge ecosystem behind it as well, with software providers, operators, regulators, marketing partners and affiliates among others.
AFUN Entertainment Group is no exception. The company, listed among the best Sportsbook and iGaming platforms across Europe, America and Asia, offers over 1,500 games on its platform and betting for 30,000 sports events. Beyond its extensive online gambling service offerings, AFUN is currently working to develop its affiliate program benefits in the Brazilian market which look very promising.
The Affiliate Program
iGaming affiliates use their online platforms to generate traffic for operators, in other words, they direct players to the operator’s website and gain a commission based on the amount of traffic. But why become an AFUN affiliate? Below are 5 reasons:
Simplified signup with high conversion rate
AFUN strives to provide the best online experience on a trustworthy platform. Therefore, it is exceptionally simple to apply to become an AFUN affiliate. AFUN also ensures high conversion rates by providing a comprehensive platform experience and high-end gaming enjoyment for each and every user. This personalized approach is sure to grab players’ attention.
With so many operators on the market, it might be difficult to find the proper affiliate programs. AFUN does not only promise a high conversion rate as a result of great gaming experience, but also commission rates that are competitive in the market.
Players can deposit and withdraw in crypto
Crypto casinos are on the rise as is the demand for such operators. AFUN closely follows and listens to customer demand and offers crypto payment options on its platforms. This ensures that players’ needs are met and thus, the gaming experience is enhanced.
Blockchain games open up a whole new level of gaming, as they often use NFTs to create different parts of the game, bringing value to the game assets. Not only that, but blockchain games also provide a safer and more secure environment. AFUN hosts a number of blockchain games on its platform.
Finally, it is clear that a successful affiliate partner must communicate with its audience in an effective way. While written text is highly effective in conveying information, readers love visual stimulation, which makes any marketing material more inviting and memorable. AFUN provides their affiliate partners with such resources – banners, videos, etc. – to facilitate the work of its partners.
All in all, AFUN is a great platform that is present globally. With promising results and a focus on customers and business partners, the company offers great opportunities on the market. Check out their platform for further information, or contact them to find out more on their LinkedIn page.
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