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Nordisk Games increases its investment in Star Stable Entertainment to become the majority shareholder

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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.”

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Antstream Arcade brings world’s largest library of retro games to the Epic Games Store

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Epic Games Store adds 1200 new games with the addition of Antstream Arcade
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Global leader in cloud gaming Antstream Arcade launches on the Epic Games Store today, bringing its library of over 1200 games to millions of gamers world-wide. Epic’s users will be able to play iconic video games from the arcade era and beyond, for free, through Antstream Arcade’s dedicated platform.

The first pure cloud gaming platform to be added to the Epic Games Store, Antstream boasts the largest library of games of any cloud gaming service, with iconic classics including Space Invaders, Pac-Man and Mortal Kombat. Antstream Arcade provides the best way for players to enjoy a huge range of retro and casual games – from definitive classics to obscure curios – for free, with no downloads or microtransactions.

As part of a 7-day offer to welcome new users to the platform, players will receive a free gem pack worth $14.99, which can be used to enter the many tournaments hosted on Antstream Arcade, and unlock new “challenge modes” for some of the best games of the last 40 years. Antstream will also be offering players a discount on its premium ad-free subscription option in December, with further details to be announced soon.

Steve Cottam, CEO at Antstream Arcade, said: “We are on a mission to bring some of the greatest games ever created to a socially connected global community using the latest in streaming technology. Today’s launch in the Epic Store is a huge step towards achieving that goal. We’re very excited to welcome a brand new audience to the Antstream Arcade platform, and to push the boundaries of what is possible with cloud gaming by making it accessible to everyone. Players can enjoy any of the games on Antstream Arcade for free, on almost any device. With over a thousand titles available and more being added every week, we’re confident everyone will be able to find something they enjoy.”

Antstream Arcade’s library of streamable games includes titles licenced from Disney, Warner Brothers Taito, Atari and Bandai-Namco, as well as a huge range of smaller indie developers and IP owners from across gaming history. Antstream Arcade represents not only the best way for gamers to legally play the games of the past, but also one of the only ways to continually support a game’s original creators and rights holders. In addition to providing gaming rights holders with a revenue stream for the use of their content, Antstream delivers a wealth of gameplay data from players allowing game owners to better decide how to shape their franchises for future audiences.

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The German Games Industry Association sees coalition agreement as sound basis for successful games policy

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  • Germany to be strengthened as games location
  • Ongoing games funding to be secured
  • Esports clubs to gain non-profit eligibility

In the view of game – the German Games Industry Association, the coalition agreement presented today by the German political parties SPD, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen and FDP provides a sound basis for a successful games policy over the coming years. game sees the pursuit of the overarching goal of strengthening Germany’s overall position as a games location as particularly important. A key factor here is to ensure ongoing games funding, which the SPD, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen and the FDP have enshrined in the new coalition agreement. In addition, game welcomes the general statements in the coalition agreement on reducing the level of bureaucracy and points to criticism raised by many games companies that are dissatisfied, for example, with the bureaucratic hurdles in the funding programme. game is also pleased that esports clubs can be recognised as non-profit organisations in future. Furthermore, key issues for the games industry are addressed in several passages in the coalition agreement, including reducing barriers to digitalisation, expanding broadband access (which is to be accelerated), promoting digital education and facilitating the immigration of qualified professionals to Germany. However, it remains to be seen how games and the games industry will be represented within the new federal government.

‘From the perspective of the games industry, the coalition agreement presented today is heading in the right direction: strengthening Germany as a games location, securing ongoing games funding, recognising the work of esports clubs as non-profit and an overall stronger focus on promoting digitalisation and reducing bureaucracy in Germany constitute an extremely sound basis for a successful and internationally competitive games policy during the new legislative period. Now it is essential that the new federal government establishes as quickly as possible who is responsible for games and that this is swiftly followed by concrete steps,’ says Felix Falk, Managing Director of game.

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THE GAME AWARDS RETURNS IN FULL FORCE TO HONOR THE TOP NAMES FROM EVERY VERTICAL OF THE GLOBAL GAMING INDUSTRY

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OTT platform Hotstar, MTV India, Voot, Jio TV, MX Player and Loco to re-broadcast the grand ceremony in India

The biggest award show for the gaming industry, The Game Awards, is in its 8th edition in 2021 and has announced the on-ground event at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles in December. South Asia’s leading esports company NODWIN Gaming with streaming partner Hotstar will re-broadcast the event in India.

Created and produced by Geoff Keighley, The Game Awards is a prestigious stage to felicitate best-of-the-best in the global gaming fraternity which encompasses design, development, esports, art, audio, direction, streaming, events and a lot more. The industry brings out the best content and products with cutting edge technology every year. It is at The Game Awards where the top names in all the verticals are honoured.

“We are honored to bring The Game Awards yet again to India in partnership with NODWIN Gaming,” said Geoff Keighley, creator, The Game Awards. “As a truly global celebration of gaming, we look forward to celebrating the year’s best games and previewing what’s next at this year’s show.”

As the safety restrictions ease in a majority of the countries, The Game Awards will allow a limited audience at the much revered Microsoft Theatre.

“The Game Awards is a true embodiment of the art form of gaming on the global stage. Nodwin Gaming is proud to have joined hands with TGA for yet another year where the pandemic situation has eased to a great extent. There is a lot to feast on at the grand celebration of gaming with the best artists and movie stars apart from the multitude of categories from the industry itself. Looking forward to sharing and celebrating the love of gaming across the nation”, said Akshat Rathee, MD & Co-Founder, NODWIN Gaming.

NODWIN Gaming continues its support for The Game Awards by rebroadcasting the ceremony in India, thereby bringing the global phenomenon to one of the fastest-growing gaming markets in the world.

Check out the nominees across all the categories here.

Catch The Game Awards live on Disney+Hotstar, MTV India, Voot, Jio TV, MX Player and Loco on December 10 from 5:30 am to 9:30 am.

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