April 3, 2011 in Business (F)
[prMac.com] Minneapolis, Minnensota - W3i, a leading distribution and monetization network for app developers, announces its mobile social game investment subsidiary, Recharge Studios, completes a successful inaugural first quarter investing in twelve mobile social game titles.
Three months after launch, Recharge Studios has a dozen titles either in production or released including Dolphin Play and Daybreak Heroes, both titles already achieved top 25 overall rankings in the U.S. App StoreSM. Dolphin Play has been downloaded more than 1 million times.
At GDC in March, SkyVu Pictures announced a partnership with Recharge Studios on its next title: BATTLE BEARS ROYALE. SkyVu Pictures recently passed more than 10 million downloads including 8 million for the wildly successful BATTLE BEARS franchise.
"Recharge Studios' mobile gaming knowledge coupled with W3i's distribution and monetization expertise provides the one-two punch SkyVu Pictures needs to accelerate growth of the BATTLE BEARS brand," says Benjamin Vu, Co-Founder and President of SkyVu Picures. "We're excited to grow with a market leader."
The developers of Z2Live's Trade Nations and EA's NBA Jam, Bight Games, recently joined the growing list of developers, IP owners and brands teaming up with W3i and Recharge Studios.
Riptide Games also partnered with Recharge Studios. Riptide's titles have over 2.5 Million downloads to date, including their hit series of iLookApps.
Brian Robbins, Founder of Riptide Games, says "Working with the team at Recharge Studios/W3i is a no brainer. We're very excited to work with a team that has the track record and marketing power they do."
The list of developers to team up with Recharge Studios during its first few months also includes InEarth, Game9, and Jenkat Media as well as Hive Media, the makers of the Deadliest Catch game.
Recharge Studios provides a means for independent developers, IP owners and brands to bring their mobile games to life with more than a decade of mobile gaming experience.
Two mobile game industry veterans, Matt Tubergen and Jimmy Van Guilder, lead Recharge Studio's game design consulting with years of experience working at companies such as THQ Wireless on mobile game projects. The two work with indie developers as well as large brands like NFL, Disney and LucasArts.
Additionally, Recharge Studios leverages W3i's application distribution and monetization expertise optimized on more than 500 million downloads and powered by W3i's proprietary InstallIQ install technology.
"As the first app distributor to help fund and accelerate mobile social games development, we're proud to have already helped several titles get off the ground." says Andy Johnson W3i/Recharge Studios CEO. "Our global network of partners continues to expand; and we're glad to be in a position to continue offering investment opportunities. With 36 consecutive quarters of profitability, W3i continues to reinvest in its network and partners worldwide."
Developers seeking funding for development or distribution should contact Recharge Studios.
Recharge Studios collaborates with indie developers, IP owners and publishers to bring great social games to life on iOS. As an investment fund, capitalized by W3i, RechargeStudios assists its partners in developing and marketing their games while giving partners full ownership of the IP.
W3i increases revenue, distribution, and engagement for consumer applications. W3i's solutions use InstallIQ technology for recommending PC and mobile applications that users value. InstallIQ was optimized on more than 500 million app installs-including more than 120 million in 2010. W3i is an experienced team of app-savvy marketers with deep technical know-how and many years of industry experience. (C) 2011 W3i. All Rights Reserved.