Bigpoint and Mail.Ru have announced a new long-term partnership to bring titles from each publisher to new markets. Through the new partnership, Russian players browsing the Mail.Ru gaming portal will find a selection of BigpointÂs titles that such as DarkOrbit and Battlestar Galactica Online. Likewise, Bigpoint users will find new games on the Bigpoint portal like Legacy of Dragons and Empire Craft. Bigpoint titles added to Mail.RuÂs portal will also be integrated into the Mail.Ru GroupÂs social networks of Odnoklassniki and My World.
The deal is a great expansion opportunity for the two publishers into wider markets and brings several new games for players to try. See the official press release after the break.
Bigpoint and Mail.Ru Group announce plans for an international collaboration
- Mail.Ru Group and Bigpoint to offer each otherÂs games on their portals immediately
June 14, 2011.Online game providers Bigpoint and Mail.Ru Group have agreed to a long-term partnership. As a result of the contract that was recently signed by both parties, Bigpoint and Mail.Ru Group will soon offer selected partner games on their portals.
Russian-speaking players who log in via Mail.Ru will be able to find popular Bigpoint games including Farmerama, DarkOrbit, Seafight or Battlestar Galactica Online. On the other hand, Bigpoint users will also be able to access award-winning MMORPGs such as Legend Legacy of the Dragons, Juggernaut, Empire Craft, GodsWar Online via bigpoint.com. Bigpoint games wonÂt only be added to the gaming portal Mail.Ru but theyÂll also be integrated into the Mail.Ru GroupÂs social networks, Odnoklassniki and My World, which are popular in Russian-speaking countries.
By collaborating with each other, both platforms hope to gain access to new target groups. ItÂs the perfect opportunity for Bigpoint to open its games to a diverse Russian-speaking community and for Mail.Ru Group to benefit from bigpoint.comÂs large network of almost 200 million registered users.
ÂAs successful browser-game providers, Bigpoint.com and Mail.Ru are a match made in heaven,Â says Nils Holger Henning, CCO at Bigpoint. ÂWeÂre happy to expand both our game portfolio and our international network of partners at the same time.Â
"Given the Bigpoint strong positions in Europe and Mail.Ru dominating positions in the Russian market, these two companies are the perfect partners for each other", - says Vladimir Nikolsky, VP Games at Mail.Ru. "Cooperation is the next logical step in our strategy of development."
Bigpoint (http://www.bigpoint.com) is an online-game developer, publisher and content provider for large media concerns. Bigpoint-developed games are played by over 195 million people in more than 25 languages, are free-to-play anytime, anywhere, and require no download or installation. The companyÂs portfolio includes games in a quality which until now was associated exclusively with CD or console games. Over 700 employees from some 35 countries work at the worldÂs largest supplier of browser-based games; at the company headquarters in Hamburg, German or at one of the other locations in Berlin, San Francisco, SÃ£o Paulo and Malta. BigpointÂs many distinctions in the industry include Media Momentum Award 2010, the Lara Award, the European Games Award, and the Mashable Award in the category of ÂBest Online GameÂ. Bigpoint was also honored with the German DeveloperÂs Award 2010 in three different categories. For more information or press material, please visit the press area at www.bigpoint.net.
About the Mail.Ru Group
Mail.Ru Group is the largest Internet company in the Russian-speaking world and the leading Internet company in Russia, based on global monthly unique users. We operate Russia's leading e-mail service [email protected] and the two largest IM networks in Russia Â Mail.Ru Agent and ICQ.
We operate two of the three largest Russian-language online social networking sites Â My [email protected] and Odnoklassniki.ru Â and own a strategic minority equity stake in the social network Vkontakte.
In addition, Mail.Ru Group is developing popular e-commerce projects, enabling users to buy goods and services over the Internet and pay with e-money. More than 40 thematic vertical sites, targeting various user categories, are leaders in their segments. Our media projects provide people with a wealth of information on a broad range of popular topics. Mail.Ru Group is also Russia's largest online games company. The companyÂs portfolio of online games includes 34 MMO games and more than 30 games for social networking sites.