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Hatch (Rovio) levels up to 5G gaming with Samsung Galaxy S10 5G

April 15, 2019 in News

Hatch is kick-starting the 5G era in mass-market consumer services as part of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S10 5G device launch in the world’s fourth-largest games market.

As part of the cooperation, three months of Hatch Premium is included with purchase of the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G in Korea. Starting today, Samsung will also promote Hatch in retail stores across the country, while featuring Hatch as a 5G hero service in the Galaxy App Store and the Game Launcher app. High-profile Hatch League events — casual mobile eSports tournaments where everyday players can step up and become a star — are also planned for later this year. 

Hatch and Samsung
Hatch and Samsung

For Hatch, the partnership with Samsung comes on the heels of recently announced collaborations with leading teleoperators such as NTT DOCOMO in Japan and Sprint in the United States. Working together with the world’s top operators and device manufacturers signals a major escalation of Hatch’s go-to-market pace globally, following the battle-tested service’s European soft launch.

Arkanoid Rising: A showcase for 5G gaming

Galaxy S10 5G users will also be among the first to play the Hatch Original Arkanoid Rising, a bold new reimagining of the arcade classic produced by Hatch in association with legendary Japanese developer TAITO.

A showcase for 5G gaming available only to Hatch Premium members, Arkanoid Rising is built from the ground up for streaming with social play at its core. Players can play solo or invite a friend online for a helping hand at any time for instant two-player coop, or face off in PvP mode for short, competitive block-breaking bouts. Competitors can add even more friends and invite them to spectate from multiple angles, all while keeping the voice chat line open.

Arkanoid Rising will be followed by more mobile exclusives — games which will be available in Korea only for Hatch Premium members with Samsung 5G devices.

Unreal Engine developers may receive 500.000$ in funding

April 10, 2019 in News

Publisher Sold Out has launched an new initiative for the Unreal dev community called ‘The Unreal Box Offer, it will offer financial support to release an indie digital game in a retail box.

Developers can secure funding of up to $500,000 and the opportunity for their titles to be released to the physical market, providing an additional revenue stream along with the competitive advantage of increased visibility.

“This is a great way for us to recognize up-and-coming titles and to optimize their success through physical release,” said James Cato, COO of Sold Out. “The Unreal Box Offer represents a modern opportunity for retail game sales, and Sold Out looks forward to publishing fantastic new Unreal Engine titles.”

“At Epic we support programs that help Unreal Engine developers get their games into the hands of as many players as possible,” said Mike Gamble, Head of Unreal Engine games licensing for Europe. “We applaud Sold Out’s efforts to bring promising independent titles market with even more prosperity.”

The Unreal Box Offer is open to anyone developing a game using Unreal Engine that is scheduled for release in 2019 and 2020. Interested developers can find out more at www.soldout.unrealboxoffer.com


About Sold Out

Sold Out combines a wealth of experience with youth to form its close-knit team. Publishing for physical and digital distribution, Sold Out has had the joy of working with Team 17, Rebellion, Frontier Developments, and other indie developers. For more information on Sold Out and its upcoming titles, visit the official website at soldout.uk.com

About Unreal Engine

Epic Games’ Unreal Engine technology brings high-quality games to PC, console, mobile, AR, and VR platforms. Creators also use Unreal Engine for photorealistic visualization, interactive product design, film, virtual production, mixed reality, TV, broadcast, and animated entertainment. Download Unreal Engine for free at unrealengine.com.

Publisher Sold Out has launched an new initiative for the Unreal dev community called ‘The Unreal Box Offer, it will offer financial support to release an indie digital game in a retail box.

Developers can secure funding of up to $500,000 and the opportunity for their titles to be released to the physical market, providing an additional revenue stream along with the competitive advantage of increased visibility.

“This is a great way for us to recognize up-and-coming titles and to optimize their success through physical release,” said James Cato, COO of Sold Out. “The Unreal Box Offer represents a modern opportunity for retail game sales, and Sold Out looks forward to publishing fantastic new Unreal Engine titles.”

“At Epic we support programs that help Unreal Engine developers get their games into the hands of as many players as possible,” said Mike Gamble, Head of Unreal Engine games licensing for Europe. “We applaud Sold Out’s efforts to bring promising independent titles market with even more prosperity.”

The Unreal Box Offer is open to anyone developing a game using Unreal Engine that is scheduled for release in 2019 and 2020. Interested developers can find out more at www.soldout.unrealboxoffer.com

About Sold Out

Sold Out combines a wealth of experience with youth to form its close-knit team. Publishing for physical and digital distribution, Sold Out has had the joy of working with Team 17, Rebellion, Frontier Developments, and other indie developers. For more information on Sold Out and its upcoming titles, visit the official website at soldout.uk.com

About Unreal Engine

Epic Games’ Unreal Engine technology brings high-quality games to PC, console, mobile, AR, and VR platforms. Creators also use Unreal Engine for photorealistic visualization, interactive product design, film, virtual production, mixed reality, TV, broadcast, and animated entertainment. Download Unreal Engine for free at unrealengine.com.

Bundesliga expands eFootball tournaments across Asia with VBL International Series

April 3, 2019 in News

The Bundesliga has expanded its eFootball tournaments into Asia again this season, with the new Virtual Bundesliga (VBL) International Series held in Malaysia and India the latest competitions to provide international challengers for the upcoming VBL International Final in Germany.

Between 30 and 31 March over 10 hours of Bundesliga eFootball action was broadcast on Fox Sports, Astro Arena and eGG networks across South-East Asia, with FOX Sports host John Dykes commentating on eSports for the first time.

Viewers were able to follow Thailand’s ‘Wisumat’ guide his 1. FC Nürnberg side to victory in the VBL International Series South-East Asia Qualifier. Wisuwat won a total prize money of 5,000 Ringit (1,000 EUR) at the event which took place at the Battle Arena, Petaling Jaya in Kuala Lumpur. He will now represent South-East Asia at the VBL International Final which will take place in Germany in May.