Highwinds is thrilled to welcome Meteor Entertainment to our online gaming family with the global launch of HAWKEN on the GDN. To publish HAWKEN, Meteor Entertainment selected GDN Deliver for global CDN distribution as well as GDN Balance, a download traffic load balancing solution that guarantees the best delivery experience for gamers worldwide by making traffic shaping decisions based on real-time performance data.
HAWKEN is a free-to-play multiplayer mech first-person shooter developed by Adhesive Games and published by Meteor Entertainment. HAWKEN entered Open Beta on December 12, 2012 (12.12.12). The game creates an intense and enjoyable battle experience that captures the feeling of piloting a heavy war machine while keeping the action fast-paced and strategic. HAWKEN brings the feel and look of a AAA title to the free-to-play sector. It's been called one of the most anticipated games of 2012, winning more than 20 press awards at industry events.
About Meteor Entertainment
Based in Seattle, Meteor Entertainment is a newly-formed video game publisher focused on successfully publishing free-to-play games globally, with an emphasis on compelling content and setting the standard for customer service and community engagement. Meteor Entertainment's first tent pole title is HAWKEN, developed by Adhesive Games.
During the development of Offensive Combat, teams from U4iA and Highwinds began working together to outline an online delivery solution. The result of this collaboration, part of Highwinds' GDN Launch consultative service and GDN Deliver content delivery network solution, is that gamers will have an excellent experience getting started and playing the game.
"Our year-long effort has resulted in THE best-playing and best-looking browser game. It's the only FPS of its kind. We needed a content delivery network with solid industry experience in working with large gaming companies, as well as indie studios like us, and with a track record of orchestrating successful launches and delivering exceptional gaming experiences. That's Highwinds."
CCO and co-founder of U4iA
Game Profile Offensive Combat features some of the most competitive multiplayer action ever seen inside a web browser, enabling players to harness their FPS skills and win the ultimate mash-up of first-person shooters. The innovative gameplay and console-quality graphics offer an irreverent take on FPS archetypes, weapons and themes.
About U4iA Games
U4iA Games is comprised of seasoned industry veterans with a shared ambition to create the future of gaming. Founded in 2011 by CEO Dusty Welch and CCO Chris Archer, the company's leadership was previously credited with the creation and growth of Call of Duty, Guitar Hero and other successful titles across nearly every PC, console, handheld and mobile platform on the market today. Together, they established U4iA Games with the primary goal of bringing core, console-quality, free-to-play games like Offensive Combat to web browsers and mobile devices all over the world.
Highwinds provides content delivery infrastructure to Valve as part of their global strategy to expand and support Steam, the world's largest online gaming platform. Valve, a long-time Highwinds customer, is experiencing exponential growth with Steam, and the Highwinds GDN is contributing to the platform's global reach and popularity.
Over the past several years, Steam has sustained massive increases in its key figures, including sales, total user accounts, daily active users and simultaneous players. Today, over 1,800 games are delivered over Steam to more than 40 million active users, with the number of peak simultaneous players exceeding five million. With its global network infrastructure, high bandwidth capacity, fast delivery speeds and industry-specific software tools, the Highwinds GDN is positioned to support Valve's Steam platform as it continues to grow.
Funcom, an independent developer and publisher of online games, tapped the Highwinds GDN for the delivery of its online games to global audiences. In addition to supporting Funcom's existing game titles today, Highwinds will also support the public release of Funcom's highly anticipated massively multiplayer online role-playing game, 'The Secret World,' set to launch in the summer of 2012. Highwinds GDN provides Funcom and its online audiences with reliable gameplay via HTTP caching, which supports game downloads, patches, content expansion and in-game monetization.
Highwinds' commitment to the gaming community is commendable. It's evident in Highwinds' dedicated and experienced account team, and it's evident in their solutions to support the evolving needs of the gaming industry. We look forward to a long and rewarding partnership.
Ole Schreiner COO Funcom
'The Secret World' (TSW) is currently in beta, with over 750,000 gamers now registered as beta testers. Funcom expects the number of beta registrations to grow significantly in the coming months as the company ramps up its major PR and marketing initiatives towards launch. TSW is consistently mentioned as one of the most anticipated MMOs in development, breaking new grounds and genre conventions by introducing a modern-day setting, a story-focused MMO experience and a freeform progression system using no classes and no levels. 'The Secret World' is developed and published by Funcom and will be distributed by co-publishing partner Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA). TSW is available at www.thesecretworld.com.
Funcom is an independent developer and publisher of online games for PC and consoles. Funcom has provided outstanding entertainment since 1993 and continues to expand its track record of more than 20 released games. Recent titles include 'Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures,' 'The Longest Journey,' 'Anarchy Online' and 'Dreamfall.' For corporate information, visit www.funcom.com. For information about Funcom games, visit www.anarchy-online.com, www.dreamfall.com, www.thesecretworld.com or www.ageofconan.com. Funcom is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker FUNCOM.
GameFly, the leading video game service, allows members to rent one or more video games concurrently, with no due dates, late fees or shipping charges. Users can easily select from over 8,000 console/handheld titles or 1,500+ PC games for immediate download, and manage their list of games online at www.gamefly.com, the GameFly App for iOS and Android devices, or the new digital PC Client. Members receive games via First-Class Mail and return them to GameFly at their convenience using prepaid mailers. In addition to selling video games through the "Keep" feature, GameFly also sells new and used video games.
"Highwinds has been great in proving that their network can support our sustained growth as well as huge traffic spikes on game release days – without ever sacrificing fast download speeds or high-quality experiences. By choosing Highwinds, we gained a partner who understands gaming and has solutions that address the unique delivery challenges we face."
Penny Arcade is a webcomic written by Jerry Holkins and illustrated by Mike Krahulik that centers on video game topics and culture. The strip is published at www.penny-arcade.com/comics, three times per week. Penny Arcade is wildly popular in the gaming community, both for fans of the comic strip and for industry folks interested in The Penny Arcade Report, PAX Events, The Trenches and Child's Play Charities.
Eric's Best Online Games, (EBOG.com) boasts more than 5000 manually categorized Flash, unity3D and Shockwave free online games. The site is run by Sunny Island Marketings LDC, a game development company founded in 2008 that also runs the popular 85Play.com free online games website. The team at Sunny Island has created a number of games, including City Slaves, and services their customers as a unique blend of programmers, designers, consultants, project managers and IT professionals.
Both EBOG.com and 85Play.com rely on the Highwinds GDN Deliver service to power their browser-based games. The network's best-of-class response time and throughput guarantee an excellent game play experience for their fans who can download the games or play in the browser.