San Francisco – Nov. 22, 2011 – Bigpoint – a worldwide leader in online video games – today announced a two-part special event for Battlestar Galactica Online starting this Thanksgiving weekend. Beginning Nov. 24, players will be able to earn experience (XP) bonuses and merits during a Double XP Booster Event, followed by a two-day Player-vs-Player (PvP) "Nemesis" Tournament (beginning Nov. 26) that will reward the top 20 players on each server. Battlestar Galactica Online is licensed through Universal Partnerships & Licensing on behalf of NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group.
Based on the internationally popular Syfy television series produced by Universal Cable Productions, Battlestar Galactica Online – which has garnered seven million registered users since its launch earlier this year – is a free-to-play, browser-based space combat MMOG that combines high-quality, 3D graphics with intense gameplay.
"To celebrate the beginning of the holiday season, we're presenting an exciting tournament competition for fans of BSGO to compete on a new level," said Sarah Levantine, Producer, Bigpoint. "If we see that the community response is positive, we're likely to add more of these events on special occasions."
To compete in the Nemesis Tournament (Nov. 26-27), players will travel to select sectors identified on the system map. Once there, they will engage in battle against the opposing faction, scoring points for kills. Points can be earned for the duration of the tournament, which will adhere to the same rules as the PvP experience point system.
At the end of the tournament, the top ten players with the highest scores will be distinguished with a visible icon above their pilot ship name. The top 20 players on each server will be awarded with a number of prizes such as one of the soon-to-be released Carrier Grand Prize, tuning kits, and FTL fragments.
During the Double XP Booster Event (Nov. 24-25) – players can earn twice the experience points for PvP kills and completing assignments. Also during this event:
In December, Bigpoint plans to run a contest where one lucky fan will win a life-size Cylon. More information about the contest will be released soon through the Battlestar Galactica Online news page, Facebook fanpage, and community forums.
Bigpoint is an online-game developer, publisher and content provider for more than 1000 global distribution partners. Bigpoint's free-to-play games are played by over 230 million registered users in over 30 languages. The company's diversified portfolio includes high quality games for browser, mobile and social platforms. More than 800 employees from over 35 different nations work at the company headquarters in Hamburg, Germany or at other locations in Berlin, San Francisco, São Paulo, Malta, and Paris. Bigpoint's many distinctions in the industry include the Mashable Best Online Game Award for "Farmerama," the "Fastest Growing Larger Company," and "Uniqueness of Offering" prizes at the 2010 Media Momentum Awards, as well as the MTV Skyscraper Award for extraordinary achievement in game development. For more information, please visit www.bigpoint.net.
About Universal Partnerships & Licensing
UP&L oversees Universal's consumer product licensing, film and home entertainment promotions, and all corporate alliances for Universal's theatrical, home entertainment, theme parks and stage productions. This dedicated division is also responsible for monetizing the Studio's vast library of films and characters through licensing, branding and marketing opportunities. UP&L is part of NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal is one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group and world-renowned theme parks. Comcast Corporation owns a controlling 51% interest in NBCUniversal, with GE holding a 49% stake.
About NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group
NBCUniversal is a leader in providing entertainment programming to the domestic and international marketplaces. NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group manages all global ancillary television business endeavors for the NBCUniversal Television Group, including third-party home entertainment distribution, consumer products, musical soundtracks, special markets projects and the NBCUniversal Online Store. For the latest product updates and an overview of the properties managed by the group, visit the NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products portal at http://nbcuconsumerproducts.com.
About Universal Cable Productions
Universal Cable Productions creates quality content across multiple media platforms for USA, Syfy and other networks. A leader in innovative and critically acclaimed programming, UCP is the studio behind USA's "Royal Pains," "Psych," "In Plain Sight," "Covert Affairs," "Fairly Legal" and "Suits," along with Syfy's "Eureka," "Warehouse 13" and "Alphas." The studio is also producing "Against the Wall" for Lifetime and "I Just Want My Pants Back" for MTV. UCP is a division of NBCUniversal.
Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 99 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)
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