San Francisco – Jul. 26, 2011 – Bigpoint – a worldwide leader in online video games – today announced its preparation for the upcoming Battlestar Galactica Online (BSGO) Festival of Kobol, a 17-day celebration filled with tournaments and events commencing July 27 through August 12. Players will be able to participate in a variety of competitions, including a Decathlon of ten tournaments consisting of four different tournament types, as well as many other opportunities to win bonuses and rewards. The top 20 players for each tournament on every server will be awarded prizes, and the top 3 players of the Decathlon will be recognized as Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners.
Based on the internationally popular Syfy television series produced by Universal Cable Productions, Battlestar Galactica Online – which recently celebrated its one-year anniversary with over 10 million registered users – is a free-to-play, browser-based space combat MMOG that combines high-quality, 3D graphics with intense gameplay. Battlestar Galactica Online is licensed through Universal Partnerships & Licensing on behalf of NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group.
"Our development team has put together a series of in-game events for players in BSGO," said Matt Norton, Studio Director, Bigpoint. "We want to capture the essence of competitive sport and encourage everyone to participate – there are numerous ways to win and take part in all the festivities."
The Festival of Kobol will begin with the first of the Decathlon tournaments on July 27 from 3p.m. to 11p.m. in the local time zone of each server. Every other day, players can travel to various sectors on the map to engage in tournament battles:
On days in between each tournament, Battlestar Galactica Online will hold a Golden Rock Splitter event from 6p.m. to 8p.m. where players can mine from exquisite gold and silver asteroids that contain scarce resources guarded by ancient drones. Throughout the Festival of Kobol, BSGO will also offer a sale on specially designed, limited-edition golden ship skins for Human and Cylon fleets.
During the closing of the Festival of Kobol, the top 20 players will be presented with bundles of prizes including tuning kits, ammunition rounds, warheads, and more. The top 3 winners of the Decathlon will receive generous Cubit shopping spree rewards.
Currently planned for development is a new in-game flight-model system that has been highly requested and anticipated by the community. For more information and updates about Battlestar Galactica Online, visit the BSGO 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 275 million registered users in over 25 languages. The company's portfolio includes casual, core, and hardcore titles, including Battlestar Galactica Online, Universal Monsters Online, and Drakensang Online. Over 900 employees from more than 35 countries work together at Bigpoint offices in Hamburg, Berlin, San Francisco, São Paulo, Paris, London, and Malta. 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 innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted and digital content across multiple media platforms and outlets for domestic and international distribution. UCP produces "Covert Affairs," "Fairly Legal," "Psych," "Royal Pains" and "Suits" for USA; "Alphas," "Defiance," and "Warehouse 13" for Syfy. Universal Cable Productions is a division of NBCUniversal.
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