KARLSRUHE, Germany - November 8, 2012 - Ikariam, one of the most successful browser games ever -- with more than 51 million registered players -- is going mobile this month. Developed by leading German-based company Gameforge, Ikariam is a civilization strategy game with a successful history in the browser-based sphere.
Ikariam's upcoming transition to mobile devices is set to create an optimum experience, utilizing the many capabilities of the iPad. In addition, the tablet version will allow players to get the full range of functions that they already know and love from the browser version, but with a touchscreen experience.
"Ikariam stands out with its easy accessibility, appealing graphics and complex game content," said Sebastian Meyer, Product Director at Gameforge. "As developers and publishers, creating a mobile version of Ikariam was the next logical step for us and we are very pleased with the results."
Launched in early 2008, Ikariam is now played in more than 60 countries and is available in 38 different languages, allowing players to dive into the ancient island from all over the world. With the new iPad launch, players will now be able to access the game on the go.
As the market for digital entertainment, and the mobile game sector in particular, grows, more and more users are playing video games the go. According to analysts at Digi-Capital, the entire digital games market will reach a turnover of $82 billion by 2015 -- this corresponds to an increase of a full 14 percent from 2011 to 2015. Online and mobile games in particular are named as growth drivers, which by then, will make up 50 percent (or $41 billion) of the entire market.
For more information on Ikariam, visit: http://us.ikariam.com/
Ikariam is a browser-based strategy game that whisks players from all over the world into an antique island setting. In an era of emerging advanced civilizations, ground-breaking discoveries and destructive battles, the player leads their civilization to honor and glory. With a comprehensive overview, great tactics and by cooperating with thousands of other players, a huge online world can be explored and seized.
With an impressive portfolio of 20 titles and over 300 million registered players, Gameforge is one of the leading providers of Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs) in the western hemisphere. Based in Karlsruhe, the internationally active group of companies offer their games in more than 50 languages. Their portfolio contains client-based games such as AION, TERA, Metin2 (Europe's most successful MMOG), 4Story, Runes of Magic, Elsword, Wizard101 and RaiderZ. They also offer browser based online games such as the classic OGame, the award-winning Ikariam and mobile games. The company employs around 600 employees at its locations in Karlsruhe and Berlin. Gameforge was founded in 2003 by CEO Alexander Rösner.
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