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03. November 2011

Gameforge and Frogster enforce integration and realignment

·         Gameforge and Frogster to realign internal structures
·         Adjustments to the workforce in both entities
·         Group to be organized in Publishing and Development divisions
·         Focus on publishing high-quality online games

Karlsruhe, November 3, 2011. The Gameforge Group is fundamentally realigning its internal structures. After the successful merger in August 2011, Gameforge and Frogster are now pressing ahead with integration and laying the foundations for the company’s sustained ability to adapt to future requirements.

In place of the previous Client Games and Web Games operating units, the Gameforge Group will organize its business into a Development and a Publishing division. The Development division will focus on internal development of online games. Publishing will be responsible for the games portfolio and the platform strategy.

“The more efficient organizational structure allows us to improve our resource deployment and leverage large potential for further growth,” says Gameforge CEO Alexander Rösner. “This strengthens our long-term position in the dynamic market for online games.”

As they focus on their core portfolio, Gameforge and subsidiary Frogster will create more efficient structures and discontinue products that have failed to meet growth expectations. This relates to Hellbreed and Mythos. Gameforge is evaluating the discontinuation of the “Star Trek – Infinite Space” project and is also currently exploring co-publishing options.

Aside from the structural changes, the realignment also makes adjustments to the workforce inevitable. Approximately 100 jobs will be lost in the restructuring of the Gameforge Group. Alexander Rösner: “We take our responsibility for our workforce very seriously and are working hard to find a socially responsible solution for the team members affected.”

Gameforge and Frogster will emerge stronger from the restructuring and are superbly positioned as a result to continue extending their leading role in the market for online games. Both entities will rigorously focus on developing and marketing high-quality online games and their high-margin core portfolio.

In 2012, Gameforge will step up international marketing of established titles such as Elsword and Wizard101. There are also attractive new products already in the pipeline, such as Eligium – Der Auserwählte, TERA and RaiderZ. The Gameforge Group’s goal is to continue setting quality standards as the European market leader. The company will underscore this ambition with a highly attractive AAA title due to be officially presented in the near future.

About Gameforge

With a portfolio of more than 20 titles and over 450 million registered players, Gameforge is the leading provider of free-to-play massively multiplayer online games (MMOs) in the western hemisphere. Headquartered in Karlsruhe, Germany, the group offers its online games in more than 75 countries. Its portfolio includes client-based games such as the award winning AION, TERA: Rising, Metin2 – Europe’s most successful MMO – HEX: Shards of Fate, Orcs Must Die! Unchained, Sigils: Battle for Raios, Runes of Magic, Elsword and Wizard101. Plus browser-based games such as the ever popular classics OGame and Ikariam as well as a growing portfolio of mobile games. Gameforge employs 450 members of staff. For more information please visit: http://corporate.gameforge.com/.

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03. August 2011

Frogster Reveals European Launch Schedule for Anticipated MMO, TERA

Details on the Alpha and Beta Tests plus Release Timing Frogster can today announce that TERA, the much anticipated action MMORPG, will launch in Spring 2012. Previously scheduled for 2011, the release has been postponed in order to fully integrate various content updates into the… more

28. July 2011

Play RoM, Get Rich!

Huge Runes of Magic Competition to give away prizes worth over €10,000 in total Today marks the start of two eventful weeks for the players of the fantasy MMORPG Runes of Magic. Berlin-based publisher Frogster is holding a new competition with prizes worth over €10,000… more

22. July 2011

To Hell and Back

Screenshots Galore as TERA ramps up for Gamescom Three weeks before Gamescom gets underway, where secrets will be revealed, games uncovered and minds will be blown, Frogster unleashes a bevy of beautiful new TERA screenshots to whet your appetite for the big show ahead. The… more

07. July 2011

Prayers That Fall on Deaf Ears

New Dark Cathedral Dungeon Flythrough The echoed chants that reverberate through the halls of Dark Cathedral are not meant to catch the ear of a God, they are intended to bring one back. In this new dungeon flythrough TERA players can get a head start… more

16. June 2011

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Runes of Magic: Chapter IV – Lands of Despair Officially Released Today The anticipated fourth chapter of the successful online role playing game, Runes of Magic, launches today. Amongst a range of other new additions, ‘Lands of Despair’ introduces four fantastic new regions featuring never-before-seen… more

08. June 2011

E3 2011

All the assets from Frogster’s games at this year’s show. It’s June, and that can only mean one thing, E3 is underway! Frogster is at this year’s show to show off two of its upcoming titles, TERA and Runes of Magic: Chapter IV - Lands… more

01. June 2011

Broaden Your Horizons

TERA update boasts new zones, level cap upgrade and more Just over 3 months after TERA, the action-MMO, launched in South Korea to record breaking numbers, publisher Frogster is pleased to announce a wide range of new updates players will be seeing when it launches… more

26. May 2011

First Rom-Cast Available Today

Frogster Starts Video Podcast from the World of Taborea Publisher Frogster released the first Rom-Cast today. This podcast series, based on the MMORPG hit Runes of Magic, presents all the happenings in the world of Taborea in regular instalments on the community site. From now… more

17. May 2011

The Art of an Arsenal

TERA’s Crafting, Enchantment and Customisation Revealed Frogster is pleased to unveil more of TERA’s rich crafting, enchantment and customisation system.  With the sheer might of the game’s Big Ass Monsters, players will not only need to adapt their play style and skill set, but also… more

12. May 2011

The Rueful History of Runes of Magic: Chapter IV – Lands of Despair

The Sinister Motives of Demon Sismond Revealed ‘Chapter IV – Lands of Despair’, the next chapter in the successful MMORPG Runes of Magic, lures players into a dark and menacing new world. The Land of Malevolence has been ravaged by a deadly plague that threatens… more

29. April 2011

A WIZ-ICAL WEDDING!

Attention all wizards! In honour of the Royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Wizard101 is putting on a Royal wedding of its own and all Wizards are invited! Her Royal Majesty the Queen of Marleybone requests the honour of your company at Wolfminster… more

27. April 2011

Runes of Magic: The War of the Dwarves

Chapter IV reveals a previously unknown battlefield, two new races and more Time’s running out for the hundreds of players fighting it out on the closed beta servers of Runes of Magic: Chapter IV – Lands of Despair. With only two days left before the… more

21. April 2011

Next Update Hides A Little Surprise

Players have got until the 29th of April to do away with as many zombies and maniacal clowns as they possibly can in the current closed beta phase of Runes of Magic: Chapter IV – Lands of Despair. Even if a special few manage to… more

31. March 2011

Dictators Need Not Apply

First European online test and new political system revealed. With a hiss and with a whir the cogs of TERA have been set in motion as Frogster announces the first online test of its systems is to start today, the 31st March. 1,500 of the… more

15. March 2011

Get the party started!

Runes of Magic celebrates three years of gaming glory with a boatload of events The fantasy online role-playing game Runes of Magic is approaching its three-year anniversary and cordially invites all players to take part in the celebration. During the big birthday week from the… more

08. March 2011

A Glimpse into the Lands of Despair

New Teaser for ‘Chapter IV – Lands of Despair’ reveals a dark force threatening the land The closed beta for the next chapter of the highly anticipated MMORPG, ‘Runes of Magic’ gets underway in less than a month’s time, with a new teaser revealing more… more

22. February 2011

The horror! The horror!

Two new trailers expose the murky depths of TERA's universe. The terror of the undead and the spider-infested caves of Arachne await you in the far-flung corners of TERA’s world. Explorers beware, for the perils you face inside these caves pose two very different and… more

16. February 2011

Faith in others is nothing without faith in yourself

In-depth background on High Elves and Priest revealed As the world of TERA draws ever closer, more information is uncovered about the mysterious High Elf race and Priest class.  The High Elves, a deeply spiritual and ambitious race from the great city of Allemantheia, will… more

12. February 2011

GET WIZ-ICAL WITH THE KIDS!

Following huge success in the US, Wizard 101 has now arrived in the UK to capitivate the minds of budding wizards! Wizard 101 is set in a magical Wizard City, where the wizarding world is looking for apprentices!  An award-winning concept - including mmorpg.com’s ‘Best… more

25. January 2011

A Trail of Devastation

Getting Acquainted with the Classes Frogster is delighted to present eight fresh trailers showcasing impressive battle scenes from each class in TERA. The trailers will let fans discover special class features which have not yet been shown in any detail. Be it the magical presence… more

17. January 2011

TERA Launch Date Revealed

Frogster Announces European Release Date for Anticipated Action-MMO The wait is nearly over. European publishers Frogster have today announced the launch date for their much anticipated action MMO, TERA.  On May 3rd 2012, TERA will be available to purchase and digitally download across Europe. COO… more

11. January 2011

Promising start for TERA Open Beta Test in Korea

Latest trailer encourages thousands of players to register for the Open Beta Phase A new trailer announcing 11th January as the start of the Korean Open beta was unveiled a few days ago. In case you missed it, Frogster presents the localised version so you… more

16. December 2010

It’s a kind of magic…

Frogster unveils details on the human race history and two classes Frogster, the Berlin-based publisher, goes further on its revelations about TERA, the pioneering action packed MMORPG, expected to be launched in 2011. Further details on two classes, the Mystic and the Sorcerer, are released… more

22. November 2010

TERA on the red carpet

Brand new TERA trailer brings the story of TERA to life TERA offers gamers a back story packed with lore that is as rich as the graphics on-screen. The Berlin-based European publisher of TERA, Frogster, is pleased to unsheathe a sharp new trailer that shows… more

12. November 2010

TERA: “They aren’t going to stab themselves”

The unveiling of the amani race and lancer class and TERA’s take on achievement system. The highly anticipated title, TERA, is due to set trails ablaze in the MMORPG world in 2011. The TERA race and class series rolls on with an unveiling of the… more

29. October 2010

TERA-fying Halloween Assets Available for Download

This Halloween the world of TERA will also be making a bump in the night. As all things haunted and ghoulish take to the streets this weekend, we are pleased to be able to give you a terrifying taste of some spooky screenshots from the… more

28. October 2010

Dark mystery meets deadly speed

The diversity of TERA: Castanics and slayer in the spotlight The members of the castanics tribe are marked by a dark past. As such, the castanics are among the most mysterious people in the world of TERA. The slayer class, in contrast, is known for… more

18. August 2010

Formal signing of licence agreement for TERA at Gamescom

Frogster board and Bluehole CEO seal the deal for the European licence at the Cologne games show Frogster and Bluehole kicked off Gamescom in Cologne this morning by officially signing the licence agreement to publish TERA in Europe. Gang-Seok Kim, CEO of Bluehole Studios, Inc.… more

18. August 2010

New trailer and new website for the Gamescom

Frogster unveils an exclusive action-packed trailer for TERA On the first day of the Gamescom, Frogster unveils a brand new and exclusive trailer and the start of the official website for their new heavyweight title, TERA. The video will first be shown on the TERA… more

12. August 2010

Arborea unveiled

The world of the state-of-the-art online game TERA relates its history Frogster, leading video game publisher based in Berlin, reveals some details about the lore of its highly-ambitious online role-playing game TERA. The developer Bluehole Studio Inc. spent years on the creation of the background… more

14. July 2010

Frogster brings TERA to Europe

Highly-ambitious action online role-playing game to set new standards and herald a new generation of MMORPGs in 2011 Frogster has secured the publishing rights to TERA and brings the highly-ambitious online role-playing game developed by Bluehole Studio Inc. to Europe. With this exciting new license,… more

05. August 2009

OGame

Legendary strategy game blasts off with a brand-new look Karlsruhe (Germany), August 5th 2009 - The time has come for millions of galactic emperors to rejoice: In "OGame - Next Generation" galactic colonization gets a fresh new look. With over 30 million fans around the… more

10. September 2008

Gameforge Unveils Official Game Trailer for Ikariam

Teaser Trailer to Introduce the Elegant, Browser-Based Strategy Game SAN FRANCISCO - September 10, 2008 - Gameforge Productions Inc., a developer and publisher of browser-based multiplayer games, today released the teaser trailer for Ikariam, the massively multiplayer strategy game. The trailer offers a quick glance into… more

05. August 2008

Gameforge Announces Media Partnership with Curse.com

Curse to Launch Page for Free-To-Play, Web-Based Title IkariamThis Release's Tags SAN FRANCISCO - August 4, 2008 - Gameforge Productions INC, a developer and publisher of browser-based multiplayer titles, has announced a media partnership with Curse INC, the premier web portal for massively multiplayer games and… more