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. and Frogster board members Andreas Weidenhaupt (CLO) and Dirk Weyel (COO) signed the marketing and distribution contract for the highly ambitious MMORPG project on the stage of Frogster’s stand in Hall 9.1.
In a formal statement surrounded by colleagues and press, Gang-Seok Kim emphasised the significance of the European market for TERA. Korean developer Bluehole will work closely with Berlin based publisher Frogster to complete and promote the title, and chose Frogster for their proven knowledge of the European market and wide expertise in the MMOG sector, he stated. Andreas Weidenhaupt, Frogster’s Chief Licensing Officer, said he was proud that the company had emerged successful after intensive rounds of negotiations and was delighted: “to have acquired one of the most exciting MMOG projects for Europe with TERA.” Both partners showed confident that they will be able to take the title to the top of the genre and firmly establish it there. Frogster announced the formal signing of the contract for the rights to the European licence to TERA on 14th July this year.
“We carried out thorough market research in our hunt for a European publisher and, after careful consideration, we opted for Frogster. With Frogster we want to establish TERA as one of the top titles in the premium segment of the online-roleplaying sector”, said Gang-Seok Kim highlighting the high ambition for TERA‘s development and marketing efforts. Andreas Weidenhaupt thanked Bluehole for the vote of confidence: “Bluehole Studios have developed a premium title with TERA that will dominate the genre for years to come.” Dirk Weyel added: “The innovative content and absolute demand for quality will see TERA set the benchmark in the genre. With a massive expansion of personnel and dedicated teams working on TERA, Frogster is paving the way for marketing and operations at the very highest level.”
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TERA is a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) set in a graphically stunning fantasy universe. TERA’s uniqueness revolves around its groundbreaking True Action Combat. This system allows the players to truly master their characters and to aim with no automatic targeting system, thus pushing the boundaries of the MMO genre. Players and press both warmly received TERA, praising its state of the art visuals and notable innovations such as its political system. TERA has been playable free of charge since February 2013 and is available for download at tera.gameforge.com.
With 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. The portfolio encompasses numerous well-known game industry brands, including prized role-playing games Runes of Magic, AION Free-to-Play and TERA as well as Europe’s most successful MMO, Metin2. The action anime MMORPG SoulWorker adds to the wide-ranging collection, while popular browser-based games such as OGame and Ikariam complete their offering. More information available at http://corporate.gameforge.com/.