KARLSRUHE, Germany / GENEVA, Switzerland – Dec. 4, 2008
The World Economic Forum announced today that Gameforge, the world’s largest independent supplier of browser and client-based MMOG’s (massively multiplayer online games), has been selected as a Technology Pioneer 2009. The 34 Technology Pioneers, chosen for their accomplishments as innovators of the highest caliber, represent technologies which promise to have a deep impact on business and society.
With over 65 million users worldwide, Gameforge has been very successful at bringing players together through browser-based games that offer minimal barrier to entry.
“We are incredibly flattered to be recognized by the World Economic Forum and identified with 33 other outstanding companies,” said Klaas Kersting, CEO and Co-Founder of Gameforge. “This is certainly one of our greatest honors as a company and we look forward to continually bringing new innovative titles to gamers worldwide.”
“We congratulate the 34 newly selected Technology Pioneers for their remarkable achievements and welcome them to the wider community of the World Economic Forum. During these difficult times, we are certain that the technologies driven by these visionary companies will contribute to the next wave of growth, with the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit that characterizes them,” said André Schneider, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of the World Economic Forum.
The selection of Gameforge is the result of a rigorous selection process, for which the Forum received more than 320 applications from around the world that were evaluated by 44 global technology experts. The 34 Technology Pioneers 2009 are active in fields such as: body computing platforms for personalized healthcare, utility-scale solar power projects, mobile phone authentication methods to ensure drug safety in developing nations, miniaturized 3rd generation mobile networks, traceability and assurance over food quality, and electric motors with unprecedented levels of energy efficiency and smart grid solutions. The entire list of Technology Pioneers, with their profiles and interviews with the executives of the selected companies, can be found at: http://www.weforum.org/techpioneers.
This is the 10th anniversary of the Technology Pioneers program of the Forum, which aims to recognize companies at the forefront of technology and innovation. The program so far has identified around 400 companies that have contributed to the Forum’s mission of improving the state of the world. To be selected as a Technology Pioneer, a company must be involved in the development of life-changing technology innovation and have the potential for long-term impact on business and society. In addition, it must demonstrate visionary leadership and show all the signs of being a long-standing market leader with a proven technology. Previous Technology Pioneers include 23andme, Amyris Biotechnologies, Dr Reddy Laboratories, Google, Gridpoint, Infosys, Kaspersky Lab, Mozilla Corporation and Nanosolar.
Technology Pioneers 2009 are integrated into the Forum’s initiatives and are invited to participate in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2009 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, from January 28th to February 1st, and in the Annual Meeting of the New Champions that will be held in Dalian, People’s Republic of China, in September 2009.
Notes to Editors:
•Go to http://www.weforum.org/techpioneers for the entire list of Technology Pioneers and interviews with the CEOs of the selected companies. For more specific information, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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•Nominate a company to be a Technology Pioneer 2010 at: www.weforum.org/pdf/techpioneers/nomination_form_2010.pdf . Deadline for submissions is May 2009.
Gameforge is the largest independent supplier of browser- and client-based MMOGs (massively multiplayer online games) worldwide. The company offers more than 12 games in over 50 languages. More than 65 million players have already registered for Gameforge games, and more than 13 million people actively play the company’s online titles. Gameforge offers a large catalog of releases such as Ikariam, OGame, Gladiatus, and many more. The company also publishes client-based online titles such as the action-oriented Metin2, Europe’s biggest MMOG.
Klaas Kersting and Alexander Roesner established Gameforge in December 2003. The investment firm Accel Partners purchased a stake in the company in August 2007. Gameforge opened their US office in San Francisco in spring of 2008. Lars Koschin, CEO and President, oversees the operations of the US office.
More information about Gameforge is available at www.gameforge.com.
About the World Economic Forum
The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas.
Incorporated as a foundation in 1971, and based in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum is impartial and not-for-profit; it is tied to no political, partisan or national interests More information about the World Economic Forum can be found at: http://www.weforum.org.
Joe Ziemer, TriplePoint
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/.