Costa Mesa, CA (PRWEB) February 4, 2005 -- Planetwide Games, the publisher and distributor of the Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) "Risk Your Life: Path of the Emperor," announced today that it is sponsoring the Porsche Sigalsport racecar at the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, February 3-6, 2005. The sponsorship coincides with the North American launch of the worldwide "Risk Your Life" video game which currently has over 8.2 million players. The launch follows a successful North American Beta Test of over 200,000 registered players. In 2003, 88 million people played online video games worldwide, a number that is expected to grow to at least 200 million by 2008.
"Planetwide Games is thrilled to be a part of the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona and our sponsorship of the Sigalsport Race Team," states Kevin Donovan, President of Planetwide Games. "Both Video Gaming and Auto Racing are adrenaline rush, high octane forms of entertainment. Worldwide players of "Risk Your Life" tell us there's no greater rush than conquering steadfast warriors steeped in battlelands with the ultimate achievement of the Emperor of our virtual kingdom. I challenge gamers to experience RYL for themselves at http://www.ryl.net, where they can view the trailer, download and play the game for free."
The 2005 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona 62-car field includes drivers that have won more than 100 major auto racing championships, a record 29 Daytona prototypes, and 33 GT machines will make up one of the strongest fields in Sports Car racing history. Drivers such as five NASCAR-NEXTEL Cup Series champions - Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart and Bobby and Terry Labonte, open-wheel stars Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti and 2004 Indianapolis 500 Winner Buddy Rice. For the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona the Sigalsport car will run the #04 Porsche GT3 Cup car, driven by team owner/driver Gene Sigal, Nikolas Konstant (former F3), Jay Wilton (Ferrari Challenge), Troy Hanson (former Team Lexus), and Miroslav Konopka (Porsche Super Cup).
About Planetwide Games
Based in Costa Mesa, CA, Planetwide Games (a Bluetorch On-Line Games, Inc. company) is establishing itself as a provider of leading online video game entertainment. Planetwide Games also develops proprietary online technology and is building a worldwide network of affiliates to distribute their games. Visit http://www.RYL.net or http://www.PlanetwideGames.com.
"Risk Your Life: Path of the Emperor" is a beautifully rendered MMORPG, creating increasingly difficult and challenging game play that will excite multiplayer online game fans. Path of the Emperor is a persistent universe or role-playing game (RPG). In the game, players assume the role of a Warrior, Cleric, Wizard, or Thief (over 20 classes) and explore the many exotic locations within the game where they meet other players, complete quests together, fight monsters and other players. Massively multiplayer online games are computer games in which thousands of players can play simultaneously through the Internet.
About Rolex 24 at Daytona
The Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona is the most prestigious sports car race in North America, drawing top-name drivers from around the world and every racing discipline, including the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, the IRL Indy Car Series and Formula One. Speed Channel will broadcast more than 14 hours of the historic 24-hour race live from Daytona, with coverage kicking off at noon on Saturday, Feb. 5. Live timing and scoring from the race will be available throughout the entire 24 hours online at www.grandamerican.com. Additional information on The Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona is online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.
Planetwide Games Media Contact: Rita Tennyson, Terpin Communications Group, 310-821-6100 x104