Online Soccer Champions
Free-to-play footie MMOG to use EKI One middleware for its AI.
SAN FRANCISCO – Dec. 1, 2010 – Soccer stars will be able to lace-up their virtual cleats and get the real football experience with Online Soccer Champions, a free-to-play massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) currently in Open Beta and developed by Big Collision Games. Gamers will be able to experience the true emotion and stadium atmosphere every soccer champion knows and loves by leveraging Artificial Technology GmbH’s EKI One middleware.
“Artificial Technology is very proud to cooperate with Big Collision Games, in order to ‘bring bytes alive’ in Online Soccer Champions.” said Frank Gwosdz, CEO, Artificial Technology GmbH. “EKI One is a perfect fit to showcase one of the most popular and emotional sports worldwide. We are looking forward to the challenge of bringing complex soccer artificial intelligence into the authentic Online Soccer Champions world.”
EKI One will ensure realistic behavior of the non-player characters, including the boisterous crowd and the environment on the pitch as well as in the Open World. Similarly, the technology creates the necessary and historically passionate stadium atmosphere while supporting the analysis of game situations and missions as well as the behavior in the social lobby.
“We want to make certain that Online Soccer Champions is as true and authentic to the head-to-head competition and environment players encounter on the real soccer field,” said Mike Turner, vice president of business development, Big Collision Games. “Working with Artificial Technology provides us with the technological support and expertise to achieve this in addition to helping provide gamers the feelings of fervor and excitement soccer champions experience while on the field.”
Online Soccer Champions is a fast-action, immersive MMOG where gamers play 11-on-11 matches, pitted against a similar skilled team – with every player on both teams controlled by a real gamer. Players can participate in leagues for experience, virtual cash, and glory while exploring social lobbies modeled after Rio de Janeiro. Also, create or join clubs and team up against the opposition as well as customize characters, jerseys and gear to create a personalized avatar.
Gamers can sign up for the open beta at www.OnlineSoccerChampions.com, or for more information about Big Collision Games, please visit www.bigcollisiongames.com.
About Big Collision Games
Big Collision Games (BCG) is led by Marty Brickey, CEO, Greg Chadwell, executive vice president, and Michael Turner, vice president of business development. BCG is focused on bringing free-to-play massively multiplayer online games to underserved market segments worldwide. Big Collision Games is a Big World Technology licensee and believes in leveraging middleware to create outstanding products, allowing the focus to remain on providing an excellent customer experience.
About Artificial Technology GmbH
The ambition of Artificial Technology GmbH is to boost artificial behavior design with EKI One middleware for emotional and artificial intelligence. Although Artificial Technology GmbH was established only in 2007, its founders Frank Gwosdz, Serein Pfeiffer and Daniel Renner have already been working on EKI One since 2005. Their innovative solution for easy and efficient integration of artificial and emotional intelligence in online, computer and video games won the financial backing of High-Tech Gründerfonds Management GmbH, Bayern Kapital GmbH and Falk Strascheg Holding GmbH in 2008.
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