YouTube™ to Host User Generated Videos for Outspark’s Community of 3.5 Million
San Francisco, Calif. – December 10, 2008 – Outspark, a leading entertainment services company that publishes and operates multiplayer online games (MMOGs), announced today the launch of its new Outspark.com portal, a place where its community can connect and interact by creating profiles and friends lists in order to share stories, user generated videos and more. The launch of the portal marks the beginning of Outspark’s evolution from a free-to-play games site to a leading gaming entertainment portal.
In addition, Outspark announced it is now using the open API from leading online video platform YouTube™ to host and embed user generated videos directly on Outspark.com. Outspark will roll out additional video features that it will announce in the coming months.
“It’s been our vision from the beginning to create an online playground where our community can play games, make friends and share online experiences beyond the games,” said Susan Choe, CEO and founder of Outspark. “The launch of the portal opens the door for us to implement a world of interactive features and tools that our growing community can use to experience the virtual playground we have created. In the near future, we can help other game publishers or even developers introduce their games into our portal.”
Outspark has taken lead on establishing a brand new category in the interactive entertainment industry by becoming the first casual games publisher to expand its services to include its own social networking playground and gifting of game store premium digital items on the web, allowing commerce activities outside the game, all in one online location. Since the company’s formation in January 2007 their online community has grown to more than 3.5 million users, the majority of which are located in North America. Outspark’s free-to-play games cover a wide variety of genres and include the titles Fiesta, Secret of the Solstice and Bread ‘n Butter, Project Powder and Blackshot.
Outspark.com Portal Features:
Build a Profile – Customize a corner of Outspark’s virtual playground with your own Outspark page! Here you can upload a profile picture, show off your game characters and personalize your space with information about yourself from your favorite games and movies to the kind of mood you’re in.
Make Friends – Stay in touch with your Outspark friends or make new ones by adding them to your Friends List! Your Friends List gives you easy access to your friends’ profiles so that you can see what games they’re playing, share content and post comments on their profile pages.
Gift Friends - Fiesta players can use Outspark.com's new gifting option to give their friends the premium digitl items they really want this holiday season. The gifting option will be available for other Outspark games soon.
Stay Informed – Get real time updates on daily in-game events and contests and stay informed on important Outspark news with instant emails from the Outspark community crew.
Along with the launch of the new portal, Outspark.com is also taking on a brand new look! The clean design makes it easier to access the games and features community members frequently including art and video galleries, featured member list and newsfeed.
Outspark also announced last week that two leadership positions had been filled with former Habbo General Manager Paul Thind joining Outspark as their new Chief Business Officer and Victor Wachter joins as Outspark’s Director of Community.
For more information about Outspark and its games please visit www.Outspark.com.