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Phantom EFX award

Technology Association of Iowa's Prometheus Award secured by casino/card game publisher.

Cedar Falls, Iowa – March 5, 2009 – Phantom EFX, the world’s leading developer and publisher of PC-based casino and card videogames, announced that it has been awarded the Technology Association of Iowa’s (TAI) Prometheus Award for Medium to Large Software Company of the Year. The Technology Association of Iowa presents the prestigious Prometheus Awards each year to top high-tech businesses and individuals from Iowa.

“These are our industry’s academy awards,” said TAI president Leann Jacobson. “They were created to help promote excellence in a business sector that is critical to our state’s economy, particularly in these challenging times. The transformative work we honored last night is helping to build and sustain vibrant communities throughout Iowa.”

Phantom EFX is the leading developer and publisher of casino and card videogames for computers. Its successful Reel Deal series of titles continues to set the industry standard year after year, including 2008’s offering of Reel Deal Slots: Blackbeard’s Revenge, Reel Deal Casino: Millionaire’s Club and Reel Deal Card Games ’09.

Later this year, Phantom and fellow Iowa-based developer 8monkey Labs are also set to release the highly anticipated first first-person-shooter Darkest of Days, a technologically impressive, historical-based shooter that will have players travel across time in order to preserve the future.

“We are honored to have received this very important award,” said Phantom EFX CEO Aaron Schurman. “We have always felt that what we are doing at Phantom EFX is important to both our industry and to the great state of Iowa. However, having received this wonderful award, we can now say with great certainty that what we are doing is very important!”

The winners were announced last night at the Meadows Convention Center in Altoona, Iowa. The event was co-sponsored by LWBJ Financial. Additional sponsors included: Net Direct Systems; TEAM Technologies; Applied Art and Technology; Entrepreneurial Development Center; Iowa Department of Economic Development; McKee, Voorhees & Sease, PLC; and Renew Rural Iowa. For more information and to see a full list of winners, go to

In addition to the Reel Deal titles and Darkest of Days, Phantom is also hard at work on Reel Deal LIVE, the first casino-based massively multiplayer online (MMO) game. For more information about Phantom EFX, the Reel Deal series of titles and Reel Deal LIVE, please visit For more information about Darkest of Days, please visit



The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) is a member-based, not-for-profit organization accelerating the success of Iowa’s technology industry. TAI creates and sustains a positive environment for technology-based economic growth and job creation through innovation, advocacy, and leadership. TAI members include organizations of every size, involved in virtually every aspect of technology creation, production, application and education in Iowa.


Phantom EFX is a game company that creates ultra-realistic experiences that come to life on a personal computer for Windows and Macs. Phantom EFX, with top notch talent, facilities, resources, and a relaxed Midwest atmosphere, has the vision and capabilities to be a successful game company that creates titles that are fresher, more entertaining and graphically superior to the present market offerings. For more information about Phantom EFX, please visit:


Brian Fitzgerald

Reverb Communications

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