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Project Darkstar

Sun Microsystems' open source MMO development environment gets microtransactions courtesy of Fatfoogoo.

Vienna/London/San Francisco, 11th September 2008 - Fatfoogoo, the leading provider of in-game commerce ecosystems, today announced that it will enable integration of its microtransaction software with Project Darkstar, an open source development environment created by Sun Microsystems Laboratories, that caters to the online games, virtual worlds and social networking industries. In a first step, fatfoogoo’s monetizing software services, such as virtual item trading, subscription management and in-game economic control, are now available to thousands of developers in the Project Darkstar Community.

Fatfoogoo is the first company to offer commercial billing and transaction software that is explicitly designed to work with Project Darkstar technology. Project Darkstar simplifies the development of online games that take full advantage of today’s multi-core processors to deliver a new generation of scalability. Pairing fatfoogoo with Project Darsktar opens these games and virtual worlds to real money transactions, by enabling developers to leverage fatfoogoo’s secure and easy-to-use micropayments for in-game transactions.

“The work that fatfoogoo is doing to extend the reach of Project Darkstar exemplifies and underscores the value of open source communities,” said Karl Haberl, Director of the Project Darkstar research initiative at Sun Microsystems. “Fatfoogoo has openly shared their expertise with others, enriching the Project Darkstar Community with their code contributions, interactions with game developers, and now with commercial software offerings. We are very pleased with the positive results of fatfoogoo’s Community participation, including the new opportunities they have presented to developers of online games, virtual worlds, and social networking applications.”

“We are bringing microtransactions first to the publishers and developers and, as a result, to the gaming community,” said fatfoogoo CEO, Martin Herdina. “Implementing micropayments into a game is a complex process that needs close attention. We make it easy for game developers to integrate our services into their games, so they can focus on their core competence. The real beneficiaries, however, are the gamers who can now easily make small and secure payments within the flow of the game.”

About fatfoogoo

Fatfoogoo is the leading in-game commerce ecosystem for monetizing online games and virtual worlds. Fatfoogoo’s solutions allow both publisher-to-player and player-to-player financial interaction, as well as traditional user and subscription management. Publishers can choose white label turnkey solutions or individually configured modules. Founded in 2006 by Daniel Petri and Martin Herdina, fatfoogoo is headquartered in Austria and also has offices in the US and the UK. For more information, please visit www.fatfoogoo.com.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

A singular vision — “The Network Is The Computer” — guides Sun in the development of technologies that power the world’s most important markets. Sun’s philosophy of sharing innovation and building communities is at the forefront of the next wave of computing: the Participation Age. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at http://sun.com.

About Project Darkstar

Project Darkstar is software infrastructure designed to simplify the development and operation of massively scaleable online games, virtual worlds and social networking applications. Created by Sun Microsystems Laboratories as a research effort, it is today advanced as an open source project through the Project Darkstar Community. Learn more at http://www.projectdarkstar.com.


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