Solid State/Funcom deal
"Digital delivery solutions" to be devised for online games.
TEMPE, Ariz. – Sept. 10, 2008 – Content delivery software maker Solid State Networks, Inc., the leading developer of game and patch delivery solutions, today announced a partnership with leading independent game developer and publisher Funcom to launch new digital delivery solutions that meet the ongoing challenges of distributing large video game files via the Internet.
“Solid State’s technology has enabled us to extend our game experience, starting with the launch of Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, to our gamers in new ways. Solid State Networks understands gaming and game delivery and they continue to demonstrate their ability to create solutions that help us to overcome the challenges of delivering large games electronically to a global audience,” commented Trond Ystanes, Operations Manager for Funcom. “We are extremely excited to announce our partnership because it represents an opportunity to make significant steps in the evolution of game delivery.”
Solid State has been working with Funcom since April to deliver the beta releases of Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, culminating with the Early Access program which made the game available for purchase to a select group of beta testers one week prior to the retail launch. Funcom and Solid State successfully delivered the title to over 100,000 players in a matter of days, generating more than 2 petabytes of data transfer. Solid State deployed its software solution, which includes secure P2P capabilities based on the BitTorrent™ Protocol, in conjunction with the content delivery network (CDN) provided by Highwinds Network Group, thereby creating a true hybrid CDN/P2P delivery solution.
In June, Funcom expanded the use of Solid State’s solutions to support the distribution of Anarchy Online. Today, the companies are working closely together to incorporate Solid State’s technology in a manner that addresses challenges associated with taking the online game experience to new audiences on a variety of platforms.
“We are honored to partner with Funcom because they continue to push the envelope when it comes to game development, and in doing so, they are elevating the challenges of delivering and keeping those games updated,” stated Rick Buonincontri, founder and CEO of Solid State Networks. “We are proud to be playing such a crucial role in delivering Funcom’s games to players around the world and we will continue to strive to deliver the ultimate game acquisition experience as Funcom expands to other platforms and develops future projects.”
Funcom is an independent developer and publisher of online games for PC and consoles. Funcom has provided outstanding entertainment since 1993 and continues to expand its track-record of more than twenty released games. Recent titles include The Longest Journey, Anarchy Online and Dreamfall: The Longest Journey. For corporate information please visit www.funcom.com. For information about Funcom games visit www.anarchy-online.com, www.dreamfall.com, www.darkdaysarecoming.com or www.ageofconan.com. Funcom is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker FUNCOM.
About Solid State Networks
Solid State Networks is a leading developer of specialized, high performance content delivery solutions for the video game industry. Solid State’s suite of software products include highly customizable and brandable download managers that allow game publishers to provide the ultimate game acquisition experience and patch/update delivery applications designed to reduce or eliminate game play interruption while controlling costs. Solid State’s core technology is designed for the delivery of a large files (including games, video and software) using a variety of protocols to multiple platforms. Since early 2007, Solid State Networks has steadily gained recognition within the gaming industry as a highly innovative company with reliable technology and versatile solutions. For more information, please visit www.solidstatenetworks.com.
About Highwinds Network Group
Highwinds has been a leader in the development of content replication and delivery software and services since 2002. The Highwinds CDN leverages best-in-class hardware and software to quickly and successfully move content at a global level. The company's high-performance RollingThunder™ network and user-friendly StrikeTracker™ content management and reporting dashboard enable clients to deploy and manage content, file downloads and streaming media. Highwinds is headquartered in Winter Park, Fla., and maintains data centers in 13 North American and European cities. For more information, please visit www.highwinds.com.
*BitTorrent is a trademark or registered trademark of BitTorrent, Inc., used under license.
Media Contact: Kirk Green