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Tech Media Invest Top 100

DEFCON makers Introversion Software listed in supplement in today's Guardian.

London, 7th September 2009: Europe-Unlimited, Europe’s leading event organisers for investors and technology companies, today revealed its 2009 Tech Media Invest Top 100 list, in association with The Guardian, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Kemp Little.

Introversion Software is proud to announce that we have been selected for the Tech Media Invest top 100 list, which will be featured in the Guardian supplement that will be published on Monday 7th September, with an associated micro site that includes full editorial input from the supplement. The micro site url is: guardian.co.uk/techmediainvest100

Tech Media Invest Top 100 is a list of the hottest emerging and most innovative companies in the ever converging tech and media industries right now.

The Top 100 list comprises of the following:

- Top 10 - these are the UK’s top 10 entrepreneurial tech and media companies as ranked and judged by the Advisory Board

- The rest of the Top 100 – the 90 best UK emerging and innovative tech and media companies

- Trailblazers – 10 companies chosen by the Advisory Board because they have all flourished in new tech and media markets

The current economic climate is challenging most business in the UK large or small, however innovation in the technology and media industry continues apace as the edges blur between these industries, digital transformation continues, social networking transfers to the business environment and consumers increasingly demand mobile content and real time solutions any time any place anywhere.

The Tech Media Invest 100 aims to showcase young entrepreneurial companies that are developing innovative new ways to serve business and consumers, and have the potential to radically change the shape of the technology and media industry, Some companies may go on to be the leaders of tomorrow and others may falter but we certainly think these companies have potential and look forward to seeing how they monetise their innovation.

The Tech Media Invest Advisory Board deployed a detailed process to whittle down a pool of eligible, promising companies to get to the top 100 winners. Evaluations were made on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, innovation, management, global strategy, and ecosystem integration.

Companies were either self-nominated or nominated by the Tech Media Invest Advisory Board. Their submissions were scored by Board members who due to the number of applicants, imposed strict eligibility and assessment criteria on the companies applying. This meant that companies which are, for example, technology companies outside digital media, consultancies, digital agencies or infrastructure companies or which did not meet the strict criteria were not eligible for inclusion. The results were moderated by the Board which consisted of some of the UK’s most experienced investors in modern technology and media - a mix of venture capitalists, investment analysts, professional advisers and technology lawyers, who applied their expertise to identify the best performers and the ones to watch.

To find out more about Tech Media visit www.e-unlimited.com/tmi

Introversion Software’s Current Project

Darwinia+ for XBLA - Available to preview through Partnet.net – Release Date to be confirmed very soon.

Darwinia+ is Introversion’s fifth game release and its first venture onto consoles. Darwinia+ has been created for Microsoft’s Xbox Live Arcade service (XBLA).

Darwinia+ will be a fantastic bundle combining Introversion’s award-winning classic hit Darwinia and the action-packed multiplayer follow-up, Multiwinia. With a highly unique blend of stunning retro-arcade visuals and explosive real-time strategy gameplay, Darwinia+ is a lovingly put together homage to the halcyon days of gaming that has gained cult status across the games industry.

A 6 year independent video games project from PC to a console, Darwinia+ represents a fusion of the ‘spirit’ and the ‘soul’ of the vintage years of video gaming, brought bang up to date with the power and scope of the very best that modern gaming technology has to offer.

Darwinia story – IGF award

Introversion’s Darwinia Wins Best Independent Game at the 8TH Annual Independent Games Festival -IGF award 2006.


Introversion Documentary


Darwinia+ Features:

Spectacular attention-grabbing graphics with iconic retro-arcade look-and-feel.

Choose from 10 fantastic single player levels, or 6 action packed multiplayer game modes over 49 unique maps.

Relive the halycon days of gaming when gameplay triumphed, with Darwinia+'s unique combination of fast-paced action and strategic battle-planning.

Unique background story: Enter the beautiful virtual world of Darwinia and save the Darwinians from the evil virus or challenge your friends to a Multiwinian super-war where only the flattest survive!

Winner of 3 awards at the prestigious Independent Games Festival awards for Technical Excellence, innovation in Visual Art and the Seumas McNally Grand Prize.

About Introversion Software

Heralded as 'the last of the bedroom programmers', Introversion Software is one of the UK's most-respected and successful independent game developers and publishers. Founded in 2001 by three university students, and starting out with an initial personal investment of just £600, Introversion went on to produce three critically acclaimed titles; Uplink, Darwinia, DEFCON and Multiwinia . Their second title, Darwinia, was awarded three prizes at the 2006 Independent Games Festival Awards, including the Seumas McNally grand prize, and Introversion has been voted one of the top 50 Best Games Companies in the world. Introversion is currently working on a number of exciting new projects to be announced over the coming months. For more information on these please visit http://www.introversion.co.uk and our developer’s blog http://www.introversion.co.uk/blog


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