BBC Worldwide unveils new distribution strategy for Doctor Who: Worlds In Time
are excited to extend the games’ reach to a wider audience and bring the beloved Doctor Who brand to more players. Distribution deals with companies like Newgrounds.com, Kongregate and Armor Games are mutually beneficial for both parties, and provide players an avenue to expand their gaming options.”Robert Nashak, EVP Digital Entertainment & Games, BBC Worldwide
BBC Worldwide Digital Entertainment & Games is undertaking a revamped distribution strategy for Doctor Who: Worlds in Time, the first online game based on the popular television series, Doctor Who. The game, which launched widely this spring, is now available on Kongregate, Armor Games and Newgrounds.com, with more distribution deals in development.
Early results from these distribution deals have shown a sizable bump in traffic and user retention.
Robert Nashak, EVP Digital Entertainment & Games, BBC Worldwide said, “We are excited to extend the games’ reach to a wider audience and bring the beloved Doctor Who brand to more players. Distribution deals with companies like Newgrounds.com, Kongregate and Armor Games are mutually beneficial for both parties, and provide players an avenue to expand their gaming options.”
Doctor Who: Worlds in Time transports fans and gamers alike on a journey throughout the boundless Doctor Who universe. Guided by The Doctor, players can work alone or join together in missions to defend civilized culture by undertaking adventures against infamous Doctor Who villains and iconic monsters, including the Weeping Angels, Cybermen, Daleks, Autons, Oods and Zygons, who are bent on creating chaos and destruction across time. Doctor Who: Worlds in Time is published by BBC Worldwide Digital Entertainment & Games and developed by Three Rings, the award-winning developer of the persistent online worlds, Puzzle Pirates and Spiral Knights.
Jim Greer, Kongregate co-founder and CEO said, “We are excited to showcase the first Doctor Who online game to the Kongregate gaming platform. Doctor Who: Worlds in Time combines elements of puzzle and strategy gaming with a deep story and diverse character base under the renowned Doctor Who brand. We are always looking to bring the best new and engaging free-to-play games to Kongregate, and Doctor Who: Worlds in Time definitely fits the bill.”
Tom Fulp, Founder of Newgrounds.com commented, “Newgrounds.com serves as a creative outlet for games, movies and art; it gives individuals a platform to showcase and share their content with the world. We are happy to expand our offerings and are excited to be able to offer Doctor Who: Worlds in Time to our community.”
Ron Johnson, Director of Product Development, Armor Games commented, "Many of us at Armor Games are huge fans of the Doctor Who brand, and we're excited to be able to share our love of The Doctor by presenting Doctor Who: Worlds in Time to our players."
Doctor Who: Worlds in Time is updated continually and throughout the adventure, players explore and interact with various characters and complete puzzles to move the gameplay forward. There are a variety of puzzle types that players can choose from; completing the puzzles also serves to charge various devices, such as the Sonic Screwdriver. Based on player’s puzzle-play preference and skills, they can now progress their in-game persona as a guardian, technician, diplomat or adventurer.
Doctor Who, BBC AMERICA’s highest-rated series and one of BBC Worldwide's flagship brands, is the longest-running science fiction series in the world and celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2013. Doctor Who follows the adventures of the Doctor, the mysterious traveler who journeys through all of space and time, picking up companions along the way and almost always sidestepping danger. In 2012, Doctor Who delivered record ratings on BBC AMERICA and was featured on the cover of Entertainment Weekly and TV Guide’s Fan Favorites Issue. This year’s Doctor Who Christmas special premieres Tuesday, December 25, 9:00pm ET/PT on BBC AMERICA.
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About BBC Worldwide Digital Entertainment and Games
BBC Worldwide Digital Entertainment and Games is a core business within BBC Worldwide, the main commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Launched in 2010 and headquartered in Los Angeles and London, the business works with top BBC brands to develop new opportunities across a wide range of gaming platforms. The business is responsible for the company’s first MMO, Doctor Who: Worlds in Time and the multi-year partnership with Top Gear and Forza Motorsport, amongst many others.
BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company exists to maximise the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the licence fee payer and invest in public service programming in return for rights. The company has six core businesses: Channels, Content & Production, Sales & Distribution, Consumer Products, Brands, Consumers & New Ventures and Magazines, with digital ventures incorporated into each business area. In 2010/11, BBC Worldwide generated profits of £160 million on sales of £1158 million and returned £182m to the BBC. For more detailed performance information please see our Annual Review website: www.bbcworldwide.com/annualreview
Kongregate is a leading online game platform with over 15 million monthly unique visitors who spend more than 28 million hours playing games per month. As part of the GameStop Corporation network, the site features a unique community and rich social elements combining achievements, profiles, chat, messaging, forums, and levels into a cohesive and addicting experience. Kongregate shares revenue from advertising and virtual goods directly with developers who have uploaded games to the site. Advertisers include major brands like Electronic Arts, Sony Pictures, Sprint, Frito Lay, Axe, Xbox 360, Nokia, and Toyota. While all games on Kongregate are free, the site also features a virtual currency called Kreds, which can be used to unlock additional features in select games. Based in San Francisco, CA, the company was founded in 2006 by brother-and-sister team Jim Greer, a game industry veteran, and Emily Greer, an interactive marketing executive.
Newgrounds.com is a platform for artists, programmers, musicians, voice actors and writers to collaborate and publish original works to be enjoyed via PC, mobile and television. Founded in 1995, Newgrounds enjoys a rich history of creative output from its community, including popular console games such as Castle Crashers and Super Meat Boy. Newgrounds is a privately held company based in Glenside, PA.
About Armor Games, Inc.
Armor Games is a leading game studio and runs the popular gaming web portal, ArmorGames.com. The company has published some of the world's most popular mobile and flash games, including Kingdom Rush, Crush the Castle, Elephant Quest, and many more. Armor Games' site entertains and delights millions of players everyday, and is one of the top-ranked game sites on the internet. Armor Games, Inc. is privately held and is based in Irvine, CA.
About Three Rings, Design, Inc.
Three Rings is a SEGA game studio dedicated to making innovative and engaging online games that bring joy to a wide audience. The studio was founded in 2001 and launched Puzzle Pirates in 2003. Three Rings is based in San Francisco, with offices in a steampunk submarine. The company also has tentacles in Philadelphia, PA, and Madison, WI. For more information, visit www.threerings.net.
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