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RaiderZ Closed Beta Date Announced for North America

By clyeo @ July 12, 2012 at 6:58pm

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Join the epic monster-hunting MMORPG for a chance to win a trip for two to PAX Prime 2012 Test

(Redwood City, CA) July 12, 2012 — Perfect World Entertainment Inc. announced today that the Closed Beta for its award-winning, action MMORPG, RaiderZ, is scheduled to launch on August 8, 2012. Players who register for the RaiderZ Closed Beta will also have a chance to win an all-inclusive trip for two to PAX Prime, the highly popular, now sold out consumer video game show held in Seattle, WA, from August 31 to September 2.

One lucky winner and a friend will get the opportunity to go behind closed doors for an exclusive preview of RaiderZ and enjoy a vacation package complete with three-day show passes, paid-for hotel accommodations and round-trip flights. To enter the giveaway, players simply need to register for the RaiderZ Closed Beta by 11:59pm on August 6, 2012. All previously registered players will already be eligible to win.

To sign up for Closed Beta access and for more information about RaiderZ and Beta Events in the coming weeks, please visit the official website at http://www.playraiderz.com/

"We're excited to be able to invite more players to experience RaiderZ in the upcoming Closed Beta," said Senior Producer Mark Hill. "With its skill-based combat, classless character system, and impressive bosses that will throw, eat, or even smash players into the ground, RaiderZ represents a truly unique MMORPG experience. Players who already got a chance to try RaiderZ during the Alpha Test phase can also look forward to striving towards a new level cap of 30, exploring the Makot Village, and much more."

In RaiderZ, players must hunt together or die alone as they pursue the most dangerous and vicious creatures in the land of Rendel. 

To join the RaiderZ community, visit http://www.facebook.com/RaiderZGame

ASSETS: For the latest RaiderZ trailer and screenshots, head to https://www.dropbox.com/sh/wad01w91pbw8on1/-mb_ntSV2x.

ABOUT PERFECT WORLD ENTERTAINMENT INC.
Perfect World Entertainment is a leading North American online games publisher specializing in immersive free-to-play MMORPGs. Founded in 2008, Perfect World Entertainment has published 10 popular titles, including Blacklight Retribution, Forsaken World, Perfect World International and Star Trek Online. The company works closely with its American development teams and partners such as Cryptic Studios, developer of the highly anticipated MMORPG Dungeons & Dragons Neverwinter, and Runic Games, developer of the hit Torchlight series, to provide unparalleled quality of service and game experiences to its players. A subsidiary of Perfect World Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: PWRD), Perfect World Entertainment is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California. For more information, please visit: www.perfectworld.com


Perfect World Europe Names Bigpoint Veteran Gabriel Hacker as General Manager

By clyeo @ May 1, 2012 at 12:05pm

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Amsterdam, May 1, 2012 — Perfect World Europe B.V., a leading online game publisher in Europe, today announced that Gabriel Hacker has been appointed as general manager. With a decade of experience in marketing, operations, and development efforts in the video game industry, Hacker will oversee daily operations at Perfect World Europe in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 

Perfect World Europe is a sister company of Perfect World Entertainment, a pioneering games publisher and operator headquartered in Silicon Valley. Perfect World Europe currently boasts a roster of six free-to-play online games, including Star Trek Online, Blacklight Retribution and PWI (Perfect World International). The addition of Hacker to Perfect World Europe is part of the company's ongoing mission to provide innovative, high-quality free-to-play games by engaging the most talented and creative professionals in the industry.

"We're excited to welcome Gabriel Hacker to the company," said Dr. Alan Chen, CEO of Perfect World Entertainment and acting CEO of Perfect World Europe. "We're confident that his depth of expertise and insight into emerging market trends will bring our European business to the next level." 

Prior to joining Perfect World Europe, Hacker held a number of management positions, including interim general manager at Bigpoint San Francisco, deputy managing director at 49Games in Hamburg and head of Business Development at RTL Interactive in Cologne.

"It's an exciting time to be in games and I believe Perfect World is leading the industry in the online free-to-play games space with the quality of its titles, customer service and thought leadership," said Hacker. "I'm thrilled to join the team at Perfect World and I look forward to working closely with the company's developers and partners to advance the European business."

ABOUT PERFECT WORLD EUROPE B.V.
Perfect World Europe is a leading European online games publisher specializing in immersive free-to-play MMORPGs. Perfect World Europe has published six popular titles, including Blacklight Retribution, Forsaken World, PWI, War of the Immortals, and Star Trek Online. The company works closely with its Western development teams and partners such as Cryptic Studios, developer of the highly anticipated MMORPG Dungeons & Dragons Neverwinter, and Runic Games, developer of the hit Torchlight series, to provide unparalleled quality of service and game experiences to its players. A subsidiary of Perfect World Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: PWRD), Perfect World Europe is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. For more information, please visit: www.perfectworld.eu


Free MMORPG – Perfect World International – PERFECT WORLD ENTERTAINMENT AT PAX EAST

By frankieraye @ March 29, 2012 at 6:59pm

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PERFECT WORLD ENTERTAINMENT AT PAX EAST 

Dungeons & Dragons Neverwinter and RaiderZ to Headline Company Effort

(Redwood City, CA) March 30, 2012 – Perfect World Entertainment Inc., a wholly owned US subsidiary of Perfect World Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: PWRD) today announced its lineup of games at PAX East, the consumer video game expo taking place between April 6 and April 8, 2012. 

At the Perfect World PAX East booth (#736 in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center), the free-to-play online games publisher will be showing two marquee titles: RaiderZ, the highly anticipated colossal monster hunting MMORPG, and Neverwinter, the newest fantasy action MMORPG based on the immensely popular Dungeons & Dragons franchise.

During the show, attendees can experience RaiderZ's non-targeting, monster grappling systems in and around the Kingdom of Rendal and enjoy the first ever hands-on playable version of Neverwinter. By playing the custom-built demos, players may collect exclusive real-world prizes that match randomized loot drops found in-game. Throughout the expo, players will also have a chance to enter raffles held twice daily. The raffles feature a wide assortment of prizes, including NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards, computer, and gaming equipment from Logitech and Alienware.

Attendees can also check out Blacklight: Retribution, the award-winning free-to-play first-person shooter, in a LAN tournament sponsored by Intel at its booth (B1 – PC Room). Participants will put their combat readiness skills to the test in a war for bragging rights. Players can also hang out in the after-hours VIP area and experience the game in free play style after regular expo hours.

 "We are proud to showcase RaiderZ and Neverwinter at PAX East," said Yoon Im, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Game Publishing, Perfect World Entertainment.  "Our strong partnerships with developers worldwide have allowed us to expand our diverse portfolio of impressive free-to-play games and strengthen our position as a leader in the business of online games. Both RaiderZ and Neverwinter are looking spectacular and we can't wait to show them off."

Private Demo Rooms

Personalized, in-depth looks at both RaiderZ and Neverwinter are available by appointment to registered press only. These meetings will provide unique opportunities for exclusive hands-on demos and interviews with each game's developers and producers. To schedule an appointment, please refer to the designated company contact listed above.

For more information about Neverwinter, please visit the official website: www.playneverwinter.com

For more information about RaiderZ, please visit that title's official website: www.playraiderz.com

For more information about Perfect World Entertainment's portfolio of games, including the titles that will be present at PAX East, please visit www.perfectworld.com.

ABOUT PERFECT WORLD ENTERTAINMENT INC

Perfect World Entertainment is a leading North American online games publisher specializing in immersive free-to-play MMORPGs. Founded in 2008, Perfect World Entertainment has published 10 popular titles, including Blacklight Retribution, Forsaken World, Perfect World International and Star Trek Online. The company works closely with its American development teams and partners such as Cryptic Studios, developer of the highly anticipated MMORPG Neverwinter, and Runic Games, developer of the hit Torchlight series, to provide unparalleled quality of service and game experiences to its players. A subsidiary of Perfect World Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: PWRD), Perfect World Entertainment is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California. For more information, please visit: www.perfectworld.com

 

 

Free MMORPG – Perfect World International (PWI)


Perfect World Entertainment Taps John Young to Lead Business Development and Corporate Communications

By jamiebot @ March 1, 2012 at 5:42pm

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Young to Address Virtual Item Monetization and Migrating to “Free to Play”

at Game Developers Conference 2012

March 1, 2012—Foster City, CA—Today, Perfect World Entertainment announced that online games veteran, John Young, has joined the company as vice president of business development and corporate communications. In this role, Young will build partnerships and shape the brand identity of the company.  Perfect World Entertainment operates as the U.S. and European arm of Perfect World Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: PWRD), a pioneering online game developer and operator headquartered in China.

Perfect World Entertainment currently boasts a roster of ten online free-to-play games, including Blacklight Retribution, Star Trek Online, Perfect World International, War of the Immortals, and Forsaken World, and Young is constantly seeking out developers of high quality games to add to that list. Additionally, Young is tasked with building and nurturing relationships with industry partners who may benefit from Perfect World Entertainment’s full suite of services that help developers create, publish and monetize their games from start to finish.
 

“We’re delighted that John has joined us,” said Alan Chen, CEO of the company.  “His many years of experience in developing and publishing online games allows us to work closely with our partners to turn great teams and ideas into profitable products.”

Prior to joining Perfect World Entertainment, Young ran the publishing and revenue design functions for Gazillion Entertainment, publisher of games such as Marvel Super Hero Squad. He built the platform to launch Gazillion games, designed the revenue models and design systems for microtransaction games, and led platform engineering, website creation, administrative tools, customer service, billing, anti-fraud, safety, community, data analytics, and publishing production for Gazillion’s online games.

Prior to Gazillion, Young launched and operated an online game for early "free to play" game pioneer gPotato (Gala-Net). He was the first business development executive at Massive Incorporated, signing publishers in complex deals and eventually running BD for North America and Asia for Massive's unique in-game advertising network.

Young has also held positions as a Financial Analyst for Electronic Arts, as a Venture Capitalist with Easton Hunt Capital Partners, and as a “creative” with J. Walter Thompson building the first web presences for large multinationals in the late 1990s. He is founder and CEO of Peerbetween, the “LinkedIn for personality.”  He earned his MBA from Columbia Business School and his B.A. Honors in Communications from Queen's University in Canada.

“In all my nine years of experience in the gaming industry, design and monetization have evolved rapidly, and I believe that Perfect World Entertainment is leading a new generation of F2P online games,” said Young. “We are working with a great group of developers to publish highly anticipated games and I am thrilled to join the company during this exciting period of growth.”

Young will speak on two panels at the Game Developers Conference 2012 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. He will discuss “Successfully Migrating to F2P” on Wednesday, March 7th between 3:30 – 4:30 in room West 2020, and “Monetization – Lessons Learned” on Thursday, Feb 8th at 5:30, also in room West 2020.

 

About Perfect World Entertainment Inc.

 

Perfect World Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Perfect World Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: PWRD), primarily publishes online games and provides online services in North America. Aiming to provide the best game services to North American players with the highest level of commitment in localization, quality assurance, and user-friendly publishing infrastructure, Perfect World Entertainment has achieved great success and published a number of MMORPGs, including "Perfect World International", "Ether Saga Odyssey", "Jade Dynasty", "Battle of the Immortals", "Forsaken World" and "War of the Immortals"; and a single-player action-RPG "Torchlight". Perfect World Entertainment also licenses and operates popular games, including an action-based MORPG "Rusty Hearts".