London, November 27, 2007 – Moneybookers, one of the world’s leading online payment providers, and Gameforge AG, the biggest independent developer and publisher for browser-based Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs), today announce a new partnership in which Moneybookers provides Gameforge’s 40 million registered users with over 50 payment options worldwide – including domestic options for more than 35 countries.
Browser-based MMOGs fill the gap between traditional PC and console games. They enhance offline game fun by enabling interaction with millions of other gamers via the Internet. Gameforge currently has 15 themed games – among them worldwide blockbusters like OGame, Gladiatus, DarkPirates, BiteFight, BattleKnight and NosTale – in their portfolio that have altogether attracted more than 40 million dedicated players. Localisation of the games is essential for success and thus local payment options are a must. Moneybookers now provides no less than 30 local bank transfer solutions as well as debit cards and cheque in the UK, Sofortüberweisung and Giropay in Germany, POLi in Australia, Netpay in Austria, Carte Bleue and cheque in France, P24 in Poland, and debit card in China to name just a few. David Roe, COO of Moneybookers, comments: “We are delighted that Gameforge as the industry leader has chosen Moneybookers. This strengthens our position as the leading alternative payment provider for MMOGs. MMOGs attract players worldwide so in order to maximize revenues it is essential to provide domestic payment solutions in as many countries as possible. Our unrivalled worldwide banking network does just this.”
Klaas Kersting, CEO of Gameforge, says: “Gameforge always aims to offer its customers the best available payment solutions. Our presence in more than 35 markets worldwide is almost identical with Moneybookers worldwide banking network. So with a single integration, we are able to better serve our over 40 million registered users around the world by offering secure, convenient and local payment methods.”
Gameforge is the leading independent developer and publisher of browser- and client-based MMOGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Games). Founded in December 2003 by Klaas Kersting (CEO) and Alexander Roesner (COO), Gameforge since then has been able to attract more than 40 million users in 30 countries. Gameforge games such as ‘OGame’, ‘Gladiatus’ or ‘DarkPirates’ have been translated in 23 languages and are being played by over 6 million active players on more than 1,500 game servers. Gameforge is headquartered in Karlsruhe, the capital of Germany’s Internet industry, and has a staff headcount of more than 80 people.