New online game launch set

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Monday, March 16, 2015


MAATA Games, a Netherland-based game development company, together with Davao City-based business process outsourcing (BPO) company Next BPO Solutions Inc. (NBSI), will officially launch the first version of their online game on March 31 at the University of Mindanao (UM) campus.

The massively multi-player online game (MMOG) entitled Erectus was created through the partnership between the Dutch-owned company and the Davao-based ICT-BPO company last year.

Speaking during the Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Annex, Maata Games managing partner Paul Ludwig said the launch event, entitled "Bridging of the World," will highlight the bridges that they have built between Davao City and their hometown in Arnhem, Netherlands.

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Ludwig said that the first bridge they are celebrating is the partnership between UM and Han University in Netherlands, wherein a memorandum of agreement will be signed between the universities to start student and staff exchange programs and research projects.

The second bridge, according to him, is between the Netherlands Gaming Association and the Davao Gaming Association, and the third bridge is for the collaboration of UM and Maata Games in establishing a game development curriculum.

"During the event, we will have Skype calls between the Davao Gaming and the Netherlands Gaming Associations," he said.

Erectus is a MMOG real-time strategy game about the "clash confrontation between the Homo sapiens and the Homo erectus about 130,000 years ago." It targets players from 15 years old and above.

The game can be played for free online, said Ludwig, but players can also buy in game advantages.

After the game launching, he said that other than developing the second version for their online game they are also planning to establish Davao-based creative lab company.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 17, 2015.

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