EPIC GAMES AND ChAIR ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCE “VOTE!!! THE GAME” AS FREE DOWNLOAD ON THE APP STORE
Washington D.C. and Salt Lake City, Utah - August 22, 2012
Epic Games, Inc. and its award-winning Salt Lake City-based development studio, ChAIR Entertainment, today announced “VOTE!!! The Game,” its new cartoon-style, political slugfest, will officially go live tomorrow as a free download on the App Store. In partnership with Rock the Vote, “VOTE!!!” also features in-game voter registration and resources to engage gamers in the political process during this ever-important election year.
“VOTE!!! is everything a great game should be – challenging, rewarding, super fun – and players will find themselves laughing the entire time,” said Donald Mustard, Creative Director, ChAIR Entertainment. “We’re excited to join forces with Rock the Vote to help emphasize the importance of voter registration and encourage gamers to become more involved in the political process.”
From the creators of the award-winning iOS blockbuster Infinity Blade, VOTE!!! invites players to assume the role of either President Obama or Mitt Romney in a slapstick battle for the White House. Throughout the light-hearted romp, gamers dress their candidate of choice in comedic outfits and equip them with a variety of fun and iconic items. Players use their skills to unlock score boosters as they battle for votes. Earned votes are then awarded to the candidate of the player’s choice as they watch the results tracked in real-time, worldwide.
In addition to Rock the Vote, ChAIR and Epic Games have also teamed with Video Game Voters Network and Project Vote Smart to provide easy access to informative, real-world voter resources where gamers can register to vote, learn more about the candidates and issues, and become more informed about the election process. A portion of the proceeds will go to Rock the Vote to support their efforts encouraging voter registration among young voters.
“The gaming community is comprised of passionate, well-informed individuals who have an important voice in our democracy,” said Chrissy Faessen, VP of Marketing & Communications, Rock the Vote. “We are really excited to partner with ChAIR and Epic Games to encourage voter registration among gamers, in a completely new and innovative way.”
“VOTE!!! The Game” will be available as a free download from the App Store and is a universal app. The game is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch 3 (16GB+), iPod touch 4, iPad, iPad 2, and the new iPad.
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About Rock the Vote | www.rockthevote.org
Rock the Vote’s mission is to engage and build political power for young people in our country. Using music, popular culture, new technologies and grassroots organizing for more than 20 years, Rock the Vote has registered more than 5 million young people, including a record- shattering 2.25 million registration downloads in the historic 2008 election. As the tidal wave of Millennial generation voters continues to establish its power at the polls, Rock the Vote will register millions more young people and make their voices heard.
About Video Game Voters Network
The VGVN is online community with a mission focus on the positive impact that video games have in our society. Through legislative outreach, active online forums, and interaction with both new media and mainstream media, this network of more than 300,000 individuals is actively promoting the rights of video game creators and consumers. The network is building a groundswell of support for the positive influence video games have on the economy, health and families, artistic expression, education, and everyday life. For more information on the VGVN, please go to www.videogamevoters.org.
About ChAIR Entertainment
Founded in 2005, Salt Lake City-based ChAIR Entertainment is a subsidiary of Epic Games, Inc. Most recently, ChAIR introduced the award-winning sword fighting adventure “Infinity Blade II” for iOS in December 2011. Following in the footsteps of the original iOS blockbuster “Infinity Blade,” introduced in 2010, the critically acclaimed sequel won more than 30 Game of the Year and Editor’s Choice accolades and remains one of the most popular games released on the App Store. In 2009, ChAIR released the modern and masterful, side-scrolling shooter “Shadow Complex,” published by Microsoft Game Studios exclusively for Xbox LIVE Arcade. The critically acclaimed “Shadow Complex” received numerous E3 and Editor’s Choice Awards and was named Game of the Year by more than 40 media outlets. Before that, ChAIR released the award-winning underwater action-shooter, “Undertow” for Xbox LIVE Arcade. In 2011, ChAIR was named #4 among Pocket Gamer’s list of the Top 50 Developers and ranked #29 among Develop’s Top 100 Game Development Studios in the World.
About Unreal Engine 3
Developed by Epic Games, the award-winning Unreal Engine is known for its cutting-edge graphics, best-of-breed toolset and scalability across major platforms. Operating on nine platforms, including PC, consoles and mobile devices, Unreal Engine 3 is designed to accelerate developers’ productivity for creating high-quality games, applications, training simulations, 3D visualizations, digital films and animated entertainment. Powering hundreds of games and integrated with two dozen leading middleware technologies, Unreal Engine 3 holds more than 20 technology awards, including seven Game Developer Front Line Awards and five Develop Industry Excellence Awards. The Unreal Engine also holds a seat in the Front Line Awards Hall of Fame. Epic recently revealed Unreal Engine 4, which offers unprecedented graphical capabilities and workflow improvements that provide unparalleled accessibility for developers building the next generation of games and applications. For additional information, please visit www.unrealengine.com.
About Epic Games
Established in 1991, Epic Games, Inc. develops cutting-edge games and cross-platform game engine technology. The company is responsible for the bestselling “Unreal” series of games, the blockbuster “Gears of War” franchise and the groundbreaking “Infinity Blade” line of mobile games. Epic’s award-winning Unreal Engine technology has won dozens of awards and is available for licensing. Epic is continually recruiting top talent for its studios located in North Carolina, Utah, Maryland, Poland, Korea and Japan. Additional information about Epic can be obtained at http://www.epicgames.com.
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ChAIR | Epic Games:
Laura Mustard | firstname.lastname@example.org | 516.884.8895
Rock The Vote:
Chrissy Faessen | Chrissy@rockthevote.com | 202.368.1706