Connect2Media

Connect2Media
Industry Computer and video games
Founded 2008
Headquarters Manchester, UK
Website connect2media.com

Connect2Media is a global developer and publisher of video games for mobile platforms headquartered in Manchester, United Kingdom.

The company, founded in 1997, specialises in the development, publishing and distribution of games for mobile handsets. Publishing platforms include Java, Android, BREW, portable games consoles, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, iPhone, PC, interactive TV and other emerging digital platforms.

Connect2Media has offices in Europe, the Middle East, and the USA. Through agreements with telephone wireless carriers, including Verizon, T-Mobile, O2, AT&T, Telefonica and Orange, Connect2Media has a distribution network of over 50 countries.

Its portfolio of games includes in-house titles such as 365, Go Go Rescue Squad!, third party licenses such as Pro Evolution Soccer, Jaws and Top Trumps, and games from the independent development community. Connect2Media also transfer IP’s across platforms, for example transferring iPhone and PC hits to mobile such as Jojo’s Fashion Show and Parachute Panic. Key partners include Konami, Electronic Arts, Namco, Oasys and Magmic Games.


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History

The original company was founded in Cambridge, UK in 1997, as nGame, and specialised in the development of mobile and digital TV games. In 2002, nGame was acquired by US mobile publisher Mforma Inc, and grew to become a top 5 mobile game publisher in Europe by 2005. Also in 2005 the European management team took over operations in Asia and Latin America, and Mforma branding is changed to Hands*On Mobile.

In 2008, the name Connect2Media is born, after Hands*On Mobile is acquired by the European management team.

As part of its expansion, Connect2Media buys RayFusion, based in Tel Aviv, Israel who specialised in the distribution and aggregation of content in the Israeli market. The name is changed to Connect2Media Middle East, and the company now has partnership agreements with leading content providers around the world including: Electronic Arts, Digital Chocolate, and many others.

In 2010, Connect 2 Media acquired the PrizePlay gaming assets of Sennari, and published two games including Battleships and Pachinko on Verizon in the USA. In addition, Executive Chairman, Nick Alexander, joined the company in 2010 after working at Sega Europe, Future Publishing and Natural Motion.

In 2011, Connect2Media confirmed deals with two companies to bring their IPs to mobile devices. The first was with Universal Studios and Universal Music Group to produce and distribute a game based on the JAWS iPhone title. The second was with Winning Moves to bring Top Trumps licenses to mobiles including James Bond, Supercars and NBA.

PrizePlay

PrizePlay is a social interaction and reward system designed to increase consumer loyalty and revenue potential by enabling all forms of consumer relationship building within mobile content applications. Features include in*game transactions that involve storing points, currencies, tokens, or coupons; pay-per-play or tournament style gaming models; in-game prizing; friend-based referral programs and SMS campaign promotion.

Connect2Media are currently deploying PrizePlay on Verizon offering consumers the chance to play games and win Bling. Bling can be exchanged for rewards including Amazon Gift Cards.

Games (A-Z)

Connect2Media publishes mobile games in a variety of genres, including puzzle games, sports titles, and card games. Some of the more popular games include:

  • Arachnadoodle
  • Army Men Mobile Ops
  • Battleships (PrizePlay)
  • Pachinko (PrizePlay)
  • BMW Racing
  • Bubble X Mania
  • Bug Quest
  • Call of Atlantis
  • Championship Racing 2010
  • Crash Test Dummies
  • Danny Danger
  • Doodle Battleships
  • Doodle IQ Challenge
  • Edge
  • Element
  • Farm Frenzy 2
  • Fart Mania
  • Go!Go! Rescue Squad!
  • Governor of Poker
  • Guitar Hero III BackStage Pass
  • Guitar Hero World Tour Mobile
  • Hellmuth’s High Stakes Hold’em
  • iCarly
  • Jaws
  • Jojo’s Fashion Show 2
  • Lumines In The House Ibiza ‘10
  • Mafia II
  • Metal Gear Classic
  • Neon Runner
  • Parachute Panic
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2010
  • Puzzle Warriors
  • Puzzlings
  • Silent Hill Mobile 3
  • Ski Jumping 2010
  • String 'Em In
  • Super Dog
  • Swapper
  • The Dog
  • The Urinator
  • Thief Dash
  • Timeloop
  • Top Trumps 007
  • Top Trumps NBA
  • Tumblebugs
  • Ultimate Word Cup 2011
  • World Poker Tour

365 Games

  • 365 Board Games
  • 365 Bowling
  • 365 Card Pack
  • 365 Casino
  • 365 Puzzle Club
  • 365 Solitaire Club

Games (coming soon)

  • 3 in 1 Bubble Beat Extreme
  • Jojo’s Fashion Show World Tour Express
  • Top Trumps Supercars
  • Jaws
  • Pocket Zoo Keeper
  • Element 2
  • Pocket Farmer
  • 365 Arcade Pack
  • Gladiator Kricket
  • Ski Jumping 2011

Awards

Edge - Pocket Gamer Gold; 2 IMGAs;[5] Milthon of the Best Mobile Game

Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 - Pocket Gamer Gold; MobileGameFAQS Gold

Go! Go! Rescue Squad! - Pocket Gamer Gold; MobileGameFAQS Silver

Guitar Hero III BackStage Pass - MobileGameFAQS Gold, Pocket Gamer Bronze; AirGamer

Civilization IV War of Two Cities - MobileGameFAQS Gold, Pocket Gamer Silver

Investors

YFM

YFM, the UK fund manager specialising in small businesses, invests up to £8 million equity in rapidly growing businesses through a range of funds for both institutional and retail clients. Its investment team of 42 people across six regional offices, is dedicated to working alongside management teams to create transformational growth. YFM Website

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