Mforma Acquires Blue Beck

Mforma Group acquires UK-based mobile games developer Blue Beck

August 26, 2004

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BELLEVUE, Wash. and MANCHESTER, U.K. -- MFORMA Group Inc., the world’s largest mobile entertainment publisher, has acquired Blue Beck, one of the industry’s most technically-advanced and successful mobile games developers. Founded in 2001, Blue Beck has for the last three years been at the forefront of computer and mobile games development, creating top titles for leading console and mobile game makers Electronic Arts, THQ, Jamdat, and MFORMA, and building an impressive catalog of content, which includes some of the industry’s most compelling titles. Blue Beck has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of MFORMA with all employees remaining and continuing to operate from Blue Beck’s Manchester location.

“Blue Beck is one of the top studios in the world,” said Daniel Kranzler, MFORMA CEO. “They are one of the most talented, consistent, disciplined, and prolific developers we’ve worked with and we are very pleased to have them on our team. Together we will streamline and more efficiently respond to the growing demand for mobile entertainment products from our wireless carrier customers around the world, which now number more than 100. While MFORMA will continue to work with its other valued development partners and top studios to source cutting-edge content from around the world, our acquisition of Blue Beck allows us to tighten our production schedule, increase our output and deliver a steady stream of high quality titles. This will benefit the entire mobile entertainment industry.”

Blue Beck was founded in 2001 by games industry veteran Peter Scott and Eric Hobson, an experienced marketing and international business development executive. The Blue Beck team they built comprises some of the industry’s best talent with unsurpassed expertise in Java games development. The team’s depth of experience has made them a leader in developing winning, graphically-rich mobile and computer games as well as other interactive applications, which have garnered wide acclaim and excellent reviews from independent reviewers. Peter Scott will continue to run the Manchester development studio and Eric Hobson has been appointed commercial director for MFORMA’s European region.

“We are thrilled to join forces with MFORMA,” said Peter Scott. “The demand for mobile entertainment products is accelerating so rapidly that we are very pleased to have the opportunity to be an important part of the world’s leading mobile entertainment publisher. The prospect of creating more titles and seeing them reach the widest possible audience through MFORMA’s vast distribution network is very satisfying.”

Mforma Group Inc.

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