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Wizard101 Shatters Performance Records

PLANO, TEXAS (January 24, 2011) – KingsIsle Entertainment’s online game Wizard101 achieved record performance in 2010 across multiple key indicators, including:

  • Unique visitors to Wizard101.com (a key indicator of an online game’s operational health) increased steadily throughout 2010. Of particular note, in December unique visitors to the site increased more than 300% year-over-year. This increase is verified by external monitoring sites such as compete.com http://siteanalytics.compete.com/wizard101.com/
  • Online analytics firm comScore ranked Wizard101.com #5 on the list of top gaining large websites (by unique visitors) for the month of August: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/comscore-media-metrix-ranks-top-50-us-web-properties-for-august-2010-103652054.html
  • Wizard101’s total number of registered players increased to over 15 million from U.S. operations alone. This total does not include European edition registrations
  • Wizard101 experienced unprecedented recognition by the Industry in 2010, receiving multiple awards including Best MMO of 2010 from Beckett Media’s Massive Online Gamer Magazine and Best Family MMO of the Decade from Massively.com. The comprehensive list of all awards received in 2010 can be found at www.wizard101.com/game/accolades

“2010 was a great year for KingsIsle and December was our best operational month ever,” said Elie Akilian, Chairman and CEO of KingsIsle Entertainment. “We’ve set ambitious goals for 2011. It should be a very exciting time for us at KingsIsle and for those who play our games.”

  • In the first months of 2011, KingsIsle Entertainment plans to ramp up hiring across the company, eventually increasing staffing levels by approximately 25 percent. Information about KingsIsle careers can be found at www.kingsisle.com/jobs
  • KingsIsle will continue to add new content and systems to Wizard101 with multiple enhancements anticipated throughout the year.

About KingsIsle Entertainment, Inc.

KingsIsle Entertainment is a developer and publisher that specializes in creating high-quality massively multiplayer online games which provide entertainment for the entire family. Wizard101, KingsIsle’s flagship property, has received the Parent Tested Parent Approved Media Seal of Approval in 2009 and has been recognized by the National Parenting Publications Awards. Wizard101 was named Best MMO of 2010 by Beckett Massive Online Gamer Magazine, Best Family MMO of the Decade by Massively.com and the #1 Best Family Game of 2009 by MMORPG.com. The company’s experienced and creative team is raising the bar in online entertainment by offering products with rich storylines, friendly navigation, top-quality art and fully-voiced characters. KingsIsle is headquartered in Plano, Texas, and has a development studio in Austin, Texas. For more information, please visit www.kingsisle.com.

KingsIsle and Wizard101 are trademarks or registered trademarks of KingsIsle Entertainment, Inc.


HomeAway Unveils New Vacation Rental “Community” Site

AUSTIN, TX, March 1, 2011HomeAway ®, Inc. – the world’s leading network of online vacation rentals – today introduced Community from HomeAway, a site for vacation rental owners and managers to share expertise and opinions, and access blogs and resources to optimize their vacation rental businesses. The new site represents an enhanced version of the “Owner Community” on HomeAway.com, which houses articles, podcasts and webinars, catering specifically to vacation rental owners. Community is a free site for anyone interested in everything vacation rentals.

Designed to be an interactive platform, Community enables members of varying experience levels and backgrounds to discuss issues related to their vacation rental business. The site offers a number of communication channels to educate and facilitate conversation including:

  • Forums for members to start discussions or respond to threads on topics such as “Interacting with Guests”
  • Private Groups in which community members can self-organize based on interest such as “Web, Software & Technology”, or by location
  • Blogs from experts in the vacation rental industry with:

    • – Christine Karpinski, author of “How to Rent Vacation Properties by Owner,” sharing her thoughts from her personal rental experience in Christine’s Vacation Rental Insights blog;
    • – Tom Kelly, author of “How a Second Home Can Be Your Best Investment: New, Tax-free Methods for Using a Vacation Home for Recreation, Retirement…and Investment,” discusses his approach on ways to invest in vacation homes and the long-term benefits of second home ownership in his Rent Your Way to Retirement blog and;
    • – George Volsky’s recommendations for property managers who want to generate greater return for their business and the homeowners they represent at Volsky’s Views on VRMs blog.

“Our goal was to create a true online community for vacation rental owners and managers to share their experiences,” says Brian Sharples, chief executive officer of HomeAway. “Thousands of owners and managers who have a passion to share what they’ve learned – each an expert in their own right – want to participate in this industry and this is a platform to do so.”

“The HomeAway Community is a great resource. You can learn so much on the forums – find out what the hot topics are, post a question, or even set up a poll,” says Amy Greener, Community from HomeAway member. “Community is everything for vacation rentals at your fingertips. If you own a property and haven’t joined the Community, you need to be here. This is what VR owners have been searching for and now it’s all in one location online.”

For information contact:
Eileen Buesing
Senior Director of Global Public Relations, HomeAway, Inc.
Office: 512-493-0375
ebuesing@homeaway.com


4 Hot Social Gaming Trends to Watch

Prita Uppal is the founder and CEO of YooMee Games, a social competition platform that brings tournaments and cash prizes to skill-based games across websites, social networks and mobile apps.

More than 18,000 interactive gaming industry pros came to San Francisco for the Game Developers’ Conference this week, an annual event that draws programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals, business decision-makers and anyone else involved in the development of interactive games.

At GDC in past years, hardcore gamers have been reluctant to accept social games into the fold, but this year there’s no denying it. Social games are the fastest growing segment of the gaming market with revenues projected to exceed $1 billion in 2011, and they are here to stay. There’s more to social games than harvesting crops, and the future looks full of innovation and opportunity for developers and players alike.

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