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Digini Merges With Vyk Games to Form Blade Games

by Rainier on Feb. 18, 2009 @ 8:59 a.m. PST

Seattle based engine developer Digini, known for tis X360/Pc engine Blade3D, merges with Shanghai based design studio Vyk Games to form Blade Games combining game development systems and outsourcing services to empower game makers of all levels to pursue their passion and bring their ideas to life.

A new breed of integrated solution provider, Blade Games combines game development systems and outsourcing services to empower game makers of all levels to pursue their passion and bring their ideas to life. The company will be headed by Chief Executive Officer Tony Garcia, formerly CEO of Digini, and President Tom Sperry, previously CEO of Vyk Games.

Commenting on the merger, Blade Games newly-appointed CEO Tony Garcia stated, “As an industry, we must constantly create better tools and more efficient ways to build games. Our merger is a major step in this direction. It provides every type of game developer, from the teenager in his bedroom to the largest studio, a comprehensive tool set and digital asset library not previously available.”

Blade Games’ new offering substantially changes the video game development landscape. The new company combines its flagship product, Blade3D and the Blade3D Marketplace with top-shelf creative services provided by the company’s offices in Shanghai. The combined services allow developers to stay within one environment for the entire process, which dramatically cuts down on costs and time. Moreover, the ever-increasing marketplace of assets, made available through the company’s proven development teams in Shanghai and Nanjing, China, can deploy “in game” assets more quickly and efficiency than ever before.

“We look forward to continuing our leadership position in the games outsourcing space while changing the accessibility of game development by using our combined strengths for a one-stop solution that serves the needs of the entire video game industry,” said President Tom Sperry.

Blade3D is provided through an affordable monthly subscription, significantly reducing up-front investment and the cost of incremental upgrades. The intuitive interface seamlessly blends all disciplines of game creation, from artist to designer to programmer. The technology is integrated with the XNA Game Studio 3.0, enabling development and publishing of games for Windows and/or Xbox360 without the requirement of a costly development kit. Blade3D is available with price points of $14.95 per month for hobbyists and students, $29.95 per month for independent developers, and $99.95 per month for professional developers.

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