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NewComer Akaei Gets Busy

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2001 @ 6:24 p.m. PDT

UK developer/publisher Akaei took their ECTS opportunity with both hands and decided to get busy... New deals and new products ...

Akaei Plc and Buka form Strategic Partnership

Akaei Plc, the recently AIM listed Games Publisher and Buka Entertainment, the Leading Russian Games Publisher today announce that they have signed a deal at this years ECTS, which will see the two parties unit in a strategic partnership for the next two years.

As a result of the deal, Akaei have acquired the rights to publish all Buka titles to publish in the UK and Ireland whilst Buka will publish Akaei products in their respective territories of Russia and CIS.

Akaei are about to publish the critically acclaimed Buka PC flight Sim, Echelon and forthcoming titles to the line up will include Paradise Cracked, Spells of Gold and Charm of War. Buka will publish Akaei’s back catalogue, which will include titles such as Grouch, M-Alien Paranoia and the budget range, AAA Game.

Further to this Akaei will get Digital distribution rights within the territory in all cases and non-exclusive worldwide digital rights on a product-by-product basis.

Further joint ventures between the two parties are currently in discussion.

Rod Cobain, Managing Director at Akaei today said:

“We are delighted to have signed this deal with Buka. The quality of the product have seen from them is exceptional. Echelon as an example is proving to be a world wide success. And, with this new strategic partnership deal in place we can look forward to a very successful business relationship for the imminent future.”

Igor Ustinov, President at Buka added:

“We are really glad that it is Akaei that is going to bring our products tothe British market. It is a quickly developing company and a team of really great professionals. We are also glad to be able to introduce Akaei's best quality titles to Russian gamers. Undoubtedly, this agreement brings great prospects to both Akaei and Buka.”

Akaei Launch AAA Game Value Range for the PC

Akaei Plc, the recently AIM listed Software Publisher today announces that it is to launch the first six titles on the value label, AAA Game.

AAA Game will publish previously released PC product at a highly competitive price point of £4.99. The label, which will release titles in batches of 6 products can today reveal that its first releases are due for release 21st September 01. Titles to be included will include the football Management titles Giant Killers and Giant Killer Euro Manager, and the award winning Tread Marks, which received three awards at the Independent Games Festival 2000. (Technical Excellence, Grand Prize, Best Game Design) Also in the range will be the Deer Avenger series, Deer Avenger, Deer Avenger 2 and Deer Avenger 3D.

Rod Cobain, Managing Director at Akaei commented:

“Budget software is a key factor in the current market. As we continue to build our portfolio of products, it makes sense for us to capitalise on their market worth, our aim is to provide the retailer and the consumer with a value product, to fit this requirement.. This will be the first of three releases containing six products per release, packaged in the new DVD style of packaging.”

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