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ZOOM Announces New Releases: “Mr. Travel” and “MegaRace Mobile/Reboot” Franchises
|By Business Wire
|April 15, 2014 08:07 AM EDT
Today, the Phoenix-based entertainment software and technology company
Jordan Freeman Group, LLC, (JFG) a subsidiary of ZOOM, LLC, unveiled its
new game, Mr. Travel. JFG, through its parent company, ZOOM, also
revealed it had secured the rights to the MegaRace franchise for mobile
and tablet devices, as well as traditional game consoles and PCs.
Said ZOOM’s Chairman, Bernie Stolar: “Jordan Freeman and his team are
building franchises that will be played on all platforms; these games
will prove to be the most fun and entertaining of any new franchises.”
Mr. Travel, ZOOM’s point and click adventure, will be released April 22
Mr. Travel was originally developed in France by LayerCake as an
educational business software program. French co-developer 3DDUO saw the
potential for the teaching tool to be turned into a casual PC gaming
title and reached out to US based JFG to assist in the conversion and
publication. JFG worked with 3DDUO and LayerCake to adapt the game for
US audiences with a unique and exclusive version of the game powered by
ZOOM’s “ZOOM Platform” technology. A physical disc-based copy of the
game is set to be released April 22 exclusively on Amazon.com and ZOOM’s
soon-to-be-launched ZOOM Platform portal. A digital download version of
the title is planned for release on ZOOM Platform as well.
Jordan Freeman, Chief Creative Officer and Founder of both JFG and ZOOM,
stated: “Working with 3DDUO and LayerCake was an absolute pleasure, and
we will be delivering a unique product that seamlessly blends a learning
experience with a good time. We look forward to continuing this
Bruno Alermas, Commercial Sales Manager for 3DDUO, said: “The US market
is very important to 3DDUO, and we want a partner who believes in our
work and can also operate from within the country. We are pleased to be
working with Jordan Freeman Group and ZOOM. In addition to distributing
the game in the US, they are also serving as advisors to help improve
our content. JFG and ZOOM are valuable partners without a doubt.”
JFG, through parent company ZOOM, also announced today its acquisition
of the “MegaRace” trilogy franchise rights for mobile and tablet
devices, as well as game consoles and PCs. JFG will launch an IndieGoGo
Campaign along with partner Anuman Interactive. The campaign’s purpose
is to support the original trilogy’s conversion to new platforms as well
as a franchise reboot.
The MegaRace Trilogy, an arcade style vehicular combat series, takes
place in a dystopian future, where the player is a contestant on a game
show called "MegaRace." MegaRace's host is the eccentric Lance Boyle
(played by actor Christian Erickson). JFG has recruited Mr. Erickson to
join both the IndieGoGo Campaign and the “MegaRace” franchise reboot.
Freeman stated: “MegaRace was the first computer game I ever played.
That being said, I am very excited to share this title with a new
generation of gamers. Having Christian Erickson, who has starred in
every MegaRace game to date, on board for the reboot, is also very
thrilling. I believe longtime fans of the series will definitely
appreciate this, and I look forward to what the future holds for the
Julien Renzaho, VP Business Development & Sales at Anuman Interactive,
said: “Anuman Interactive is pleased to sign this MegaRace partnership
with the Jordan Freeman Group. We will now be able to have the mobile
and tablet users discover one of the nuttiest futuristic racing games of
the past generation. Thanks to titles like Moto Racer, Darkstone, and
The Blue Coats, our Company has acquired an expertise as far as
readapting video game classics for these constantly expanding platforms.
Working along with experienced actors of the video game industry in the
US substantiates once again the growth of our catalog on a global scale.”
ZOOM's Chief Financial Officer, Bernie Gilhuly, had the following to
say: “I am very much looking forward to being a member of the team that
brings gaming to the next technology platform breakthrough.”
ZOOM’s mission is to design, create, and publish traditional and
interactive entertainment with a Generation X trans-media appeal. ZOOM’s
products will be distributed digitally via ZOOM Platform, along with
non-exclusive third party content from both major publishers and indies
with a catalog spanning the classics to new releases.
ZOOM has a world-class management team with veterans from all facets of
the entertainment and technology industries.
ZOOM’s Chairman, Bernie Stolar, is a 30+ year veteran of the video game
industry. As the first EVP of Sony Computer Entertainment America,
Bernie helped introduce the PlayStation to the gaming world. As
President/COO of Sega, Bernie led the launch of the Dreamcast console,
the most successful console launch in the history of the industry.
Stolar was also Google’s Games Evangelist after the acquisition of his
firm, AdScape Media.
ZOOM’s Chief Creative Officer and Founder, Jordan Freeman, conceived the
ZOOM Platform project and built its first prototype. He also formed the
JFG development arm of the Company, which will focus on building
franchises around ZOOM technology. These franchises will be published
and distributed on ZOOM Platform. Before ZOOM, Freeman was Founder and
Chief Technical Officer at Head 2 Head Gaming.
ZOOM’s Chief Financial Officer, Bernie Gilhuly, CPA, was previously SVP
at One World Networks, CFO at Tribe Management Partners, and at present
is a Managing Partner at LL Business Management. Bernie brings 20+ years
of experience in entertainment industry finance to ZOOM.
For more information and to purchase digital and physical copies of Mr.
Travel and MegaRace, please visit: www.ZOOM-Platform.com.
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