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1st July 2011

KNCTR Surpasses 1 Million Unique North American Installations In First 14 Weeks

intertainment mediaIntertainment Media Inc. has announced that its desktop app KNCTR® (pronounced “Connector”), a key program of Intertainment’s wholly owned division itiBiti Systems Inc., has seen its unique North American installations break through a major milestone of 1 million in only its first 14 weeks.

KNCTR® saw over 90,000 new unique installations throughout North America over the previous week period, a new record weekly high. The program continues to deliver extremely solid daily user engagement minutes that have remained over the 13 minute mark since the launch of the platform. The active user engagement continues to make the KNCTR® platform a key tool for brands and consumers alike. The app features video content, integration of social media and the ability to make FREE long distance phone calls to cell phones and land lines to anywhere in North America.

KNCTR® is the next generation of social communication and entertainment applications that allows users to aggregate their social media(s) and voice services into one location on their desktop. Unlike Skype, the telephone feature on KNCTR® is completely free to the consumer, allowing Free local and long distance calls to mobile phones and land lines. KNCTR® is a premium advertising model that allows for branded sponsorship, pre-roll and display advertising opportunities for brands and service providers alike.

With the projected impact that tablets will have on the personal computing space, with over 50 million units to be sold within the next two years in North America alone, KNCTR® is positioned to enhance the functionality and usability of these devices by allowing them to become a fully functioning phone unit.

“We have achieved a major milestone with KNCTR® in a very short amount of time” said Brad Parry, CMO Intertainment Media Inc., “To have over 1 million unique installations happen within only 14 weeks, is a true testament to the adoption and acceptance of the platform. KNCTR® has truly become a mainstay of consumer’s daily digital habit.”

Notably, the itiBiti desktop app has been hailed by Microsoft Corp. as “the next generation of integrated social media applications – easy, scalable and fun.”

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1st July 2011

Constellation Software Announces Acquisitions

constellation softwareConstellation Software Inc. has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Harris Computer Systems, a provider of financial, customer and student information management software solutions for utilities, local governments and school districts, purchased Pennsylvania-based ProSoft Technologies, Inc.

ProSoft offers a complete portfolio of products and services for Pennsylvania school districts including: student management, scheduling, human resources, payroll, fund accounting, and student activity fund management, and tax management for local municipalities. As a result of the transaction, ProSoft will be consolidated within Harris School Solutions, the Harris operating division focused on administrative solutions for K-12 school districts throughout North America.

Jerry Canada, General Manager of Harris School Solutions commented, “ProSoft is the continuation of the Harris School Solutions growth plan as it strengthens our market share in key states such as Pennsylvania. We will look to complement the ProSoft product portfolio with our own solutions and continue to grow our presence in the state.” Harris will continue to develop, service, and support the ProSoft product line from the current Bethel Park, PA office.

“Harris brings additional resources that will enhance our continuing commitment to our clients. We are pleased to join the Harris family and look forward to supporting and growing our customer base under their depth of experience within the K-12 market”, said Scott Anderson, President of ProSoft.

Meanwhile, another wholly-owned subsidiary of Constellation, Gary Jonas Computing Ltd., has completed the acquisition of Youbill Inc. (dba Member Solutions), also based in Pennsylvania. The Member Solutions acquisition expands Jonas’ presence in the Fitness market and more specifically the Marital Arts segment.

“Member Solutions is a leading provider of software and full service billing and collections services in their target market, within the United States and Canada,” said Barry Symons, CEO of Jonas. “We are excited to welcome the Member Solutions’ customers and employees into the Jonas family.”

Member Solutions’ CEO, Steve Pinado stated “The entire Member Solutions’ team is excited to be joining the Jonas family. Teaming up with a company that understands vertical market software, and which has a long track record of success, presents a unique opportunity for our customers, our employees and our business partners.”

Earlier this month, Jonas also completed its acquisition of Fitronics Ltd. Based in Bath, England, Fitronics Ltd., which operated under the name “The Retention People” is a leading provider of software to the Fitness & Leisure market, worldwide. Fitronics Ltd. uses detailed market research to drive product development into solutions, processes and training packages to improve the customer experience, creating promoters of fitness & leisure brands and increasing customer loyalty.

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1st July 2011

Submissions Open For Independent Games Festival

UBM Tech NetworkThe UBM TechWeb Game Network, organizer of the industry-leading Game Developers Conference® events, has officially opened submissions for the 2012 Independent Games Festival, being held at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2012 in San Francisco next March 5 – 9.

The Independent Games Festival (IGF) is the longest-running and highest-profile independent video game festival, summit, and showcase, and is now accepting entries to its 14th annual edition, with deadlines in the Main and Student Showcase categories by October 17 and October 31  respectively, and finalists to be announced in January 2012.

All games selected as finalists will be available in playable form at the IGF Pavilion on the GDC show floor from March 7 – 9, 2012, and will compete for nearly $60,000 in prizes, a significant increase from last year. This includes the high-profile $5,000 Nuovo Award, honoring abstract, short-form, and unconventional video game development.

In addition, awards for Excellence in Visual Art, Audio, and Design, Technical Excellence, Best Mobile Game, the Best Student Game, and the Audience Award each now receive a $3,000 prize, and the signature Seumas McNally Grand Prize for the independent game of the year has been increased by 50% to a record $30,000.

Winners will be announced on stage at the high-profile Independent Games Festival Awards on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The Independent Games Festival Awards are held immediately before the wider Game Developers Choice Awards.

Both multi-thousand person attendee award shows are part of the 2012 Game Developers Conference, taking place March 5th – March 9th, 2012. GDC 2012 also includes the 2012 Independent Games Summit, which is entering its sixth year and offers two days (March 5 – 7) of inspiration, practical lectures, and rants from the top minds in the independent games world.

The Independent Game Festival continues to sit at a place of global importance as the largest, most prestigious and all-encompassing showcase of independent game talent across the wide spectrum of artistically- and commercially-aimed development. Notable former IGF winners include landmark indie titles such as Minecraft, Limbo, World of Goo, Braid, Castle Crashers, Everyday Shooter, Darwinia, Audiosurf and many more.

“All of us here at the IGF are excited for a new year of the innovation and artistry we consistently see from the independent games that enter the festival,” said Brandon Boyer, chairman of the IGF. “Our transition to a more expert-focused jury system last year was a tremendous success, and we expect it will again lead to another stellar set of finalists and winners that have made this festival the most respected in the industry. Best of luck to all the entrants!”

Submissions to the competition are now open to all independent game developers; important dates for IGF 2012 are as follows:

  • June 29, 2011 – Submissions are Open
  • October 17, 2011 – Submission Deadline, Main Competition
  • October 31, 2011 – Submission Deadline, Student Competition
  • January 5, 2012 – Finalists Announced, Main Competition
  • January 12, 2012 – Finalists Announced, Student Competition
  • March 5 – March 9, 2012 – Game Developers Conference 2012
  • March 5 – March 6, 2012 – Indie Games Summit @ GDC 2012
  • March 7 – March 9, 2012 – IGF Pavilion @ GDC 2012
  • March 7, 2012 – IGF Awards Ceremony (Winners Announced!)
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1st July 2011

Pygmies of Pocket God Celebrate American July 4th Holiday

frima studioFrima Studios and Bolt Creative want you to know that the Pygmies of Pocket God on Facebook will be celebrating the 4th of July festivities with a global in-game event. From now until July 7, players can participate in a new dance craze sweeping the island and win a new idol in the process, and can also send a special holiday-themed item to their friends.

Move over Macarena, the Indepen-Dance is the premier dance all the cool kids are doing nowadays. During the night, Pygmies may display the urge to cut a rug—or rather, sand—and it’s up to you to make sure that your hip, little Pygmies keep with the times and participate. Until July 7th, if 100,000 Pygmies shake their booties on the floor, all players will receive a limited edition Liberty Bell idol for their island. What are you waiting for, get on the dance floor already!

Players can also send their “friends” a special gift in the form of a rocket. For just one bone, would-be deities can bestow a rocket to their loved ones, giving the recipient a chance to view a monumental fireworks show. Each fireworks show also recharges five devotion points so you can keep the party going. And no, you can’t light the rocket underneath your friend’s butt.

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1st July 2011

Old Dutch Foods Launches Digital Music Promotion

old dutch foodsHip Digital Media, Inc., a California-based company with offices in Vancouver and Toronto, along with Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc., has successfully launched a large scale digital music promotion for Old Dutch® Potato Chips and Dutch Crunch® Kettle Cooked Potato Chips.

Nearly eight million PIN codes good for one free digital music download each have been slated for the star-studded campaign that was designed to drive sales for the popular brands within grocery and convenience stores across Canada. The chip bags feature custom designed packaging that invite consumers to visit the Old Dutch web site where every customer has the chance to enter online for the grand prize VIP Concert Experience giveaway. Customers also have a chance to win a free digital music download at Old Dutch’s custom branded store.

In order to craft a promotion of this scale LPi Group, Old Dutch’s agency of record, called on Hip Digital to deliver not only the fulfillment for the promotion, but also the technology for the digital music platform. “Hip came back to us with the Sony Music library,” stated Erin Gunther, Account Director at LPi Group. “Since we are primarily targeting males between the ages of thirteen and 25, the opportunity to showcase the Sony Music artists that appeal to this group was a big plus.”

Chris Hardy manages Brand Partnerships for Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc., who concurred, Sony Music has a vast catalogue of local and international artists that cross all genres and we were able to suggest artists that best fit their target consumer.”

The companies look forward to also providing two VIP Concert Experience grand prizes worth $5K (CAD) each, in which the lucky winners will be able to choose from a selection of concerts performed by major Sony Music artists. The grand prizes include round trip airfare, accommodations and limousine transportation to and from the concerts. Stated Hardy, “Hip Digital is one of our key partners for digital music distribution, and we worked well together in delivering this digital music experience to their client.”

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1st July 2011

PokerStars Online Poker Not Affected by Full Tilt Poker Suspension

canadian pokerCanadian-poker.ca reports that Full Tilt Poker, which was involved in the April 15 online poker shutdown in the U.S., has just had its license to operate suspended by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC).

PokerStars, another major online poker site involved in the April shutdown, still has its license. The poker room released an official statement assuring that players will not be affected. Full Tilt Poker’s suspension is completely unrelated to the operation of PokerStars, which will continue unchanged, the statement confirmed. For players in Canada, the Full Tilt Poker site is currently listed as undergoing “scheduled maintenance.”

According to Canadian-poker.ca spokesman Leon Daniels, it might take time until Full Tilt Poker resolves its licensing issues. “In the meantime, there are plenty of other options for us Canadian poker fans, and at this point we can only trust sites run by publicly traded companies who won’t risk their reputation or stock value.”

“Take 888 Poker for example; it’s remained online and reliably in operation while other sites struggle with lawsuits and regulators. In fact, 888 Poker is winning back the hearts of Canadian poker players who were swept away to other poker rooms, but who are now realizing it’s best to stick to a strong company.” Leon also remarked that 888 is now offering players in Canada special bonuses for “returning home” from other poker sites.

Party Poker is another example of an operation that has remained reputable and reliable throughout this period of online poker turmoil, and is an option for players looking to play at an established institution. Party Poker recently merged with Bwin Poker and players can enjoy both brands under the same protection of a strong, publicly traded company.

Despite Leon’s concern, Canadian-poker.ca is convinced there is no reason for Canadian players to be concerned over the latest Full Tilt news. Companies like 888 Poker, Party Poker, and Bwin continue to operate as usual, and online poker in Canada is as strong as ever.

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