Gang of Four Joins Skotos Tech as Associate Game
BERKELEY, CA, April 22, 2003 Gang of Four, an online game produced by Days of Wonder Inc., has joined Skotos Tech as an Associate Game. This marks the seventh game to become a member of Skotos, a gaming community which offers its players access to a multitude of online roleplaying and strategy games for a single subscription price.
Gang of Four is a deceptively simple card game which originated in the Orient. Players attempt to empty their hands of cards by playing them in an ascending sequence. However, its strategy is fiendishly complex, requiring careful play to ensure a player of the ability to go out.
"It's a totally new type of game for Skotos," says Shannon Appelcline, Vice President of Skotos. "Gang of Four is a game which can be played in just 30-45 minutes, and that offers very different dynamics from our multi-week strategy games and our ongoing roleplaying experiences." Though the first of its type, Skotos is making plans for additional short-duration strategy games, both with Days of Wonder and with other companies.
The partnership between Skotos and Days of Wonder was accomplished through Skotos' new Associate Game program, where existing online games can agree to non-exclusive distribution with Skotos. Other members of the Associate Game program include Near Death Studios, the producers of Meridian 59, and Lyra Studios, the producers of Underlight.
Skotos' Associate Games get to benefit from Skotos marketing, branding, and business development. They also become members of a game designer's community which jointly has more clout when talking with carriers and portals than any game would individually. A sophisticated royalty system ensures that each game shares user fees from every player proportionately.
Skotos Tech is actively looking for more developers to become members of the Associate Game community. Developers interested in learning more about the Skotos Associate Game program should contact Shannon Appelcline directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Players interested in trying out Skotos' seven games should visit http://www.skotos.net for a free trial month.
ABOUT SKOTOS TECH INC.
Founded in 1999, Berkeley, California-based Skotos Tech Inc. (http://www.skotos.net) is a developer and publisher of multiplayer games. Its games all center around socialization and new Internet-based communities. Other games currently published by Skotos include Castle Marrach, The Eternal City, Galactic Emperor: Hegemony, Monsters! Monsters!: Grendel's Revenge, Meridian 59: Sacred Haven, and Underlight. A group of external developers known as "The Skotos Seven" are already working on the next generation of Skotos games.
ABOUT DAYS OF WONDER
Days of Wonder (http://www.daysofwonder.com) has been producing top-quality card and board games since 2002. Its current releases include Gang of Four, Fist of Dragonstones, Queen's Necklace, and Mystery at the Abbey. Days of Wonders' innovative approach to the online medium offers its players considerable support at online websites, as well as multiplayer online versions of many of their most popular games.
For further information, please contact:
Vice President, Skotos Tech Inc.