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Outspark Creates Virtual Playground With New Social Networking Portal

Free-to-Play Games Website Delivers a New Way for Its Community to Connect, Interact, Share Content and Stay Up-to-Date on Games, Events and More!

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/10/08 -- Outspark, a leading entertainment services company that publishes and operates multiplayer online games (MMOGs), announced today the launch of its new portal, a place where its community can connect and interact by creating profiles and friends lists in order to share stories, user generated videos and more. The launch of the portal marks the beginning of Outspark's evolution from a free-to-play games site to a leading gaming entertainment portal.

In addition, Outspark announced it is now using the open API from leading online video platform YouTube(TM) to host and embed user generated videos directly on Outspark will roll out additional video features that it will announce in the coming months.

"It's been our vision from the beginning to create an online playground where our community can play games, make friends and share online experiences beyond the games," said Susan Choe, CEO and founder of Outspark. "The launch of the portal opens the door for us to implement a world of interactive features and tools that our growing community can use to experience the virtual playground we have created. In the near future, we can help other game publishers or even developers introduce their games into our portal."

Outspark has taken the lead on establishing a brand new category in the interactive entertainment industry by becoming the first casual games publisher to expand its services to include its own social networking playground and gifting of game store premium digital items on the web, allowing commerce activities outside the game, all in one online location.

Since the company's formation in January 2007 their online community has grown to more than 3.5 million users, the majority of which are located in North America. Outspark's free-to-play games cover a wide variety of genres and include the titles Fiesta, Secret of the Solstice and Bread 'n Butter, Project Powder and Blackshot. Portal Features:

Build a Profile -- Customize a corner of Outspark's virtual playground with your own Outspark page! Here you can upload a profile picture, show off your game characters and personalize your space with information about yourself from your favorite games and movies to the kind of mood you're in.

Make Friends -- Stay in touch with your Outspark friends or make new ones by adding them to your Friends List! Your Friends List gives you easy access to your friends' profiles so that you can see what games they're playing, share content and post comments on their profile pages.

Gift Friends -- Fiesta player can use's new gifting option to give their friends the premium digital items they really want this holiday season. The gifting option will be available for other Outspark games soon.

Stay Informed -- Get real time updates on daily in-game events and contests and stay informed on important Outspark news with instant emails from the Outspark community crew.

Along with the launch of the new portal, is also taking on a brand new look! The clean design makes it easier to access the games and features community members frequent including art and video galleries, featured member list and newsfeed.

Outspark also announced last week that two leadership positions had been filled with former Habbo General Manager Paul Thind joining Outspark as their new Chief Business Officer and Victor Wachter joins as Outspark's Director of Community.

For more information about Outspark and its games please visit

About Outspark:

Outspark is a leading entertainment services company that publishes and operates engaging online multiplayer games. Featuring a portfolio of immersive free-to-play games and related content, the company is building an online destination where members come for the games and stay for the community. Backed by Tencent, Altos Ventures and DCM, Outspark is headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., with a subsidiary office in Seoul, Korea. For more information, visit

Outspark Media Contacts:
Tracie Snitker
Reverb Communications
(209) 586-1495 x104
[email protected]

Abby Oliva
Reverb Communications
(209) 586-1495 x106
[email protected]

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