Gameloft's New Orleans Studio Celebrates its 1st Anniversary with the Launch of 'Cosmic Colony'
NEW ORLEANS, August 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
One year after announcing the opening of their New Orleans studio, Gameloft, a leading global publisher of digital and social games, is thrilled to reveal that the latest office has officially launched its first title, Cosmic Colony, on iOS and Android.
Available today, Cosmic Colony is a space-themed tycooning game that allows players to colonize a mysterious planet in order to prosper. Surprising events and space missions also await players of all ages as they leave everything they've grown to love behind to become the next-generation of space pioneers. The title will be added to the Let's Play by Gameloft growing lineup of casual titles, which currently sees over 54% of Gameloft's total 55 million monthly active users.
"Cosmic Colony is the result of the New Orleans studio's hard work over the last year while overcoming the many challenges that are inherent with opening a new office," said Samir El Agili, Gameloft's VP of Production for the United States & Latin America. "The game represents the first of many games that we anticipate launching in the upcoming years as I foresee a lot of new and innovating projects being released from our New Orleans location, and I look forward to working with our local and state partners to help meet that objective."
The studio is the second studio to be opened in North America, with the first being based in New York. As the studio lines up new creation projects for the coming year, in addition to working on and evolving an assortment of existing games in the Gameloft catalog, they plan on continuing their search for local talent to build the team. With the help of local recruiting initiatives hosted by LED FastStart, the nation's best state workforce training program, the New Orleans studio has already received thousands of qualified candidates consisting of local talent and recent college graduates. Yet as the Gameloft office workload begins to increase, their assistance will not only continue to drive the studio's growth, but help to ensure its success in the local economy as well as its acclimation to the local culture as well.
"We worked hard to show Gameloft that New Orleans and our state represent one of the leading opportunities for investment in the digital media sector," said Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. "We're excited about the release of Gameloft's first project created in Louisiana, and we're proud that the Gameloft studio in New Orleans continues to grow. Gameloft's work in our state shows that Louisiana is becoming a beacon for the digital media industry, and, most importantly, it shows we are diversifying our economy in order to create more opportunities for our people to pursue their dreams here at home."
Michael Hecht, President & CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc., added, "Greater New Orleans, Inc. is thrilled with the announcement that Gameloft New Orleans is releasing its first full local creation project, Cosmic Colony. The production of Cosmic Colony exemplifies the tremendous growth of the digital media industry in our region. Our competitive tax climate and best-in-class incentives make the region a smart choice for both large and small digital media firms - and are why we were just voted #1 in the USA for digital media."
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Jessica W. Lewinstein
Gameloft's NA PR Manager