Jet Black Games Launches Video Game Development Studio

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Ex-EA, industry veterans form Jet Black Games, a video game development company that will focus on developing original and licensed intellectual properties for the Nintendo DS and Wii.

Former Electronic Arts Canada, industry veterans announced today the formation of Jet Black Games, a video game development company that will focus on developing original and licensed intellectual properties for the Nintendo DS and Wii. With careers that have spanned two generations of consoles, the founders have been credited with numerous blockbusters and platinum selling titles.

"With the launch of our new studio we've brought together all the key elements to develop top games: proven experience and talent, the desire to push the creative envelope, commitment to making games we ourselves want to play, and all the resources and support systems needed to perform," states Roger Freddi, Co-founder and CEO of Jet Black.

Jet Black has strategically aligned itself with Flashman Studios Inc., a business management firm specializing in interactive entertainment endeavours. This alliance presents immediate opportunities for Jet Black to leverage Flashman's roster of well-known intellectual properties, and situates the studio at the forefront of Nintendo's revolution in gaming.

"Both the Nintendo DS and Wii's WiFi capabilities provide an advanced medium for Jet Black to bring already popular franchises to an even broader worldwide audience." Freddi adds, "These recognised licensed properties serve to ensure that Jet Black is a name to affiliate with Nintendo games, and nicely complement the original IP on which we're working."

"We are confident in the capabilities of Jet Black's exceptional team, and know our strong global alliances and years of game experience will help grow their business", Brad Young, CEO of Flashman said. "Our proven success in cultivating the right match of intellectual property, publisher, and developer will allow Jet Black to do what they do best -- build great games, create inspirational ideas, and develop great technology."

Jet Black Games http://www.jetblackgames.com
Jet Black Games is an independent video game developer, founded by industry veterans with a passion for delivering great gameplay and a strong desire to push the creative envelope. Operating in Vancouver, BC, the hotbed of gaming, Jet Black is home to some of the industry's leading artists and programmers. Their list of credits comprise some of the premier titles of the industry, including the best-selling Need For Speed (5 titles), FIFA (5 titles) and James Bond (3 titles) series.

The studio's Jet Black Engine(C) technology provides a complete, highly modular and extensible framework that delivers compelling 3D gameplay. The team is dedicated to delivering top quality games with cutting edge content, with a focus on developing original and licensed intellectual properties for the Nintendo DS and Wii.

Flashman Studios http://www.flashmanstudios.com
Flashman Studios is a unique, full-service business management firm representing developers, intellectual property and game-services companies to the interactive entertainment industry, with a primary focus on video games. Flashman works with clients on corporate strategy, marketing, branding, business development, negotiation, investment, and mergers and acquisitions. With offices in San Francisco, CA and Vancouver, BC, Flashman works with many of the interactive industry's most innovative and exciting companies to create long-term value in their business.

Flashman Studio's leadership and specialized knowledge has delivered some of today's most exciting gaming experiences. Flashman has been instrumental in constructing projects for their clients, that include: Cars Mobile (Disney/Pixar); Flipper Critters (Ignition); Happy Feet Mobile (Warner Brothers); WizKids Pirates (SOE-Denver); Happy Tree Friends (publisher unannounced); War World (publisher unannounced); Mushroom Men (Gamecock); Pinball FX (Microsoft Xbox Live Arcade).

Media Contact:
Flashman Studios
Shelley Mantei
Director of Marketing
shelley @ flashmanstudios.com

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