Legendary Game Creators Crane & Kitchen Found New Game Publisher

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David Crane, co-founder of Activision, the first 3rd party video game publisher and Garry Kitchen, Crane’s longtime partner and video game pioneer, announce the formation of AppStar Games Inc. The announcement coincides with Crane’s acceptance of the first-ever Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences’ Pioneer Award at the annual D.I.C.E. Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“We’re very excited about the dramatic shift that is occurring in the game industry with the advent of direct-to-consumer distribution of our titles", said David Crane, CTO of AppStar Games.

David Crane, co-founder of Activision, the first 3rd party video game publisher and Garry Kitchen, Crane’s longtime partner and video game pioneer, announce the formation of AppStar Games Inc. The announcement coincides with Crane’s acceptance of the first-ever Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences’ Pioneer Award at the annual D.I.C.E. Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Crane and Kitchen will be focusing their creative efforts on the booming market for ‘small footprint’ gaming across a diverse field of devices, including smartphones, wireless tablets and handheld console devices. Having worked together since 1982, Crane and Kitchen have authored literally hundreds of released video game titles across 15 game platforms from the Atari 2600 through the most popular smartphone platforms. In 2008, the team led the initiative that took Skyworks Interactive, a leading casual game company, into the digital publishing business with two best selling titles, Arcade Hoops and Arcade Bowling. Under their leadership, Skyworks’ released 40 titles, with 15 games reaching the “Top 100”.

“Garry and I have worked together on a number of successful ventures over the years, generating hundreds of millions of dollars for investors and stakeholders. We’re very excited about the dramatic shift that is occurring in the game industry with the advent of direct-to- consumer distribution of our titles. AppStar Games is committed to taking a leadership role in that transition by delivering the highest quality product in the marketplace”, said Crane, CTO of AppStar.

AppStar Games expects to publish its first titles in Q2 2010.

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