Ann Arbor, MI (PRWEB) May 14, 2010
At Ross School of Business’s annual Michigan Capital Growth Symposium, Bodega, a presenting company, announced that it has signed and integrated Ayogo, a Vancouver-based game developer.
Ayogo will provide support for the iPhone platform game “City of Ash” in the Bodega virtual marketplace. This marks the Ann Arbor startup’s first integration of an iPhone game into its marketplace for virtual goods. Currently the cross-platform marketplace, Bodega Shop, has had its application sanctioned on Facebook and for the iPhone and iPad platforms.
Michael Fergusson, the CEO of Ayogo, said, “Bodega worked very hard to provide business terms and technical support that worked for Ayogo's business.” Bodega Shop is a cross-platform marketplace that allows users to use BodegaBills, the virtual marketplace currency, to buy virtual goods for supported games and platforms.
Bodega’s VP of Business Development, Andrew Barinov, said, “Ayogo is a premier innovator in the social gaming space, and this deal underscores the transformative potential of the Bodega virtual goods marketplace.”
Bodega's founder and CEO, Mark Sendo, has a background in the payments industry and his vision for the company fulfills with a real growing need in the virtual gaming industry for flexibility and convenience to users, many of whom dabble in multiple games and platforms.
Sendo said, “The Bodega Marketplace on Facebook will allow branded goods to have a life of their own [and] be freely traded.”
The company hopes to include other popular games in the future, and to expand its services to other platforms like MySpace, Twitter, and Bebo.
"Ayogo is always looking for additional promotional channels and sources of new revenue for our games. Bodega's marketplace promises to give us both,” said Fergusson.