PopCap Celebrates Bejeweled®’s 10th Birthday with Year-Long Celebration, 50 Millionth Unit Sold

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Most Popular Puzzle Game Series of the 21st Century Selling Faster Today than Ever; Anniversary Festivities Will Include New Installments, Competitions, Contests, Etc.

DUBLIN, Ireland – February 10, 2010 — PopCap Games, maker of some of the world’s most popular video games, today announced that it will mark the 10th birthday of its flagship franchise Bejeweled® with a 10-month long celebration beginning today. Throughout 2010 PopCap will introduce new installments in the bejeweled lineup, hold the first-ever community-wide competition for Bejeweled Blitz, and stage exciting promotional activities such as the upcoming “Show Your Bejeweled Love” contest. PopCap also announced today that Bejeweled has now sold more than 50 million units, making it one of the top ten best-selling video games of all time — and the company continues to sell a copy of Bejeweled every 4.3 seconds.

“Bejeweled has obviously succeeded beyond our wildest dreams,” said Jason Kapalka, co-creator of the game and co-founder and chief creative officer at PopCap. “When Brian Fiete, John Vechey and I built the game ten years ago, we had no grand aspirations for it or PopCap, we were trying to survive as a company during the depths of the dot-com collapse. Little did we know we’d still be selling copies of Bejeweled a decade later!”

Originally launched in the spring of 2000 as “Diamond Mine,” ten years and more than 350 million downloads later Bejeweled has won dozens of awards, has been localized for audiences around the world and has been adapted for more than a dozen different platforms from iPhone to Xbox and even airline seatbacks. The game has actually accelerated in popularity and now sells at a rate of one copy every 4.3 seconds somewhere in the world, and has just been named The Most Popular Puzzle Game Series of the Century by the Guinness World Records 2010 Video Games Edition. PopCap and its distribution partners have recently confirmed that more than 50 million units of Bejeweled, Bejeweled 2 and Bejeweled Twist have been sold, but the game’s reach extends an order of magnitude further. Between free-to-play online versions across the internet, trial downloads, pre-installs and demo disks, an estimated half billion people have played Bejeweled in one form or another since its introduction.

Over the course of this calendar year, PopCap will introduce new installments in the bejeweled franchise – including an all-new way to play Bejeweled Blitz, the 1-minute social adaptation of the game – as well as conducting numerous contests and promotions open to consumers of all stripes. A competition to identify and reward the very best Bejeweled Blitz players – the first such competition held around a social game – will commence later this spring. The “Show Your Bejeweled Love” contest kicking off next month will encourage fans of the game to celebrate their affinity for the original match-3 puzzler in various audio and video forms; there is no cost or obligation to enter, and details will be available as of early March at www.bejeweled.com

About PopCap

PopCap Games (www.popcap.com) is the leading multi-platform provider of fun, easy-to-learn, captivating video games that appeal to everyone from age 6 to 106. Based in Seattle, Washington, PopCap was founded in 2000 and has a worldwide staff of over 260 people in Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, Vancouver, B.C., Dublin, and Shanghai. Its games have been downloaded more than 1 billion times by consumers worldwide, and its flagship title, Bejeweled®, has sold more than 50 million units across all platforms. Constantly acclaimed by consumers and critics, PopCap’s games are played on the Web, social platforms, desktop computers, myriad mobile devices (cell phones, smartphones, PDAs, Pocket PCs, iPod, iPhone and more), popular game consoles (such as Xbox and DS), and in-flight entertainment systems. PopCap is the only “casual games” developer with leading market share across all major sales channels, including social, Web portals, retail stores, mobile phones, MP3 players, and game devices.

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  • Judy Bradley

    Wow! Congratulations on this milestone! Bejeweled rather bedazzles me! I am not good, but my son sends me messages on facebook about playing! So do some of my friends and they are all good!

  • Judy Bradley

    I just re-read the article and realized that Pop Cap Games is in Ireland, one of my favorite places. I got to go to Dublin once about 6yrs ago and I loved it! It is quite appropriate that a game called Bejeweled would come from such a jewel-like setting as the Emerald Isle! Congrats again!

  • Judy Bradley

    I keep re-reading and finding good stuff! Now I see where Pop Cap Games is based out of Seattle, WA – another emerald! I made my first trip to the Olympic Pennisula in Sept and would love to live there. Bejeweled is fascinating, though I am not good enough to take part in competitions you will be having, it will be interesting to see all the events unfold! Keep up the good work!

  • Andrenekoi

    PopCap has some of the best casual games, i love the Peggle series.

  • PopCap games appeal to me because the are mostly puzzle games and don’t require me to push a complicated sequence of button. BeJeweled will always be a classic!

  • Kevin

    Ya know they are making fun playable games when they are even made into games inside other games such as Bejeweled and Peggle inside WoW

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