Shards of War: Win Big with Bigpoint at Gamescom 2015
Hamburg, Germany, 31 July 2015 | Bigpoint, one of the world’s leading developers and publishers of online games, has unveiled the Gamescom program for Shards of War, their action-packed MOBA-shooter hybrid. Members of the press will have access to hourly game presentations in the business center (Hall 2.1 B041/C040) while gamers can look forward to a whole slew of events in the entertainment area (Hall 8.1 B020).
Eight teams from around the world have qualified to take part in the live Battle of the Shards tournament in Cologne. Bigpoint is flying in squads from France, the Czech Republic, Russia, Italy, the USA and other countries to compete before a live audience in a double-elimination tournament with more than €10,000 in prize money at stake! The matches will be broadcast live via Twitch so fans everywhere can follow the action. Additionally, famous YouTube personalities and Let’s Play stars from different countries will be making appearances. Meet them at Bigpoint’s booth in the entertainment area!
Of course, visitors will have a chance to play a match or two as well. It’s worth stopping by, as Bigpoint will be running giveaways around the clock, with high-quality gaming hardware and in-game goodies (like skins for Sentinels) on the menu.
Visitors to the Shards of War booth are in for a special surprise—they’ll be able to meet living, breathing Sentinels played by professional cosplayers. Fans who can’t make it to Cologne will be able to catch all the highlights on the game’s social media channels. Videos und pictures from the fair, live matches, exclusive interviews and team profiles will be available on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Shards of War: Current Status and Future Developments
Shards of War is currently in open beta with an official release planned for the coming months. This unique MOBA-shooter hybrid is one of the most ambitious and sophisticated titles in Bigpoint’s games portfolio. Shards of War gets right down to business without a tedious lane phase—there are confrontations seconds after each match kicks off. The intuitive WASD shooter controls encourage quick firefights and action-packed battles. Each round lasts about 20 minutes.
The developers are constantly working on new content to introduce even more variety to the game and increase the tactical possibilities. Recent updates include an alliance feature, a completely revamped item crafting system and a new map.
And that’s not all: Bigpoint regularly adds new Sentinels to give players more team-building options. There are currently 20 different Sentinels to choose from. The latest is Nemesis, a tank who uses energy shields and weapons to protect allies and inflict massive damage on foes. Many other new features are planned for the coming weeks and months, with the implementation of ranked games at the top of the list.
Bigpoint has introduced Shards of War to the ESL and runs weekly community tournaments. The game is already enjoying international acclaim, especially in Russia, Poland, France and Spain.
Overview of Features:
- Fast-paced 5 vs. 5, PvP and MOBA gameplay, combined with shooter action
- Unique science fiction setting
- Intuitive shooter controls (WASD)
- 20 unique playable characters, each with their own powerful abilities
- Exciting, action-packed 20-minute matches
- Upgrades and item crafting
- Loadout system (players choose from a range of items before each match)
For more information visit www.shardsofwar.com.
Bigpoint is a leading global online game developer and publisher. Headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, Bigpoint designs high-quality games for all gamer segments for browser, client and mobile. They are published on bigpoint.com, as well as by more than 2,000 international distribution partners and media companies.
Employees from 35 countries use state-of-the-art technology to transform the industry with innovative gaming concepts, while setting international standards to fulfill the expectations of more than 350 million gamers in over 200 countries.
Every one of the 30+ online games in Bigpoint´s portfolio is free-to-play and includes a customized micropayment system for each game to allow users to make micropayments to speed up their game progression.
Many of the titles have won various international prizes and audience awards, such as the German Developer Award 2014 and the Game Connection Award 2015 for Shards of War.
In addition to its headquarters in Hamburg, Bigpoint holds a development hub in Berlin, a mobile game studio in Lyon and maintains presences throughout Europe, the USA and Asia for distribution purposes.
For more information and press material, please visit the press area at www.bigpoint.net.