Saturday, November 15, 2008

MindArk & Entropia

Some say Second Life has no competition. I think Linden Lab knows better.

Look at The Entropia platform,
built upon the CryENGINE®2 graphics /game engine, (screenshot below) and read how they are now in the game to be the platform of choice for NASA. Yes NASA, the ones that made Second Life look like it had real possibilities back a few years ago.


Image from: http://www.mindark.com/press/image-gallery/

Below from recent MindArk Press Releases:
GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN‐‐(Marketwire ‐ September 3, 2008) ‐ Mindark, developer and operator of Virtual World Entropia Universe, today revealed the first visuals from the upgraded version of the award‐winning Entropia Universe Platform. The free‐of‐charge platform supports a functioning 3D online presence in a virtual universe integrated with a secure and unique Real Cash Economy business model. This allows platform partners to easily gain access to the next evolution of the
Internet.

The state‐of‐the‐art graphics in combination with the business proven real cash economy offers a complete solution to all interested parties in virtual reality.

Entropia Universe offers interactive entertainment, social networking, and ecommerce to media corporations, telcos, and independent software developers wishing to utilize the platform for the development of their own 3D virtual environments. Built upon the renowned CryENGINE®2 motor, the Entropia platform screenshots can be viewed or downloaded at Mindark's official site, www.mindark.com/press/image‐gallery/.

About Entropia Universe

Entropia Universe was launched in January 2003 and has grown to over 750,000 registered accounts from over 200 countries. Its business model is entirely unique as the client software is free to download from the internet and there are no monthly subscription fees. As the only virtual universe with a real cash economy whose currency, the PED, has a fixed exchange rate of 10:1 with the US Dollar, Entropia Universe provides a means for new players to immediately start exploring and earning real cash without having to deposit money. A key feature is that the funds acquired in Entropia Universe can easily be withdrawn into real‐life cash.

Entropia Universe is a registered trademark of Mindark PE AB. Mindark supports and monitors the services and maintenance of the Entropia Universe platform. The real cash economy business model has been very successful and Mindark PE AB has been profitable since 2004. The 2007 turnover of Entropia Universe was over 400,000,000 US Dollars.
In the first merger of its kind, Mindark will provide SEE Virtual Worlds the Entropia Universe Virtual World Platform.
SEE Virtual Worlds will launch Hollywood-inspired virtual worlds to coincide with Entropia’s debut of the state-of-the-art and award-winning Cryengine2 upgrade in early 2009.
VIRTUAL WORLD DEVELOPER TO PRESENT THE ENTROPIA UNIVERSE
PLATFORM AS FOUNDATION FOR A NASA ONLINE LEARNING GAME

(Gothenburg, Sweden) – October 28, 2008 – After extensive review by internal and external experts, NASA Learning Technologies and the Innovative Partnership Program Office selected award-winning developer MindArk as one of three finalists to present Entropia Universe at the Goddard Space Flight Center on November 7th. The goal is to make an exciting Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) educational game to enhance real world education of teens in high school and college, in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

“We are thrilled and honored to present Entropia Universe to NASA and to have been selected from over 100 interested parties which were present at the NASA MMO Workshop in April. It is an acknowledgement of our concept and progress, and shows the versatility of the platform we have spent a decade developing,” says MindArk CEO Jan Welter Timkrans. MindArk Director of Special Projects

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