Marvel, Gazillion team for MMO games

'Super Hero Squad' is first title in development

NEW YORK -- Marvel Entertainment and Gazillion Entertainment have struck a licensing deal to develop massively multiplayer online games based on Marvel characters.

The first game in development is a casual MMO title for younger audiences based on Marvel's "Super Hero Squad" property.

Gazillion also will develop "Marvel Universe," an MMO game for PC and consoles. Financial details of the licensing deal were not disclosed.

"Despite the tough economy, the video game industry continues to grow, and MMO games for mass audiences represent the next big opportunity for the upcoming decade," said Rob Hutter, president and CEO of Gazillion. "This is particularly the case for established global entertainment brands like Marvel, which possess hundreds of millions of touch points with fans worldwide. The next step is exceptionally high quality MMO entertainment, and that's our mission at Gazillion."

Privately held Gazillion is backed by venture capital firms and runs four production studios.
"Marvel's library features a large and world-renowned stable of characters, making it tailor made for massively multiplayer entertainment that will appeal to a wide audience eager for more opportunities to interact with these iconic character franchises," said Simon Philips, president, Worldwide Consumer Products for Marvel.
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