Turner’s Adult Swim Buys Big Pixel Studios: The Game Developer Of The Rick And Morty Themed Mobile Game – Pocket Mortys

Turner's Adult Swim Buys Big Pixel Studios: The Game Developer Of The Rick And Morty Themed Mobile Game - Pocket Mortys

Turner’s Adult Swim Buys Big Pixel Studios: The Game Developer Of The Rick And Morty Themed Mobile Game – Pocket Mortys

Today (21st May), Turner’s young adult entertainment brand – Adult Swim has announced that they’ve acquired the game studio behind the highly successful Rick and Morty mobile game – Pocket Mortys. The game studio that developed Pocket Mortys is UK-based game developer – Big Pixel Studios, located in the Shoreditch area of London and not far from Turner’s brand new European headquarters which will open next year. Adult Swim bought the studio as part of their gaming and digital expansion plan, and to continue their commitment to create more multi-platform content based on the popular animated sci-fi comedy show. Adult Swim Games has already gained respect in the indie gaming industry as a game publisher and wants to expand upon its success. Since the game’s release, Big Pixel Studios has always been adding new features to game to keep players interested and there’s more features coming soon.

Rick and Morty was the number one comedy show across all U.S. television in 2017, and has recently been renewed for seventy episodes as part of a long-term deal. Pocket Mortys is inspired by popular role-playing monster collecting and battling video game franchises such as Pokémon but with a Rick and Morty twist. In the show, each dimension has a unique Rick and Morty who often meet at the Citadel of Ricks which is also the main center-point of the game. In the game, there’s over 150 different Mortys to collect, all weird in their own way. Also, you’ll have to train and combine Mortys to level them up, go to different dimensions and challenge other Ricks for a Morty battle. The ultimate goal is to defeat every member of the Council of Ricks and to collect every Morty in the game.

The game also features other well known characters from the series including Mr. Meeseeks, Bird Person and Jerry and also side-missions, tournaments and also crafting. The game introduced multiplayer battling last summer, and during the premiere of Rick and Morty season three, there was a weekly release of all-new avatars for fans to collect including: Commander Rick, Judge Morty, Summer, Tinkles, Scary Terry, Ants in My Eyes Johnson, and many more. To date, there’s more than 250 Mortys and 100 avatar to collect and there’s more to come too!

Pocket Mortys launched in January 2016 and became one of Adult Swim’s most downloaded mobile games to date. Pocket Mortys can be downloaded for free on Google Play for Android devices and the iTunes App Store for iOS devices.

From The Turner USA Press Release (via Turner UK) Adult Swim Expands Gaming Universe With Acquisition of Game Studio Big Pixel

Turner’s Adult Swim announced today the acquisition of UK-based game developer Big Pixel Studios. This acquisition is part of the network’s increased investment in gaming and overall commitment to creating more multi-platform content with Adult Swim’s popular IP.

Along with other mobile titles for the network, Big Pixel developed the highly successful game Pocket Mortys based off characters from Adult Swim’s hit animated series Rick and Morty, the #1 comedy across all of television in 2017, that was recently picked up for an additional 70 episodes. The studio is continuing to add more elements to Pocket Mortys for fans to explore.

After more than eight years of rolling out highly original and addictive titles like Amateur Surgeon and Robot Unicorn Attack, Adult Swim Games has built a respected reputation in the industry as a top indie publisher and now looks to take its success to the next level.

“We’re thrilled to have Dave and the team at Big Pixel join Adult Swim Games,” said vice president of Adult Swim Games, Jeff Olsen. “Having such a talented creative team in-house will allow us to build much deeper and more immersive games for fans.”

This past summer Pocket Mortys introduced multiplayer capability and launched a weekly release of all-new avatars timed to season three episodes of Rick and Morty for fans to collect including: Commander Rick, Judge Morty, Summer, Tinkles, Scary Terry, Ants in My Eyes Johnson, and many more. In total, fans can currently collect more than 250 Mortys and over 100 avatars in the game, with even more new content and characters being introduced in 2018.

“We are extremely proud of the relationship between Big Pixel Studios and Adult Swim Games resulting in the success of Pocket Mortys,” said David Burpitt, managing director of Big Pixel Studios. “I hope our players are as excited as we are knowing that this new chapter puts us in a fantastic position to develop existing and new titles for them to enjoy.”

Pocket Mortys lets players assemble the best team of Mortys to train and battle each other in the delight of the Council of Ricks. With multiplayer, fans can battle each other across new dimensions putting their Morty training skills to the ultimate test while collecting dozens of new Mortys and avatars.

Since its launch in January 2016, Pocket Mortys is one of Adult Swim’s most downloaded mobile games to date. Pocket Mortys is available now for free on Google Play and the App Store.

About Big Pixel Studios

Founded in 2009 by three veterans of the games industry, Big Pixel Studios has gained a reputation by releasing a collection of exciting and original IP with innovative gameplay and unmistakable character. The studio has become a trusted go-to by returning clients to enhance high-profile IP for their brands.

https://www.bigpixelstudios.co.uk/

http://www.turner.com/pressroom/adult-swim-expands-gaming-universe-acquisition-game-studio-big-pixel

Joss Duffield Hired As Turner UK And Northern Europe Syndication Director

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Joss Duffield

Joss Duffield Hired As Turner UK And Northern Europe Syndication Director

Turner UK has announced the appointment of Joss Duffield as Syndication Director, in her new role she will oversee all licensing deals in the UK and the Nordic countries for Turner’s general entertainment and kids content that originate from the company’s brands which include Cartoon Network, TNT, TBS, TruTV and Adult Swim. Before working at Turner, she was vice president of distribution and sales at FMI (FremantleMedia International), where she was selling kids shows to a global market.

Prior to working at FMI, she worked at A+E Networks and Entertainment One and she was also Director of Sales at Turner between 2010 to 2011. In her new role, she will report to the Senior VP of Turner UK and Northern Europe – Pierre Branco and will also work closely with Turner EMEA’s (Europe, Middle East and Africa) VP of Media Distribution – Humphrey Black.

Commenting on Joss’s appointment, Pierre Branco said:

“Joss brings a wealth of experience to this role, at a time of significant growth for our business in the region. Alongside our core channel business, we are continuing to develop new platform partnerships and innovative ways to exploit our rich programming inventory and Joss’ expertise will be vital in driving forward our strategy across these key markets.”

http://tbivision.com/2018/02/23/turner-poaches-fremantle-exec-for-uk-euro-sales/

http://www.c21media.net/turner-re-hires-duffield/

Ben 10 And The Powerpuff Girls At London Toy Fair 2018

Ben 10 And The Powerpuff Girls At London Toy Fair 2018

Ben 10 And The Powerpuff Girls At London Toy Fair 2018

This week (23/01/2018 to 25/01/2018) was the 2018 Toy Fair at the Olympia exhibition centre in London, UK. The annually-held convention is an opportunity for toy manufacturers to promote and demonstrate their latest toys to attract potential retailers and customers. This year, Cartoon Network’s owners – Turner was a sponsor of the event and sponsored a cafe in the exhibition centre during the convention. The master toy licensee for Cartoon Network’s The Powerpuff Girls – Spin Master and distributor for Ben 10 toys for the UK market (on behalf of Playmates Toys) – Flair were also present at the event.

The day before the opening of this year’s Toy Fair, Cartoon Network Enterprises, the product and service licensing division of Cartoon Network already announced a second wave of toys for the newly rebooted Ben 10 animated series. New toys will include Heatblast Rocket Flyer, Diamondhead Power Tank vehicles, Omni-Enhanced figurines and also Omni-Launch battle figurines.

https://www.regularcapital.com/2018/01/ben-10-toys-wave-two-coming-soon-playmates-toys/

2018 also marks the 20th anniversary of Cartoon Network’s The Powerpuff Girls as a full animated series, alongside new episodes of The Powerpuff Girls this year and the return of the fourth Powerpuff Girl – Bliss, Cartoon Network will continue to license the brand out to clothing and toy manufacturers, retailers and confectioners.

https://www.regularcapital.com/2018/01/cartoon-network-celebrates-20th-anniversary-of-the-powerpuff-girls-animated-series/

At the Toy Fair, Funko (the manufacturer that makes Funko Pops, which are simplified vinyl figurines of characters from pop-culture), has announced that they’re releasing a Dorbz figure range featuring characters from Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty.

https://www.funko.com/blog/article/london-toy-fair-reveals-rick-and-morty

In other licensing news, Cartoon Network Enterprises and McDonald’s UK have partnered up to offer The Amazing World of Gumball toys in McDonald’s Happy Meals, the promotion is expected to start after the current Pokémon promotion has ended.


https://www.toyfair.co.uk