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Big Fish Games Brings Faunasphere to Facebook

Big Fish Games (Business Wire) - 18 February 2010

Big Fish Games Brings Faunasphere to Facebook

Big Fish Games logoSEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Big Fish Games, the multi-platform developer, publisher and distributor of casual and social games, is now offering Faunasphere, its free-to-play massively multiplayer online (MMO) game, on Facebook. Distinct from most social games on Facebook, the two platforms – browser-based www.Faunasphere.com and Facebook – are linked so all players can share the same virtual world, regardless of platform preference.

“As a standalone site, Faunasphere has demonstrated incredible user growth and consistently high average spend per user. We are excited to see it perform at scale on Facebook, the world’s largest social network.”

“MMOs are the original social game,” said Toby Ragaini, Big Fish Games vice president, MMO. “What’s great about bringing MMOs to Facebook is that you have a built-in network of friends to play with. People who play other social games on Facebook will enjoy the increased immersive experience that Faunasphere offers, thanks to the ability to have real-time, synchronous interactions with friends and fellow players. And because Faunasphere was designed for the casual gamer, it’s a perfect fit for the Facebook audience.”

Will O’Brien, vice president of Social Games at Big Fish Games, commented on the motivation for bringing Faunasphere to Facebook: “As a standalone site, Faunasphere has demonstrated incredible user growth and consistently high average spend per user. We are excited to see it perform at scale on Facebook, the world’s largest social network.”

Faunasphere is one of a series of social games initiatives that Big Fish Games will launch this year. To access Faunasphere on Facebook, visit http://apps.facebook.com/faunasphere.

About Faunasphere

Faunasphere is a virtual world overrun with pollution and filled with mysterious creatures called Fauna. Players work with their Fauna and friends to clean pollution and complete goals. There are a number of Fauna breeds to adopt and nurture, including dog-like Sniffers, horse-like Hoofers, and turtle-like Scooters. In all, more than 50 million Fauna variations are possible, either through breeding or the purchase of gene food.

Players are given their own spaces to decorate and fill with rare and exotic Fauna. To personalize a home that is worthy of showing off to friends, players can earn, trade or purchase decorative items, creating an oasis with waterfalls, flowers and trees. Content is updated frequently with the release of seasonal items like snow and holiday decorations. While free to play, gameplay can be enhanced via microtransactions and premium memberships.

About Big Fish Games

Founded in 2002, Big Fish Games is a multi-platform developer, publisher and distributor of casual games, including downloadable, flash, social, MMO, console and mobile games. Renowned for offering A New Game Every Day!® on www.bigfishgames.com, Big Fish Games distributes more than 1.5 million games per day worldwide. With headquarters in Seattle and offices in Vancouver, Canada, and Cork, Ireland, Big Fish Games partners with 500+ game developers and both develops and publishes some of the industry's leading brands, including Mystery Case Files®, Hidden Expedition®, Drawn™, Fairway Solitaire™, My Tribe™ and Faunasphere™. For more information, visit www.bigfishgames.com.

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