BROOMFIELD, Colo., March 01, 2010
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) today announced that it is working with North Carolina-based video game developer Icarus Studios to deliver Caching, Download and Storage services for the massively multiplayer online game (MMOG), Fallen Earth.
Since the release of Fallen Earth last fall, Level 3 has been working with co-developers Icarus Studios, a leading provider of white-label MMOGs and virtual worlds, and Fallen Earth, LLC to deliver the Caching and Download services for the award-winning game.
"Since the launch, we have aimed to make Fallen Earth more accessible to all of our customers worldwide," said James Hettinger, CEO of Icarus Studios. "Level 3 enables us to provide players with a quick, reliable download and seamless gaming experience. With Level 3, we have increased our bandwidth capacity by 20-fold and supported peaks of up to 4,000 Megabits per second."
Icarus Studios also uses Level 3 Content Delivery Network (CDN) services to deliver new content and critical game updates to players, making it a vital component of their infrastructure.
In addition to Caching and Download services, Level 3 offers a full suite of CDN services, providing game developers and publishers with solutions for live event streaming for tournaments and new game launches, real-time usage analytics and insight, traffic management services, and data storage. Level 3 is positioned to provide true end-to-end solutions that enable content delivery from "creation to consumption."
"The Level 3 network is designed to support the high-quality experience online gamers demand," said Peter Neill, senior vice president of Content Markets for Level 3. "Leveraging the capabilities of the Level 3 network, we're able to provide not only the reliable infrastructure and real-time traffic management that are critical for a quality gaming experience; we provide customers like Icarus Studios with 24/7 access to reporting data and analytics to help them make better decisions for their business."
For more information on Level 3's gaming solutions, please visit http://www.level3.com/index.cfm?pageID=151.
For information on Icarus Studios and Fallen Earth, visit www.icarusstudios.com.
About Level 3 Communications
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) is a leading international provider of fiber-based communications services. Enterprise, content, wholesale and government customers rely on Level 3 to deliver services with an industry-leading combination of scalability and value over an end-to-end fiber network. Level 3 offers a portfolio of metro and long-haul services, including transport, data, Internet, content delivery and voice. For more information, visit www.Level3.com.
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About Icarus Studios
Located in Cary, North Carolina, Icarus Studios is a next generation game developer and technology provider. The studios' xScape cloud gaming development platform enables the production and cross integration of massively multi-player online games, iPhone and Facebook applications and virtual worlds. Icarus Studios' recent game credits include co-developing the award winning MMOG Fallen Earth, and developing Showtime's Dexter iPhone game. Icarus Studios provides its partners with a total solution that includes design and content production, monetization, customer support, hosting, and a tightly integrated technology platform. The Icarus xScape technology platform was built from the ground-up on industry standards to accelerate time to market, reduce development and running costs, and enable new revenue streams through 3D, Web, Flash™, and mobile user experiences.
About FALLEN EARTH, LLC
Formed in 2003, FALLEN EARTH, LLC is a special purpose entity born out of Icarus Studios dedicated to the production of the independently produced and published, massively multiplayer online game (MMO) unlike any other, Fallen Earth. Set in the Grand Canyon in 2156 and mixing first-person shooter-style action with role-playing game design, Fallen Earth allows players to explore a post-apocalyptic world through crafting, trading, and scavenging. Fallen Earth is co-developed with Icarus Studios using the patented technology xScape™ Platform and available exclusively for the PC.
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Tricia Jenkins, on behalf of Icarus Studios