;-) Klicknation Press
Fantasy social games are almost dime a dozen, but what are they missing? Why, half naked men spilling the blood of goblins and other beasts, of course. In Age of Champions on Facebook, players take the role of one of three races: a human, an elf or a minotaur as they vie for the throne of an emperor who recently kicked the can. As it turns out, so is everyone else. After choosing which of the three warring factions that you'll be siding with in this sprawling conflict, you'll be launched into battle with a band of goblins, your warriors sprinting across a green, war-torn field, bronze daggers flailing. After witnessing the green, gooey bloodshed as your avatar guts the goblin leader, you realize that this is not standard fantasy fare on Facebook.
Find out more about Age of Champions and our impressions after the break.
Source: Sacramento Business Journal
Online video games for Facebook and modern-day crime-fighting tools are some of the products tech companies are cranking out in the four-county Sacramento region.
From KlickNation Corp. to Metaverse Mod Squad, several companies are grabbing attention — and praise — for their products and services, while creating jobs and giving Sacramento some homegrown business success stories.
We asked industry experts to name their top five “must-watch but still under-the-radar” companies in the region. The following are the five that have lured investors, experts — and customers.
Source: Sacramento Bee
online games maker is taking on some of the trappings of a dot-com dynamo, with rapid growth and a bunch of new creature comforts for its youthful staff.
KlickNation Inc., developer of two current games played on Facebook, recently doubled its local space, leasing the second floor of its headquarters site at 1015 20th St.
Total employment: 42 people, with several new positions now being posted to help with the launch of two new games over the next few months, says co-founder Mark Otero.
More than 100,000 people play the company's games daily, Otero says, and revenues are "in the millions."
There's lots of construction activity now at the company's 11,000-square-foot building in midtown.
The space is being divided into four quadrants – one for each of KlickNation's current or planned games – while numerous amenities are being added for staffers.
Among them: a laundry room, a second fully stocked kitchen, workout space, showers and even a "motel room," with bed and TV, for employees who need to stay overnight and would prefer not crashing on one of the office's numerous futons.
"We want to create the EA of Sacramento," Otero says, referring to games giant Electronic Arts, "and to do that we need a creative and comfortable work environment because people spend so many hours here."
His goal: Build KlickNation into the sort of a company that "if you're a game maker, no doubt you want to come work and play here."
There is a great game on Facebook called Superhero City! If you are a member of Facebook you know abut all the Social Networking Games available when you get tired of reading what’s on Uncle Joe’s mind. There is, of course, Mafia Wars, Mob Wars, Farm Town, Farmville, Frontierville and far more than we could hope to name in this one article. Some of us Mega Minions found and have become addicted to is called Superhero City. We’ve posted a few pics so you can see what you’re missing. No, we’re not in anyway associated with the game or it’s makers, KlickNation other than we are game participants and let’s face it, fanatics! So we’re not plugging this because we’re getting a commission, only because we love the game! That being the case, we thought we’d clue you in a little about it in case any Mega Maniacs would like to join. By the way, Mark Poe, our esteemed Publisher-In-Training and part time gaming junkie invites you to join his team. Click here, or at the link located in his character, Marked Man’s profile.
Source: Sacramento Bee
You might say things are "Klicking" for Sacramentan Mark Otero.
His online game firm, KlickNation Inc., now has about 35 employees, most of them in the former Sacramento News & Review building at 1015 20th St. He's looking to hire a dozen more staffers while acquiring more office space here and in the Bay Area.
"I want people to know that, in this recession, there's a thriving game company in Sacramento," Otero told us.
He's seeking top engineers and game designers, who can apply at <their careers website>.
The company's first two online games – "Superhero City" and "Age of Champions" – are played by more than 700,000 people a month, mostly on Facebook, Otero said.
There's no charge to play. KlickNation makes its money – hundreds of thousands of dollars annually, he said – by selling "virtual goods" that help make players' game avatars more powerful.
Otero said there's a name for this game niche, where people pay nothing to play but sometimes cough up thousands of dollars to excel against their online competitors.