Dublin, Ireland – (The Hosting News) – April 25, 2006 – Ireland’s Servecentric data centre has been chosen to host and support the entire online gaming platform for Seattle-based PopCap Game’s international markets.
At its headquarters in Dublin, Servecentric will launch an online hosting infrastructure for PopCap Games. According to the company, PopCap is the leading provider of casual games in the world. With headquarters in Seattle, its website attracts over six million unique visitors each month and its games have been downloaded more than 175 million times. PopCap games such as Bejeweled 2 and Zuma can be played instantly in users’ web browsers, with deluxe versions available for download.
PopCap recently announced the opening of a development and support centre for its International operations and European business in the Digital Hub, Dublin. A factor in its choice of location was the close proximity of a world-class collocation facility. Servecentric met all of PopCap’s exacting criteria, including meeting the highest levels of on-demand bandwidth availability, resilience, and having a proven collocation track record.
This is PopCap’s first data centre deployment outside of the United States and is an integral part of a multi-million dollar expansion into international markets. By moving into Europe and taking advantage of Servecentric’s multi-carrier connectivity partnerships with leading ISPs and telecoms providers, PopCap anticipates it will be able to provide even faster download times to European users and expects to grow its business significantly in the region.
Paul Breslin, IT Director of PopCap Games International commented, ”We wanted a data centre partner that could provide the highest quality technical infrastructure, project management, and scaleable bandwidth to allow us to concentrate on developing new and exciting games for our growing international customer base. Crucially for us, Servecentric could underpin its guarantees with clearly defined and measurable service level agreements.”
Jason O’Conaill, Sales and Marketing Director of Servecentric added, ”We are delighted to welcome the world’s leading developer and publisher of casual games. This is one of the fastest growing sectors in interactive entertainment and we anticipate that up to one million people per month will play games on PopCap’s new European online platform hosted in our data centre. Our ability to guarantee optimal levels of bandwidth and 24/7 uptime were crucial in winning this international hosting
Casual games are platform-agnostic online games such as puzzle, word and classic arcade-style games that all ages and both genders of an estimated 100 million people play each month.
Servecentric is a wholly owned, private funded, Irish organisation. It was established in August 2002 and has its headquarters in Blanchardstown Corporate Park in Dublin. According to the company, it is currently Ireland’s largest independent data centre operator, providing scaleable solutions from single cabinet collocation services to full-scale provision of managed services.
PopCap Games provides casual games and is based in Seattle, Washington. Founded in 2000, it has grown tremendously in the past five years. PopCap’s games have been downloaded more than 175 million times, and its flagship title Bejeweled(r) has sold more than 5 million units across all major platforms. PopCap games are available for web, PC and Mac, videogame consoles, cell-phones, PDAs and other mobile devices, and in-flight on leading airlines.
To learn more about PopCap games, please visit: www.popcap.com.
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