Join your host Dj Kemit on a musical tour of Hamburg, Germany. Years ago, the Beatles came to Hamburg to hone their sound. Now, the city is home to vibrant underground house, techno and live music scenes. With DJ Kemit as your guide, you’ll explore the street corners, storefronts and record shops of this amazing, inviting city.
The Adobe Collective effortlessly embody the “high desert sound,” blending Americana with psychedelia, country and indie rock. Check out live music and interviews with the band, filmed in the Joshua Tree desert, on the latest episode of the Hi-Lonesome Concert Series.
Created by Lab42, a development studio in Leamington Spa, UK, the game Snooker 19 is a finalist for TIGA Game of the Year. The TIGA awards are held annually to recognize achievements in UK game development. To learn more about the game, head to lab42.games. And click here to vote for Snooker 19 for Game of the Year.
Season 2 of Podbytes, created by Chris Gore of Film Threat, has reached its finale. Episodes this season included topics like Why We Hate When Kids Talk Like Writers and Does Comedy Belong in Star Wars?. The season also featured conversations with actor/comedian Brett Gelman and Peter Baxter, president and co-founder of the Slamdance Film Festival. All 25 episodes of Podbytes Season 2 are now streaming exclusively on You42!
Today marks the release of the Hi-Lonesome Concert Series, exclusively on You42. The first episode features interviews and music from Rick Shelley & The Desert Dogs. Shelley talks about his career and how songwriting can change your life. He then gives an intimate musical performance at Hi-Lonesome Studios, located in the beautiful, rugged desert near Joshua Tree National Park.
Chris Gore of Film Threat has returned to You42 for Season Two of Podbytes! Like the first season, this run will feature 25 all new episodes on topics like Why Movies Love to Hate Los Angeles and How to Talk to Girls at Parties About Rotten Tomatoes. Check them out exclusively on You42!
To keep creators and users up to date on the latest developments at You42, we’ve launched a new creator blog. On the blog we’ll be posting platform updates, tips and tricks, creator spotlights and features that will help users get the most out of their content.
Chris Gore will soon return to You42 with a brand new season of Podbytes! Like the first run, this season will feature a total of 25 episodes, with topics ranging from HOW FANS CAN SAVE THEIR FAVORITE SHOWS to WHY MOVIES LOVE TO HATE LA. More info and release dates coming soon.
Today marks the first day of shooting at You42’s new Midtown Atlanta studio. Cast and crew will be on hand to film a scene for the follow-up to the You42-Produced horror anthology, Dead by Midnight (11PM Central). You42 plans to use this versatile space to help creators turn their dreams into reality. And with its Midtown Atlanta location, the facility is at the heart of one of the most exciting, diverse entertainment scenes in the world.
Beginning its run in December 2018, the You42 Podcast is now marking its 20th episode. In addition to providing a platform for content creators to talk about their projects, the podcast also features general discussions on creativity, the production process, and current issues and events. Episodes include topics like “The Politics of an Expanding Sun” and “The Creative Trenches.”
Following the amazing critical and fan reception of Dead by Midnight (11 PM Central), production for the sequel is currently underway. The new installment will feature more creepy tales of the macabre. Fans can expect some wild celebrity cameos and plenty of laughs and gore, all with a delightfully retro twist. More details will be available this summer, so stay tuned!
The creators of Nice Punisher and Ron Van Life are bringing their content to You42. Nice Punisher is a comedy series that asks the question, what happens when the Punisher stops punishing criminals and starts tackling everyday life? Ron Van Life follows a filmmaker and adventurer as he travels across the country to uncover stories of inspiration. Both creators are also publishing their own podcasts to promote their shows and further engage their fans.
After providing laughs on the comedy series Molly Tries, Molly is ready to get personal on the Mollyses Show Podcast. She’s teamed up with Molly Two to dive into topics including divorce, life hacks and dating after 30, all with a dose of comedy and a few glasses of wine to help it go down. In the first episode, a self-proclaimed dating expert calls in to destroy Molly’s dating profile while ironically falling in love with her.
More Than a Game follows Connor “Jigz” Echols in his fight to become the top SMITE player in the world. He struggles to balance love, life and school, all while training every chance he gets to stay at the top of his game. The four-part Esports series is streaming now, exclusively on You42!
Ripstone Games, Lab42, and World Snooker have released the first gameplay trailer for Snooker 19 on Nintendo Switch.
This officially licensed, Unreal Engine 4 powered game will have 128 of the world’s best players like Ronnie O’Sullivan, Judd Trump, Mark Selby, and Ding Junhui brought to life using 3D facial scanning technology, playing in iconic venues such as The Crucible and Alexandra Palace.
“Podbytes”, the new video series from Chris Gore, is now streaming on You42.
Chris Gore is the editor and publisher of FilmThreat.com and a longtime champion of the indie filmmaker. Chris is the author of several books including “The 50 Greatest Movies Never Made” (St. Martin’s Press) and “The Complete DVD Book” (Michael Wiese Publications). His book “The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide” (Random House) is considered the bible of the industry and is required reading at film school.
The new You42 comedy series #PrettyFunny has been released on the You42 platform
Four talented besties navigate the highs and lows of the entertainment industry together until the role of a lifetime threatens to tear them all apart. There is cake involved…and it’s all pretty funny.
“Molly Tries…” is now streaming on You42! Check it out!
Molly is a 37-year-old mom in California who’s recently divorced and in need of a job. Each episode finds Molly trying out a new profession with hilarious, slightly awkward results. No one said living your dream was easy!
To oversee accounting and financial operations, You42 has installed CPA Leslie Attridge in the position of Controller. Leslie will be responsible for managing the accounting department, setting up financial and operational procedures, creating budget controls and forecasts, and maintaining financial records.
Following screenings at the Atlanta Film Festival and Negative Fest, the first two episodes of the horror anthology Dead by Midnight (11pm Central) will be released on October 31. Horror fans can watch at you42.com.
To ensure that You42 maintains best practices in the areas of data security, privacy and compliance, Caleb Cooper has been brought on as Chief Privacy Officer (CPO). Caleb is a Certified Information Security Auditor (CISA) and Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) who will manage the company’s risk footprint while navigating the evolving regulatory landscape.
You42, Inc. announced that it is launching a revolutionary social entertainment platform that allows creators to connect directly with consumers, enabling new levels of discoverability, monetization, security and success. Users can sign up for Early Access starting September 4, 2018, at www.you42.com.
“Dead by Midnight,” a feature film produced by social media and entertainment platform You42, won the Best Special F/X award at this year’s Negative Fest. Negative Fest is an annual festival that features horror and other genre films. The event brings together horror enthusiasts and filmmakers from across the country, allowing them to enjoy independent films from a collection of innovative international filmmakers.
You42 bills itself as a space where games, music, video, news and sports come together. The company wants to provide an exciting place for influencers – as well as record labels, authors, studios and artists – to connect with fans and maximize revenue from their creations through an intuitive cryptocurrency ecosystem.
In its efforts to help artists connect with fans and monetize their work, You42 is taking steps to secure its users’ data and finances. The company has brought on security expert Ben Eazzetta as a brand ambassador. With more than 30 years of experience defending some of the most critical assets in the United States, Eazzetta has the skills and wisdom to help You42 safeguard its users against ever-evolving digital threats.
Frank Bell, a programming and media management expert with more than 30 years of experience, will be joining You42 as a brand ambassador. Bell has a thorough understanding of what it takes to work with large numbers of artists and generate mass market appeal. This makes him a valuable addition to You42, an online entertainment and social media platform that aims to attract both artists and fans.
John Dell, a marketing and business development expert with experience across a wide range of organizations, will serve as a brand ambassador for You42. He brings with him extensive expertise in marketing, business development, logistics, and forecasting, among other key competencies. All of these skills will be invaluable for You42, a social media and arts platform that aims to disrupt modern artistic publishing.
Social entertainment, same as Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, has jumped on the blockchain bandwagon, with You42 being the first to develop a platform that brings games, music, video, sports, news to you in one central social space.
Having already raised $21 million in its presale, You42 wants to make up the difference when it begins the sale on July 2nd. According to its creators, it is the world’s first social entertainment platform based on blockchain technology. It aims to connect entertainment content creators with their followers.
Steve Beaman, a private equity expert with extensive experience, has announced that he will join You42 as an advisor. You42 is reinventing modern artistic publication by giving artists a place to distribute and profit from their work without relying on the major studios. This effort relies on changing the way artists are compensated for their work. Beaman will provide valuable insight into doing this.
As the gaming industry is growing, Charleston is hopping aboard for the ride. In the Lowcountry, there are at least two major companies and a handful of individuals trying to tap into the profitable field. Among them are decade-old studio Kiz on Johns Island, an office of the Atlanta-based company, which has traversed from PC gaming for kids into the mobile market.
You42, a social media and entertainment platform that uses innovative technology to break the dominance of large producers, has achieved early success with its film, “Dead by Midnight.” A horror anthology that was screened at the 2018 Atlanta Film Festival, the movie was widely acclaimed by the audiences and critics who saw it. It was accepted into this year’s Negative Fest, an independent film festival for movies in horror and related genres.
After serving for ten years in You42’s game development division, Kristian Millirons has been promoted to Chief Technology Officer (CTO). In his new position, Kristian will design and build enterprise applications and highly scalable systems for You42 products and services. He will manage the development team through the entire production pipeline, from concept to deployment and beyond.
You42 has named Alice Thacker to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO). Alice joined the company in 2014 as VP of Operations. She will now play an even larger role in managing and improving operations throughout the company. As part of senior management, she will help design and implement business plans and procedures to ensure efficiency and growth. She will also work to communicate the company vision while defining and promoting You42’s corporate culture.
Dash Galactic has secured global publishing partnerships for release worldwide, including China. Save the universe 3 minutes at a time! Team up with other players in real time for the hottest co-op action on mobile devices. Defend space stations, attack TOXON strongholds, and more as you help Dash defeat the galaxy’s baddest foes. Saving the universe isn’t easy, but when your friends join the fight, it’s a lot more fun!
The latest addition to the horror anthology sub-genre is You42 Originals’ Dead by Midnight/11PM Central, which premiered on April 14 at the Atlanta Film Festival. The anthology, starring Erin Brown (Masters of Horror: Sick Girl) and Hannah Fierman (V/H/S, SiREN), follows the crew of local TV station WKIZ. On Halloween night, staff members begin disappearing, only to reappear in the short films as fictional characters.
I love horror anthologies, so when I had the opportunity to watch Dead By Midnight (11pm Central), I was thrilled. And I have to say, I was thoroughly impressed. It’s a wildly entertaining collection of cautionary tales that brilliantly executes the creative potential of the anthology format.
Hannah Fierman (V/H/S, SiREN) and cult movie icon Erin Brown (Masters of Horror: Sick Girl, The Lost) star in Dead By Midnight, a retro-horror anthology produced by You42 Inc.
As a cryptocurrency platform seeking to redefine modern social media and entertainment, You42 will be sponsoring the Atlanta Film Festival alongside participating in it. The company is screening its first fully funded film Dead by Midnight/11PM Central, an anthology series that fuses six stories from different genres, ranging from comedy, to suspense, to horror. You42 hopes the film will raise awareness among potential users while establishing the company as a source of quality content in the ever evolving independent film world.
Quick wits and fast reflexes are the name of the game in Inklings, the latest release from Kiz Studios. Recently released worldwide on iOS, Android and Facebook, Inklings features cute little ink droplet characters, aptly named Inklings. These little balls of energy love candy, and it’s up to YOU to satisfy your Inkling’s sweet tooth.
Kiz Studios breakout hit music game, DuelBeats is now available worldwide exclusively on the App Store. DuelBeats is a competitive rhythm beat ’em up featuring 18 unique heroes, score modifiers, simple tap and swipe controls, and pulsating beats in genres like EDM, hip hop, and rock.
Kiz Studios has released it’s latest game into the wild. Blast through Boom Town in a fast paced frenetic endless arcade smasher that’s guaranteed to make you Go Boom! Your goal is total destruction. Why? Because smashing is fun, that’s why! Boom Battle in VS mode with up to 9 players all vying for the top spot in the Boom Town Arena.
Proving that size does matter, the Kiz Studios mobile game Little Bigfoot just got a lot bigger with a giant update exclusive to iOS devices. iPhone and iPad users will discover six new playable creatures with all new abilities. There’s the lovable Loch Nessie, the Werewolf (A.K.A. Larry), Skunk Ape, Grassman, Swamp Monster, and the rogue S.O.C.K.S. founder Dr. Argyle Socks.
Kiz Studios launch mobile stealth adventure game based on the mythology of the bigfoot. From today, mobile gamers the world over will be able to download Little Bigfoot over iTunes, Google Play and Amazon App Store.
Reflex-testing arcade mobile game, “Wonky Ship” is now featured on Plunder League, the pioneering mobile eSports platform. Players can win real cash prizes by installing the Plunder League app on their iOS mobile devices and completing the goals outlined for the Wonky Ship tournament.
The co-op action game sensation, “Dash Galactic” has warped in a massive update with new Wormhole Events along with a shiny new intuitive in-game user interface. The Wormhole Events are exclusive global in-game events that begin when players collect enough Wormhole Tokens.
Epic adventure awaits with “Little Bigfoot,” the mobile game where you use stealth and guile to collect and play with a host of mythological creatures. Currently available in open beta on the Google Play App Store and in select countries on iOS and Amazon, “Little Bigfoot” has added a new character, the pudgy yet swift Yowie, as well as the the “Way Outback” world map.
With the launch of Clash Royale last January, it could be said that 2016 was the year of synchronous mobile multiplayer. But until now, playing with other humans in real-time has been largely restricted to competitive PvP modes. This is what Atlanta-based developer Kiz Studios is keen to address with its upcoming co-op multiplayer shoot-’em-up Dash Galactic…
Kiz Studios is proud to announce their genre pioneering Idle RPG, Heroes of Havoc is now available on STEAM™. There is also a DLC pack available to give players a head start with their clicking. STEAM™ players can expect to see frantic action, high-resolution battle scenes and sleek animations that have been optimized for the PC gaming experience.
There’s a flood of new games coming into the App Store at any given moment, but unless you’re a kid, you probably don’t have time to check all of them out and decide which ones are worth your time. Luckily, Apple has released a shortlist of the 10 games the company thinks you should have on any new iPhone…
May the fastest fingers win! Exclusively on iOS, “Word Duels” is the new mobile game that turns texting with friends into a competition of speed and skill. Players go head-to-head to see who can accurately type the most words in 30 seconds, and the winner earns rewards and — most importantly — bragging rights.
Kiz Studios today announce the Android release of Heroes of Havoc: Idle Adventures, a genre defining idle RPG, available to download via Google Play. English speaking territories supported in initial roll out, with localized version to come in the following weeks.
MicroMart recently awarded its “App of the Week” to Dash Galactic, the mobile game from Kiz Studios. “Where are the console-like games?” the magazine asks of Android gaming. “Where are the multi-player hack and slash, modern day ‘Gauntlet’ variants? Kiz Studios may have the answer in its new, top-down, semi- isometric title: ‘Dash Galactic.’” In its review, “Dash Galactic” is described as “a fun Android title. More importantly, it’s a game that actually feels akin to something you’d find on a console.”
Starting today, Kindle owners can get a taste of the fast-and-fun action game, Might & Mayhem, which has now launched on the Amazon App Store. Might & Mayhem, available for the Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX, challenges you to gather a team of adventurers and battle your friends for fortune and glory. Earn experience, level up your party and take on epic quests!
Apple has published its annual Best of 2015 charts for the App Store, iTunes and iBooks Store, naming live video platform Periscope its App of the Year and Tomb Raider puzzler spinoff Lara Croft GO its Game of the Year. The Kiz Studios game Wonky Ship is named the 16th best game of the year!
Get ready to check out the ultimate sci-fi multiplayer brawler at PlayStation Experience this year – as Kiz Studios is bringing Trans-Galactic Tournament to the show! We’ll be showing Trans-Galactic Tournament in Booth # 2059 both days of the show, and would appreciate you coming by to jump into some frenzied multiplayer battles!
A very haunting Halloween is coming to the Lost Kingdom, as Kiz Studios has launched a spooky content update for their PvP arena combat game, Might & Mayhem. The immortal villain Dracula brings the Might AND the Mayhem with a brand-new Alliance Raid and a set of hauntingly unique items to collect! The horror continues in a spooky new World Event featuring two brand-new playable fighters.
Can you escape the most powerful threat in the universe? Do you have what it takes to skillfully pilot a starship as it avoids the powerful gravity of a black hole? Those are the questions, and challenges, of Wonky Ship — Kiz Studios’ new title for Android, released today on Google Play Store.
Available now from Kiz Studios is Wonky Ship, a game that (hyper)challenges your ability to dodge the most dangerous threat in the universe — a ravenous black hole. Test your fast-firing reflexes as you power up the ship’s thrusters to avoid the black hole’s gravity. It won’t be easy — your ship will bounce, spin and careen around the screen if you apply too much thrust, and a cold black doom awaits you at the core of the vortex.
HALOS, the free react-and-match mobile game from Kiz Studios, is now available exclusively for iOS devices. Simple but addicting, HALOS is the ultimate reflex challenge. It seems easy at first — just guide the falling rings to their matching bases before they shatter. But as more colors are added and rings start falling faster, players will either short-circuit their brains or enter a zen-like state of hypermatching bliss.
Trans-Galactic Tournament (TGT) is launching its Open Beta in the Americas today, but before you head to PlayStation Store to start breaking skulls and causing mayhem, we gotta share some of the surprises you’ll find in Trans-Galactic Tournament on PS4. We’re out to change your idea of what a battle arena game can be, so mow down your jungle and pave your lanes — here’s the top 7 weird things that make TGT the fastest, wildest battle arena game in the universe.
Choose your Champion and dive headlong into the frenzied multiplayer arenas of Trans-Galactic Tournament, the PlayStation®4-exclusive battler, launching today in a free open beta across North America. Now is your chance to get an early taste of the game, which features 10 awesome champions, 100 unique power-ups and six insane…and dangerous…arenas to challenge your skills as your team battles to overwhelm the opposition across three gameplay modes.
10 champions…100 unique power-ups…3 gameplay modes…limitless multiplayer battling action! Welcome to the world of Trans-Galactic Tournament, the online class-based multiplayer battler coming for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system this summer.
“What if the Star Wars cantina starred in an 80’s cartoon, which suddenly broke out into a football match, which suddenly broke out into Wrestlemania?” It’s a weird start to a design document, but the Tournament’s universe is everything we love: monsters, space and sports, clenched together in a fist and ready to punch the lights out of the world of online multiplayer games.
Two years after the release of the mobile hit Critter Escape!, Kiz Studios is still finding ways to get the game in front of new users. Most recently, Kiz launched the stealth puzzle game on Bemobi, a subscription-based app store that offers carriers, developers and consumers a better alternative for best-in-class Android mobile apps.
ARE YOU READY FOR THIS JELLY? Kiz Studios is sticking a fork in the proverbial toaster, delivering a much needed jolt to mobile puzzlers with the release of Jiggle Watts, a colorful game of deliciously charged matches and lightning fast reflexes.
Mobile game maker Kiz Studios launched a new Atlanta-based company You42, which will operate in the video games, music, sports and digital video market space. You42’s focus is on the struggling entertainment industry, whose sales have plummeted in the last decade due to online piracy.
On Maybank Highway, close to Wild Olive, sits a road called Bluebird. Although “road” may not be the appropriate word. It’s more of a gravel-covered break in the trees. It’s the kind of street where, when you turn down it, you hear roosters crowing in the not-too-terribly-far distance. It’s the kind of street where you wonder if your GPS isn’t, perhaps, leading you somewhere to kill you.
With shields ready and swords drawn, Kiz Studios unleashes Might & Mayhem, the first multiplayer mobile battle game built for the masses! Featuring quick turn-based combat and simple character leveling, even casual players will have fun stomping through single player quests and smashing heads in live PvP battles
If you were intrigued by our hands-on with new MOBA Smashmuck Champions at PAX Prime last week, we’ve got good news. The title is now available via Steam’s early access program, according to a Kiz press release. The “program helps to further Kiz’s commitment to open development, bringing the fans and players into the creation process to tweak, refine, and suggest new ideas that are incorporated into the game.”
Kiz Studios, creators of free-to-play multiplayer battle arena SmashMuck Champions, are trying to avoid “making Dota” by speeding up gameplay and involving the community, art director Allen White told us at PAX Prime 2013. According to White, Dota continues to act as the template for the genre. When the indie developer began working on SmashMuck Champions, it sought to stray away from other titles by taking a fast-paced track.
Kiz Studios, the developer behind the MOBA SmashMuck Champions, takes community feedback to another level. Their newest champion is Platimus the Platicorn – a part-platypus, part-unicorn champion that charges into battle with a swarm of his vicious Puggle offspring. What makes Platimus special is that he was created and designed by the SmashMuck Champions community during a panel at PAX East.
SmashMuck Champions: The MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) genre is known for being treacherous and unwelcoming to new players. But Kiz Games hopes to remedy this with its upcoming MOBA SmashMuch Champions. SmashMuck is a colorful title that easily introduces new players to this hectic style of gameplay. Its other claim to fame is that matches take around 10 minutes, letting casual players hop in and out quickly. The game is in beta now, and available through Steam.
Dragons! Robots! …a chicken? You’ve met your match with Mix-A-Muck, the latest mobile title from Kiz Studios (Kiz). The creators who brought you Critter Escape announce their next mobile title to launch today for iOS and coming to Android later in the week.
Online game portal Kongregate has expanded beyond the confines of the web browser, today announcing the launch of a free-to-play downloadable games section on its website. The first bunch of titles to take advantage of the new platform are Super Monday Night Combat from Uber Entertainment, Smashmuck Champions from Kiz Studios, and Bomb Buddies from Balanced Worlds.
Six-time Pro Stock world champion Warren Johnson and his likewise accomplished son, 40-time national event winner Kurt Johnson, have announced their marketing partnership with the groundbreaking online gaming company Kiz Studios for the season’s two remaining races — the Big “O” Tires NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas and the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona.
Critter Escape, the first of many mobile titles from indie developer, Kiz Studios, goes live on Google Play FREE! Guide your critter through fully 3D rendered environments in this fast-paced Maze Chase game as you flee from the evil clutches of Welk Industries, finding hidden objects and making your escape!
Isn’t it always the way. You’re some weird anthropomorphic creature minding your own business chasing butterflies in a field, when you’re captured by scientists and probed for study, only to have to sneak and attack your way to freedom. Critter Escape is a line drawing sneak game, popularized by such titles as Spy Mouse, in which you must draw a line to move your critter around the guards and to the exit. What this title brings to the table are challenge based stars, a host of interesting power-ups, and the ability to forgo the entire stealth approach, hulk out, and smash your opposition to bits.
When I previewed Critter Escape! a few months ago I came away fairly impressed. However I did only spend a few minutes playing it. Now that I’ve spent much, much longer hightailing it through Welk Tower I’ve developed a clearer picture of the critter’s plight and while a few cracks in the armor have been found it’s still quite sturdy.
Critter Escape ($0.99) by Chillingo Ltd is a fun strategic stealth game, similar to the likes of Spy Mouse. Can you help these cute critters escape to freedom? When you first start out, the game will greet you with a mandatory cutscene of our main critter, who is in a peaceful meadow, just trying to catch a butterfly. Unfortunately, he gets captured instead, and placed into a secret research facility — who knows what things they have in store for this innocent creature! So that’s what you must do — help our little friend escape the facility before it’s too late.
SmashMuck Champions brings you our addition of Co-Operative play starting Thursday July 26, 2012. Players will get to join forces against others around the world to level up their Champions and SMASH the competition in head to head combat!
Kiz Studios (Kiz), an independent entertainment and gaming studio, today announced that they have partnered with leading independent game publisher, Chillingo to bring their new title, Critter Escape to the iOS platform this Summer.
Kiz Studios, an Atlanta, GA based independent entertainment and gaming publisher is pleased to announce the closed beta release of SmashMuck Champions, a multi-player online battling arena style game that is a free to play for both PC and Mac users.
DeNA Co., Ltd., Japan’s leading mobile social gaming platform operator, and Kiz Studios (U.S.A.) Inc., an independent entertainment and gaming studio, have announced today that DeNA will launch the studio’s first mobile title, Critter Escape. The game is now available on the Google Play Store through DeNA Group’s Daum Mobage social gaming platform in South Korea.
Kiz Studios, a children’s social entertainment brand and video game developer, announced today the launch of its newest product, Muck Comics on Apple’s App Store.
When toy companies talk about new toy products, there’s often a lot of discussion around a toy’s play patterns. What is it about the toy that resonates with a child? What play patterns will the toy tap into? Will the play pattern extend across age and gender differences?
MMO platform creator Simutronics, most well-known for its licensing of HeroEngine by BioWare Austin for Star Wars: The Old Republic, has announced Kiz and Zaloli as new licensees.
We spent a week at the 2009 New York Toy Fair and came away with a renewed desire to be 10 years old again. This episode of our Toy Fair series showcases what’s new in kids online gaming.
Virtual worlds are becoming so popular that toys now are serving as platforms to connect children to cyberspace communities, which brings a new level of toy safety into focus for toymakers — and parents. KizToys Inc. has taken a responsible role in developing a virtual world for children.
Kiz Toys was founded with the goal of being a socially responsible company that makes safe, engaging products, providing kids with positive experiences and values that they carry with themselves into adulthood. The main revolution in their toy, which is a blend of physical product and online experience, is a safety abstraction layer which allows the child to go online and interact without any of their personal information needing to be exchanged.
Kiz Toys CEO Chris Moreau was interviewed at the 2009 NY Toy Fair for the Fictional Frontiers podcast. Hear Moreau discuss the KizPal and KizMoto product lines with Sohaib, live from the show floor.
IT’S A VIRTUAL WORLD: One toy realm that will expand this year has items offering both “hands-on” play and connection to virtual worlds. Makers like KizToys and 10VOX Entertainment boast that these items, selling for as little as $10, offer “more play value.”
Technology plays an ever-expanding role in a child’s life, and toy companies are responding by incorporating more of it in their product lineups. The digital evolution of the toy industry was on full display at this year’s American International Toy Fair, where buyers pored over products from more than 1,000 companies and the aisles were stuffed with toys that combined technology with traditional play patterns.
In a followup to the 2009 NY Toy Fair, the website Cool Toy Review has posted images from the Kiz Toys booth. Check out images from the Kiz Pal and Kiz Moto product lines!
On February 15, 2009, at the New York Toy Fair, Kiz will unveil KizPal, the first of two initial product lines that access KizToys’ virtual Global Playground™.
On February 15, 2009, at the New York Toy Fair, Kiz will unveil KizMoto, the first of two initial product lines that access KizToys’ virtual Global Playground™.
On February 15, 2009, at the New York Toy Fair, Kiz® will unveil its virtual Global Playground™ and the two initial product lines that access this digital world, KizPal and KizMoto.
Kiz®, the company that is revolutionizing the way children play both on- and offline, announces the introduction of KizSafe, a new technology that allows children to play, communicate and socialize in the digital landscape, out of harm’s way with complete anonymity.
Kiz Toys is working to change the way kids interact online, and to help achieve this goal the company has teamed up with Benn R. Konsynski, Ph.D., one of the world’s leading minds in technology research and implementation. Konsynski is the newest addition to Kiz Toys’ Board of Advisors, and he will advise the toy company in the development of Kiz Toys’ virtual world environment and the various levels of interaction that are part of the digital experience.
Kiz Toys is currently looking into various consumer arenas that compliment the Kiz Toys brand, and the toy company has teamed up with Kevin Ream for advice in this area. Ream joins the Kiz Toys Board of Advisors to help Kiz Toys analyze different strategies and develop and implement a range of consumer entertainment products that span several venues.
Kiz Toys, Inc. today announced that General Freight Services, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, GFS Global Logistics, will handle the toy company’s international and domestic logistics.
Gary W. Dunwoody, an accomplished leader of the Shriners organization, has joined Kiz Toys’ Board of Advisors. He joins board members including hall of fame pitcher Phil Niekro, NHRA Pro Stock racing legend Warren Johnson and energy consultant Ray Johnson. In his position, Dunwoody will advise the toy company on matters concerning KizHope, the charitable wing of Kiz Toys.
Ray Johnson recently became the first member of Kiz Toys’ KizEarth Board of Advisors. Johnson will consult with the company on alternative energy usage in the Kiz Toys virtual world, and his focus will be on nuclear power. The board will be comprised of industry experts from many alternative energy sectors, including solar, wind and hydroelectric, and members will be responsible for the accurate implementation of these technologies in the Kiz Toys Universe.
Local talent in the Ga. 400 corridor helped bring Kiz Toys to the south Forsyth-Alpharetta area. “I think the main reason, we believe this to be a very attractive area for an up-and-coming company like this,” said Chris Moreau, chairman and CEO of Kiz Toys. “We believe it’s going to be a very attractive place to get a lot of good corporate type employees.”
On Monday, July 14, Kiz Toys officially opened the doors of its Creative Studio on Johns Island, S.C., in Charleston city limits. The Creative Studio will be responsible for designing physical toys, digital avatars of the toys, and all aspects of Kiz Toys gaming and virtual environments.
International Motorsports Hall of Fame Pro Stock driver Warren Johnson is joining the Kiz Toys’ Board of Advisors to consult on automotive aspects of KizMoto, Kiz Toys’ initial product line. Johnson brings more than 40 years of racing experience and mechanical expertise to KizMoto.
Kiz Toys is proud to announce that Major League Baseball legend Phil Niekro has joined the Kiz Toys team. Niekro is the first member appointed to the Kiz Toys Board of Advisors, and he will be consulting with product developers concerning the KizSport baseball line.
Kiz Toys executives continued recruiting for the company’s Creative Studio in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, April 4 at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Career Fair. The company’s top executives, including CEO Chris Moreau and COO Ashley Johnson, were present at the booth to conduct onsite interviews with perspective applicants.
Kiz Toys is very proud to announce the appointment of Samuel E. Hunter to the company’s Board of Directors. A past Governor of the American Stock Exchange, Mr. Hunter also served as Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange Upstairs Traders Advisory Committee.
Kiz Toys, Inc. proudly announces the hiring of Stephen Johnson to the position of Chief Creative Officer. In his new capacity, Johnson will be responsible for overseeing all graphical design aspects for Kiz Toys, ranging from the company website, to toy design and advertising.