Alexander Rodnyanskys A.R.Games Acquires 25% of Online Game Publisher Syncopate

08/08/2011


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MOSCOW, August 8, 2011. A.R.Games acquires 25% of Syncopate, developer and operator of GameNet platform and one of the biggest online game publishers in Russia and Russian speaking markets.

A.R.Gamesis a division of A.R.Films, an international film production and distribution holding with operations in Russia, 22 Eastern and Central European countries and the US.A.R.Films is controlled by Russian producer and media proprietor Alexander Rodnyansky.

“For 30 years I have been working exclusively in production and distribution of filmed content, but today the line between movie experience and gaming is blurring. Moviegoing audiences and gamers alike expect to be not only entertained but engaged. By joining Syncopate I'm intending to provide both financial resources and creative expertise for the company to implement its expansion strategy and further grow its market share,” –commented Alexander Rodnyansky.

“Syncopate’s biggest advantage has always been its outstanding team. We are very excited to be joined by Alexander Rodnyansky, a legend in the film business, as a valuable member of Syncopate’s “all–stars”. With A.R.Games' participation we expect to take Syncopate to the new level of audience reach, while further strengthening our standing with the gamers,” added Oleg Sambikin, co–founder and president of Syncopate.

Syncopate will continue development of GameNet, the company’s unique game publishing platform and social network for gamers, with intention of bringing its innovative technology to the global market. Syncopate will also keep on building up its portfolio, emphasizing already dominant position in cybersports and with the gaming community at large.

About A.R.Games
A.R.Gamesis a division of A.R.Films, a filmed entertainment production and distribution holding located in Russia and controlled by Alexander Rodnyansky.A.R.Films operates A Company, one of the biggest film licensing and distribution corporations in Central and Eastern Europe, Non–Stop Production, premier Russian movie production company, Cinema Without Borders (Kino Bez Granits), leading independent film distributor, and Kinotavr, one of the key Russian film festivals. Rodnyansky Productions is AR Films’ independent film production company in the US. Its first project – Billy Bob Thornton’s film Jayne Mansfield's Car – is currently filming in Atlanta.

Alexander Rodnyansky, Russian film and television producer and media executive, is the founder of the Ukrainian TV–channel 1+1 and former CEO of CTC Media (NASDAQ: CTCM), the biggest independent publicly traded media conglomerate in Russia. He has produced over 20 TV series and more than 30 films includingEast/West(1999),A Chef in Love(1997),The 9th Company(2005),Heat(2006),The Inhabited Island(2009),Innocent Saturday(2011),and Elena(2011). Two of his films were nominated for Oscar in the “Best Foreign Language Film” category.Elenareceived the Special Jury Prize at 2011 Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard.

About Syncopate
Syncopate is online game publisher and platform operator headquartered in Moscow, Russia. Syncopate’s publishing platform, GameNet – self–populating social network for gamers – is a unique technology that seamlessly integrates social networking and community features with game content, creating an entirely new level of customer immersion. GameNet is the official platform for WCG (World Cyber Games) Russia, and two of Syncopate's titles are WCG disciplines. Syncopate's current game portfolio includes the following titles: Aika, Magic World 2, Golden Land, Blood Rites, Rage of Titans and War Inc.

Syncopate was founded in 2009 by Oleg Sambikin, Chairman & President, William Verigin, CEO and Vasily Medvedev, CTO, pioneers of Russian online gaming market, who previously founded Innova Systems, publisher of Lineage II, Aion and a number of other titles in Russia.
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