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  MOL Partners with Planet Arkadia and MindArk
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11/26/2012
 


[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

Singapore – 26/11/2012 – Arkadia Studios today announced a strategic partnership with Asia’s premier e-payment provider, MOL – Money Online. This follows the recent announcement from Entropia Universe platform provider MindArk PE AB, of its introduction of MOL as a payment provider.

‘We are very excited to have MOL as an Entropia Universe payment provider,’ says Arkadia Studios CEO David Dobson. ‘This enables MOL to move ahead with its plans to promote Planet Arkadia in Singapore and across Asia to its tens of millions of customers – people who already pay to play games online.’

MOL works with over 200 games publishers globally, leveraging a network of over 360,000 physical payment channels across the Asia Pacific region.

‘It is actually not that common for young people to have a credit card in many parts of Asia,’ says Arkadia Studios Community Manager, Cyrus Chen. ‘As a result, there are many people who until now didn’t have a method of depositing into Arkadia. But with MOLPoints, that has changed.’

MOL customers currently use their local currency to buy MOLPoints which can then be used with any of MOL’s 200 game partners.

‘MOL handles over 60 million transactions per year, processing an annual payment volume of US $500 million,’ says Dobson, ‘so as a huge business, they are very well placed to promote Planet Arkadia to a large demographic who previously couldn’t really access it.’ As part of the agreement, MOL will be making limited edition Arkadia-themed MOL prepaid cards. These will be distributed in December 2012 to over 750 touch points in Singapore including 711s, Cheers, Popular, Comics Connection and more.

Further information about MOL can be found at www.mol.com, including a timeline of its incredible path to success at http://www.molglobal.net/about-us/history/.

To find out more about Planet Arkadia, and how to create your avatar for free, go to www.planetarkadia.com and hit DOWNLOAD to begin the process of avatar creation and exploration. There is also plenty of information available at www.arkadiaforum.com, the official forum of Planet Arkadia.

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About Planet Arkadia Pte Ltd

Planet Arkadia Pte Ltd is based in Singapore and was founded in 2010 to bring the virtual world of Planet Arkadia to life. Additional information about Planet Arkadia Pte Ltd is available at http://www.planetarkadia.com/.

About MindArk

MindArk is the developer and publisher of Entropia Universe, a game space that

encompasses multiple planet partners each with their own unique setting and gameplay style. As the largest real economy Massively Multiplayer Online Game in the world Entropia Universe offers players the ability to participate in a unique virtual world where they have no monthly costs. Its innovative real money economy uses a virtual currency which has a fixed exchange rate with the US dollar. This allows players to deposit and withdraw real funds for their adventures on any virtual planet or in the real world. Planet Calypso uses a state of the art graphics engine to deliver the highest quality visuals in an MMO today.

For more information on MindArk please contact us at the email below or go to our website at http://www.mindark.com

About Entropia Universe

Entropia Universe was launched in January 2003 and has grown to more than 950,000 registered accounts from over 200 countries or territories. It is the only virtual universe with a true Real Cash Economy (RCE). The currency, PROJECT ENTROPIA DOLLAR® (PED®), has a fixed exchange rate of 10:1 with the U.S. Dollar. The business model is unique as it is based on micropayments, meaning that the client software is free to download from the Internet, and there are no monthly subscription fees, thus Entropia Universe provides a way for new players to immediately start exploring without having to deposit money. Virtual funds acquired in Entropia Universe can easily be exchanged and then withdrawn into realworld funds. The business model has been very successful; the 2009 turnover of Entropia Universe topped $422,000,000 U.S.D. For more information, visit http://www.entropiauniverse. com.

Entropia Universe © 2010 is created and owned by MindArk PE AB. All rights reserved.