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Glu Launches Nicki Minaj: The Empire

The undisputed queen of hip-hop offers aspiring artists the keys to success

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 8, 2016-- Glu Mobile Inc. (NASDAQ: GLUU), a leading global developer and publisher of free-to-play games for smartphone and tablet devices, today announced the availability of Nicki Minaj: The Empire on the App Store and Google Play. Featuring exclusive voiceovers and video messages from Nicki Minaj herself, the app offers users a multi-faceted digital experience including engaging story mode, robust chat rooms, and the innovative ability to write and record original music.

The app’s Raps feature allows users to write and record their own lyrics over original tracks and Nicki Minaj songs, including ‘Ain’t Gone Do It,’ a song originally intended for The Pinkprint that Nicki has decided to share with her fans. Users then submit those tracks to the game’s community, earn likes, gain followers, and get discovered. Nicki might be listening!

“I am delighted to welcome Nicki Minaj: The Empire into Glu’s robust portfolio of products,” said Nick Earl, Glu’s President and CEO. “Featuring multiple ways to engage with Nicki’s world apart from traditional narrative gameplay, this product illustrates the evolution of Glu’s celebrity gaming platform.”

“Raps is a feature derived entirely from Nicki’s creativity and commitment to the success and authenticity of Nicki Minaj: The Empire,” continued Earl. “I look forward to the creativity submitted by the app’s community of users.”

“When I was coming up as an artist, I didn’t have my own beats to work off of so I had to use existing tracks. In Nicki Minaj: The Empire, I’m providing up-and-coming artists with original tracks to put their lyrics on and the chance to rap with me on ‘Ain’t Gone Do It,’ a song originally intended for The Pinkprint that I've decided to share with my fans,” said Nicki Minaj. “I’m so excited to listen to the songs that my fans submit in the app.”

About Nicki Minaj: The Empire

Play your story as a breakout hip-hop artist, conquering the music industry with help from Nicki Minaj. Want to style up your avatar in hot fashions and climb the latter to hip-hop stardom? With a closet featuring real-world designs from the hottest designers, players experience the highs and lows of the hip-hop game while listening to the hottest Nicki Minaj tracks. Interested in making some new friends? Chat rooms let players interact as a group or throw private parties with their friends. Join BeatBook, the in-game social network, to check out raps from other players and share your own! Are you an artist, looking for a stage to spit your rhymes? Head into Raps to write and record your own verses over hot new beats and share with friends! The rap queen herself will choose her favorites! This is YOUR empire, and YOU’RE the boss!

Features of Nicki Minaj: The Empire

  • Rule the World with Nicki Minaj – Join the queen of rap in a dramatic adventure as you rise from humble beginnings to become the next legend of hip-hop!
  • Live the Life – Party at penthouses and clubs; chat live with that hot guy or girl who’s checking you!
  • Set the Trends – Dress to impress with the latest fashions and show off your best outfits to your friends!
  • Live Large in Your Crib – Customize your mansion and invite your friends to party all night!
  • Express Yourself – Write lyrics and record your own raps to share with friends!

Nicki Minaj continues to break records and impact pop culture at large. Following the release of her two-time platinum selling and critically lauded third full-length album, The Pinkprint, Minaj graced the cover of TIME Magazine where she was named one of 2016’s “Most Influential People.” Throughout her career, Minaj has been the recipient of a bevy of awards including American Music Awards, MTV VMA’s, Billboard Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards, BET Awards, and more, cementing her as rap's reigning queen. To date, worldwide consumption for the global superstar is 15.1 million album equivalents, 55 million song equivalents, and 11 billion streams. A global touring phenomenon, Minaj has sold out iconic venues worldwide including London’s O2 Arena, Brooklyn’s Barclays Arena and The Staples Center in Los Angeles. Outside of music, she has starred in films including Ice Age: Continental Drift and The Other Woman, in addition to appearing as a judge on American Idol. Most recently, Minaj starred alongside Ice Cube and Cedric The Entertainer in this year’s Barbershop 3.

Nicki Minaj’s social audience as of December 6, 2016: 42.3 million on Facebook, 20.7 million on Twitter, 69.8 million on Instagram, and 11.3 million on Vevo. There is some fan overlap among these social channels.

Nicki Minaj: The Empire is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch at http://bit.ly/2g7GiOO and on Google Play at http://bit.ly/2h2VBdQ.

About Glu Mobile

Glu Mobile (NASDAQ:GLUU) is a leading global developer and publisher of free-to-play games for smartphone and tablet devices. Glu is focused on creating compelling original IP games such as CONTRACT KILLER, COOKING DASH, DEER HUNTER, DINER DASH, DINO HUNTER: DEADLY SHORES, ETERNITY WARRIORS, FRONTLINE COMMANDO, RACING RIVALS, TAP SPORTS BASEBALL and TAP SPORTS FOOTBALL, and branded IP games including BRITNEY SPEARS: AMERICAN DREAM, GORDON RAMSAY DASH, KENDALL & KYLIE, KIM KARDASHIAN: HOLLYWOOD, and SNIPER X WITH JASON STATHAM on the App Store, Google Play, Amazon Appstore, Facebook, Mac App Store, and Windows Phone. Glu’s unique technology platform enables its titles to be accessible to a broad audience of consumers globally. Founded in 2001, Glu is headquartered in San Francisco with major U.S. offices outside Seattle and in San Mateo, Portland and Long Beach, and international locations in Canada, China, India, Japan, and Russia. Consumers can find high-quality entertainment wherever they see the ‘g’ character logo or at www.glu.com. For live updates, please follow Glu via Twitter at www.twitter.com/glumobile or become a Glu fan at www.facebook.com/glumobile.

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