Glu taps World Series champion and NL MVP for upcoming mobile game
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Glu Mobile Inc. (NASDAQ: GLUU), a leading global developer and publisher of free-to-play mobile games, today announced it has partnered with MLB, the Major League Baseball Players Association, the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association and Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant for the upcoming release of the latest title in the successful Tap Sports Baseball franchise. Through Glu's multi-year agreements with MLB, the MLBPA and MLBPAA, Tap Sports Baseball is set to include all 30 teams as well as current players and select former players, offering the most realistic baseball game on mobile.
For the second year in a row, the Tap Sports Baseball franchise will feature the likeness of Bryant. The second overall draft pick in 2013, the now 25-year-old quickly emerged as a top talent and fan-favorite. He made his MLB debut in 2015 where he would go on to earn the Jackie Robinson National League Rookie of the Year. In 2016, Bryant helped lead the Cubs to a World Series championship and was named the National League Most Valuable Player.
"We are thrilled to add the MLB license to Tap Sports Baseball, which gives us the ability to add all 30 team and league marks, logos, and uniforms to the game. Coming off of an incredible 2016 season, we also couldn't be more excited to have Kris Bryant return for another season of competitive gameplay," said Chris Akhavan, Glu's Chief Revenue Officer. "Glu has continued to grow this franchise year-over-year and we can't wait to launch a fully licensed product that delivers an authentic MLB experience just in time for the 2017 season."
Featuring vivid graphics, turn-based PvP gameplay, one-touch controls and real baseball strategy, Glu's Tap Sports Baseball franchise allows players to manage their very own baseball team. Additional information about the launch of the new title in the Tap Sports Baseball franchise will be released in Spring 2017.
Cautions Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains certain "forward-looking statements" related to the business of Glu Mobile Inc., including statements that Glu has continued to grow the Tap Sports Baseball franchise year-over-year and that Glu intends to deliver a fully licensed product that delivers an authentic MLB experience just in time for the 2017 season. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the risk that consumer demand for smartphones, tablets and next-generation platforms does not grow as significantly as we anticipate or that we will be unable to capitalize on any such growth; the risk that we do not realize a sufficient return on our investment with respect to our efforts to develop free-to-play mobile games; and the risk that our newly launched games are less popular than anticipated or decline in popularity and monetization rates more quickly than we anticipate. Certain of these risks and uncertainties are or will be described in greater detail in our public filings with the SEC. Glu is not under obligation to (and expressly disclaims any such obligation to) update or alter its forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
About Glu Mobile
Glu Mobile (NASDAQ:GLUU) is a leading global developer and publisher of free-to-play mobile games. Glu is focused on creating compelling original IP games such as CONTRACT KILLER, COOKING DASH, COVET FASHION, DEER HUNTER, DESIGN HOME, QUIZUP, RACING RIVALS, and TAP SPORTS BASEBALL, and branded IP games including GORDON RAMSAY DASH, KENDALL & KYLIE, and KIM KARDASHIAN: HOLLYWOOD on the App Store, Google Play and Amazon Appstore. Founded in 2001, Glu is headquartered in San Francisco with U.S. offices outside Seattle and in Burlingame, San Mateo, Long Beach and Portland, 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.
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