Greentube, NOVOMATIC's digital gaming and entertainment division, announced it has implemented several updates to its mobile esports game Ski Challenge.
The recently launched iOS and Android title, which sees players compete head-to-head in organized tournaments featuring real-money prizes, has been boosted by several new additions including a ranking system, in-game leaderboards and new customization items.
Players can now collect skill points by winning competitive races, which sees them reach new heights by ranking in one of several categories – Bronze, Silver, Gold and Master. In addition to being ranked, players can “etch their name in history” by appearing on new time-based leaderboards, showcasing which skiers “really are king of the hill.”
This latest update will also allow players to customize their look, modifying their avatar with new clothes and accessories. The firm has also confirmed new items will be added to the game on a regular basis.
Ski Challenge, which is based on Greentube’s first-ever gaming title from 1998, has been produced in collaboration with Swiss-Ski, the Austrian Ski Federation and the German Ski Federation, “offering players exclusive tracks from the downhill skiing world.”
Michael Bauer, Greentube’s CFO/CGO, said: “Unsurprisingly, this new and improved version of Ski Challenge has proven to be a huge hit with players old and new. It would have been remiss of us not to continue its development post-launch considering so many people are enjoying the game.”
“This trio of exciting updates adds an entirely new layer to the game that we are confident players will welcome and enjoy. On top of this new functionality, we will further develop additional features which will increase the competitive element between the players such as tournaments,” Bauer added. “Although the product is already really fun to play there’s a lot more to come in the future – so stay tuned and practice your skills.”
The update comes as Greentube also advances its efforts to gain further presence in global markets. Back in December, the firm announced it entered a joint venture with emerging studio Flamingocatz, in a partnership that will see new content created for North American markets, acquiring a 40% stake in Flamingocatz.
The two parties will collaborate on developing future content for Greentube's portfolio, leveraging Flamingocatz's local knowledge and production capacity to 'bring titles that deliver on player expectations.' A number of titles are already in development and are set to be introduced in 2023, initially in North America, but later also to other markets where Greentube is active.
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