Granado Espada, the MMORPG, wins top prize in 2006 Korea Game Awards

Singapore, 20 December 2006 – The eagerly-anticipated massive multiplayer online role-playing game, Granado Espada, has won Korean gaming industry’s most prestigious prize – the Grand Prix, at the 2006 Korea Game Awards on Monday night.

Awarded by the President of South Korea, Roh Moo-hyun, the prize represents a first ever win for Granado Espada’s creator, Hakkyu Kim, who is also the creator of Ragnarok Online, one of the most popular MMORPG in South East Asia.

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Granado Espada beat other popular games such as Ninety Nine Nights, Zera and Sudden Attack to clinch the evening’s top prize. Granado Espada also won the Technology Creative Award for Graphics in the annual awards ceremony, which is in its third year.

Kim said: “This prestigious award leaves me speechless, as I have never been lucky with awards. There are so many good games with great graphics. I was only hoping that we could win for music (OST).”

The game had its commercial launch for Korea in July this year.

The English version of the game will be distributed by Infocomm Asia Holdings (IAH), which holds the exclusive distribution rights for the game in six South East Asian countries as well as Australia and New Zealand. Without any publicity or marketing, IAH has already received more than 20,000 sign-ups for Granado Espada’s closed beta testing, which commences on 23rd January 2007.

Roland Ong, CEO of IAH, said: “We are very happy that Granado Espada received the recognition which it is due and I would like to extend my congratulations to Hakkyu Kim. It proves that Granado Espada is a quality product and it also validates our philosophy to only license top products for the South East Asia market.”

Granado Espada is the first game which IAH will launch. It has also obtained the licence to Hellgate: London, which is being developed by the makers of the hugely successful PC game, Diablo. The company has also recently obtained the licence for a third game Emil Chronicle Online, which is distributed by Gravity, the publishers of Ragnarok Online.

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