Super nice find by our buds Vic, Optimus and Gungho Cowboy over at POPULAR AIRSOFT, as we have been waiting since our first reports earlier this year (LINKS HERE) , and especially since the E3 games show this week, to hear about the first Cyber-G entry into Airsoft-meets-Video games…and the first sightings of their tie-in to Blackwater Worldwide:
Screen Shot courtesy Popular Airsoft and Kotaku.com...click photo for their review
POPULAR AIRSOFT STORY LINK : CLICK HERE
CLICK THE PIC BELOW for Another gallery of screen shots from KOTAKU.COM
Courtesy Kotaku.com...hey, notice how FRANCE is the center of the World on the map in the background? Hmmm, wonder if that came with the contract and the Euros!
Another story about the game from WIRED.COM‘s E3 Coverage: LINK HERE
Cinema Blend has short coverage: LINK HERE
AND, Kotaku’s REVIEW and take on the game, after they got HANDS ON at E3: LINK HERE
NOW, TODAY FOR THE BIG NEWS….CYBERGUN ANNOUNCES THE TERMS OF A PROPOSED ACQUISITION OF I2G, INTERACTIVE GAMES GROUP….
CYBERGUN WATCH is back… with HUGE NEWS that Cyber-G is setting terms for their next major expansion, moving into the world of VIDEO GAMES, themed and tied to their portfolio of Airsoft Guns, gear and accessories.
At a press conference with business media members in Paris on 28 February 2011, (reported HERE and HERE) CYBERGUN announced terms of an on-going negotiation to purchase I2G, Interactive Games Group, described as an “executive” company headed by former Atari Interactive Chief Exective Officer Frederic Chesnais, and formed around a corporate strategy, much as CYBER-G was, of leverage of intellectual property rights in the convergence of real property (ie: CYBERGUN’s Product physical airsoft and other “lines”) and the digital world (Video games and entertainment products) “coordinated” by I2G….according to I2G’s Website, partners in game production include Atari (LINK), Interplay (LINK) producers of the “Fallout” games, Southpeak Games (LINK), 3-G Studios (LINK), Collision Studios (LINK), and others….
A DEAL VALUED AT 16.8 MILLION EUROS!
So, in today’s economy, What does 16.8 Million Euros get you?
Well, apparently I2g has already negotiated rights with Gene “KISS” my “FAMILY JEWELS” Simmons (WEBSITE HERE) for video game-related projects….
AND, Add Jillian Michaels Athletics to the proposed CYBER-G Stable, too. (WEBSITE HERE) (And, while you are at it, insert your own “BIGGEST LOSER” punchline here, if you must….we’ll wait till you finish….OK.) And, you could even add on to the “Double D’s” jokes from Jillian’s “other” new partner, Go Daddy…which means she may even be tempted to wear a 6 “M-M” BB or two in future commercial endorsements, perhaps along with former MTV-babe Daisy Fuentes (LINK HERE, to her SEGA game title), also developing exercise/fitness related video products via I2G.
THUMPY’S BACKGROUND: This was not an un-predicted move by Cybergun, as we heard directly from Cybergun representatives, up to and including CEO Jerome Marsac, who revealed at the SHOT Show 2011 that they would be producing/distributing a new line of BLACKWATER USA-trademarked Airsoft guns and gear, as seen in Thumpy’s photos from the Cybergun/Palco/Softair USA display hub.
We will have expanded details, and further announcements on our query to CYBERGUN HQ for their direct input on this breaking story….as it develops!
For those new to the old CYBER -G Watch, let’s do a brief recap:
HERE’S a look at the MAJOR HEADLINES that Thumpy’s 3-D House of Airsoft has covered since CYBERGUN WATCH BEGAN:
LINKS HERE and DROPDOWN MENUS that will take you to our CYBER-G WATCH information section:
AND, Thumpy’s joint journo-piece with our buddies at POPULAR AIRSOFT, with the first major Airsoft interview with CYBERGUN, is RIGHT HERE:
For background on I2G: Click THIS LINK