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:
This was quite a find in the on-going Cyber-G Watch…and although the GOOGLE TRANSLATE from French to English is mighty poor, it does make for some interesting reading.
Does it say: That J.M. shirked military service? That airsoft guns are used to commit 50% of the armed robberies in France? That an action by Beretta led to the start of Cybergun? And, that Blackwater/Xe is actually PARTNERS in the long-rumored video game production by Cyber-G?
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:
A HUGE 13 Minute-Plus video from the EVIKE.COM (BTW, that’s OFFICIALLY pronounced “Ee-VICK, not Ee-VIKE) shot late in the week at SHOT Show, with some of the details from CYBERGUN, WE’s James Chan, ICS, our new Airsoft HERO Brian from ECHO 1 USA, G&G and ANOTHER look…like we need to drool any more…over at the KWA USA Booth, this time with the little seen but very friendly JIM…eh, Allen must have lost his voice by this point anyway!
THANKS to the EVIKE Gang…and Thumpy is fighting Compy troubles here at home now, but hopes to push out our visit with REAL SWORD in the next update! THUMPS….OVER
MORE of THUMPY’S AIRSOFT NEWS, AS SHOT SHOW 2011 is winding down to a HUGE FINISH!
Thumpy’s SHOT Show Excellent Adventure sponsored by Big Boy Toys!
OK, Airsofters of the World, the 50th Anniversary SHOT Show 2011 is winding down, but the announcements, the new products and the interviews are still coming on STRONG! Spotted at the show…OP Lion Claws GURU John Lu and “Angel #1″, Airsoft G.I.’s TIM SERGEANT…and a host of other players and media guys, like Dr. Airsoft, Rangemaster Larry, Airsoft Pacific’s Dynamic Duo, and more…all vying for spots at the INNOVATIVE PRODUCT DISPLAYS on the floor. OH, and THIS GUY, too…..
THUMPY IS FIGHTING THE COMPUTER BLUES…as tech issues have held back our video posts! But we ARE posting up TODAY, come Hell or High Water, and we’ll be doing some full recaps, “Seen & Heard Behind the Ropes” reports on some of the funny, poignant and just plain crazy stuff we’ve seen and done in VEGAS!
Thanks for checking it all out…we had our best WEEK and BEST DAYS EVER at the 3-D House of Airsoft…HUGE numbers of engaged Airsofters who wanted to find out what-was-what at the SHOT Show, and for that we say THANK YOU! You’ve made it a BLAST…and you haven’t even see the GOOD STUFF YET!
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