Press releases from June 2010


Futuremark® Announces Lords of Overclocking 2010 Competition

June 21, 2010 - Pasi Virtanen


Futuremark® Announces Lords of Overclocking 2010 Competition

Worldwide Contest Starts Today with Prizes Provided by MSI, Antec, Kingston, GlacialTech and Enermax


SARATOGA, CALIFORNIA – June 21, 2010 – Futuremark® Corporation today announced the return of its annual Lords of Overclocking competition for PC users everywhere. This year’s event which starts today will see overclocking enthusiasts from Europe, Asia and the Americas use 3DMark®06 and MSI motherboards to compete for the title of "Lord of Overclocking" for their region. http://www.futuremark.com/lords

The contest will run for four weeks from June 21 to July 18 with prizes awarded to the top weekly winners in each region. Additional winners will be picked at random from all qualifying entries each week, ensuring everyone has a chance to win.

The prize pool includes MSI Big Bang XPOWER and P55-GD85 motherboards, MSI N470GTX-M2D12 and R5770 Hawk VGA cards, Antec P193 Advance Super Mid Tower and Twelve Hundred gaming cases, Antec CP-1000 Watt and TP-750 Watt power supplies, Kingston HyperX T1 DDR3 and HyperX DDR3 LoVo memory modules, GlacialTech F101 CPU coolers and Enermax Apollish cooling fans. Two overall grand prize winners from each region will also win the chance to participate in MSI’s Master Overclocking Arena 2010 event in Taipei, Taiwan in August.

"We are excited to bring the world’s most talented overclockers together for our annual Lords of Overclocking competition," said Jukka Mäkinen, Futuremark CEO. "With great prizes on offer from some of the most recognised names in PC performance it promises to be a great event that is sure to set new records."

"It’s really our honor to join the highest standard overclocking competition with Futuremark again. We believe there will be excellent winners to join our Master Overclocking Arena 2010 Grand Final. ", said Jason Lee, Marketing Director of MSI.

"Kingston is very happy to sponsor the Lords of Overclocking competition. The enthusiast community knows the HyperX name is synonymous with high performance, excellent quality, and stylish design, " said Ann Bai, DRAM Memory Sales Director, APAC Region, Kingston.  "With HyperX, overclockers can reach extreme performance."

Contestants will be competing to achieve the highest score with 3DMark, the world’s most popular benchmark for evaluating PC gaming hardware. Featuring a combination of real-time visual and numerical computation tests, 3DMark is the standard for measuring PC gaming performance and is supported by an online database containing over 35 milion results. 3DMark Vantage can be downloaded for free from the Futuremark website. http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/

For further details of the Lords of Overclocking 2010 competition please visit http://www.futuremark.com/lords


About 3DMark

3DMark is the world’s most popular benchmark for evaluating next generation PC gaming hardware. First released in 1998, 3DMark has since been downloaded by millions of people around the world. It is supported by an online database containing over 35 million results with new results submitted every few seconds on average. Featuring a combination of real-time visual and numerical computation tests, 3DMark is the standard for measuring PC gaming performance. Widely used by the hardware press and technology manufacturers, 3DMark is trusted by gamers and enthusiasts worldwide to cut through marketing hype and technical jargon to give accurate and unbiased guidance for PC hardware purchasing decisions.

About Futuremark® Corporation

Futuremark® Corporation is the leading provider of performance analysis software and services for PCs. Futuremark® is known around the world for its benchmark products, including 3DMark®, PCMark® and Peacekeeper™, and its value-added online services. Futuremark® Games Studio, wholly owned by Futuremark® Corporation, creates original games with new and entertaining gameplay. The studio's first title, Shattered Horizon™, was released in November 2009. Futuremark maintains offices in Saratoga, California and Helsinki, Finland. For more information, please visit http://www.futuremark.com.

© 2010 Futuremark® Corporation. Futuremark®, 3DMark®, PCMark®, Peacekeeper™, Futuremark® Games Studio, and Shattered Horizon™ trademarks and logos, character names and distinctive likenesses, are the exclusive property of Futuremark Corporation. The names of other companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Company Contacts

Futuremark Press Room RSS Feed

Europe and rest of the world:
Jukka Mäkinen, CEO, Futuremark
Phone: +358 20 759 8250 (GMT +2)
Email: jukka@futuremark.com

North America:
Oliver Baltuch, President, Futuremark Inc.
Phone: +1 408 517 0910 (PST)
Email: ollie@futuremark.com



Futuremark Announces New Gaming Laptop Performance Web Solution for MSI

June 15, 2010 - Pasi Virtanen


Futuremark Announces New Gaming Laptop Performance Web Solution for MSI

Solution is powered by 3DMark® technology


SARATOGA, CA – Jun 15, 2010 – Futuremark® Corporation today announced a new online PC performance meter powered by 3DMark® technology. Developed in partnership with MSI’s gaming laptop division, the performance meter provides pre-purchase information for users interested in MSI’s new line of gaming laptops including the GT660, GE700, GE600, GX740, and GX640.

The user activated web solution scans the user’s current PC performance capability and compares it to current offered MSI gaming laptops. Additionally playability information is also provided for the latest popular PC games through Futuremark’s game-o-meter technology.

For more information please visit:
http://beatit.msi.com/

3DMark Vantage is a benchmark program from Futuremark that measures the 3D gaming performance capabilities of PCs. 3DMark software has been downloaded more than 45 million times. The 3DMark Vantage edition is currently the world’s most popular benchmark and can be downloaded for free trial from the Futuremark website. http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/


About Futuremark® Corporation

Futuremark® Corporation is the leading provider of performance analysis software and services for PCs. Futuremark® is known around the world for its benchmark products, including 3DMark®, PCMark® and Peacekeeper™, and its value-added online services. Futuremark® Games Studio, wholly owned by Futuremark® Corporation, creates original games with new and entertaining gameplay. The studio's first title, Shattered Horizon™, was released in November 2009. Futuremark maintains offices in Saratoga, California and Helsinki, Finland. For more information, please visit http://www.futuremark.com.

© 2010 Futuremark® Corporation. Futuremark®, 3DMark®, PCMark®, Peacekeeper™, Futuremark® Games Studio, and Shattered Horizon™ trademarks and logos, character names and distinctive likenesses, are the exclusive property of Futuremark Corporation. The names of other companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Company Contacts

Futuremark Press Room RSS Feed

North America:
Oliver Baltuch, President, Futuremark Inc.
Phone: +1 408 517 0910 (PST)
Email: ollie@futuremark.com

Europe and rest of the world:
Jukka Mäkinen, CEO, Futuremark
Phone: +358 20 759 8250 (GMT +2)
Email: jukka@futuremark.com



Shattered Horizon Gets Free Weekend on Steam 3 – 6 June

June 2, 2010 - Pasi Virtanen


Shattered Horizon Gets Free Weekend on Steam 3 – 6 June

Zero gravity shooter free to play and 50 percent off to buy this weekend


HELSINKI, FINLAND – June 2, 2010 – Futuremark® Games Studio today announced that Shattered Horizon™, their PC exclusive multiplayer first-person shooter, will be free to play and 50 percent off to buy on Steam this weekend. Shattered Horizon’s innovative zero gravity gameplay has recently been enhanced by the Firepower weapons pack which added eight new weapons and three new grenades encouraging different styles of play and providing the opportunity for new team tactics. Shattered Horizon Firepower trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1X6z5gbzKak&fmt=22

"Shattered Horizon continues to evolve as we add new features requested by the community," said Jaakko Haapasalo, head of Futuremark Games Studio. "This weekend PC gamers can play the complete game for free and experience the new Firepower weapons. And those who wish to continue playing can buy Shattered Horizon for just $9.99 / €9.99."

In Shattered Horizon, a catastrophic explosion on the Moon has filled near-Earth space with billions of tons of rocky debris. Teams of players fight in zero gravity to control the limited supplies that mean the difference between survival and death in the cold of space.

Firepower Free Weekend on Steam:

Starts 23:00 GMT Thursday 3 June (other time zones: http://bit.ly/coByIJ)
Ends 20:00 GMT Sunday 6 June (other time zones: http://bit.ly/coByIJ)
Players can start pre-loading Shattered Horizon from Wednesday evening.

Weekend Sale on Steam:

Shattered Horizon will be 50 percent off to buy at $9.99 / €9.99 for the duration of the weekend.

System requirements:

Shattered Horizon requires DirectX 10, a DirectX 10 compatible video card, and Windows Vista or Windows 7. There is no support for Windows XP or DirectX 9. Minimum and recommended hardware requirements: http://www.shatteredhorizon.com/support/hardwarerequirements/

Dedicated Servers:

Players and game hosting companies who would like to put up their own servers during the free weekend can get the dedicated server files now from the Shattered Horizon website or from the Tools tab within Steam.

Shattered Horizon is available from Steam and the official website: http://www.shatteredhorizon.com/buynow/

Information for Editors

Trailers and Screenshots: http://www.shatteredhorizon.com/media/


About Shattered Horizon

Shattered Horizon is the innovative first game from Futuremark Games Studio that immerses you in the cold reality of zero gravity combat in space.

  • Multiplayer first-person shooter set in near-Earth space 40 years from now.
  • Experience intense zero gravity combat and complete freedom of movement. Use your rocket pack to fly freely through space then land on any surface.
  • Join your friends in action-packed 32 player battles fighting across eight space based levels from hollowed-out asteroids to the ruined remains of the International Space Station.

Keywords and Suggested Tags

Shattered Horizon, Futuremark Games Studio, Firepower, Steam, first-person shooter, FPS, zero gravity, multiplayer, PC, video game, DirectX10, Windows 7

About Futuremark® Games Studio

Futuremark® Games Studio, wholly owned by Futuremark® Corporation, was formed in January 2008 to create original games with new and entertaining gameplay. Shattered Horizon™ is the studio's first self-published game. Shattered Horizon is rated Teen by the ESRB and 16 by PEGI. The game carries the NVIDIA®: The Way It's Meant To Be Played™ seal. Futuremark is based in Helsinki, Finland and maintains a sales office in Saratoga, California. For more information, please visit http://www.futuremark.com.

© 2010 Futuremark® Corporation. Shattered Horizon™ and Futuremark® Games Studio trademarks and logos, Futuremark character names and distinctive likenesses, are the exclusive property of Futuremark Corporation. The names of other companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Company Contacts

Futuremark Press Room RSS Feed

Europe and rest of the world:
Jukka Mäkinen, CEO, Futuremark
Phone: +358 20 759 8250 (GMT +2)
Email: jukka@futuremark.com

North America:
Oliver Baltuch, President, Futuremark Inc.
Phone: +1 408 517 0910 (PST)
Email: ollie@futuremark.com



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