VANCOUVER, Oct. 17, 2019 /CNW/ - Axion Ventures Inc. ("Axion" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE: AXV; OTCQX: AXNVF) announces that the Company has commenced the build-out of a prototype of 'Rising Fire Mobile', the multi-platform mobile version of Axion's 'Rising Fire' PC video game that is currently available on Tencent Holdings Limited (HKG: 0700)(OTC: TCEHY)("Tencent") WeGame platform.
Rising Fire Mobile
Given the immense success of mobile titles such as Tencent's 'PUBG Mobile' and Garena's 'Free Fire' in the Asian video game market, Axion is producing a prototype of Rising Fire Mobile in preparation of an expected commercial expansion of the Rising Fire IP. Todd Bonner, CEO of Axion, states, "the Rising Fire Mobile design is currently being built at Axion's Shanghai HQ in close collaboration with Tencent and is poised to be a natural expansion of the Rising Fire IP. As the nature of our discussions with Tencent mature, Axion will provide further details on this title including the potential commercial framework for this collaboration. The categoric shift within the video game industry towards mobile gaming presents an important opportunity for the wider commercial success of Rising Fire as a multi-platform, global IP backed by Tencent."
Axion's flagship video game, Rising Fire, is in the final stages of tuning with distribution partner, Tencent. Currently, Axion and Tencent are collaborating on a final content patch based on Tencent driven designs that include core gameplay enhancements, more adaptive AI, new weapons and related monetization aspects. The outcome of this patch is expected to generate the commercially viable build of Rising Fire that both Axion and Tencent have been tuning in 2019 and allow Tencent to commence a marketed launch on WeGame for the PC segment in China in early 2020.
New Co-Development Partner
Separately, Axion has entered into late stage negotiations with another leading Asian publisher to co-develop a new mobile shooting game and management believes that the discussions will likely result in material upfront payments. Axion is expecting a final contract that would commit the publishing partner to cover a majority of the development costs in return for the global publishing license.
CEO Todd Bonner further commented, "As we seek to expand and diversify our portfolio, Axion is benefitting from the leverage of unique co-development opportunities with large industry players versus outsourcing or the current IP licensing model. While Axion is working closely with Tencent on commercially launching Rising Fire PC in the near term, global co-development deals also allow closer engagement with a broader spectrum of industry leaders capable of worldwide distribution beyond just China. This will allow Axion to expand and continue to monetize its portfolio without requiring major capital outlays, further generating value for our stakeholders by continuing on a defined path towards reaching an EBITDA positive milestone in the near future."
Axion is a video game company with majority ownership in Axion Games, an online video game development and publishing company headquartered in Shanghai, China as well as in True Axion Interactive Ltd., its video game development company headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand cofounded with True Corporation.
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Certain statements contained in this press release may constitute forward-looking information. These statements relate to future events or future performance. The use of any of the words "could", "intend", "expect", "believe", "will", "projected", "estimated", "proposed" and similar expressions and statements relating to matters that are not historical facts are intended to identify forward-looking information and are based on Axion's current belief or assumptions as to the outcome and timing of such future events. Actual future results may differ materially. In particular, this release contains forward-looking information relating to global distribution of the Game on multiple platforms; formalizing and completing a long form agreement; launch date of the Game; and expected Rising Fire shareholder updates. Various assumptions or factors are typically applied in drawing conclusions or making the forecasts or projections set out in forward-looking information. Those assumptions and factors are based on information currently available to Axion. Risk factors that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from the results expressed or implied by forward-looking information include, among other things: general economic and business conditions; and changes in international regulatory regimes. Axion cautions the reader that the above list of risk factors is not exhaustive. The forward-looking information contained in this release is made as of the date hereof and Axion is not obligated to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities laws. Because of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions contained herein, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. The foregoing statements expressly qualify any forward-looking information contained herein.
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For further information: Axion Ventures Inc., John Todd Bonner, Chief Executive Officer, (604) 219-2140; Matthew Sroka, VP Capital Markets, (604) 219-2140