Digit and Penguin Ink Kings of the Realm Book Deal Thanks to Twitter

     Digit and Penguin Ink Kings of the Realm Book Deal Thanks to Twitter

  PR Newswire

  DUBLIN and LONDON, October 11, 2012

DUBLIN and LONDON, October 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

Following a retweet by Lord Alan Sugar announcing the arrival of a new
Dublin-based game company, Digit Game Studios and Penguin Books have reached
agreement to publish books based on Kings of the Realm, the
soon-to-be-released free-to-play strategy title from Digit. After spotting the
interesting Tweet earlier this year, Penguin's editorial director Shannon
Cullen arranged to meet Digit's co-founder David McGovern on a trip to Dublin,
and discussions began.

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Penguin has acquired the world rights for tie-in titles to Kings of the Realm.
The first title will be released to support the game's launch in 2013 and will
contain the back story of the fallen realm, hints on strategy and richly
expand on details of the online world through an action-adventure fantasy
novel. Future titles will feature characters inspired by real players from the
game and will be a close collaboration between Digit, Penguin and the online
Kings of the Realm community.

Shannon Cullen says: 'Having seen the success of our younger interactive
properties like Moshi Monsters, where the online world inspires content in our
books, I am very excited about bringing this type of storytelling to a teenage
and older crossover audience. Kings of the Realm is a fantastic gaming
experience that will appeal to fans of books ranging from The Hobbit to Game
of Thrones , making this perfectly timed. To be able to involve the players of
the game in future narratives is an exciting, innovative approach to
contemporary storytelling, and we're delighted to be working with such a
forward-thinking and creative company as Digit.'

'It's great to be working with Penguin,' says Digit CMO Martin Frain. 'Our
game world is a rich fantasy setting and this will be an ideal way for fans of
the game to learn more about the history and characters in Kings of the Realm
- or to get a taste of the intrigue and backstabbing they will enjoy in the
game.'

Kings of the Realm is a free-to-play massively multiplayer real-time-strategy
game. It will be launched on browser, Facebook, tablet and smartphone in
Spring 2013.

About Digit Game Studios

Digit Game Studios is Ireland's biggest independent studio, developing cross
platform games for a global audience. Currently working on a series of
strategy games, Dublin based Digit was founded by a group of English and Irish
industry veterans from EA, Jagex, Popcap and Monumental.

http://www.digitgaming.com

http://www.kingsoftherealm.com

About Penguin Books

Penguin Books is the flagship imprint of the worldwide Penguin Group and
is owned by Pearson PLC , the global media company who also own the
Financial Times , the business information group and Pearson, the world's
largest education publishing and technology company

http://www.penguin.co.uk

For further Information:

Digit: Paul Hayes 0876209823 paul@beachhutpr.com

Penguin: Jayde Lynch +44(0)2070103072 jayde.lynch@uk.penguingroup.com
 
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