SOURCE: POP

November 15, 2010 10:01 ET

POP Collaborates With Microsoft to Launch Games for Windows Marketplace

Digital Agency Transforms PC Gaming Experience for Microsoft

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - November 15, 2010) -  

  • Today, POP, a leading digital agency, announced it worked with Microsoft to launch Games on Demand to the web with a new PC Game Store. POP and Microsoft worked together to design and build the new Games for Windows Marketplace from the ground up to create a highly engaging experience for gamers.
  • POP worked with Microsoft to create and implement an improved and streamlined experience to its gamers, including:
    • Online access, anywhere. Optimized for speed, the store allows for ultra-fast downloads; this means fewer clicks to purchase and download, delivering faster turnaround for game play. 
    • Game search functionality. Gamers can search by title or genre to quickly find the games they want; they can even find new games from their favorite publishers with dedicated publisher pages.
    • Fresh design. The clean, intuitive look and feel makes browsing for games a simple, enjoyable experience. Gamers can easily navigate between pages as they search for the perfect game.
    • Direct integration with Xbox LIVE services and a custom built Microsoft e-commerce engine, which allows users to see their gamerscore, avatar, and complete purchases with Microsoft points associated with their account, as well as see what games networked friends are also playing and have purchased.
    • Easier administration. POP designed and developed an experience that showcases an initial catalogue of 100 game titles with a custom importer reducing the need for manual entry. The content management system (CMS) allows Games for Windows to easily add supporting rich media.
    • A new game recommendation engine that allows the Games for Windows team to create "collections" of games based on tagging and in response to customer feedback

Commentary
"The new Games for Windows Marketplace delivers a much improved experience and instant gratification for players," said POP's Founder and President, Bill Predmore. "There's no doubt this new experience solidifies Microsoft as a serious PC gaming platform for digital gaming downloads."

"Through our collaboration with POP, we've created a digital store that makes it easier to find and purchase online games from start to finish," said Avi Ben-Menahem, Executive Producer for Games for Windows LIVE at Microsoft. "The site delivers a streamlined experience and removes the barriers between gamers and the games they love making it easier than ever for millions of gamers to quickly access PC games." 

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POP is a leading digital agency that crafts experiences for the web, mobile devices and emerging digital platforms for Fortune 500 brands, including Target, Amazon, Electronic Arts, and Microsoft. Founded in 1996, POP has 140 employees with offices in Seattle and New York. To learn more about POP, visit www.pop.us.

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