TransGaming Inc.

TransGaming Inc.

June 01, 2011 08:30 ET

TransGaming Announces Celebrity Judging Panel for the $50,000 GameTree TV Developer Competition

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 1, 2011) - TransGaming Inc. (TSX VENTURE:TNG), the global leader in the multiplatform deployment of games, is proud to announce the celebrity judging panel for the $50,000 GameTree TV Developer Competition. The panel will consist of actor, director, producer and writer LeVar Burton, president of development at Jerry Bruckheimer Games Inc., Jay Cohen, and Lorne Lanning, cofounder of Oddmobb, Inc. TransGaming will announce the winner of the competition at Casual Connect, the world's premier casual games conference, taking place July 19-21, 2011 in Seattle, WA.

The GameTree TV Developer competition gives independent game developers the chance to win more than $50,000 in cash prizes by bringing their games to GameTree TV, the premier on-demand gaming platform for Smart TV. Finalists will have their game featured on GameTree TV, putting them in front of millions of consumers around the world as the adoption of Smart TV continues to grow.

"LeVar, Jay and Lorne bring a unique combination of experience and influence that makes them ideally suited to discover the next generation of games that will transform the connected living room. The submissions we've seen thus far demonstrate the incredible talent of pioneering developers from around the world," said Vikas Gupta, CEO and President of TransGaming Inc. "GameTree TV is shaping the future of Smart TV, and we are thrilled to have some of the industry's most innovative creators and respected personalities involved in this competition."

GameTree TV is commercially available on next-generation set-top boxes and connected consumer electronic (CE) devices. Developers can find more information and submit their games at TransGaming will accept submissions until June 15, 2011, 11:59pm ET.

About LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton has been capturing the admiring attention of both audiences and his industry peers for three decades, and continues to enjoy longevity truly rare within the industry. Whether acting, directing, producing or writing, LeVar has demonstrated over time that he can do it all. No greater proof of his enduring appeal and deep personal connection with his audience is the fact that LeVar is one of the most followed people in the world on Twitter, with over 1.6M followers. Today LeVar divides his time between acting and his new production company, Burton/Wolfe Entertainment, formed with long time studio executive and producer Mark Wolfe. In addition to developing traditional features and television programming, BWE is looking forward to announcing LeVar's return to the children's learning entertainment space, continuing his unique and exceptional relationship with kids, parents and their teachers cemented during the 25 year run of Burton's Reading Rainbow.

About Jay Cohen

A 15-year industry veteran and leader, Jay spent 13 years at Ubisoft Entertainment. As the Senior Vice President of Publishing for Ubisoft in North America, he launched blockbuster franchises such as Splinter Cell, Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon, Prince of Persia, Rayman and Assassin's Creed. Jay currently is the President of Development at Jerry Bruckheimer Games, working with Jerry Bruckheimer on all stages of development from concept to platform. He oversees the creative studio that is bringing the world class storytelling and success of Jerry Bruckheimer to the video game industry. Jay presently serves as Chairman on the Board of Directors for The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences.

About Lorne Lanning

For over two decades Lorne has been focused on the integration of character and environmental design, 3D animation, visual effects, game design, and interactive storytelling. After co-founding Oddworld Inhabitants with his partner, Sherry McKenna, in 1994; his Oddworld games have sold nearly 6 million copies and garnered dozens of awards not only from the game industry, but also from the music, television, and film industries - as well as illustration & design annuals. In 2010 Lorne co-founded Oddmobb Inc. with Sherry McKenna and Daniel Goldman, a new company whose focus is bringing the LIVE dimension to the socially networked media landscape.

About GameTree TV, a product of TransGaming

GameTree TV is the premiere on-demand Smart TV gaming platform, offering an unparalleled user experience on the next generation of set-top boxes and connected consumer electronic (CE) devices. The GameTree TV Platform delivers an extensive catalog of video games that can quickly and easily be accessed on-demand. Through a flexible and seamless transaction system, subscribers can choose from a variety of pricing models billed directly through the cable provider. For more information about GameTree TV, visit

About TransGaming Inc.

TransGaming, Inc. (TSX VENTURE:TNG), is the global leader in the deployment and distribution of electronic entertainment across multiple platforms. TransGaming works with the industry's leading developers and publishers to enable and distribute games for Smart TV set-top boxes, Mac computers, and Linux/CE platforms. TransGaming is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with offices in Ottawa and Atlanta. To learn more about TransGaming visit

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