KALAMAZOO — -S2 Games, creators of award-winning PC game franchises, said Wednesday that its session-based, multiplayer, action role-playing game Heroes of Newerth will soon be localized and distributed in Korea and Latin America.

Heroes of Newerth garnered more than 2.4 million registered accounts in Southeast Asia since its launch there less than a year ago.

Now, S2 Games aims to continue the global growth of HoN in exclusive partnerships with regional online gaming platforms Ntreev Soft and Axeso5.com.

The Latin American gaming company Axeso5.com will oversee the localization of HoN in Spanish and Portuguese for more than 20 countries including Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Perú and many more across Central and South America.

The Korean developer and publisher Ntreev Soft will manage Korean localization and distribution efforts for HoN in Korea.

The proposed plan will provide gamers in both regions with localized servers, regional marketing, dedicated support teams, e-sport tournaments, and local billing services where gamers can utilize their local currency.

“With a localized service in Spanish and Portuguese of HoN, Axeso5.com and S2 Games will deliver a high quality service to local gamers,” said Cristian Schweizer, CEO of Axeso5.com. “Latin Gamers will be able to use local cash through the broad billing network that Axeso5.com has in the region.”

Localization efforts for each build of HoN will be similar to those enjoyed by gamers in the West since the game launched nearly two years ago. Region-specific marketing and e-sport opportunities will soon become a reality for some of the most passionate gamers in the world. Korean and Latin American gamers will be able to embrace their competitive spirits in e-sport events known to have some of the largest prize pools in emergent e-sport destinations as seen in Malaysia and Indonesia where Garena recently announced the HoN National Championships featuring prize pools of 500,000 RM and 500,000,000 IDR respectively.

A closed beta test of the localized Korean HoN client is currently in development and set to release in the second quarter of this year, with a fully featured transfer program for existing HoN players in that region shortly thereafter once the game moves to an open beta test. The transfer program will be aimed at directing existing players to the new localized servers and game client where they can continue playing HoN using their North American/European Union account credentials. Once the open beta test begins, the transfer program will allow users to migrate all of their existing account data to the new service. Once players make the transfer to their own localized HoN client, they can expect all the same services they have enjoyed from their International account including all the latest game patches and store purchases. After the HoN closed beta launches in Korea within the second quarter of this year, Latin Americans can expect to see their own closed beta launch shortly after.

For more information about Heroes of Newerth visit www.heroesofnewerth.com.

Kalamazoo-based S2 Games is a game publisher and developer with a mission to identify, develop, evolve and unleash the future of online multiplayer games. Since its inception in 2003, S2 has been focused on driving innovation into the global online game space, through identifying and solving industry issues, listening closely to its passionate gamer base and incorporating features that gamers truly want.

Active in sponsoring and helping drive many global tournaments, S2 is focused on providing the best online multiplayer gaming experience and opportunities for its fans to shine. For more information about S2, please visit http://www.s2games.com.


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