Orbster ships new GPS game for iPhone

Interview with Georg Broxtermann, CEO

Orbster ships new GPS game for iPhone
Orbster, the German publisher of GPS Mission, a platform for user-created location-based games, has released last week its first premium title: Ghost Patrol, which is part of a new iPhone application, called GPS Mission Pro, available for $2.99 (€2.39). Now Orbster has two applications available, GPS Mission Lite, which offers user-created, multiplayer scavenger hunt games for free and GPS Mission Pro with premium games.

“With Ghost Patrol, the player enters the bizarre world of ghosts”, explains Orbster. “He meets ghosts from former financial scams, diseased computer geeks or former head waiters all jam-packed with souls of poor citizens they have snatched in the course of the last centuries.”

With the Ghost Catcher, Spirit missiles and other weapons, the player tries to defeat the ghosts and release the incarcerated souls. The liberated souls can be picked up with the iPhone and traded for better weapons. As a member of the Ghost Patrol, the player must work his way from rookie to Ghost Master, until he finally gets the chance to meet the king of Ghosts and to rid the world of this eerie ghosts plague.

Orbster ships new GPS game for iPhone
“For the first time ever, complex player actions will be possible in location-based gaming on the iPhone – just like in bigger online multiplayer games for PC or consoles”, explains Head of Development and CTO Jörn Rehse. “Pick up items like weapons at one place, drop them somewhere else, share them with other players in reality and so forth”.

The in-game sounds was created by Dynamedion, Mainz, a sound design studio specalizing in computer game. The characters and graphics were designed by the Agency LangeRietz from Lübeck.

GPS Business News also asked Georg Broxtermann, CEO of Orbster, a quick update about the business of his company.

GPS Business News: Since you got funded last year (read story), I guess many things happened at Orbster; can you give us a quick overview?
Georg Broxtermann: Sure. We started Orbster in the beginning of 2008 and came up with GPS Mission in May 2008. The goal is to become a platform with the most thrilling location-based entertainment content. GPS Mission is already a platform for user-generated GPS games. People have created content in 71 countries so far. On top of this we will offer more and more premium content within the next months. First is Ghost Patrol which started last week. Next week we gonna start our next game, all will be available in one app, GPS Mission Pro.

GPS BN: can you give me some statistics about your mobile gaming community?
GB: Our main countries for GPS Mission are Germany, USA, UK, France. We do not publish registration numbers.

GPS BN: And what about generating revenue, what is your business model today?
GB: We have two revenue models, one is selling games to players and also to offer them additional items, second is our B2B business.

Indeed, besides our B2C business we realize all kinds of GPS entertainment for brands and media companies. For example we offered GPS Missions for T-Mobile during the Gamescom fair in Cologne this summer. Tomorrow we will start the biggest tresasure hunt for mobile phones ever realized in Germany. Together with the leading television station ProSieben we search the best mobile treasure hunter of Germany. There will be a GPS Mission in Cologne (tomorrow), Leipzig, Hamburg, Munich and Berlin in this week. The winners will be invited to a German island for the final. ProSieben will cover this on TV.

Monday, October 12th 2009

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