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Real-Time Tournament Game Platform from Big Fish

Casual games producer Big Fish has announced that “Match-Up! by Big Fish” is now available for free on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

“Match-Up! by Big Fish” is a real-time tournament game platform built for casual gaming on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

The platform offers three types of popular skill-based games — Word, Match 3, and Mahjong — in which gamers can match-up against live opponents to win virtual currency, experience, status, and achievements.

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Developed in partnership with Jawfish Games, “Match-Up! by Big Fish” will change mobile social play from turn-based experiences into fast-paced synchronous bracketed tournaments of up to 16 players, says the company.

The technology used for the platform includes a “Spycam,” which lets opponents see each other’s game board while they play.

“‘Match-Up! by Big Fish’ solves that frustrating wait by instantly connecting players in competitive play any time they want,” said Chris Williams, VP of Big Fish Free-to-Play.

All “Match-Up! by Big Fish” tournaments reward the winners with chips – a virtual currency that can be saved to buy into higher stakes tournaments. There are 16-player bracketed tournaments, up to 8-player elimination games, and best of 5 head-to-head competitions.

Returning players are rewarded with chips for coming back to the game daily. While free tournaments are always available, the higher stakes games will offer more challenging gameplay and more intense competition.

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For players who like to see where they rank, the game includes leaderboards, stats, and achievements connected to Game Center. For players who like an extra competitive edge, they can purchase “boosts”, which give them unique advantages as they play in a match-up.

Founded in 2002, Big Fish is a leading producer of casual games. The company is headquartered in Seattle, WA, with regional offices in Oakland, CA; Cork, Ireland; Vancouver, Canada; and Luxembourg.

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