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in October 2011 Matt Morris, of Moshen PR, sent me an E-mail concerning a press
release for UK mobile game developers “Apshen” who produce the
“Professional Darts Championship” game, that runs on the iPhone and iPad and
can be purchased from the iTunes store.
Description of the
game – (Quote;) -“Appshen’s Professional Darts Championship is the
top-rated darts game on the iTunes App Store with an impressive review rating of
4.5 out of 5 from hundreds of reviews. The game is one of the few darts apps to
feature Apple’s Game Center technology, allowing players to go head-to-head
with fellow players around the world. Players can also unlock unique
achievements, why not check how your three-dart average compares to how the
‘real’ professionals get on in the World Championships? And if you are
itching to get stuck into some tournament action of your own, then you can
participate in one of the three bespoke Professional Darts Championship
tournaments - The Open Championship, The Masters and the World Championship.”
The E-mail read; -
“Will You Be The Star Of Appshen's Next Darts Release?
If you think your darts nickname hits the “Bullseye,” and like the idea of being turned into a virtual player on one of the planet's biggest selling darts games then this is the competition for you. Whether you are Fred 'The Ferret' or 'Dynamo' Dave, send us your full darts moniker with a recent photo and we will choose the best 16 names to star in our game as a permanent virtual player for others to go up against.
Speaking about the search for a star darts name, Appshen's CEO Graham Baines said: “We're huge fans of darts at Appshen and we believe that this has helped us produce one of the most realistic games on the market with 'Professional Darts Championship'. We hope to repeat that success with 'Bar Darts' and this competition is all about working with the darts community and involving them in the development of this game in a unique and exciting way”.
(The closing date has since passed, but I entered my name as “Big AL!” Here’s hoping for a little bit of eternal glory and fame!)(See Part 2 Update!)
Following the e-mail, I loaded up a simple advert to promote the 'Professional Darts Championship' game on the "Daily Titbits - Games" pages of the Rugeley darts League site.
December the 20th saw
another E-mail from Matt; -
The festive period is
a real bonus for darts fans with the PDC’s World Darts Championship followed
hot on the heels by the BDO’s World Professional Darts Championship, at the
turn of the year – and darts fans can celebrate these good times by
downloading Professional Darts Championship to their iPhone or iPad at a
significantly reduced rate.”
(For a while Apshen
also gave away a number of codes for free download while the BDO’s World
Professional Championship was running.)
After telling Matt
that I don't use a mobile phone, but might be interested in a PC version, I
received the following; -
THIS SPACE! “Who knows what will come to a PC near you!”