GarageGames relaunches with $99 Torque engine offer

GarageGames is back, with its Torque game engine license reacquired from the defunct web games distributor InstantAction. Now funded by Graham Software Development, GarageGames is ready to start helping with the development of, well, garage games.

For a limited time, all Torque development products, including engines for 2D, 3D, iOS and console games, are available from GarageGames' website for $99 each. In addition to temporarily shrinking prices, the new GarageGames is looking to grow Torque-based development.

"Relaunching GarageGames provides us with a unique opportunity to redouble our efforts into art, execution and customer service," said COO Dexter Chow. "The team is committed to bringing a new level of quality to Torque which will make the product easier to use, more stable and intuitive. We're energized by our new direction and hope to attract top level, like-minded talent that can help us realize our goals." So, really, the reformation of GarageGames is good news for both "top level" talent looking to make games on their own and "top level" talent looking for a place to make tools for the other top level talent's games.
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GarageGames Returns with Re-Commitment
to Independent Game Developers
Purchase Restores Legacy Brand, Original Focus and $99 Pricing


LAS VEGAS, NV – January 20, 2011 – GarageGames, LLC, a newly-formed subsidiary of Graham Software Development, LLC (GSD), announced that it has acquired the assets relating to the Torque software division of InstantAction, Inc., and will be relaunching the Torque business under the GarageGames® banner.

The resurrection of the GarageGames brand highlights the new Company's focus on the independent game developer community. To celebrate the relaunch and return to its "indie" roots, GarageGames has reduced pricing across all its Torque on-line products to $99 each for a limited time.

"The Torque community and our internal team expressed a desire for a return to our original mission – providing affordable tools for independent game developers and game education communities," said Eric Preisz, CEO of GarageGames. "As Torque enthusiasts themselves, our new parent company shares this vision. Their support, as well as a return to a singular focus on our line of Torque engine products, puts us in a great position to expand, hire great talent and better meet the needs of our community."

GarageGames' Torque products provide developers, regardless of size or experience level, an affordable way to create high quality games. The Torque line of products includes 2D and 3D solutions for the PC/Macintosh, iOS, Xbox 360 and Wii. Torque solutions offer features such as robust editing, advanced rendering, a streamlined art pipeline, Web publishing, award-winning multiplayer networking, and several state-of-the-art add-on tools.

With a combined 30 years of game development and Torque experience, Preisz and GarageGames COO Dexter Chow understand the challenges that face independent and aspiring developers.

"Relaunching GarageGames provides us with a unique opportunity to redouble our efforts into art, execution and customer service," said Chow. "The team is committed to bringing a new level of quality to Torque which will make the product easier to use, more stable and intuitive. We're energized by our new direction and hope to attract top level, like-minded talent that can help us realize our goals."

The Torque community boasts more than 160,000 members of the development, small business and game education communities; and plays an integral part in the refinement and evolution of the Torque technologies. Additionally, Torque technology is an industry standard offered in more than 200 universities and schools for computer science and game design curricula.

"Ten years ago, GarageGames literally created the game engine market for independent game developers – that's a fantastic heritage to inherit as new owners," said Erik Graham of Graham Software. "Our new pricing should demonstrate to the Torque community that we intend to honor that heritage. After a decade, GarageGames is still the only provider of a full-source-code solution at a price indies and enthusiasts can afford. We have great hopes for GarageGames and are confident that Eric, Dexter and their whole team can take the Company to new heights with the right resources, attention and focus."

About GarageGames, LLC:
Based in the Summerlin community of Las Vegas, Nevada, GarageGames is an independent developer and provider of the full-featured Torque product line that enables independent developers, beginners, and hobbyists to create games for platforms including iOS, PC/Mac, and Xbox. GarageGames is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Graham Software Development. For more information, visit www.garagegames.com.

About Graham Software Development, LLC:
Graham Software Development is an investment and holding company focused on emerging technologies – particularly video game development and related technologies. GSD funds original technology development and partners with publishers, distributors and game studios on individual titles. GSD also considers the funding or acquisition of orphaned game properties and related intellectual property that need capital to finalize a title for commercial release.

GarageGames® and Torque Game Engine® are registered trademarks of GarageGames, LLC. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective companies.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.