Taewon Yun Joins Super Evil as General Manager of Asia Pacific

Taewon Yun Joins Super Evil as General Manager of Asia Pacific

We are excited to welcome Taewon Yun to our team of evil masterminds! Taewon will head Super Evil in the Asia Pacific region, drawing on more than 18 years of experience in the games industry. Taewon has previously worked at Wargaming, Blizzard and Electronic Arts and brings immense passion for creating great games for players around the world.  It is a big milestone for us to set up an office in Southeast Asia — and it in some ways brings us full circle to our very first days as a live service only in Singapore. It has always been an incredibly important priority for us to listen to our players around the world, and now we have the base of operations and leader to ensure our players are heard and their needs are consistently met. 

Vainglory is Now Live in Japan!

Vainglory is Now Live in Japan!

ついにVaingloryが日本App Storeにて待望の上陸です!( http://appstore.com/vainglory )他の国と同様、Vaingloryに対応する機種はiPad(第2世代以降)とMetalテクノロジー搭載iPhone(iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5S)です。

日本は世界最大のモバイルゲーム市場であり、携帯型およびソーシャルゲームの先駆者として長い歴史を誇ります。私たちは全員日本のゲームやゲーム文化が大好きで、多くの熱心なプレイヤーにVaingloryを提供できることが光栄です。

東京でVaingloryイベント開催決定!本日より応募受付開始

東京でVaingloryイベント開催決定!本日より応募受付開始

来る4月8日、Super Evil Megacorpの開発者が来日し、日本初となるVaingloryエキシビション・マッチ(公開対戦)を東京で行います!本日より応募受付を開始し、抽選で15名様をイベントにご招待します。

本イベントでは、Super Evil Megacorpの開発者チームがAppBankの人気パーソナリティ、ゲームファイター氏 率いる日本最強チームと真剣勝負します。抽選で15名の参加者をご招待しますので、こちらから奮ってご応募ください。 さらに、数々の大会で優勝経験があるeSportsプレイヤーであり、ゲームキャスターとしても知られるStanSmith氏 が登場し、対戦を実況解説します。対戦後は来場者の皆様にもVaingloryを実際にプレイしていただけます。

UPDATED: Vainglory Android Beta Frequently Asked Questions!

UPDATED: Vainglory Android Beta Frequently Asked Questions!

We at the Lair are hard at work on Vainglory for Android (among many other things!), and we're getting a LOT of questions about our Android beta program. Here is a quick FAQ to answer the most commonly asked questions!

HOW DO I UPDATE MY CLIENT?

If you're in the beta, and having issues updating to the latest client. Log into your Google Plus beta community, and reinstall from the install link there.  You'll be prompted to either install or update your client. Note, updating from Google Play will not work.

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE IN THE BETA? 

We are running a closed beta for specific supported devices. To apply for the beta for the currently supported devices, 'ask' to join the Google+ groups below. We are reviewing and adding new testers everyday.

Vainglory Launches in Korea!

Vainglory Launches in Korea!

Korean fans, the day has come! We’re extremely excited to announce that the game is now available on the Korean App Store for iPad (generation 2 and above) and iPhone models with Metal technology (iPhone 6, 6 Plus and 5S).

With many of today’s top pro gamers coming out of Korea, we’re thrilled to be launching a multiplayer game like Vainglory in an environment where the pedigree of competitive gaming is unmatched.

With that in mind, we’re excited to reveal that we’ve been working closely with legendary League of Legends shoutcaster Jeon Yong Jun and OGN shoutcaster, William “Chobra” Cho to build out the most authentic MOBA experience possible. Look out for Jun as he lends his shoutcasting skills to Vainglory’s in-game tutorial videos, as well as on the Vainglory website, while “Chobra” will be the voice of the advanced Korean video series on YouTube. Both Jun and “Chobra” will be key ambassadors for the game in Korea and we’re eager to have them on board!

Announcing Vainglory on Android Closed Beta Program: Apply Now

Announcing Vainglory on Android Closed Beta Program: Apply Now

Edit: The Vainglory Android Beta has evolved, please see this blog post to learn how to get into the Android Beta: here.

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When  will Vainglory come to Android? It’s perhaps the single most-asked question from the Vainglory Community since the game launched three months ago. We heard you, and we’re excited to announce our first steps toward making Vainglory on Android devices a reality.

We’re starting with a closed beta program designed to get your feedback on how Vainglory for Android plays on your device. Throughout and following this beta, we will refine the experience until the Android VG Community tells us we’re ready for prime time. This won’t be overnight, and we know we still have quite a bit of work ahead. You won’t see Vainglory on Google Play until our bar for quality and gameplay has been met.

To get into the closed beta and be among the first to play Vainglory on Android apply now through the application at the end of this post. 

The closed beta will support a limited number of high-end devices, including the NVIDIA SHIELD and select Samsung and Nexus devices. We will be adding more devices through the process of readying Vainglory for Android release.

The first look at the Vainglory Android beta version will come at PAX East March 6-8. We will be running Vainglory on NVIDIA SHIELDs at our massive display area inside the Twitch booth as well as playing with Android devices on our special PAX livestreams! Visit our full Android livestream & events schedule for more information and exact broadcast times.

We are grateful to be working so closely with the NVIDIA team to create the best possible Vainglory gameplay experience, and their feedback and help is accelerating our development.

“Super Evil Megacorp is bringing stunning visuals and exciting gameplay to Android with Vainglory,” says Keita Iida, Senior Director, Global Content Management at NVIDIA. “SHIELD tablet is the ultimate tablet for gaming and Vainglory is a great example of how amazing games are coming to mobile devices.”

We can’t wait to expand to the Android platform and welcome new players to the Halcyon Fold! When we do launch, players on iOS devices and Android devices will be able to play in the same matches, meaning even better allies, more competition and seamless play with your friends — regardless of their platform preference.

Apply for the beta here, or if the form doesn't show, click here.

Stay tuned for more updates. We will keep you posted!

Heini Vesander / EvilFinn

 

 

Update on Upcoming Launches in Japan and Korea

Update on Upcoming Launches in Japan and Korea

We recently announced that Vainglory would be coming to Japan and Korea later this month. However, we’ve decided to push back both releases in order to spend more time polishing the game and localizing it localizing it for our Japanese and Korean fans.

We spent the holiday season asking for translation feedback from players in both Japan and Korea. While we’re close, the incredibly valuable responses we received helped us reach the conclusion that more work was necessary to guarantee the level of quality we expect of ourselves — and expect to deliver to all players around the world. Our No. 1 priority is to do right by our players, and that means releasing the game when it’s 100 percent ready. Besides polishing the game, we’re also going to take advantage of this extra time to recruit additional team members for those local markets and deepen partnerships in each country.

In the meantime, we have other good news to share! We've confirmed Jeon Yong Jun, the legendary shoutcaster of League of Legends, as a key ambassador for Vainglory in Korea and globally. Jung is well known in the East and the West and it is a huge win for us to have his support. Also William “Chobra” Chothe well-known Korean shoutcaster of League of Legends and Hearthstone has signed up as a Vainglory ambassador. We are incredibly excited to work with Jung and Chobra, who are valued MOBA pros in both the East and the West. More information to follow!

Vainglory’s release in Japan and Korea will be a pivotal milestone for Vainglory, and we’re determined to make that initial experience a great one. We hope to have more information on timing soon. Until then, thanks for your patience while we make things even better.

 

日本と韓国でのVaingloryサービス開始延期についてのお知らせ

今月中に日本と韓国で開始する予定でしたモバイルMOBA「Vainglory」について、より洗練されたゲームとローカリゼーションを提供するために、サービス開始を遅らせることにいたしました。楽しみにされていた皆様をお待たせすることになり、申し訳ございません。

昨年末、日本と韓国のプレイヤーにVaingloryのベータ版をプレイしていただき、多くのフィードバックをいただきました。いただいた貴重なご意見をもとに、改良を加え、ゲームの完成度は高めております。しかし、世界中の皆様、そして私たち自身が求めるクオリティを実現するために、今少しの作業が必要であるという結論となりました。プレイヤーの皆様がストレスを感じることなく、同じ環境下でゲームを楽しんでいただくことを第1の目的として、完成度を高めていっております。

日本と韓国におけるサービス開始はVaingloryにとって大きな意味のあることです。私たちはこの延長期間を利用して、日本と韓国の市場における追加のチームメンバーを採用し、それぞれの国での展開をより強固なものとするためのパートナーシップを予定しております。

弊社では最初のゲームプレイが最高のものであるように尽力しています。出来る限り早く、サービス開始のニュースを皆様にお届けできるよう、開発を進めていきます。もう少しだけ、Vaingloryの開始を楽しみにして、お待ちください。

最後に、良いお知らせがあります。League of Legendsの伝説的シャウトキャストDJである Jeon Yong Jun 氏が韓国および世界中でのVaingloryアンバサダーの一人として活動することになりました。Jeon氏はアジアでも欧米でも高い知名度を誇っており、彼のサポートでゲームはより楽しいものとなるでしょう。また、League of LegendsとHearthstoneの有名なシャウトキャストDJであるWilliam “Chobra” Cho氏もVaingloryアンバサダーメンバーに加わっています。アジアと欧米の両方で活躍するMOBAのプロであるJeon氏とChobra氏の支援はVaingloryにとって大きな力となると確信しています。

これからも、Vaingloryをどうぞよろしくお願いします。

 

Vainglory 영웅들의 한국 출격 일정에 대하여

안녕하세요 한국의 팬 여러분, 슈퍼 이블 메가코프입니다. 1월 말 한국과일본에서 출시될 예정이었던 Vainglory는 최상의 퀄리티과 현지화에 더 많은 시간을 투자하기 위해, 출시를 조금 미루기로 결정했습니다.

슈퍼 이블 메가코프는 지난 연말 한국과 일본의 Vainglory 플레이어들에게 번역에 대한 피드백을 조사했습니다. 퀄리티가 상당한 수준까지 도달하기는 했으나 플레이어들의 소중한 의견을 검토해 본 결과 내부에서 요구하는 수준과 전세계 플레이어들이 기대하는 수준 모두를 만족시키려면 추가 작업이 필요하다는 결론에 이르게 되었습니다. 가장 중요한 것은 플레이어들에게 최고의 게임을 제공하는 것이며, 서두르는 것보다 100% 준비되었을 때 게임을 출시해야 한다고 생각합니다. 이를 위해 저희는 한국의 팀원을 보충하고 현지 파트너쉽을 강화할 예정입니다.

다른 좋은 소식도 있습니다! 리그 오브 레전드의 전설적인 샤우트캐스터, 전용준씨가 한국 및 전세계에서 활동할 Vainglory의 핵심 홍보 대사로 확정되었습니다. 전세계에서 널리 알려진 전용준 캐스터의 든든한 지원은 큰 도움이 될 것입니다. 또한 리그 오브 레전드와 하스스톤의 샤우트캐스터로 잘 알려진 '초브라' 조한규씨도 Vainglory 홍보 대사로 발탁되었습니다. MOBA 전문가인 전용준 캐스터와 초브라 조한규 캐스터의 활약에 앞으로 많은 기대를 부탁 드립니다. 자세한 내용은 추후 발표될 예정입니다!

Vainglory를 기다려주시는 많은 한국의 팬들의 성원에 다시 한번 감사드립니다. 자세한 사항은 추후 발표될 예정이며 더 좋은 게임을 만들기 위한 피드백도 계속 보내주세요. 최고의 게임으로 곧 인사 드리겠습니다!

VAINGLORY INVADES PAX SOUTH (JAN 23-25)

VAINGLORY INVADES PAX SOUTH (JAN 23-25)

Our Super Evil team is descending upon PAX South Jan. 23-25, and attendees can play a new, unreleased hero in an internal build right at the Vainglory stand. For all those who can't travel to San Antonio, we'll be livestreaming daily from the event and will show him off on Twitch. And those who visit us and drop their player name will get a free unlock of the new hero upon his release! On top of that, the first 10 players to find our Koshka cosplayer each day and ask for it will get a limited-edition statuette of the new hero. 

Plus, a ton of devs will be at the event hoping to meet as many players as possible, and we'll load you up with some swag too. Just find us at the Twitch booth, which will have a dedicated Vainglory demo area with daily dev visits.

Here's the lowdown for all those who can't attend. You can still be a part of the fun:

  • Watch the Twitch PAX livestream at 12:45 PM (CST) every day for a Q&A with Vainglory devs and insider info. 
  • Watch the Vainglory Twitch channel from 5-7 PM (CST) daily for viewer matches with Zekent and PlayoffBeard live from PAX. Plus spontaneous giveaways!
  • Watch our regular official stream on Friday at the special time of 5 PM (CST)  live from PAX to see the new hero played by Zekent — along with PlayoffBeard talking to special live guests and ICE giveaways (3,000 ICE per match to random, lucky winners)!
  • Keep on eye on our Twitter feed where we'll have a special PAX contest for all Twitter followers, plus photos and details from the event.

PAX SOUTH EVENT DETAILS

  • WHEN: Jan. 23-25 in San Antonio, Texas - Meet the devs daily at 2 PM (CST)
  • WHERE: Vainglory stand at the Twitch booth + daily livestreams
  • WHAT: Play the unreleased hero from the show floor - Free unlock for the hero upon his release - First 10 players each day get a limited-edition collectible of the next hero

PAX LIVESTREAM SCHEDULE

We hope you can join us at PAX South, but for all those who can't, we'll still make this a special event for all through the stream. And you can start getting excited as the new hero nears!

See you in San Antonio ... or see you on Twitch Jan. 23-25.

Vainglory Launches in Japan and Korea Next Month

Vainglory Launches in Japan and Korea Next Month

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Fans in Japan and Korea--we have news for you! We’re so, so excited to reveal that Vainglory will be launching in the Japanese and Korean App Stores in January.  We’ve taken time to pay special attention to the game’s localization for Japan and Korea, and next month fans in those countries will be able to join the party.

Both Japan and Korea are extremely important for us.

Japan has a long history as the pioneer of handheld and social gaming. Our entire team is made up of huge fans of Japanese games and gaming culture. We’ve spent hours and hours on SEGA and Nintendo alike. To launch our game in Japan is incredibly humbling and we hope to bring something new to Japanese players.

Korea is THE place for competitive gaming. Some of the best pro-players of League of Legends, DOTA 2 and more come from Korea, and the country has an amazing legacy in multiplayer gaming. We at Super Evil are bringing those core, competitive game experiences to the touch platform and we hope Korean gamers find Vainglory worthwhile.

As in other countries, Vainglory will be available on the iPad (generation 2 and above) and iPhone models with Metal technology (iPhone 6, 6 Plus and 5S).

Please note that we are hiring people in both Japan and Korea. If you are interested in joining the Super Evil team as General Manager or Community Manager, check out the open positions and send an application our way.

Stay tuned for more updates! Arigato! Gam-sa-hap-ni-da!

Vainglory Launches (Nearly) Globally on the App Store

Vainglory Launches (Nearly) Globally on the App Store

The day has come! North America, South America, Africa and the Middle East are live! (Japan, China and Korea - we haven’t forgotten - we’re working on you guys already!)

To celebrate our launch, we will be hosting our first ever two hour Vainglory streaming event on Twitch TV together with The pro League of Legends player and streamer Zekent, who has over 45 million views to date. Tune into http://www.twitch.tv/vainglory from 1pm to 3pm PT to watch how Vainglory is played like a pro.  

If you haven’t seen the game yet check out our shiny new launch trailer below, as well as the earlier LAN party trailer, which together capture what Vainglory is all about!

And finally below, a message from us to all of our players out there:

This is really just the beginning. We’re already hard at work adding more heroes and features to the game. Enough talk, now let’s go play a match!

Our official press release with all the details is copied below. 

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Super Evil Megacorp Unleashes Vainglory, the Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) Perfected for Touch Screens

San Mateo, Calif. — Nov. 18, 2014 — The LAN party is back! Super Evil Megacorp, a group of core-game developers that hail from the likes of Riot Games and Blizzard Entertainment, today launched Vainglory exclusively on the App Store for iPhone and iPad. Vainglory is the first game from this studio entirely focused on bringing core-gaming experiences to touch devices.

Vainglory was featured during Apple’s keynote in September, and it has already been praised as “Epic” by Cult of Mac and “the MOBA lover’s dream” by MMORPG. Vainglory is an unapologetically core MOBA that immerses players in a vivid world where they become powerful heroes with unique abilities. Built with Apple’s most advanced technology and the company’s proprietary E.V.I.L. engine, Vainglory brings a new class of ultra-high fidelity graphics and control responsiveness to touch devices. 

“Vainglory is not about casualizing a core genre or making a direct port of an existing game,” said Stephan Sherman, Chief Creative Officer of Super Evil Megacorp. “To make Vainglory, we started from scratch to create that core MOBA experience — the highs and the lows, the build-up of anticipation, the sweet victory or bitter defeat. We want you to feel how it feels to play a core game — with the immediacy of touch. 

“Vainglory opens up a whole new world of experiences in touch-screen gaming by playing together with friends in the same room, as a LAN party. While queuing up solo for online multiplayer games is fun and rewarding, the intensity of team play with friends around the table is incredible. Plus, trash talk. It’s like the LAN parties of old — except no heavy PC equipment required.” 

To ring in Vainglory’s launch today, professional League of Legends player and streamer George “Zekent” Liu of Team Curse fame will be hosting a live launch stream of Vainglory from 1-3 p.m. (PT) today at twitch.tv/vainglory. 

About Vainglory

Vainglory features fast-paced, 20-minute online multiplayer matches in which players across the globe battle it out in teams of three. Players become powerful heroes, each with their own lore and special abilities. More features and content are added to the game on an ongoing basis. Players experience intuitive, precision controls that effectively translate — and in some cases even improve — how MOBAs are traditionally played on PC. 

Vainglory is available for free on the App Store for iPhone and iPad or at www.AppStore.com/vainglory

For easy downloading, go to AppStore.com/vainglory.
For more information, visit http://www.vainglorygame.com/.
For community-created hero guides and a comprehensive game wiki, check out http://www.vaingloryfire.com/

About Super Evil Megacorp

Super Evil Megacorp is a team of masters-at-their-craft game developers from companies including Riot Games, Blizzard Entertainment and Rockstar Games. We strive to be the best home for core-gaming talent, committed to crafting unapologetically core 1,000+ hour gaming experiences for touch screens. The company’s first title is Vainglory, an intense real-time action MOBA perfected for touch. Super Evil Megacorp has raised $15M in funding from backers including General Catalyst, Signia Venture Partners, CrossCut Ventures, Initial Capital, The Raine Group and ZhenFund. For more information, visit http://www.superevilmegacorp.com/ and http://www.vainglorygame.com/.


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Vainglory Launches on the App Store Across Europe

Vainglory Launches on the App Store Across Europe

Today marks a big milestone for us as we continue the global rollout of Vainglory, the MOBA perfected for touch. Since the Apple keynote, we’ve received a steady stream of inquiries from players everywhere from Portugal to Moscow wondering when they get to play.

Thankfully, that day is finally here. On behalf of the entire Super Evil team, let us say, “Welcome to Vainglory!” We are thrilled to announce that our game is now available for download on the App Store in Europe. Yay!

As a reminder, Vainglory runs on iPad generation 2 and up, and all iPhone models with Metal technology (iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s on iOS8). We can’t wait for you to jump into the Halcyon Fold and tell us what you think of the game and its heroes.

For tips and tricks on how to play the game, check out the Academy and VaingloryFire. Once you’ve poked around and played a few matches, be sure to drop into the forums with your feedback, suggestions and feature requests. We’re in there reading and interacting with players regularly, and your thoughts help shape our priorities for the work to come. 

We will continue our launch rollout on Nov. 18 in North America, South America, the Middle East and Africa. For the latest, follow us on Twitterlike us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Thank you! Gracias! Kiitos! Grazie! Tack! Danke schoen! Merci! спасибо!

Announcing the Vainglory iPhone Release and Official Launch Dates

Announcing the Vainglory iPhone Release and Official Launch Dates

We kicked off Vainglory’s global rollout in Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand on Apple’s App Store for the iPad in October. It’s been a great few weeks during which we have received a ton of feedback, learned a lot and watched some incredibly talented players and content creators emerge.

We’ve seen teams and rivalries organically form, including battles between TeamSG and Team PINAS. And we’ve been delighted to see groups self-organize weekly local LAN parties—with some wonderful photos and videos to show for it. 

All the while, we’ve been acutely aware of an increasing number of players’ voices across the world asking the same two very understandable questions: When is Vainglory releasing on iPhone? … and … When is Vainglory launching in my region?!

It’s with great excitement that we can now definitively answer both questions.

Vainglory for iPhone is now available for all devices with Apple’s Metal technology (iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 5s on iOS 8) in all territories where we’ve already launched. We’re also ready to reveal the launch dates for Vainglory in Europe, the Americas and other regions. 

Vainglory for iPad and Vainglory for iPhone will launch on Apple’s App Store as follows:

  • Europe: Thursday, Nov. 13
  • North America, South America, Middle East and Africa: Tuesday, Nov. 18
  • China, Japan and Korea: We are taking some extra time to get the localization for these countries right. Launch date to be announced later. 

We want to take this opportunity to thank our players for all their support and also thank all those who have patiently waited for Vainglory to arrive in their area. We can’t wait to get the game into your hands!

At launch, Vainglory will run on the iPad 2 and above, as well as iPhone 5s and above. Because of the competitive nature of the game (and for the smoothest experience), we do recommend you play on the largest possible screen and the newest possible device available to you. Please note that Vainglory for iPad and Vainglory for iPhone will be two separate apps in the App Store. This is necessary to continue to support older OpenGL devices on iPad (iPad 2 and above), while only supporting iPhones with Apple's Metal technology (iPhone 5s and above). 

Vainglory Buzz

We do our very best to regularly take the pulse of our player community—and generally feel like we have a good sense of what’s on their minds. But it’s also been encouraging and exciting to hear what a wider audience is saying so far: 

  • "Remember that MOBA shown off at Apple's iPhone 6 Event? Well, it's really good." — IGN
  • "Its two finger controls are unbelievably efficient." —MMORPG.com
  • "The best touch screen MOBA out there." —MOBAFire
  • "The MOBA-lover's mobile dream." —MMORPG.com
  • "One of the best games for the Fall." —GamesBeat
  • "Must-have app for the iPhone 6" —CNN.com
  • "Poised to change the landscape of how players experience MOBAs." —Curse.com

Vainglory Servers & Player Profiles

Please note that players creating Vainglory profiles will automatically be placed on the servers closest to them. Early-access players who are connected to the Southeast Asia servers will need to create a new profile to connect to a different, more local server. Alternatively, those players may remain on the Southeast Asia servers to continue to play there. Of course, for the best ping times, it’s always best to play on the server closest to you geographically. 

We are in the home stretch, and we can’t wait for all our friends around the world to experience Vainglory firsthand. We are forever grateful to all the players who have helped us reach this point, and soon the rest of the world can join them in the Halcyon Fold. 

And so it Begins: The Rollout of Vainglory in Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand

And so it Begins: The Rollout of Vainglory in Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand

Today is the day we start the global rollout of Vainglory on Apple’s App Store in Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

We have been working incredibly hard for the past two years to perfect Vainglory for touch devices. The most exciting thing about this milestone is welcoming new players to Vainglory! We hope new and existing players alike enjoy this core MOBA experience, and we cannot wait to hear your thoughts on the game.

We are already working on more heroes and feature updates, but Vainglory is now finally available for players in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and a number of other countries in Southeast Asia. Get it from the App Store by searching for “Vainglory.”

Vainglory runs on all iPads from generation 2 and up as long you have iOS 6.1 or above. We will be launching on more devices and in more regions soon, so please stay tuned. 

We want to take this opportunity to thank all our early players in select Southeast Asian countries where we’ve been testing the game for the past few months. The feedback and support has been amazingly helpful, and there’s already a vibrant community in the forums with nearly 20,000 pre-launch posts. We would not be here today without our founding players. Thank you. 

This is a big moment for us as a company. But most importantly, it’s a big moment for our players on our journey this far. This is the true beginning: Vainglory is live and the battle has begun!  

To celebrate with our players, we’re releasing the Hero Spotlight video for our brand-new hero: Joule. This is the first offering in a video series by our expert content creator, Ciderhelm, designed to both introduce our heroes and show off their tactical depth. Be sure to check it out.

See you in the Halcyon Fold.
— Bo (Nansen) 

Announcing iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus support, October roll-out plans, partnering with MOBAFire, and unleashing the new Vainglory (LAN) Party trailer

Announcing iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus support, October roll-out plans, partnering with MOBAFire, and unleashing the new Vainglory (LAN) Party trailer

Hi everyone,
 
Today is a big day for our Super Evil team. We are announcing four milestones all worthy of their own blog post, but we’ll try and squeeze them into one:

  1. The global rollout of Vainglory will begin in October!
  2. Vainglory was featured on stage at Apple's press event and will be supporting Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and Metal technology
  3. We’re unveiling VaingloryFire.com: the community site for guides and builds created by MOBAFire, the largest MOBA player community in the world.
  4. We’re unleashing the new Vainglory (LAN) Party Trailer to the world.

 
Boom. Here are some more details:

1. The October rollout begins. We will begin the global rollout of Vainglory, our MOBA perfected for touch, on Apple’s App Store in October this year. We’ve been hard at work adding features and polishing the game, and there are still big features that will arrive post-launch. But, thanks to the incredible feedback and help from our early players in our test markets (thank you so much!) we now feel ready to unleash the game globally on iPads (iPad2 and above) and the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. We will start with a big update for our early player base in Southeast Asia and work our way across the globe. Why not a single global release date? Because single release dates for online multiplayer games can mean bad experiences for players everywhere. A step-by-step rollout is much more likely to keep things smooth for players around the world. Thanks in advance for your patience! Apply for early access on www.vainglorygame.com, and we’ll let you know as soon as you can play.
 
2. The Apple press event. Two of our founders, Stephan and Tommy, were on stage at Apple’s press event today to show how Vainglory runs on the iPhone 6 Plus on Metal. Thanks to Metal and our E.V.I.L. game engine, Vainglory can now deliver a level of graphics performance and resolution beyond that of a Blu Ray player on a new HD TV. That’s higher quality than most current game consoles can deliver—in your bare hands! As core gamers and makers of core games, we couldn’t be more excited about the possibilities this opens up for Vainglory and touch-screen gaming.

3. MOBAFire - yeah!! We are thrilled that MOBAFire has selected Vainglory as the only touch-screen game for which they’re building a full-scale, dedicated community presence. You’ll find a Vainglory guide builder with all the bells and whistles, a detailed wiki, articles and videos … the works. MOBAFire is incredibly discerning about the games it supports at this level—really limiting its sites to titans of the industry. So, we think of this as a huge win for Vainglory players everywhere, who now can dig as deep as they want into hero builds and game tactics and strategies to improve their play and have more fun. 

VaingloryFire.com just went live today with a bunch of guides populated by our early players. Check it out and see what you think. For those of you not familiar with MOBAFire, it is is the largest MOBA-focused website community in the world with more than 12 million monthly users (yikes!). Here’s what Scott, the CEO of MOBAFire had to say about Vainglory :
 
“We've been waiting for a game like Vainglory to come along on touch screens. It's not just the best touch MOBA out there; it's a completely legit core game in its own right. Once you play it, you'll understand why we got excited about it!" — M. Scott Reinders, MOBAFire

4. Announcing the new Vainglory (LAN) Party Trailer. We love playing Vainglory together—shoulder to shoulder—with friends. From the very beginning, our play tests have been extremely fun (and loud) … and players in our early test regions immediately picked up on this and began self-organizing for in-person matches. We wanted to share this feeling of excitement, intensity and camaraderie that happens when playing Vainglory live as a team. So, rather than choosing the traditional approach of a cinematic trailer or a pure gameplay trailer, we did something a little … different. We showed what it can be like in the real world; the way we play it. Press play below, and keep an eye out for MOBA-related Easter eggs!

 
Things are off to an amazing start. We are grateful and humbled that companies the caliber of Apple and MOBAFire see something special in this game. We can’t wait to share it with you in October!

See you in the Halcyon Fold.

—Bo (Nansen), CEO
—Kristian (EdTheShred), COO & Executive director

Announcing $15M in Financing & Kristian Segerstrale as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director

Super Evil Megacorp Lifts the Veil

Hey, everyone. I know we've been silent for a long time now, but we're finally pulling back the veil on Super Evil Megacorp — and I couldn't be more excited. Today, I get to announce a new $11.6M financing round led by General Catalyst. I’m also happy to announce that Kristian Segerstrale joins the Super Evil Megacorp team as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director.

At Super Evil Megacorp, we believe the time has come for core games on touch screens. We've been at it for more than two years and have seen incredible support from some of the greatest talents in gaming. In my mind (our name notwithstanding), Super Evil Megacorp is not just another faceless corporation; it’s a close-knit family hell-bent on bringing the very best game experiences to tablets. Today, we welcome General Catalyst and Raine Ventures to that family and we welcome Adam Valkin (Managing Director, General Catalyst) to our board. Our new investors join Rick Thompson and his team at Signia Venture Partners, Clinton Foy and his team at CrossCut Ventures, Initial Capital, ZhenFund, and an awesome group of angel investors. Their profound support increases Super Evil Megacorp's total investment raised to well north of $15M to date, and it ensures this company (already an amazing group of veterans) will be allowed to further expand and relentlessly pursue its vision of a world where tablets are primary devices for core gamers.

We also welcome Kristian Segerstrale in his new role as our COO and Executive Director. Kristian’s track record in building successful gaming companies such as Glu Mobile and Playfish (as well as being a leader at EA and an early investor and board member at Supercell) speaks for itself. We’re thrilled that he’s chosen to make the jump from early investor and board member at Super Evil Megacorp to join us at the Lair full time. His focus will be maximizing our world-class team of core gaming talent and finding more folks who want to invent the next era of immersive, core-game experiences. We’re thrilled to have him on board and would love to hear from other folks who are as passionate as we are about building the next generation of games on tablets.

For the past two years, Super Evil Megacorp has been busy building our team, our proprietary game engine technology and our first product, Vainglory, which is in early, limited release. We have drawn upon our collective experience crafting games at companies like Riot, Rockstar and Playfish to bring to touch screens the types of indelible gaming experiences that we've loved over the years — complete with insane high-fidelity graphics, breathtaking multiplayer battles and social experiences that really feel like the epic LAN parties that defined whole eras of our lives.

We believe games are a form of art. Incredible experiences require the very best talent (and a lot of patience) to build. We couldn’t be more excited about our trajectory to date, and today’s announcement gives us further tools to pursue our dreams. It allows us to take the very long view of the evolution of touch-screen gaming and to build Super Evil Megacorp and Vainglory with decades (rather than months) in mind. We are humbled by the amount of faith that has been placed in us.

We are also humbled by the early reception of Vainglory from our founding players, and we look forward to building the product further with them in anticipation of launching worldwide. We can’t wait to let the game speak for itself on the global stage.

Be sure to check out the first sneak peek of Vainglory, and look for more game-related announcements later this year.

—Bo Daly, CEO
Vainglory player name: Nansen

Super Evil Megacorp CEO Bo Daly, left, with new COO & Executive Director Kristian Segerstrale.

Super Evil Megacorp CEO Bo Daly, left, with new COO & Executive Director Kristian Segerstrale.