Dots Plays Beautifully with Olympic Gymnast

The Gaming Studio Partners with GMUNK & Laura Zeng for Second Film

Watch Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGF1oq6jLtE

NEW YORK — December 6, 2016 — Dots, the acclaimed NYC creative gaming studio behind Dots, Two Dots, and Dots & Co, today released ‘Play Beautifully II’ in partnership with Director GMUNK and US Olympic gymnast Laura Zeng. The video is the second in a series that celebrates the creative and cultural endeavors of those who embody Dots’ brand ethos, and takes the viewer on an accentuated visual journey that reflects the experience of playing Dots games. 

“For our second ‘Play Beautifully’ film, we wanted to showcase two remarkable creators who would highlight the intersection between technology, movement, and design, bringing the iconic gameplay of Dots into the real world,” said Ondriona Monty, Chief Marketing Officer, Dots. “GMUNK is a creative that pushes the boundaries of cinematography and technology, and Laura Zeng is a breathtaking gymnast, dancer, and real-life Dots player so it was an electric collaboration.” 

The film follows Zeng’s meditative daydream as she preps for her routine in the locker room of a gymnasium. As part of her pre-performance routine, Zeng plays Two Dots, and is transported to the mat where her rhythmic movement and glowing gymnast ball transcend reality.

“‘Play Beautifully’ represents the feeling I experience when I reach a mode of total focus, where the environment seems to fade away as one movement blends seamlessly into the next,” said Laura Zeng. “Dots and GMUNK created a space for that sensation to live and breathe.” 

The film centers around a light-controlled gymnast ball that GMUNK and his team specially engineered to showcase Zeng’s fluidity and craft. By playing beautifully with the language of the camera, GMUNK creates an imaginative dreamscape guided by a clear visual language of circles and light that mirror the sensations of Dots’ games.

“Light and technology play was the heart of the ‘Play Beautifully II’ film, which allowed us to create a surreal embodiment of Dots’ games,” said GMUNK, Director. “We used hundreds of remote LED sources, strobes, and our custom LED gymnast ball to accentuate Zeng’s beautiful and elegant contortions and to showcase the space between form and balance.” 

Dots’ in-house composer-producer duo Ross Wariner and Cody Uhler tapped a 12-piece string orchestra to score the film with electro-synth currents. The two worked hand-in-hand with GMUNK to pair sound and image, keeping in line with Dots’ product strategy to create elevated and seamless audio and visual user experiences. 

The ‘Play Beautifully II’ film will be released following the studio’s ‘Casa Dots’ installation at Design Miami 2016. 

The ‘Play Beautifully’ film series began with the release of ‘Play Beautifully I’ featuring professional freestyle BMXer, Nigel Sylvester. The third installment is expected to launch in mid-2017.  For more information on “Play Beautifully” go to http://dots.co/playbeautifully

About Dots

Dots builds games with thoughtful, minimalist design. The Studio has created three mobile games, Dots, Two Dots and Dots & Co., and celebrates over 100 million downloads. Their first game, Dots: A Game About Connecting, has garnered a massive and loyal following since its launch in 2013. In 2014 the studio launched Two Dots, an acclaimed global mega-hit, which reached #1 in the App Store in over 100 countries. In 2016, Dots released Dots & Co, which continues to climb the app charts. You can learn more about Dots by following @dots on Instagram, @dots on Twitter, and by visiting the Dots website: www.dots.co

About Laura Zeng

Laura Zeng is a seventeen-year-old rhythmic gymnast from Chicago who competed at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio as part of the USA National Team. Zeng is the first American to medal at a World Cup, winning bronzes in hoop and ribbon at the 2016 Minsk World Cup. She won Team USA's first Youth Olympics medal in rhythmic gymnastics with a bronze at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games. Zeng also took home all five possible individual rhythmic gymnastics gold medals at the 2015 Pan American Games. You can learn more about Laura Zeng by following @toss_and_catch on Instagram. 

About GMUNK

GMUNK’s award-winning directorial techniques use light and materials to craft bold imagery in both the live action and interactive worlds.  His extensive portfolio spans feature films, commercials, experimental installations, music videos and graphic design. This expansive range is on display in his recent credits, which include projects for clients such as Adidas, Samsung and Audi, light installations for Pontiac and Twilio, as well as music videos for Tycho, Eric Prydz, and concert visuals for Beck. You can learn more about GMUNK by following @GMUNK on Instagram and Twitter, and by visiting his website: www.gmunk.com. 

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dots@agwgrp.com

Nigel Sylvester Plays Beautifully with Dots

The Mobile Gaming Studio Releases their First Anthemic Film with Professional BMXer

Watch Video: https://youtu.be/L1uMcNYru2s 

Listen to Audio: https://soundcloud.com/playbeautifully 

NEW YORK — September 20, 2016 – Dots, the acclaimed NYC creative game studio behind Dots, Two Dots and Dots & Co, today released an anthemic film featuring professional freestyle BMXer Nigel Sylvester. Best known for their minimalist aesthetic and elevated design, Dots releases the film as the first installation in their new “Play Beautifully” platform, which celebrates the creative and cultural endeavors of those who embody Dots’ brand ethos.

“With ‘Play Beautifully,’ we are collaborating with extraordinary individuals who can take the spirit of our brand and make it their own in a compelling and unique way,” said Ondriona Monty, Chief Marketing Officer, Dots. “Nigel Sylvester’s visceral riding and multi-faceted creative energy made him the perfect partner to capture the sense of curiosity and zen our users feel when playing a Dots game.” 

The film follows Sylvester riding against an architectural nightscape in Los Angeles with elegant physicality and ballet-like grace through obstacles and illuminated colored “Dots” that mimic their iconic game board. Sylvester’s surreal performance was a product of Dots’ internal creative vision with original music produced by their in-house composers/producers Ross Wariner and Cody Uhler, who premiere an original, electronic track as the film’s score.

"The cinematic vibe and ambient music of this film encapsulate a curiosity I’ve wanted to explore creatively,” said Nigel Sylvester, professional freestyle BMX rider. "To me, ‘Play Beautifully’ embodies the aesthetic and skill of what I love to do and captures my craft in an elevated and poetic way."

The film will live on Dots’ owned channels and with select media partners throughout the fall. The film follows the company’s July release of Dots & Co, the third addition to their portfolio of games. 

For more information go to http://dots.co/playbeautifully.

About Dots

Dots builds games with thoughtful, minimalist design. The Studio has created three mobile games, Dots, Two Dots and Dots & Co., and celebrates over 100 million downloads. Their first game, Dots: A Game About Connecting, has garnered a massive and loyal following since its launch in 2013. In 2014 the studio launched Two Dots, an acclaimed global mega-hit, which reached #1 in the App Store in over 100 countries. In 2016, Dots released Dots & Co, which continues to climb the app charts. You can learn more about Dots by following @dots on Instagram, @dots on Twitter, and by visiting the Dots website: www.dots.co

About Nigel Sylvester

Nigel Sylvester is a NY native and professional BMX rider. His unique, adventurous and acrobatic freestyle BMX riding has been featured everywhere from Sports Illustrated and Hypebeast to the The New York Times. You can learn more about Nigel Sylvester by following him on Twitter and Instagram @NigelSylvester and by checking out his video series “Go” on YouTube and Facebook @NigelSylvesterLive. 

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Courtney Ridgway
AGW
dots@agwgrp.com

Play Beautifully With Dots & Co, the New Puzzle Game From Dots

NEW YORK - July 21, 2016 – Dots, the acclaimed NYC-based developer of Dots and Two Dots, has released Dots & Co, a new mobile game available as a free download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Dots & Co introduces an enhanced visual palette and new companions with a variety of powers, bringing an exciting layer of magic to the original gameplay of Dots and Two Dots, which have 100 million downloads to date combined.

Dots & Co is a beautiful, thoughtful and immersive experience we wanted to feel like a little mental oasis.” said Patrick Moberg, co-founder and chief creative officer at Dots. “It elevates our portfolio of games with new worlds, charming in-game companions and fresh ways to approach challenges.”

Like Two Dots before it, Dots & Co features specially crafted levels of colorfully matching dots with distinct mechanics that change and combine as players progress. It launches with 155 new and completely reimagined stages that move across a bright landscape of beautifully painted environments with colorblind mode support and an original musical score. Additional puzzles will arrive in free updates after release.

Dots & Co is designed around the principles of strategy, simplicity and style,” said Margaret Robertson, game director for Dots & Co. “It’s both a satisfying challenge for your brain and a restorative treat for your senses.”

Dots & Co can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store globally.

About Dots

Dots builds unique games with thoughtful design. The studio's first game, Dots: A Game About Connecting, has garnered a massive and loyal following since its launch in 2013. In 2014 the studio launched Two Dots, an acclaimed global mega-hit. You can learn more about Dots by following @playdots on Twitter, @dots on Instagram, www.facebook.com/playdots on Facebook and visiting the Dots website: www.dots.co.

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Courtney Ridgway
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dots@agwgrp.com

Games Studio Dots Hits 30 Million Downloads for Two Dots

Games Studio Dots Hits 30 Million Downloads for Two Dots
Dots reports $15 million in revenue on Two Dots’ one-year anniversary

NEW YORK – May 29, 2015 – Playdots Inc. (“Dots”) announced today that its hit title Two Dots has been played nearly 5 billion times by 30 million people worldwide since its release one year ago. The team is also proud to announce that it won three honors at the Webby Awards two weeks ago, taking home both an official Webby Award and People’s Voice Award for Best Visual Design – Aesthetic (Mobile & Apps), as well as the Webby Award for Best Gaming App (Handheld Devices).

"It's been hard for me to see how far our team has come, because we've been heads down designing levels and writing code everyday.  But when I step back, look at the player usage data, the awards, the features and content we've built, I'm completely blown away." - David Hohusen, Two Dots Game Director

As the studio continues to release more content and looks forward to the imminent release of Two Dots in China (with Tencent), it is sharing some data and factoids about the game to enlighten other independent developers:

  • Installs by platform: iOS: 22m, Android: 6.75m, Amazon: 0.25m, Facebook: 1m
  • Total gross revenue, all platforms: US$15 million
  • Number of games played: 4.8 billion
  • Reached #1 game rank in 71 countries, #1 Puzzle game rank in 117 countries
  • Top countries by installs: US, UK, Japan, Russia, Canada, Brazil, and South Korea
  • Audience demographics: 68% women, 32% men
  • Number of dots connected: 250 billion (that’s 28.07 times around the Earth)

In the last two years, Dots has grown from a modest art-inspired puzzle game to a growing NYC-based games studio with the ambition to stand alongside the gaming titans of the world.

Dots has brand-new games in the works for 2015 and will share more information on them soon. Dots and Two Dots are available as free downloads for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

About Playdots Inc. (“Dots”)
Dots builds unique games with thoughtful design. The studio's first game, Dots: A Game About Connecting, has garnered a massive and loyal following since its launch in 2013 by Patrick Moberg and Paul Murphy at the startup studio, betaworks. More recently, the studio launched Two Dots, which shot to the top of the charts hours after it launched. Dots and Two Dots are available as free downloads for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices. You can learn more about Dots by following @playdots on Twitter, @iseedots on Instagram, liking www.facebook.com/playdots on Facebook and visiting the Dots website: www.weplaydots.com.

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Games Studio Dots Secures $10M in Series A Funding

Games Studio Dots Secures $10M in Series A Funding
Tencent, Greycroft Partners among Global Backers of Studio’s Expansion
 
NEW YORK – Dec. 16, 2014 – Playdots Inc. (“Dots”), developer of the breakout mobile gaming hits, Dots: A Game About Connecting and TwoDots, announced today that it has finalized its first round of capital investment to accelerate the advancement of its franchise.
 
In a Series A funding round co-led by Tencent and Greycroft Partners, Dots raised $10M from a range of venture capitalists around the world, including Northzone and CrunchFund. They are joined by an Alphaworks syndicate that includes Slow Ventures, Li Ruigang, Susan Lyne, and a diverse assembly of other notable investors and game industry executives.

“It’s been immensely gratifying to watch millions of people across the globe engage with our games,” said Dots co-founder and CEO Paul Murphy. "This investment from an incredible set of partners will help Dots become one of the leading mobile-first games studios.”

In the past year and a half, Dots has grown from a modest art-inspired puzzle game built by co-founder and CCO, Patrick Moberg, to a growing NYC-based games studio with the ambition to stand alongside the gaming titans of the world. The Dots and TwoDots games have an install base of over 45 million players around the world.

Dots will release further information about its upcoming plans and projects in 2015. Dots and TwoDots are available as free downloads for the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.
 
Apple App Store: http://www.appstore.com/twodots
Google Play: http://g.co/play/twodots
Amazon Appstore: http://amzn.to/1zi0RhI
 
About Playdots Inc. (“Dots”)
Dots builds unique games with thoughtful design. The studio's first game, Dots: A Game About Connecting, garnered a massive and loyal following since its launch in 2013 by Patrick Moberg and Paul Murphy at the startup studio, betaworks. More recently, the studio launched TwoDots, which shot to the top of the charts hours after it launched. Dots and TwoDots are available as free downloads for the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. You can learn more about Dots by following @playdots on Twitter, @iseedots on Instagram, liking www.facebook.com/playdots on Facebook and visiting the Dots website: www.weplaydots.com.

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Courtney Ridgway
AGW
dots@agwgrp.com