Maximum Games

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Maximum Games
Industry Video games
Founded August 2009
Founder(s) Christina Seelye (CEO)
Len Ciciretto (President)
Headquarters Walnut Creek, California, USA
Area served International
Products Computer games/Video games
Website www.maximumgames.com

Maximum Games (formerly Maximum Family Games) is a publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment software games.[1] Founded in 2009, Maximum Family Games currently publishes video games on all leading platforms.[2] Some titles include: Farming Simulator,[3] Worms Collection, Worms: The Revolution Collection, JASF: Jane's Advanced Strike Fighters, Junior Brain Trainer for Nintendo DS hand-held systems, and Nintendo 3DS titles MYST[4] and Deer Drive Legends.[5]

Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, Maximum Family Games also owns subsidiary brand Maximum Racing, under which five Nintendo Wii titles have been published: Crash Car Racer, Drag & Stock Racer, GP Classic Racing, Super Karts and Sprint Cars.

Company Origin[edit]

Maximum Games is a privately held California corporation, and was originally founded as "Maximum Family Games" in 2009 by two industry veterans, Christina Seelye and Len Ciciretto. During the 2009 holiday season, the company launched two very successful Junior DS titles, with placement in all USA major retailers. In 2010, the company published 16 new products in the Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii and PC formats. In 2010, the company was granted Third Party Publishing status with Nintendo of America and Sony Computer Entertainment America. In 2011, the company was granted the same for Europe with both companies, and ultimately produced more than 20 new titles that year, which included the addition of Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 titles. The company is now a full service publisher, with a warehouse in Sacramento, CA, a full sales and marketing team, and distribution partnerships that serve both North American and European markets.

Company Owners[edit]

Christina Seelye is Chief Executive Officer of MG, and has been in consumer technology publishing for nearly 20 years, and has launched over 300 titles into the retail and online channels during the course of her career. In 2001, she founded Elibrium, Inc., a consumer software company which she later sold to Avanquest Software. She remained on as CEO of Avanquest USA until 2007, during which time she grew revenues from $8 million to $65 million, and conducted strategic mergers and acquisitions that established the company as a premier publisher of consumer technology. Christina is also owner of The Rhino Group, which provides channel management and publishing services.

Len Ciciretto is the President of MG, and Len's background in the game industry began in 2000 when he joined Sega of America. He held the position of Group Vice President of North America for all game, toy and PC products, with total sales of more than $1.3 billion. After spending 8 years with Sega he went on to hold titles of Senior Vice President of Sales and VP of Sales and Marketing with other game/toy companies, including Yes! Entertainment, Acclaim Entertainment and BAM! Entertainment. He was also the President of Versus Books and was Vice President with Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association. Len owns and is CEO of Game Solutions and Services, for which he has co-published several games.

Company Relaunch[edit]

On May 25, 2012, Maximum Family Games changed its name to Maximum Games[6] to reflect its expanding portfolio.

Previously known as a publisher of children's games, the company felt that Maximum Games better described their broadening audience and the more diverse kinds of games they plan to publish.

Current Games (2013)[edit]

  • 1001 Touch Games
  • 4 in 1 racing pack
  • 50 Classic Games
  • Air Conflict: Pacific Carrier
  • American Mensa Academy
  • Burger Bot
  • Canada Hunt
  • City Builder
  • Crash Car Racer
  • Deer Drive Legends
  • Deer Hunt Legends
  • Drag & Stock Racer
  • DS Junior Brain Trainer
  • DS Junior Classic Games
  • Farming Simulator
  • GP Classic Racing
  • Hello Kitty Online
  • Hoppie
  • Jewel Link: Mountains of Madness
  • Jr. Classic Games
  • Junior Brain Trainer 2
  • Junior Brain Trainer: Math Edition
  • Junior Classic Books and Fairytales
  • Junior Island Adventure
  • Junior Mystery Quest
  • Kart Racer
  • My First Trainz Set
  • MYST
  • Mystery Quest: Curse of the Ancient Spirits
  • PC Canada Hunt
  • Puzzler World 2013
  • Rally Racer
  • Serious Sam Collection
  • Sniper Elite
  • Sportsman's Pack
  • Sprint Cars
  • Super Karts
  • Super Truck Racer
  • Truck Racer
  • Ultimate Hunt Pack
  • Veggy World
  • Worms Collection
  • Worms Revolution Collection

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IGN: Maximum Family Games Company Profile". IGN. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  2. ^ . Metacritic http://www.metacritic.com/company/maximum-games?filter-options=games&num_items=100&sort_options=user_score.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ . App Advice http://appadvice.com/appnn/2013/11/todays-best-apps-wind-city-udlrswipe-farming-simulator-14-and-more.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "GoNintendo: Maximum Family Games Announces Spring Release of New Myst 3D Title". GoNintendo. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Gamasutra: Deer Drive Legends to Release Next Month from Maximum Family Games". Gamasutra. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Gamasutra: Maximum Family Games Changes Name to Maximum Games". Gamasutra. Retrieved 25 May 2012.