Scott K. Tsumura Joins Amaze Entertainment/BlackShip Games

Gaming industry veteran Scott K. Tsumura has been named svp of Japan/Asia business strategy at Amaze Entertainment and exec studio director of Amaze Entertainment's BlackShip Games. Tsumura was president of Nintendo Software Technology Corp. managing the production of a variety of Nintendo games, such as POKEMONPUZZLE LEAGUE. A native of Japan, Tsumura has more than 25 years of gaming industry experience in both the U.S. and Japan.

Tsumura will oversee the Japan/Asia business development of Kirkland, Washington-based Amaze Entertainment, as well as managing BlackShip Games, which the company recently created to meet the specific needs of the interactive gaming publishers of Japan and other Asian countries. Like the other Amaze Entertainment studios, BlackShip Games has its own mission, identity and subculture while remaining an integral part of and utilizing the structure, facilities and collective creative capabilities of the overall company.

The studio's goal is to introduce established brands and properties of potential Japanese and other Asian publishers into the North American and European markets. BlackShip Games is combining the best U.S. development technologies with Japanese game designing skills to provide Asia-based publishers the key elements they need to tap into the U.S. and European markets. The bilingual and multicultural BlackShip team offers Japanese publishers unique business and market knowledge. Tsumura's plan is to also bridge the culture gap between Japanese publishers and American and European consumers and has built a talented team of 30 members, many with bilingual and cross-cultural experiences, who understand both eastern and western cultures.

Amaze Entertainment (www.amazeentertainment.com) is one of the world's largest independent developers of interactive entertainment. Through its five unique studios, Adrenium Games, The Fizz Factor, Griptonite Games, KnowWonder and BlackShip Games, the company creates high-quality games for virtually every platform -- from popular handheld devices and PCs to today's advanced game consoles.

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