Empty LA

August 30th, 2010

If Los Angeles’ roads where always like this, I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

It’s an interesting video from Ross Ching taking Matt Logue’s still photography concept and applying it to a time lapse video. By taking lots of still photographs you are basically able to edit out all cars on the road. Quite meticulous work this!

I love the video because it reminds me of many of the places I loved, lived and worked in: Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and everything in between, Downtown LA etc.

RING OF CHAMPIONS: THE ROAD TO L.A. PRESS RELEASE

Garena Holds Tournament To Send Southeast Asia’s Best League Of Legends Players To L.A.

SINGAPORE, August 18th 2010 – Garena, the world’s leading online gaming service provider, is organizing a League of Legends tournament from 4th to 5th September 2010 to determine Southeast Asia’s best League of Legends team. The winning team will be sent to the World Cyber Games Grand Finals 2010 in Los Angeles, California, where they will compete against the top League of Legends teams from USA, Europe and China.

Ring of Champions will be one of the biggest gaming events held in Southeast Asia, with 40 gamers from Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam battling it out at the Singapore Expo for a chance to fly to the City of Angels. All the action from the tournament will be broadcasted online in the form of a video miniseries at lol.garena.com/roc, and will feature exclusive player profiles and interviews in addition to recaps of the games played.

“League of Legends is a top-quality title and Garena is very excited to be bringing it to gamers throughout Southeast Asia”, said Ulf Waschbusch, Chief Product Officer of Garena. “Ring of Champions is a fantastic opportunity for our gamers to be sent to Los Angeles and showcase their skills on the world stage. It is the first of many League of Legends events that gamers can look forward to in the near future.”

This will be the first time that League of Legends will be included in the WCG Grand Finals.

“Riot Games is extremely eager to see the outcome of the Ring of Champions tournament,” said Marc Merrill, co-founder and President of Riot Games. “Some of League of Legends’ best players hail from Southeast Asia and we know they are going to be well represented at the WCG Grand Finals.”

Event Details
Date: 4th – 5th September 2010
Venue: Singapore Expo, Conference Halls H and J (Beside Hall 2)
Timing: 4th September – 9 AM to 6 PM
5th September – 9 AM to 6 PM

League Of Legends – Riot Games’ debut title is a session-based, multiplayer online game where teams of players compete for victory. Built by a veteran development team and the original creators of Defense Of The Ancients, one of the worlds most popular player-made mods, League Of Legends combines elements of the role-playing and strategy genres with addictive competitive action.

For more information about League Of Legends, please visit www.leagueoflegends.com and lol.garena.com.

About Riot Games, Inc.
Riot Games is a direct-to-consumer video game developer and publisher of premium, competitive online games. Riot Games, based in Los Angeles, is funded through venture capital firms Benchmark Capital and Firstmark Capital and China’s largest online services corporation, Tencent. The company was established in 2006 and has quickly become a leading global developer and publisher of premium free-to-play online video games for hardcore gamers, launching their debut title, League of Legends, in October 2009. To date, more than 3 million gamers play League of Legends and log more than 15 million hours of playtime each month.

For more information, please visit www.riotgames.com.

About Garena Online Private Limited.
Founded in Singapore, Garena is today the world’s leading online gaming service provider and game content distributor serving over 50 million users.

For more information, please visit www.garena.com.

GARENA LEAGUE OF LEGENDS PRESS RELEASE

Garena Partners With Riot Games To Bring League Of Legends To Southeast Asia

SINGAPORE, July 23rd 2010 – Garena, the world’s top online gaming service provider, is partnering with Riot Games, a leading developer and publisher of premium online video games, to bring award-winning competitive online title League Of Legends to gamers in Southeast Asia.

Later this year, gamers in Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines will be able to experience League Of Legends on dedicated Southeast Asian servers, ensuring the best connectivity and quick load times. There will also be localized customer support and customized content especially for these territories, on which Garena and Riot Games are working together closely.

League Of Legends was first launched in launched in North America and Europe last October and has grown rapidly. The title has reached nearly 3 million downloads and secured numerous industry awards. Due to its unique and immersive gameplay, passionate community and frequent content updates, League Of Legends has expanded far beyond its initial territories to secure a massive global following.

This collaboration between Garena and Riot Games can be seen as the catalyst for establishing League Of Legends as one of the most competitive online titles in Southeast Asia. Garena will be hosting major tournaments and running promotions in these countries as well.

“We pride ourselves in offering some of the most compelling and competitive games on our platform and we are extremely excited to be adding the critically-acclaimed and immensely popular League Of Legends to our library,” said Ulf Waschbusch, Chief Product Officer.

Riot Games cites Garena’s e-sports expertise and software as a key success factor for this collaborative effort.

“Garena has an amazing track record for bringing competitive online video games to countries all over the world, specifically Southeast Asia,” said Brandon Beck, co-founder and CEO of Riot Games. “We are thrilled that Garena will be helping us expand League Of Legends’ reach and establish the game as a top global e-sport.”

League Of Legends – Riot Games’ debut title is a session-based, multiplayer online game where teams of players compete for victory. Built by a veteran development team and the original creators of Defense Of The Ancients, one of the world’s most popular player-made mods, League Of Legends combines elements of the role-playing and strategy genres with addictive competitive action.

League Of Legends is rated “T” for Teen and available via download at www.leagueoflegends.com. It can be played on both PC and Mac computers.

For more information about League Of Legends, please visit www.leagueoflegends.com.

About Riot Games, Inc.
Riot Games is a direct-to-consumer video game developer and publisher of premium, competitive online games. Riot Games, based in Los Angeles, is funded through venture capital firms Benchmark Capital and Firstmark Capital and China’s largest online services corporation, Tencent.[toot]The company was established in 2006 and has quickly become a leading global developer and publisher of premium free-to-play online video games for hardcore gamers, launching their debut title, League of Legends, in October 2009. To date, more than 2 million gamers play League of Legends and log more than 15 million hours of playtime each month.

For more information, please visit www.riotgames.com.

About Garena Online Private Limited.
Founded in Singapore, Garena is today the world’s leading online gaming service provider and game content distributor serving over 50 million users.
For more information, please visit www.garena.com.

Garena is launching an exciting new game in a few months and for part of the announcement I was interviewed by Tencent, the producer of QQ Speed:

http://games.qq.com/a/20100715/000110.htm

Update:
And here is thirty-four more websites that featured it:
http://wangyou.pcgames.com.cn/xwkx/gnww/1007/1951824.html
http://ceo.131.com/news/changshang/10/0715/872391_1.html
http://games.enet.com.cn/article/A1120100715020.html
http://www.1t1t.com/html/indexnews_204/trade_207/2010-07/1279174736.html

http://newgame.yezizhu.com/china/news/201007/166646.shtml

http://vnet.99you.com/html/ywtj/2010/0715/3795.html

http://www.8dgs.com/news/20100715/20848.html

http://www.r2xy.com/news/yxzx/2010/0715/2712.html
http://icoou.com/News/Details/20100715/65111.html
http://www.popqiu.com/html/news/act/201007/1279168536.html

http://www.1314ty.com/news/yxzx/2010/0715/4055.html
http://news.boxuu.com/news/2010-7-15/78032.html

http://www.gameow.com/game-news/news-commend/11793/

http://www.yyugame.com/2010/0715/4MMDAwMDAzOTc4MQ.html

http://www.51haogame.com/news/yxzx/2010/0715/11135.html
http://www.k7u8.com/news/20100715/9379.shtml
http://www.175y.com/news/hot/2010/715/107151317105690BK47267D2HDD20E.html
http://www.50503.com/Article/News-55695.htm

http://news.com92.com/gnzx/2010/0715/21223.html

http://news.173eg.com/fj/2010/0715/48148.html

http://news.15game.com.cn/html/81/78/78619/1.htm

http://www.ezz.cc/news/hotnews/201007/15-65199.html

http://www.573dy.com/news/china/2010/0715/6978.html
http://newgame.cngba.com/news/dl/20100715126911.shtml

http://www.guoguoka.com/news/yjxw/2010/0715/4812.html

http://www.ewoka.com/html/xinyouzixun/201007/15-36223.html
http://www.ccjoy.com/qqfc/2/17250_20100715.shtml
http://www.dorewan.com/news/20100715/10244.html

http://www.mm001.com/game/85/n-12585.html

http://newgame.cngba.com/news/dl/20100715126911.shtml
http://www.yx30.com/thread-27088-1-1.html

http://www.webju.com/news/wydt/2010/0715/3627.html

http://news.gamech.com.cn/?Info/2010/07/73881.htm

http://news.1773.cn/wyzx/2010/07/755.html

Update 2: New article on QQ and 30+ other blogs. This time on WCG Asia. Features a photo of me playing Go Kart / QQ Speed: http://games.qq.com/a/20100719/000142_1.htm

Singapore – here I come

February 24th, 2010

I guess the best way to describe what I’ll be doing starting next month is from Tim‘s really nice article on Trendslate:

Former MySpace Director Ulf Waschbusch Becomes Chief Product Officer at Gaming Startup ‘Garena’
Submitted by Tim Schulz on February 24, 2010

Ulf Waschbursch, a former Director of Product at MySpace Mobile will be joining Singapore-based gaming startup Garena as Chief Product Officer in March. Prior to joining Myspace, Ulf was a Product Marketing Manager in Google’s mobile-product division after graduating from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business (GSB).

Garena Software is a gaming-platform company that was founded by another Standford GSB graduate and has grown to over 25-million registered users across 200 countries — making Garena one of the largest international-gaming communities in the world. The company has a strong foothold in cybercafes across Asia, Europe and South America, and they’re beginning to move up the value chain by partnering with companies like MTV to build rich entertainment experiences for users. As Chief Product Officer, Ulf will be based in Singapore and will be responsible for extending the product into new feature areas and countries.

Based on what we see from the company’s worldwide user distribution map, it looks like he’ll be earning quite a few frequent-flier miles. Best of luck to you Ulf!

More about the company here.

Update: More recent mentions:
Techcrunch – MySpace Lost Faith For All Things Mobile
e27 – Former Director of MySpace Mobile Joining Garena as Chief Product Officer

Now this is something Silicon Valley press would rarely talk about:
According to research company Ground Truth (and this) m.myspace.com has been the top-ranked mobile website in the United States of America (counted in pageviews) last month. Facebook and Google follow on number two and three.

This is a great success for the team who rebuilt the whole site (back- and front-end) over the last year. Congrats!

Gadget unboxing + Ninjas = win

Top 25 songs of 2009

January 8th, 2010

Awesome mashup of the top songs of last year.

He’s gonna be a great artist when he grows up. 😉

Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody

November 24th, 2009

As interpreted by… the Muppets!