Japanese social and mobile game developer gloops has announced the extension of its gaming partnership with Manchester United. Management at gloops confirmed that its featured Manchester United game ‘European Club Team Soccer Best Eleven Plus’ game topped 1.4million downloads.
The Manchester United themed game allowed users to assume the role of team manager, recruiting and creating the best squads possible, in order to battle other social/mobile gamers.
Richard Arnold, Manchester United Group MD commented that the partnership was one of the newest and most successful partnership for the football club.
“We are delighted that gloops have decided to extend their relationship with us for another year, and demonstrates that having a partnership with Manchester United yields impressive returns,” he said.
“gloops have produced an extremely popular product, with almost half of our four million followers in Japan downloading its Manchester United branded game, which is impressive given the short period in which it has been available.
“They are at the forefront of the development of social gaming in Japan and we believe they can continue to help the club deepen our engagement with our fans there.”
gloops has produced more than 40 different games and now boasts over 30 million users after launching nine years ago.The company have also undertaken a Manchester United Soccer Schools programme over the past 12 months.
Hideyuki Ikeda, gloops chief executive, said: “As the Official Social Gaming Partner of Manchester United, we are honoured to support the club’s activities in Japan.
“Through our social game ‘European Club Team Soccer Best Eleven Plus’, we at gloops hope to increase the number of football and Manchester United fans, as well as providing entertainment to more people with our various games.
“Alongside with the world class football club Manchester United, gloops wants to continue giving full support to people who play active roles in the global scene. ”