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MonsterUp Denied Xbox Live Status, Karios Games Announces New Game

June 1, 2011 No Comments

There are times when I play a game that I really enjoy on your Windows Phone 7 and think “this should be an Xbox Live game”. MonsterUp, an extremely popular game on WP7 is constantly receiving that kind of feedback from users. Why then is it not an Xbox Live game?

Marios Karagiannis, the developer of MonsterUp submitted a request to Microsoft to be granted Xbox Live status but was denied. On what grounds?

“After reviewing the product concept with our team, we
have determined that it is not a strong fit at this time based on our current product/portfolio strategy.  As we continue to expand our consumer base, we will adapt our product/portfolio strategy accordingly therefore I would recommend that you keep us informed of your development efforts over the coming months.”.

So it isn’t a strong fit at this time. I wonder what constitutes it not being a strong fit. Is it the fact that the people who are paying for the game are actually enjoying it? Or is it the fact that Doodle Jump, a similar game was already scheduled for release? Having played a number of the games in the Marketplace, I know that many of the Xbox Live games are not worthy of the Xbox Live title and certainly not worth the price.

According to Karagiannis, Brandon Watson, Director for Windows Phone 7 has promised that specific guidelines would be set in the future for developers to be considered for XBL status.

While all of this must be bothersome Karagiannis has still been hard at work making a new game for Windows Phone 7 that should be available by the end of June.

Game description:

Galaxium is a traditional space shoot em up. It will be quick and
easy to learn and play, it will feature our signature tight gameplay, many
powerups, multiple opponents, epic space battles, and it will be released for
free. That’s right, our first free ad-supported game is almost out there. There
will also be an ad-free version available for $0.99. We try to follow many
traditional shoot em up recipes and added just enough to make the game fun to
play. The game will also follow the same beat-the-highscore mentality of
MonsterUp providing unlimited gameplay with ever-increasing difficulty.
VertexLink will also be present, allowing online scoreboards for you to prove
your Galaxium superiority to your friends (and enemies).


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