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Volvo Ocean Race Game starts on October 29 - Race around the world on your desktop

Volvo Ocean Race Game starts on October 29 


Race around the world on your desktop


The winner of the 2011-12 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race Game, which enables online players to race a virtual Volvo Open 70 around the world following the course of the actual race, will drive away in a brand new Volvo XC60 car.


Exactly like the world class professional sailing teams competing in the Volvo Ocean Race for real, players of the game will use live weather data to help them choose the fastest track and the optimum sail combinations to navigate their virtual boats around the world as quickly as possible.


Created by multiplayer online gaming specialists United Games, the all-new game will be launched on October 29, the day of the in-port racing in Alicante, and features many enhancements over the previous version which attracted over 220,000 players during the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race.


United Games CEO Marijn Harinck said:

"We're very excited to show the game to all the Volvo Ocean Race fans. There have been a lot of changes since the last virtual edition of the Volvo Ocean Race Game. Social media exploded, Twitter has become the number one newsfeed. With this in mind our team created a state of the art racing game where players can test their ability to navigate a Volvo Open 70 across the oceans.


"The last edition of the game was a huge success, though we think that the Volvo Ocean Race Game 2011-12 will outclass all sailing games. With Facebook integration and easy playable via mobile we can assure it will be easier to connect and sail your virtual yacht. But be aware, the competition will be also harder with over 500.000 boats on the water."


The 2011-12 game will be available to play on Facebook and on the Volvo Ocean Race website, as well as on several major news and sporting sites. For the first time, players will also be able to access the Volvo Ocean Race Game on iPhones and Android devices.


Facebook players will be able to tag friends and check how they are faring against them as well as sharing the game with other Facebook users. A built in "Friend Bar" within the game interface will enable all players to create and interact with their own communities as they play the game. Players will also be able to post to Facebook and Twitter directly from the game itself.


Other enhancements mean that the latest version will be significantly faster than previously and will enable novice players to quickly become proficient, while also challenging more expert players. Entry in the game is free but players will be able to purchase extra credits to access special features and information.


In addition to the top prize of a Volvo XC60, the second placed player will receive a unique timepiece, presented by IWC Schaffhausen, the official timekeeper of the Volvo Ocean Race and the Volvo Ocean Race Game.

Third prize will be a VIP Formula 1 motor racing hospitality package, including accommodation and access to the drivers' paddock, presented by Volvo Ocean Race logistics partner DHL.


A host of additional exclusive prizes will be given away during the race including VIP visits to stopover race villages and rides on Volvo Open 70s, as well as Volvo Ocean Race gifts and other special merchandise.

Volvo Ocean Race Communications Director, Jon Bramley said "Integration with Facebook and Twitter and the fact that the game can be played on several major news and sports websites, as well as on mobile devices, will dramatically extend its reach. The Volvo Ocean Race already has more than 50,000 Facebook fans and we are looking forward to welcoming many more when the game launches."


Before the start of Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa on November 5, players will have a chance to try out the new game during an official Practice Race from October 29 to November 2.

Volvo Ocean Race Game Schedule:
October 29th - Start of official Practice Race
November 2nd - Finish of official Practice Race
November 5th - Start of Leg 1 Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa


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Editors' Notes: The Volvo Ocean Race

  • The next Volvo Ocean Race will start in the Spanish port of Alicante in the autumn of 2011 and finish in Galway, Ireland during the summer of 2012.
  • The course of the race will include stopovers in Cape Town (South Africa), Abu Dhabi (UAE), Sanya (China), Auckland (New Zealand), Itajaí (Brazil), Miami (USA), Lisbon (Portugal) and Lorient (France).
  • The first 31,250 nautical-mile race first took place over 37 years ago (as the Whitbread Round the World Race 1973-74), testing the crews against some of the most ferocious elements that man can encounter.
  • The 2011-12 race will be the 11th edition of the event.
  • The boats are built for speed under a regulated design. 

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