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This profile on OteetO, a Graduate of the Berlin Founder Institute, was written by Emma Tzeng. Founded in 2010 by Neal O'Gorman and Narcis Ilisei, OteetO develops games for social networks such as Facebook.
Over the past few years, a new crop of gaming has emerged, one that blends social media and the Internet in a way that fuels friendly competition and borderline addictive behavior. Social networks have certainly opened up a whirlpool of possibility for game development, as online gaming becomes more and more community-based.
In the same vein, startup OtweetO develops games for social networks such as Facebook. The startup’s first game, Texas Ask’Em Poker, is essentially poker with a quirky twist: players can influence the cards they receive by answering a series of trivia questions. In this way, those who answer quickest and most accurately receive the best deck. Regardless of this tweak, however, the overall game still maintains its traditional elements of skill and chance.
Founded in 2010 in Ireland, OteetO is the brainchild of Neal O’Gorman and Narcis Ilisei. Both founders have experience founding other startup businesses and a passion for gaming and technology.
Ask’Em Poker launched at the Social Gaming Summit in Berlin, Germany, earlier this year. Targeted at existing Facebook poker players, the game is not meant to be played with real money.
“Texas Ask’Em Poker appeals to the poker players that are looking for that extra challenge and additional entertainment value,” O’Gorman explains.
Trivia questions are sorted into category, such as sports or entertainment. Tables are sorted by category so players can choose their tables based on their interest and expertise. This allows for individuals with similar hobbies and passions to sit and interact together in a virtual game setting.
In the future, OtweetO plans to roll out its games in other languages and develop more games across different social platforms. With Texas Ask’Em Poker’s Facebook page already at over 16,000 Likes and counting, users can bet that OtweetO’s new releases stand a good chance at gaining momentum fast with seasoned and novice social gamers alike.
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