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Archive for August 16th, 2012


SEGA’s Back to School Mobile Sale

Sonic CD - Android Lite Version

It’s an end of Summer sale!

It’s been a while since I’ve done the school thing, so my memory of it is a bit fuzzy. If I recall though, Summer is for staying in one place, playing games. And school? School is for taking your games with you. You kids today, and your awesome newfangled technology that requires fewer than six batteries. You don’t know how lucky you are! The answer is very lucky. Yes indeed.

Also, school is for learning. We at SEGA fully endorse your education and, seriously, you should take breaks and learn stuff, and jog or play freeze tag or whatever, and do things. It makes you appreciate the games that much more, and you may even become functioning members of society. But even in case you don’t — or especially in case you do! — we have put many fine mobile games on sale for you! 

Games are on sale up to 65% off for your Android and iOS devices. The sale lasts from now until August 20th!

Here’s everything that’s on sale:

Sonic CD (iOS / Android)
Sonic 4: Episode 2 (iOS / Android)
Streets of Rage 2 (iOS)
Streets of Rage 3 (iOS)
Altered Beast (iOS)
Golden Axe 2 (iOS)
Golden Axe 3 (iOS)
Gunstar Heroes (iOS)
Virtua Fighter 2 (iOS)

To find these titles (and more):

And don’t forget! By purchasing these titles you can enter to win a new Verizon Xperia Play phone!

Streets of Rage 3


Free Stuff Friday – August 17, 2012

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On the Block

1. Sonic Back to School pack – a Shadow the Hedgehog binder, a Classic Sonic binder, and a Sonic backpack.

2. Sonic Back to School pack – a Shadow the Hedgehog binder, a Classic Sonic binder, and a Sonic backpack.

3. Jet Set Radio hoodie – sizes S-XL (winner’s choice).

How it Works

1. You must be following us on Twitter to be eligible. (If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can create one by going to and click the green “get started — join!” button in the center of the page.)

2. At random times on Friday, we will announce the prize we are giving away, a word or phrase, and what number of response you need to be to win. Send us a direct message (DM) via Twitter and be that number to win the prize. (@ replies do not count as entries!) We only accept one direct message per person per prize!


We tweet “GIVEAWAY: Sonic T-shirt, size L. Be the 15th person to DM “Sonic Adventure” to win!”

You see this, and want to win it, so you send us a direct message that says “Sonic Adventure”. If you are the 15th person to do so, you are the winner!

Quotation marks do not matter, capitalization does not matter, but spelling does matter!

3. All followers are eligible to win all prizes, unless a restriction is noted. Restrictions are usually due to the prize being region-locked. For example, US games that won’t work on UK gaming systems. There may also be age restrictions due to the rating of the game.

4. We will announce the winner on our Twitter feed once eligibility is confirmed.

Other Assorted Information:

  • Free Stuff Friday duties alternate between the London and San Francisco offices and are done during business hours (usually mid-morning) in our respective time zones.
  • No, you can’t know what number message you were – so please don’t ask! We will tell you that the information is classified!
  • If you have questions during the giveaway, please contact us with an @reply. As you can imagine, we get a whole lot of direct messages during the contests and there is a very good chance we will miss your question if it is sent as a DM.

How to Send Direct Messages on Twitter

Due to a change in our account status with Twitter, you should be able to send us direct messages without us following you if you are using the Twitter website. However, third-party applications may not allow you to.

There are a few ways to send us a Direct Message on Twitter. The easiest way is:

  1. Log in to your Twitter account.
  2. Click on the person icon and select Direct messages from the drop down menu.
  3. You’ll see a pop up showing your Direct message history. Click the New message button, highlighted below.
  4. In the address box, type the name or username (SEGA) of the person you wish to send a message to.
  5. Enter your message and click Send message.

You may also select the “direct messages” tab from your Twitter homepage, and select SEGA from the drop-down menu at the top of the page. Again, if you don’t see our name there, it’s probably because we’re not following you. Let us know, and we’ll follow you. If you still have questions on sending direct messages, please visit Twitter’s Help Section.

There are also many Twitter clients that you can use instead of using the website. These include TweetDeck, Twitteriffic, Tweetie, and Twhirl. Each of these programs works differently, so you’ll want to figure out how to send a direct message on the program you use. If you want to send us a test message, we’ll let you know if we received it or not. Please make sure your message says “test” somewhere.


SEGA Alliance Rolls Out Flannel Carpet for “Jack Lumber”

SEGA Alliance

We’re excited to announce the formation of a new publishing initiative, called SEGA Alliance.  The SEGA Alliance will focus on publishing mobile games made by independent developers, and will provide participating developers with comprehensive marketing and production support as well as creative consultation.  SEGA Alliance’s first title, Jack Lumber, developed by Owlchemy Labs, launched today on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch worldwide. Jack Lumber will also be shown in the SEGA booth at the upcoming Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) in Seattle, WA.

Jack Lumber

Jack Lumber tells the tale of a supernatural lumberjack out to exact revenge on the forest after a tree killed his granny. Players will massacre the forest in this time-warping, line-drawing, pun-filled mash-up from Owlchemy Labs, the scientists of mobile gaming who create award-winning absurdist mobile hits like Snuggle Truck.

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“SEGA has been a major player in the mobile games landscape for years, and we’ve had tremendous success bringing our iconic franchises to smartphones and tablets,” said Chris Olson, Vice President of Digital Business at SEGA. “With SEGA Alliance, we’re looking forward to sharing that success with talented developers like Owlchemy Labs by introducing new and unique games, such as Jack Lumber, to the market. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some trees to destroy.”

Jack Lumber

“We’re very excited about being the first developer to partner with SEGA Alliance,” said Alex Schwartz, Chief Scientist at Owlchemy Labs. “We’ll be able to introduce Jack Lumber to a much wider audience than we’d originally hoped thanks to the resources provided by SEGA Alliance. Working with SEGA has been the opposite of dealing with a lumbering bureaucracy. We just focused on making a great game. Now Jack Lumber is branching out across mobile devices and players worldwide can show those treacherous trees who’s boss!”

Jack Lumber

Jack Lumber is available on the iTunes App Store for $1.99, with a special launch price of $0.99 (£0.69, 0,79 €) for a limited time.