Imangi Studios Announces New Licensing Partnerships for Top-selling Game Temple Run


Teaming up with Factory Entertainment and Basic Fun, the Temple Run Franchise Soon Includes Plush Toys and a Handheld Game 

RALEIGH, N.C. – Feb. 14, 2014 – Imangi Studios, creators of the hit endless runner game Temple Run, today announced partnerships with Factory Entertainment and Basic Fun to expand the Temple Run franchise with plush toys and a handheld LCD game. With over 500 million downloads of Temple Run and Temple Run 2, the series is one of the biggest in mobile gaming.

Pop culture experts Factory Entertainment will produce a line of Temple Run plush toys based on the series’ cast of characters. Look for Demon Monkeys and the iconic Temple Idols at retailers this fall, with other characters like Guy Dangerous and Karma Lee to follow.

Basic Fun, the pioneer and category leader of handheld LCD games, has partnered with Imangi Studios to produce the first Temple Run handheld LCD game. The game packs all the fun of Temple Run into a portable and durable device with a Carabiner-style clip. After selecting their favorite characters, players can run to escape Demon Monkeys and avoid obstacles with a twist on the classic Temple Run action. This game will be available in Spring 2015 for $9.99.

“Our work with Factory Entertainment and Basic Fun will connect Temple Run fans to the characters and stories they have interacted with for the last three years,” said Keith Shepherd, co-founder of Imangi Studios. “We’re looking forward to announcing more partnerships this year, so stay tuned.”

“Factory Entertainment is delighted to add Temple Run to our line of plush characters and accessories, which includes some of today’s hottest entertainment properties, as well as evergreen classics,” noted Jordan Schwartz, president of Factory Entertainment.

Since the launch of the original game in 2011, the Temple Run brand has expanded to include apparel with Freeze, sleepwear with Komar Kids, arcade games with Coastal Amusements and card posters with Trends International, among other licensing partnerships. Imangi has collaborated twice with Disney to launch Temple Run: Brave and Temple Run: Oz. Both games reached the #1 slot on the iTunes App Store.

Both Factory Entertainment and Basic Fun will be exhibiting at the 111th American International Toy Fair, Feb. 16-19 in New York City. More details on Temple Run product availability will be announced within the coming months.

About Imangi Studios
Imangi Studios was founded by husband and wife team Keith Shepherd and Natalia Luckyanova in 2008 with the goal of creating small fun games for everyone to enjoy. What started as a dream job for the couple has evolved into a successful business, with Keith and Natalia now working with a team of other talented game creators. In 2011, the studio developed the mega-hit Temple Run, and followed with Temple Run 2 in 2012. The two games have been downloaded over 500 million times. Based in North Carolina, Imangi Studios is a self-funded and fully independent studio.

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