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Sarah Cutler

September 1, 2012

Utah Game Forge Releases “Heroes of Hat”
Salt Lake City – Students in the UNIVERSITY OF UTAH’s Entertainment Arts and Engineering (EAE) program designed and released “Heroes of Hat,” the first game produced by students in the EAE program that can be played by up to four people in what is called “multiplayer co-op mode.”

The game is also the first released by UTAH GAME FORGE, a new company designed to help students get their games published without having to start a company of their own. Utah Game Forge, which is wholly owned by the University of Utah, was created through a collaboration of the U’s EAE program and its Technology Commercialization Office to help students both commercialize and distribute their games.

“It’s one thing to make a game. It’s another to release a game into the wild and have folks pay to play it,” says Roger Altizer, director of game design and production. “We’re so proud to have a game as good as ‘Heroes of Hat’ as our first title published by the Utah Game Forge. It demonstrates that students at Utah not only learn to make great games, but can earn their first published game credit while in school.”

The game can be downloaded directly to an Xbox through the Xbox Live Marketplace via

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Lindon – ACCESSDATA GROUP unveiled Version 2 of its Cyber Intelligence & Response Technology (CIRT 2) security platform at Black Hat USA 2012. CIRT is expected to have a major impact on enterprise IT security by delivering network forensics, computer forensics, large-scale data auditing, malware analysis and remediation capabilities in a single product.

Lindon – PROFIRE ENERGY, INC. released a flare-ignition system designed for open-flare and combustor (incinerator) applications. The system monitors the pilot flame and provides spark when the flame has been extinguished.

Provo – VIVINT won gold medal honors from Contact Center World. In addition to its first-place gold medal for Best Customer Service, Vivint also took gold in the Best Executive/Leadership category. Vivint also won a gold Stevie Award in the Corporate Responsibility of the Year category in the 10th annual American Business Awards. In 2011, Vivint Gives Back donated more than $1.25 million to charities throughout the United States and Canada, which was supplemented by more than 7,500 hours of donated service time by Vivint employees.

Orem – CLIENTRUNNER SOFTWARE, INC. selected VOONAMI as its hosting and development partner. ClientRunner provides a cloud-based solution for estimators and contractors to put the restoration on track and complete the myriad of tasks at hand.

Lehi – ATTASK was named to the “Leaders” quadrant in the Gartner Inc. 2012 Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Based Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) Services. AtTask provides on-demand PPM tools that solve project management problems by making work about people and giving executives visibility they can trust.

American Fork – AUTONETTV launched its Digital Menu Board for application in all segments of the automotive service and repair industry. The Digital Menu Board for the automotive service environment capitalizes on AutoNetTV’s experience in producing and delivering award-winning video to educate and motivate consumers to take care of needed service and repair recommendations.

Lindon – OPEN AIR CINEMA launched, a free, national service to help consumers find outdoor movie listings, show times and locations across the country.

Provo – SEVEN PEAKS enhanced the experience of its three most thrilling slides at its Provo waterpark. The three slides—Free Fall, Jagged Edge and Sky Breaker—have been modified to allow riders to travel down face first on their stomachs using mats. The company also changed the name of its Trafalga Fun Centers in Orem and Lehi to Seven Peaks Fun Center Orem and Seven Peaks Fun Center Lehi.

Orem – MITY-LITE launched its Worship Series line of church chairs. The Worship Series chair supports more than 1,000 pounds of static load, safely stacks up to eight chairs high and durably outperforms BIFMA standards. The chairs are built on a 19-inch wide frame and feature a 1.5-inch thick backrest, a 2.5-inch padded seat and a plush 4.25-inch waterfall seat front.

Provo – MYHERITAGE launched SuperSearch, a new family history search engine for helping families around the world discover historical records and long–lost relatives. Packed with international sources of historical content and family trees, SuperSearch is capable of searching billions of records within seconds.

Lehi – PROPAY partnered with Payvision to expand its payment processing capabilities. Through the partnership with Payvision, ProPay customers have a single-source provider they can rely on for their global payment needs.

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