Oomba News & Press Releases

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Oomba Inc. to Broadcast 2013 Speedgolf World Championship Live on Oomba.tv

IRVINE, Calif. – Oct. 22, 2013 – Oomba Inc., a specialized social media company that is creating an interactive social network for tournaments, leagues and teams, will launch its first live event on oomba.tv, the company's live streaming platform for sports and games, with the broadcast of the 2013 Speedgolf World Championship. Conducted by Speedgolf International, the second annual Speedgolf World Championship will be held at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore., Oct. 26-27, and features the best golfers who complete a competitive round of golf in less than two hours.

As the official broadcast partner of the 2013 Speedgolf World Championship, Oomba, a California-based start-up company, will deploy its advanced oomba.tv technology to capture live tournament action in high-definition quality for golf enthusiasts worldwide. The company will also serve as the official timekeepers of the event by tracking all players' times and calculating final scores for the event in real-time. Speedgolf scores are calculated by adding total strokes plus the total time it takes to complete the round (in minutes and seconds).

"The Speedgolf World Championship is conducted across hundreds of acres of land at one of the greatest golf resorts in the world. This presents a number of logistical challenges for traditional broadcasting and creates a unique opportunity for Oomba.tv," said Michael Williams, CEO of Oomba Inc. "We built Oomba.tv to transcend these barriers and capture action sports and live events with ease and simplicity."

Oomba.tv utilizes a multi-camera shoot with sophisticated HD wireless cameras that connect to the Oomba webcasting platform. The production team produces and edits the HD quality video in real-time, and broadcasts the footage to oomba.tv through an all digital cloud.

With this technology, Oomba can instantly and seamlessly broadcast high quality content to its viewers nationwide through a channel of oomba.tv. This rare, but easy-to-use broadcasting platform can be deployed for all types of events and tournaments from golf to basketball to surfing.

The 2013 Speedgolf World Championship broadcast on oomba.tv will be hosted by MLB Network Studio Host and Reporter, Scott Braun. A regular host and reporter of the MLB Network Strike Zone and Quick Pitch, Braun will provide live play-by-play commentary for the Speedgolf World Championship with color commentary from Tim Scott, executive director of Speedgolf International. Prior to working for the MLB Network, Braun worked for ESPN as a college basketball play-by-play announcer and was a studio host for CBSSports.com

Viewers can tune-in to watch the live broadcast of the 2013 Speedgolf World Championship by visiting http://oomba.tv/ on Oct. 26-27 from 8 a.m. to noon PST.

About Oomba

Oomba, Inc. is a specialized social media company that is creating an interactive social network for tournaments, leagues and teams. Oomba revolutionizes how people organize sports and games by melding software as a service with a social network. Based in Irvine, Calif., the company was founded by Michael Williams, CEO, founder of Planetwide Games and Tremor Entertainment. Aiding Williams in the creative development of Oomba is co-founder and visionary, Nolan Bushnell, famed video game developer and founder of both Atari and Chuck E. Cheese restaurants. For more information about Oomba Inc., visit www.oomba.com.

About Speedgolf International

Speedgolf International, Ltd. is a company with the mission: "To promote the game of Speedgolf, emphasizing faster play, fitness, creativity, fun, and better golf performance." Speedgolf International fulfills this mission through being the hub for everything relating to Speedgolf such as organizing and executing professional tournaments on the Speedgolf International Tour, promoting league play, working with charitable organizations and offering memberships. Tim Scott, Jim Koscioleek, and Christopher Smith, high school friends from Eugene, Oregon, founded Speedgolf International in 2002. For more information about Speedgolf International visit www.speedgolfinternational.com.

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Media contact:

Megan Godfrey

KemperLesnik

847-291-6740

megan.godfrey@kemperlesnik.com

Investor relations contact:

Dustin Salem, SVP

MZ North America

949-259-4998

dustin.salem@mzgroup.us

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Oomba Inc. Retains KemperLesnik to Lead Public Relations and Sports Marketing Efforts

CHICAGO - Oct. 16, 2013 - Oomba Inc., a specialized social media company that is creating an interactive social network for tournaments, leagues, and teams, announced today that it has retained KemperLesnik as its public relations and sports marketing agency.

KemperLesnik will utilize media and industry relations activities to launch the Oomba brand and generate awareness of oomba.com and oomba.tv, a live streaming platform for sports and games, throughout the sports and technology industries. The agency will also deliver sports marketing support to connect Oomba with leading sports leagues, associations and governing bodies within the sports world.

"We, at Oomba, are all lifelong gamers and athletes. We love competing, playing in tournaments and sharing our victories. It is amazing to us that the current standard of organization and collaboration is still, for the most part, spreadsheets and paper! It is time for an upgrade," said Michael Williams, CEO of Oomba Inc. "KemperLesnik is uniquely equipped to help launch the Oomba brand among gamers, sports enthusiasts and media, and introduce our technology to consumers through national events such as the 2013 Speedgolf World Championship."

Oomba, a California-based start-up company, has created an interactive social media network for games, tournaments, leagues and teams through its customized software platform. Oomba.com allows users to engage in social networking, create gaming profiles, organize league brackets and track results. The oomba.com technology can be utilized for all games and sports, from soccer and bowling to marathon running and video games.

Recently, the company launched oomba.tv to provide a live streaming platform to broadcast tournaments and events.

"Oomba and oomba.tv has the plan and technology to make a positive impact in sports broadcasting," said Tom Valdiserri, executive vice president of KemperLesnik. "We are eager to work with the Oomba team to build exposure for this cutting-edge technology and employ this service for national sports events."

Through this new partnership, oomba.tv will become the official broadcast partner for the 2013 Speedgolf World Championship, which takes place Oct. 26-27 at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore. The event will be broadcast live on oomba.tv.

In addition, the 2013 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational will utilize oomba.tv technology to live stream post-game press conferences and various other tournament activities.

About Oomba

Oomba, Inc. is a specialized social media company that is creating an interactive social network for tournaments, leagues and teams. Oomba revolutionizes how people organize sports and games by melding software as a service with a social network. Based in Irvine, Calif., the company was founded by Michael Williams, CEO, founder of Planetwide Games and Tremor Entertainment. Aiding Williams in the creative development of Oomba is co-founder and visionary, Nolan Bushnell, famed video game developer and founder of both Atari and Chuck E. Cheese restaurants. For more information about Oomba, Inc., visit www.oomba.com.

About KemperLesnik

KemperLesnik is a leading public relations, events and sports marketing agency serving Fortune 500 clients. Ranked by Crain's Chicago Business among Chicago's top PR agencies, KemperLesnik has produced communications programs and managed major national and international events, including the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational college basketball tournament and numerous PGA TOUR affiliated events, for more than 30 years. For more information, visit www.kemperlesnik.com.

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Media contact:

Megan Godfrey
KemperLesnik
847-291-6740
megan.godfrey@kemperlesnik.com

Investor relations contact:

Dustin Salem, SVP
MZ North America
dustin.salem@mzgroup.us
949-259-4998

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Oomba Inc. Teams Up With AllDigital and Rhythm Interactive to Deliver Oomba.tv, a Live Streaming Platform for Sports and Games

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwired - October 01, 2013) - Oomba Inc. ("Oomba"), a leader in tournament management, announced that it has partnered with AllDigital and Rhythm Interactive to provide the technology and design for Oomba.tv, a live streaming platform for the broadcast of tournaments and events.

Oomba.tv gives tournament organizers an easy-to-use platform for the high quality broadcast of events both live and in playback. Millions of players and fans, of sporting and game events that have not made it onto television, would be able to watch their events streamed live to their mobile devices and personal computers. Oomba.tv will be integrated with Oomba's tournament management social network that launches early next year.

Understanding that streaming video of events and tournaments will be an integral part of both Oomba.tv and Oomba.com, CEO Michael Williams saw the combination of AllDigital and Rhythm Interactive as the ideal team. "We have worked with members of each of these talented teams in the past and knew that they could not only provide the combination of technology and design, but could also handle our expectations in regards to scale and performance," said Williams.

Tim Napoleon, Chief Strategist of AllDigital said, "With Oomba you have the potential for millions of users to simultaneously broadcast, view and interact with live and on-demand video. We are very excited to showcase our platform with what we believe will become the ultimate digital experience for coaches, players and tournament organizers across the globe."

Having tackled the video aspect of their platform, Oomba only had to look across the street to find their interactive design partner -- Rhythm Interactive. Rhythm is creating an engaging user experience for the Oomba community by designing and building an immersive and effective platform and enhancing the brand experience via consistent design of all online web properties, social channels and traditional marketing elements.

"Oomba has a fantastic concept and model for an online social network geared towards sports aficionados. All of us at Rhythm are excited to be involved with this fast-moving start-up and we see great things in store with our partnership with Oomba," said Rhythm Interactive CEO Craig Cooke.

Oomba will kick start their launch in the coming months with streaming video content on Oomba.tv which will then be followed by the rollout of their specialized social network.

About Oomba:

Oomba, Inc. is a specialized social media company that is creating an interactive social network for tournaments, leagues and teams. Oomba revolutionizes how people organize sports and games by melding software as a service with a social network. Based in Irvine, CA, the Company was founded by Michael Williams, CEO, founder of Planetwide Games and Tremor Entertainment. Aiding Williams in the creative development of Oomba is co-founder and visionary, Nolan Bushnell, famed video game developer and founder of both Atari and Chuck E. Cheese restaurants. For more information on Oomba, Inc. visit www.oomba.com.

About AllDigital:

AllDigital's unified digital broadcasting platform branded as AllDigital Cloud provides a scalable, flexible and secure architecture where various types of digital media (live events, video-on-demand, digital services and applications) can reach a global audience across mobile, desktop and digital televisions. We also provide related integration services including maintenance, service and support to power global deployments of digital media services. For more information on AllDigital, visit www.alldigital.com.

About Rhythm Interactive, Inc.:

With offices in Irvine, Calif. and New York, Rhythm Interactive is an integrated marketing agency specializing in digital interactive media. Rhythm Interactive combines sophisticated strategy, interaction design and elegant technology to create effective brand experiences for clients. Through their R-i5 Process Framework, Rhythm Interactive develops innovative solutions that achieve business goals and engage users while creating a closed-loop system from which to measure ROI. www.rhythmagency.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/rinteractive Twitter: @rinteractive LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/rhythm-interactive

Contact:
Investor Relations

Dustin Salem, SVP
MZ North America
Email: dustin.salem@mzgroup.us
Phone: 949 259-4998

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Oomba Inc. Engages MZ Group for Investor Relations

IRVINE, CA - Oomba Inc. ("Oomba," or the "Company"), a specialized social media company that is creating an interactive social network for tournaments, leagues, and teams, today announced that it has retained MZ Group as its investor relations advisor.

MZ Group will assist Oomba with designing and executing a comprehensive investor relations program, with an emphasis on investor outreach and brand awareness, particularly in North America.

Michael Williams, Chief Executive Officer of Oomba, explained, "Oomba is a dynamic company that will revolutionize how people organize sports and games by melding software as a service with a social network. Regardless of your particular sport or game of interest, Oomba will provide a platform for players to come together, interact and organize their stats, games, leagues and tournaments. With our launch date rapidly approaching, we are excited to have the expertise and support of the MZ team."

Aiding Williams in the creative development of Oomba is co-founder and visionary, Nolan Bushnell, founder of both Atari and Chuck E. Cheese. "We recognized the need for a social network and software platform that focuses on the players, allowing them to track and celebrate their accomplishments while simultaneously organizing their leagues, teams, and tournaments. In essence, a full-service solution for players of all games and all sports," Bushnell explained.

With the background of the Oomba co-founders and their development team's experience coming from the gaming and social media space, the Oomba platform will be an innovative but natural progression for them. This experience coupled with the company's acquisition of proprietary tournament and SSN technology has positioned them to take advantage of this vast, untapped market. "Oomba is developing a unique platform that will enhance the overall player and participant experience," said Dustin Salem, Senior Vice President for MZ North America. "Just as LinkedIn organizes the people you work with, Oomba will organize the people you play with," Salem added.

About Oomba, Inc.

Oomba, Inc. is a specialized social media company that is creating an interactive social network for tournaments, leagues and teams. Oomba revolutionizes how people organize sports and games by melding software as a service with a social network. Based in Irvine, CA, the Company was founded by Michael Williams, CEO, founder of Planetwide Games and Tremor Entertainment. Aiding Williams in the creative development of Oomba is co-founder and visionary, Nolan Bushnell, famed video game developer and founder of both Atari and Chuck E. Cheese restaurants.

For more information on Oomba, Inc. visit www.oomba.com.

About MZ Group

MZ Group, subsidiary of @titude Global, a multinational company and the world's largest independent global investor relations consulting firm, provides investor relations, corporate communications, market intelligence, corporate governance and technology products and services. Founded in 1999, MZ Group focuses on innovation and personalized services, supported by its exclusive "one-stop-shop" business model. With offices in São Paulo, New York, Chicago, San Diego, Vancouver, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei and Mumbai, MZ has approximately 350 professionals who serve over 580 clients in 12 countries. For more information, please visit www.mzgroup.com.

Check here weekly for the latest updates to our site.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Oomba Applications Team has started work on our mobile applications. Previews coming soon!

  • Player icons now shown in game.
  • Players disqualified for not starting their match will still see bracket updates and final result.
  • Improvements to game page load time.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

  • Improved our site icons for Apple and Android touch devices.
  • Some style fixes for the Chrome browser.
  • Fixed some inconsistency in timing of bracket updates.

Friday, March 8, 2013

We have added a new section of the site with private information for our investors. Also:

  • Improved back-end administrative features to simplify customer support.
  • Moved trophy icon smaller so brackets are not moved when tournament is complete.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Adding polish and flair to the demo site with visual changes including some animations.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

This week we continued making minor improvements to the visible site while working behind the scenes on the main Oomba Tournament Management System.

  • Demo page now includes both signup and signin forms.
  • Improvements for login with Facebook including welcome and confirmation email.
  • Tournament queue page updates much faster, several bugs fixed.
  • Fixes to page header layout so elements have consistent positioning.
  • Page size optimizations.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Observable changes to the site are relatively minor this week. We are busy behind the scenes separating Rock-Paper-Scissors into its own site to better demonstrate how a third-party game will integrate with Oomba Tournament APIs. More details to come!

  • Countdown timer and sounds warn of time limit in the game.
  • Shorter wait times to see opponent's move and between rounds.
  • Music is off by default. Not everyone enjoyed our musical selection, and that's okay.
  • Tournament bracket updates faster.
  • Demo page no longer needs to refresh after signup form submitted, changes in-place.
  • Added some form validations to prevent incorrect entries.
  • Style tweaks to buttons in game.
  • Page load time improvements.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

This week we are featuring a complete redesign of the Rock-Paper-Scissors game's look and feel including our tournament queue and tournament bracket pages.

  • New demo page includes a preview of the game screen and a convenient sign-up form for new users.
  • The tournament pages, including the tournament queue page, have a new, more gamer-friendly graphical design.
  • Rock-Paper-Scissors has undergone a complete face lift, join the next tournament to check it out.
  • Users may now upload their own avatar images via Gravatar.com. Fun, unique avatars are provided by default for users who have not uploaded a custom image. Sign in then visit your account page to customize your own avatar.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

In addition to internal improvements to our site performance, we have implemented the following features this week:

  • New account page allows you to edit login information and add a screen name if you would prefer not to use your real name.
  • Site now sends out a confirmation email after new users sign up.
  • Tournament trophy icons appear next to brackets so the brackets are not hidden.
  • Textual changes on most tournament buttons and links to make them clearer.
  • Notification messages can now be hidden.
  • Some notifications that were unintentionally flashing on and off are now fixed.
  • Facebook login issue resolved.
  • Button styles updated to be consistent with our new look.
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