Teleconferencing technology has enabled multimedia developer Terabyte Interactive to go international and win a $400,000 development contract.
British multimedia company News Multimedia awarded the project, a CD-ROM entitled Makers of Sport, to Terabyte after an Israeli firm that had developed previous titles proved not to have a feel for the sports content of the project.
Terabyte has a history of development in the sports area, with past titles including a rugby CD and an America’s Cup CD.
The CD will come in several language versions and will profile 500 major sporting figures using video, sound and newspaper content from the UK.
Larry Keating, sports director for Terabyte, says teleconferencing played a key role in winning the contract.
“We can pull their entire boardroom into our boardroom every night. We can have my creative team here and their entire creative content developers over there.
“You need to eyeball people when you’re in a creative process. You need to be able to show your ideas very quickly. We can do this with this technology.”
Terabyte managing director Craig Meek says he can “see a big future developing entertainment software for publishers in Europe and North America”.
The total project budget is around $1 million split between operations in the two countries.
News Multimedia is the electronic arm of News Media, which also owns Terabyte, but Keating says that connection did not win it the contract.
“They have other developers out there. We had to really prove what we were able to do from a creative point of view.”
He says that even though the dollar’s value has risen against overseas currencies “it is still very favourably positioned from a cost point of view”.
Keating is hopeful of landing contracts for further titles in the Makers of series.