Ovelin ltd

GuitarBots turns guitar practice into social gaming

Press release   •   Apr 29, 2013 14:30 EDT

SAN FRANCISCO – (April 29, 2013) – Ovelin ltd. announced today the release of GuitarBots social features to take its previously released guitar game title GuitarBots to the next level of development –turning guitar practice into a social online gaming experience.

The released GuitarBots now includes novel social features, making it possible for aspiring and experienced guitarists alike to invite friends from existing social networks (such as Facebook) and to compete with them on real-life guitar skills. The motivational aspects of GuitarBots game are also reinforced by introducing a novel set of challenges (achievements) to reward players to advance in certain areas of guitar playing – for example mastering a certain set of chords, playing certain amount of notes, practice frequency.


”Playing the guitar is a social activity – this is the missing aspect in the existing guitar learning products and services – games and educational packages alike” said Christoph Thür, the CEO and co-founder of Ovelin. “GuitarBots is the first service out there that combines guitar gaming, social networking and real-life guitar practice into one, fully featured package.”

The  released GuitarBots social profileincludes a range of new, exciting features including:

  • Invite friends from different sources : Facebook, email, personal invite link
  • Track your progress in the game (guitarist level), and earn achievements for improving in different areas of guitar skill
  • Compete with your friends by completing new songs(completion), practicing more often for longer periods (motivation) and getting better at different areas (achievement)

GuitarBots is available online for Pc and Mac computers, at www.guitarbots.com. Mobile client versions are in development and will be released in the near future.

With a free GuitarBots account, the users can play for 5 minutes per day, up to 1 hour per day by inviting friends to join ( 5 minutes more per friend).

More playtime is available by purchasing a Premium account (priced at $9.99 /month).


For more information about GuitarBots visit : www.guitarbots.com

More information about Ovelin at: www.ovelin.com

Ovelin youtube channel : www.youtube.com/ovelinbird

For inquiries, contact:


US (San Francisco office)

Co-founder Christoph Thür, chris@ovelin.com, (+1 42 42 780 731 )


Europe (Helsinki office):

Marketing Manager Mika Jalonen, media@ovelin.com (+358 40 7764954)


About GuitarBots

GuitarBots is an innovative online guitar learning game played with any real guitar – acoustic or electric. GuitarBots turns real guitar practice into online gaming with social features, making it more motivating and fun to develop real life guitar skills.

Starting with GuitarBots is simple – you can play the game directly on your web browser. The game is played with a real guitar (acoustic or electric), using the computer’s microphone to “listen” to the chords and notes played.

GuitarBots is suitable for all ages and skill levels, featuring step-by-step tutorials, a built-in tuner and a variety of songs with both beginner and advanced difficulty levels.

About Ovelin ltd.

Ovelin is changing the way people learn to play musical instruments. Headquartered in Finland, the company is known as the creator of the popular guitarlearning game WildChords for iPad. WildChords, played cord-free with a real guitar,has been the number 1 music app in 34 countries, featured in the Sunday Times ’World’s Best Apps 2012’ list, WIRED magazine and TechCrunch. It has also won several awards, the Best European Learning Game in 2011, and winner of SXSW 2012 and MIDEM 2012.


Ovelin ltd is gaming company based in Helsinki, Finland. The company is best known for its iPad title "Wild Chords", which has been Number 1 Music app in 34 countries in the Apple Appstore. The company has also been awarded multiple prizes, for example :

  • THE SUNDAY TIMES “WORLDS BEST APPS LIST 2012″
  • BEST EUROPEAN LEARNING GAME (LUDUS)
  • IPAD GAME OF THE YEAR 2012 (TILT TV)
  • WINNER OF SXSW ACCELERATOR 2012 (MUSIC)
  • WINNER OF MIDEM LABS COMPETITION 2012
  • MOST INNOVATIVE GAME OF 2012 NOMINEE (IMG AWARDS)
  • 2012 FLURRY SPOTLIGHT FINALIST
  • WINNER OF TECH CITY UK 2012 (STARTUP COMPETITION)
  • WINNER OF SLUSH 2012 FI (STARTUP COMPETITION)
  • NORDIC GAME AWARDS 2012 NOMINEE
  • APP OF THE MONTH (MUSICIANS WITH APPS)