SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kabam, Inc. today announced it will release a new game based on Universal Pictures’ Fast & Furious franchise to smartphones and tablets coinciding with the seventh installment of the blockbuster saga, set for release on July 11, 2014. Kabam will develop the game with Universal Partnerships & Licensing (UP&L), following the success of the companies’ first collaboration earlier this year.
Kabam launched Fast & Furious 6: The Game in May and it quickly raced to the top of the App Store and Google Play charts in more than 100 countries including the U.S., Canada, France, U.K., Germany, Korea and Japan. The game received the App Store’s “Editors’ Choice” honor in more than 90 countries and cracked the Top 10 on the App Store’s Top Grossing iPhone chart in more than 21 countries. Racing fans embraced the game at a record pace for Kabam, with more than 17 million players installing the game in just over a month and more than 33 million to date.
“The Fast & Furious franchise is a global phenomenon that continues to evolve as the scale of the films grow bigger with each new release,” said Andrew Sheppard, President of Kabam Studios. “Kabam is proud to continue to collaborate with Universal on such a fun and mass-appeal franchise to develop a new mobile game that progresses with the same ambition of the series,” Sheppard said.
“We are thrilled with the success of Fast & Furious 6: The Game. Kabam has done an incredible job developing an immersive experience that truly resonates with the fans of the franchise,” said Stephanie Sperber, President, UP&L. “We’re delighted to be working with Kabam again, and anticipate yet another hit game that will endure for many years to come.”
About Fast & Furious 7
Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of Fast & Furious 7. James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black. They are joined by international action stars new to the franchise including Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey and Kurt Russell. Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel and Michael Fottrell return to produce the film written by Chris Morgan. www.thefastandthefurious.com.
Kabam is the leader in the western world for free-to-play core games with first and third party published titles available on mobile devices via the Apple Store, Google Play, Amazon Appstore, and on the Web via Facebook, Yahoo, Kabam.com and other platforms. In each of the last two years Kabam revenues have grown by 70 percent or more and will total more than $300 million in 2013. The company is profitable and has created four titles that, by the end of the year, will have grossed over $100 million each in their life. Kabam’s Kingdoms of Camelot franchise has grossed more than $250 million in less than four years, making it one of the top 10 strategy franchises of all time. In 2012, Kabam Publishing was launched to provide third-party developers access to Kabam’s technology platform, distribution channels, data analytics and best practices that Kabam’s in-house development teams use to bring wildly successful games to players worldwide. Kabam has approximately 700 employees across three continents, with corporate headquarters in San Francisco. The company’s investors include Google, Warner Brothers, MGM, Intel, Canaan Partners, Redpoint Ventures, Pinnacle Ventures and others. More information about Kabam can be found at www.kabam.com.
About Universal Partnerships & Licensing
UP&L oversees Universal’s consumer product licensing, film and home entertainment promotions, and all corporate alliances for Universal’s theatrical, home entertainment, theme parks and stage productions. This dedicated division is also responsible for monetizing the Studio’s vast library of films and characters through licensing, branding and marketing opportunities. UP&L is part of NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.