SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kabam, the leader in the western world for free-to-play core games, and Twitch, the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers, have partnered to bring Kabam’s popular free-to-play games to a wider audience. Beginning in May 2013, Twitch users will be able to click and play various Web and mobile games developed by Kabam as well as third-party titles published by Kabam.
“Twitch users are among the most engaged fans in the gaming industry,” said Kabam Chief Operating Officer Chris Carvalho. “Twitch and its community have pioneered a dramatic change in the industry in how enthusiasts play and communicate about games. Partnering with Twitch is an excellent way for Kabam to get our own popular games, as well as games Kabam publishes for our third-party developer partners, in front of a growing audience.”
Kabam game discovery and gameplay will be exclusively integrated directly in Twitch’s web experience and in Twitch’s iOS and Android apps, including a new “Play Games” section that will allow immediate access to Kabam’s roster of free-to-play titles. Kabam’s games include three of the top 25 grossing apps on iOS and Android, and the seventh highest grossing game franchise of all time, Kingdoms of Camelot.
“Based on the growing appeal of live broadcasting video game content as well as the spectators who tune in, Twitch has become the preeminent destination for gamers on both sides of the camera,” said Kevin Lin, COO of Twitch. “Because this community is based solely on a love of gaming, partnering with Kabam to make their top free-to-play games more accessible to our audience was a great fit and we look forward to seeing the convergence of our audiences.”
Illustrating the popularity of Twitch, earlier this month the company announced record-breaking growth in audience size, content creators and audience engagement. In February, 2013, more than 600,000 unique broadcasters generated in excess of 34 million unique viewers.
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Kabam is the leader in the western world leader for free-to-play core games with 1st and 3rd party published titles available on mobile devices via the Apple Store, Google Play, and on the Web via Facebook, Yahoo, Kabam.com and other platforms. In 2012 Kabam revenues grew by 70 percent to more than $180 million. The company is profitable and has seven titles that gross more than $1 million per month, including four grossing more than $3 million and two grossing more than $7 million per month. Kabam's Kingdoms of Camelot franchise has grossed more than $200 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, marketing channels, and best practices that Kabam’s in-house development teams use to bring wildly successful games to players worldwide. Kabam has 600 employees across three continents, with corporate headquarters in San Francisco. The company's investors include Google, Warner Brothers, MGM, SK Telecom, Intel, Canaan Partners, Redpoint Ventures and Pinnacle Ventures. More information about Kabam can be found at www.kabam.com.
Twitch is the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers. More than 34 million gamers gather every month on Twitch to broadcast, watch and chat about gaming. Twitch’s video platform is the backbone of both live and on-demand distribution for leading video game broadcasters including casual gamers, pro players, tournaments, leagues, developers and gaming media organizations. Twitch is leading a revolution in the gaming community, working to create a participatory experience that transcends gameplay. Learn more at http://twitch.tv.