Hardcore games on mobile may still live on after the Kabam buyout. Their oldest rival, Kixeye has finally launched what may be the best looking game on mobile devices now, War Commander: Rogue Assault. The game looks to offer a level of gameplay not yet achieved on smartphones and tablets.
To top this all off, the game’s creative director was none other than Louis Castle, the co-creator of Command & Conquer, meaning this game has some real pedigree behind it. The game has been in development for 3 years with 2 and a half years of soft launches to refine the experience.
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Everyone remembers QuizUp, right? The quiz app launched as a Trivial Pursuit-esque game where you could level up categories by correctly answering questions about them in battle with other players. Well, after Plain Vanilla’s contract with NBC for a QuizUp game show was canceled, the game has a new owner.
Earlier this year, Glu invested $7.5 million in the company, with the option to buy the entire business in the future. Now, the studio is willing to forgive that debt, and throw in $1.2 million, to own the company outright. It is not known how many employees will make the jump to Glu, as Plain Vanilla has laid off their staff before looking for a buyer.
The condition to the debt forgiveness was that QuizUp be published under the Glu banner before the end of March, but this event has already occurred in both the App Store and Google Play store. As part of the deal, Glu CEO Nick Earl has been appointed to Plain Vanilla’s board as a class II director and will work with the company’s Strategy Committee to plan for the future of Glu in Iceland.
Two of my favorite mobile gaming companies are joining forces, as Netmarble acquires the Vancouver studio of Kabam, possibly for up to $800 million. What this means for Kabam is unknown, as Marvel: Contest of Champions, the studio’s biggest hit, it going along with the deal. Also included in the deal is Transformers: Forged to Fight, another upcoming character-based brawler, which will launch in Q2 2017.
95% of Kabam’s revenues are from the Vancouver studio, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see Kabam shut down the rest of the business and exit the mobile gaming space. 250 of Kabam’s 600 staffers will join Netmarble as part of the deal. According to Kent Wakefield, COO of Kabam, Netmarble is acquiring Kabam Inc, the entire company. The reasoning that shareholders will get the proceeds based upon their ownership. Then, as a subsidiary of Netmarble, Kabam will spin-off the parts of the company it doesn’t want. This new company will then find a bidder to acquire it. The separate company will not have any active games, but will have some in the pipeline, including a game based on Avatar, being developed by their L.A. Studio.
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