Kabam pledges to bring The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth and other casual titles to Microsoft platforms

The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth for Windows

One of the biggest names in free-to-play mobile games, Kabam, has announced a new agreement with Microsoft that will bring many of its titles to the growing body of Windows Phone games and Windows 8 games. One of their most popular casual games is The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth. In addition any future games from Kabam will be launched for Windows platforms around the same time as their iOS and Android counterparts.

Kabam will be offering titles such as Fast & Furious 6: The Game, Dragons of Atlantis: Heirs of the Dragon and The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth to Microsoft's mobile platforms over the course of the next year, but specific release time frames were not revealed. Financial terms of the partnership between the two companies were also not disclosed. Kabam was one of the many mobile game publishers mentioned in a recent editorial on WPCentral that had not been supportive of Windows Phone in the past. This change of heart could be the first of many such announcements to come.

In a statement, Kabam Senior Vice President of Business Development Mike DeLaet noted the rise of Windows Phone as one of the reasons why the company is making a bigger push to offer games on Microsoft's platforms. He stated:

Kabam is eager to take advantage of the increasing popularity of Windows devices. By combining unique Microsoft technologies and merchandising opportunities with our robust games, Kabam and Microsoft will drive new types of innovation that will attract new gamers globally.

Steven Guggenheimer, Microsoft's corporate vice president and chief evangelist, is also quoted as saying:

Bringing its existing franchise games as well as future hit titles makes the Windows ecosystem even more robust. In return Kabam will enjoy unmatched monetization opportunities, such as our industry-leading 61 carrier billing connections in 36 markets.

Are you excited that Kabam's popular games will finally be coming en masse to Windows Phone and Windows 8 tablets?

Source: Kabam


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Kabam pledges to bring The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth and other casual titles to Microsoft platforms


Seriously, if Microsoft signed a deal with them to bring games to WP8 and Windows 8 and those games are not Xbox-enabled then I quit.

Good MS. Keep it up and keep bringing in new devs.
Please make Xbox integration a HUGE part of WPhone. Pay if you have to!

Still wondering what happened to the massive Amiga emulation exclusive deal MS signed last year. As far as I understood it was supposed to be active as of last December (announcement was in August). I've asked around but nobody seems to want to say anything about it.

I just want something my iPhone and Android friends don't...

Actually there is hope with quality as well as we are seeing a lot of apps that were released and ditched long ago being revamped and updated. Lets hope it continues.

It's great that developers and games are making their way to Windows devices. I just can't stand waiting a year, or more, for certain games to make it to the Windows [Phone] Store. 

Not to be negative (but its hard not to lately with a lot of the foot dragging Microsoft is doing), but this says it all. "Hey guys! We might be getting a little know game!" The only time you should be hearing about news like a game coming is if it is a hugely popular game. But these poor guys at WPCentral would be writing one article every six days if that was the case. Between Microsoft releasing stuff for Android and iOS before Windows, the crap they have been doing with Xbox Music and Video, and now always waiting for a three year old iOS and Android app it becomes very hard to swallow.

They made a deal to release a WP Version around the same time as the iOS Version of FUTURE games. Getting the old ones is a BONUS.