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?