Kabam, the leader in the western world for free-to-play core games, announced it has been selected as the exclusive mobile distributor in North America and major European countries for Wartune, one of the Web’s most popular games and a title with a massive user base in China.
The Web version of Wartune is developed by 7th Road, a Chinese studio, and the full-feature mobile game is jointly developed by 7th Road and Hoolai Games, with Hoolai Games licensing Wartune for iOS and Android to Kabam for distribution throughout North America and major European countries.
“As an award-winning game developer of top grossing mobile games in China including, Hoolai Three Kingdoms and Checkmate, Hoolai Games prides itself on its mobile development expertise and resources,” said Jian Huang, President of Hoolai Games. “We made sure that gamers would enjoy the mobile version of Wartune, so we went beyond expectations by properly adapting a globally popular game like Wartune for iOS and Android. Kabam has a reputable track record for publishing games in the West, so we’re thrilled to be working with Kabam.”
The licensing is in connection with Kabam’s $50 million development fund, which Kabam rolled out to Asian developers in April to enable them to introduce their popular games in other parts of the world. Wartune joins the growing roster of Kabam’s own popular games for mobile devices, including Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North, The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth, Blastron, Dragons of Atlantis: Heirs of the Dragon and Fast & Furious 6: The Game that Kabam published for a worldwide audience.
“Kabam’s mobile license for Wartune is another indication of how Kabam is taking the lead in mobile core games,” said Amit Ranade, president of Kabam Distribution. “Asian game developers have come to appreciate Kabam as a distribution partner they can trust to expose their titles to the huge markets outside of their home countries.”
Wartune is an award-winning role-playing and strategy game in which hundreds of players at once fight and kill their enemies and monsters, quest for more territory, and farm and build their holdings while collecting magical stones to enhance their armor and weapons.
“As an internationally accomplished Chinese game studio, 7th Road has always been focused on developing global games. We’ve proven our global game development capability with Wartune, which is the most successful Chinese-made Web game on the market. In fact, half of Wartune’s revenue comes from outside of China. To put that into perspective, Wartune generates $7 million in revenue from in-app purchases per month from gamers in the English-speaking regions,” said Ming Hu, Chief Product Officer of 7th Road. “Kabam has a history of succesfully launching a variety of core mobile games, and with their experience we’re confident that Kabam will bring the charm of Wartune’s mobile version to more international gamers.”
Kabam continues to be one of the gaming world’s fastest-growing companies. The company is valued at $700 million, is running profitably with 2013 revenue expected to grow 70 percent to more than $300 million. Its 2012 gross revenues were more than $180 million, up 70 percent from the year before. The company also has more than $50 million in cash in its bank.
Kabam games are known for creating immersive, console-quality experiences that span multiple genres, including strategy, role-playing, racing, action and adventure, and casino.