SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 10, 2014--Kongregate and Disruptor Beam, Inc. have announced a publishing partnership for the upcoming mobile release of Game of Thrones Ascent, the first-ever social game based on the award-winning HBO ® show and literary works of George R.R. Martin. Building upon their existing relationship surrounding the web version of Game of Thrones Ascent, Kongregate and Disruptor Beam will now continue to collaborate on the iOS version and subsequent release on Android.
“Since the early stages of the game’s development, our intention was always to release Game of Thrones Ascent on mobile devices,” said chief executive officer & founder of Disruptor Beam Jon Radoff, “Now that we have had great success growing users and revenue across web platforms, we are excited to be bringing the game to mobile players. That’s what we’ve seen first-hand with Kongregate, and why we are excited about partnering with them for our mobile release, continuing to build upon this vast and passionate community of players.”
It has been a similarly busy period for Kongregate since the web gaming giant announced a mobile publishing program in 2013. Since its inception, Kongregate’s mobile games have been downloaded approximately seven million times and have generated in excess of 90 million gameplays.
“Kongregate only works with select mobile developers,” said Pany Haritatos, Kongregate’s vice president of mobile. “The agility and skills of the developer team is often as important as the game itself, and Disruptor Beam certainly has these qualities. The Kongregate platform is a community of enthusiastic and knowledgeable gamers who look for depth and quality in the games they play. The success of the web version of Game of Thrones Ascent on Kongregate has revealed the tremendous depth of content, game mechanics, replay ability and authenticity that Disruptor Beam has worked hard to enhance even more in the upcoming mobile version.” Kongregate mobile games have received six major unique app store features to-date that have generated millions of installs, including the No. 1 position as a Google Play Store feature app during Christmas week 2013.
In addition to Disruptor Beam’s own marketing efforts surrounding Game of Thrones Ascent mobile, the game will also be promoted across the Kongregate and GameStop digital networks that reach more than 50 million core gamers. Kongregate and Disruptor Beam will also collaborate on production, analytics, and app store relations.
Game of Thrones Ascent on the web was one of the most popular web games of 2013. The game boasts in excess of two million players and was also named a 2013 “Facebook Staff Favorite Game of the Year” and carries at least a four-star rating across multiple gaming platforms. The game has also been played in excess of 10 million times on Kongregate’s web portal, making it one of the most played games on Kongregate’s web platform in 2013.
Game of Thrones Ascent for mobile is slated to be released in early spring 2014. Other games coming soon from Kongregate mobile include Lionheart Tactics, Tiny Dice Dungeon, and Epic Skater.
About Disruptor Beam
Disruptor Beam is a Boston-area game company that transports the fans of beloved literary and television series into the worlds they love. By linking game content to episodes and books, players become a living member of the world as stories continue to evolve around them. The company's games are accessed through Facebook, Kongregate and devices based on iOS and Android. The company, founded and led by game industry veteran and serial entrepreneur Jon Radoff, is backed by a group of technology and gaming entrepreneurs. For more information, visit www.DisruptorBeam.com.
Kongregate is a leading platform for web and mobile gaming that attracts more than 18 million monthly unique visitors to its www.kongregate.com web site. Kongregate is also a publisher of mobile games with a focus on mid- and hard core titles. Kongregate’s mobile games have received seven million installs and more than 90 million gameplays. While all Kongregate games are free to play, the website features a virtual currency called Kreds which can be used to unlock upgrades and features; mobile games may also include items available for purchase. Kongregate is a subsidiary of GameStop Corporation and is based in San Francisco, Calf. The company was founded in 2006 by brother-and-sister team Jim and Emily Greer.
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