Casual Game Maker Arkadium Signs Multi-Year Partnership With Microsoft Studios

Arkadium, one of the leading casual game makers in the industry today announced a multi-year, multi-game partnership with Microsoft. As per the partnership, Arkadium will bring casual and social games on multiple platforms to be launched by Microsoft Studios. This will include Windows Phone, Windows and Xbox platforms of Microsoft. Arkadium already has a good relationship with Microsoft by developing games for Microsoft properties such as MSN/Bing Games, etc,.

To support the new partnership, Arkadium will create a new division and plans to hire 15 to 20 employees in its offices in New York, Ukraine and Toronto. The Toronto office opened last summer and caters exclusively to mobile games. Some of Arkadium’s current 130 employees will also be shifted to the division that will deal with the partnership. Ms. Rovello expects the team will grow to about 30

Arkadium will continue to develop games for other platforms but the games developed for Microsoft will remain as exclusive titles.
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Press Release after the break.


NEW YORK, Jan. 4, 2012 — NEW YORK, Jan. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Arkadium, a top game development studio in New York City today announced it has signed a strategic partnership to develop casual and social games on multiple platforms to be launched by Microsoft Studios. The multi-year, multi-game partnership is an evolution of the relationship the two companies have been developing over the previous two years.

“Arkadium has a ten-year track record of developing entertaining and well-architected casual and social games,” said Matt Booty, GM of Connected Experiences for Microsoft Studios. “Our team is excited to be partnering with a developer that we believe will help us entertain millions of people as we expand our reach to a broader audience.”

“We are very excited to be working with Microsoft Studios to develop casual and social cross-platform experiences,” said Kenny Rosenblatt, CEO of Arkadium. “We have been looking to strategically partner with a company that can help catapult our business and accelerate Arkadium’s cross platform game development. Microsoft is the perfect partner to help us realize our growth strategy.”

About ArkadiumArkadium, creators of the largest library of casual games in the world, has been a top game developer for the past decade. The company’s hit games, including Mahjongg Dimensions, are distributed worldwide to over ten million gamers per month on the web, Facebook, iPhone and iPads. A top 20 Comscore game distributor, Arkadium has been the longstanding games partner of MSN, Hearst Magazines Digital Media, ESPN, ABC, Lifetime, Discovery and many more distinguished brands. Family owned and operated, Arkadium has grown organically since 2001 to more than 100 employees in offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto and Ukraine. For more information visit http://www.arkadium.com.

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