Arkadium and Microsoft Studios sign multi-year publishing deal

K-I-S-S-I-N-G
Casual and social game developer Arkadium has inked a deal with Microsoft Studios to develop exclusive titles across multiple, unnamed platforms. The agreement is described as a "multi-year, multi-game partnership" between the two companies, though exactly how many years the deal will span is unclear.

Given the pedigree of Arkadium, which has developed numerous casual titles for the web and mobile devices – word games, puzzle games and the like – it seems likely that it will create games for Xbox Live and Windows Phone. Presumably, the company will also continue to provide games for Microsoft's MSN web portal. Of course, given Microsoft's recent inclination to bring apps to iOS, we could be in for more surprises.

Show full PR text
Arkadium Signs Multi-Year, Multi-Game Partnership With Microsoft Studios

Leader in casual and social games to develop multiple exclusive games cross-platform

New York, NY – January 4th 2012 – 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 Arkadium
Arkadium, 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.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.