Exclusive: Viber announces Viber Games!
The Viber app allows users to make phone calls and send text messages to other Viber users for free and it is available over WiFi or 3G. Earlier today, Viber launched the Viber Games platform. Over the recent months, Viber has launched the Video Call and Chat Mobile Public Viber. Viber has also collaborated with some games developers to bring an exclusive experience into the game platform. Viber Games is now available in Belarus, Malaysia, Singapore, Israel, and Ukraine and soon will go international.
Viber Games features the developers from the leading mobile game network, Storm8 that created the Viber Pop and Viber Candy Mania and developers from the leading casual games, Playtika which made Wild Lucky Casino. These games were built using “Viber Connect”. Viber Connect is a new private API that allows users to login using their Viber ID to play with friends via Viber. Whilst playing these games, users can send gifts, share their scores with other users, and send invitation through Viber Games to see what games that are being played by their friends. These games can be downloaded in Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store. The additional features are available through in-app-purchases.
Talmon Marco, the CEO of Viber explained that,
“[Viber] have been focusing on expanding the function of Viber and really excited to introduce Viber Games. Our main development platform provides a new way for users to connect with Viber. It is an important step for us and we look forward to receiving feedback from our users.”
Although, Viber has collaborated with some of the leading game developers, the games will still be branded as Viber and this is emulated in the design and experience of the game. Chief Strategy Officer of Storm8, Terence Fung mentioned that, “As a pioneering leader in mobile social games, we are committed to working with companies that expand our reach and provide innovative player experience”. Storm8 developers are fascinated to work with Viber for the launch of Viber Games, and they are also introducing two new games that provides a new social interaction among players.
Another statement from Vice President of Business Development of Playtika, Elad Kushnir said, “This partnership opens new channels for Playtika to introduce the famous social slot “Wild Lucky Casino” throughout the world to Viber users. We are excited to take advantage of this existing communication channels;Viber to add another layer of gameplay experience“.
To those who don’t know about Storm8’s and Playtika’s developers, here are some short brief description about them; Storm8 was founded back in 2009 and has three ingenious brand starting from TeamLava, Shark Party and FireMocha. And under these brands, Storm8 has achieved over more than 400 million users worldwide with 40 over games in various genre on iOS and Android. The most popular games from Storm8 are Candy Blast Mania, Bubble Mania and Jewel Mania. The Storm8 headquarter is in Redwood City, California.
Playtika is a global casual game company, that managed to capture the hearts of consumers with a social game that is interesting and astonishing. And as part of Caesars Interactive Entertainment (CIE), Playtika shares a mission with CIE to provide users the best entertainment in the real and digital world.
Let us know what do you think about Viber Games and tell us about your experience using it when you get your hands on the update!