KLab Announces Licensing Deal for the Age of Empires Franchise
SAN FRANCISCO -- June 25, 2013
KLab Inc. announced today that it has signed a licensing agreement to develop
a mobile game version of Microsoft Studio’s Age of Empires franchise.
Under the terms of the agreement, KLab will develop a mobile game based on one
of Microsoft Studio’s flagship franchises, Age of Empires. The game will
initially be developed in English for iOS and Android and will be launched
globally. Localization for other languages is also planned. KLab and Microsoft
Studios will also collaborate to bring the game to the Windows phone platform.
KLab is an industry leader in the social mobile network gaming with over 28
million registered users in Japan and is growing at a rapid pace, expanding
beyond the Japanese market. In 2012, KLab released its first global title
“Lord of the Dragons”, a medieval fantasy card battle game that was created
specifically for the global market in mind. Just two weeks after its release
in the US App Store, it reached the # 1 spot on the Free Games chart. It also
reached the top 10 Grossing charts in both the Japan and US App Stores on
March 16, 2013.
KLab plans to work with the Microsoft Studio’s team to provide its know-how
and experience in social mobile gaming with a common goal to extend and bring
the Age of Empires excitement in new ways to the new and existing fans.
“I am honored we have the opportunity to create and offer a mobile game
version of Microsoft Studio’s Age of Empires franchise. We look forward to
contributing our knowledge in social mobile gaming as well as our experience
in the Japanese market,” said Tetsuya Sanada, CEO of KLab.
The Age of Empires series has been in development for more than 15 years, and
spans seven award-winning games (and three spin-offs) that have sold more than
22 million copies to customers all over the world. It is one of the highest
selling PC franchises of all time.
Microsoft Studio’s Age of Empires Executive Producer, Kevin Perry, commented:
“The Age of Empires is an epic as broad as human history. I’m proud to work
with KLab, especially given their social mobile gaming expertise, to expand
the range of excellent gaming experiences available to Age of Empires fans, as
well as introduce our stories to a new audience. Everyone deserves the chance
to wield the power of history.”
Founded in 2000, KLab has been a wildly successful publisher of mobile games
in Japan. Currently employing over 900 people globally, the company is proud
to be a publicly traded enterprise on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Based on this
success, KLab decided to venture out and bring their expertise to the global
marketplace. The San Francisco branch, opened in April 2012, is looking to
expand our portfolio and make a splash in the iOS, Google Play, Amazon, and
KLab America, Inc.
Kim Bhatha, 415-297-6476
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