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Kabam Publishing launches, partnering with third-party developers

Free-to-play social game developer Kabam will now publish third-party games in a new business unit, the company announced via press release.

Kabam Publishing has already partnered with several third-party developers on 15 games, including Reality Square Games' Wartune, 5th Planet Games' Clash of the Dragons and Venan Games' Book of Heroes. By the end of the year, the company foresees having around 50 third-party games total.

Kabam is best known for developing titles such the iPhone's top grossing app of 2012, a strategy game called Kindgoms of Camelot: Battle for the North. The company has also created two strategy games based on Peter Jackson's Hobbit films. According to the company's co-founder and CEO, Kevin Chou, free-to-play games are "clearly disrupting" the gaming industry.

"Potential gamers all over the world already have sophisticated mobile phones or tablets, so they no longer have any motivation to buy a $400 console or spend $60 on a new gam," Chou said. "Kabam is leveraging its technology to be the leader in free-to-play games, and third-party developers will have a crucial role in that effort."