Yahoo Games Studio Goes Mobile
The Yahoo Games Studio has developed games that are available on Verizon Wireless and will be available shortly on other major U.S. mobile carriers.This initiative builds on Yahoo’s strategy of extending core services beyond the desktop to offer the best possible “connected” experience for consumers.
“Casual games like dominoes and hearts are extremely popular in the emerging mobile entertainment market – they are just the right format for today’s mobile devices and the broad range of users who like to play them,” said Geoff Graber, general manager of Yahoo! Games. “As casual games continue to grow in popularity, our leadership in this area on the web allows us to readily extend our reach beyond the PC onto mobile phones.”
Further enhancing the mobile experience for consumers, Yahoo has acquired Stadeon, Inc., whose flagship product, Carousel, enables multiplayer cross-device connectivity. As part of the acquisition, founder and CEO of Stadeon, John Cahill, will now lead Yahoo!’s expanding mobile games business as part of his new role as director, games operations. He is also responsible for exploring new platforms beyond the PC, building the existing cross-platform multiplayer game business and evangelizing the technology/market opportunity.
“We are excited to bring Stadeon’s cross-platform games technology to Yahoo! Games,” said John Cahill, director of games operations and platforms for Yahoo! Games. “Yahoo! understands the value of its large community and now letting its consumers play against any one of the 345 million Yahoo! users worldwide, anywhere, anytime and whether they are on a mobile device or their PC.”
“With the resources of Yahoo! and the ability of Stadeon to enhance our platform integration capabilities, we are well-positioned to be a leader in the emerging category of mobile gaming,” said Graber. “We think this category has huge potential and are working hard to bring our users innovative opportunities like our new games that will take advantage of this new multiplayer, cross-platform technology.”