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$10m+ Production Budgets: Avoiding the Shark Fin
September 8, 2016

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$10m+ Production Budgets: Avoiding the Shark Fin

The following article was submitted by Kabam CEO Kevin Chou as part of a discussion that started with an interview about a shift in high-end mobile game development, and continued with Rob Fahey’s appraisal of mobile as an increasingly “indie hostile market.” For the full picture, feel free to read or revisit the conversation so far.

September 8, 2016

Kabam: Look beyond whales, focus on your “regulars”

The value of whales to free-to-play games needs to be reassessed, according to Aaron Loeb, with Kabam’s president of studios pointing to long-running TV shows as a blueprint for building lasting success in the mobile market.

August 18, 2016

Kabam’s Kent Wakeford on why mobile gaming is so complicated

Kent Wakeford, the chief operating officer of Kabam, returned to the stage at our GamesBeat 2016 event to talk about how tough the mobile game business — a $36 billion worldwide industry — has become. And doing business in China is even more difficult.

August 4, 2016

Are your traditional retention metrics useless?

At Kabam, we believe that the commonly used retention benchmarks today are holding the mobile gaming industry back.

July 9, 2016

The One Thing a Manager Should Never Hide

The Leadership Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely questions about careers and leadership. Today’s answer to the question “What is the most important quality a leader should demonstrate?” is by Kevin Chou, cofounder and CEO of Kabam.

March 27, 2016

Kabam in the News


Kevin Chou pilots Kabam into position as a premier mobile game developer

In a football game, it’s easy to know whether you’re winning or not. Just look at the scoreboard.

But for Kevin Chou, the CEO of Kabam, Inc., a mobile game developer headquartered in San Francisco, figuring out if games like “Marvel: Contest of Champions” or “Star Wars: Uprising” are on track can be harder.

November 14, 2016

Mobile game studio expands to focus on blockbuster products

The rise of mobile devices has shaken up the world of gaming.

Where once a gamer had to spend $60 to get the latest blockbuster adventure at a store or go to a friend’s house with an extra controller or log onto a computer and connect with others over the Internet, those experiences are now all possible with phones and tablets – and in many cases, they’re free.

October 5, 2016

Kabam’s Fantastic Office is Exactly What You’d Expect from an Indie Game Studio

There’s nothing more fascinating than watching growth, and success in technology, or development companies. Ups and downs, big names on billboards, and chart-topping fun.

September 27, 2016

Legacy of Zeus Is Kabam’s next Game of Godlike Action

Currently available on the Canadian App Store in soft launch, Legacy of Zeus is an action RPG that lives somewhere between the gameplay of Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes and Diablo-style real-time combat. There’s an intricate story at play about a man who might be another son of Zeus (the title kind of says it all), who has been called upon by the gods to defend Athens against an army of monstrous malcontents.

August 23, 2016

Marvel Contest of Champions bringing in over $25M a month

Free-to-play mobile brawler, Marvel Contest of Champions, has become Marvel’s highest grossing game of all time, across every platform.

August 5, 2016

News Releases

Kabam and Hasbro Team Up to Develop Transformers Mobile Game

The AAA Massively Multiplayer Mobile Game Will Feature Iconic Autobots and Decepticons from the “More than Meets the Eye” Franchise SAN FRANCISCO – August 1, 2016 – Kabam, a world leader of massively multiplayer mobile games for a global audience, and Hasbro Inc. today announced a partnership to develop a AAA massively multiplayer mobile game read more

August 1, 2016

Kabam Partners with Lightstorm Entertainment and 20th Century Fox to Develop Groundbreaking New Avatar Mobile Game

The AAA Massively Multiplayer Mobile Gaming Experience Will Extend The Avatar World Beyond The Big Screen SAN FRANCISCO – June 28, 2016 – Kabam, a world leader of massively multiplayer mobile games for a global audience, Lightstorm Entertainment and 20th Century Fox today announced a partnership to develop a AAA massively multiplayer mobile strategy game read more

June 28, 2016

Kabam Divests Classic Mobile Games and Publishing Business to GAEA

Company Continues Focus on Top 10 Hits; GAEA Acquires “Treasure Trove” of Kabam Content SAN FRANCISCO – January 7, 2016 – Kabam Inc., creator of massively multi-player mobile games for a global audience, today announced it has divested its first generation mobile and third party published games to GAEA Mobile, an emerging interactive entertainment and read more

January 7, 2016

Kabam Promotes Howell to Chief Technology Officer

November 3, 2015   Top Industry Engineer Becomes Company’s First CTO SAN FRANCISCO – Kabam, a world leader in AAA mobile free-to-play games, today announced the promotion of Jeff Howell to Chief Technology Officer, a newly created position for the company. In this new role, Howell will build a global technology strategy and oversee technology read more

November 3, 2015

Machine Zone and Kabam Resolve Trade Secret Litigation

San Francisco – July 9, 2015 – Kabam, a world leader in developing AAA high quality mobile games, announced today the release of new game content for its global hit Marvel Contest of Champions, inspired by the highly anticipated Marvel’s Ant-Man film hitting theatres on July 17.

September 10, 2015

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