Amazon and Smilegate sign publishing agreement

Amazon and Smilegate sign publishing agreement

Amazon Games has signed an exclusive publishing agreement for an upcoming game from Korean firm Smilegate.

The unnamed title is set to launch next year. There's speculation that this deal is over Smilegate's RPG title Lost Ark. The company is best known for its first-person shooter hit Crossfire, which now boasts more than 670m users around the world. Meanwhile, the title apparently has hit eight million concurrent players.

“Amazon Games is committed to bringing our customers the most engaging game experiences, both through our own internal development teams and from the very best external development studios around the world,” Amazon Games VP Christoph Hartmann said.

“Smilegate has a strong track record of creating big games that players love, built to offer years of enjoyment — exactly the type of best-in-class, living, growing online games we want to bring our customers.”

The CEO of Smilegate RPG studio Chi Won Gil added: “Smilegate RPG and Amazon Games will combine our respective expertise to introduce one of our triple-A games to Western players. Amazon Games is uniquely positioned as a publisher to reach entirely new audiences through its deep commitment to customers and substantial games publishing resources and channels, including Twitch, Prime Gaming, AWS, and more.”

Amazon's games division hasn't had much success since it was launched. As well as this title with Smilegate, the company has partnered with Leyou for an MMO based on the upcoming Lord of the Rings TV show.

Smilegate, meanwhile, has recently opened a new studio in Barcelona.

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