Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) have partnered for investment in the social game developers Kabam Inc., the games maker said on Tuesday.
The companies did not disclose the terms of the deal.
Kevin Tsujihara, president, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) and
Office of the President, Warner Bros. Entertainment, and Gary Barber, MGM
chairman and chief executive officer will join the Kabam Board of Directors
as member and observer, respectively.
"Partnering with Warner Bros. and MGM is a natural fit for Kabam as we
create new story lines and extensions of Hollywood studios' intellectual
properties for millions of gamers worldwide," said Kabam Co-Founder and CEO
The moves follow the recent release of The Hobbit, Kingdoms of Middle-earth,
a game co-developed by Kabam and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
(WBIE) and based on Peter Jackson?s The Hobbit Trilogy, a production of New
Line Cinema and MGM. In less than one month, The Hobbit, Kingdoms of
Middle-earth has become the ninth top-grossing mobile app on Google and a
top-25 grossing mobile app on Apple in the U.S. Kabam and WBIE are
co-developing another Hobbit game to play via Web browsers, The Hobbit:
Armies of the Third Age, for release early next year. The first of the three
Hobbit films is set for release by New Line Cinema and MGM on December 14.
"We partnered with Kabam almost a year ago to deliver incredible games for
The Hobbit trilogy, arguably one of the top intellectual properties in the
world," said Mr. Tsujihara. "As we worked with Kabam, it became clear that a
closer, more strategic partnership made sense for us both. Kabam is a leader
in the industry and we look forward to being a part of their continued
"Kabam offers great strategic vision and discipline for growth and they are
the best at what they do," said Mr. Barber. "They are a natural partner for
us on both our vast selection of IP as well as potential future projects."
Mr. Barber's MGM co-owns rights to The Hobbit and owns one of the world's
deepest libraries of premium film and television content including the James
Bond franchise and its latest installment Skyfall.
The two Hollywood companies join Silicon Valley titans Google and Intel and
venture capital firms Canaan Partners and Redpoint Ventures as investors in