May 20, 2010

Kongregate Collaborates with Adobe on Beta Completion of Flash Player 10.1; Fuels Flash-Based Mobile Gaming for Android 2.2

Here's another Android game oriented press release that arrived in my email this morning. I'm mixed on the Flash games for Android... on one hand it leads to lazy game development as dime a dozen ports will be common and on the other hand there are some entertaining Flash games out there (my current favorite being Gimme Friction Baby) and it's a perfectly competent platform for many of the retro games that I enjoy. Furthermore, after the long wait for Android 2.1 to actually arrive on my phone I'm doubtful I'll see Android 2.2 any time soon.

Leading Indie Game Site Unveils More Than 100 Mobile Flash Games

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (Google I/O Developer Conference) – May 20, 2010 – Kongregate, the leading indie games site featuring nearly 30,000 free-to-play games set within an addictive social environment, today announced its collaboration with Adobe for the beta completion of Flash® Player 10.1.

Working closely with Adobe, Kongregate has launched a mobile site ( with more than 100 of its popular games optimized to run on mobile devices, delivering Flash-based mobile gaming to Google’s anticipated Android 2.2 platform using Flash Player 10.1.

“Adobe Flash Player 10.1 will have a tremendous impact on the mobile gaming landscape for both the game developer and player,” noted Jim Greer, CEO and co-founder of Kongregate. “Bringing Flash technology to Google’s next version of Android enables our more than 8,000 developers to create engaging mobile titles using the tools already familiar to them, while Kongregate players will be able to enjoy great Flash-based, free-to-play game experiences anytime, anywhere.”

Featured among Kongregate’s 100 mobile Flash titles are Assembler 3, Talesworth Adventure, Hexiom Connect and Straight Dice, all popular games on Kongregate that seamlessly make the transition to mobile.

“Kongregate is a key contender in web-based gaming and a valuable partner in helping us demonstrate the capabilities of next-generation Flash technology for devices,” said Ricky Liversidge, vice president, Product Marketing, Flash Platform at Adobe. “Kongregate has been critical to delivering rich and compelling Flash-based game experiences for the rapidly expanding mobile games market.”

Adobe Flash Player 10.1 enables uncompromised Web browsing of expressive applications, content and video across devices. With support for a broad range of mobile devices, including smartphones, netbooks, smartbooks and other Internet-connected devices, Flash Player 10.1 will allow content to reach users wherever they are. The vast majority of Kongregate’s free-to-play games were developed using Adobe Flash technology, and with the use of the beta for Flash Player 10.1, Kongregate and its developers are taking mobile gaming to the next level.

About Kongregate

Kongregate is a leading indie web game site receiving more than one million game plays a day and one thousand new games added a month with an audience of over eight million unique users worldwide. Kongregate players are 85 percent young men who come to earn points and badges for their Kongregate profiles on an achievement system analogous to Xbox Live. Kongregate shares ad revenue directly with its participating game developers and its advertising base includes brands like Axe, Sony Pictures, EA, Sprint, Frito Lay, Xbox 360, 2K Sports, Focus Features, Toyota, Stride Gum, Nokia, and Scion. Additionally, Kongregate has premium games on the site, where users can buy virtual goods using its micro-transaction platform, Kongregate Kreds.

Based in San Francisco, CA, the company was founded in 2006 by brother-and-sister team Jim Greer, a game industry veteran, and Emily Greer, an interactive marketing executive. The company is funded by Greylock Partners, Bezos Expeditions and leading Internet and game industry angel investors. Kongregate is an award-winning company and the recipient of two Webby Awards.

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