Online gamers account for around 60% of all Internet users in China, and online game houses made 13.5 Billion in 2013. With numbers like these for just one single market in Asia, it’s easy to see why Travian Games is launching its latest title, ‘Epic Arena’ in both Western and Asian markets. Epic Arena will launch on Facebook, iOS and Android with live streaming on Twitch on July 31st.
According to Zin Chiang, Creative Director at Travian Games, she and her team are working on ways to broadcast live game-play directly from mobile devices. Epic Arena is a strategy game that combines card and board game tactics with great visuals. It will also be one of the first games to stream live, continuous and un-interupted game-play through Twitch, a broadcasting network popular with millions of avid gamers around the world. A key element of the development of Epic Arena belongs to Yuri Dyachyshyn, the creator and CEO of Shadow Masters, who are the lead development team. Shadow Masters are based in the Ukraine and California.
Multi-Region – Multi-Platform
In addition to people in Asia missing out on many games due to the fact that most games are usually first released in America and Europe, a lot of game developers release their games only in certain areas and regions. To exclude themselves from the traditional strategy of game developers and to meet the needs of strategy gamers in most of Asia, the team is working on making the game cross-platform, so both Android and iOS users can play together without being impeded by which device they use. By creating a more sociable environment, a lot of feedback was received to improve the game Epic Arena. Modes such as single-player and Blitz mode were inspired by players’ input and comments. Developed in Unity 3D, the game will be officially released on July 31.
“So when we first took over the publishing and IP development of Epic Arena, my thought was that we want to make this game available to the Asian community with the same support its western audience receives. Epic Arena is a ultra-competitive turn based strategy game based on chess principles. Being fully 3D and animated in Unity, we’ve taken the step to position ourselves as the accessible eSport title. At the moment, Epic Arena can be streamed to Twitch.tv via desktop software such as Wirecast and a couple of open source tools. But we are actively testing ways to realize on-device live game-play broadcast from mobile devices.”