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Microsoft acquires cloud-connected gaming platform PlayFab

PlayFab corporate logo, Microsoft buys PlayFab (Source: Microsoft)
PlayFab logo (Source: Microsoft)
Microsoft has decided to purchase PlayFab, a company that provides services for building, launching, and growing cloud-connected games. PlayFab's extensive list of clients includes names like Rovio, Atari, and Disney.

Disney, Rovio, and Atari released quite a few mobile games that quickly became worldwide hits, such as Idle Miner Tycoon, Angry Birds: Seasons, and Roller Coaster Tycoon Touch. The thing that brings these brands together is the technology behind their games which comes from a less known company, namely PlayFab. Now, PlayFab is joining the ever-increasing Microsoft family of gaming-related products and services.

Although they have been around for less than five years, PlayFab has served more than 700 million players so far, and its technology powers around 1,200 games. The platform developed by this small company currently processes over 1.5 billion daily transactions or an average of almost 20,000 per second.

According to Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of Gaming Kareem Choudhry, "The PlayFab platform is a natural complement to Azure for gaming (Visit azure.com/gaming for more info). Azure, with locations in 42 regions worldwide, provides world-class server infrastructure, allowing creators to focus on building great games with best-available global reach." 

As it usually happens with such deals, the financial terms have not been disclosed. However, gamers will enjoy "a higher, faster degree of innovation and better experiences" thanks to it, revealed Kareem Choudhry.

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Codrut Nistor, 2018-01-30 (Update: 2018-01-30)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
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