Free-to-play game developer Kabam has announced a continuation of its global expansion, opening an office in Berlin, Germany. The office will start with 80 employees, and should grow to 150 before the end of 2014. Kabam’s Berlin office will work on the live operations of existing titles, as well as localization, quality assurance, marketing and “player experience services” for the European market, including Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Russia, Turkey and the UK.
“Berlin is a vibrant tech hub with a unique multi-national workforce, and is the ideal place to expand Kabam’s European games support,” said Andrew Sheppard, president of Kabam Studios. “Europe is a thriving free-to-play market where more than forty percent of Kabam revenue comes from, and our new Berlin office best suits the needs of our partners and customers in that region.”
The Berlin office will offer support for titles including Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North, The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth, Fast & Furious 6: The Game, and Dragons of Atlantis: Heirs of the Kingdom. These games are available across iOS and Android devices, with three of these games generating more than $100 million in lifetime revenue.
Kabam will also use the office to continue supporting its WorldWide Developer Fund, which helps developers from Japan, China and South Korea publish their games in North American and European markets. The Fund has already resulted in partnerships with 23 developers, and accounts for 30 titles. Kabam predicts $550-650 million in revenue in 2014, with $175-200 million in revenue expected to to come published third party games.