Video game creator Atari announced earlier this week it has entered into a license agreement with Animoca Brands Limited to produce and publish blockchain versions of the popular mobile games RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch and Goon Squad.
According to Atari, RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch has more than 19 million downloads globally and has benefited from the successful launch of the water park expansion in July 2018 as well as the addition of new restaurant features in September 2018 in partnership with Jonathan Cheban, who is famous for his reality show appearances on the hit television show Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Goon Squad notably drops players into an underworld ruled by mobsters, gambling and fast-paced card battles. Players can plot a path from lowly Goon to all-powerful Godfather in the free-to-play title, collecting cards to rise through the ranks and build the ultimate criminal empire.
Speaking about the partnership, Yat Siu, Co-Founder and Chairman of Animoca Brands, stated:
“This deal marks a special moment for me because I started my career working with Atari and using Atari computers. The RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise is, like many of Atari’s properties, a true evergreen, having been around for two decades. Given the strategic and commercial elements of this incredibly fun simulation, it is a perfect candidate for blockchain adaptation.”
Frédéric Chesnais, Main Shareholder and CEO of Atari, also commented:
“We are proud and delighted to enter into this long-term and strategic relationship with Animoca Brands, which also allows us to become a shareholder in one of the most exciting innovators in the world of decentralized gaming. We hope that this agreement paves the way to to further cooperation on other Atari products.”
Atari added that Animoca Brands expects to publish the games in the second half of 2019.