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Microsoft Teams Up with GameSalad to Bring Popular Game Creation Tools to the Windows 8 Platform

Sep 25, 2012 (05:09 PM EDT)
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Revolutionary Game Creation Platform Set to Expand Reach to More Than 500 Million Windows 8 Users

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- GameSalad Inc., which enables game developers to quickly create and publish sophisticated iOS, Android and HTML5 games, is partnering with Microsoft to bring support for the Windows 8 platform to more than 400,000 GameSalad developers.  GameSalad streamlines the process for bringing mobile, web and PC games to market by eliminating the need to code and allowing developers to publish to multiple platforms with the click of a button. 

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As part of the collaboration, GameSalad's flagship product, GameSalad Creator, has been optimized to take advantage of the new Windows 8 operating system and enables developers on both PCs and Macs to easily publish games to the Windows 8 App Store.   Through the GameSalad-Microsoft partnership, GameSalad developers will have the opportunity to make their games available on the Windows 8 App Store before Windows 8 general availability.  In addition, top GameSalad developers will receive a number of benefits from Microsoft including free licenses for Windows 8, the latest Windows 8 devices, and direct access to Microsoft's senior leadership who will be actively participating in GameSalad's developer forums.

"By supporting the Windows 8 platform, GameSalad developers now have the opportunity to reach a new audience of over 500 million users," said Steve Felter, GameSalad CEO.  "We are excited to work closely with Microsoft to help our developer community take full advantage of the tremendous opportunities the Windows 8 ecosystem presents."

"Microsoft is thrilled to be working with GameSalad and welcome its passionate community of over 400,000 developers to the Windows 8 platform," said Microsoft executive John Gilmour.  "By making it easy to create and publish games optimized for the Windows Store, GameSalad developers now have access to a powerful distribution channel with unprecedented global reach across more than 200 markets."

Since its debut in 2009, GameSalad has quickly grown to become a leading game development platform with over 400,000 developers.  To date, GameSalad Creator has powered more than 100,000 original titles across mobile and web platforms, including a #1 iOS game and more than 65 Top 100 Games in Apple's U.S. App Store.  In 2011, more than 15% of all new iOS games were built with GameSalad.

The Windows 8 version of GameSalad Creator is now available for download at www.gamesalad.com and supports publishing to the Windows Store.

About GameSalad  
GameSalad's Creator platform allows game developers to rapidly design, publish, and distribute sophisticated games for iOS, Android, HTML5 and Windows 8, while eliminating the need to code.  Since launching in 2009, over 400,000 developers have used GameSalad's accessible game creation platform to create over 100,000 games, including a #1 iOS game and more than 65 Top 100 Games in Apple's U.S. App Store.  GameSalad is a privately held, venture-backed company headquartered in San Francisco, CA, with studios in Austin, Texas and Los Angeles, California.

SOURCE GameSalad