Paris, April, the 26th, 2017 – Wiztivi, leading company in design and development of multiscreen User Interface for broadcast and OTT video services, announces the acquisition of the European operational cloud gaming activities of Oy Gamecluster, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Broadmedia GC, established in Espoo (Finland). Broadmedia GC is a worldwide leader in aggregating and streaming video games for telco operators. Its main domain of expertise stands on over 15 years of experience in game porting, platform management, development and maintenance. In December 2015, the G-cluster platform was rated the #1 cloud service for gamers by Cloudwards.net (1).
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These services are already available on Orange and SFR with a large installed customer base in France where the video games market is very dynamic with a 6% growth in 2015 (+ 23% on digital) (2). With an average revenue of €126 / year / user, video games come before books (€119), video (€75) and music (€50) on the leisure market(3). With already more than 250 games available, from major AAA games to casual games for all the family, Orange and SFR will be eager to offer constantly larger contents to their subscribers.
In this context, Wiztivi, through its license to Broadmedia GC’s gaming technology for European countries, continues to operate the service, both for Orange and SFR’s Groups, but also for all the Telecom Operators which will want to add this kind of contents to their offer.
For Ari Bensimon, CEO of Wiztivi, it’s a major milestone in the development of the company which already provides best-in-class User Interface to major operators and set top box manufacturers all over the world and which can now widen its offer. In the future, Wiztivi will use the best of these two worlds to offer tremendous new features around streamed UI or virtual reality for example.
Anne-Laure Caffin, Head of Games at SFR-Numericable (ALTICE Group) to add: “Wiztivi Gaming highly skilled and dedicated team work daily to provide SFR with a high quality platform streaming over 250 games in HD and in 50 frame per second. Thanks to this fully commited and trustfull partner SFR offers its end users the most successful cloud gaming service: a convenient and easy-to-play gaming experience for the whole family, with best-in-class content, available through all SFR STB and convergent on PC/Mac”.
Jean-Louis Charlety, VP Games, Music, Culture and Infotainment Business Unit at Orange: “Orange Group offers a first-rate video game service that allows subscribers to access a catalog of over 200 games for the whole family, available in unlimited mode and without commitment. This service is available from the Orange Set-Top-Box without console or from PC. We have chosen to trust Wiztivi Gaming, the leading cloud gaming platform, for the management and development of our service. Today, we have with Wiztivi Gaming a true partnership, based on professionalism, mutual trust, and a strong involvement in meeting common challenges.”