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Tango today announced that it’s signed its first six game developers as part of the company’s $25 million Global Games Fund, which was first announced back in July at Casual Connect and has since garnered more than 200 applications from developers.

Tango’s international lineup of top developer teams from China, Sweden and the United States includes Falafel Games, Planeto and Shiny Shoe Games, among others.

The Tango Global Games Fund will be working to expand Tango’s gaming platform, offering mobile game developers a unique game distribution model that includes promotion through non-Tango app marketing channels.

Within the app, meanwhile, game developers will be able to reach Tango’s 250 million members through native ads, chat notifications, Tango Channels, as well as being listed as a feature game.

Tango “tripled” its in-house publishing team to support platform growth

“The developer partners we’re announcing today are a testament to the high caliber and diversity of teams that we’re working with. This is exactly what we were hoping for and we are excited to start launching great mobile games on the Tango platform,” said Jim Ying, Tango’s vice president of games publishing. “To help drive the growth in our games business, and to provide the best support for our game developer partners, we’ve tripled our in-house games publishing team.”

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Three of the six in this initial round are close to soft-launching their titles with Tango:

  • Planeto, based in Sweden, is working on a trivia strategy game that combines the feel of classic board games with the fun of answering trivia questions. The developer team specializes in quiz and trivia games and was founded in 2009.
  • Falafel Games, a team focused on creating games for the Middle East, is releasing a soccer-themed card battle role playing game with an innovative trivia-based battle system. The company has been producing and publishing web and mobile games since 2010 and specializes in mid-core massively multiplayer online (MMO) games.
  • Shiny Shoe Games is based in San Francisco and is at work on creating an exciting match-three puzzle game inspired by movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Mummy. The small independent mobile game developer has been building original games since 2011.

This isn’t the first milestone Tango has reached in gaming. The messaging company launched its third-party SDK in June of last year to enable APIs and social features such as leaderboards, Tango friend lists, gifting and game invites for developers.

Developers who are interested in learning more about the Tango Global Games Fund should visit www.tango.me/global-games-fund.

To take part in hit Tango games such as Road Riot for Tango and Blackjack Live for Tango, be sure to download the latest version of Tango onto your smartphone. You can do so here.

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By Josh Robert Nay

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