U.S. mobile gamers are about to get a little Korean flavor.
Mobile publisher Kabam today released the South Korean hit Creature Academy to the U.S. iOS App Store and Google Play. Creature Academy is a free-to-play action role-playing game where players have to fight and capture monsters. Around the world, Android and iOS games generated more than $16 billion in consumer spending last year.
“With its engaging gameplay, intense boss battles, hundreds of fascinating characters, and convenient features like auto-play, it’s no wonder Creature Academy is one of the biggest games in South Korea.” said Kabam Publishing president Amit Ranade in a press release sent to GamesBeat. “Kabam is excited to bring this next generation mobile RPG to the Western market.”
This move is part of a deal between Kabam and Netmarble Games Corp., the studio behind Creature Academy, to bring Korean games to a Western audience. According to Kabam, Creature Academy is consistently one of the top five grossing mobile games on in the Google Play and iOS App stores in South Korea.
Kabam is currently valued at over $1 billion. China Internet giant Alibaba invested $120 million into the mobile publisher back in July. It’s rivals include Supercell, King, and GungHo Entertainment.