Big Viking announced a new partnership with Valiant Entertainment, the third-place comic company behind Marvel and DC.
Valiant is responsible for series like X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, and Archer & Armstrong. It has sold over 80 million issues and has a library of over 2,000 characters The five-year mobile contract could help Big Viking, which specializes in HTML5 games friendly for web browsers, create hits based on known properties while giving Valiant’s characters more exposure.
These new games will focus on “messengers and social networks as distribution,” including Facebook messenger, meaning the these could utilize chatbots. Big Viking recently launched a $10 million publishing fund to help third-party development of HTML5 Messenger Instant Games, so it is invested in this new, potentially $100 billion opportunity. Since these titles are HTML5, you’ll be able to experience them without having to download an app. This lower barrier of entry could attract even more players.
“It’s an honor to partner with Valiant and bring their incredibly rich and deep catalog of characters and stories to new and exciting platforms on mobile,” said Albert Lai, chief executive officer and cofounder of Big Viking Games. “We have always been huge fans of their comics, and the executive team has done an incredible job bringing Valiant to the forefront of the comic world over the years. Valiant and Big Viking share a very similar core ideology, which is to ‘make fans,’ and I believe this partnership will make millions of new fans for both companies”
Big Viking started in 2011, finding early success with HTML5 games like Fish World and YoWorld. According to the company, its games are played by millions of users across iOS, Android, Facebook, and the mobile web.