Earlier today, Singaporean mobile gaming company Storms announced its new blockchain-integrated hyper-casual mobile gaming platform. Called “Kyō” after the Japanese word meaning “joy, fun or entertainment”, the platform has ambitious goals for the future and has already collected licenses for major franchises to appear on their platform. Storms is ambitious about the potential of the mobile games market, noting, “Last year, the sector was worth $131 billion and is expected to reach $173 billion.”
A big part of Kyō will be blockchain and NFT compatibility. Storms will partner with blockchain company ImmutableX which will provide infrastructure support for this integration. In a statement, Storms CEO David Yin said, “From traditional gaming to Web3 gaming, Storms remains committed to delivering a quality, frictionless gaming experience to billions of gamers, and I’m pleased that ImmutableX share the same vision. With ImmutableX’s unparalleled scalability, no gas fees, and easy-to-use APIs, the Kyō gaming platform is now one step closer to empowering gamers with full control. on their in-game assets.”
Ambitious targets for storms
The storms also secured other major players on the new platform. With “iCandy, Southeast Asia’s largest independent game developer, backed by Web3 game company Animoca Brands, and other notable shareholders including Singtel, AIS and SK Telecom Group”. Their goals extend to a hugely ambitious goal of “-providing frictionless Web3 access to the world’s 7 billion mobile users”.
Storms has a proven track record: “Since its inception in 2020, Storms has amassed a library of over 60 instant and native games, secured exclusive licenses for valuable Halfbrick Studios IPs (Fruit Ninja, Jetpack Joyrides, etc. ) and Voodoo Games (Helix Jump), and developed a strong distribution network of partners, aggregators, super-apps, telcos and brands.”
They were also responsible for the highly successful run of the AZ game, which amassed 12 million downloads and 250 million views of user-generated video content. Their web-based instant games platform also boasts an impressive monthly peak of 4 million all-time users.
Even so, aiming for the top with Kyō towards 7 billion users is ambitious. But with strong support already, Storms may just have the resources to pull it off, or at least make a splash when Kyō releases in early 2023.