Funimation, GameSamba Team With NGames for Free-to-Play Games Based on Anime

posted on 2016-01-24 10:45 EST
NGames removes unlicensed One Piece-based Pockie Pirates game

Funimation Entertainment, GameSamba, and Chinese game developer NGames Interactive Limited announced on Monday that they are entering a strategic partnership to create mobile and web games based on anime and other entertainment properties. The games will be free-to-play.

NGames will collaborate on Funimation and GameSamba's previously announced Fairy Tail and Tokyo Ghoul mobile games, as well as future titles. Both the Fairy Tail and Tokyo Ghoul games are slated for this year, but the companies have not yet announced release dates for these games.

After entering a partnership with NGames, GameSamba worked with NGames to remove an unlicensed One Piece-based 2012 browser game titled Pockie Pirates from NGames' Games321 brand. The game had been advertised as "fully licensed."

ANN contacted Funimation regarding the partnership and the Pockie Pirates game, and Funimation provided the following statement:

NGames did publish a game called Pockie Pirates that was developed by a Chinese company which claimed to have an official One Piece license. After partnering with NGames, GameSamba quickly discovered that this license was fraudulent, based on its experience working with Funimation and others. GameSamba worked closely with NGames to remove Pockie Pirates from and continues to do so to ensure that any other falsely licensed games that NGames may have published are no longer available to consumers.

Funimation added, "The new partnership between Funimation, GameSamba and NGames is committed to producing the best in officially licensed games -- built in close cooperation with the original creators."

GameSamba and Funimation have the same parent company, Group 1200 Media.

Source: PR Newswire

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