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GameHouse is a casual game developer, publisher, digital video game distributor, and portal, based in Seattle, Washington, United States.

GameHouse
Division of RealNetworks
Industry Online and offline video game development, publication and distribution
Fate Still producing games after InterAction Studios being acquired.
Founded 1998; 19 years ago (1998)[1]
Headquarters Seattle, Washington, United States
Products Video games (Casual games)
Parent RealNetworks
(2004-Present)
Website www.gamehouse.com

GameHouse distributes casual games for PC and Mac computers, as well as for mobile devices such as phones and tablets (on both iTunes, Google Playstore and the Amazon Appstore).

GameHouse offers 2,300+ online and downloadable games, consisting of both in-house produced titles (such as the Delicious series) and third party games.

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HistoryEdit

GameHouse was founded by Ben Exworthy and Garr Godfrey[2] in 1998.[3]

The first downloadable game developed by the company was Collapse, a game somewhat similar to Tetris. In 2003, company revenues topped $10 million ($5.5 million net).[4] In 2004, GameHouse was acquired by RealNetworks for $14.6 million cash and about 3.3 million RNWK shares, then estimated at $21 million.[4]

After acquisition, the GameHouse studio continued operations as a developer, while its games were distributed via RealNetworks, and the GameHouse game portal continued to operate alongside the RealArcade game service.

On November 3, 2009 RealArcade had announced they are merging with GameHouse to create a large distribution platform. Such plans include migrating the accounts of users from RealArcade, offering discounts and special offers to GamePass members and new social community opportunities. The merging was completed by 2012.[5]

RealArcade was a gaming service run by RealNetworks that sold casual style computer games to individual users. Its purpose was to let users download demo versions of games, and optionally buy the full versions.[6]

On November 13, 2009 GameHouse and RealArcade successfully merged their websites into one portal. As a result, all customers visiting the RealArcade website are redirected to Gamehouse.com

GameHouse's main offices are in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Next to this, the company has studios in Barcelona and Alicante (Spain). GameHouse has been working on developing their own original story games like the popular Delicious series and continues to release multiple story-driven time management games per year on mobile, as well as maintaining their Zylom and GameHouse websites on which they publish games by other developers too.[citation needed]

Sales modelEdit

RealArcade distributes games on a time-limited demo basis. Each game downloaded has a trial time of 60 minutes unless differently specified by each publisher. Once the trial time expires, users are required either to uninstall the game from their computer or to purchase the full version of the game. Users can also subscribe to a RealNetworks service called GamePass. For a monthly fee, it offers them ownership of 1 game of their choice per month at no additional fee and $5.00 off each game purchase.[7] As of November 2009 GameHouse, a subsidiary of RealNetworks, offers full versions of some of its games, supported by in-game advertising.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Company Overview of GameHouse, Inc". www.bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2017-10-11. 
  2. ^ Loughane, E (2005). Net Success Interviews. Lulu.com. p. 201. ISBN 978-1411626980. Archived from the original on 2017-10-11. 
  3. ^ "GameHouse, Inc.: Private Company Information - Bloomberg". www.bloomberg.com. Archived from the original on 2017-10-11. Retrieved 2017-10-11. 
  4. ^ a b "RealNetworks, Inc. - Acquisition History". realnetworks.com. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "RealArcade announces Gamehouse Merger". Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  6. ^ Ryan, Michael E. (2001-01-08). "PC Magazine Reviews: RealArcade". Retrieved 2008-12-14. 
  7. ^ "GamePass by RealArcade". Archived from the original on 2008-10-10. Retrieved 2008-12-14. 
  8. ^ "Free Games at Gamehouse". Archived from the original on 2009-10-01. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 

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