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Blacknut and Focus Entertainment announce a new partnership for game monetization through Cloud Gaming

Paris - March 15, 2023

Focus Entertainment will be the first game publisher to offer premium content and engage directly with cloud gamers through Blacknut’s new exclusive publisher channel feature.

Blacknut, the leading pure-player cloud gaming provider, is announcing a new feature for game publishers to create their own dedicated Channels. With the latest Newzoo forecasts predicting US$ 8.2 Billion revenues by 2025(1), Cloud Gaming is the fastest growing segment for the gaming distribution Industry. Blacknut has in its core mission to allow consumers but also content owners to benefit from the multi-billion cloud gaming market opportunity (CAGR Y19-25: +122%) fueled by the increasing offer and demand for gaming everywhere. Cloud gaming’s service obtainable Market (SOM) will double and reach 500 million people(1) by 2025.

Blacknut and Focus Entertainment announce a new partnership for game monetization through Cloud Gaming

Focus Entertainment will be the first publisher to join this new program and launch their own Channel on the Blacknut Cloud Gaming Platform. The new channel will be released on Blacknut service in the second half of 2023. Focus Entertainment brings their distinctive editorial line, including memorable artistic direction, gameplay and critically acclaimed titles such as “A Plague Tale: Innocence”.

We are pleased to support Blacknut in this new step in the development of the platform. Making our games accessible to as many players as possible has always been at the heart of Focus' ambition. This is why we feel it is essential to support the emergence of innovative solutions allowing the creation of new distribution channels. Especially when this initiative brings us closer to a new major player in the French video game industry.
Said Vincent Chataignier, Chief Commercial Officer de Focus Entertainment.

With the growing appetite from consumers to use subscription-based entertainment services, we are doing our part by building a platform for developers to directly reach a new audience. This new feature brings a real alternative to the existing dominant platforms for publishers to monetize their games.
Said Nabil Laredj, VP Business Development and Licensing at Blacknut.

For players, channels will be a new way to unlock more content and also directly support their favorite developers and games. As social features are developed, channels will also have the opportunity to become “fan zone” spaces where players and publishers can interact together, and be on the lookout for more exclusive content.

Blacknut’s subscription-based offering service already includes access to a growing catalog of 500+ premium PC & Console games playable through streaming technology on any connected device. The Focus Exclusive Channel will launch by Q3 2023, with twenty titles curated by Focus Entertainment, and plans to regularly update the selection for the future subscribers.

The Blacknut application enables playing on the largest selection of devices, in a full hardware agnostic approach for consumers - using existing connected screens (offering upcycling for end-consumers, and targeting multi-device households and families).

With deployment in over 45 countries, the Blacknut platform is experiencing exponential growth with regular new B2B distribution partnerships including telecom operators, ISPs, TV manufacturers, OTT services and media companies to launch streaming games services but also with device manufacturers like LG TV or Samsung TV.

About Blacknut -

Blacknut is the world's leading pure player cloud gaming service dedicated to the general public, distributed both Direct to consumers and B2B through ISPs, device manufacturers, OTT services & Media companies. Blacknut offers the largest catalog of premium games with 500+ premium titles carefully selected for the whole family, all included in a monthly subscription. The service is now available across Europe, Asia & North America on a wide range of devices, including mobiles, set-top-boxes and Smart TVs. Blacknut was founded in 2016 by Olivier Avaro (CEO) and is headquartered in Rennes, France, with offices in Paris, Seoul and San Francisco. Blacknut was awarded the Red Herring 2021 Top 100 Winner, in Europe.

About Focus Entertainment -

FOCUS ENTERTAINMENT is one of Europe’s leading video game publishers and developers. Its vocation is to support leading international studios in the development, production monitoring, marketing, sales and financing of their projects. As a publisher of strong brands such as The Surge, Vampyr, Evil West and A Plague Tale, the Group generated revenues of €142,6 million in 2021/22. FOCUS ENTERTAINMENT generates 95% of its sales internationally.

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