Viber has made the taken over of Nextpeer known. Nextpeer is the firm in support of multiplayer and social tools of the same name for games developers known. This will add the expertise of the firm to the new gaming service of this widely-used messenger app creator.
This is the first acquisition by Viber, and takes place more than a year after the company was itself bought for $900 million by Rakuten – the Japanese membership based Internet Services Company. Since then, Viber has focused on brining in gaming elements to its application, and had added in-app games to all users worldwide earlier in February.
The platform released three games as standalone apps at launch, which could be downloaded from iTunes or the Play Store. The games could also link up to Viber to allow users share scores, battle and relate with friends on the service.
Boasting of more than 600 million users across the world, it is no more news that Viber is one of the most popular messenger applications in the world. The firm intends to use the software of Nextpeer and team to attract more users to Viber games and therefore improve discoverability on the platform, having recently released its own gaming service.
The tools of Nextpeer focus on making it possible for game developers to add social functions and multiplayer features to their mobile titles. The 12-person panel will all be kept as employees of Viber. The $9 million acquisition also implies that existing Nextpeer customers will be able to use new functionalities and tools that take advantage of the ecosystem of Viber.
The COO of Viber said that they are pleased to welcome the Nextpeer team to the Viber family. He expressed further that they considered Nextpeer as a team that shares the passion of Viber, drives ground-breaking thinking and also brings its know-how in building an open platform for developers as far as the deal is concerned.
This Nextpeer acquisition will bring social experiences to mobile players by helping them to connect on mobile and deliver a powerful social platform for developers.