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- Microsoft announces a partnership with cloud gaming provider Boosteroid to bring more games to more players around the world
Through a new 10-year agreement to support Boosteroid's leading Ukrainian software development team, Microsoft will bring Xbox games for PC, as well as Activision Blizzard titles, including "Call of Duty," to the independent provider. world's largest cloud gaming
KIEV, Ukraine, and REDMOND, Wash., March 14, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. and Boosteroid announced a 10-year agreement Tuesday to bring Xbox PC gaming to the cloud gaming platform of Boosteroid. Boosteroid, which has its software development team in Ukraine, recently surpassed 4 million users worldwide and has become the world's largest independent cloud gaming provider. The deal will also allow Activision Blizzard PC titles to be streamed by Boosteroid customers after Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard closes.
When combined with other partnerships recently announced by Microsoft, this means popular franchises like "Call of Duty" will surpass more than 150 million additional players and make games made by Xbox Game Studios, Bethesda and Activision Blizzard playable. across multiple cloud gaming services and subscriptions.
"We believe in the power of games to bring people together. That's why Xbox is committed to giving everyone more ways to play their favorite games, across all devices," said Phil Spencer, CEO of Gaming, Microsoft. "Bringing Xbox games for PC to Boosteroid members, including Activision Blizzard titles like 'Call of Duty' once the deal closes, is yet another step in making that vision a reality."
"Boosteroid shares Microsoft's vision of bringing games to as many people, places, and platforms as possible. Our goal has long been to give gamers the opportunity to enjoy their favorite titles on whatever device is at hand," he explained. Ivan Shvaichenko, CEO of Boosteroid. "Today's announcement is another step in this direction. Additionally, with our Ukraine-based development team, we appreciate Microsoft's continued commitment to Ukraine, and we will work together on an initiative that supports our local game development community." to invest more in the economic recovery of the country".
Boosteroid has been in business since 2017 and has its research and development operations in the Ukraine, with headquarters primarily in Kyiv and Kharkiv. Despite having two offices in Kharkiv damaged by Russian missile attacks, the company has continued to innovate and grow during the past 13 months of war. Since early 2023 alone, it has announced new steps to bring additional cloud-based gaming services to Macs, Chromebooks, Android set-top boxes, and LG TVs. It offers cloud game streaming through dedicated and browser-based apps, including for Windows, Linux, Android, Android TV, and macOS.
"Microsoft's partnership with Boosteroid is welcome news and further proof of the company's continued support for Ukraine," said Mykhailo Fedorov, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine. "Boosteroid's Ukrainian development team has built a world-class streaming platform under the most challenging circumstances and demonstrates the ingenuity and creativity of our citizens and local game developers."
In addition to Ukraine itself, Boosteroid now serves players in the United States, the United Kingdom, and European Union countries. It operates through data center operations located in six US states, including Microsoft's home state of Washington, as well as the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Slovakia, Romania, Ukraine and Serbia.
The gaming community is a vibrant part of the Ukrainian software ecosystem. Microsoft recently added Ukrainian language support to the Xbox console dashboard, PC, and mobile apps. In the spring of 2023, Microsoft will launch PC Game Pass in Ukraine.
"This partnership builds on the $430 million in technology and financial assistance we have provided to Ukraine since Russia's illegal invasion, and exemplifies the steps we will continue to take to support Ukraine's 160,000 software developers," said Brad Smith. , vice president and president of Microsoft. "It also builds on our recent agreements with Nintendo and NVIDIA, making it even clearer to regulators that our acquisition of Activision Blizzard will make Call of Duty available on many more devices than ever before."
Boosteroid is the world's largest independent cloud gaming provider enabling one-click access to PC gaming across all devices and platforms. With Boosteroid, users run games they own on almost any PC, laptop, smartphone, or smart TV. Boosteroid provides a high-end remote gaming desktop where games are rendered and then streamed to the user's device over the Internet. To do this, Boosteroid uses custom hardware designed together with leading technology companies like ASUS and Intel. Boosteroid's GPU infrastructure is located across Europe in 12 data centers in the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Romania, Serbia, Sweden, Slovakia and Ukraine; and in the United States in six data centers in different states. Such a vast server network allows Boosteroid to deliver low-latency cloud gaming to millions of users around the world.
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