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|Division of RealNetworks|
|[[Video games (Casual games)]]|
|Online and offline video game development, publication and distribution|
History[edit | edit source]
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). In 2004, GameHouse was acquired by RealNetworks for $14.6 million cash and about 3.3 million RNWK shares, then estimated at $21 million.
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 is expected to complete by the end of this year.
RealArcade formerly is a casual gaming service run by RealNetworks that sells casual style computer games to individual users. Its purpose is to let users download demo versions of games, and optionally buy the full versions.
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
Sales model[edit | edit source]
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. As of November 2009, GameHouse (A subsidiary of RealArcade)(offers full versions of select games chosen by GameHouse, which are supported by in-game advertising.
Developed games[edit | edit source]
- Ancient Secrets
- Adventure Inlay
- Bounce Out Blitz
- Collapse!, the series
- Delicious, the series
- Diamond Detective
- EcoRescue: Project Rainforest
- Feeding Frenzy
- GameHouse Gem Drop
- Gold Rush Treasure Hunt
- Jewel Match
- Super JigSaw
- Super Jigsaw Medley
- Little Shop of Treasures
- Magic Vines
- Marooned (game)
- Pastry Passion
- Rainforest Adventure
- Rainforest Cascade
- Shape Shifter
- GameHouse Sudoku!
- Sunset Studio (game)
- Sunset Studio 2: Love on the High Seas
- Super Glinx!
- Super Nisqually
- Super PileUp!
- Tap a Jam
- Word Slinger
- SCRABBLE Journey
- Neptune's Secret
- Snapshot Adventures'
- Fashion Fits
- Vogue Tales
References[edit | edit source]
- RealArcade announces Gamehouse Merger. Retrieved on 2009-11-6
- PC Magazine Reviews: RealArcade (2001-01-08). Retrieved on 2008-12-14
- GamePass by RealArcade. Retrieved on 2008-12-14
- Free Games at Gamehouse. Retrieved on 2009-11-6