Volley Obtains Exclusive License to Jeopardy and All Sony Pictures Television Voice Games
Voice game developer Volley has acquired the exclusive licensing rights to “Jeopardy!” and the entire stable of voice acting games from Sony Pictures Television for an undisclosed sum. The list includes games based on TV shows like “Wheel of Fortune”, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” and “Pyramid”. and comes on the heels of Volley’s multimillion-dollar purchase of “question of the day” creator Matchbox.io last month.
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“Peril! is already popular, as is Millionaire, and we’re excited to expand the audience for them and the other games,” Volley CEO Max Child told Voicebot in an interview.
The deal brings the number of people playing Volleyball games to tens of millions and makes the startup the largest voice game developer, according to the company. Volley’s efforts in the six years since the launch of the hit voice game Song Quiz reflect this vision of voice game ascendancy. This is especially true for licensed games, as Volley already counted “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” and “The Price Is Right”, among its vocal games through partnerships with the respective producers of those TV shows. All four games are playable with Alexa and “Jeopardy!” and “Who wants to be a millionaire?” are also accessible with Google Assistant.
“At SPT, we’ve been invested in creating voice-acting games from the beginning,” SOT’s executive vice president for game shows Suzanne Prete said in a statement. “Over the years, through Amazon Alexa and other platforms, our games have reached millions of people. Now we’re excited to work with Volley to reach an even greater scale.
Volley’s voice-playing game collection also includes a few original titles, including those picked up from Matchbox and those added last year when it acquired game studio Voxion and its smartphone connection technology. Volleyball games are all voice-based, but several offer multi-modal interactions via smart display screens. Volley released the Google Assistant puzzle game Magic Word last year, which combines audio and visual clues like GIFs and music. Sony games also have their own optional visuals for those playing on devices with a screen.
“Trivia is a clear winner for voice games, but we are exploring many opportunities in voice games,” Child said. “We’re thinking about more games on screen as well as more games that make sense on voice platforms. “Voice is a major market for games and it’s growing.”
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