Leading Retro Arcade Platform partners with Irem and Tozai Games to add arcade classics to the world’s largest free-to-play library of games – European Gaming Industry News

Leading Retro Arcade Platform partners with Irem and Tozai Games to add arcade classics to the world’s largest free-to-play library of games


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New titles added to Antstream Arcade include R-Type, Lode Runner, Spelunker, Kung-Fu Master and 10-yard Fight.

Leading Retro Arcade gaming platform Antstream Arcade has today announced a deal with video game publisher Irem, which will see dozens of iconic hits from the arcade era added to Antstream’s already world leading library of games.

Arcade hits originally produced by Tozai Games’ Co-founder and current Executive Producer Scott Tsumura, including legendary American football game 10-yard Fight, platformers like Lode Runner and Spelunker and beat ’em up Kung-Fu Master will be added to the Arcade gaming platform in the coming months. They join Antstream Arcade’s library of over 1300  free-to-play iconic games alongside Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Start Wars and Mortal Kombat.

Players will be able to enjoy Irem classics in new ways, with daily challenges, tournaments, and Antstream’s new “Giant Slayer” feature – where players can challenge the global Antstream community of players to beat their high score in a game of their choice. These features bring the joy of the Arcade to the modern casual gaming audience.

This deal follows Antstream Arcade’s recent partnership with D4 Enterprise to secure exclusive licensing rights to a sizable suite of retro MSX games, further cementing Antstream’s position as the definitive home of casual and retro gaming.

On the partnership, Steve Cottam, CEO of Antstream said: “Irem has an important place in gaming as a developer of stand-out retro games and hardware, not just in Japan but internationally. The inclusion of over 20 Irem titles on the Antstream Arcade platform is an important addition to what is already the world’s largest library of fully playable video games, and brings us one step closer to our goal of preserving these pieces of gaming history in a way that is accessible. We’re excited to work with Irem Software Engineering to bring these games to fans both old and new around the world.”

“I’m very excited to see the titles I produced at Irem so long ago on the Antstream Platform”, said Scott Tsumura, co-founder and Executive Producer at Tozai Games.  “I’m very happy to know new generations of gamers will have a chance to experience these originals”, added Tsumura.

Antstream Arcade boasts the largest library of games on any cloud gaming service, with over 1100 titles available. Thanks to the streaming service offered by Antstream’s cloud gaming platform, gamers can play as much as they want without downloads or needing to pay due to Antstream’s freemium tier of membership. An ad-free premium tier is available from £7.99 per month.

Author: Paula Allen