The streaming retro video game subscription service, Antstream Arcade, has struck up a deal with Bandai Namco Entertainment to deliver its library of classic retro titles, including Pac-Man, Galaga, and Dig Dug to gamers across the globe.
Under the new partnership, 27 Bandai Namco Entertainment titles will be added to Antstream’s already expansive library of more than 1,000 fully licensed retro games. The new suite of Bandai games will be joining the likes of Space Invaders, Asteroids, and Double Dragon on the platform.
All games on Antstream Arcade’s platform are streamable over any 4G connection or better, and available on almost any device, for the cost of a single flat monthly subscription.
Steve Cottam, CEO of Antstream, said: “Having grown up playing games like Pac-Man, to be able to announce that we are partnering with Bandai Namco Entertainment is hugely exciting. No library of classic retro games would be complete without Bandai Namco Entertainment’s portfolio, and we could not be happier to be able to bring these games, and many more, to our thousands of players worldwide – along with new challenger modes and tournaments, updating them for a modern audience.”
Yutaka Fuse, Pac-Man room manager of Bandai Namco Entertainment, said: “Antstream Arcade is the ideal partner for Bandai Namco Entertainment to bring its many classic games to both existing fans and new players.
“It underscores the potential of streaming games as an important part of the future of gaming in allowing players to instantly access a vast library of titles easily and legally, including many hidden gems of gaming history that may have been harder to play for the global network of retro gamers.”
Bandai joins Antstream’s long list of licensing partners such as Taito, SNK and Atari in providing their catalog of games to its expanding library of classics and curios. In addition to providing gaming rights holders an additional revenue stream from the use of their content, Antstream also provides a wealth of gameplay data to rights holders that want to know how their games are being played, by who and for how long so they can decide how to shape their franchises for audiences in the future.
Thanks to Antstream Arcade’s streaming technology all of these games can be played on TVs, laptops, desktops, tablets and of course mobile phones – bringing more iconic games to a wider audience than any platform ever before.