NEW DELHI: Mobile communications platform Viber has announced that it has launched Viber Games on Thursday, the company said in a statement.
Viber has partnered with leading game developers to bring gaming to the platform featuring Viber characters and exclusive content.
Initially the the game released in Belarus, Malaysia, Israel, Singapore and the Ukraine late last year to test the response. Viber Games is now available worldwide.
'Viber Games is the latest feature in our ongoing enhancement of the Viber platform,' said Michael Shmilov, Viber's COO.
'Whether users are bragging about their achievements, sending gifts or simply checking out what their friends are playing, Viber Games is another engaging way for people to connect within the app.'
The launch line-up features Viber Candy Mania and Viber Pop from leading mobile game network Storm8 and Wild Luck Casino from leading casual games developer, Playtika.
The games were built using a new private API that allows users to sign in with their Viber ID to connect with their friends and contacts on Viber, send them gifts and brag about their achievements.
'As a pioneering leader in mobile social games, we're committed to partnering with companies that expand our reach and provide innovative player experiences,' said Terence Fung, Storm8 Chief Strategy Officer.
Users will also be able to send game invites via Viber, and see what games their friends are currently playing.
Games will feature many of the characters that have already become popular staples of Viber's Sticker Market.
'This partnership opens up a new channel for Playtika to introduce our world-renowned social slots to Viber users via a new game we developed specifically for Viber - Wild Luck Casino,' said Elad Kushnir, VP of Business Development at Playtika.
The games will be promoted in the Games section on Viber and will be free to download via Google Play and the App Store.
Three games are currently available, with more to follow in the coming months, the company said.
Viber Candy Mania by Storm8 - Sweeten your day with a delightful new game! Follow Viber's popular sticker characters Violet and Legcat through the levels, as you match and collect candies in this sugar-filled puzzle adventure.
Viber Pop by Storm8 - The best bubble puzzle adventure game yet! Defeat the Evil Bubble Wizard and rescue little buddies. And, for the first time ever, you can play with your favorite Viber character, Legcat!
Wild Luck Casino by Playtika - From the makers of Slotomania, an authentic slots experience is at your fingertips with an exciting range of games to choose from. Play with your friends to win free coins and prizes, then share the good vibes by sending gifts.