RealNetworks and Mattel sign multi-year agreement for casual games development

mattel real RealNetworks and Mattel sign multi year agreement for casual games developmentRealNetworks, Inc. announced today an agreement with Mattel, Inc. to develop, publish and distribute Scrabble, UNO and several Mattel game titles for downloadable PC and online play throughout the world (excluding the U.S. and Canada for Scrabble).

Mattel selected Real for its strong casual games development team and distribution channel. Real has developed some of the industry’s most popular casual game titles, including award-winners like Super Collapse and South Park 10: The Game, and develops major brand titles on a global level via its design studios GameHouse and Zylom.

According to the Casual Games Association, more than 200 million people worldwide play casual games via the Internet – with the casual gaming industry expected to reach $1.5 billion by 2008. With this growing market and demand, there is great opportunity for both Real and Mattel to bring the fun and enjoyment of classic board games online.

The first game titles of this partnership are expected to come out in mid- 2008.