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Agora to Showcase Real-Time Engagement Solutions for Gamers at GDC 2019

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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Agora, the leading voice, video and live broadcasting platform, will showcase its ultra low latency real-time communication and engagement solutions for web, desktop, and mobile games at Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. From March 20-22, Agora team members will be on hand at Moscone Center, South Hall, Booth # P1633 to host live gaming demonstrations, share additional information, and answer questions about Agora’s gaming solutions, which are setting a new standard for the next generation of games unveiled at GDC.

Agora’s Software Defined Real-Time Network (SD-RTN™) is the first truly global network that utilizes advanced machine learning algorithms and 200 globally distributed data centers to deliver uninterrupted voice and video chat to gamers all across the world.

In addition to showcasing gaming use cases powered by its proprietary technology, Agora will host special partner and customer presentations at its booth:

March 20th at 11:00 AM PST, Selcuk Atli, Co-founder and CEO of Bunch, will share how he built the first group video chat app for mobile games with Agora’s Voice & Video SDK. Powered by Agora’s real-time engagement platform, Bunch lets people play their favorite mobile games with friends over group video chat—supporting up to eight simultaneous feeds with minimal battery drainage and slowdowns in gameplay, even for resource-intensive games like Fortnite and Minecraft.

March 20th at 1:00 PM PST, Or Ben Shimon, Founder and CEO of the groundbreaking video-based poker game Pokerface, will discuss the rise of embedded video chat and interaction in mobile games and the importance of scalability for game developers. Shimon will also discuss how group video chat can create an immersive in-game experience that boosts a game’s popularity, player retention, and stickiness.

Agora provides live video, voice, and live broadcasting solutions for a variety of industries, including eSports, entertainment, retail, telehealth, education and more, but the gaming sector’s rapid expansion in recent years has created higher demand for in-game engagement solutions like real-time voice and video chat. According to Newzoo, the global games market is expected to reach more than $180 billion in 2021.

“As the gaming sector becomes increasingly lucrative and social, especially in mobile, more developers are looking for new ways to boost in-game engagement and monetization without jeopardizing the player experience,” said Reggie Yativ, CRO & COO at Agora. “In response, we’ve released a variety of features that developers can integrate within hours and customize based on their games’ unique play style.”

Agora’s SDKs are optimized for gaming and allow game developers to embed high-quality voice, video, and live broadcasting functionality with minimal overhead and CPU usage. Agora’s gaming-focused features include group voice and video chat, chat rooms, 3-D spatial audio, sound and voice effects, live interactive broadcasting, AR/VR implementations, and more. In addition to supporting popular game engines like Unity (the SDK is available for download in the Unity Asset Store), Cocos2Dx, and Unreal, Agora also powers in-game voice and video for games like Vainglory, Gravy, Xiamoi Mi Combat, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Hello Ludo, MPL gaming, and many others.

Yativ continued, “As social engagement continues to play an increasingly larger role in the gaming industry and in maintaining player retention, Agora is committed to helping game developers across the world access reliable, high-quality live video audio, video streaming, and broadcasting solutions to take their games to the next level.”

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