Montreal, CANADA and Kunming, CHINA – May, 27th 2019 – Audiokinetic Inc., the leading global provider of cross-platform audio solutions for the interactive media and gaming industries, and Tencent Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Chinese tech company Tencent, today announce the beginning of a partnership that will bring Tencent Cloud’s Game Multimedia Engine (GME) to Audiokinetic’s Wwise audio engine. The companies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), and expect to finalize the agreement soon.
Connected real-time multiplayer experiences constitute today’s most popular games and have brought tremendous success to developers worldwide. As part of Audiokinetic’s commitment to solving creative and technological challenges, and Tencent Cloud’s mission to enhance user experience with innovations, this partnership will offer a solid infrastructure for accessible communication services for game developers. Studios of any size using Wwise will be able to easily leverage the GME one-stop, cross-platform voice solution, to delight players with more immersive, full-featured, connected multiplayer experiences.
Simon Ashby, Head of Product at Audiokinetic, and Jack Da, VP of Tencent Cloud, will be announcing this strategic partnership at the Tencent Global Digit Summit taking place on Wednesday May 22, 2019, in Kunming, China. Ashby will also be presenting a keynote speech where he will be talking about the future of interactive audio and the development of immersive experiences.
“We have been working with Tencent Games studios for many years, with now more than 100 Tencent Games projects that have either shipped or are in development using Wwise. The relationship we have built with Tencent Games studios, alongside Tencent Cloud’s expertise in cloud computing, makes them an obvious partner. We’re excited to work with them towards making connected communications a seamless integration for Wwise developers”, says Simon Ashby, Head of Product.
“GME provides multiplayer voice chat, voice messaging, voice-to-text conversion to 120 languages, and features such as 3D positional voice. It has been integrated into approximately 2000 games worldwide and has 200 million minutes of voice communication per day. Joining Audiokinetic’s Certified Partners Program, will bring our technology to developers around the world using Wwise, the global standard amongst interactive audio engines.” says Jack Da, VP of Tencent Cloud.
About Tencent Cloud
Tencent Cloud is one of the leading cloud service providers in China. Owned by Tencent (SEHK: 700), Tencent Cloud is focused on developing cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies for accelerating enterprise digital transformation and for building intelligent industries.
Leveraging Tencent's 20 years of experience in cutting-edge Internet technologies and services and its robust global data center infrastructure, Tencent Cloud provides industry-leading cloud services covering IaaS, PaaS and SaaS, and is a one-stop service provider for enterprises seeking to adopt public cloud, hybrid cloud and private cloud. Combing advanced AI capabilities, big-data analytics, security and location based services (LBS), Tencent Cloud provides customized solutions for gaming, finance, retail, e-commerce, healthcare, transportation and other industries, with its vision to connect businesses to a smart future.
Audiokinetic sets new standards in audio production for interactive media and games. The company’s middleware solutions, including the award-winning Wwise® and SoundSeed®, empower sound designers and audio programmers with a cost effective, comprehensive authoring tool and audio engine for creating innovative interactive experiences. Audiokinetic is headquartered in Montréal, QC, Canada, has a subsidiary in Tokyo, Japan, an office in China, and Product Experts in Europe. www.audiokinetic.com
For more information:
Audiokinetic media contact:
Nour Al Hammoud, Director of Marketing
+1 514 499-9100 Ext: 236
Tencent Cloud media contact:
Portia Huang, Director of Global Communications
+852 3148 5100 Ext. 50740