Overwolf, a software company specializing in developing in-game overlay products that bring advanced social functionality to online gamers, is collaborating with Intel to help make PC games playable on new Windows tablets. A fully functional demo was introduced to the public during Game Developers Conference (GDC 2012) at the Intel booth. The public launch of the product is expected later this year.
“We found it frustrating that while tablets can technically run games smoothly, many games aren’t playable because they’re designed to be played using a mouse and a keyboard, and not a touch interface,” said Uri Marchand, CEO of Overwolf. “In the near future, owners of Intel Atom processor-based Windows tablets will be able play PC games they install on their machine, after installing Overwolf. We feel that this will have a huge impact on tablet purchasing decisions made by gamers.”
“We’re committed to delivering industry leading compute performance on our Intel Atom processor platforms to provide the very best gaming experience on tablets,” said René Torres, Director of Marketing, Mobile Communications Group at Intel. “Overwolf’s technology introduces a sleek and flexible solution that provides a great gaming experience in multiple gaming genres and truly brings PC gaming to tablets in a whole new way.”
Besides being able to play the games, the user will also be able enjoy Overwolf’s in-game social features that include content creation, social network connectivity including Facebook and Twitter, communications including Skype and TeamSpeak and more.
Founded in 2010, Overwolf is based in Tel-Aviv Israel and focused on connecting game worlds with the social world. The company’s first product, a software overlay client called the Overwolf Client, allows users and game publishers to add a rich layer of functionality to any game without touching a line of game code. It allows users to communicate, easily share game experiences with friends and get instant access to web resources from within the game. For game publishers, Overwolf is a tool to effortlessly integrate social media within their games, boost virality and reduce user acquisition costs.