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YouTube testing the waters for Flash-based game demos
YouTube testing the waters for Flash-based game demos
May 19, 2014 | By Alex Wawro

Newsbrief: Social game company Kabam is hosting a preview version of its upcoming free-to-play Flash game Blades of Excalibur on YouTube, suggesting that Google's video platform has added web game host to its growing list of functions.

Creative developers have used YouTube's annotation feature to create choose-your-own-adventure video games on the platform for years, but Blades of Excalibur is a bit different -- it's a real-time action Flash game running on a YouTube page.

The preview version is a simple side-scrolling beat-em-up with keyboard controls in which you can either play through a simple single-player story mode or fight other players in real-time via an arena mode.

The full game, which is actually a localized version of the Chinese F2P web game Three Kingdoms Action, will be released in the U.S. sometime next month as part of Kabam's initiative to fund foreign developers of popular games who wish to bring their work to Western markets.

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Peter Eisenmann
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Wow! I've played a lot of primitive button-smashers before, but this.... is one of them :)

Stephen Horn
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I'm surprised and a little disappointed that Google didn't use an HTML5 game, first.

Israel Lazo
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cuz flash rocks

Gregory Booth
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The fact that HTML5 wasn't used speaks for itself.

Gregory Booth
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AS3 rocks.
AIR and Flash rock.

Brad Borne
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Um, can we get a little more information about this? Can I go upload a Flash game to YouTube right now?

Egri Alexandru
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That's something i am very interested as well

Andreas Ahlborn
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swf was always a no-no for youtube. I wonder why they try this when everyone and his grandma is proclaiming flash is dead.

@Brad: I already did a research. can`t find any thing concrete on how to implement this. Seems to be a sneaky alpha-test or sth.

If anyone has details please post them.