Arkadium: Growth seen in its Windows 8 game downloads

If you own a PC with Windows 8 installed, it's likely that you have played a game on the Modern UI made by Arkadium. The company has developed the Windows 8 versions of classic Microsoft desktop games like Minesweeper and Solitaire, among other titles.

In a new press release, Arkadium claims to have seen growth in its games released for the Windows 8 platform in 2013. While it didn't offer any specific downloads or sales numbers, it did say it has seen "increased downloads and game plays each month." It added that June 2013 saw "the largest uptake in Windows 8 games than any other month this year." The company's CEO Kenny Rosenblatt added:

In our games alone, there was an increase of over 35% from January to April for active users and daily sessions, so it’s clear that we’re seeing traction.

Arkadium also said that top selling Windows 8 games from the Windows Store spend about 19 days in the top download positions compared to high selling games for the iOS platform, which the company claims only stick around for seven days in the top slots.

Rosenblatt believes there still some issues that are preventing even more sales of Windows 8 games and one of them is a solid analytics tool for app developers. Arkadium is now in the process of creating such a tool and is even inviting other app developers to test out their analytics program in a closed beta program.

Source: Arkadium | Image via Microsoft

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So, they have these "daily challenges" in their games...where you have to play a game and meet certain goals to go through some rankings...

What's ridiculous about this is that you can only go back and play games from the current month. Apparently you used to be able to go back to prior months, but at some point this has been taken out (that was before I got my tablet; I'm only repeating complains I've been reading in some forums).

Oh, and their playing a full-screen video ad before everything single freakin' game is highly annoying--makes me want even *less* to buy it, which is probably the opposite of the intended effect...

You've got at least 30 days to complete the challenges, surely you could do it in that amount of time?

I don't ever recall being able to go back to a previous month either. From memory, you weren't ever able to do it.

The ads are annoying I'll grant you that, but at least they're not 1:30 minutes long anymore. 15 seconds is hardly a major drama when you see it usually once per daily challenges session.

Ideas Man said,
You've got at least 30 days to complete the challenges, surely you could do it in that amount of time?

I don't ever recall being able to go back to a previous month either. From memory, you weren't ever able to do it.

The ads are annoying I'll grant you that, but at least they're not 1:30 minutes long anymore. 15 seconds is hardly a major drama when you see it usually once per daily challenges session.

Yeah, I can do that within a month without any problem, I'd just like to go back to the previous months to do the additional challenges I never played because I only got my Surface a month or two ago. According to forum posts I've seen, you used to be able to do that--I've never seen it myself.

The ads I'm seeing are typically 30 seconds, not 15.