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Tribe combines arcade games with group video chat

Tribe combines arcade games with group video chat
From TechCrunch - April 9, 2018

Sick of chatting but want to stay connected? Tribes app lets you play clones of Space Invaders, Flappy Bird, Fruit Ninja, Name That Tune and more while video chatting with up to seven friends or strangers. Originally a video messaging app, Tribefailed to gain traction in the face of Snapchat and Facebook Messenger. But thanks to a $3 million funding round led by Kleiner Perkins in June, Tribe had the runway to pivot into video chat gaming that could prove popular, even if not in its app.

As we all know, Messaging is a super-crowded area, says Tribe co-founder Cyril Paglino. If you look closely, very few communication products have been blowing up in the past three years. Now, he says were building a Social Game Boy.'

A former breakdancer, Paglino formed his team in France before renting a hacker house and moving to San Francisco. They saw traction in late 2016, hitting 500,000 downloads. Tribes most innovative feature was speech recognition that could turn a mention of coffee into a pre-made calendar request, a celebritys name into a link to their social media accounts, locations into maps and even offer Spotify links to songs playing in the background.

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