Streamlined Integration Gives Studios, Creators and Developers Access to Kidas’ Best-in-Class Safety Technologies
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – February 28, 2023 – Kidas (“the Company”), a technology solutions company focused on developing anti-cyberbullying and predator protection software for online gaming platforms, today announced that its proprietary, AI-powered text and voice communication software, ProtectMe, which protects children from online threats during PC gaming, is now offered on Overwolf, the all-in-one platform that enables creators to build, share, and monetize in-game apps, mods, and private servers. The software’s addition gives studios, creators and developers access to Kidas’ best-in-class safety technologies and allows for streamlined integration into more than 1,500 games hosted on Overwolf.
“Overwolf invested in Kidas as part of our strategy to take a more proactive approach to protect gamers from serious online threats, including cyberbullying and hate speech. We have a responsibility to collectively ensure a safe gaming experience for players of all ages and I’m proud that the 35 million gamers that use the Overwolf platform will now have access to the most advanced safety tools available to protect youth while gaming,” said Uri Marchand, Overwolf’s CEO and Co-Founder, as well as a Kidas Advisory Board member.
Sixty percent of young gamers aged 13 to 17 (14 million people) have experienced some form of harassment in online multiplayer games. Over 25 percent of these gamers stopped playing these games permanently, and a third of the gamers purposely changed how they play to avoid abuse, including refraining from using voice chat and / or altering their usernames. Voice chat specifically is notorious for being a significant focus of in-game abuse.
Kidas’ ProtectMe software analyzes in-game voice communication, text and chat activity and screen time on PC games and apps, silently integrating into hundreds of popular games and monitoring for predatory actions and privacy concerns. Custom weekly, monthly and, if needed, daily reports are generated for parents, letting them know if their children encountered threats, along with recommendations on how to handle them.
“As one of the most recognized game modification platforms in the world and the leading in-game user-generated content platform covering mods, apps and private servers, Overwolf shares an important mission with Kidas – ensuring that all children everywhere can enjoy video games and embrace their benefits while having a safe, positive and healthy experience,” added Ron Kerbs, Kidas’ Founder and CEO. “Our partnership with Overwolf marks another important step to making sure that these protective guardrails are more readily available and accessible across the entire gaming ecosystem.”
Kidas is a technology solutions company focused on developing anti-cyberbullying and predator protection software for online gaming platforms. Hyper-focused on protecting young players, Kidas equips parents, guardians and educators with the tools that they need to manage the inherent risks that persist through online anonymity and shield their children from online predators and other toxic behaviors while they game. Through software that analyzes in-game voice, text activity and screen time on PC games and apps, Kidas silently integrates into hundreds of game titles and monitors for predatory actions or privacy concerns that may arise. Custom weekly reports are generated and emailed to parents letting them know if their child came in contact with such threats. For more information, visit www.getkidas.com.
Overwolf is the guild for in-game creators. With over 1,500 games supported, 165,000 creators, and 35 million monthly active users, Overwolf is the all-in-one platform that enables creators to build, distribute, and monetize in-game apps, mods, and private servers. Built for creators by creators, Overwolf is on a mission to unite the in-game creator community and empower them to make a living doing what they love – developing truly awesome gaming experiences. In 2022, Overwolf paid over $160 million to in-game creators. Based in Tel Aviv, Overwolf has raised over $150 million to date from investors including Andreessen Horowitz, Griffin Gaming Partners, Insight Partners, and others.