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Jackbox Games wants to take family game night online

October 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Jackbox Games likes to think of itself as the 21st century version of such legacy games as Operation, Connect Four and the Game of Life.

New York (CNN Business)Jackbox Games likes to think of itself as the 21st century version of such legacy games as Operation, Connect Four and the Game of Life.

Friends can call each other on Skype or Zoom and screen share their copy of Jackbox on the PC, as other friends join the game remotely.

In an age where it can be hard to play board games with anyone outside your own home, many have turned to Jackbox Games.

Jackbox is close to doubling its player base this year to 200 million, compared with 100 million in 2019, Bilder told CNN Business.

Families have taken to chronicling their Jackbox game nights on their Instagram stories.

Like other games such as Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Among Us and Fall Guys, Jackbox doesn't require speedy reaction times or controlled muscle memory to power through.

Only one player needs to own the game for a party to play.

Jackbox just released the Party Pack 7, which CNN Business was able to try out early.

Jackbox releases a new party pack every year, each with proven hit games like Quiplash, plus a few experimental ones.

"Some people don't like presentation games," Bilder conceded.

But if half the people do, and if everybody loves a few of the games in the pack, then they feel very justified in their purchase. "

It said it will have player data in a few months to help decide what games make it in next year's release.

Jackbox has seen its player base increase 500% to 1,000% month-over-month since the quarantine began in March, as 110 million people played the games within the first three months of quarantine, the company told CNN Business.

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