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Paltalk Buys Up Camfrog for Asian Expansion

Video chat firm Paltalk, which provides software and for large-scale, multi-user video chat sessions, has acquired Camfrog, another video chat provider with a large user base in Asia-Pacific. The combination of the two companies will make Paltalk one of the largest overall providers of video chat software in the world.

The acquisition will pretty substantially grow Paltalk’s user base, as Camfrog has been downloaded more than 60 million times over the past five years, making it one of Download.com’s top 10 most downloaded applications during that time. Camfrog is particularly popular in Asia-Pacific, in markets such as China, South Korea, Thailand and the Philippines. Added those users will give Paltalk a total of 12 million active users around the world.

But while the applications look “remarkably similar” to the user, according to Paltalk CEO Jason Katz, whom I spoke with via phone, there are significant differences both in implementation and strategy. For one thing, while Paltalk operates and routes all video and voice communications over its own servers and network infrastructure, while Camfrog enables users to license the technology and locally host their own video chats. Katz said that Camfrog offloads all its network bandwidth to the user and doesn’t host any video on its own.

Camfrog has also localized its application for multiple foreign markets, something that Paltalk has not yet done (but plans to do before the end of the year). The result has been aggressive takeup of the application, particularly in the Far East.

While there are no expectations that Paltalk will integrate the two technologies in the near-term, Katz said that he believes “video conferencing is video conferencing” and that the company would like to have a standard that would allow Paltalk and Camfrog customers to chat with each other. “We would love to integrate them so that the communities are connected,” Katz said.

Camfrog was founded in 2003, is profitable and “has been for some time,” according to Katz. But the acquisition will enable Paltalk to bring some of its own scale to the equation and could allow it to better monetize the larger user base between the two firms. That could include packaging other software with Camfrog installations, or integrating its Vumber virtual phone service into Camfrog.

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13 Responses to “Paltalk Buys Up Camfrog for Asian Expansion”

  1. After being a member of Paltalk for more then 10 years, and having checked and testes at least a dozen other communication programs in alpha and beta -versions, I still have to say Paltalk is top.

    Camfrog is nice and ok and it will go it`s way for sure, in case it is good enough to survive on it`s own…

    Everyone has to realize that there is NOTHING for FREE in the Internet. Staff costs money and so do the servers etc etc. and we all pay for this, be it via multiple advertizements or via a paid membership.

    Even McDonalds asks for money for it`s Big Macs.

    One might not like a specific program, I did not like Camfrog very much for example, but it`s ok, and as Boaz Frankel commented in here … there is excellent possibilities now be it for Camfrog or Paltalk globaly seen.

  2. verry great
    since paltalk have the fingers in camfrog is corruption inside! rooms cant grow anymore,grooms go ban without statement and only 2 rooms can do what he want.all rooms who stay thais inside,isnt important if is in philippine or chinazone he setting password or force the user to go invisible online. the reason about, bec when he show up in the roomcharts he go ban righ the way. bans can be notice easyly on rooms who run already vol..2…3..4… rooms.is really right now so unfair to ordinary guys who have there rooms.in camfrog times, i was play a room more then 1,5years without any prob,but since 1 year ago i had 42 room bans. on this way i will say so much thx to paltalk.but i think i will start to make complane over customercare. it cant be, one big buy all and then all go broken. what ever you do as ordinary person isnt accept and when you complane you never get any answer from any staff. i really hope if i get answer about this comment to my email to see what paltalk have to say.a few big heads from camfrog tould me already if there the corruption is working well and many times was buy from big rooms 500$ to ban a room. thats one reason for ban connection to guys from there and jealouse about user!!! same i get many times messages from persons there who tould me if there the big rooms pay for have feedom and no bans. i really hope so much if one of the staff from paltalk see this comment and hope so much if this comment is display here!

    • nldjbassie

      hello ben if you stil use camfrog ad nldjbassie and we will talk about this, i can say me finaly talking with admin from camfrog and they are open for a good talk about what is going on, me say also that they need to have more respect for the people that here on camfrog for like me 7 years and we make camfrog big all hard working operators and owners , and now they not listen to us but time change and rules need to change to. so ad me and combine then we get stronger to say the true

  3. Well I have been using the pal talk and finding out there was a 16 year old girl who has been there since she was 14 or before bothers me since she says on her profile she is 22. I went to the help rooms and said what was going on. They said the room owners were in control and tell them. I told the room owners and they took action they banned ME from the rooms. I send this to help to pal talk and they did NOTHING. I will place this here and then send a message to the Dallas Paper who busted yahoo since the owners and their reps wont do anything but ignore the problem. I know one person so how many others are doing this and the company ignores the complaints/cares.

  4. DREAM ON , DO YOU REALY THINK PALTALK BOUGHT OUT CAMFROG TO HELP ROOM OWNERS WHEN THEY RENT OUT MAX 1000 USER ROOMS FOR AROUND $1300 A MONTH OR $13,218 A YEAR !! AND THE MEBERSHIP FEE S RANGE FROM $40 FOR CRAP VIDEO TO $140 FOR CAMFROG QUALITY . AND THATS EACH YEAR NOT A ONE OFF .
    I DONT THINK SO !! AFRAID THE DAYS OF ALL FREE WILL BE GONE AND IF SOMONE HAD RUN CAMFROG WITH SOME KIND OF IDEA ( IE GET RID OF ALL THE PERVS ONCE AND FOR ALL) PEOPLE WOULD STILL USE IT AND PAY A FEE

  5. If Paltalk is smart, they need to look at the security of camfrog and all the coding for the room owner. Camfrog security is the worst. The worst security code ever in camfrog. Paltalk need to re-write the code to protect the sole owner of the room. Paltalk should consider looking at a more tougher coding on their security for room owner who hosted their own room. Camfrog have so many open error in their security coding which need to be look at.

  6. In some form I believe Camfrog will still be out there as it is now. There are many who assisted the Company in its software. The client, the server, the bots, all that stuff. I joined up about 6 or 7 months after Camfrog first went online. If Paltalk was smart they would incorporate the 3 things that Camfrog has a huge lead in. The video quality, the sound quality, and also user provided dedicated servers. Security issues and help issues Paltalk controls that better. One of the first thing I can see is a crack down on the pervs which has always been an issue on Camfrog.

    • bertjansen

      sorry camfrog is strong in ” quality of what , there own servers are last time in 30 days not one day without not go offline, i remember last months that the own camfrog rooms where off for 3 days ” MY WORDS ARE WHEN COMPANY’S NOT PUT MONEY ON THE FIRST PLACE BUT SERVICE, CAMFROG HAS A VERRY BAD ONE WAY SERVICE AND ONLY THINK MONEY MONEY MONEY

  7. i personally think this is a complete disaster for camfrog, I have used paltalk and think its rubbish to be fair if camfrog changes to paltalk then myself and many others will be looking for an alternative chat programme. a lot of the people on camfrog have used paltalk and have deleted paltalk in favour of camfrog.

  8. Boaz H Frankel

    Now that Paltalk has expanded to China and other countries, now would be the time to re create the Paltalk News Network and have a news service that crosses borders between the free media services and government controlled news services.