Scopely invests $50M in 3 European mobile game studios

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Scopely has invested $50 million in 3 European mobile game studios: Omnidrone, Pixel Toys, and Tag Games. These strategic investments assistance lengthy-term commitments to co-produce games, and it builds on Scopely’s tactic of partnering with talented mobile game makers and bringing their work to the widest audiences.

The Los Angeles-based Scopely is no stranger to huge bargains. In October, the organization raised $340 million at a $3.3 billion valuation, and the organization is typically viewed as to be positioning itself for an initial public providing. It also acquired FoxNext Games in January 2020. Sometimes, its investments lead to acquisitions.

Scopely can take games made by other developers and match them with huge licenses from intellectual home owners such as Marvel or Hasbro. And it has a big network of mobile game shoppers as nicely as seasoned user acquisition teams that can assistance the games spread substantially more quickly than if the developers have been on their personal.

Scopely’s huge games involve Marvel Strike Force, Scrabble Go, and Star Trek: Fleet Command.

Three amigos

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Omnidrone is based in Spain, Pixel Toys is in England, and Tag Games calls Scotland home. All 3 are working closely with Scopely on a quantity of in-development games across various genres.

The Barcelona-based Omnidrone is collaborating with Scopely on a but-to-be-announced midcore game, with more than one hundred Omnidrone workers working alongside a swiftly developing Scopely group in Barcelona. Omnidrone CEO Gerard Fernandez leads the studio. Prior to Omnidrone, Fernandez cofounded Microjocs, one of the initial businesses to produce and distribute mobile games in Spain. It was initial acquired by Digital Chocolate and later bought by Ubisoft. Omnidrone has 30 open positions.

Collaborating with Scopely on a unique but-to-be-announced midcore title, Pixel Toys is based in Leamington Spa, England, and it has created various award-winning titles, like Gunfinger, Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade, Drop Dead, and Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Realm War.

Pixel Toys was cofounded by CEO Andy Wafer and chief operating officer Alex Zoro. Together, they have led the studio for practically nine years, drawing upon their combined expertise and decades-lengthy careers spanning disciplines of game producing, like design and style and engineering, advertising, and distribution. Before joining Pixel Toys, Wafer held senior leadership roles at Codemasters and FreeStyleGames, which Zoro cofounded and served as a senior leader immediately after starting his profession with Rare.

The Dundee, Scotland-based studio Tag Games is co-making a new title that will additional expand Scopely’s massively multiplayer on the web tactic slate. The Tag Games group has worked with top publishers on more than 60 games considering the fact that its founding in 2006.

CEO Marc Williamson has been with Tag considering the fact that 2010, initial joining as head of production and studio manager. Before Tag, he grew his knowledge as a gaming entrepreneur, establishing two of his personal studios that delivered games for early touchscreen platforms and consoles like Sony’s PlayStation 2 and Nintendo’s Wii and DS systems.

The Scopely studio ecosystem

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Scopely is home to a studio ecosystem of game makers, co-making game experiences about the world. Scopely game teams involve solution leaders as nicely as internal studios and/or external companion studios (such as Omnidrone, Pixel Toys, and Tag Games) that collaborate with a what it claims is a exceptional single group method.

The organization tries to do away with standard boundaries involving developer and publisher, mentioned Scopely co-CEO Javier Ferreira in a previous interview with GamesBeat. The organization refers to these operating designs as the Scopely Operating System.

As component of the Scopely ecosystem, each internal and companion studios can advantage from Scopely’s publishing infrastructure, operating program, and proprietary technologies platform Playgami.

It delivers a variety of merchandise, enabling teams to produce games players really like and develop them as fantastic organizations. Scopely Studios involve Boundless Entertainment (formerly FoxNext Games), Genjoy, PierPlay, and Digit, amongst other folks, and companion studios at present span 4 continents with Omnidrone, Pixel Toys, and Tag Games as some of the newest members of the ecosystem.

Beyond its external companion studios, Scopely has a swiftly developing footprint in Europe, with more than 500 Europe-based workers across Barcelona, Dublin, London, and Seville. The organization also has a presence across Asia in Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo, and in the U.S. in Los Angeles and Boulder.

Scopely’s Scrabble Go, launched in March 2020, has surpassed $500 million in lifetime income. The organization was founded in 2011.


Originally appeared on: TheSpuzz

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