Scopely Lures New Game Developers To Android

By John Gaudiosi ( - Mon, Mar 4, 2013

New mobile gaming company Scopely has inked its first five partner studios for its developer network. Double Fine, Big Cave Games, High Line Games, Rocket Jump Games and Zupcat Games are all on board to develop new games for smartphones and tablets.

Through its developer program, Scopely works with independent gaming studios to co-develop multiplayer games that leverage its platform for technology, distribution, marketing and monetization. Scopely’s team supports developers in every step of the process from development to distribution across multiple platforms, ensuring all games are optimized for success. This levels the playing field, allowing independent game developers to compete head-to-head against the largest game companies in the world in the battle for reach, revenue and users.

“Scopely allows developers to focus their talents and resources on building quality games,” said Walter Driver, co-founder and CEO, Scopely. “We get involved early in the development cycle, integrating social mechanics across each game, investing in marketing and cross-promotional opportunities with our existing user base and ultimately, launching games so they are poised for success. We work with the most dynamic developers and studios with quality IP and talent we believe in, allowing them to cut through the clutter of millions of apps and bring a successful game to market.”

The independent studios joining the Scopely Developer Network include:

Double Fine
An award-winning, independent game development studio founded in 2000 by games industry veteran Tim Schafer, Double Fine is committed to making high-quality games with an emphasis on originality, story, characters and fun. Located in San Francisco, Calif., Double Fine’s impressive games have also been recognized for a variety of awards including Psychonauts, Brutal Legend and The Cave. In 2012, Double Fine also set a Guinness World Record for raising over $3.3 million on Kickstarter for their upcoming adventure game.

Big Cave Games
Based in Dallas, Texas, the Big Cave team met while working on AAA console and PC titles (including the Call of Duty, Rage and Doom franchises). They are best known for their dungeon crawling action game, ORC: Vengeance.

High Line Games
Based in Brooklyn, N.Y., two of High Line’s founders met while working at Rockstar Games. They are best known for their popular word game, W.E.L.D.E.R., which has been a featured game in the Google Play Store and Amazon App Store.

Rocket Jump Games
Based in Wellington, New Zealand, Rocket Jump Games was founded by friends “chasing the dream of creative freedom.” They are best known for Major Mayhem, a rail shooter published by Adult Swim that was in the top 25 all-time user ranked games in the Google Play store.

ZupCat Games
Based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Zupcat is a team of approximately 25 developers and artists who are at the forefront of the South American social gaming industry. They are best known for their popular Facebook game Race Town, which was selected as a featured game in both Facebook’s AppCenter and Google’s social network, Orkut. ZupCat Games has over seven million downloads to date and has worked with clients such as Volkswagen, Cartoon Network, Fiat, Kraft Foods and MTV. ZupCat is backed by Kaszek Ventures, the leading VC firm in Latin America.