This article is part of the weekly “This Week in Games” article-series on Nordic Game Bits. The purpose of the series is to collect and wrap-up all the news that we did not cover with a full article on NordicGameBits form the past weeks.
Mag Interactive acquires UK gaming studio
With well over 75 million downloads on games such as Ruzzle, Swedish Mag Interactive, is among the leaders in the mobile games market. This week, they announced that they had acquired UK gaming studio, Delinquent Interactive. When the studio was founded back in 2014, Mag Interactive was one of the early investors, so the acquisition doesn’t come as a huge surprise. The next game to come out of the UK office will be a match-3 game called Potion Pop, and with the new, larger, Mag Interactive, more rapid releases of games can be expected in the near future as well.
With the renewed, force, Mag Interactive now employs over 50 people.
Supercell shuts down development of Smash Land
Supercell operates 3 mobile games that all mingle in the top-10 grossing lists on both Android and iOS. As such, expectations from every corner of the games industry are increasingly high. Because what will the fourth smash-hit game be? Well, it won’t be Smash Land.
Finnish Supercell shut down the development of Smash Land earlier this week, announcing that the game failed to live up to expectations.
“Despite its popularity and positive feedback from players, it was proving difficult to reach the high standards set by our other games. We did not want to continue for the sake of continuing as that is not the Supercell way.”, an official forum post reads.
Danish Serious Games Interactive releases learning game “Playing History: Vikings”
Danish studio Serious Games Interactive released their newest chapter to their casual leaning adventure game series called “Playing History” on Steam. The newest chapter revolves around Vikings, and follows the main character, Erik, in his journey to becoming a true viking.
“‘Vikings’ is the newest chapter of the Playing History educational game series. The previous two titles in the ‘Playing History-Series’ have been rewarded with several awards. With ‘Playing History: Vikings’ we have kicked it up several notches by providing a fully realized 3D world for you to interact with, a deeper and more engaging game experience as well as more ambitious mini-games.”, Serious Games Interactive says.
Motorious Entertainment sets out to develop Top Gear mobile games
Founded by Jari Pauna, Editor in Chief at TopGear Finland, newly launched Motorious Entertainment sets out to produce a set of three games for the BBC-produced Top Gear series. The games will arrive on iOS and Android, and Windows Mobile in 2016.
““Today’s games business is facing major problems with ever raising user acquisition costs and turning downloads to monetization. Our package of superior IP and media channel puts us into a very special position offering TopGear fans series of three fun and addictive mobile games. Personally, I am looking forward to enabling a vibrant on-line community through our products.”, Motorious Entertainment founder, Timo Poijärvi says.
Playing Pong in the Copenhagen Metro
In collaboration with DTU, the Metropong project turned into a reality this week. No need to explain much, the video found below says it all.
Tracks and first speakers announced for Pocket Gamer Connects Helsinki
The PocketGamer.biz organized Pocket Gamer Connects events are back this year. And with the London and Bangalore editions well passed, and the San Francisco edition going down next week, it is soon time for the Helsinki edition of the wildly popular mobile studio-oriented conference. The first speakers and more on the five tracks can be found here.