Kajaani-based studio Critical Force is targeting the mobile eSports market with their FPS Critical Ops. The free-to-play title, recently soft-launched for iOS and Android devices, has been downloaded nearly 10 million times, according to the developer.
Company founder Veli-Pekka Piirainen believes that mobile games (and Critical Ops in particular) are due for a breakthrough in the eSports market. “Mobile devices have a massive global distribution, meaning large numbers of players and wider audiences for tournaments. Better yet, the new generation of gamers is mobile-first,” says Piirainen. “I strongly believe that with Critical Ops we have a great chance of making a big impact on the whole eSports market.”
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The studio has already partnered with eSports industry leader ESL Gaming, with Critical Ops featured prominently in the current ESL Mobcrush Cup competition in North America and Europe. “Critical Ops has grown into one of the most promising mobile eSports titles,” adds Piirainen. “Every second there are 20,000 gamers playing the game. Critical Ops has about 300,000 daily active users. These are great numbers considering we’ve only soft launched.”
Critical Force is also aiming on fast-growing Asian markets. The developer raised four million EUR in seed funding from South Korean NHN Entertainment in 2015.
“We will become the global market leader of real-time mobile FPS multiplayer games with the largest FPS eSports community in the world,” predicts Piirainen.
About Critical Force
Finnish independent game developer Critical Force was founded in 2012. The award-winning studio received 4 million EUR in funding from South Korean NHN Entertainment in 2015.
Learn more at criticalforce.fi.