Looking to reach top positions in eSports worldwide, Finnish game studios Critical Force and Reforged Studios are entering a strategic partnership. Critical Force brings US$4.5M seed investment to the table and Reforged Studios has US$2.5M in backing.
“We are both developing games and services for mobile eSports, but our two games are not in direct competition. Working together allows us to explore a whole new range of possibilities never seen before in the gaming industry,” said Critical Force founder Veli-Pekka Piirainen and Reforged Studios CEO Teemu Vilén in a joint statement. “Our ambition is to share valuable resources, such as services and tools, office spaces and even key personnel to build solutions to shared problems. We are expecting synergies in sharing know-how in recruitment, the development process and community management among other areas.”
According to the developers, global eSports revenues are estimated to exceed one billion dollars in 2017, with mobile eSports quickly becoming an integral part of the market, as a new generation of gamers is playing games on their phones more than on any other device, providing a rapidly growing base for competitive mobile gaming and eSports.
“The Reforged team has an extremely strong background in multiplayer games and in developing some of the world’s most well-known eSports brands,” adds Veli-Pekka Piirainen “Their team members have been part of developing League of Legends, StarCraft 2, World of Warcraft and Battlefield series among others. We can now utilize this experience to further develop Critical Ops. We are seeing a wide range of joint possibilities also in terms of marketing, and for example organizing our tournaments.”
“Critical Ops has only been soft launched and it has already been downloaded 10 million times. Their excellence in community management has brought in great results and they have the right attitude,” says Teemu Vilén. “Mobile eSports is an open door to a new gaming frontier. Hardcore gamers are eagerly waiting for better content for their smartphones and tablets, and mobile devices bring competitive gaming to an increasingly larger and broader gamer audience. Joining forces is a win to both our player bases.”
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.
About Reforged Studios
Reforged Studios was founded by industry veterans in 2015, and has offices in Helsinki and Los Angeles. The studio’s first game is slated for release in 2017. Reforged Studios has funding from Chinese Internet giant NetEase Capital, Sisu Game Ventures and Finnish government-backed Tekes.
Learn more at reforgedstudios.com.