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Rovio acquires mobile game developer Darkfire Games

WRITTEN BY | 03 Jun 2020
Rovio acquires mobile game developer Darkfire Games
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💵 Acquisition

  • Finnish-based Rovio Entertainment acquired Danish mobile game developer Darkfire Games (ex-Wargaming team) with a focus on RPG titles. The studio will become the fully-owned subsidiary and will now be known as Rovio Copenhagen.

  • Darkfire Games will continue to operate independently, while Rovio will provide support in user acquisition, live operations, technology, and analytics.

🎬 History behind

  • In 2012, Square Enix opened a new Copenhagen office (later named Hapti.Co) under the IO Interactive brand with a focus on mobile casual games

  • In 2017, Wargaming acquired Hapti.Co and renamed it as Wargaming Copenhagen

🎲 Product

  • Darkfire Heroes – action fantasy RPG game

  • Initially released on Google Play on Aug 2019

  • Recently released on AppStore

  • Feb 2020 – Approximately 100,000 downloads since a soft launch in 2019

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Darkfire Games (formerly Wargaming Denmark / Hapti.Co)
  • Established in 2012 by Square Enix

  • Headquarters - Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Darkfire Games is led by Rune Vendler, head of the studio

  • Team of 20 gaming industry veterans

  • Developer of mid-core F2P mobile games