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The Latest News on the Social Games Market in Europe and Emerging Markets

28Nov/12

Who is Who in Europe: PlaySpace

By Huel Fuchsberger

Founded and based in Palma de Mallorca the Spanish developer and publisher PlaySpace creates traditional games for the Spanish speaking market.  The company reaches those users over social networks and mobile platforms. Genres PlaySpace offers are multiplayer board, card and casino games. Here are more details about PlaySpace:

  • Name: PlaySpace
  • Founded: Founded and based on Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • Founded by: Alfonso Villar and Enrique Dubois
  • Founded in: June 2011

    Pachis Ingame Screenshot

  • Funding: 1,5 M €
  • Acquisitions: No
  • Number of employees: 18
  • Number of Games published: 6
  • List of Games published on Facebook:
    Parchis PlaySpace
    Domino PlaySpace
    Bingo PlaySpace
    Luno PlaySpace
    La Oca PlaySpace
    Chinchon PlaySpace
  • Describe what you do in a sentence:
    PlaySpace brings traditional games such as Ludo, Dominoes, Bingo, Oca, Chinchon, Luno, etc. to social networks and mobile platforms focusing on Spain and LatinAmerica.

    Luno Ingame Screenshot

  • Games published on: Facebook, Tuenti, iOS
  • Acting as a Publisher: Yes
  • Working with publisher: No
  • Publishing games in with languages:
    Spanish, English and Portuguese

    Bingo Ingame Screenshot

  • Game genre: Real time multiplayer board, card and casino games
  • User demographics (gender) :
    60% female and 40% male
  • User demographics (location) : Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela and USA.
  • Best-selling virtual item :
    Points Multiplier x2 – 0,70 € (Parchis game)
  • Most expensive virtual item :
    Kill pawn with dog 10,10 € (Parchis game)
  • What do you see as currently most exciting trend in the industry:
    The convergence of all game genres and audience on mobile platforms.
14Nov/12

Who is Who in Europe: Akamon Entertainment

By Huel Fuchsberger

Akamon Entertainment is  a young company that was created in July 2011. It is dedicated to online social gaming and specialising in traditional social casino-type games. Form Barcelona they operate mainly  in the south of Europe and Latin America. Via local portals and Facebook Akamons game are accessible  to their community. Here are more details about Akamon:

  • Name: Akamon Entertainment
  • Founded: July 2011
  • Founded by: Carlos Blanco, Vicenç Martí and other members of the board
  • Founded in: 2011
  • Funding: 1 million Euro
  • Acquisitions: Mundijuegos.com
  • Number of employees: 46
  • Number of Games published: 31
  • List of Games published on Facebook:

    Artwork for Buraco

    Ruleta
    Chinchón
    Belote
    Tute
    Buraco
    Tarot
    Briscola
    Parcheesi
    Dominoes

  • Describe what you do in a sentence:

    Ingame Screenshot of Chinchòn

    Akamon offers synchronoys traditional local social games to almost 8 million users in the south of Europe and Latin America via local portals, those of partners that are leaders in the online field and Facebook.

  • Games published on:
    Local web portals, Facebook, Partner portals
  • Acting as a Publisher:
    Yes , but 90% of the games are developed internally
  • Publishing games in with languages:
    Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, English
  • Game genre:
    Synchronous traditional social casino games
  • User demographics (gender) :
    Predominantly female
  • User demographics (location) :
    Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, France, Italy, Mexico, Colombia, Chile.
  • Best-selling virtual item :
    Historically, women’s haircuts. In 2012, the Halloween Costumes’ Collection
  • Most expensive virtual item :

    Ingame Screenshot of Dominos

    F.C. Barcelona and Real Madrid T-shirts for avatars for 7.500 virtual coins  (About 5€)

  • What do you see as currently most exciting trend in the industry:
    All at once conversion among all of these factors: social gaming and gambling, and among plattforms: social networks, dedicated portals and mobile.
31Oct/12

Who is Who in Europe: Mandala Games

By Huel Fuchsberger

Mandala Games is a French developer  located in Natntes. Their currently biggets game on Facebook is the slot machine game  La Riviera with 330,000.  Here are more information about the company:

  • Name: Mandala Games
  • Founded: Nantes (France)
  • Founded by: Nadya Jahan
  • Founded in: August 2010
  • Funding: No
  • Acquisitions: No
  • Number of employees: 6
  • Number of Games published: 2
  • List of Games published:
    Divinitiz
    La Riviera

    La Riviera Minigame on Facebook

  • Describe what you do in a sentence:
    Social Casino Games on Facebook and mobile
  • Games published on: Facebook and iOS
  • Working with publisher: Yes

    La Riviera on Facebook

  • Acting as a Publisher: No
  • Publishing games in with languages: English, French
  • Game genre/s: Social Casino Games
  • User demographics (gender) : Mostly Female
  • User demographics: location : Mainly in the US
  • Best-selling virtual item (also indicate price and game):
    Extra Bonus Power-up – $4.90 (La Riviera)
  • Most expensive virtual item (also indicate price and game):
    1.2M Coins Pack – $200 (La Riviera)
  • What do you see as currently most exciting trend in the industry:
    Social Gaming & Gambling Convergence
26Sep/12

Who is Who in Europe: Telaxo France’s #1(In user base)

By Huel Fuchsberger

Telaxo is the #1 developer in France. With only 10 employees Mathieu Collas (CEO) manages to reaches over 18 Mio user (MAU). With a broad range of smaller titles they manage to appeal to a big audience spread all over the world and this mostly unnoticed.  Google only finds 16,000 results for “telaxo”. In comparison, Playdom which has the same amount of Facebook users gets 1,600,00. Even companies with far less user as Playtika manage to generate more results. Here are some details on Telaxo:

  • Name: Telaxo

    Wild Wild Taxi 1,000,000 MAU

  • Location: Telaxo was Founded in Paris and moved to Orleans.
  • Founded by: Mathieu Collas
  • Founded in: January 2004 and began
    to work on Facebook in March 2010.
  • Funding : No
  • Acquisitions : No
  • Number of employees: 10 and growing
  • Number of Games published: About 150

    Bouncing Balls 870,000 MAU

  • Top Games by MAU:
    Pool Practice
    Wild Wild Taxi
    Bouncing Balls
    Parking Mania
    Penalty Shootout
    Tower Blocks
  • Describe what you do in a sentence:
    We create casual games for our players all over the world.
  • Games published on: Facebook
  • Working with publisher : No
  • Acting as a Publisher : No
  • Publishing games in with languages: About 25 languages
    Mainly English, French, Spanish, Italian, German
  • Game genre: Casual games
  • User demographics: Mostly female (60%). All over the world
  • What do they see as currently most exciting trend in the industry:
    “Everything is going fast, everyone has to move quickly to stay on top.” – Mathieu Collas