Culver City-based mobile gaming company Scopely Inc. invested a combined $50 million in three boutique European game studios, the company announced July 19.
Scopely invested in Barcelona, Spain-based Omnidrone; Leamington Spa, England.-based Pixel Toys Ltd.; and Dundee, Scotland-based Tag Games.
All three companies focus on mobile game development. The companies will work together to develop games across multiple genres, Scopely said.
“Scopely’s investment in our team allows us the freedom to create a truly unique, fresh and ambitious atmosphere at Omnidrone, and attract even more talent to our studio,” Omnidrone Chief Executive Gerard Fernandez said in a statement.
“We can combine the agility of a boutique games studio with the expertise, leadership, and transformative technology of Scopely.” Scopely’s partnerships with Omnidrone and Pixel Toys will be for the development of “yetto- be-announced midcore” games. Its partnership with Tag Games is to co-create a title that will expand Scopely’s multiplayer online games slate.
The company’s investment in these studios is a part of its strategy to grow its international footprint. It has more than 500 employees across London; Barcelona; Dublin; and Seville, Spain.
It also has a presence across Asia in Seoul, South Korea; Shanghai; Singapore and Tokyo. “These studios share our vision to create extremely meaningful, dynamic experiences for players and represent outstanding passion and expertise in their respective genres,” Tim O’Brien, Scopley’s chief revenue officer, said in a statement. Founded in 2011, Scopely has a portfolio of nine mobile games for casual and core gamers. The company has found success with games based on popular entertainment brands, such as “Star Trek Fleet Command,” “Marvel Strike Force” and “Looney Tunes World of Mayhem.”