Later in the Q&A with viewers, Paananen said Supercell has no plans yet for anything in AR or VR, with a firm belief that mobile, and the mechanics of a touch screen, are the best for what it’s building. The Helsinki-based mobile games … (The most visible and recent example of that: the counter-lawsuits between Epic and Apple over in-app payments.). Even without the experience thus far of Supercell under his belt, he has been in the industry for years. Clash of Clans developer Supercell has invested $2.8 million in a new studio, 2UP Games. 2UP Games will specialise in co-operative games for mobile platforms that manage to achieve similar retention to games like Clash of Clans. And if you’re going to take that… then that changes your perspective.”. For Supercell specifically, its majority owner, Tencent, is in hot water in the U.S. (a major market for Supercell); and it’s sitting on a still-popular but now-ageing game franchise that you could argue is in the middle of its own Battle Royale against the many other big games that are vying for people’s attention (and spending power to keep playing and levelling up). Cyberpunk 2077 pre-orders "visibly higher" than any Witcher title, How 'buoyant' Sega Europe is helping Sega Sammy stay afloat, Crowded field of racers drives Codemasters revenues up, Remote work is here to stay -- but it won't be cheap or easy, Warner Music: "If artists want to be in the next James Bond, they should want to be in the next AAA game", How meditation and cooperation shaped Vela Games, Crown prince of Saudi Arabia's foundation to buy 51% stake in SNK, Ashoke Datta-Chaudhuri posted a comment in. Mobile games maker Supercell has been one of the great, understated breakthroughs of the European startup world. We are inspired by companies like, say, Nintendo. Our dream is to build a game so as many people as possible will play for a very long time. In any case, Paananen said in the interview that he believes that Supercell doesn’t fall under the U.S. executive order to be shut down, because Tencent is only a shareholder, not a full owner. See Games Apparently, Supercell isn't happy with how … Mobile games maker Supercell has been one of the great, understated breakthroughs of the European startup world. Fantastic Mindblowing Rush Wars Trailer!! Here are the few things which we got to know. And, he has been and is an investor, too: most recently Paananen backed Zwift, the gamefied home fitness startup, in its most recent, $450 million round, which included him joining the company’s board. Sign up for The Mobile newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Odyssey Interactive raises $6m to make impactful games for a new generation Co-founders Richard Henkel and Dax Andrus share their vision for a small, Supercell … Visit Supercell.com and find out more about us and our games. Similarly, Paananen is not overly concerned about the fact that its big hit, while still one of the highest-grossing apps globally, is getting on and slowly bringing in fewer revenues. Supercell. Supercell is his second big hit company: before that he founded Sumea, which was acquired by Digital Chocolate, where he became president in the now-defunct bigger studio’s heyday. We try to think in decades. So how does a hot startup keep its edge? He’s still waiting to see how it all plays out. We never ever think about the next quarter, and very, very rarely think about it and maybe next year, I think that’s a target in itself, you know. Raeburn was one of the first hires at UK mobile developer Space Ape Games, and was a game lead on Samurai Siege and Rival Kingdoms. Update 1: 2019/11/06 7:33am PST by Matthew Sholtz. The game is restarting, choose the option “Play without Supercell ID“. In short, the company itself, now 10 years old, may itself be facing more existential questions of who are we now, and what comes next? As you’ll see in the video below, Paananen is very sanguine and calm, which is to say quite Finnish, about a lot of this. Supercell is closing development for Rush Wars. Supercell's developer relations lead Jaakko Harlas said: "It's a privilege to be supporting 2UP Games on their mission to bring players across the world together around co-op gaming. Can game studios radically transform how they hire? Making sure you have a group that can work together, inspire each other and be productive has been the constant, one that perhaps means even more as the company grows bigger and we continue to work under very decentralised circumstances. There are no comments on this article yet. Supercell ordered to pay $8.5 million for infringing Gree's patents, Mikko Kodisoja leaves Supercell after ten years. All of this is to say that he can see the bigger picture. Meanwhile, Knauf previously worked at Weta Workshop and Magic Leap, contributing to the development of titles such as Dr Grordbort's Invaders. Why not be the first to post one? It represents Supercell's first investment in the area. "Everything we've done at Supercell has show that the ability to co-operate in games excites and engages players like nothing else, and is a key ingredient to building games for the ages.". A new part is loaded; go to the settings to choose the Google Account or Game Center of your second game. But not only are they unresolved — indeed just this week, ahead of any proposed bans on Tencent properties and WeChat in particular, the U.S. government issued more clarification on how people are liable for using WeChat. Texas jury found Clash Royale developer infringed four patents, fine could be increased by up to three times, Supercell co-founder departs to pursue non-gaming entertainment projects, *REMOTE WORKING* - UI Programmer - Mobile Racing Games - UK, Community Manager - AAA Console Games – North East UK. “Sometimes figures go up, and sometimes they go down [so] what’s your time horizon? Repeat: Push Supercell ID in Settings and choose “Create Account”. Return to the settings and push “Logout” below Supercell ID. That was in 2016. The company has been building out its options, though, making about three investments a year in other gaming startups, and some full acquisitions of studios, to diversify the team and bring in more options for new games in the future. It is now hiring its initial team. The studio was co-founded earlier this year by Joe Raeburn and Tim Knauf. As part of this year’s virtual Disrupt, we sat down to talk with the company’s founder and CEO, Ilkka Paananen, about that and the other challenges and opportunities facing the company, and asked for his tips and opinion on spinning up and running startups in Europe today. Visit Supercell.com and find out more about us and our games. Hay Day; Clash of Clans; ... Our dream is to create games that are played by as many people as possible, enjoyed for years and remembered forever. It seems the most valuable lesson Paananen has learned, it turns out, is the thing that continues to be his top priority: building the right team for the long haul. “It would be nice to be always on this kind of a growth curve, but the reality is… it’s very much about hits or misses,” he said. Judging by the fact that Supercell has yet to follow up with another successful franchise, and has killed quite a few attempts in the meantime, the process to produce a hit, in fact, still seems to be as elusive to a company that has produced a hit already as it is to those that have not. The Tencent issues in the U.S., he said, are something that the company is watching. The Helsinki-based mobile games maker built an empire out of Clash of Clans, raking in tons of money and catching the eye of world-class investors and eventually a new strategic majority shareholder in the form of Tencent at a $10.2 billion valuation.