Studio Spotlight #2: Kwalee
Over the last two years, Kwalee has become the biggest hypercasual mobile game publisher in the UK! Established in 2011 by ex-Codemasters founder David Darling, the studio is headquartered in Royal Leamington Spa and specialise in applications for iOS and Android devices.
Their games have gone on to garner an impressive 350 million downloads across their library and as a studio, they’ve held the #1 chart spot in every country in the world. This success has allowed for huge internal expansion, with the team doubling in size and moving to a state-of-the-art office designed specifically for their needs. The work culture within Kwalee is unlike any other, with Creative Wednesdays a much-loved event throughout the company. This initiative gives employees one day a week to flex their creative chops and pitch a new game idea to the rest of the team. The best games are then chosen and put into production, meaning Kwalee’s next big hit could come from anyone!
Staff empowerment doesn’t end there. “After a few iterations of the Kwalee profit share scheme, we hit upon a version in late 2018 that we all remain very happy with. This is the version that, as we announced in February, has paid out more than £1 million between all staff members in just over a year…we decided that while those who contribute to successful games are eligible for a percentage of profits from said games, every single employee is also eligible for a base quarterly chunk of our overall profits,” announced Darling in a blog post from the studio in March.
As one of the top 5 mobile developers worldwide by downloads, these exciting achievements have resulted in much-deserved accolades. Not only have Kwalee made it into the top 50 mobile game makers, as awarded by Pocketgamer.biz, they also won Best Puzzle Game of the Year at the TiGA Awards with Shootout 3D!
“We love having graduates in our team, they can bring a fresh perspective, new ideas, lots of enthusiasm, and always look forward to experimenting and learning new things. With the help and mentoring from our talented and experienced team, they can grow and progress quickly and become some of the most valuable assets that a company can have! That’s why we wanted to get involved with Grads in Games and SFASX, to get the chance to know some of the best young talent within the UK!”
You can find out more about Kwalee on their site.
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