Game Dojos Teams of Spring-Summer 2012
Focused Apps, LLC
Mark Johnson and Rob Hunter joined forces in 2009 and have been making apps for iOS ever since. The two focus on making casual games that are specifically designed for mobile touchscreen devices. Their most popular title, Hit Tennis 2, has been downloaded over 13 million times. Mark and Rob are currently heads down working on the third installment Hit Tennis, due out summer 2012.
Update: Hit Tennis 3 launched. The results are truely spectacular, and for once the word spectacular is not being overused, see below.
Congratulations to Focused Apps for reaching #2 overall for iphone with Hit Tennis 3!
Fantasy Hip Hop
Fantasy Hip Hop, Inc. is currently preparing to release ""Rhymecraft"" for iOS, an offshoot of their previously successful Fantasy Hip Hop MMORPG title.
With 15 years of bringing innovative and engaging online experiences to life, Scott Rusnak and his team at Visimonde is currently hard at work on their next game, Rinksters, an NHL-licensed hockey-themed ice-filled virtual world for children, which has been in development for a year.
Scott has previously co-founded and acted as Marketing Director, Creative Director, VP Marketing and Producer for Schoollogic, Golfnow.com, and currently Vismonde's Rinksters Virtual World.
Plain Vanilla Games
Plain Vanilla Games, previously known for their high quality iPad game "The Moogies," is preparing for their next franchise, "QuizUp," a multi-dimensional synchronous trivia game, for multiple platforms including iOS, Android, and Facebook.
Based in Iceland, Plain Vanilla Games innovates the trivia genre with their proprietary networking technology to deliver the best synchronous trivia game to the palm of your hand.
Update: Plain Vanilla launched. Through a combination of good advice, luck, references, their own nationality, and their own hard work got boatloads of backers and money just to prove unlikely fairy tales do come true sometimes. They have returned home.
nKanika is a multi-platform, global interactive entertainment and licensing company. nKanika is creating the next generation of free to play games for mobile devices and the open web using the Starlogic HTML5 Game Platform. The company was founded in 2011 by Amaete Umanah and Ime Etim. WHOT!, the company’s first title launched on December 1st, 2011 for iOS, Android and Facebook and has already grown to be one of the largest social games on mobile and has set the standard for financial performance. nKanika’s mission is to inspire people around the world and help them enjoy their time to the fullest. nKanika’s Games will unrelentingly seek out and take on new challenges as it aims to become the world’s most admired video-game maker.
Little Think Tank
Little Think Tank is a stealth mode, mobile and social game development studio, comprised of some of the most successful senior and executive talent from Blizzard, Sony, Naughty Dog, Bungie, Industrial Light & Magic, and Facebook. They are currently in the process of developing our first title for iOS, Facebook, and Android platforms. LittleThinkTank creates games for the Casually Core TM and the Core Curious TM, the larger market of near mainstream gamers and non-gamers that would be hardcore if they had the time.
From the same people who created WoW, Everquest, God of War, Call of Duty, Facebook, and other timesinks, LittleThinkTank makes games for all of us with families, jobs, and other commitments that keep us from spending 5+ straight hours on a single game.
At the intersection of the $16B game industry and the more than 400MM Post-PC user base*, the Drift Sumi-e team is passionate about leveraging technology to create meaningful experiences.
The first Drift Sumi-e was an indie hit featured by Apple and most recently, an IGN Mobile Game of the Month for January 2012.
Allister, Andrew and Calvin are located in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Tactile Media is a creative studio founded by Scott Rossi in 1989. They specialize in providing a wide range of creative services, including interface design, application prototyping and development, multimedia and graphic design. Scott combines his artistic and programming talents to create visually compelling applications and experiences. Tactile Media released "PLEXXR" in late 2010, and is pursuing repurposing the award-winning app into bite-sized offerings and further growth.
Izelis has recently released their new web game "Survival of the Fittest" to Facebook and Kongregate to growing success. Based in San Francisco, they are currently hard at work on their next game which is set to be an RPG with strong table-top inclinations. They are lead by Kirill Popov, Founder and CEO of Izelis.
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