Dream Games, a Turkish mobile games company founded by former Peak Games employees who worked together on the hit puzzle games Toy Blast and Toon Blast, raised $ 7.5 million in seed funding.
Leading the circle is the Makers Fund, a joint venture with Balderton Capital, London. The funding will be used to increase the number of staff in the Dream Games team, targeting 20 employees in the first year.
The company – which is yet to launch a product – is co-founded by CEO Soner Aydemir, a former product director at Peak Games. The rest of the Dream Games team are Iqbal Namli and Hakan Saglam (former Peak Games leading engineering associates), Eren Sengul (former Peak Games product manager) and Serdar Yilmaz (former Peak Games 3D artist).
"Most of the [mobile games] companies think the market is saturated, but we believe there are still huge opportunities in the casual puzzle market," Aidemir told TechCrunch. "There are too many mediocre mobile games, but players deserve better. We see that there are still millions of players waiting for new, well-designed and enjoyable puzzle games, and we are determined to create great games to meet players' expectations. "
Aydemir says that Dream Games does not believe in a" hit or miss approach "to the development of the game. Instead, he frames the studio's strategy as "evolution over innovation" and "fulfillment over ideas". This will lead to the development of the first title, which can be repeated in the long run.
"We plan to repair the pain points for players in existing games," he says. "Our experience makes us confident that we can build something truly global by focusing on a high-quality, long-running game instead of multiple flash-in-the-pan titles. We prefer people to play our game loyally for 1
With regard to the public, Aydemir says that Dream Games is aimed at players over 25 years old in the US, Canada and Europe. It binds gender distribution in 65% of women and 35% of men. "Our players may be of different socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds, but these are mostly average people who have a routine life," he says.
Aydemir is also keen to discover the growing gaming sector in Turkey, which he claims is positioned to be one of the leading ecosystems in the mobile gaming world.
In 2017, Istanbul-based Peak Games sold its card and board game studio to mobile gaming giant Zynga for $ 100 million. Zynga later opened a studio in the city and made additional gains by paying $ 250 million for Gram Games, the Turkish developer behind a number of popular puzzle titles. Other casual game studios with regional presence include Good Job Games, Ruby Games, Alictus, Rollic Games and Bigger Games.