Dream Games, a Turkish mobile gaming company founded by former Peak Games employees who worked together on the puzzle games Toy Blast and Toon Blast, raised $ 7.5 million in initial funding.
Leading the round is the Makers Fund, co-invested with Balderton Capital London. The funding will be used to increase the Dream Games staff to 20 staff in the first year.
The company – which is yet to launch a product – is co-founded by CEO Soner Aydemir, former director of products for Peak Games. The rest of the Dream Games team are Ikbal Namli and Hakan Saglam (former Peak Games engineering leaders), Eren Sengul (former Peak Games product manager) and Serdar Yilmaz (former Peak Games 3D artist).
"The majority of [mobile games] companies believe the market is saturated, but we believe there are still big opportunities in the casual puzzle market, ”Aydemir told TechCrunch. “There are a lot of mediocre mobile games, but the players deserve better. We see that there are still millions of players waiting for new, well-designed and enjoyable puzzle games, and we're committed to making great games to meet players' expectations. ”
Aydemir says Dream Games does not believe in a "hit or miss approach" to game development. Instead, he defines the studio's strategy as "evolution over innovation" and "execution over ideas". This will make it develop a first major title that can be iterated over the long term.
"We plan to fix the problem points for players in existing games," he says. “Our experience makes us confident that we can build something truly global by focusing on a single, long-standing, high-quality game, rather than multiple flash-in-the-pan titles. We'd rather people play our game loyally for 10 years than lose interest every six months when something new comes along. ”
As for the public, Aydemir says Dream Games targets players over 25 in the US, Canada and Europe. He attributes gender distribution to 65% females and 35% males. "Our players may come from different socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, but they are mostly ordinary people who lead routine lives," he says.
Aydemir is also interested in signaling Turkey's growing gaming industry, which he says is positioned to be one of the world's leading mobile game ecosystems.
In 2017, Istanbul-based Peak Games sold its card and board studio to mobile gaming giant Zynga for $ 100 million. Zynga later opened a studio in the city and made new acquisitions, paying $ 250 million for Gram Games, Turkish developers behind several popular puzzle titles. Other casual game studios with presence in the region include Good Job Games, Ruby Games, Alictus, Rollic Games and Bigger Games.