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PLAYRAVEN ADVANCES REAL-TIME STRATEGY FOR MOBILE WITH THE WORLDWIDE iOS RELEASE OF WINTERSTATE™

Former Remedy, Rockstar and Supercell developers continue to explore uncharted territory with their second App Store release of 2016

HELSINKI - March 16, 2016 - PlayRaven has released Winterstate™ - a real-time strategy game built for touch from the ground up - now available worldwide for iPhone and iPad. Dubbed as a “Tactical Combat Trader,” Winterstate takes the hardcore real-time strategy genre and kick-starts it for a new wave of mobile players.

“We wanted t
o capture the thrill of AAA real-time strategy in a form that would entertain and delight a whole new generation of mobile gamers,” said Lasse Seppänen, co-founder and CEO at PlayRaven. “Winterstate has unique line-drawing mechanics, allowing players to battle with their vehicles in a way that feels completely smooth and natural on mobile touchscreen devices.”

Winterstate takes players to a world where a global climate disaster has torn apart the very fabric and economy of the USA, leaving ragged bands of survivors to roam the frozen landscape in all kinds of makeshift attack vehicles. Now it’s up to players across the world to join Knuckle Sam - a gritty homage to America’s famous Uncle Sam - and fight back against the bandits to protect the Winterstate. Draw and execute battle plans in real-time 3D conflict while raiding other players around the world. Trade precious goods and collect iconic yellow cabs, monster trucks and even fire engines, and fit them with massive flamethrowers, cannons and a whole arsenal of different weapons. Raid, trade and get paid!

Winterstate is the second of three all-new releases from PlayRaven launching in 2016, following the arrival of the galactic real-time strategy game Robocide™ in February.

Winterstate is out now as a free download via the App Store on iPhone and iPad devices. More in­for­ma­tion about the game can be found at www.winterstategame.com. For the lat­est news from PlayRaven, fol­low the com­pany at www.facebook.com/PlayRavenInc or @PlayRavenInc on Twit­ter.

About PlayRaven
Based in Helsinki, PlayRaven is an independent game development studio founded in 2013 by five game industry veterans with AAA console, mobile and free-to-play experience. PlayRaven has a best-in-class creative team with years of experience from renowned studios such as Supercell, Remedy and Rockstar. PlayRaven’s first title was Spymaster®, launched worldwide in September 2014. PlayRaven currently has three teams developing three new titles - the objective is not just to create new games, but whole new genres of games. PlayRaven is proud to be backed by venture capital funds Northzone and Creandum, as well as early-stage Supercell investors Jari Ovaskainen and London Venture Partners.

Further information
Robin Squire
Marketing Director, PlayRaven

robin@playraven.com

Tony Rivera
Sandbox Strategies for PlayRaven
tony@sandboxstrat.com


PLAYRAVEN UNLEASHES GALACTIC REAL-TIME STRATEGY MAYHEM WITH THE WORLDWIDE iOS RELEASE OF ROBOCIDE™

Former Remedy, Rockstar and Supercell developers launch the first of three fully original mobile games coming in 2016

HELSINKI - Feb. 24, 2016 - PlayRaven has released Robocide™, a galactic adventure and a brand new Micro RTS (micro real-time strategy) game, now available worldwide on iPhone and iPad devices. Created by ex-console and mobile industry veterans, Robocide lets players traverse the galaxy with a legion of robots at their command in order to fight against an imminent robot invasion.

“2016 is going to be a huge year of releases for us, and we’re excited to kick it off with Robocide,” said Lasse Seppänen, co founder and CEO at PlayRaven. “Our mission is to bring fresh new entertainment to the App Store, and Robocide fits the bill perfectly. We look forward to seeing how our fans and new players dive into the experience.”

In Robocide, humanity is on the brink of collapse from robot attackers, and it’s up to players to fight back. Using intuitive one-finger controls, players command a powerful swarm of robots across a series of battlefields, hostile planets and multiplayer arenas, while also collecting upgradable Titans, highly powerful heroic robots with unique abilities that will tear through the competition. Players will travel far and wide to harvest resources, customize their fleet, destroy evil robots and take back the galaxy.

Robocide marks the first of three all-new releases from PlayRaven launching in 2016. It is also the first PlayRaven title to support Apple Watch, with a companion app available now.

Robocide is out now as a free download via the App Store on iPhone and iPad devices. More in­for­ma­tion about the game can be found at www.robocidegame.om. For the lat­est news from PlayRaven, fol­low the com­pany at www.facebook.com/PlayRavenInc or @PlayRavenInc on Twit­ter.

About PlayRaven
Based in Helsinki, PlayRaven is an independent game development studio founded in 2013 by five game industry veterans with AAA console, mobile and free-to-play experience. PlayRaven has a best-in-class creative team with years of experience from renowned studios such as Supercell, Remedy and Rockstar. PlayRaven’s first title was Spymaster®, launched worldwide in September 2014. PlayRaven currently has three teams developing three new titles - the objective is not just to create new games, but whole new genres of games. PlayRaven is proud to be backed by venture capital funds Northzone and Creandum, as well as early-stage Supercell investors Jari Ovaskainen and London Venture Partners.

Further information

Robin Squire
Marketing Director, PlayRaven
robin@playraven.com

Tony Rivera
Sandbox Strategies for PlayRaven
tony@sandboxstrat.com

 


Finnish Game Studio PlayRaven Completes
$4.1M USD Equity Investment Round

Norwegian VC fund Northzone joins Spymaster® developer’s ambitious quest
to discover and define the next great wave in mobile gaming

HELSINKI, FINLAND, December 10th, 2014 – Finnish game studio PlayRaven today announced it has secured a $4.125M USD (3.3M €) extended seed investment round, finalized on November 18, 2014. Norwegian venture capital fund Northzone (investors in Spotify) joins the company’s existing backers, which include Creandum (investors in digital media companies like Spotify and Nonstop Games), investor Jari Ovaskainen and London Venture Partners (both are early stage investors in Supercell). Boosting the total funding the organization has raised since 2013 to $7.5M USD, the new financing reflects and reinforces PlayRaven’s commitment to create entertainment franchises that storm the highest echelons of the app store charts.

“Mobile gaming has become stagnant. Tablets and smartphones have matured into a market even greater than television, and yet revenues are dominated by titles that are 18-24 months old,” said PlayRaven CEO Lasse Seppänen. “PlayRaven was formed to foster an environment that advances creativity and autonomy. Our promise to our peers and our audience is to put forth original properties that shake the mobile scene out of its comfort zone. The response to our first title, Spymaster, reinforced that we’re moving in the right direction.” 

Established in 2013, Helsinki-based PlayRaven was founded by an independent team of AAA development veterans with the goal of disrupting the mobile gaming market with radically new mechanics and themes in the strategy genre. The studio’s roster of creative and technical artists leverages talent and experience gained from industry powerhouses like Remedy Entertainment, Rockstar Games, Supercell, Wooga and Unity.

PlayRaven’s Spymaster debuted globally on mobile devices in September 2014 and quickly rose to the top of Apple’s iPad strategy game charts in 99 countries. Players take up the role of supreme Allied spymaster during the Second World War, managing undercover agents deep behind enemy lines to steal information and thwart enemy forces. The free-to-play adventure features an authentic atmosphere that informs its gameplay systems, with an emphasis on individual player choice and consequences.

Details on the next big thing from PlayRaven will come in 2015. Until then, please visit www.playraven.com for the latest news and updates.


Further information or interview requests for PlayRaven CEO Lasse Seppänen:

Sandbox Strategies
Corey Wade
corey@sandboxstrat.com
(+1) 212 213 2451 x223
Twitter: @SandboxStrat


About Spymaster®

Spymaster® is the world’s first espionage mobile game centered in a WW2 ambience. In the game you take the role of an allied spymaster whose task is to fight the fearsome Gestapo inspectors and outsmart them with decoys. Spymaster’s style and innovative gameplay are based on painstaking research of real WW2 espionage and special operations. The game is free to download for the iPad on the iTunes App Store worldwide.

 https://www.facebook.com/SpymasterGame


About PlayRaven

PlayRaven, based in Helsinki, Finland, is an independent game development studio founded in 2013 by five game industry veterans with AAA console, mobile and free-to-play experience from renowned studios such as Remedy Entertainment, Wooga and Digital Chocolate. In the past, the founders have shipped 50+ game titles, including the Xbox 360 hit Alan Wake (over FOUR million copies sold). PlayRaven’s first title – Spymaster®– launched globally in September 2014. Currently the team of 16 people is developing two new titles fitting the same genre. 

PlayRaven is proud to be financially backed by venture capital funds Northzone and Creandum as well as early-stage Supercell investors Jari Ovaskainen and London Venture Partners. 

www.playraven.com
https://www.facebook.com/PlayRavenInc


About Northzone:

Founded in 1996, Northzone has to date raised seven funds and invested in some 100 technology companies including Spotify, Avito.ru, Stepstone, Lastminute, Nimsoft and Pricerunner. The company has offices in Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen, London and New York. For more info please visit www.northzone.com


PlayRaven’s WW2 Espionage iPad Game Spymaster® Hits the iTunes App Store Top 10 Charts

The free to download mobile game now available globally has already reached 160,000 downloads in 5 days

Helsinki, Finland, September 15th, 2014 – Finnish game studio PlayRaven today announced the launch of their debut game Spymaster, focusing on controlling a World War 2 era intelligence agency. The game, which is currently being featured in the App Store in 127 countries, is rising on the charts: Spymaster has reached the top 10 strategy games list in 76 countries, including the top 2 position in both UK and the US. Working as the supreme Allied spymaster in the game, your task is to recruit and manage agents with unique code names, portraits, nationalities and skills, with an ultimate goal to defeat the fearsome Gestapo.

“We wanted to create something unique and genuinely new to the mobile games market, and judging by the amount of five star user reviews it looks like gamers around the world really appreciate that”, Lasse Seppänen, PlayRaven CEO says. “Spymaster went live in the App Store last week, and we’re humbled and happy to see the game shooting up the charts!” 

Helsinki based PlayRaven, founded in 2013, is an independent game development studio employing 13 industry veterans with combined 100+ years of experience from famous studios such as Remedy Entertainment, Supercell and Wooga.

“Spymaster is one of a kind, and the first in a series of unique strategy games we have currently under development”, Seppänen continues. “Our aim is to rock the world of mobile games by introducing titles that all bring something new and unforeseen in theme, art style and gameplay.”

Download Spymaster®: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id726845738
Spymaster® trailer: http://youtu.be/i5b2W16lxCs
Press images: http://playraven.com/media

Further information:
Lasse Seppänen, CEO, PlayRaven
lasse.seppanen@playraven.com

Interview requests:
Merja Turpeinen, SagaSocial PR
merja@sagasocial.com
+358 40 5840 542

 

About Spymaster®

Spymaster® is the world’s first WW2 espionage focused mobile game. In the game you take the role of an allied spymaster whose task is to fight the fearsome Gestapo inspectors and outsmart them with decoys. Spymaster’s style and innovative gameplay is based on painstaking research of real WW2 espionage and special operations. The game is free to download for the iPad on the iTunes App Store worldwide.

https://www.facebook.com/SpymasterGame

 

About PlayRaven

PlayRaven, based in Helsinki Finland, is an independent game development studio founded in 2013 by five game industry veterans with AAA console, mobile and free-to-play experience from renowned studios such as Remedy Entertainment, Wooga and Digital Chocolate. In the past, the founders have shipped 50+ game titles, including the Xbox 360 hit Alan Wake (over four million copies sold). PlayRaven’s first title Spymaster® launched globally in September 2014. Currently the team of 13 people is developing two new titles fitting the same genre. 

PlayRaven is proud to be financially backed by the Stockholm-based venture capital fund Creandum and early-stage Supercell investors Jari Ovaskainen and London Venture Partners. 

www.playraven.com
https://www.facebook.com/PlayRavenInc


Finnish Game Studio PlayRaven Completes a $2.3M USD Equity Investment Round

Investors Include Spotify’s first investor Creandum and Supercell Seed Investors Jari Ovaskainen and London Venture Partners

 

Helsinki, Finland, January 22nd, 2014 – Finnish game studio PlayRaven today announced the company’s $2.3M USD (1.7M €) seed investment round, which was completed on January 17th, 2014. The company is now backed by venture capital fund Creandum (investors in digital media companies such as Spotify, Wrapp, and Nonstop Games), investor Jari Ovaskainen and venture capital fund London Venture Partners as well as private investors.

PlayRaven CEO Lasse Seppänen comments: “The number of tablets and smartphones now exceeds the total number of television sets on the planet. We believe this massive audience can no longer be served with a ”one size fits all” approach. New mobile gaming audiences with diverse tastes are out there, waiting to be served. This seed funding enables us to expand our team and build a portfolio of unique high-quality strategy games aimed at new mobile audiences worldwide.”

David Gardner from London Venture Partners comments: “With thousands of new games published each day, the PlayRaven team is focused on innovation and breakthrough concepts, which will delight people in new ways.  I don’t think the same game formulas of the past will work and that’s why we’ve invested in this team with new ideas and high standards.”

PlayRaven was founded in 2013 by five game industry veterans with extensive AAA console, mobile and free-to-play experience from studios such as Remedy Entertainment, Wooga and Digital Chocolate. The studio aims to disrupt the current mobile games market offering with completely new kinds of themes, art styles and game mechanics in the strategy games genre. PlayRaven’s first title, Spymaster, is planned for global release in Spring 2014. Their new second team will start the development of another title during Q1 2014.

Jari Ovaskainen comments: "PlayRaven is a very impressive game startup with a great team and a well-thought strategy. It is definitely one of the most exciting Finnish game companies that I have come across, and this was an investment opportunity that I didn't want to miss."

Daniel Blomquist from Creandum adds: “When investing in games, we really invest in the creative talent of the team and their ability to build not just a successful game but a successful game company. We have followed PlayRaven since the team was formed and have been extremely impressed by the execution prowess of the team. PlayRaven dares to stand out and make innovative games and the team’s background from free-to-play mobile games combined with significant experience from AAA-games, make them well suited for delivering high quality entertainment for the gamers.”

PlayRaven is currently recruiting new talent to join the growing team. The open positions can be viewed at: http://playraven.com/jobs

Press images: http://playraven.com/media

 

Further information:

Lasse Seppänen, CEO, PlayRaven
lasse.seppanen@playraven.com

 

Interview requests:

Merja Turpeinen, SagaSocial PR
merja@sagasocial.com
+358 40 5840 542

 

About PlayRaven

PlayRaven is an independent game development studio founded in 2013 by five veterans with AAA console, mobile and free-to-play experience from renowned studios such as Remedy Entertainment, Wooga and Digital Chocolate. In the past, the founders have shipped 50+ game titles, including the Xbox 360 hit Alan Wake (over three million copies sold). PlayRaven’s upcoming title Spymaster won the Playground Challenge competition in October 2013.

PlayRaven is proud to be backed by Creandum and early-stage Supercell investors Jari Ovaskainen and London Venture Partners. 

 

About Creandum

Creandum is the leading Nordic venture capital firm investing in innovative and fast-growing technology companies within consumer, software and hardware industries. The firm has over €250M under management and has over the last decade invested in more than 30 companies including Spotify, Nonstop Games, Wrapp, Cint, Vivino, iZettle and Videoplaza. For more information, please visit www.creandum.com

 

About Jari Ovaskainen

Jari Ovaskainen is known in Finland for his first business deal done in 2000 when he sold Iobox, a web portal he’d founded, to the Spanish operator Telefónica’s subsidiary company Terra Mobile for €230 million. Supercell’s majority was sold October 2013 to the Japanese mobile operator SoftBank and game company GungHo for €1,1 billion. Mr. Ovaskainen was the first investor in Supercell.

Ovaskainen lives in Switzerland, but works actively with Finnish startups and investors. 

 

About London Venture Partners

London Venture Partners is a seed fund with a valuable difference: our partners are operating experts in the online, social, mobile and tablet games world, and we only ever invest in those sectors. Investments to date include Supercell, Grey Area Labs, PlayJam, Applifier, Boomlagoon and Brainbow. To learn more about LVP visit www.londonvp.com