Critical Force builds base in South Korea
Finnish game developer Critical Force has opened an office in Seoul, South Korea, to boost the collaboration with its major investor NHN Entertainment.
The South Korean office will be Critical Force’s foothold in Asia as well as key to developing games tailored for the Asian market.
Three South Korean developers are also moving to Critical Force’s birthplace, Kajaani in Finland, to add to the local team’s pool of skills.
“We have a vastly different work culture here in Finland than in Asia,” says Critical Force CEO Veli-Pekka Piirainen. “It is a positive challenge for us. In addition to the different work culture the biggest difference is the very different living environment. The quietness of Kajaani is in stark contrast to the bustling Seoul.”
Critical Force’s Critical Ops mobile sports game has reached 22 million downloads and over 800 000 daily players.
“22 million downloads is a fantastic thing for us especially because this has been achieved completely without paid user acquisition”, Piirainen notes. “This achievement is highly unusual in the modern mobile games industry where paid user acquisition is the norm. We have achieved our scale and virality through active community management and by having a high-quality game.”
The company is currently developing another version of the game for the Asian market. There is no release date for the game as of yet.