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After investing in 14 game studios so far, Supercell is looking to do more for gamers inside and outside of its own studios..
One focus of Supercell’s latest blog post was the endorsement of like-minded game studios, noting excitement to see the momentum behind Metacore’s Merge Mansion, Trailmix’s Love & Pies, and Space Ape’s Beatstar. In addition to financial support, Supercell has provided hands-on support to these studios upon request.
Merge Mansion surpassed 20 million downloads and Grandma Ursula, played by Kathy Bates, rose to popularity online following a series of films released by Metacore. In May 2021, Supercell granted a $180 million line of credit to scale the game.
As Trailmix’s first track, Love & Pies quickly reached one million downloads. It also received Best Casual Game at the TIGA Awards in 2021. Supercell first invested $4.2 million in the London-based developer in 2018, more than three years before Love & Pies launched.
The Beatstar rhythm game launched at the end of August last year and in 24 countries, reached the top spot in terms of downloads. Globally, it is currently the highest-grossing music game with more than 1 billion song plays, Supercell added.
The Supercell blog also noted that Space Ape has soft-launched a team-based shooter titled Boom Beach Frontlines, which takes place in the same universe as Boom Beach.
Also in the blog post, Supercell drew attention to its Level Up program in which six recent graduates were brought together to develop a playable game. In the past, Supercell mainly hired developers with a lot of experience, but in order to learn from young talent, the Level Up program was created.
It started recently and will run for a six-month period, with Supercell noting that it is now more open to applications from young talent for permanent positions.
Also in the blog, Supercell described its 45% increase in revenue for 2021 to $2.24 billion, but it also drew attention to staff burnout at all levels.
Earlier this week, we spoke with Supercell Game Manager Touko Tahkokallio about how Clash Quest is working to disrupt the match-three dominated puzzle game genre.