With the sale of its card games business to U.S. giant Zynga for $100 million, Turkish developer Peak Games transferred the biggest intellectual property rights for a single item in the country's history, and now, the company is looking to join the big league in the global gaming market
Founded by Sidar Şahin in 2010, the Turkish game developer is known for its card games franchises and local hits like the 101 Okey Plus. It receives 99 percent of its income from Europe and the U.S.
The deal with Zynga meant that Peak Games will be transferring the biggest and most expensive intellectual property rights for a single item in Turkey's history. The move will also bring a substantial amount of foreign investments to the country.
Prior to the deal, Peak Games set another example when it sued and won an intellectual property rights lawsuit against Hasbro.
European investor spots opportunityFounded by Sidar Şahin, Rina Onur and Hakan Baş in 2010, Peak Games quickly made a name for itself with its free mobile and online games. Having received support from Humming Bird and Eurobird angel investors, the company continued to grow in Europe and especially in the U.S.Speaking to Daily Sabah about the Zynga deal, Peak Games Strategy Director Ömer İnönü said they reached this point after seven years of hard work, adding that the agreement involved only the acquisition of the studio that developed card and okey games, like "Spades Plus" and "Gin Rummy Plus," two of the most popular card games in the U.S., as well as games local hits like the "101 Okey Plus."
İnönü said Peak Games will continue to grow uninterruptedly with the teams developed other hits like Toy Blast and Toon Blast, played by tens of millions of people all over the world.
Company eyes world marketHe claimed that Peak Games was the fastest growing Turkish technology company and pointed out that it was one of the biggest players in the global mobile gaming market.
"Our commitment to work is one of the greatest drivers behind the company's success," İnönü said, adding that Peak Games was one of the top 10 companies in the U.S. mobile gaming scene, in terms of both revenue and number of users.
"Nevertheless, this is just the beginning and we hope of going much farther. One of our goals is to become the world's leading mobile gaming company," he said.
"Alongside technological expertise of our team, we have the power and ability to accomplish this."
Among the top 10 games played in the US
Peak Games' "Toy Blast" is among the top-10 mobile games in the U.S. at the moment, the world's largest gaming market. Another title, "Toon Blast," which was launched last August, is the most downloaded game in the U.S. with 3 million new users each month.
Almost 99 pct of income comes from abroadAlmost 99 percent of Peak Games revenue comes from abroad, with more than 70 percent coming from the U.S. alone.
More than 500 million people worldwide have at least one of Peak Games' titles on their mobile devices.
They rank in the top-10 in the U.S. mobile gaming market.
Sidar Şahin gave life to Peak Games in 2010Peak Games was founded by Sidar Şahin in 2010. Currently, he serves as the company's CEO. Its co-founder, Rina Onur, later founded 500 Startups Istanbul, one of the world's largest entrepreneurial ecosystem accelerators.
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