Small Giant Games初创阶段回顾：坚持做小做精
Small Giant Games初创阶段回顾：坚持做小做精
原作者：Vincent Landon 译者：Willow Wu
2013年成立的芬兰游戏工作室Small Giant Games次年10月完成了一轮310万美元的投资。他们对未来信心满满。
“商业领域的某些权威人士给了我们考验，最终他们发现了我们的闪光点，这无疑让公司的信誉得到了大幅提升，”Small Giants CEO Timo Soininen说。
Small Giant Games的创始团队累计有超过30年的F2P游戏开发经验，世界最大的免费社交游戏&青少年网络社区Habbo Hotel就出自他们之手。
新一轮融资的主要投资者是Stockholm和Palo Alto-based Creandum，其它还包括PROfounders、Spintop Ventures以及Capital A Partners。一些个人投资者也参与了：比如March Capital的Gregory Milken和诺基亚前CEO Risto Siilasmaa。2013年Small Giant获得的种子投资是70万欧元。
对于Small Giants Games来说，将工作室设在赫尔辛基这个手游开发中心城市可以得到不少优势。数学和编程人才的水准都很高，但Soininen最看重的是社区意识。
Small Giants game studio, founded last year, has just finished a 3.1 million dollar investment round.
Fresh from completing a 3.1 million-US dollar investment round, Finnish game studio Small Giant Games is looking to the future with renewed confidence.
“It gives us a huge credibility boost that some of the toughest guys in the business have grilled us and found something really interesting cooking here,” says CEO Timo Soininen.
“It basically means that we have the capability not just to launch our first game but to develop and launch a series of games.”
Small Giant Games was founded last year. The founding team has over 30 years of combined free to play game development experience from Habbo Hotel, one the world’s largest free to play social games and online communities for teenagers.
The lead investor of the recent funding round was Stockholm and Palo Alto-based Creandum, followed by PROfounders, Spintop Ventures and Capital A Partners. A group of private investors also participated, including Gregory Milken and Risto Siilasmaa. It follows a seed round of 700 000 euros over a year ago.
Small and tight
The team, which is currently about 10-strong, plans to bring more talent on board but stay at a modest size.
“The funding gives us the financial backbone to hire people but we firmly believe that small teams can do gigantic things. We prefer to keep the company small and tight than grow too quickly at this stage. We don’t want quality to suffer.”
The startup has revealed few details of Oddwings Escape, the title it plans to release at the start of next year but Soininen says it will be a new type of flying game with very rich character animations and a strong story line which will blend the genre boundaries.
With hundreds of games coming out on a daily basis, the current gaming environment is challenging says Soininen.
“It is a brutal market so the differentiation with the game itself is extremely important but also marketing and how to break through in the huge noise not just of other games but the whole app marketing market.”
Sense of community
For Small Giants Games, being in Helsinki, one of the main hubs for mobile games development, has considerable advantages.
The mathematics and coding talent is at a very high level but it’s the sense of community, which Soininen appreciates.
“We have a lot of colleagues in some of the very successful studios and friends in new upcoming studios and this culture of sharing and talking is something unique.”
“Coming from a small country, we understand the global market and it is not a zero sum game. If colleagues from another company succeed, it is good for everyone in the long run.”
Asked how he would like Small Giants to be viewed, Soininen replies without hesitation: a small manageable company which creates great things.（source：goodnewsfinland ）