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Flaregames Shows Strong Growth in 2014, Hires 100th Employee


Flaregames Expands Organization on the Back of Recent Successes like Royal Revolt 2, Evoker and Agents of Storm

Karlsruhe, Germany November 11, 2014 | Flaregames, leading mobile games developer and publisher, today announced that their headcount has risen to 100 employees. The majority of the workforce is stationed in the headquarters in Karlsruhe, Germany, while the rest are based in Frankfurt. The team growth stems from a targeted recruiting campaign aimed at bolstering the Publishing and Marketing departments. The company has recently transformed from a self-publishing developer to a developing publisher and brought in renowned development studios like Subatomic Studios and Remedy Entertainment to its stable of partners. Still, development of fully owned franchises in Karlsruhe and Frankfurt will not slow down: about 60 percent of staff work directly on game development.

”We’re growing very fast but we’re still focused on maintaining an open company culture and a sustainable business. Our elaborate hiring process helps keeping the company a**hole-free.“ said Klaas Kersting, founder and CEO of flaregames. “We’re investing heavily in Publishing structures, personnel as well as technology, in order to cope with the pipeline of upcoming high profile games. Yet, we still are a developer at heart and will continue to build our own games as well.“

The management team has been expanded with a number of international key hires as well, here’s an overview:

Klaas Kersting, CEO and Founder
(formerly CEO at Gameforge AG, Angel Investor)
Justin Stolzenberg, Director of Product
(formerly COO at European Games Group)
Kristan Rivers, Director of Operations
(formerly Executive Director, Digital Distribution Asia-Pacific at Paramount Pictures)
Norman Pretzl, Director of Finance & Administration
(formerly Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company)
Ralf Adam, Executive Producer
(formerly Managing Director at Virgin Lands)
Matthias Schindler, Co-Founder and Head of Studio Karlsruhe
(formerly Managing Director at Rough Sea Games)
Pete Walentin, CEO Keen Flare and Head of Studio Frankfurt
(also COO at keen games)

Aside from top executive appointments, flaregames has attracted international talent in every department, among them industry veterans such as Sebastian Knopp (used to be Chief Product Officer at App Search Engine Xyologic), Borja Guillan Alvarez (Lead Game Designer of Plants vs. Zombies 2) and Pascal Clarysse (formerly Marketing Director of international games retailer Lik-Sang; author of an upcoming book about Rovio and Angry Birds).

Going forward, flaregames plans to keep expanding both revenue and workforce. In early 2015 the company will move into bigger offices in Karlsruhe to accommodate the growth. More than a dozen open positions can be found on the website: http://www.flaregames.com/jobs/

Agents of Storm will hit App Store on October, 23rd

Upcoming action strategy game by Remedy and flaregames is ready for launch

Karlsruhe, Germany, 20/10/2014 | flaregames GmbH and Remedy Entertainment Ltd. today announced that Agents of Storm, their co-produced mobile title will be released to the Apple App Store on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014. Versions for Android and Windows Phone will follow in the coming months. Gamers will be delighted as the game can be downloaded for free, supported by the F2P business model, offering dozens of hours worth of engaging gameplay along with a gripping storyline. Agents of Storm has been localized into English, French, Spanish, German and Italian and will be available in Western Europe and the Americas, with more territories coming soon.

Agents of Storm is a stunning 3D action strategy game for smartphones and tablets. It tasks the player to parachute into paradise, build an island base and lead a team of agents to save the world against the evil Chimera Corporation. The fast paced strategy gameplay equips players with seaborne strike forces and airborne special moves to conquer enemy islands, in epic cinematic battles. The witty storyline will take the player on a roller-coaster journey of plot twists and cool characters.

“We set out to create one of the best 3D games available for mobile in terms of visual quality and technical achievement, and of course it had to feature some of Remedy’s signature special effects and cinematic cameras. It’s been ambitious and not without challenges, but we are really excited to finally get it out there into the hands of gamers. There are also big plans to keep the updates coming in: expect more supported languages, new content and new features.“, said Olli Tervo, Lead Programmer, Remedy.

10 Reasons to work in Karlsruhe

flaregames has its HQ in Karlsruhe and we love the place. Here’s why:

1. It’s one of Germany’s most sunny cities, has mild winters with little snow and warm summers.

2. It’s almost on the French border, just a 15 minute drive from the next supermarché. Paris is 2 hours and 30 minutes by train; beautiful Strasbourg is less than an hour’s drive away. If you want to travel elsewhere, an hour train ride will take you to Frankfurt International, Germany’s biggest airport.

3. People are friendly, polite, helpful and generally much more relaxed than their southern neighbors in Stuttgart. While their form of German is sometimes hard to understand, most speak English well.

4. In Karlsruhe, you don’t need a car. It has the highest density of car sharing stations among all German cities and the public transport system is great. Also, you can easily get by with a bike on more than 100 Km of marked bike lanes. (If you’re into cars, well, there’s always the Autobahn…)

5. It’s an IT hotspot. The local “Cyberforum” (an organizational trade body for IT companies) boasts more than a thousand member companies. An EU study ranked Karlsruhe No 4 of all European IT regions (after Munich, London and Paris). Karlsruhe is essentially a city of gamers, it even has a Retro Gaming Museum. And a 3D printer store right in the city center.

6. Food connaisseurs have plenty to discover in and around Karlsruhe. It’s a wine country, origin region of the famous White Riesling. There are 16 Michelin Star restaurants in the region, and Baiersbronn, a nearby village, even boasts two 3-star restaurants, which is as many as London.

7. It’s a rich city, with the lowest debt per household in all of Germany. Everything is neat and well-ordered and there are plenty of jobs.

8. The city is family friendly and has been recognized as a “Kinderstadt” (children’s city) by UNICEF in 2010. In every quarter you’ll find playgrounds, Kindergardens and shops catering to family needs.

9. Have you heard of the Black Forest? The Schwarzwald is a giant wooded mountain range that stretches from Karlsruhe to Freiburg, along the river Rhine. It’s a great place for skiing, climbing, biking, hiking, or just simply relaxing with a beer at a lake, while enjoying the sunset.

10. Do you like outdoor sports? Karlsruhe is Germany’s best city for jogging (Runner’s World magazine said so in 2010) as more than 60 percent of the city grounds are greenery or parks. A real forest, the Hardtwald, can be reached just a few minutes’ walk from the the city center. The stadiums of a number of Bundesliga football (soccer) clubs can be reached within an hour’s drive: Karlsruhe’s own KSC (currently in 2nd division), 1899 Hoffenheim, VfB Stuttgart, SC Freiburg, 1. FC Kaiserslautern and others. Sports clubs for everyone make it easy to do any sport you like, from basketball to horseback riding, to aikido. You can even join a square dance club.

And here’s some impressions:

Karlsruhe - Kamuna 2012 Blick vom Turmberg hinunter auf Karlsruhe Botanischer Garten Karlsruhe Karlsruhe Stadtbahn Karlsruhe Dampfzug Schlossgartenbahn Karlsruhe Germany - Karlsruhe

 

© flaregames, 2014