Klang Games Partners with Tilting Point® to Launch and Operate ReRunners™

Venture Backed Indie Game Studio Adds Support from Leading Publishing Services Provider

Berlin and New York – October 28, 2015 Klang Games, a Berlin-based independent game development studio, today announced an agreement with publishing partner Tilting Point to support ReRunners, the upcoming multiplayer platform racer for mobile and tablet. Klang Games recently received an investment from the game-focused venture capital firm, London Venture Partners. The collaboration with Tilting Point will afford ReRunners a greater opportunity for success through a combination of funding, operational support, marketing, and live ops, while Klang Games retains full creative control and IP ownership.

ReRunners will be joining Tilting Point’s growing game roster, which includes the App Store Best of 2014 and Apple Design Award winning hit, Leo’s Fortune, the popular word and puzzle game hybrid, Languinis, and Beat Sports, the Apple TV exclusive game from developer Harmonix.

Tilting Point’s mission is to facilitate success for promising independent developers in the highly competitive mobile game market. The new agreement will see Tilting Point helping Klang with a range of fundamental services including marketing, user acquisition, analytics, quality assurance, and localization.

"Tilting Point sees the vision and potential in ReRunners and impressed us with their comprehensive in-house team and clear focus on their external developer partners,” commented Ívar Emilsson, game designer and co-founder of Klang Games.  “They also posted some outstanding race times during their testing of ReRunners so we decided to do the deal with them!"

Klang Games was founded in 2013 by Ívar Emilsson, Mundi Vondi, and Oddur Magnússon. Icelandic game developers Ívar Emilsson and Oddur Magnússon have collectively built up 20 years’ experience in developing online multiplayer games, working at game studio CCP Games – known for the popular MMO, EVE Online, and the FPS, Dust 514 – and artist Mundi Vondi has an extensive background in art and design.

Dan Sherman, president and co-founder of Tilting Point, commented on the new partnership agreement, “This deal marks a new era of collaboration between independent developers and the growing ecosystem of organizations that are designed to support them. Many consider the backing of a top tier game VC like LVP and the unique publishing services model of a partner like Tilting Point to be mutually exclusive. In fact, we bring very different and complementary strengths to the table, which when combined give Klang and ReRunners the best shot at success.”

David Gardner, co-founder of London Venture Partners, led the firm’s investment in Klang and explains meeting Klang and the Tilting Point partnership:

“I first heard of Klang through the Icelandic gaming community. I was made aware that a talented group of guys were building something fun and fast-paced in Berlin, expanding on their massively multiplayer experience gained from EVE Online. I had an initial Skype call and looked at the game there was something special, something brilliant about the way multiplayer showed up in the creative work. We continued to get to know them over the months that followed and just had to invest; we couldn’t get the game out of our heads. I’m excited to see that Tilting Point feels the same and will partner to bring this team to content hungry gamers everywhere!”

Currently in its Beta stage, ReRunners is an online, asynchronous multiplayer game for mobile and tablet that features an open world and fast-paced racing gameplay. The game is set to raise the bar of the 2D platformer genre, by combining adventure, racing, action, and RPG elements in a socially engaging environment. ReRunners is set to launch in early 2016.

 

Klang Games Receives London Venture Partners Investment

Klang Games was founded in 2013 by Icelanders Ivar Emilsson, Odd Snær Magnusson and Gudmundur Hallgrímsson. A few weeks ago, the studio finally closed a deal with London Venture Partners for, among other projects, the studio’s ReRunners mobile game. 

ReRunners is the first product of the accumulated experience of the team behind Klang Games, and the game is set in an open world, combining adventure, racing, action, and RPG elements in a socially engaging environment. The game is set for release later in 2015 for both iOS and Android devices.

But investments are not completed overnight, and the team at Klang Games is glad to finally be able to announce the investment. Klang Games’ close-knit collaboration with LVP (London Venture Partners) took, according to MMO design veteran and Klang Games co-founder, Ivar Emilsson, approximately a year to court.

“The process was very fluid and natural, we first got to know LVP over a year ago, and ever since we’ve been building our relationship. They’ve given us solid advice from day one, so we’re really happy to have them “officially” on board. Of course there were some unexpected difficulties, but nothing major and almost exclusively limited to weird German bureaucracy (the best kind). “, says Ivar Emilsson.

“The studio is fully focused on our first release ReRunners, we’re ironing out the last kinks and getting ready for soft-launch!”

All in all, Klang Games is the embodied vision of the three Berlin-residing Icelanders, and apparently there were great benefits involved with moving to Berlin, Ivar says. According to him, some of the many advantages included: Cheaper prices to minimize costs, attractive local talent, accessibility from the rest of Europe, the weather (though compared to Iceland), and generally liking Berlin.

“We actually had a short list of cities that we were considering, we wanted to choose the best place to start our journey. In the end Berlin was chosen due to its many advantages. We love it here!”, Ivar Emilsson states.

So what is Klang Games’ recipe for a success? Some of it has to do with inner wanting and desires. Ivar describes it like so: “Having a great time doing what we love!”.

Taking that into consideration, it suddenly becomes a bit more obvious and clear why Klang Games seems to slowly be rising to the top in mobile games. After all, having a clear vision of where to be is half the journey. And the location especially becomes relevant when you have to start recruiting great talent.

“We believe that player-to-player interactions are really important, playing with or against someone creates an unique emotional atmosphere that we really hope to capture with our games. Our goal is also to create long-term sustainable games, by constantly iterating and improving them and building strong player communities.”, Ivar Emilsson says.

Source: http://nordicgamebits.com/2015/08/04/klang-games-receives-london-venture-partners-investment/

Klang Games metið á tæpan milljarð

Íslenska tölvuleikjafyrirtækið Klang Games er metið á tæpan milljarð króna eftir hlutafjárkaup breska fjárfestingarfélagsins London Venture Capital í fyrirtækinu. Fjárfestarnir keyptu hlut í félaginu fyrir 630 þúsund Bandaríkjadali, eða um 85 milljónir íslenskra króna.

Klang Games var stofnað árið 2013 af Ívari Emilssyni, Oddi Snæ Magnússyni og Guðmundi Hallgrímssyni listamanni, sem jafnan er kallaður Mundi Vondi. Ívar og Oddur eru fyrrverandi starfsmenn CCP og hafa talsverða reynslu af hönnun tölvuleikja. Stofnendurnir eiga fyrirtækið enn að mestu.

Ívar segir að við fjárfestingu London Venture Capital hækki virði fyrirtækisins enn frekar þar sem það sé afar virt innan tölvuleikjaheimsins. Þá muni sambönd breska fyrirtækisins og reynsla þess hjálpa frekari vexti Klang Games.

David Lau-Kee, meðeigandi hjá London Venture Capital, tekur sæti í stjórn fyrirtækisins. Lau-Kee var áður varaforseti tölvuleikjarisans Electronic Arts.

Klang Games er við það að gefa út sinn fyrsta tölvuleik, ReRunners, sem kemur út á snjallsíma. Til að byrja með verður leikurinn prufukeyrður á Filippseyjum, Nýja-Sjálandi og í Ástralíu. Í kjölfarið er stefnt að því að leikurinn komi út um allan heim í október. Leikurinn kemur út á ensku, frönsku, ítölsku, þýsku og spænsku en nú stendur yfir vinna við að þýða leikinn.

Ívar lýsir ReRunners sem risastórum heimi þar sem hægt er að ferðast um og keppa við aðra spilara.

Framtíðarsýn Klang Games er skýr að mati Ívars. „Okkar markmið er að slá í gegn. Við erum að búa til alveg frábæran leik og við ætlum að halda áfram að reyna að búa til frábæra fjölspilunarleiki,“ segir hann.

Klang Games er staðsett í Berlín. Ívar segir einkum tvær ástæður fyrir því að fyrirtækið hafi valið að starfa þar. „Það er rosalega erfitt að fá erlenda fjárfesta til Íslands því peningurinn er fastur. Það er samt ekki aðalástæðan. Aðalástæðan er betri aðgangur að starfsfólki. Eins og ástandið er í dag er auðveldara að fá fólk til að flytja til Berlínar en Íslands,“ segir Ívar.

Source: http://www.visir.is/klang-games-maetid-a-taepan-milljard/article/2015707259971

Klang Games bags London Venture Partners investment

 

The VC that once invested in Supercell has opened its coffers to a new developer, Klang Games.

London Venture Partners has injected an unspecified amount of cash into the Berlin-based studio, which was formed by the minds behind EVE Online at CCP Games.

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Klang was sparked back in 2013 by Ivar Emilsson, Mundi Vondi and Oddur Magnússon, who have over 15 years’ experience in developing online multiplayer games.

The investment will help grow Klang Games and support its future games development, including its first project called ReRunners – an online, asynchronous multiplayer for mobile.

“LVP prides itself in investing in promising up-and-coming gaming studios who have a clear vision, and potential of doing great things within the industry.

"Klang Games displays the traits that we look for in investments, especially in the studio’s approach to creativity and game design. We believe that this will be an exciting partnership,” explained David Lau-Kee, General Partner of LVP.

London Venture Partners invests in Klang Games

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London, United Kingdom - 22nd July 2015 - It has been announced that leading VC in games, London Venture Partners (“LVP”), has signed an investment agreement with Klang Games, a Berlin-based independent game developer, to back its future projects, including the upcoming mobile and tablet game, ReRunners.

The agreement, which was officially signed on Friday 26th June, means that LVP will be financially investing in the game developer, as well as offering valuable knowledge of publishing within the gaming industry.

Oddur Magnússon, Developer and Co-Founder of Klang Games, comments, “We are extremely proud to have partnered with LVP. LVP's decades of experience and insight in both traditional and mobile gaming is a huge asset for Klang. We could not have a better partner to fulfill our vision of how to bring multiplayer games to new platforms."

Klang Games was founded in 2013 by Ívar Emilsson, Mundi Vondi, and Oddur Magnússon. Icelandic game developers Ívar Emilsson and Oddur Magnússon have collectively built up 15 years’ experience in developing online-multiplayer games, working at game studio CCP Games – known for the popular MMO, EVE Online, and the FPS, Dust 514 – and artist Mundi Vondi has an extensive background in art and design.

Now Berlin-based, Klang has expanded its team but is still sticking to its independent roots, believing that complete creative control is important for the studio’s vision.

“We believe that games should have the ability to bring people together through fun, engaging gameplay, and social interaction. Games must be able to appeal to the everyday gamer in an instantly accessible form, as well as help build a community of like-minded individuals,” explained Magnússon.

Klang is currently developing its first game ReRunners, which aims to raise the bar of the mobile/tablet platformer genre. The game, which is in its Beta stage, is an online, asynchronous multiplayer that features an open world and fast-paced racing gameplay.

LVP is known for its foresight into promising gaming start-ups, and for investing in teams with exceptional vision like Supercell.

“LVP prides itself in investing in promising up-and-coming gaming studios who have a clear vision, and potential of doing great things within the industry. Klang Games displays the traits that we look for in investments, especially in the studio’s approach to creativity and game design. We believe that this will be an exciting partnership,” explained David Lau-Kee, General Partner of LVP.