Game Industry Veteran and Angel Investor Klaas Kersting to Strengthen Kopla’s Mission to Build Action Role-Playing Games for a Mass Audience
Tampere, Finland – March 2nd, 2016 – Mobile game startup Kopla Games announced today that the studio has finalised a 700,000 € seed investment round. The funding comes from German angel investor and serial entrepreneur Klaas Kersting, who is known from founding online games provider Gameforge and mobile game publisher and developer flaregames. Kersting has acted as an early stage investor for many startups including Supercell, Spacetime Studios and iQU. In 2015 Kopla raised it’s pre-seed round worth 100,000 euros from Finnish investment company Sisu Game Ventures and other investors. Sisu is run by Moaffak Ahmed, Samuli Syvähuoko and American serial entrepreneur and investor Paul Bragiel, who is also an early stage investor at Uber.
Founded in 2015 by four seasoned developers; CEO Mika Kuusisto, Product Lead Janne Jaakkola, Art Lead Ilkka Siik and Tech Lead Vilppu Tuominen, who initially teamed up while working on Rovio’s Angry Birds franchise, Kopla Games’ mission is to introduce action RPGs to everyone. The team’s speciality is their systematic approach to quickly discovering what the players are truly interested in, by continuously validating their direction with feedback and metrics, only focusing on what has the potential of becoming the next big thing. Kopla Games’ debut title, codenamed ‘Project Nonstop’, will be launched in cooperation with flaregames in 2016.
“Kopla are a highly experienced group with a unique mindset when it comes to developing mobile games,” said Klaas Kersting. “They have very impressive plans to expand their team in a scalable way and have an awesome first product that is already showing itself to be a potential hit.”
“We are all big fans of action RPGs and we believe the existing games on mobile have only touched the tip of the iceberg in their true market potential. We tap this opportunity by taking the long lifetime and immersive experience of the genre and make it accessible and appealing to a wide audience”, Kopla Games CEO & Co-founder Mika Kuusisto explains. “Klaas shares our vision and we’re thrilled to get his extensive experience in gaming on board with Kopla,”
Kopla’s first title Project Nonstop centres around the eternal journey of a knight who in each moment is faced with hordes of fiendish enemies. As this quest is never-ending, players must support their Knight by picking up rewards, upgrading weapons and gear and discovering new abilities to help the little buddy battle better and further. Playable with one hand (more precisely: with one thumb), Project Nonstop offers an adventure ideal for on-the-go interaction throughout the day.
Kopla Games is currently recruiting new talent to join the team. The open positions can be found from: http://www.koplagames.com/#jobs