Scopely

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www.scopely.com
Scopely Inc.
Type Private
Industry Advertising & Marketing
Headquarters Culver City, CA
Key people Walter Driver
Eytan Elbaz
Ankur Bulsara
Investors Evolution Media Capital, Highland Capital Partners,Anthem Venture Partners
Revenue $32M in 2014
Number of employees 51-200

Scopely, Inc. is a touchscreen entertainment network, which provides marketing, analytics, ads, business development, quality assurance, and community management for smartphone game developers and helps them monetize their free-to-play games.[1] It is based in Los Angeles and was founded in 2011. Scopely, Inc. partners and collaborates with game developers and global entertainment companies to bring distribution and monetization technology of mobile games.[2] The company develops its own games and also publishes games developed by others.

History

'"Scopely, Inc.'" was founded in 2011 by Walter Driver, Eytan Elbaz, Ankur Bulsara, and Eric Futoran. [3] In 2012, the company raised $8.5 million in seed funding and Walter Driver was entitled as the company's Chief Executive Officer, Eytan Elbaz as the Chief Strategy Officer, and Ankur Bulsura as the Chief Technology Officer.

In early 2013, '"Scopely, Inc."' announced its first six partner studios in the developer network.[4] In the same year, the company increased the strength of its workforce from 30 employees to 80, and was also given recognition as one of the "30 startups to watch" by the Entrepreneur Magazine. [5]

In 2014, Scopely, Inc., hired Tim O'Brien as its Chief Revenue Officer, and Javier Ferreira (former Disney Executive) as its Chief Operating Officer.[6] Furthermore, in the same year, Scopely, Inc. managed to raise $35 million in Series A funding. Scopely, Inc. managed to increase its revenue by 19,556% from 2011 to 2014.[7]

In 2015, Scopely, Inc. employed Steve Seoane as Senior Vice President, Publishing Platform, Bernard Chen as the General Manager and Vice President, Product, and Jessica Neal as its Chief People Officer. In August 2015, Scopely was ranked 9th on Inc magazine’s 2015 Inc 5000, a list of the USA's fastest-growing privately owned companies.[8] Scopely, Inc. was also ranked 2nd amongst Advertising and Marketing companies throughout the country.

In 2016, Scopely, Inc. claims to havee a $200 million annual run rate, with a 600% growth over the last 10 months. Recently, Scopely, Inc. has announced a new partnership with WWE, and will soon be releasing a free mobile game, "WWE Champions".[9]

Games

Till date, Scopely, Inc. has released nine games in the market, out of which it has topped the chart four consecutive times in US's App Store downloads. In 2012, Scopely, Inc. released Dice with Buddies as its first ever game[10], which went on to hit the No.4 spot on the App Store. Other games released in 2012 include Jewel with Buddies[11] (which reached the No.5 spot on the App Store), and Bubble Galaxy with Buddies[12] (which went on to top the App Store's charts).

In 2013, Mini Golf Matchup was the first game launched by Scopely, Inc. Mini Golf Matchup managed to reach the No.1 spot on the App Store in 28 countries. Other games launched during 2013 included Wordly and Skee-ball arcade, both of which reached the No.1 spot on the App Store.[13]

In 2014, Scopely, Inc. released Slots Vacation, which became the all time top 50 grossing game on the App Store.[14]

In 2015, Yahtzee with Buddies was released by a partnership formed by Scopely, Inc. and Hasbro. This game was also made available for the Apple Watch, and managed to achieve 1 million downloads in its first 4 days. In the same year, Scopely, Inc. collaborated with Robert Kirkman, the creator of The Walking Dead series, and Skybound Entertainment to create The Walking Dead: Road to Survival. The Walking Dead: Road to Survival saw 4 million downloads in less than a week, and managed to become a part of the top 25 most grossing games on the App Store.[15]


Investors

In 2012, Scopely, Inc. raised $8.5 million in seed funding. The funding was provided by the following investors:

  • Terry Semel (former CEO, Yahoo)
  • Gil Elbaz (CEO, Factual)
  • Evan Rifkin (CEO, Burstly)
  • Auren Hoffman (CEO, LiveRamp)
  • Michael Lazerow (CEO, Buddy Media)
  • Brian Lee (CEO, ShoeDazzle)
  • David Cohen (CEO, TechStars)
  • David Tisch (MD, TechStars NY)
  • The Chernin Group
  • New Enterprise Associates (NEA)
  • Felicis Ventures
  • Anthem Venture Partners
  • Greycroft Partners[16]

In 2014, Scopely, Inc. managed to raise $35 million in Series A funding. The principal investors include:

  • Jeff Stibel (CEO, Dun and Bradstreet Credibility Corp)
  • Brendan Iribe (CEO, Oculus VR)
  • Zander Lurie (Senior Vice President of Media, GoPro)
  • David Dorman (Former CEO, AT&T)
  • Evolution Media Capital
  • Sands Capital
  • Greycroft Partners
  • The Chernin Group
  • Highland Capital Partners
  • Anthem Venture Partners[17]


Top 5 Recent Tweets

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Notable Achievements

  • 2013: Top 30 Startups to watch by the Entrepreneur Magazine[18]
  • 2013: Gaming Insiders 30 under 30 by Gaming Insiders[19]
  • 2013: Largest Potential 2013 by Empact100, Empact Showcase[20]
  • 2015: No.2 fastest growing company in America in 2015 by Deloitte's Fast 500 List[21]
  • 2015: The Top 100 Startups in Los Angeles by Symmetry50 [22]
  • 2015: No.9 on Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Companies by Inc Magazine [23]


Controversies

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References

  1. https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/scopely
  2. https://www.linkedin.com/company/scopely
  3. http://scopely.com/about/leaders/
  4. http://www.insidesocialgames.com/2013/02/28/scopely-partners-with-five-studios-for-developer-network-including-double-fine/
  5. https://www.entrepreneur.com/slideshow/228244
  6. http://blogs.wsj.com/cmo/2014/04/15/hot-mobile-games-company-scopely-nabs-former-disney-executive/
  7. http://techcrunch.com/2014/11/13/scopely-series-a/
  8. https://www.inc.com/profile/scopely
  9. http://www.cnbc.com/2016/03/08/scopley-aims-to-build-new-kind-of-mobile-game-business.html
  10. https://withbuddies.com/Dice
  11. http://withbuddies.com/jewels
  12. http://www.appannie.com/app/ios/bubble-galaxy-with-buddies/ranking/#view=ranks&date=2013-04-09
  13. http://www.adweek.com/socialtimes/hbo-of-mobile-games-scopely-sees-more-than-10m-downloads-for-mini-golf-matchup-in-1-month/539805
  14. http://www.pocketgamer.biz/interview/58812/developers-need-to-go-orthogonal-or-get-a-publisher-says-scopely-ceo/
  15. http://blogs.wsj.com/cmo/2015/09/02/how-scopely-and-pewdiepie-got-four-million-people-to-download-walking-dead-game-in-one-week/
  16. https://www.vbprofiles.com/companies/scopely-54467e7aace93fdc54001cbe/
  17. http://variety.com/2014/digital/games/mobile-games-startup-scopely-raises-35-million-led-by-evolution-media-highland-capital-1201355478/
  18. http://www.entrepreneur.com/slideshow/228244#29
  19. http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2013-09-09-gaming-insiders-announce-gi-30/
  20. http://everything.explained.today/Scopely/
  21. http://scopely.com/blog/scopely-named-no-2-fastest-growing-technology-company-in-america-by-deloitte-fast-500/
  22. http://www.symmetry50.com/blog/2014/12/17/the-top-100-startups-in-la
  23. http://www.inc.com/spencer-bokat/ss/2015-inc5000-the-10-fastest-growing-private-companies-in-the-united-states.html

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