Plarium

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Plarium
Privately held company
Industry Social games, mobile games
Founded 2009
Founder Avi Shalel
Gabi Shalel
Illya Turpiashvili
Haim Turpiashvili
Ivan Vorobeychyk
Michael Morgovsky
Yaron Hakimi
Products Full list
Number of employees
1,000 (2016)
Website www.plarium.com

Plarium is a mobile, social, and web-based game developer, known for Massively multiplayer online games, including Vikings: War of Clans, Terminator Genisys: Future War, Soldiers, Inc.,[1] Sparta: War of Empires,[2]Stormfall,[3] Total Domination,[4] and Throne: Kingdom at War. Founded in 2009, Plarium is headquartered in Herzliya, Israel with offices in Israel, Russia, Ukraine, UK, and the United States,[5] the company's social games are available on Facebook, Vkontakte, Odnoklassniki and Mail.Ru, and its mobile games are available on iOS and Android devices.

Plarium has previously employed BAFTA award winner, Jesper Kyd, known for his work on the video games such as Assassin's Creed and Borderlands, to compose the music for their own games.[6]

In November 2012, Plarium released Stormfall: Age of War, one of the fastest growing social games on Facebook;[7] in 2013, Facebook recognized Soldiers, Inc. as one of the top social games of the year.[8]

History[edit]

Plarium was founded in 2009 and started out by developing games for the Eastern European casual gaming market, such as Farmandia on the Russian social network VKontakte; in 2011, Plarium began developing Massively Multiplayer Online Strategy Games, and in February of that year the company released Total Domination, reaching 20 million users.[9]

Reception[edit]

Plarium's Stormfall: Age of War has made "Top 20 Facebook apps" chart during its 2012 launch, and was one of the fastest growing Facebook apps by monthly active users at that time.[10] Facebook's Director of Game Partnerships Sean Ryan called it a "beautiful-looking game" when it launched in November 2012.[11]

In 2013, Facebook has named Soldiers, Inc. as one of the best new social games of the year.[12] VentureBeat mentioned Plarium in March 2014 as one of the standalone gaming companies prioritizing social games on the Facebook platform. Plarium players are currently averaging three sessions a day on Facebook.[13]

In 2014, Plarium was named one of Europe's most promising startups by Wired UK journalist Madhumita Venkataramanan, speculating that the company will be Israel's next billion-dollar company if it goes public in 2015.[14]

In 2014, Facebook's Director of Platform Partnerships, Julien Codorinou mentioned Plarium as one of the top global gaming companies on the Facebook platform.[15]

On November 10, 2015 Plarium has licensed characters of Alien vs. Predator from 20th Century Fox to add them to Plarium's Soldiers Inc. game.[16]

On 10 August 2017 Aristocrat Leisure Limited announced its acquisition of Plarium for US500 million upfront payment plus an earn-out arrangement to shareholders. [17]

Plarium games[edit]

Game Release Platform(s)
Farmandia 2010 Facebook
Total Domination: Nuclear Strategy 2011 Browser
Pirates: Tides of Fortune 2012 Browser
Stormfall: Age of War 2012 Browser
Total Domination Reborn 2013 iOS and Android
Soldiers Inc. 2013 Browser, iOS and Android
Sparta: War of Empires 2014 Browser
Stormfall: Rise of Balur 2015 iOS and Android
Nords: Heroes of the North 2015 Browser, iOS and Android
Vikings: War of Clans 2015 iOS and Android
Throne: Kingdom at War 2016 iOS and Android
Vikings: War of Clans 2016 Browser
Soldiers Inc: Mobile Warfare 2016 iOS and Android
Terminator Genisys: Future War 2017 iOS and Android

Terminator Genisys: Future War is a mobile MMO strategy by Plarium in cooperation with Skydance Media.[18][19] The events of the game take place in the post-apocalyptic universe of the Terminator Genisys film, the game was announced on June 28, 2016 and released on May 18, 2017[20] on the iOS App Store and Google Play. The game uses Plarium's usual model of free to play, with some in-game features and upgrades available to purchase.[21]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Where Alien vs. Predator meets Israel’s gaming industry, Times of Israel
  2. ^ Animation, Sound and Scoring: How Plarium Brought Sparta to Life, Gamasutra
  3. ^ Plarium launches new version of smash-hit Stormfall on mobile, Venture Beat
  4. ^ Plarium aims to reproduce Facebook success with Total Domination: Reborn on iOS, Venture Beat
  5. ^ "Plarium expands to London". gamesindustry.biz. January 16, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Jesper Kyd: Music Serves the Same Purpose Regardless of the Platform". GameSauce.org. July 18, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Tech roundup / Plarium gaming company scores a Top 20 Facebook hit". Haaretz.com. March 15, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Facebook Games of the Year 2013". Facebook.com. December 9, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Russia-focused online games developer eyes new markets". Reuters.com. July 11, 2012. 
  10. ^ "CityVille 2, Subway Surfers, Stormfall, Snapchat, Twitter and more on this week's top 20 Facebook apps growing by MAU". Inside Facebook. November 26, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Israel's Plarium debuts graphically rich hardcore Stormfall game on Facebook (exclusive)". VentureBeat. October 31, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Facebook names its top games of 2013". VentureBeat. October 9, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Why one studio is still plugging away on new Facebook games". VentureBeat. March 13, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Europe's hottest startups 2014: Tel Aviv". Wired.co.uk. August 1, 2014. 
  15. ^ "With Hostilities Over, DLD Kicks Off in Tel Aviv". Wall Street Journal. September 16, 2014. 
  16. ^ "'Alien vs. Predator' Coming to Facebook Game". Variety.com. September 14, 2015. 
  17. ^ http://www.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20170810/pdf/43l9cycvlfvpj7.pdf
  18. ^ Brandy Shaul. "Plarium, Skydance Partner for Terminator Genisys Mobile Game". Adweek. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  19. ^ Dean Takahashi. "Plarium teams with Skydance to create Terminator Genisys mobile game". VentureBeat. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  20. ^ "Terminator Genisys Future War; Story Sequel On Android/iPhone: Arnold Schwarzenegger's T-800 Series Is Back". Inquisitr. Retrieved 18 May 2017. 
  21. ^ Todd Spangler. "‘Terminator Genisys’ Multiplayer Game Coming in 2017". Variety. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 

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