Turkish Mobile Puzzle Game Developer Cypher Games Raises $3.2 Million | Pocket Gamer.biz


Turkish mobile games studio Cypher Games has secured $3.2 million in a pre-seed funding round led by gaming venture capital firm Play Ventures, with participation from 500 Global, Joakim Achrén, founder of Next Games and Elite Game Developers, and Akin Babayigitf, founder of Tripledot Studios.

The investment will be used to grow their team sixfold by early 2023 and create their first casual mobile game. The company is also looking to establish a new office in Berlin, allowing its employees to work from anywhere.

Specializing in mobile puzzle games, Cypher Games previously developed Merge Barista for Zerosum Games, which was later acquired by Rollic in 2021.

“A game powerhouse”

Cypher Games CEO Anil Simsek commented, “Turkey has a huge potential talent base and we reward a large stock option pool for our colleagues. We believe in cooperative success with equal involvement instead of a me-centered approach. Therefore, we want our colleagues to be shareholders in our company.

Harri Manninen, Founding Partner of Play Ventures, said, “We are proud to lead the first round of investment in Cypher Games as they begin their quest to become one of the world’s leading casual game studios.

“The Turkish mobile game ecosystem is extremely strong and we are very happy to see young founders like the Cypher team emerging and joining the ranks of existing players such as Peak, Dream and Bigger Games.”

Fundraising can be a huge challenge for developers, but there’s been cause for celebration recently, with Supercell’s commitment to developer Love & Pies Trailmix and the latest pre-seed funding of $2.1 million. euros from Village Studio.


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