Three Cyberport start-ups’ mobile games win Best Indies of the Year from Google Play Hong Kong

HONG KONG SAR – Media
OutReach – 16 December 2021 – Three
mobile games developed by Cyberport start-ups, “Gate of Mobius” by Goblin Gamer Company Limited, “Tiny Fantasy: Epic Action Adventure RPG
game” by Minidragon Limited, and “Working Hero
2: Clash of Legends” by Add
Mission Workshop Limited
,
were awarded the Best Indies of the Year by Google
Play Hong Kong. In addition, “Gate of Mobius”
and “Tiny Fantasy: Epic Action Adventure RPG game” won the Best Indies of the
Year from Google Play Taiwan.

Three mobile games developed by Cyberport start-ups, “Gate of Mobius” by Goblin Gamer Company Limited, “Tiny Fantasy: Epic Action Adventure RPG game” by Minidragon Limited, and “Working Hero 2: Clash of Legends” by Add Mission Workshop Limited, are awarded the Best Indies of the Year by Google Play Hong Kong.

Google
Play announces its “Best of the Year” list in accordance with market
reactions to reveal the best apps and games in various regions each year. In
addition to its “Game of the Year” award, Google Play awarded “Best
Indies of the Year” to recognize popular games designed by independent game
developers. The winning games are placed at the top of Google Play’s “Best
of 2021” list and recommended to Google users.

Eric Chan, Chief Public
Mission Officer of Cyberport, said
, “Mobile gaming is an important part of the digital entertainment
industry with huge market potential. Market research firm Newzoo has estimated
that the global mobile gaming market will reach US$90.7 billion this year and
will grow to US$116.4 billion in 2024. Three Cyberport start-ups’ mobile games
are on the awards list of Google Play, the major digital distribution platform
for mobile apps, which is great encouragement to our digital entertainment and
esports community. It proves that their games are well-received by the market,
and that they have the potential to expand into overseas markets as well.
Cyberport will continue to support local game developers in seizing market
opportunities and expanding their business through the Cyberport Incubation
Programme and huge business network, therefore relevant employment and
entrepreneurial opportunities will be created for our young people.”

Independent game developers: Innovation
is the way out amid competition

“Gate
of Mobius” is a real-time online shooting game with multiple players and
different languages, including Chinese and English, designed by Goblin Gamer
Company Limited. The game is inspired by classic fairy tales such as Snow White
and Little Red Riding Hood, and is rendered in watercolor with a delicate
painting style. It successfully attracts players from local and global markets
such as Brazil, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States, with
cumulative downloads reaching over 600,000. Ken Chan, Director of Goblin Gamer Company Limited, said, “As
independent game developers have limited human resources, only a few companies
in Hong Kong can introduce multiplayer online games. This award recognizes our
effort and also enhances our company’s reputation, which will help us to reach
investors more easily for further game development. We are also planning to
launch VR shooting games under the growing VR game market.”

Launched
in February of this year, the “Tiny Fantasy: Epic Action Adventure RPG game”,
designed by Minidragon Limited, is a hack-and-slash game which targeted the
Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan markets. The game has been downloaded
more than 500,000 times. Hank Choi,
Co-founder of Minidragon Limited,
said, “Small-scale gaming companies have
limited funds, so innovation is the way out amid competition. Our game
integrates the traditional computer game element of a large number of enemies
into mobile games, allowing players to experience the thrill of fighting
against groups of enemies anytime and anywhere, and it has attracted many
players.”

Hong Kong games successfully enter
overseas markets

Following
the success of the first episode, Cyberport start-up Add Mission Workshop
Limited
and Gamemiracle co-launched the incubation game “Working Hero 2:
Clash of Legends”. With 1980s Hong Kong as the background and a Hong Kong
comics and ink painting style, game players change into martial arts heroes
with the appearance of ordinary workers. Silver
Li, Game Producer at Add Mission
Workshop Limited,
said, “Our game is popular in the local market
while 50% of the players come from Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan. In the early
stages of game development, gaming start-ups face challenges such as limited
income. The Cyberport Incubation Programme provides start-ups with funding and
free office support, so that they can focus on developing quality games. In
addition, industry exchange meetings are held from time to time, which help
stimulate creativity and promote mutual support within the community.”

There
are around 150 digital entertainment and esports start-ups in the Cyberport
community, covering game development, esports technology applications, game
publishing and competition platforms. Cyberport supports start-ups through the “Cyberport
Incubation Programme”, “Esports Industry Facilitation Scheme”
and “Esports Internship Scheme”, and organises different types of
events, such as the annual flagship “Digital Entertainment Leadership
Forum” which was held successfully last week, to promote industry
development and exchanges.

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