Mind Candy

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Mind Candy
Type Entertainment developer
Industry Video games Licensing Toys Entertainment Technology
Founded 2003
Headquarters Shoreditch, London, United Kingdom
Key people Michael Acton Smith (Founder, CEO)
Products Moshi Monsters, Perplex City, Tutpup
Employees 170
Website Mind Candy

Mind Candy is a British entertainment company, formed in 2004 by UK internet entrepreneur Michael Acton Smith, and based in Shoreditch, London, England.[1] Mind Candy's first major project was a hybrid of stories, games and puzzles called Perplex City.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Mind Candy is a British entertainment company, formed in 2004 by UK internet entrepreneur Michael Acton Smith. In 2007, the company began development on Moshi Monsters, a virtual world and online game aimed at children aged between 6-12, which allows users to adopt their own pet monster, socialise and play educational puzzles.[2]

Moshi Monsters has been likened to a Facebook for kids[3] and as of 2012 had over 75m users.[4]

In 2011, Moshi Monsters launched a range of physical products including toys, books, membership cards, trading cards, Top Trumps and Plush Toys.[2][5]

In March 2012, Mind Candy confirmed a major partnership deal with Sony Music.[6] The deal followed the launch of Mind Candy’s own music label, Moshi Monsters Music. The deal saw Sony Music handle the distribution aspects of Moshi Monsters' forthcoming music releases, starting with the debut album, Moshi Monsters, Music Rox.[7] Head of Moshi Music, Jason Perry, ex-of the UK rock band A produced the album. In November 2012, it was announced that the album achieved gold certification in the UK.[8]

The debut Moshi Monsters Nintendo DS title Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo topped the charts in the UK for 23 consecutive weeks.[9][10]

In October 2013, the firm's Moshi Monster characters became the most-licensed property in the UK after revenues at the firm jumping by more than 60 per cent. The company revealed that revenues rose to £46.9 million in 2012, up from £28.9 million for 2011. Users of the flagship game also increased from 55 million to 70 million.[11]

The Moshi Magazine was launched in February 2011 in partnership with Skyjack Publishing.[12] Mind Candy released Moshi Monsters: The Movie in December 2013 in partnership with Universal Studios.[13][14] It was also released in theatres in Australia on 20 February 2014.[15]

Mind Candy first app for iOS was called Moshi Monsters Village[16][17] and followed this with a variety of spin-offs such as Moshi Karts and Moshi Monsters: Moshlings .[18] In the first two months of 2014 Mind Candy also released apps Talking Poppet and Moshi Karts[19][20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Josh Halliday (2011-07-17). "Mind Candy – the monster that lurks on Silicon Roundabout | Media". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  2. ^ a b Gideon Spanier (2011-01-27). "From digital to physical, Moshi is a monster hit - Business - London Evening Standard". Thisislondon.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  3. ^ "Moshi Monsters Aims To Become The Facebook for Kids (TCTV)". TechCrunch. 2011-02-17. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  4. ^ Tyler, Lewis (2012-08-01). "Moshi Monsters movie on the way? | Latest news from the licensing industry". Licensing.biz. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  5. ^ "Moshi Monsters Magazine tops the magazine charts as it celebrates". SPARK Ventures. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  6. ^ "Sony Music partners with Moshi Monsters". Music Week. 2012-03-05. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  7. ^ "Moshi MOnsters Hoping for a Chart Smash with debut album". Metro.co.uk. 2012-03-05. Retrieved 2014-04-16. 
  8. ^ Pakinkis, Tom. "Moshi Monsters album goes Gold - with no promotional airplay". Music Week. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  9. ^ Benato, Max (2012-10-26). "Moshi Monsters: Moshlings Theme Park – review (by nine-year-old) | Technology". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  10. ^ Parfitt, Ben. "Moshi Monsters makes DS history | Games industry news | MCV". Mcvuk.com. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  11. ^ Oscar Williams-Grut (2013-10-02). "Moshi Monster creator Mind Candy reveals record revenues". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  12. ^ Brown, Nathan. "Mind Candy Launches Moshi Monsters Magazine". Edge Online. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  13. ^ . IMDB http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3280730/releaseinfo?ref_=tt_dt_dt. Retrieved 6 March 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ Sawyers, Paul. "Online kids’ sensation Moshi Monsters hits the big screen in a Universal Pictures movie this December". The Next Web. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  15. ^ "Moshi Monsters Movie coming to Australia". Bugg Toys and Licensing. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  16. ^ Styles, Kirsty. "Moshi Monsters Village App Launches Worldwide". Mobile Marketing Magazine. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  17. ^ Summers, Nick. "Mind Candy’s free-to-play iOS game Moshi Monsters Village is now available worldwide". The Next web. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  18. ^ Williams, Rhiannon. "Moshi Monsters arrives on mobile and tablet". The Telegraph. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  19. ^ Hutchins, Robert. "Mind Candy launches Moshi Karts". Licensing.biz. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  20. ^ Summers, Nick. "Moshi Karts: Mind Candy’s new free-to-play iOS game". The Next Web. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 

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