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Limited Liability Company
Industry Interactive Entertainment
Founded 2003; 15 years ago (2003)
  • Kai Bolik, CEO
  • Boris Wasmuth, CMO
  • Michael Kalkowski
Headquarters Berlin, Germany
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Number of employees

GameDuell is a cross-platform games community headquartered in Berlin, Germany.[2] It operates over 70 games in seven languages with over 130 million users.[3] The company produces and distributes digital card and board games, action arcade games, as well as puzzle games for the web and social and mobile platforms.[2][4] Some of the company's games include Fluffy Birds, Maya Pyramid, Bubble Speed, Jungle Jewels, Grand Gin Rummy and Belote.


GameDuell was founded in December 2003 by Kai Bolik, Michael Kalkowski and Boris Wasmuth.[5][6] In 2008, GameDuell expanded into North America and opened an office in San Francisco.[6] The company released its first Facebook game, Bubble Popp, in 2009 and its first iOS mobile game, Jungle Jewels, in 2010. Jungle Jewels was also released for Android in 2011.

By 2013, the company had produced more than 70 online games in German, French, English, Dutch, Swedish, Danish and Spanish, and had a user base of 80 million players.[6][4]

GameDuell Headquarters

In 2014, the company changed its logo to reflect "passion for game development and game experience."[7] In February 2014, former PopCap studio director Todd English joined GameDuell as head of studio for social and mobile games,[8] and Ian J. Bowden, co-founder of Rockstar Leeds, became art director at GameDuell in August 2014. While at Rockstar, Bowden worked on the Grand Theft Auto game series, L.A. Noire, Red Dead Redemption and Max Payne 3.[9] GameDuell released the French card game in 2014 with cross-platform functionality.[10] Later that same year, GameDuell launched the world tournaments ("Coupe Du Monde").[11] In June 2015, Howard Phillips became GameDuell's head of game design and user experience. Phillips previously worked for Nintendo, THQ, Microsoft, and was studio director at Chair Entertainment.[12]

In March 2016, GameDuell released Grand Gin Rummy, its digital adaptation of the traditional gin rummy card game. The company's cross-platform game engine makes the game playable across iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.[13] The game was additionally released on Facebook in April 2016.[14]

GameDuell is a member of the industry association Berlin Brandenburg[15] and member of the German game developers association, GAME.[16]


In 2004, GameDuell raised a funding round led by Holtzbrinck Ventures and Burda Digital Ventures.[17] The company raised a $17 million in a second round of funding in July 2008 from Wellington Partners.[17][18]


GameDuell operates a dedicated cross-platform game server with an open cross-platform development toolkit written in programming language Haxe.[2] By 2016, GameDuell had over 130 million users and 70 games produced in seven languages.[3]

GameDuell Events[edit]

GameDuell TechTalk

Since 2010, GameDuell hosts the TechTalk event series,[19] where renowned technology pioneers share their know-how with the tech community of Berlin.[20] Senior technology experts like Ed Burns, JSF specification lead at Oracle, Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon, Emil Eifrem, Founder of Neo Technology,[3] Dr. Torsten Lodderstedt, member of the OAuth working group of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and tech manager at Deutsche Telekom, Matthias Weßendorf, member of the Apache Software Foundation, working for JBoss/Red Hat and Jeanfrancois Arcand, developer of the Atmosphere framework, introduce the audience to their working fields.[citation needed]

Berlin 2.0

Twice a year GameDuell invites the one hundred most influential and successful founders of the Berlin startup community to an exclusive networking event. At Berlin 2.0 the founders of the most established tech and internet companies meet to exchange.[21]

Skat & Rommé Masters

Since 2006 GameDuell hosts the largest Skat tournament of the world every year.[22] The event series is organized in exclusive partnership with the German Skat Association (DSkV e.V.). Throughout the year players of the popular German card game compete in qualification rounds on the GameDuell web platform. Additionally to the Skat Masters, GameDuell launched the Rommé Masters tournament series in 2009. Only the best players of both games qualify for the live finals in Berlin where they compete face-to-face for valuable trophies. The final round is recorded and televised on German TV.[23]


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  2. ^ a b c Matt Suckley (July 23, 2015). "How to get a job at Berlin casual developer GameDuell". Pocket Gamer. Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c Carl Quinton (June 17, 2016). "GameDuell Studio Spotlight". GameSauce. Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Georg Räth (September 18, 2013). "Less gut feeling, more analysis". Gründerszene. Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  5. ^ Alexander Huesing (August 22, 2016). "GameDuell buys investors out - after 13 years". Deutsche Startups. Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c Georg Räth (September 30, 2014). "Fluffy Birds and Scrum meetings - so it looks at GameDuell". Gründerszene. Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  7. ^ Jon Jordan (June 24, 2014). "GameDuell - same passion, different logo". Pocket Gamer. Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  8. ^ Rachel Weber (February 11, 2014). "PopCap's Todd English joins GameDuell". Games Industry. Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  9. ^ James Brightman (August 19, 2014). "Rockstar Leeds co-founder joins GameDuell". Games Industry. Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  10. ^ "GameDuell 10 Years of Online Success". Gamasutra. April 11, 2014. Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Belote World Cup: the first online tournament". Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  12. ^ Matthew Handrahan (June 24, 2015). "GameDuell hires Nintendo, Microsoft veteran Howard Phillips". Games Industry. Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  13. ^ Viktor Puz (March 1, 2016). "Grand Gin Rummy: GameDuell releases new MobileGame". Newsslash. Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  14. ^ Viktor Pulz (April 29, 2016). "Grand Gin Rummy now also on Facebook playable". Newsslash. Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  15. ^ "GameDuell". Berlin Bandenburg. Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Members". Game Bundesverband e.v. Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  17. ^ a b Dean Takahashi (July 3, 2008). "Germany's GameDuell raises round for skill-based games". Venture Beat. Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  18. ^ Ernst-Jan Prauth (July 4, 2008). "GameDuell raises €10.8 million in series B". The Next Web. Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  19. ^ "About the GameDuell TechTalk". GameDuell. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  20. ^ "A Tour of GameDuell's Berlin Office". Office Drop In. March 22, 2013. Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  21. ^ "Home". Berlin 2.0. 
  22. ^ "Qualify Online & Skat Masters". GameDuell. 
  23. ^ "Skat Masters". Deutscher Skatverband. Retrieved February 19, 2017. 

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