Kiloo

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Kiloo
Private
Industry Video games, Games development
Founded 2000
Headquarters Denmark
Key people
Jacob Moller
Simon Moller
Number of employees
100[1]
Website http://www.kiloo.com

Kiloo is a Danish games development company. Was founded in 2001 by the current Jacob Mouller, [2] with a focus on developing wireless entertainment content for game console and handheld devices. In 2008, he was joined by his brother, Simon Moller, together with whom he now fully owns and runs Kiloo.

Kiloo's best known game, Subway Surfers, was released in the spring of 2012 and was developed in cooperation with SYBO Games. A few weeks after its release, the free running game for iOS was named Game of the Week for 31 May 2012 by AppAdvice.[3] In September, the game made its way to Android and gathered even more enthusiastic players.[4] One month after the Android release, Subway Surfers made it into the top 20 growing Facebook apps by monthly active users.[5] In July 2014, Subway Surfers exceeded five hundred million downloads across all platforms. In September 2015 the download numbers reached 1 billion.[6]

History[edit]

Kiloo was founded in 2000, in a small apartment in Aarhus, Denmark, as a two-person company. In 2002, the partnership dissolved and Kiloo changed into a private company. In the same year, Kiloo won the Nokia Mobile Challenge in the games category [7] ahead of 500 competing companies, with their game Popstar build on a Tamagotchi like concept of managing the career and basic needs of an upcoming pop music star.

Later on, Kiloo entered an agreement with THQ Wireless to develop the game Worms for mobile.[8] Kiloo also cooperated with ITE on development and distribution of mobile content based on the TV and game character Hugo.[9] By 2004, the Hugo games were bought by 1 million people.

Between 2006 and 2009, Kiloo had the exclusive mobile rights for LEGO worldwide.[10] In 2007, Kiloo broke into Børsen’s "Fast Track 100" which placed Kiloo in the league of Denmark’s fastest growing private companies. In the same year, Kiloo acquired the exclusive rights for Whac-a-Mole worldwide with reference to developing and selling Whac-a-Mole mobile content.[11]

In 2008 Kiloo raised capital from Danish VC FirmaInvest for further growth.[12]

In 2009 Kiloo licensed the full suite of Wham-O rights for mobile (HackySack, SuperBall, Frisbee and Hula Hoop), which so far has resulted in Frisbee Forever and Frisbee Forever 2.[13]

2011 saw Kiloo launch two games (Frisbee Forever and Bullet Time HD) and numerous apps.[14][15]

In 2012, Kiloo released two successful games, Subway Surfers[16] and Frisbee Forever 2, a sequel to Frisbee Forever, which launched one year before.

In October 2014, Kiloo released Smash Champs.

In March 2015, Kiloo released Stormblades, which was coproduced with the Canadian developer Emerald City Games.

In March 2016, Kiloo released Tesla Tubes.

KILOO GROUP[edit]

In 2013, Kiloo Group was founded by integrating three subsidiary companies in the Kiloo family: Manatee, Baboon and GivingTales.

Manatee[edit]

The company was established in 2012 and focuses on apps development. Customers include McDonald’s Denmark[17] The McDonald’s Coinoffers app has been developed in cooperation with DDB Copenhagen. The campaign including the app won gold and silver in the categories “Integrated Campaigns”, “Events & Digital Events”, “Digital Campaigns” og “Brand Driven Apps & Utilities” at the CCA 2012.[18][19] The campaign won also a Bronze Lion in the category “Best Integrated Campaign Led by Mobile” at Cannes Lions 2012 and another Bronze Lion in the category “Best Use of Integrated Media” [20][21]

Katoni[edit]

Baboon ApS was established in 2014 and specializes in the development of online shopping portals. In June 2014, Baboon launched Katoni,[22] a shopping portal for fashion.

GivingTales[edit]

GivingTales is a cooperation between Kiloo and evershift. The project was established in 2012 to develop an app withversions of popular Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales for children. The tales are narrated by actors and celebrities. The app is developed in Budapest (Hungary), and it was released in June 2015, on App Store, Google Play Store and Windows Phone 8 Store with the following stories:

Games[edit]

Kiloo has created games licensed from brands and companies such as:

In 2010, Kiloo Games announced a new original IP called Zoonies. The game is for Nintendo DSi and 3DS. Zoonies was sponsored by the New Danish Screen.[25]

In 2011 Kiloo releases Frisbee Forever [26] and BulletTime HD.[27]

In 2012 an endless running game Subway Surfers[28] is released in co-production with Sybo Games and Kiloo continues series with Frisbee Forever 2.[29]

Media[edit]

In 2008, Kiloo started developing mobile applications alongside the game development. These include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ kiloo.com
  2. ^ "Interview: CEO of Kiloo, Maker of App Store C64 Emulator". OSNews. OSNews. 27 January 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Chan, Christine. "AppAdvice Game Of The Week For May 31, 2012". AppAdvice. AppAdvice. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Grush, Andrew. "Highly Popular iOS game, Subway Surfers, comes to Android". Mobile Magazine. Mobile Magazine. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Darwell, Brittany. "Farmville 2, Instagram, Zuma Blitz, Subway Surfers and more on this week's top 20 growing Facebook apps by MAU". Inside Facebook. Inside Facebook. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  6. ^ http://www.pocketgamer.biz/interview/62038/subway-surfers-does-1-billion-downloads-boasts-27-million-daily-active-players/
  7. ^ "Nokia Mobile Challenge awards winners for most innovative and useful Java(TM) applications". Press Release. Nokia. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Worms game page". IGN. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "ITE and Kiloo expands Agreement". Press Release. hugo-troll.de. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  10. ^ Thomsen, Casper. "Fodbold indleder millionsalg af Lego-mobilspil". Computerworld. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Whac-a-Mole™ by Kiloo Exceeds 1,500,000 U.S. Downloads on iPhone Over the 12 Days of Christmas". Press Release. PRWeb. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  12. ^ Lubbe, Anne. "Mobile phone game developer Kiloo raises fresh capital". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  13. ^ Jordan, Jon. "Kiloo and Wham-O link up for iOS title Frisbee Forever". pocketgamer.co.uk. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "Wham-O® Frisbee® Forever Lands in Apple App Store Today!". Press Release. Business Wire. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Kiloo Games are proud to announce Bullet Time, the next massive action-adventure for iOS.". Press Release. gamasutra. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "Lords of the Underground". Unity3D. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
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  22. ^ [6]
  23. ^ "Roger Moore backs children's fairytales app in aid of Unicef". The Guardian. 18 Jun 2015. 
  24. ^ Kiloo Happy Tree Friends Spin
  25. ^ New Danish Screen.
  26. ^ Touch Arcade Announce 03-25-2011
  27. ^ Touch Arcade Announce 09-02-2011
  28. ^ Touch Arcade Announce 04-20-2012
  29. ^ Touch Arcade Announce 05-11-2012
  30. ^ Issuu.com homepage
  31. ^ Kiloo Licenses Various Wham-o Brands