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KILOO is a Danish games development company. It was founded in 2000 by Jacob Møller, with a focus on developing entertainment content for game console and handheld devices. In 2008, he was joined by his brother, Simon Møller. Together, they both run 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. In September, the game made its way to Android and gathered even more enthusiastic players. One month after the Android release, Subway Surfers made it into the top 20 growing Facebook apps by monthly active users. In July 2014, the game exceeded five hundred million downloads across all platforms. In September 2015 the download numbers reached 1 billion.
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 ahead of 500 competing companies, with their game Popstar, built on a Tamagotchi-like concept of managing the career and basic needs of an upcoming pop music star.
KILOO later entered an agreement with THQ Wireless to develop the game Worms for mobile. KILOO also cooperated with ITE on the development and distribution of mobile content based on the TV and game character Hugo. By 2004, the Hugo games had been bought by 1 million people.
Between 2006 and 2009, KILOO had the exclusive mobile rights for LEGO worldwide. In 2007, KILOO broke into Børsen’s "Fast Track 100", which placed it 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.
In 2008 KILOO raised capital from Danish VC FirmaInvest for further growth.
In October 2014, KILOO released Smash Champs, which turned out to be another success.
In March 2015, KILOO released Stormblades, which was co-produced with the Canadian developer Emerald City Games.
In March 2016, KILOO released Tesla Tubes.
In 2013, KILOO Group was founded by integrating three subsidiary companies in the KILOO family: Manatee, Katoni and GivingTales.
The company was established in 2012, and focuses on apps development. Customers include McDonald’s Denmark. The McDonald’s Coinoffers app was 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” and “Brand Driven Apps & Utilities” at the CCA 2012. 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”.
Katoni ApS was established in 2014 and specializes in the development of online shopping portals. In June 2014, Katoni launched Katoni.dk, a shopping portal for fashion. In 2016 Katoni expanded to Norway (Katoni.no) and in 2017 to Finland (Katoni.fi).
GivingTales is a cooperation between KILOO and evershift. The project was established in 2012 to develop an app with versions of popular Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales for children. The tales are narrated by actors and celebrities. The app was 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:
- "The Princess and the Pea", narrated by Roger Moore
- "The Ugly Duckling", narrated by Stephen Fry
- "The Little Match Girl", narrated by Ewan McGregor
- "The Emperor’s New Clothes", narrated by Joan Collins
- "The Snow Queen", narrated by Joanna Lumley
- "Little Claus and Big Claus", narrated by Michael Caine
- "The Little Mermaid", narrated by David Walliams
- "Thumbelina", narrated by Charlotte Rampling
- "It's Quite True!", narrated by Paul McKenna
- "The Nightingale", narrated by Michael Ball
KILOO has created games licensed from brands and companies such as:
- Maya the Bee and Friends for mobile – 2006
- Hugo: Black Diamond Fever for mobile – 2004
- Happy Tree Friends
- Whac-a-mole for iPhone
- Commodore 64 for iPhone
- Subway Surfers for iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone
- Smash Champs for iPhone and Android
- Stormblades for iPhone and Android – March 19, 2015
- Tesla Tubes for iPhone and Android – March 17, 2016
- Dawnbringer for iPhone and Android
In 2008, KILOO started developing mobile applications alongside game development. These include:
- Issuu Mobile – a magazine reader for iPhone
- JokeToons – animated videocontent for iPhone
- Games licensed from Wham-O
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- "ITE and KILOO expands Agreement". Press Release. hugo-troll.de. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
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- Jordan, Jon. "Kiloo and Wham-O link up for iOS title Frisbee Forever". pocketgamer.co.uk. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
- "Wham-O® Frisbee® Forever Lands in Apple App Store Today!". Press Release. Business Wire. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
- "Kiloo Games are proud to announce Bullet Time, the next massive action-adventure for iOS". Press Release. gamasutra. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
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- "Roger Moore backs children's fairytales app in aid of Unicef". The Guardian. 18 June 2015.
- Kiloo Happy Tree Friends Spin Archived 2 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
- New Danish Screen. Archived 11 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
- Touch Arcade Announce 03-25-2011
- Touch Arcade Announce 09-02-2011
- Touch Arcade Announce 04-20-2012
- Touch Arcade Announce 05-11-2012
- Issuu.com homepage
- KILOO Licenses Various Wham-o Brands