Social Point

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Social Point SL
Subsidiary
Industry Video game industry
Founded 15 October 2008; 10 years ago (2008-10-15)
Founders
  • Horacio Martos
  • Andrés Bou
Headquarters Barcelona, Spain
Key people
  • Horacio Martos (CEO)
  • Andrés Bou (CEO)
  • Marc Canaleta (CTO)
  • Joaquim Lechà (COO and CFO)
Number of employees
360[1] (2018)
Parent Take-Two Interactive (2017–present)
Website socialpoint.es

Social Point SL is a Spanish video game developer based in Barcelona. Founded in October 2008 by Horacio Martos and Andrés Bou, the company specialises in free-to-play mobile and social network games, distributed across Android, iOS, Fire OS and Facebook. Their most notable game is 2012's Dragon City. Social Point was acquired by Take-Two Interactive in February 2017.

History[edit]

Social Point was founded by Andrés Bou and Horacio Martos in 2008. Between 2008 and 2011, they launched 25 online social games. In January 2011, Social Point released the battle and strategy game Social Empires.

In July 2012, Social Point announced it had closed a Series B round of venture capital funding to the total of $10 million. TechCrunch reported that funding for the B.1 round was provided by Nauta Capital, Idinvest Partners and the BBVA bank.[2]

Spanish newspaper Expansión printed an article in February 2013, stating that Greylock Partners had invested €2.9 million in Social Point in December 2012.[3]

In November 2011, Social Point released Social Wars and a mobile version of Social Empires. In May 2012, the company announced the release of Dragon City for Facebook.

In December 2012, The Next Web ran an article announcing that Dragon City was ranked #2 in Facebook's 25 top rated games that year.[4]

Social Point announced an iOS version of Dragon City in March 2013. An Android version was released globally in August 2014.[5] Also in 2014, they launched a new combat and strategy title, Monster Legends, for Facebook, iOS and Android.

In 2013, Social Point announced its partnership with the mSchools Initiative, a multi-year, multi-faceted education initiative led by the Mobile World Capital Barcelona.[6]

Social Point has confirmed that its staff will be involved in mentoring school children as part of the App Education Course element of the initiative: a computer science elective that will be offered in Catalan high schools to teach students about application design and prototype development.[7]

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya published an article in October 2012 announcing that Social Point was an official collaborator in its master's program in Videogames Design.[8]

In August 2013, VentureBeat named Social Point one of the 20 fastest growing mobile startups in the world.[9]

According to the company, in 2015 it had a turnover of 85 million euros (50% coming from the United States) and its video games accumulated 180 millions downloads.[10]

In January 2016, the company launched a new title, World Chef,[11] and two months later, Dragon Land,[12] both for iOS and Android.

In 2016, it generated $90 million in annual revenue and $20 million in profits according to parent company Take-Two Interactive[13]

Games developed[edit]

Year Title Platform(s)
Android Facebook Fire OS iOS
2011 Social Empires No Yes No Yes
Social Wars No Yes No No
2012 Dragon City[14] Yes Yes Yes Yes
2014 Monster Legends Yes Yes Yes Yes
Jurassic Hunter Yes No No Yes
2016 World Chef Yes No No Yes
Dragon Land Yes No No Yes
2017 League of Dragons Yes No No Yes
Champions Destiny [to be determined] [to be determined] [to be determined] [to be determined]
2018 Tasty Town [to be determined] [to be determined] [to be determined] [to be determined]
Dragon City Match [to be determined] [to be determined] [to be determined] [to be determined]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chartboost (2 April 2018). "Social Point - Lessons from building a game start-up and being acquired (Chartboost Dev House)". YouTube. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  2. ^ Wauters, Robin. "Social games developer Social Point raises €2.4 million". TechCrunch. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  3. ^ Díaz, Tina (12 February 2013). "La "start up" Social Point eleva su financiación hasta once millones". Expansión (in Spanish). Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  4. ^ Wauters, Robin (5 December 2012). "Facebook unveils the top rated games of 2012". The Next Web.
  5. ^ https://finance.yahoo.com/news/dragon-city-game-social-point-130900550.html
  6. ^ "GSMA Backs New Mobile Education Initiative of the Mobile World Capital". Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  7. ^ "Social Point Partners with GSMA for Education". Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  8. ^ "Social Point Collaborator in Master in Videogames Finalist in Emprendedor XXI". Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  9. ^ Farr, Cristina (5 August 2013). "Meet the 20 fastest- growing mobile startups". Venture Beat.
  10. ^ Pueyo Busquets, Jordi (1 February 2017). "Los Pokémon catalanes se van por 250 millones". El País. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Have You Ever Dreamed of Opening Your Own Restaurant?". Marketwire. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  12. ^ "Dragon Land Is a Gorgeous New 3D Platformer out Now on Mobile". Gamezebo. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  13. ^ https://techcrunch.com/2017/02/01/take-two-buys-mobile-gaming-publisher-social-point-for-up-to-276m/
  14. ^ Reyburn, Scott (30 May 2013). "Social Point's Andrés Bou on Dragon City's success on mobile, sticking with the Facebook platform and plans for 2013". Adweek. Retrieved 4 June 2015.

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