Vladimir Funtikov (Co-founder)
Sergei Panfilov (Co-founder)
Serhiy Slyeptsov (Co-founder)
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Creative Mobile is an independent game developer and publisher based in Northern Europe. Founded in 2010, the company has quickly evolved into a leading game studio, consistently topping Android and iOS game charts. We are best known for the Drag Racing series, which defined a new genre of mobile games and became one of the most downloaded franchises of all time with more than 350 million lifetime installs. Creative Mobile has never raised any funds and is still owned by the original founders.
Founded in 2010 by three colleagues interested in making games for the Android, the trio started to experiment with games like Basketball Shots 3D and Alchemy~Genetics. In April 2011, they made Drag Racing, which took off almost immediately and was an unexpected smash hit.
Following up on the success of Drag Racing, the game was released to more platforms and a series of follow-up titles was developed — Drag Racing: Bike Edition in 2012 and Drag Racing 4×4 in 2013.
In the 2nd half of 2013 Creative Mobile launched the Beta version of its most ambitious project to date: Nitro Nation Online. This ‘AAA’ title was announced to be the ultimate version of Drag Racing, the Beta ran until April 2014 when the game was officially launched.
Parallel to Nitro Nation Online, the Creative Mobile Publishing department has released a number of titles since 2013, including: Clash of the Damned, Mushroom Wars, War of Tanks, Road Smash, Last Inua, Zombie Harvest, Hamster Balls, Ambush! Tower Offense and Stickman Trials.
In 2015, the much anticipated follow up to Drag Racing (now known as Drag Racing Classic), Drag Racing Club Wars saw a Beta release. As well, the story-driven adventure racing title Nitro Nation Stories was released, expanding the Nitro Nation franchise. In addition, a new Creative Mobile game project was soft launched. A follow up to the popular Alchemy~Genetics, this zookeeper/animal genetics game called ZooCraft was launched on Google Play.
By 2016, Nitro Nation Stories was rebranded with hip-hop celebrity Fetty Wap, in cooperation with Moor Games. Creative Mobile published two new titles Cyberline Racing; a cyberpunk themed combat racing game, and Pocket Tower Skyscraper; a casual building management and construction simulator.
In 2017, Creative Mobile in partnership with Alawar, brought the critically acclaimed and multi-award winning game Beholder to mobile on the App Store, Google Play and the Amazon App Store. ZooCraft expanded its release to the App store and Hunger Cops was released on the App Store and Google Play in cooperation with Joycraft Games. In addition, Trigger Time became Creative Mobile’s first published game on Steam.
Creative Mobile also formed a new team to develop R&D game prototypes. In 2017, two prototypes were released: We Are The Swarm!; an anti-runner/tower defense style game, and Desert Rogues; a rogue-lite steampunk tarot inspired adventure. Both game prototypes were released to the App Store and Google Play.
In the autumn of 2017, Creative Mobile and FoxNext Games announced The X-Files: Deep State, an officially licensed hidden object mystery investigation game which launched on the App Store and Google Play in February of 2018.
- 2012 'Startup of the Year' in Estonia
- 2013 PocketGamer Top 50 Developer
- 2014 PocketGamer Top 50 Developer
- 2015 PocketGamer Top 50 Developer
- 2015 Best Mobile Game at DevGAMM Hamburg
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The New York Times “The Best Android Gaming Apps of 2011” 2011
Arctic Startup “Estonia-based Creative Mobile Scores Big With Drag Racing Game” 2012
PocketGamer “Drag Racing dev: We expected players to abandon us for CSR Racing…but they didn’t” 2013
e27 “Creative Mobile CEO on Android-first, freemium and hiring“ 2013
PocketGamer “We focus on players not platforms, says Creative Mobile CEO” 2013
AdWeek “Insider Q&A: Creative Mobile CEO Vladimir Funtikov” 2013
PocketGamer “Build a brand or throw in the towel, says Creative Mobile’s Vladimir Funtikov“ 2014
Nordic Business Report “Success Sometimes Comes After Failure” 2014
PocketGamer “Flappy Bird was the perfect accidental guerilla marketing campaign, says Creative Mobile” 2014
Estonian World “Creative Mobile celebrates 200 million game installs on Android” 2015
PocketGamer “Creative Mobile celebrates fifth birthday with 30% growth in 2016 its next goal“ 2015
[a]list Daily “Creative Mobile Revs Up With ‘Fetty Wap Nitro Nation Stories’” 2016
PocketGamer “Vladimir Funtikov on why free-to-play development sucks and what you can do about it” 2016
ChartBoost “How Estonian Mobile Game Publisher Creative Mobile Responded to Cloning” 2016