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Forge Of Empires developer InnoGames opens Brazil office

Friday, 15th February 2013 08:54 GMT By Dave Cook

Forge Of Empires developer InnoGames has expanded into Brazil, in a move to capitalise on the growth of the Brazilian games market.

GI.biz reports that the Hamburg outfit – which has developed online titles Forge Of Empires, Kartuga and Tribal Wars – will take up residence in Sao Paulo. The new site will be headed up by Marcus Imaizumi, formally of Habbo Hotel outfit Sulake.

InnoGames COO Michael Zillmer said of the expansion, “We see Brazil as one of the largest growth areas in the world at the moment. The development of its infrastructure – especially in terms of the internet – has proceeded fast in recent years, largely due to the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympics.

“We do believe, however, that success in this market rests on local knowledge and local contacts. This will be Marcus Imaizumi’s task. He sees excellent opportunities in South America for InnoGames: the existing user base is a big advantage for us because we don’t have to start from scratch.

“We will put our focus on community management, and particularly media and payment partners to identify additional acquisition channels.”

At present InnoGames has a registered player base of 10 million.

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  1. deathm00n

    If this is because of the user base they are a little late I think, 3 years ago Tribal Wars was played by so many people here you couldn’t believe. One friend of mine was the #1 ranked player for a time.

    “We see Brazil as one of the largest growth areas in the world at the moment. The development of its infrastructure – especially in terms of the internet – has proceeded fast in recent years, largely due to the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympics.” Now this doesn’t have much truth, sure, in the capitals like São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro the growth of the infrastructure is good. But come to my city, 4 hours away from São Paulo and you will see how well developed we are lol. We can’t have a internet with more than 2Mb (250kbps download speed top) and in the capitals and larger cities the max is 10Mb (1,2 mbps download speed top). In terms of technology we are a little late.

    Anyway, I should try contacting them, I aim at being a developer, let’s see if they are hiring…

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Cool P

    #1 At least is good to see that the games industry is opening their eyes to the Brazilian market. Hopefully someday we’ll also have big developers of our own, not only foreign companies, cause i also share your aim of being a developer!

    #2 1 year ago
  3. deathm00n

    @2 Nice to find a fellow Brasileiro!

    Agree with you, at least we have one game that’s being published in other countries, Taikodom from Hoplon Infoitment, it’s being published by GamersFirst and was totally made here, written by a Brazilian writer.

    It’s a shame for me that almost all of the developers here is doing only small android/iphone games that are just getting lost in the sea of freeware that exists. There’s not big things being developed, a shame really.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. walterlc

    bad news for the brazilian people.
    The innogames don’t respect local laws, receive money from customers and block them, they hire incompetent people to work in brazilian support.
    this company it’s a shame to Germany.

    #4 10 months ago