German developer InnoGames announced that its mobile/browser strategy game Forge of Empires reached a lifetime revenue of €250 million (~$279 million). This milestone marks Forge of Empires as the most successful InnoGames title so far.
According to InnoGames, Forge of Empires has been played for a total of 164,000 years since its launch in 2012. The title was first released as a browser game, with an initial development cost of €1 million (~$1.12 million), and was recognized as “Best Browser Game 2013” at the German Computer Game Award shortly thereafter. Dedicated mobile versions of the game for iOS and Android devices were released in 2014which soon received accolades as the game quickly became one of the top five new strategy titles for iOS in 2014 and won Google’s “Best of Games 2015” recognition. By 2015, Forge of Empires, had reached lifetime revenue of €100 million (~$112 million) and the game had.
“Forge of Empires is a true success story for the whole company and I’d like to thank the game team for their extraordinary work,” said Armin Busen, CPO of InnoGames. “When we released Forge of Empires in 2012, we knew that the game had huge potential but we’ve never expected this global hit. This success was only possible due to the high quality of the game and our sustainable game design. In 2016, we released additional content for our players every week and they really enjoyed that. In the future, we will continue working hard on the game and add new features to give our players the best game experience possible.”
“We at InnoGames would like to thank our players for this next milestone in our history,” said Hendrik Klindworth, CEO of InnoGames. “I’m especially proud of our achievements in mobile as we’ve been able to grow this segment to our main driver in terms of revenue which underlines our successful overall transition to mobile. We are excited to further accelerate our journey while providing our players with the best game experiences possible.”
InnoGames has seen marked success in the last year. The company reported record year-over-year revenue growth of 25%, for a total of €130 million (~$145 million) in 2016. Subsequently, Dreamhack owners Modern Times Group (MTG) spent €82.6 million (~$90.1 million) to acquire 51% of InnoGames’ shares, giving them a controlling interest.