6waves Lolapps Launches First Mobile Games

Facebook publisher-developer 6waves Lolapps has finally made its move into mobile publishing with Yeti Town and Splode Free now live in the App Store.

Both games are puzzle titles apparently developed by smaller games studios and published by 6waves Lolapps. Yeti Town is a matching game nearly identical to Spry Fox’s Triple Town; Splode Free is a music-and-color puzzle that challenges players’ sense of timing. Both games are available for free, with Splode Free’s title implying that a paid version is on its way. Splode developer Escalation Studios previously published its mobile game, Dr. Awesome, through ngmoco.

UPDATE: 6waves Lolapps tells us Yeti Town was also developed by Escalation Studios.

As more mature companies on Facebook expand their operations into both publishing and mobile game development, we’ve been curious to see whether those same companies would attempt to become mobile publishers. So far as we know, 6waves Lolapps is the only company that’s combined both branches of business, while developers like Zynga and Crowdstar have stuck to developing and self-publishing their own titles for mobile even as they consider expanding into Facebook game publishing. (However, Zynga recently hired Sony executive Rob Dyer to be its head of partner publishing, suggesting it’s closer to marrying mobile to publishing.)

Mobile is a very different story. While traditional video game developer EA has expanded many of its own franchises onto iOS and Android, it also acquired Angry Birds-publisher Chillingo for third-party games. DeNA’s ngmoco also simultaneously maintains arms for in-house content and third-party apps. Plus, several game developers like TinyCo, Crowdstar, Gamevil and more have opened funds to tease out promising developers to partner with.

6waves Lolapps was born of a merger between Facebook publisher 6waves and Ravenwood Fair developer Lolapps. The company closed a $35 million round of funding led by Nexon shortly after the merge, and has since launched a developer fund aimed at publishing games for both social and mobile platforms, and acquired Chinese developer Smartron5, which is currently working on both mobile and social titles.

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6 Responses to “6waves Lolapps Launches First Mobile Games”

  1. Inside Social Games · Spry Fox aiming for 10 years of Triple Town, cross-platform mobile app heading to iOS says:

    [...] How do you feel about Yeti Town? Many people have pointed out it is very similar to Triple [...]

  2. Standing up for ourselves | Game Tycoon says:

    [...] InsideSocialGames: “Yeti Town is a matching game nearly identical to Spry Fox’s Triple Town” [...]

  3. Spry Fox sues 6waves Lolapps for copying Triple Town game | VentureBeat says:

    [...] InsideSocialGames: “Yeti Town is a matching game nearly identical to Spry Fox’s Triple Town” [...]

  4. Spry Fox e 6Waves: questa volta si va in tribunale – Indie Vault says:

    [...] su cui gira. Si tratta dello stesso gioco, solo che in questo caso c’è la neve.”InsideSocialGames: “Yeti Town è una copia pressocchè identica a Triple Town di Spry Fox.”Games.com: [...]

  5. Geekview IP Week(ish) in Review. A humorous look at the recent IP Headlines. says:

    [...] and Gamasutra and Edge Magazine and when Yeti Town was released numerous media outlets, including Inside Social Games, Games.com and Gamezebo noted the similarities in the games.  Spry Fox’s CEO, Dave Edery, [...]

  6. Exclusive: 6waves Lolapps cuts development staff, focuses exclusively on publishing says:

    [...] Shortly after, the company secured $35 million in funding from Nexon and Insight Venture Partners, expanded into mobile publishing and acquired Smartron5 and Escalation Studios to beef up development in China and on mobile [...]

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