Scopely partners with five studios for developer network, including Double Fine

Screen Shot 2013-02-28 at 8.12.35 AMSocial mobile entertainment group Scopely today announced the first five partners for its new Developer Network, including Tim Schafer’s Double Fine.

The other partners announced includes Big Cave GamesHigh Line GamesRocket Jump Games and Zupcat Games. Scopely’s Developer Network is effectively a publishing platform that allows indie gaming studios to develop multiplayer titles while leveraging Scopely’s technology, distribution power, marketing and monetization techniques along the way.

We chatted with Scopely CEO Walter Driver about the Developer Network a couple of weeks ago, at which point he told us Scopely’s team would support partnered developers throughout the entire development process and aid them in distributing titles across various platforms.

As far as partnered developers to debut with, this is an impressive list: It’s hard to find a more beloved game developer than Double Fine, which is famous for its (usually) critically-hailed games like Psychonauts, Brütal Legend and Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster. Big Cave Games is formed from team members who worked on popular AAA titles like Call of Duty, Rage and Doom and are known for the well-received mobile title ORC: Vengeance. High Line Games was founded by former Rockstar Games devs and is known for the word game W.E.L.D.E.R. Rocket Jump Games created Major Mayhem (a rail shooter for Adult Swim Games). ZupCat Games has established a following on Facebook with RaceTown (which AppData estimates has 31,893 daily active users).

For these partner studios, Scopely is an attractive partner to work with, considering how the company’s “With Buddies” mobile games have repeatedly topped the iOS games charts. As a result, it has access to a huge number of users that would normally be out of reach for smaller, independent studios due to the ever-increasing cost of user acquisition on mobile platforms.

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