Sarmayacar bets on mobile gaming by investing in Revolving Games
With a decade of mobile game development experience with an exit prior to this, brothers Ammar Zaeem and Shayan Zaeem have formed Revolving Games (RG), with Kyle Bricker bringing 25 years of experience in product and software.
Revolving Games is developing a massively multiplayer online game (MMO) with a AAA IP. This exciting gaming venture is the first of it sorts out of Pakistan, bringing together some of the world’s best gaming leadership, with development and design capabilities from a San Francisco office while benefiting from cost advantages that come with operations being primarily based out of Lahore. Now armed with $12 million (PKR 1.8 Billion), an injection from a global publishing giant, and a seed investment led by Sarmayacar – Pakistan’s leading VC – Revolving Games is moving apace towards the launch of its first game in 2021.
Revolving Games is investing heavily in Pakistan, with their new penthouse office underway which will set new standards in the industry. RG will utilize these funds to aggressively hire and scale up the Lahore studio with the quality talent Pakistan has.
Gaming is a $152 billion industry of which the Mobile sub-segment makes up $68 billion currently, growing at a double-digit rate. Revolving Games’ setup straddling San Francisco and Lahore uniquely positions the startup to develop, publish and market games aimed at a global audience with much more attractive economics than would be possible for many of the large studios based entirely out of North America. At the same time, RG’s dual-studio setup provides an avenue for Pakistani game developers to gain direct exposure and insights from some of the world’s most experienced mobile game developers, whose prior experience spans top-tier gaming studios like Scopely, Machine Zone, Kabam and Wargaming.
“Pakistan’s young engineering talent has the potential to make the country into a game development hub within the global gaming ecosystem. Bringing together the best of such talent from Pakistan, pairing it with industry leaders from Silicon Valley, and getting a strategic partnership in place with one of the world’s most successful companies in this space is a testament to the abilities of Ammar and the RG team in executing on their global ambitions. We believe RG not only has the potential to make games that can be successful the world over but also in the process foster the next generation of game development talent in the country”, commented Rabeel Warraich, Founder and CEO of Sarmayacar.
“Revolving Games is a startup that has 10 years of hard work behind it. We have truly been able to build a team and a business model that can set us to be the next rocket ship in mobile gaming. Our team consists of veteran rock stars that have designed, engineered and produced games that generated over $3 billion in lifetime revenue”, said Ammar Zaeem, CEO of Revolving Games.
Shayan Zaeem, President of Worldwide Studios also added, “We have spent almost a decade training talent in Pakistan, this type of a boutique game studio model is helping our Pakistan team grow at 5x the rate than it previously did in any other partnership.” Ammar and Shayan, along with their brother Saad previously founded Caramel Tech Studios, a leading game studio that originated in Pakistan.
Kyle Bricker, Executive Producer at the San Francisco Studio said, “Integrating the talent pool in Pakistan with our leadership team in San Francisco has been a rewarding experience. With advanced architecture training and modern agile methods employed we enable our worldwide team to achieve high-velocity production at significantly reduced costs blended across the worldwide team while maintaining high-quality final product.”