Hyper-casual mobile game (HCG) publisher and social instant-play gaming company Storms announced that Kuyi Mobile, a Philippines-based indie gaming studio, has been named the winner of the inaugural Storm The World competition.
Storm The World is a hyper-casual mobile game competition held by Storms in partnership with global app marketing analytics platform Adjust. It aims to boost the growth of high-potential indie mobile game developers yet to be discovered, by offering them the chance to win cash prizes and publishing contracts.
With its arcade mobile game, Kuyi Mobile was selected from 250 submissions from 17 countries globally — including Australia, China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, United Kingdom and Vietnam — by a competition jury that comprises experts across areas such as game design, monetisation and user acquisition.
Storms chief growth officer Benjamin Pommeraud said, “We received a great number of quality projects through the Storm The World competition, but Kuyi Mobile’s submission emerged as the game with the strongest potential among all the submissions we received, and we are excited to be a partner in their growth.”
A Hobby That Turns into A Career
Kuyi Mobile was founded by a cartoonist named Erick Garayblas, who then started his career in the mobile gaming industry with the intent of only making it a hobby. Armed with Garayblas’ programming background and passion for gaming, Kuyi Mobile has published mobile games such as Pocket Arcade, Idle Startup Inc and Pin vs Ball.
Kuyi Mobile founder Garayblas said, “We are humbled to be recognised for our game’s potential and be named the winner of the Storm The World competition. Our eyes are set on creating fun and engaging games that people of all ages can enjoy, and we are heartened to take part in this competition by the Storms Publishing team, who truly understand the pain points that indie gaming developers often face.”
Adjust president of Asia Pacific Shawn Bonham, added, “As a global app marketing platform that has worked with many of the world’s leading mobile game developers, Adjust believes that collaborations are the key to developing an inclusive and sustainable global gaming ecosystem. We are thrilled to join Storms in this initiative, and look forward to providing high-potential indie studios, such as Kuyi Mobile, with a springboard into the global gaming scene.”