SA Gaming Startup Carry1st Signs Global Publishing Deal



March 22, 2021, 12:54 a.m.

Carry1st a South African gaming startup has entered into a global, multi-year publishing agreement with Raketspel to publish the studio’s next casual game, Mine Rescue!, to be launched in Spring 2021.

Based in Stockholm, Raketspel has amassed over 120 million downloads of their beloved games including their biggest hit, Dig This!, which has been installed over 100 million times.

Having started making flash games 20 years ago, the studio has evolved to making fun interactive mobile games with simple mechanics that everyone can enjoy.

Carry1st is an emerging publisher of social games and interactive content with a focus on frontier markets like Africa.

The company partners with studios across the globe to scale and monetize its products.

This news marks the third global publishing deal that Carry1st has announced since they raised their seed round in early 2020, and is their first foray into the hybrid-casual space.

Speaking on this global publishing deal, Michael Quacinella, Carry1st’s lead product manager who recently joined the company from Wargaming said:

“We have been looking for a great hybrid game and after playing Mine Rescue! we immediately felt it was the right one.

Raketspel has a lot of experience building exceptional puzzle games and we can’t wait to work together, aiming for the top charts!”

Johan Henkow, Raketspel CEO added: “We are really excited to start this partnership with Carry1st. Together we can bring the game to a whole new level and reach an even bigger audience worldwide!”

Raketspel and Carry1st are working together to prepare the game for a global launch in the upcoming months.

Thereafter, the gaming startup will be responsible for funding and managing user acquisition, distribution, live operations, and community for the game.

In 2020, Carry1st secured $4 million led by CRE Venture Capital to help grow mobile games in Africa.

In the same year, the gaming startup secured a global, multi-year partnership with Ethiopia-based developer Qene Games to publish Gebeta

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