Greenshoots: Digital Sports Arena secures global publishing deal with Playstack
Dundee-based sports video game developer Digital Sports Arena has secured a global publishing deal with international games group Playstack for its latest game, GameDayLive.
GameDayLive is the world’s first real time, player versus player soccer management team game for mobile devices. It was developed Digital Sports Arena in partnership with Hyper Luminal Games, and is set for a global launch in 2021.
Digital Sports Arena comprises a BAFTA award-winning team of games industry executives who previously developed the successful Championship Manager mobile franchise for Square Enix.
GameDayLive is differentiated from legacy soccer management games like Championship Manager, Top Eleven and Football Manager as it is aimed at more casual players, a fast-growing market segment in mobile games.
Sean Tracey, chairman of Digital Sports Arena, said: “DSA is excited to have its first developed game signed up by the London-based international gaming publishers Playstack, specialists in mobile handheld games. We look forward to working on this exciting collaboration in 2021 and the opportunity of bringing the game to the mobile gaming marketplace. Special thanks goes to our development team and Hyper Luminal for helping to achieve this significant milestone.”
Harvey Elliott, founder and CEO of Playstack, added: “We are thrilled to be working with Digital Sports Arena and their innovative new football management game - GameDayLive. Playstack is constantly on the look out for new games that can cut through in the busy app stores and truly engage players, and we are confident that GameDayLive has all of the right ingredients for success.”
Kevin Grainger of Eos Advisory, one of Digital Sports Arena’s investors, commented: “DSA was the first investment Eos made as a new angel syndicate back in 2015. Whilst our investment focus has now evolved into early stage ‘deep science’, Eos had belief in DSA and their vision for a new type of casual football management game from the start.
“As seed investors, we have supported DSA over the past few years and are delighted that they have signed this publishing deal with Playstack. We look forward to the next exciting stage of their journey as the game gets launched onto the global market.”
The global mobile games market was valued at $77 billion in 2020 and is set to grow to over $100bn by 2023.