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Dundee Developers Secure Publishing Deal with Global Games Group

Ross Kelly

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Digital Sports Arena

A Dundee-based sports video game developer has secured a landmark publishing deal with an international games group.

Digital Sports Arena has secured a publishing contract with Playstack for its latest game, GameDayLive.

The title is the world’s first real-time, player versus player soccer management team game for mobile devices.

GameDayLive was developed by Digital Sports Arena (DSA) alongside Hyper Luminal Games, and is set to launch globally in 2021.

Digital Sports Arena boasts a BAFTA award-winning team of games industry executives who previously developed the Championship Manager mobile franchise for Square Enix.

GameDayLive is differentiated from legacy soccer management games like Championship Manager, Top Eleven and Football Manager, and devs said it is aimed at more casual players, a fast-growing market segment in mobile games.

Globally, the mobile games market was valued at $77 billion in 2020 and is set to grow rapidly to over $100 billion by 2023.

Sean Tracey, Chairman of Digital Sports Arena, said the deal is a “significant milestone” for the Dundee company.

“DSA is excited to have its first developed game signed up by the London-based international gaming publishers Playstack, specialists in mobile handheld games,” he commented.

“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 go to our development team and Hyper Luminal for helping to achieve this significant milestone,” Tracey added.

Harvey Elliott, Founder and CEO of Playstack said: “We are thrilled to be working with Digital Sports Arena and their innovative new football management game – GameDayLive.

“Playstack is constantly on the lookout 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.”

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Kevin Grainger of Eos Advisory, one of Digital Sports Arena’s investors, said the publishing deal marks an exciting new stage in the DSA’s journey.

“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,” he said.

“As seed investors, we have supported DSA over the past few years and are delighted that they have signed this publishing deal with Playstack.”

Ross Kelly

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