Finnish game studio Critical Force is picking up the pace on their way to conquering the mobile eSports industry. Half a million mobile gamers are already playing their FPS game Critical Force every day. Furthermore, Critical Ops fans have already published well over half a million game videos on YouTube within less than a year.
The founder of Critical Force, Veli-Pekka Piirainen hits hard: “We have achieved several significant milestones in the past few weeks. Over 500.000 mobile gamers are already playing our game every day. In addition, the game has now been downloaded 13 million times, and Critical Ops has been featured on more than 650.000 YouTube videos. Our fan base on Facebook just reached 100.000 people and over 400.000 people have given positive reviews of the game on Google Play. These are huge achievements considering that we haven’t even released the game officially yet.”
Piirainen will be attending the world’s largest professional game industry event, the Game Developers Conference (GDC) from February 27th to March 3rd in San Francisco. He is also available for meetings and interviews in Los Angeles during the week after the GDC. Veli-Pekka will be joined by well-known eSports consultant John Armstrong.
“Next, we are heading to the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. We are looking for more partners to support our growth in eSports and John is a valuable associate in these efforts.”
The free-to-play game Critical Ops has already seen a soft launch on iOS and Android platforms. The latest update (0.6.5.) is coming out shortly. The update will provide significant improvements to the game, such as an improved anti-cheat system, even flashier weapons with the new M14 and MTX models and the option of manual server selection. Triple, quad and ace kill medals have also been added. The game also has several graphical and user experience improvements and fixes. The official game release version 1.0 is scheduled for later this spring.
The super popular Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) is an ideological forefather of Critical Ops. However, Critical Ops has been developed solely for mobile phones and tablets instead of PCs. First Person Shooters (FPS) have been an extremely popular genre for eSports since the beginning. It has been the genre of choice for professional PC gamers. Critical Ops is set to be the go-to FPS game for professional gamers of the mobile generation.
The most important aspect of mobile eSports are of course the tournaments. Critical Force has already hosted several tournaments with its partners and fans. Hundreds of teams all over the world have challenged each other and thousands of spectators have followed the battles.