Scopely is a next-generation mobile entertainment network founded in 2011 by social gaming entrepreneur, Walter Driver; former Applied Semantics co-founder, Eytan Elbaz; former lead software developer on MySpace’s Developer Platform, Ankur Bulsara; and startup veteran, Eric Futoran.
Scopely is redefining the way social games are developed, distributed and monetized. Through its developer program, Scopely works with independent gaming studios to co-develop multiplayer games that leverage its platform for technology, distribution, marketing and monetization. This levels the playing field, allowing independent game developers to compete head-to-head against the largest game companies in the world in the battle for reach, revenue and users.
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Scopely has built an exclusive platform for multiplayer games that gives independent developers the distribution, monetization, and technical capabilities of the leading studios in the mobile market. We’re partnering with elite developers to enable them to bring multiplayer games to market and to distribute and monetize those games more effectively post-launch.
Our technical infrastructure allows developers to build games efficiently for both iOS and Android. Our social mechanics create experiences that retain users and drive them to continually engage. And our distribution and monetization expertise enables games to reach massive audiences and maximize revenue on launch.
The Scopely Platform frees developers up to focus on what they do best: build outstanding games.
5-24-2013 - 'HBO of mobile games' Scopely sees more than 10M downloads for Mini Golf
5/21/2013 - Scopely Boosts New Zealand Studio Rocket Jump’s Mini Golf Matchup To Over 10M Downloads In A Month
4/30/2013 - Viddy Co-Founder Chris Ovitz Lands At Mobile Gaming Startup Scopely.
3/20/2013 - Mini Golf MatchUp Swings into Action on Google Play and App Store
3/15/2013 - Scopely: We're not a publisher, and that's why we'll give you more
2/28/2013 - Scopely announces marquee game developers as mobile-platform partners
2/28/2013 - Indie Gamer Network Scopely Signs First Round of Studios
2/28/2013 - Scopely announces first five developer partners, adding Double Fine and others to publishing platform
1/18/2013 - Another Former Zynga GM, Andy Kleinman, Lands At Scopely As Chief Business Officer
1/01/2103 - Scopely wants to be the HBO of games
12/12/2012 - It’s dangerous for developers to go alone. Scopely offers help
12/12/2012 - Scopely launches LevelUp platform, invites other developers to play in its sandbox
9-19-2012 - Confirmed: Scopely’s New $8.5M Funding Round Was Not Wrapped In Bacon
9/19/2012 - With a veteran startup team, Scopely raises $8.5M for social mobile games
We set the bar extremely high at Scopely, but that’s just the type of environment you crave. Your ambition to build something significant and lasting is exceeded only by your desire to be surrounded by coworkers who are equally relentless. If you are itching to be involved in a startup that’s going places, where you can produce a significant and immediate impact, then you might very well have found your calling here at Scopely.
Founded by proven entrepreneurs and backed by distinguished investors, Scopely is fueled by an unmatched team. With the guy who sold AdSense to Google at its core, the Scopely family includes successful indie game developers, seasoned social gaming veterans, award-winning filmmakers, ultra marathon runners, PhDs, college drop outs, and a handful of our favorite, fuzzy four-legged friends. Cultivated from all over the world, as diverse as we are driven, Scopely employees all have one underlying thing in common: loving what we do!
As the founder of O Negative Media and co-founder of Ignition Interactive, Walter developed social apps and games used by millions of monthly users. An unintentional pioneer of the caveman diet for the last 20 years, he starred in commercials broadcast throughout Latin America and sold his first screenplay to a Hollywood studio.
Previously the Lead Software Developer on MySpace's Developer Platform, Ankur was a software architect at several startups before co-founding Scopely. He's also well known as a professional drummer who previously toured with his band, Seneca Hawk.
Eytan was a co-founder of Applied Semantics, which created the AdSense product that was acquired by Google in 2003 in a nine figure acquisition. He created video shorts on bullying that are currently on exhibit at the Museum of Tolerance, and played in a band that opened for Tom Petty at UCLA.
A startup veteran with four degrees (EE, CS, JD, MBA), Eric led the pivot that shifted Aggregate Knowledge to an agency business model and built Hooked Media's gaming network of over 300 publishers. Despite a lifetime of aggressive hockey-playing, he still has a full set of his own teeth.
With a PhD from UC Irvine in Informatics and an MFA in Art Computation Engineering, Eric's specialty lies at the intersection of art, games, and computer science. Previous projects include light-seeking robots, breathalyzer-based game interfaces, and his beloved augmented reality Volkswagen Vanagon.
After graduating with two degrees from Stanford, Jason helped grow Trilogy Software from a few dozen to 1,200 employees and served as its European Managing Director. A veteran of multiple startups, he has also produced several independent feature films and racked up over three million frequent-flier miles.
Bill has a bachelor's degree from Harvard, an MBA from Wharton, and should probably have an honorary PhD in terrible puns. Raised in Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, and the Philippines, he's also a street musician and lapsed Eagle Scout.
After earning a PhD in Human-Canine Interaction and an MFA in Snoring at UC Bark-ley, Mochi immediately retired and now spends his days napping in random places throughout the Scopely office. He enjoys long walks on the beach and fine French wines.
As a college student, Mike was hired by his school's VP of Technology to hack and discover flaws and vulnerabilities in the school's networks. He also achieved a perfect score on his SATs and once raised a pig. Today, his obsession with elegant code is matched only by his passion for craft beers.
Emily is a Jill of all trades whose culinary magic is exceeded only by her logistical wizardry. When she isn't keeping Scopely running like a well-oiled machine, she's a professional luchadora and recreational synchronized swimmer.
An accomplished indie game developer, Justin once built his own social network and sold one of his iOS games to a funded startup. His passion for building dates back to age 12 (when he built several computers) and even further back to age 2 (when he used to take doorknobs apart and put them back together).
A highly active open source project contributor, Avram is one of Scopely's most prolific and versatile engineers. Fluent in six spoken languages and conversant in six more, he's also earning a PhD at UCLA in Colonial Literatures of the Russian Empire. Seriously.
A game engine savant, Aaron has been building his own indie games since the age of 14. Despite having the drawing abilities of a 2nd grader, his numerous iOS and Flash titles exhibit his world-class animation skills and uncanny understanding of game physics.
Previously a Design Programmer for Guitar Hero and a Lead Mission Designer on an upcoming Call of Duty title, Travis has run 9 marathons and is mentally prepping for his 10th. His long history of hardware hacking includes a MIDI synthesizer from a Commodore 64, a light sensor driven synth inside a Nintendo ROB, and an 8x8 arcade button Monome matrix.
A semi-finalist in Microsoft's Imagine Cup, Tim once built a robot that's used by researchers to inspect insect specimens at the Smithsonian and other leading institutions. In his spare time, he creates his own indie iOS games and is a member of a top-ranked guild in World of Warcraft.
Max began developing iOS apps at age 15, with one title hitting the iTunes Top 100 and being covered by MacWorld and another featured on the CNET homepage. An avid motorcylist, Max is currently nearing his goal of eating his weight in bacon in just six months.
A naturally gifted illustrator, Nolan's talents became clear moments after he grasped his first crayon, and his work has since been featured across his home state of Kansas and the interwebs. Despite being born nearly blind, he once chased down an armed street thief and single-handedly turned him in to the authorities.
Raised on an olive grove in Southern Italy (where, he notes, computers were considered tools of the devil), Fabrizio previously worked on high performance computing at IBM and high frequency trading at FATTOC. His masters thesis on using GPUs to decrypt OpenPGP keyrings was published internationally.
Martin hails from Estonia by way of The Netherlands, where he organized sessions of the European Youth Parliament and worked in corporate development and financial services. He has a twin, which is a popular theory for explaining his extraordinary throughput.
A math phenom, Peter once took first place in a New England-wide math competition and later earned his grocery money playing poker. As Scopely's Quality Assurance lead, he has a keen eye for the vulnerabilities in existing systems. He once used that skill to get his satirical piece on a purported link between beer pong and STDs reported as fact by Fox News.
In addition to being an expert in two of the four elements of hip hop (turntablism and grafitti art), Kris is an accomplished and multi-talented designer who honed his skills creating designs for Martha Stewart and Blue Man Group before making his mark at Scopely.
Raised in a family of entrepreneurs, in the 4th grade Lauren founded an import business to sell her peers much sought-after Tamagotchis and Razor Scooters, then astutely spent the profits on Apple stock. More recently, she helped manage nearly 40 start-ups at StartEngine, an LA-based accelerator.
Jameel shelved his dream of becoming a professional base-jumper-slash-scuba-diver to join Scopely. A former president of the Linux Users Group at UCLA, he and a friend single-handedly created their high school CS program.
A Harvard graduate and entertainment startup veteran, Henry's BD expertise makes him uniquely qualified to build lasting and valuable partnerships. He is an avid runner who recently completed a 50 mile ultramarathon...in sandals.
Originally from Kyrgyzstan, Ilias lived in New Delhi, London, Boston, Beijing, and San Francisco before ultimately landing in Los Angeles. An ex-Zyngite and Scotch connoisseur, he's played chess with a World Champion and can name the make/model of any car on sight.
Kayli once sent over 2,000 individual emails to our users in a 24-hour period to keep them happy and well-informed during a regional server outage -- just one of countless examples of her amazing mastery of community management. She brings that same relentless spirit to everything she does, from dirt biking to knitting over a hundred 20-foot scarves for herself.
Matt joined our Android team after years of mobile game trailblazing with teams at JAMDAT and MySpace. Combining his loves of gaming and cartography, he’s spent countless hours creating acclaimed Starcraft and Uniwar maps. As a new father, Matt spends his free time raising the next generation of gamer.
Previously a GM at Zynga, Andy is a startup veteran, wearing many hats as a founder, executive, investor and advisor. After founding Emepe3.com at 17, he went on to co-found Vostu. Shortly thereafter he joined Three Melons, which was acquired by Playdom, then Disney. Andy has also produced feature films in five countries.
A former competitive wakeboarder, Jaclyn was the first of her family to leave Michigan when she became employee #2 of the NY fitness wear brand that holds the Guinness Record for “Most Expensive Sports Bra.” Instrumental in doubling the size of her last startup to 85 people, Jaclyn's blinged-out pink laptop is a source of constant envy at Scopely HQ.
Despite her lifelong dream of working at a grocery store checkout, Margaret ended up with a Harvard MBA and became a management consultant. She prides herself on being “normal” even though she was one of seven children, has traveled to 40 countries and lived in a country that starts with “K” (Kuwait, of course).
Tiago’s precocious election to the Assembly of Lisbon, Portugal at 19 was foreshadowed decades earlier, when he joyrode the family tractor at the age of three. A rabid sports fan and closet card shark, he is the one guy you don’t want at your poker table.
Nick went from playing timpani alongside the LA Philharmonic in high school to producing festival-honored films at Brown and Northwestern, with a Georgetown law degree sandwiched in between. When not performing sketch comedy or composing electronic music, he is Scopely’s Content Strategist, putting his stamp on everything from app store optimization to recruiting and much more.
A renaissance woman, Moonlit models both data and clothing. After founding Harvard’s fencing club, Moonlit went on to direct a fashion show featuring her original choreography. When she’s not giving presentations that blend complex math with celebrity photos, she enjoys providing men her own unique brand of makeovers.
A skilled athlete in real life as well as online, Craig played water polo at the University of Iowa and was ranked one of the 100 best NHL '09 players in the world. Despite an utter lack of programming experience, Craig earned an MS in Game Development from DePaul at age 25 -- and played drums in a Metallica cover band along the way.
A crackerjack web developer and crack shot duck hunter, Jake's talents have always been incredibly diverse. If you can't find him at his desk, he might be rehearsing with a barbershop quartet, driving an ice truck, or brewing bathtub gin. Seriously.
When Lance isn’t coding for forty hours straight, he enjoys building vintage analog stereos and restoring arcade games. Despite winning awards for photography and water color in high school, Lance declined multiple scholarship offers to study art; instead he founded a natural language search engine startup right out of college.
Perhaps the world’s biggest LA Dodgers fan, Miguel spends his days at Scopely ensuring that everything plugged into the wall is running smoothly. Don't be fooled by his Paul Frank bunny slippers and friendly demeanor – he's actually a trained MMA fighter.
After graduating high school at 14, Darion began his gaming career immediately with a stint in QA. Since then, he has produced games at Rockstar and directed at EA Mobile, working on titles such as NBA Jam and the Simpsons. A legally ordained minister, Darion has married two couples, with a third one coming later this year.
As a freshman at Harvard, Ben journeyed to the Russian tundra with his brother to make a documentary about aboriginal Siberian reindeer herders. Thanks to years of high school debate, Ben can tell how much time has passed without a clock – a skill he willfully ignores during his marathon coding sessions.
Alto, tenor, soprano – Hutch is a master of all things saxophone, and has recorded on two albums, as well as peformed live on an American Idol season finale. Before joining Scopely as Lead Tester, Hutch worked as an eSports columnist, covering dozens of League of Legends tournaments.
Rescued from a shelter in Nevada, Roxy is the most loquacious member of Scopely's canine family. She's such an avid practitioner of paw-kour that she once jumped off a 4-story building and miraculously didn't break a bone.
The Chernin Group, Former President and COO of News Corp, Board of Directors American Express and Pandora
Former CEO of Yahoo and Chairman of Warner Brothers
Top 10 Angel Investor. Investor in Rovio and Twitter.
Founder of Legalzoom, Shoedazzle, and The Honest Company (with Jessica Alba).
CEO LiveRamp, Chairman Rapleaf, Venture Partner at the Founders Fund.
Co-Founder / CEO of Buddy Media
Venture Partner at Accel Partners
Founder/CEO of Factual
Winner of "The Apprentice." Former CEO of FastPoint Games.
Managing Director of TechStars NY
Founder/CEO of Stocktwits
Founder/CEO of Burstly
NYC-based VC fund investing in the most creative entrepreneurs.
Collection of the top media and entertainment entrepreneurs on the West Coast
Investment fund created by the Founders of Bonobos - a premiere Men's clothing line
Founder and former CEO of Tiger Electronics
Founder/CEO of Techstars
Mark Mullen, former COO of the City of Los Angeles.