Pocket Gems News

Chinese Internet company Tencent Holdings Ltd. has taken a roughly 20% stake in U.S. mobile-games startup Pocket Gems Inc., people familiar with the matter said, its latest effort to expand its mobile offerings in China though tie-ups with overseas game developers.

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Pocket Gems announced today that it has taken an investment from Chinese Internet company Tencent. The funding will allow the mobile gaming company to expand globally, including into China.

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One of China’s biggest players invests in a rising mobile game company today.

Pocket Gems announces a minority investment from Tencent, a top Internet service provider in China and likely largest gaming company in the world. This will enable the San Francisco-based studio to expand its reach into Asia, letting it use its proprietary game engine and upcoming new IP to reach 1 billion mobile players globally. This move would help position the War Dragons developer as a major player in the $30 billion mobile games market.

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Chinese gaming giant Tencent has invested in a US mobile developer – again.

Following from its recent 15 percent $126 million stake in Glu Mobile, it’s been announced that it’s taken a minority stake in San Francisco developer Pocket Gems.

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When many people think about smartwatch games, the first thing they imagine are tamagotchi-style virtual pets jabbering away on your wrist looking for your attention all day.

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War Dragons gives you control of a dragon army to decimate enemy fortresses. There are three main dragon classes in War Dragons: warrior, hunter and sorcerer. Each has its own strengths, weaknesses and unique spells. What kind of dragons you use to attack an enemy island will be the foundation of your offensive strategy. Of the three classes, warriors are the most durable. When you come across a really tough island with a lot of offensive capabilities, consider sending in your warrior dragons first. Due to their large amount of health, warriors can take a lot of damage and build up rage. When dragons build up enough rage, they can use a variety of spells. Since rage is transferable between dragons, a popular strategy is to build rage with a warrior, then send in a sorcerer dragon to utilize the rage with spells. Speaking of sorcerers…

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Pocket Gems is known for gentle and casual games like Paradise Cove. But not anymore. The company is releasing its War Dragons, its first hardcore game, for mobile on iOS today.

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You’ve no doubt played your share of build and battle games by now, including some where you send dragons against other players. Yet Pocket Gems has still figured out a way to pump up your level of enjoyment when it comes to raining fiery doom in its new iOS game War Dragons, where you actually get to control the dragons as you send them to destroy opposing bases.

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Pocket Gems is a company that largley focuses on games aimed at casual, mainstream audiences, what with Tap Pet Hotel [Free] and Runway Life [Free]. So if you saw their new game War Dragons [Free] and didn’t realize it was Pocket Gems, I wouldn’t be surprised. It’s quite a gritty departure from everything they’ve previously put out. Well, it turns out that they’re looking to really expand their portfolio of games into something more for a core audience. And why not do that by making a PVP multiplayer game where you breed dragons, and then fight with those dragons against other people?

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Weekly Recap

19 April 2015

Mobile game developer Pocket Gems has released its latest game, a 3D RTS title for iPhone and iPad (with Apple Watch integration) called War Dragons. The game was built using the developers in-house Mantis Engine, which allows for 3D graphics and synchronous multiplayer, among other things. War Dragons features PvP and team-based battles. You can download the game right now from iTunes here.

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