Since being founded in 2002, gamigo AG has risen rapidly from being a magazine for PC games to being one of the leading providers of free-to-play online and mobile games in Europe. Over 40 million players have also registered for gamigo’s client, browser and mobile games. Key to gamigo’s success are the years of experience at the strategic level among the Executive Board of all business sectors in the Gaming market as well as the employees in all departments. A unique selling point in addition to this is the broad games portfolio on offer that covers all genres and appeals to all ages groups.
The Hamburg-based company has a total of around 140 permanent employees. gamigo AG opened a San Francisco office in 2013 to actively publish and distribute games in the North American market. gamigo AG is also represented with offices in Berlin, Chicago, Kaliningrad and Seoul. On the Executive Board are Remco Westermann, Theodor Niehues and Joachim Bonke.
In 2000, Gamigo was founded in Rheine by brothers Holger, Ralf and Rolf Klöppel with the support of financial investors BMP AG and AS Venture GmbH as an online magazine for PC and Console games. In May 2001, gamigo purchased the licensing rights to the game Die 4. Offenbarung and published the first localised German language online role playing game. The successful formation of Gamigo AG followed in the same year. In the following years, many German language games were released. These included: Anarchy Online (May 2002), Tactical Commanders (June 2003), Puzzle Pirates (May 2004), Goal United (June 2006), Shot Online (May 2007), Dreamlords (July 2007), Regnum Online (August 2007) and Smash Online (December 2007).
In 2008, the games Last Chaos and Fiesta Online were published. Gamigo expanded into the rest of Europe and published Shot Online and Last Chaos. In the same year, Axel Springer AG bought all of the BMP AG stake in Gamigo. Gamigo became a 100% subsidiary of Axel Springer in 2009. Last Chaos was also published in Polish and was the first of the publisher’s games to get over 1 million players in Europe.
In 2010, Gamigo published Cultures Online, the first self-produced game made by German developer team Funatics. At the end of 2010, the business bought a stake in the German developer Reakktor Media. Together, they developed and ran the online action game Black Prophecy. In 2011, Gamigo bought a 20.1% stake in the Korean developer who made Fiesta Online, OnsOn Soft. In October 2012, Axel Springer AG sold all of its stake in Gamigo AG to Düsseldorf based strategic investor Samarion S.E. On 28th July 2013, Gamigo released a statement that its 100% subsidiary Gamigo Advertising GmbH had acquired the online community gulli.com. On 7th December 2013, Gamigo AG had purchased the North American licence for the portfolio product “Last Chaos” from Aeria Games. On 23rd September 2014, gamigo AG acquired the Hamburg-based games publisher INTENIUM GmbH with the games (developed in Kaliningrad) Alamandi, Bonga Online (cross-platform) and The Rats (cross-platform) as well as the games platform Deutschland Spielt, also offered as an HTML5-Version with a large number of casual and mobile games…
On 4th March 2015, gamigo AG presented the B2B offer Gaming as a Service (GaaS, Software as a Service (Saas)) at the Games Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. gamigo-GaaS is a distribution platform that offers developers the possibility to self-publish games with the use of single or various modules of the gamigo platform. In addition to this, gamigo AG increased its stake in the Berlin-based mobiled games publisher Piraya Mobile (mobile game:Dino Empire) GmbH from 49% to 100% in the same month.
On 29th April 2015, gamigo AG acquired (retrospectively from 1st February 2015) the Berlin based GameSpree GmbH with the games Kings and Legends and War 2 Glory. On 1st July 2015, gamigo AG, together with next ideo GmbH, founded Infernum Games GmbH(50% each), that now carries on the work of former games publisher Infernum Productions AG with the games Dragon’s Prophet, Hazard Ops and Brickforce.
On 6th July 2015, gamigo AG acquired the Berlin-based mobile payment specialists Mobile Business Engine GmbH (mbe GmbH). The acquisition supports and supplements the gamigo platform strategy.
gamigo AG has been nominated for and won a diverse range of international games industry awards for the quality of the work done by the studios as well as for the titles in the gamigo portfolio.
European Games Award
Best European Community Management (Winner)
European Games Award
Best European Multiplayer Game, Loong: Dragonblood (Nominated)
German Developer Awards
Best Browser Game, Jagged Alliance Online (Winner)
German Developer Awards
Best Browser Game, Asterix and Friends (Nominated)
gamigo takes over the traffic-network POGED GmbH
gamigo acquires mobile payment specialist mobile business engine GmbH
gamigo and next idea GmbH acquire Infernum
gamigo presents Gaming as a Service
gamigo starts cooporation with Electronic Arts
gamigo übernimmt INTENIUM GmbH
Theodor Niehues joins the executive board
gamigo enters into strategic cooporation with Ubisoft
gamigo and Studio 100 starting development of Wickie Online
Loong: Dragonblood is nominated for the European Games Award 2014
gamigo takes over the North-American licence of MMORPGLast Chaos
Joachim Bertold Bonke joins the executive board
Launch of Loong: Dragonblood
gamigo performs a successful start in the capital market
Remco Westermann joins the executive board
The strategic Investor Samarion S.E. acquires all shares of the gamigo AG
Jagged Alliance Online launches in Europe and North America
Cultures Online is available in South Korea, Russia, Japan, Taiwan and Brazil in the local languages
Magic Campus opens its gates in Europe in English, German and French
gamigo launches its first 3D browser game in Europe and North America: Dungeon Empires.
Two additional language versions of Heroes in the Sky – English and French – are launched
gamigo’s largest project to date – Black Prophecy – goes live and starts phenomenally
With the launch of Golfstar, a new generation of golf MMOGs arrives in Europe and North America
gamigo unleashes the dragon with the launch of Loong: The Power of the Dragon in Europe and North America
gamigo acquires a stake in the developer studio Reakktor Media and all rights to the space action MMOG Black Prophecy
War of Angels spreads its wings over Europe with the launch of the English-language version
King of Kings 3 is the first gamigo game to go live in Europe and North America
gamigo celebrates the launch of its first self-produced browser game, Cultures Online. The game is launched in English, German and French. A Spanish version follows shortly thereafter
The English-language version of Martial Empires goes live and is an instant success
Fiesta Online is launched in Spain
Launch of the browser-based role-playing game The Witcher: Versus in North America and Europe
Fiesta Online reaches 500,000 players
Launch of the air combat MMOG Heroes in the Sky
Last Chaos reaches 1,000,000 players in Europe
Launch of the 3D MMORPG NeoSteam, the 3D browser-based MMOG Pirate Galaxy and the hockey MMOG Slapshot Underground
Launch of the Polish edition of Last Chaos while the game reaches the 500,000 player mark in Germany
Axel Springer AG increases its ownership of gamigo AG shares to 100%
Start of Last Chaos in France and Spain
Start of Shot Online in France and Spain
Axel Springer AG acquires the shares previously held by bmp AG, raising its share in gamigo to 94.75%
Launch of the car racing MMOG Level R
Launch of the MMORPG Fiesta Online
Launch of the sequel Dreamlords: The Re-Awakening
Launch of the MMORPG Last Chaos
Launch of the MMO tennis game Smash Online
Launch of the MMORPG Regnum Online
Launch of the first hybrid strategy MMOG Dreamlords
Launch of the MMO golf game Shot Online in Germany
Increase in capital and shares owned by bmp AG and Axel Springer AG (AS Venture GmbH)
Launch of the online soccer management game Goal United
Launch of the German-language version of Puzzle Pirates
Launch of the first German-language online strategy game Tactical Commanders
Launch of the German-language version of Anarchy Online
Launch of the first German-language massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) “Die vierte Offenbarung”