Dakko Dakko, a Cardiff-based company specialising in creating videogame software for electronic distribution, has its sights set on international sales after being awarded official games developer status for a new Nintendo game.
This latest project follows fast on the heels of two critically-acclaimed games the company released for Sony PlayStation game systems.
Rhodri Broadbent, who founded Dakko Dakko in 2010, has created computer games in the UK and Japan for over a decade and worked on numerous high-profile computer games for Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony.
Rhodri and his team were keen to create a challenging game exclusively for Nintendo when it launched its new platform – Wii U™.
Gap funding of £50,000 from the Welsh Government’s Digital Development Fund will ensure the project is developed from Dakko Dakko’s studio in Cardiff Business Technology Centre, bringing new talent to Wales and helping to boost its console game development sector.
Rhodri said: “It means we have been able to create two jobs and bring new talent to Wales to assist with the production – without this support we may have had to move to one of the established game development hubs to access the skills we needed.”
Dakko Dakko has also retained all rights to its products and the intellectual property, enabling them to maximise its value and explore potentially lucrative marketing opportunities.
Rhodri added: “This is our third title, which builds on the foundations of our first releases with a more ambitious design and significantly wider consumer reach. We will be targeting multiple regions including more than ten European countries, Australia and North America.”
The Digital Development Fund provides non-repayable seed funding to support the development of new creative products and services that can be exploited across multiple digital platforms and in international markets.
“I am pleased the Fund is supporting companies like Dakko Dakko, which are making their mark in the extremely competitive games development sector, and looking to reach an international audience,” said Business Minister, Edwina Hart.
“The Fund is playing an important role in helping creative businesses around Wales develop a number of interesting, innovative and commercially viable projects with the potential to help fuel the growth of this creative industries sector.”