Outfit7 is a Slovenian-Cypriot multinational video game developer, best known as the creator of the Talking Tom & Friends app and media franchise. The company was founded by Samo and Iza Login. The company operates in 7 studios worldwide and almost exclusively focuses on mobile games related to the Talking Tom & Friends franchise. In January 2017, the company was acquired by United Luck Consortium and then sold to Zhejiang Jinke for over $USD 1 billion. The company also owns HyperDot Studios.[3]

IndustryVideo games, Web series distribution
FoundedJuly 2009; 14 years ago (2009-07) in Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Samo Login
  • Iza Sia Login
Area served
Key people
  • Samo Login Co-founder
  • Iza Login Co-founder
  • Xinyu Qian CEO
Revenue$130 million[1]
Number of employees
400[2] (2020)
ParentZhejiang Jinke Entertainment Culture Co., Ltd. (2017–present)

History edit

Founding and early years edit

Outfit7 was founded by Samo and Iza Sia Login, who had studied computer science in college and wanted to get into the mobile app business following the debut of the Apple App Store. In 2009, they invested $250,000 (€180,000) with six friends and set up an office in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where they developed some apps. Their first few attempts – a soccer app, a travel guide to Iceland and a "wealth affirmation app" were unsuccessful. After six months of attempts, Iza Sia and Samo developed a children's app called Talking Tom Cat, in which an animated cat named Tom would repeat in a "high-pitched helium squeak whatever is spoken into an iPhone’s microphone" along with other reactions to feeding and petting.[4]

Talking Tom & Friends edit

The Talking Tom & Friends franchise was created with the launch of the Talking Tom Cat app. It focused on anthropomorphic cats and dogs repeating things said to it by the user, before shifting focus to other apps such as endless-runner games, virtual pet games and the like.

The franchise reached 300 million downloads 19 months after its launch. The app franchise then went on to hit one billion downloads in June 2013.[5] Talking Tom & Friends apps have been downloaded over 12 billion times as of April 2020, reaching 18 billion in March 2022.[6][7]

Products edit

Talking Tom & Friends edit

Games edit

  • Talking Tom
  • Talking Gina the Giraffe
  • Talking Ben the Dog
  • Talking Tom 2
  • Talking Tom & Ben News
  • Talking John
  • Talking Pierre the Parrot
  • Talking Larry the Bird
  • Tom's Love Letters
  • Tom Loves Angela
  • Talking Ginger
  • Talking Angela
  • Talking Ginger 2
  • My Talking Tom
  • Talking Santa
  • Talking Rex
  • Talking Roby
  • Talking Lila The Fairy
  • Talking Ginger & Santa
  • My Talking Angela
  • Talking Tom Jetski
  • Talking Tom Bubble Shooter
  • Talking Tom Gold Run
  • My Talking Hank
  • Talking Angela Color Splash
  • Talking Tom Camp
  • Talking Tom Pool
  • Talking Tom Jetski 2
  • Talking Tom Candy Run
  • Talking Tom Cake Jump
  • Talking Tom Jump Up
  • My Talking Tom 2
  • Talking Tom Fun Fair
  • Talking Tom Hero Dash
  • Talking Tom Splash Force
  • My Talking Tom Friends
  • My Talking Angela 2
  • Talking Tom Time Rush

Web series edit

  • Talking Friends (2012)
  • Talking Tom and Friends (2014–21)
  • Talking Tom Shorts (2014–present)
  • Talking Tom and Friends Minis (2016–18)
  • Talking Tom Heroes (2019–20)
  • Talking Tom Heroes: Suddenly Super (TBA)

Other apps edit

Corporate affairs edit

Offices edit

Outfit7 operates offices in 6 cities in Europe and Asia. The company currently operates in London, Ljubljana, Barcelona, Limassol, Hong Kong and Beijing.[15]

Acquisition and leadership change edit

In 2016, Samo and Iza Login hired Goldman Sachs to arrange for a deal to sell their company.[4] On 20 January 2017 it was announced in a press release that Outfit7 was sold to United Luck Holdings Consortium, a China-based group for US$1 billion.[16] However, four days later, another press release indicated that United Luck would sell Outfit7 to a Chinese chemical company, Zhejiang Jinke Peroxide Company, which was renamed to Zhejiang Jinke Entertainment Culture Co. Ltd after it had purchased a Chinese game developer.[4][17] There was some confusion over who owned Outfit7 given that Jinke had disclosed plans to buy a 10% stake of United Luck. In March 2017, the agreement to sell Outfit7 to Jinke was signed.[18][19] Samo Login remained on board as company director, and Iza Login remained as an advisor.[20][16][21] In July 2018, Xinyu Qian became the CEO.[22]

Logos edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Owler - Outfit7". Owler. 27 April 2020. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Outfit7". outfit7.com. Retrieved 24 June 2022.
  3. ^ "HyperDot Studios".
  4. ^ a b c "Why Did a Chinese Peroxide Company Pay $1 Billion for a Talking Cat?". Bloomberg. 17 May 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2017 – via www.bloomberg.com.
  5. ^ Langshaw, Mark (14 June 2013). "Talking Friends apps reach 1 billion downloads". Digital Spy. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  6. ^ N/A (14 June 2013). "Talking Tom – the Coolest Cat is Back – Bigger, Better and Cuter Than Before". Business Wire. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Outfit7". Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Tiki Tag – Apps on Google Play". play.google.com. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  9. ^ "Disco Ant – Apps on Google Play". play.google.com. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  10. ^ "Jigty Jelly – Apps on Google Play". play.google.com. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Jigty Jigsaw Puzzles – Apps on Google Play". play.google.com. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  12. ^ "Swamp Attack – Apps on Google Play". play.google.com. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  13. ^ "Swamp Attack 2 - Apps on Google Play".
  14. ^ "Mythic Legends - Apps on Google Play".
  15. ^ "Outfit7 - About Us". Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  16. ^ a b "Talking Tom maker Outfit7 confirms it has been sold to United Luck Consortium for $1 billion". venturebeat.com. 20 January 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  17. ^ "China's Jinke Slumps on Plan to Buy Talking Tom Maker Outfit7". Bloomberg. 25 January 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2017 – via www.bloomberg.com.
  18. ^ Javier, Jomel (6 March 2017). "Jinke Signs Agreement to Buy Famous Talking Tom App Maker, Competes with United Luck Group". yibada.com. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  19. ^ Ho, Jane. "Talking Tom App Maker Outfit7 Flipped To China's Jinke at Over $1 Billion". forbes.com. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  20. ^ "- News 2TM". 2tm.si. 13 March 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  21. ^ "OUTFIT7 LIMITED :: OpenCorporates". opencorporates.com. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  22. ^ "Outfit7 names Xinyu Qian as new CEO". Outfit7. 1 July 2018. Retrieved 3 July 2018.

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