Directive Games has raised $3.5 million in the seed round of funding for the mobile games studio.
Founded in Hong Kong last year by Atli Mar Sveinsson, Matthias Gudmunsson, Andreas Axelsson, Wang Hao, Yoshei Ishii and Andrea Cesaro, the company aims to make triple-A quality games on mobile.
Together the founders boast experience at companies including DICE, Square Enix, Unisoft and Tencent, as well as CCP Games.
The funding round was led by Beijing’s GSR Ventures alongside Opea Holding of Europe. Phillipe Ventures Ltd and a handful of angel investors also piped in their cash.
“We have a lot of veterans,” Directive Games CEO and cofounder Atli Mar Sveinsson said.
“We believe that mobile has huge potential, not only in terms of numbers but also in the quality of games. The foundation of what makes a great game — game design and narrative — is still the same. We don’t think mobile has been tapped properly.”
Directive Games currently employs 14 people, and Sveinsson says this number isn’t going to grow any time soon as “we want to stay lean.”