Critical Ops developer opens South Korean office and targets Asia after hitting 22 million downloads

Critical Ops developer opens South Korean office and targets Asia after hitting 22 million downloads

Critical Force, the Finnish developer of mobile FPS Critical Ops, has opened a studio in South Korea.

This is a strategic move to target Asia with a specifically-tailored version of the mobile eSports-focused shooter.

Critical Ops is now available in more than 100 countries - including the US - and has recently registered 22 million downloads and 800,000 DAUs.

A new challenge

Critical Force's new studio in Seoul, South Korea will also allow the firm to cooperate with its major investor NHN Entertainment, which is headquartered in the country.

In addition to this, a minimum of three experienced South Korean developers will be coming the other way to work at Critical Force's Kajaani HQ.

"We have a vastly different work culture here in Finland than in Asia," said Critical Force CEO Veli-Pekka Piirainen. "It is a positive challenge for us."

"In addition to the different work culture the biggest difference is the very different living environment. The quietness of Kajaani is in stark contrast to the bustling Seoul.

"Busy streets, bright lights and something cool on every street corner versus the quietness, forests, lakes and clean air of Kajaani are very striking differences.

"Also the much praised Finnish education system is important for the families moving to Kajaani.”

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