From the early Ratbags, Adelaide builds Mighty Kingdom with hits in international gaming

Mighty Kingdom's Shopkins game (at left) became aits first international hit in 2015.
Images courtesy Mighty Kingdom

Based in the Adelaide CBD, Mighty Kingdom’s Lego, Shopkins and Disney games entrenched itself in the global gaming market with nearly eight million customers worldwide each month.  

Mighty Kingdom burst onto the international stage in 2015 with a No.1 game developed for an award-winning toy manufacturer. Shopkins: welcome to Shopville was developed for the Moose company to promote Shopkins, a miniature toy line for girls.

But Mighty Kingdom, founded in 2011, draws on a legacy from one of South Australia’s first game developers, Ratbag. Mighty Kingdom general manager Dan Thorsland is one of the “ex Ratbags” community of scientists, researchers, educators and thinkers who went on to be become some the world’s best game developers beyond the shutdown of Ratbag in 2005.

Now moved from the Myer Centre to being anchor tenant of Game Plus in Pirie Street, Adelaide, Mighty Kingdom had 35 full-time staff in 2018 when it signed what was believed to be an Australian-first deal with Lego. Its Shopkins game  in 2015 hit the top 10 charts in the iTunes and Google Play app stores in the USA, Australia and the UK. M

Mighty Kingdom had 19 projects listed on its website in 2019, all targeting a global audience. These included the new digital game Kitty Keeper for the USA, targeted at the “pet parent” market.

One the state’s fastest growing companies, with a team of more than 100 years combined experience across game development, film production, illustration, music, theatre, Mighty Kingdom won a $480,000 grant from the Labor state government’s future jobs fund.

Besides the strength of the gaming community in Adelaide with developers working together, Mighty Kingdom is confident that the City of Adelaide’s Ten Gigabit Adelaide high-speed network, enable businesses and organisations to access exceptional 10Gbps data speeds and a range of cloud-based services, is another major boost.

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