10 Years GameDuell

We've been in business for over a decade. Here are some major milestones along the way.

2015
June 2015

The Duell Tool is successfully introduced in Paris

At the World Wide Haxe Conference 2015, GameDuell presents to the public its Duell Tool, which is a command line tool for setting up, building and running applications on any platform. 

February, 2015

GameDuell presents at Casual Connect in Amsterdam

In his lecture "From Core to Casual - Hard Lessons Applied Casually", Ian Bowden, former co-founder and chief designer at Rockstar Leeds, and now Art Director of GameDuell, explained what casual game developers can learn from core games.

 

February, 2015

2014
November, 2014

GameDuell 2014 Charitable Contributions

November, 2014 GameDuell continues its charitable support to well deserving local charities. To learn more about this year’s recipients, read our blog entry. We have also published an overview about our corporate social responsibility activities.

 

October, 2014

GameDuell launches New HTML5 Game: Roll5 Launch

October, 2014

 

GameDuell releases a redesign of the hit game Roll 5 using HTML5 technology. This technology will now allow players to play Roll 5 in any web browser on any mobile tablet of their choice. Mobile tablet players are now be able to compete in duels against other players playing the desktop version.

 

September, 2014

Nicolas Cannasse, developer of Haxe, at GameDuell TechTalk

September, 2014

 

Nicolas Cannasse introduced the developer’s community of Berlin to the cross-platform toolkit Haxe. His full presentation can be viewed on our TechTalk website.

 

August, 2014

Former Rockstar Art Director joins GameDuell

August, 2014

 

GameDuell wins another prominent reinforcement for their ongoing move into social and mobile games. Ian J. Bowden joins the team as Art Director for the social and mobile games studio. Since his arrival the co-founder and former Art Director of Rockstar Leeds has been working with the development teams to boost the visual style for GameDuell’s social mobile titles. Further information about Ian's impressive biography and track record is available in our press section.

 

GameDuell shows current game projects at GDC Europe

10 Years GameDuell

 

On August 11th and 12th GameDuell once again presented our current game projects at the Game Developers Conference in Cologne. For the second year, GameDuell is one of the main sponsors of Europe's largest conference for game developers.

July, 2014

GameDuell hosts the 9th annual Skat and Rummy Masters Tournament

July, 2014

 

GameDuell once again hosted the world's largest annual Skat and Rummy Masters finals in Berlin. Further information is available on the Skat Masters website (German only).

 

June, 2014

GameDuell presents Cross-Platform projects at Gamelab in Barcelona

June, 2014

 

GameDuell was one of the main sponsors of the international games conference Gamelab which took place in Barcelona from June 25th to 27th. GameDuell's own HTML5 Game Architect Josep Prat spoke as part of the conference program about cross-platform development.

June, 2014

GameDuell launches new logo

June, 2014

 

For GameDuell’s 10th Anniversary, the company launches a new company logo. The fire and flame in the modernized brand identity represent the unbridled passion for game development and game experience.

May, 2014

GameDuell Co-Founder Boris Wasmuth gives his Perspective on Berlin at high-profile Panel Discussion During Media Convention/Berlin Web Week

May, 2014

 

Together with popular TV presenter Klaas Heufer-Umlauf (Joko & Klaas), who also runs a production company in Berlin, the director of public TV and radio station RBB Dagmar Reim and the head of the Senatskanzlei of Berlin Björn Böhning, Boris speaks about the ecosystem and infrastructure for media companies in Berlin.

May, 2014

Balloon Blast launches on GameDuell.com

May, 2014

 

GameDuell's newest multiplayer web game, Balloon Blast, is now available on gameduell.com! Set against the backdrop of a circus ring, players take turns shooting down their opponents' balloons as quickly as possible. Three main characters, a fire eater, a lion tamer and a knife thrower, all with very special skills guide the player through the game.

 

April, 2014

Belote is now playable on iOS mobile devices and Facebook.

April, 2014
 

Belote is now playable on iOS mobile devices and Facebook.

 

March, 2014

Michael Kalkowski's talk at Casual Connect in Amsterdam

March, 2014

 

At Casual Connect Europe in Amsterdam our co-founder and creative director Michael Kalkowski held a lecture on how company culture can contribute to success. By examining what motivates people and how companies manage their team culture, Michael explains why some teams and companies produce world class results and others don’t.

 

February, 2014

New Head of Studio Social and Mobile Games at GameDuell

February, 2014

 

GameDuell has won Todd English as new Head of Studio Social and Mobile Games to strengthen its accelerated move into the growing market of new games platforms. Todd comes from casual games developer and publisher PopCap, where he was responsible for the label wide strategy and product roadmap as Core Studio Director. With over a decade of development experience, Todd English will lead the development and product teams at GameDuell working on all Facebook and mobile games.

2013
December, 2013

GameDuell knows how to party! Christmas event and 10 years company anniversary

December, 2013

 

How does a good year come to an end? With a good party, correct. The GameDuell team came together to have its jamboree Christmas party. As the company was founded in late 2003 we also took the opportunity to celebrate our 10th anniversary.

December, 2013

GameDuell donates to disaster aid relief in the Philippine

December, 2013

 

In cooperation with the emergency relief program of GMX and WEB.de, GameDuell donates 2,000 Euros to United Internet for UNICEF to aid in the disaster relief program in the Philippines in the wake of the recent Typhoon Haiyan disaster.

December, 2013

German television station Deutsche Welle visits GameDuell

December, 2013

 

Deutsche Welle interviews the head of Human Resources for GameDuell to discuss Germany’s shortage of skilled workers and the challenges of relocation for non-European Union workers . 

November, 2013

Ed Burns of Oracle leads GameDuell TechTalk

November, 2013

 

JSF Specification Lead, Ed Burns, takes center stage at the GameDuell TechTalk event series and discusses the new JavaServer Faces 2.2 specifications. The full presentation can be viewed here.

 

October, 2013

First Newbie Cooking Event

October, 2013

 

All new team members were invited to our first "newbie" cooking event. New employees from Italy, India, Portugal, Tunisia, Sweden, Brasil and Germany had a great time preparing dinner together while getting to know each other.

October, 2013

In Cooperation with Actor Heiner Lauterbach GameDuell Donates 5.000 Euro to Children’s Home Villa Südsee

October, 2013

 

As part of our regular charity activities GameDuell once again donates 5.000 Euro to the German child care institution "Villa Südsee e.V.". The donation was made in cooperation with the popular German actor Heiner Lauterbach and his wife.

September, 2013

GameDuell on Belgian TV

September, 2013

 

As part of a travel documentary highlighting the creative hotspots of the world, Belgian TV station Canvas (VRT) interviews several team members on their decision to live and work in Berlin.

September, 2013

Bloomberg Television interviews co-founder Kai Bolik

September, 2013

 

Bloomberg Television interviews co-founder Kai Bolik for his perspective on the current state of the startup industry in Germany and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s re-election.

 

August, 2013

B2Run Berlin 2013

August, 2013

 

GameDuell ran for charity at the B2RUN in Berlin - the largest corporate running championship in Germany. A percentage of all registration costs goes to "RTL-Wir Helfen Kindern" (We Help Children), a charity which seeks to combat hunger, poverty and social injustice among children.

August, 2013

GameDuell is a premium partner of GDC Europe

August, 2013

 

As a Silver Sponsor of the annual Game Developers Conference Europe (GDC Europe) GameDuell presented our extensive range of challenging open jobs in the fields of technological infrastructure and game development.

August, 2013

Michael Kalkowski's presents at Casual Connect: "10 Years of Casual Games"

In the last decade the games industry has come a long way moving from one platform to another. Hypes have come and gone but with the move along platforms came many innovations in product quality, technology and business models. Michael Kalkowski shows how the champions of our industry were able to drive growth during the ever changing times and delivers a strategic view on the key business aspects for the next 12 months.

 

July, 2013

GameDuell launches Belote.com with a major advertising campaign in France

View the ad below.

 

April, 2013

GameDuell goes Droidcon

April, 2013

 

As part of the company’s continued emphasis on mobile and recruitment efforts, GameDuell is represented at Droidcon, one of the world’s largest Android developer conferences where the newest and hottest developments in mobile development are discussed.

April, 2013

Politicians visit GameDuell

April, 2013

 

Diving into the world of gaming at our offices: Financial Senator Dr. Ulrich Nussbaum, the President of Berlin Trade Chamber Dr. Eric Schweitzer and the SPD's Parliamentary Leader Raed Saleh.

March, 2013

GameDuell invests heavily in mobile

GameDuell CEO Kai Bolik explains how the company's investment in mobile complements its cross platform strategy. Read the full interview here.

 

March, 2013

Fluffy invasion at GameDuell

March, 2013

March, 2013

Co-Founder Boris Wasmuth meets German Chancellor, Angela Merkel

March, 2013

 

As part of a select group of successful internet entrepreneurs, our co-founder meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a social event where she learns about the startup ecosystem in Berlin and its challenges.

February, 2013

GameDuell amps up recruiting

As GameDuell seeks to expand even further into the casual and social gaming market, recruitment of an additional 120 experienced members in technology, development, product management and graphics shifts into high gear.

 

2012
July, 2012

GameDuell Team Video

Watch the latest company video about GameDuell and find out what it's like working for the one of the largest gaming platforms in the world.

 

July, 2012

The GameDuell Team is international

July, 2012

June, 2012

GameDuell welcomes its youngest game developer

June, 2012

 

At only 14 years old, Fabian is the youngest game developer to join the GameDuell team. Although he spent only a week with the team, he earned all of our respect and admiration. According to Fabian, “Software is boring. I prefer to make games.”

May, 2012

GameDuell's cross-platform learnings

May, 2012

 

While every one else is just starting to talk about the importance of cross-platform play, GameDuell has already been at it for an entire year. View the full infographic.

 

May, 2012

GameDuell launches "Potion Panic", a new and innovative multiplayer game

May, 2012

 

Potion Panic is the world's first match-3 game where players compete in real-time against each other. Potion Panic is available on the GameDuell platform.

 

April, 2012

Bubble Speed named "Game of the Week"

April, 2012

 

GameDuell's underwater bubble shooting adventure, Bubble Speed, is named "Game of the Week" by Social Games Observer.

 

March, 2012

GameDuell comments on the future of HTML5 games

GameDuell's Michael Kalkowski and Jonas Gebhardt pull apart the problems and myths around HTML5. Read the full article.

 

March, 2012

GameDuell's edge on cross-platform games for Facebook, mobile and open web

Read this exclusive interview between co-founder Kai Bolik and Inside Social Games.

 

February, 2012

GameDuell goes cross-platform

February, 2012

 

What exactly is cross-platform and how does it apply to GameDuell's strategy? Find out in this entry on the GameDuell blog.

 

January, 2012

GameDuell moves to an even larger office space

January, 2012

 

As GameDuell continues its expansion, the company relocates to the former studios of German TV station, SAT1 TV, on Taubenstraße in the historic Gendarmenmarkt area. The space is completely redesigned with an emphasis on providing more open space and transparency with an internal staircase connecting both the 2nd and 3rd floors.

2011
October, 2011

GameDuell is growing

October, 2011

 

With now more than 180 team members, GameDuell continues its rapid growth. To join the team, browse our open positions.

 

July, 2011

GameDuell reaches more than 70 million users and installs

July, 2011

June, 2011

Michael Kalkowski speaks to Gruenderszene.de, a German online magazine about GameDuell

The full interview, in English, can be found to the right.

 

May, 2011

GameDuell's Fluffy becomes a TV star in the UK

GameDuell's popular mobile game, Fluffy Birds, makes a cameo appearance in a British television commercial. 

 

www.youtube.com/embed/XAsGaaUnzRU

 

January, 2011

GameDuell launches first mobile application for Android

January, 2011

 

The launch of Jungle Jewels represents the first GameDuell mobile application built for the Android mobile platform. This is also the first GameDuell game which is available on Facebook, Apple iOS and Android mobile devices as well as on the GameDuell games platform.

 

2010
December, 2010

GameDuell - Plastic drinking bottles free

December, 2010

 

GameDuell empowers its team members to lead more sustainable lifestyles by providing the right information, tools and incentives to do so. As more than 17,000 liters of water is consumed yearly by the team, which equates to 17,000 plastic bottles, GameDuell introduced water dispensers throughout the office in order to reduce the amount of plastic waste and carbon dioxide emissions which are caused by their production and transportation. Learn more by reading our Corporate Responsibility

 

October, 2010

Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon.com is lead speaker at GameDuell TechTalk

October, 2010

 

As one of the architects behind Amazon's cloud computing (Amazon Web Services), Vogels share his knowledge on how to build applications for the cloud to an attentive group of participants at the regularly held GameDuell TechTalk. Read more about his TechTalk in Berlin at techtalk-berlin.de.

 

September, 2010

Bubble Popp for iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch launches

September, 2010

 

Bubble Popp for iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch launches

 

August, 2010

GameDuell goes mobile

August, 2010

 

Maya Pyramid launches on iOS and becomes the first ever mobile game by GameDuell. An overview of all mobile games can be found here.

 

July, 2010

GameDuell Love: Two players who met via GameDuell

July, 2010

 

As one of the largest gaming platforms in the world which offers private messaging, it's no surprise that some of our players would meet and fall in love. Meet Christine and Dirk from Duisberg, Germany, one such lucky couple. Read their interview on the GameDuell blog.

 

January, 2010

The number of partners working with GameDuell now exceeds 1,000

January, 2010

 

If you would like to become a partner, learn how to by visiting our partner page.

 

2009
December, 2009

The 5th annual Skat Masters and 1st Rommé Masters Finals

December, 2009

 

After more than 30 online qualifying rounds throughout the year, 140 finalists compete in the tournament finals which are once again broadcast on television. In the Rommé Masters finals, three women made it to the final round to compete for the top spot.

November, 2009

GameDuell donates to charity

November, 2009

 

A charitable donation sponsoring school lunches is made to the Ban Tungklom School in Thailand.

October, 2009

The GameDuell team moves to larger office spaces

October, 2009

 

With a team of now more than 150, GameDuell moves into a larger office in the Prenzlauer Berg district of Berlin, just a few minutes from the historic Alexanderplatz.

February, 2009

GameDuell launches Bubble Popp, its first game on the social networking site, Facebook

February, 2009

2008
December, 2008

GameDuell turns 5!

December, 2008

 

GameDuell turns 5!

June, 2008

GameDuell registers its 10 millionth player on its games platform

As more people learn about GameDuell and play its games, our user base experiences significant growth.

March, 2008

GameDuell goes to America

March, 2008

 

After a successful push into several European markets covering several languages (German, French, English, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish and Danish), GameDuell enters the US market with an office in San Francisco.

2007
2007

GameDuell embarks on its European expansion

2007

 

After focusing primarily on the German market over the last four years, GameDuell launches in France and looks to broaden its online presence in other European markets.

November, 2007

Filming with Heiner & Viktoria Lauterbach

November, 2007

 

Popular German actor and Skat fan Heiner Lauterbach and his wife Viktoria shoots a tutorial video about Skat.

April, 2007

GameDuell receives more television coverage

April, 2007

 

German TV magazine program "Polylux" records a segment about GameDuell in our offices on Ackerstraße.

March, 2007

The Second Skat Master Tournament

March, 2007

 

GameDuell sponsors the second Skat Masters Tournament in Berlin with the finals playing live before television cameras. This tournament series will become the largest Skat tournament in world.

2006
July, 2006

GameDuell's camping caravan booth at the Games Convention

July, 2006

 

GameDuell's camping caravan booth at the Games Convention

July, 2006

GameDuell at Games Convention

 

GameDuell attracts a significant amount of attention by using a camping caravan as an exhibition booth at the Games Convention. Germany's oldest online gamer is also on hand to assist in presenting our portfolio of games. German TV station ARD also reports on the "silver gamer" (as older gamers are affectionately called) phenomenon.

June, 2006

First ever Skat Masters are broadcast on German TV

The finals are recorded during the summer in Berlin and then shown on TV a few weeks later. Players qualified online at GameDuell.de. View the video from the finals on the left.

 

January, 2006

GameDuell TV spot

January, 2006

 

The making of the first GameDuell television ad for the German market.

2005
August, 2005

Women love GameDuell games

More than 50% of all registered players are women; a trend which continues today.

July, 2005

1,000,000!!

Over 1,000,000 players are now registered at GameDuell.

May, 2005

GameDuell's first ever TV event

May, 2005

 

For the first time ever the "GameDuell Skat Duell" is broadcast on German TV. Skat is a popular German card game.

2004
June, 2004

GameDuell's very first game: "Tausch Rausch"

June, 2004

May, 2004

First ever loading screen for a GameDuell game

May, 2004

 

On the screen it says: "Get ready, game is loading"

April, 2004

The first 10,000 players are now registered at the GameDuell games platform!

April, 2004

Early Spring

First pitch to investors

Early Spring

 

Our three co-founders travel to Hamburg for their first meeting with investors.

March, 2004

First prototype of the GameDuell website

March, 2004

February, 2004

The GameDuell flame on a meeting room door.

February, 2004

February, 2004

In early 2004, the GameDuell team moves into its first office space, located on Ackerstraße, Berlin-Mitte.

February, 2004

February, 2004

The GameDuell logo is born

February, 2004

February, 2004

What should the GameDuell logo look like? Some early ideas which never made the cut.

February, 2004

January, 2004

The original GameDuell Team

January, 2004

2003
December, 2003

GameDuell is born

Michael Kalkowski, Boris Wasmuth and Kai Bolik founded GameDuell in Berlin, Germany.

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