As avid gamers through elementary and high school, both Mark Lampert and Chris Ye decided to join forces and collaborate on a gifting app that was launched on the Facebook platform. They were among the first developers to do so, and the app exploded in popularity, attracting over a million users in its first week. This led to the realization around the power of community-based game mechanics, and the duo launched Uken Games in 2009.
Together they created Uken’s first game on Facebook, Superheroes Alliance, which centred around community interaction and compeititon. After building up a core audience on the platform, Lampert and Ye made the game available on iPhone and Android devices, making Uken one of the very first cross-platform game developers. At the time, mobile gaming was in its infancy and with no established best practices or tools around mobile development, Uken had to build their playbook from scratch.
Uken’s current popular titles include Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and Jeopardy! World Tour which are the top two trivia titles on mobile, and combined they have been downloaded over 25 million times worldwide. The studio’s Kings of Pool caught the eye of Apple and they began featuring the game in all their retail stores to showcase the new iPhone’s Augmented Reality features.
Over the past decade Uken has focused on becoming highly competent across the skills required to build, launch, and scale a top mobile game. This includes expertise in development, marketing, live operations, and the ability to scale to support millions of customers across the globe.
Uken has won several awards including; Deloitte Technology Fast 50 in 2019, Top Small Medium Employer 2018-2019, Great Place to Work Certified 2017-2019, and Killer Spaces 2019.