Kwalee is a mobile game developer and publisher founded by David Darling CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire). A co-founder and former CEO of Codemasters, Darling is one of the key architects of the UK games industry. Kwalee is based in Leamington Spa, a major games industry hub in the UK midlands sometimes known as Silicon Spa.
Kwalee has grown into the UK's biggest publisher of hyper-casual mobile games and its titles have racked up more than 300 million downloads worldwide.
Its in-house development team features legendary figures such as Andrew Graham (originator of the Micro Machines video game franchise) and is responsible for global hits including Go Fish!, Draw It and Jetpack Jump. Through the company's 'Creative Wednesdays' initiative, every single Kwalee employee is given the chance to pitch new game ideas that can then be developed and launched globally.
Kwalee also works with other developers to publish their hyper-casual games, including Rocket Sky!
The Kwalee name
Kwalee is the Australian aboriginal for “wait for me”. It was the name of David Darling's grandfather's sailing boat which David sailed on frequently in Australia in his youth. David's grandfather was a TV engineer who taught him electronics, and so the Kwalee name is a homage to him.