Top Games, Inc. (TGI), a global independent game developer and publisher founded in 2015, is led by co-founder David Guo and Vice President Benjamin Gifford. They developed the acclaimed real-time war strategy game, Evony: The King's Return. The Evony series began as a Flash browser game many years ago and has since evolved into a mobile game that has left a lasting impression on 4X Strategy Game players. What's even more exciting is that the game is now available on PC! The R&D team has delved deep into optimizing the PC version, presenting a grand spectacle that shatters visual expectations and immerses players in a true large-screen gaming experience.
Fantastic Strategy Game Evony TKR
Evony TKR has attracted more than 200 million players since its release in 2016, becoming a popular free-to-play strategy game. that seamlessly combines various elements, including main city development, exploration, the recruitment of historically renowned Generals, and epic battles. Benjamin believes that the company's impressive performance and numbers could not have been achieved without the team's efforts.
“Top Games team is our greatest resource, and thus we heavily invest at first, which helps us create record-setting profits,” says Benjamin.
Let's take a look at the unique team features and how the management culture powers exceptional performance in the highly competitive mobile gaming industry.
Exploration and Striving for Excellence
The Top Games team believes that great ideas can come from anyone, anywhere, and encourages all team members to explore different aspects of the company to seek improvements.
Unlike other development teams that focus on achieving perfection, the teams is striving for Excellence before releasing a product, Top Games Inc. strives for excellence by pursuing incremental and sequential improvements.
According to Benjamin Gifford, leading companies in the gaming industry may not have a perfect product or service, but they do have excellence. By passionately pursuing these incremental improvements, Top Games Inc. identifies and achieves moonshots – innovations that push the boundaries of what is possible.
Empowering Teams at Top Games Inc.
Top Games Inc. strongly believes in empowering its teams to excel. The company operates with a lean, open, and flat organizational structure, ensuring that every engineer has no more than three management levels to reach the CEO. This approach fosters open communication and collaboration, as managers and team leaders oversee more than seven direct reports.
Under the leadership of David Guo, Top Games Inc. prioritizes the free sharing of information throughout the company, except in cases involving legal or privacy concerns. The company places a strong emphasis on data-driven decision-making within their teams and recognizes the valuable learning opportunities that arise from early failures and mistakes.
“Using data science to break through personal bias, and OKRs to stretch ourselves to become better, we opt to work on the things which can lead to the biggest impact on our players. The culture that David created is part of the uniqueness that Top Games offers our industry,” stated Mr. Gifford.
Initiative & Ownership at Top Games Inc.
Top Games Inc. actively nurtures a strong sense of ownership among its team members. They are encouraged to align themselves with the company's culture and best interests, with each member taking responsibility for embodying the team's goals and values, thereby driving initiatives for success.
By providing teams with access to as much information as possible, supporting their decisions, and empowering them, Top Games Inc. expects its teams to proactively discover and resolve issues.”
Besides Evony, TPI has a diverse portfolio that includes titles such as Plague of Z, Mafia Origin, Alliance of Glory, Kings Legion, Infinity Clan, Salon Superstars, and more. To date, TPI boasts over 200 million players globally, with availability in 26+ languages and across 150+ regions.