Clipwire Games: Leading the way for Canadian game developers
Each month as part of our spotlight series, we’ll feature one of our partner studios — providing a look behind the curtain into what working for one of our studios looks and feels like. Our first post focuses on Clipwire Games and the high-growth mobile gaming scene in Toronto.
Leading from the front
Creators of Bingo Story (Android | iOS), the top-grossing game on the US and Canadian app stores by a Canadian developer, Clipwire Games is quickly making a name for itself in the city of Toronto. Under the leadership of CEO and co-founder Ritesh Khanna, formerly of Zynga, Clipwire Games was founded in 2008 and is a fast-growing and ambitious studio that excels in reimagining timeless games like bingo and solitaire.
With their sights firmly set on the future, they want to lead the charge for game development in Toronto by developing and producing more top hits. Ritesh has helped instill a winning mentality at Clipwire, something he believes is a key success factor in gaming while focusing on creating fun and engaging games that captivate and entertain players across the globe.
Off the back of huge success, Clipwire Games are in a period of growth and are hiring across multiple key areas of the business, including artists, developers, and data scientists.
What makes Clipwire Games great?
Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, with a new office in Montreal, Clipwire Games named one of Canada’s top Great Place to Work by The Globe and Mail in 2021.
They focus on giving employees the space and tools they need to create exceptional mobile games. They’re a close-knit team that not only creates top games, they also play them together. Clipwire is proud of their strong onboarding process and during this remote time, maintain a highly creative and engaged team. They have regular virtual gatherings, game nights, and dinners.
Clipwire Games boast a portfolio that includes Bingo Story (Android | iOS), Bingo World Tours (Android | iOS) & Solitaire Buddies (Android | iOS). With many more in production and employees given the opportunity to influence what is produced at the ideation stage, Clipwire Games is truly a ‘great place to work’ for those passionate about mobile gaming.
Check out a recent feature on PocketGamer.biz in their Jobs in Games: Remote Working series, where they interviewed Clipwire Games software developer James Aiken.
“Being part of the Clipwire team has been the opportunity of a lifetime. Our agile development philosophy creates a workplace that inspires team members to learn new things, tackle interesting challenges, and help others do the same,” said Cameron Micomonaco, Clipwire Games’ Head of Growth. “Our company culture promotes collaborative planning, independent work, and high-quality results. We are always on the lookout for talented and inspired people to join our close-knit team.”
Ritesh is a Toronto native and knew he wanted to plant his company’s roots in the city he calls home. Not just home to renowned film festivals, Toronto is becoming an up-and-coming hub for gaming studios and developers alike. A thriving multicultural city, Toronto has managed to grow and develop without losing its sense of community. Boasting an incredible food and art scene, the city is home to one of the longest urban waterfronts in the world and offers plenty of bike parks and outdoor music venues.
“Toronto is a place without judgments, which is exactly the kind of people we look to hire at Clipwire,” said Head of Studio, Mary-Kaye Fraser. “My colleagues are not only looking to build something awesome — but to learn and collaborate along the way.”
Located in the heart of downtown, Clipwire is easily accessible by public transit and located near St. Lawrence Market, the Harbourfront, and The Toronto Eaton Centre.