London-based mobile game development studio, Hutch, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Founded in July 2011, with a team of just five, Hutch’s aspiration and zeal to create games that truly entertain people has resulted in iconic game launches including F1 Clash (previously F1 Manager), Top Drives, and Rebel Racing.
Throughout July 2021, Hutch will be celebrating its history and hero milestones, along with looking to the future ahead to continue providing players with the best mobile racing games. Their mission has always been to bring cars to mobile and create strategic games that are mobile-first, which enable its community of players to celebrate their passion for cars, and this mission is far from over.
The growth of Hutch through the years
Hutch was founded in 2011 with a mission to be the home for automotive experiences on mobile. The development studio from London has grown from modest beginnings, expanding from a team of just five to 120 to now having opened offices in Canada and Dundee as well.
With 11 releases to date and a growing community of over 300 million players, the studio credits its success to its talent and people-first culture. This is something Hutch has deliberately prioritized and has been reflected in many awards wins, including the GamesIndustry.biz Best Places to Work Awards in 2018 and 2020.
In 2012 Hutch released its first title, Smash Cops, and since then, has built a portfolio of some of the most successful games in the mobile racing space. This includes Rebel Racing, Top Drives, and F1 Clash. Partnerships have played a pivotal role in the studio’s success, which has enriched the experiences of different communities by introducing them to mobile games.
From relationships with WWE to Mattel, Hutch has engaged with leading licensors all through this journey. On each occasion, they have always sought to treat brand partners with care and respect. This helped them establish close relationships to better understand audience appeal and deliver experiences that players want to play.
Driven by the passion of its community of car-loving players, Hutch prioritized the introduction of strategic depth to its mobile games, working hard to provide players with the best automotive experiences possible. Licensing has helped amplify these experiences, including its long-standing partnership with Formula 1, and a wide range of car manufacturers including Lamborghini and Aston Martin. Top Drives, the only automotive card collection game on mobile, includes approximately 2,500 licensed cars, more than any other racing game.
Future ambitions of Hutch
During the course of its journey throughout these years, Hutch has completed a series of investment rounds with important partners including Initial Capital, Index Ventures, and Backed VC all of whom were excited by the mission, talent, and culture at Hutch, eventually leading to its acquisition by the Modern Times Group in December 2020 for $275 million, kicking off an entirely new chapter for the company as Hutch continues to expand and bring more incredible automotive experiences to mobile.
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