A mobile game developed by a firm established in Istanbul by four Syrians – who escaped their home country in 2011 due to the civil war – has been downloaded 45 million times.
The company Wolves Interactive was initially established in 2016 by electric engineer Ahmed Allazkani, software specialists Khaled Almouthtar and Karam Bwidani and 3D design specialist Wael Dayoub under the roof of the Teknopark of Yıldız Technical University.
The company’s game titled “Traffic Tour” has been downloaded by 45 million mobile phone users around the world, while another game also developed by the Syrian partners, named “Motobike,” was downloaded by 5 million people. The company aims to reach 250 million gamers in two years.
Through the games, which have been translated into 16 languages so far, Wolves Interactive has provided $800,000 (nearly TL 6 million) in foreign exchange input to Turkey.
Founding partner Ahmet Allazkani told Anadolu Agency (AA) that he has been living in the country for eight years and founded the company to develop mobile games with his partner who had been in the business back in Syria.
The small-scale company currently employs 15 people, 20% of whom are Turkish, while the rest are Syrians, he said, emphasizing their aim of increasing the number of employees to 50 within the next three years.
Stating that most of the employees are Syrian engineers, Allazkani said: “We provide programming and 3D expertise training. This sector is tough. The mobile game sector is not very similar to the computer