WELLINGTON, New Zealand – November 1, 2021 – Pōneke-based game developers Dinosaur Polo Club, who celebrated the PC release of their award-winning title Mini Motorways earlier this year, have taken the #12 spot on the Deloitte Fast 50 with 333% growth between 2019 and 2021. The studio has also claimed the title of Wellington and lower North Island’s fastest-growing technology company.
“This has been a truly thrilling moment for our team,” said Chantelle Cole, CEO of Dinosaur Polo Club. “To receive this recognition from Deloitte is the pinnacle of an extraordinary year for our studio, a year that has only been made possible thanks to our incredible team and the supportive community we have around us.”
This news comes the same week that Mini Motorways, the studio’s second title, has surpassed 500,000 copies sold on the world’s largest PC games platform, Steam.
Mini Motorways, a minimalist strategy simulation game about designing the roads of cities around the world, challenges players to keep up with the demands of their growing population. The game was released to widespread critical acclaim in September 2019 on Apple Arcade, and July 2021 on Steam. Popular gaming sites Rock Paper Shotgun and Eurogamer both awarded it their highest recommendation – “Bestest Best” and “Essential,” with Eurogamer’s reviewer calling it “one of the best games I’ve ever played.”
Mini Motorways builds upon the critical and commercial success of Mini Metro, the studio’s debut title, which has sold over seven million copies and been named a part of Apple Arcade’s App Store Greats. The game’s 2013 release led to the founding of Dinosaur Polo Club and ever since, the studio has focused on creating fulfilling jobs for talented kiwis and supporting the growth of the New Zealand games industry.
The studio is also up for another prominent award, recently named a finalist for Best Emerging Business in the New Zealand International Business Awards. CEO Chantelle Cole and COO Niamh Fitzgerald are also finalists for the Inspiring Women Leaders award. The awards are facilitated by New Zealand Trade & Enterprise and recognise extraordinary businesses that are stepping up to grow the economy for the good of New Zealand and the world.
“Our hope is that recognition in the wider business world will help shine a spotlight on the games industry in Aotearoa. Not only has our industry grown 10-fold in the last seven years, but it is projected to be worth over a billion dollars by 2025. With more support for our local games industry, we believe that over the next few years we have the potential to create many more fulfilling jobs for our talented kiwis,” said Robert Curry, Co-Founder of Dinosaur Polo Club.
About Dinosaur Polo Club
Dinosaur Polo Club is an independent game development studio based in beautiful Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, New Zealand. Founded in 2013 by brothers Peter and Robert Curry, the studio first made waves with their award-winning and BAFTA-nominated debut Mini Metro. Created in collaboration with Disasterpeace and Jamie Churchman, Mini Metro explores relaxed and minimalist subway design.
With an inclusive and supportive culture that believes in giving back to its creative community, the studio has grown and is now home to 22 dinos as it works on new titles with relatable simplicity.