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Entrepreneurs of the Week: Margarita Belorukova and Pavel Ignatov, Unnyhog

A Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi- and twofour54-backed Russian game development company wants to change the gaming world

Entrepreneurs of the Week: Margarita Belorukova and Pavel Ignatov, Unnyhog

Unnyhog, a mobile game development start-up supported by Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi and twofour54, has been selected to participate in the renowned Silicon Valley-based Y Combinator W16 accelerator programme.

Margarita Belorukova and Pavel Ignatov, Russian co-founders of Unnyhog, plan to disrupt the gaming world with Unnyworld, their first free multi-device game.

Their team of 10 people started working on the idea back in 2010, but their start-up was formally incorporated only when it got the support of Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi and twofour54 in 2015.

The game, which Ignatov describes as an MMO game mixing the best parts of League of Legends and Clash of Clans, has been soft-launched in Malaysia and is currently being tested and updated on a weekly basis.

The game is available on Google Play while an iOS version will be released soon.

“It brings you a fantasy world where each player gets a tiny planet and a character, and the goal is to evolve the planet and character by building different constructions and fighting with other players in real time arenas,” Belorukova explained to us in an email.

She used the opportunity to thank their mentors Yannick Theler of Ubisoft Abu Dhabi, Vince Ghossoub of Falafel Games, Michael Seibel and Justin Kan of Y Combinator.

The company has raised $360,000 to date.

“Everybody is very friendly here [Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi], they are ready to share their experience and they are open compared to what we have back in Russia,” Ignatov said in an interview with Arabian Business StartUp last year.

“So that helps us a lot because we have a lot of feedback and good advice even from our competitors or [people] who potentially could be our competitors. They are still sharing with us their experience and helping us.”

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