|Type||Mobile Game Publisher|
|Founded||April 1, 2013|
Number of locations
|Hussam Hammo (CEO) Eyad AlBasheer (COO)|
Number of employees
Tamatem Games is a Jordan-based mobile games publisher and developer that partners with various international game developers to localize and bring international games to the Arabic-speaking world. Tamatem has published more than 50 games since its foundation in 2013, including its four main games: VIP Baloot, VIP Jalsat, Fashion Queen, and Clash of Empire. It has over 150 million downloads across its portfolio and 3.5 million daily active users on its top games based on published performance reports.
Tamatem Games was founded by Hussam Hammo in 2013. Hussam founded the company after realizing there is a lack of Arabic games available online in the Arabic-speaking world.  Tamatem received its first acceleration opportunity from 500 Startups, a U.S accelerator and incubator in Silicon Valley, California in April 2013.
Tamatem also took part in a three-month growth hacking program at WeWork where it signed its first publishing deal with Tapinator to localize and bring its games to the MENA Market. In 2013, Tamatem lead its first round of seed investment that brought it $350,000 from MENA Venture Investments and 500 Startups. Following its seed round, Tamatem also secured a second round of funds in 2015 that came in from Kuwaiti-based fund Arzan VC.
One of Tamatem’s most popular games ‘Awad the Delivery King’, a racing game published in 2014, was downloaded over 1 million times in less than a year. This helped the company hit its 6 million downloads mark. The game was produced in collaboration with Jordanian animation studio Kharabeesh.
By 2015, Tamatem had a 35-game portfolio running on both Android and iOS. It became a large company in the MENA region’s gaming sector with 40,000 downloads per day, receiving investments from both regional and international investors. ‘A Dumb Question’, one of Tamatem’s games released in 2015, became the number 1 downloaded app in Saudi Arabia four days after its release.
In 2016, Tamatem had 16 million total downloads and 41 published games, half of which reached No.1 on the App and Google Play stores. The portfolio of games had more than 2.1 million active users monthly and 350,000 active users daily. The company was experiencing a 40% month-over-month growth in downloads and revenue. By the end of 2017, Tamatem games reached 40 million downloads for a total of 50 published games.
In 2018, Tamatem raised a Series A investment round of $2.5 million. The round was led by Wamda Capital with participation from Discovery Nusantara Capital, Raed Ventures, Vision Ventures, and Seed Equity Venture Partners. 2018 was also the year that Tamatem signed with Lithuanian-based mobile game developers Game Insight to publish and localize Airport City in the Arabic-speaking market.
In 2020, Tamatem continued its Series A investment round, raising another $3.5 million also led by Wamda Capital along with Modern Electronics Company and North Base Media. In the same year, Tamatem also partnered with Croatian video game developer Nanobit to publish and launch the mobile game Hollywood Story in the Arabic-speaking market. In 2020, Tamatem doubled in size and went from 35 to 70 employees in the span of 6 months.
In 2021, PUBG creators Krafton Inc led Tamatem’s Series B investment round, which closed at $11 million. The round — which saw participation from Venture Souq, Endeavor Catalyst, and other existing investors — brought Tamatem’s total amount of funding to over $17 million since its inception.
In 2022, Tamatem announced a partnership with MSA Novo and its entrance and expansion into the Chinese mobile games market.
Tamatem’s business model is based on a split-revenue partnership. Tamatem partners with game developers from around the world to publish their games in the Arab region. Revenue is split based on an agreement between Tamatem and the developer. Tamatem has published games in the Arab region from developers in the United States, Brazil, India, China, Indonesia, Bulgaria, and Croatia.
List of games
|4 Pics 1 Word (لعبة سؤال وأربع صور)||2013||Trivia|
|Tower Building (لعبة بناء البرج)||2013||Casual|
|Awad The Delivery King (لعبة ملك التوصيل)||2014||Racing|
|Sing To Me Songs & Tunes Game ( لعبة أغاني وألحان)||2014||Music|
|A Dumb Question (لعبة السؤال القوي)||2014||Trivia|
|The Mysterious Quiz Game (لعبة اللغز الخفي)||2014||Trivia|
|Moron Test (إختبار الغباء)||2015||Trivia|
|Moron Test 2 (إختبار الغباء 2)||2015||Trivia|
|Moron Test 3 (إختبار الغباء 3)||2015||Trivia|
|Moron Test 4 (إختبار الغباء 4)||2015||Puzzle|
|Death Road (شارع الموت)||2015||Action|
|Who’s Right? (مين الصح؟)||2015||Trivia|
|Thunder Bolt Car (السيارة الصاعقة)||2015||Action|
|The Little Dinasour (الديناصور الصغير)||2015||Casual|
|Chicken Town (تشيكن تاون)||2015||Casual|
|Shake the Metal (هز الحديد)||2015||Racing|
|Police Car Simulator (شرطة التدخل السريع)||2016||Racing|
|Mystery of the Past (لغز الماضي)||2016||Adventure|
|Tank Trail (درب المدرعات)||2016||Racing|
|Mafia Boss (زعيم المافيا)||2016||Casual|
|A Dumb Question 2 (لعبة السؤال القوي) 2||2016||Trivia|
|Zombie Attack (هجوم الزومبي)||2016||Casual|
|Hidden Mystery 2 (اللغز الخفي)||2016||Puzzle|
|Step on it! (ادعس يا شنب)||2016||Racing|
|One by One (واحد واحد)||2016||Board|
|ParKing (ملك الاصطفاف)||2016||Racing|
|Downshift: Online Drifting (غيار عكسي)||2016||Racing|
|Dynasty Blades (صقور الأرض)||2017||MMORPG|
|Arab Shield (درع العرب)||2018||Strategy RPG|
|Rage of the Righteous (غضب الشجعان)||2018||Role Playing|
|Bandar’s Farm (مزرعة بندر)||2019||Casual|
|Fashion Queen (ملكة الموضة)||2019||Role Playing|
|Words Island (جزيرة الحروف)||2020||Casual|
|Girls’ Secrets (أسرار البنات)||2020||Role Playing|
|Food Truck Chef (أفضل شف)||2020||Simulation|
|Home Design Expert||2020||Simulation|
|Clash of Empire (تحدي الملوك)||2021||Strategy RPG|
|Best Game of the Year ‘Awad the Delivery King’ in KSA, Egypt and UAE||2014||Apple|
|Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award||2017||Ernst & Young|
|Best SME Jordan||2017||Bank Al Etihad|
|2nd Place at Startup Istanbul Scaleup Finals||2019||Startup Istanbul|
|Arabian Business Startup of the Year||2019||Arabian Business Startup Awards|
|Pocket Gamer Awards: Best Publisher Finalists||2020||Pocket Gamer|
|Best YouTube Channel||2021||Peacock Social Media Awards|
|100K Subscribers Award||2021||YouTube|
|Pocket Gamer Awards: Best Publisher Finalists||2022||Pocket Gamer|
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