Based in Cape Town, South Africa
Press / Business contact:
Unit A407, Suite 10, A Block
The Woodstock Exchange
66 Albert Road
Clockwork Acorn is an interactive software development studio, with experience creating a wide range of user-facing applications, including games, mobile apps, websites and desktop tools.
For our clients, we have built a wide range of solutions, covering games and gameful design, social and sharing economy apps, professional websites, and cutting edge UX R&D.
Internally, we build games for commercial release on mobile and desktop platforms.
We’re very proud that Clockwork Acorn has been bootstrapped and self-funded throughout its lifetime and is still wholly owned by its original founders.
Clockwork Acorn started as an idea in late 2013 when the three founders, Hilgard Bell, Francois van Niekerk and Leon van Niekerk, were busy completing their postgraduate studies at the MIH Media lab at the University of Stellenbosch. Each was doing research into some aspect of games, and was starting to contemplate life after university.2014
Clockwork Acorn officially came into existence in 2014, setting up in a small office at the InnovUS Launch Lab in Stellenbosch. The three founders bootstrapped the business themselves. They spent the majority of the year prototyping games, building ties with the local game dev community and getting to grips with all things business. This process culminated in a host of prototypes and the launch of the company’s first commercial game, Monsters and Medicine, in October 2014.
The end of 2014 was also when Clockwork Acorn expanded into doing contractual work, building specialised software solutions for its first clients.
The start of 2015 saw Clockwork Acorn set up its first long-term commercial clients and hire its first employees. Throughout the year the company grew and focused on its new commercial ventures with client projects.
The end of the year also had the company launch its second commercial game, Luminare, to the Google Play and iOS App stores.
In early 2016 the company officially moved out of incubation and into new offices located in Woodstock, Cape Town. Since then the company has focused on growing its client base while still finding time to work on its internal game development projects.
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