Riseup Labs: Putting the gaming industry of Bangladesh on the map
Meena is a beloved cartoon character that has been popular amongst the kids of the 90s and even 2000s. This fictional character developed by UNICEF was a way to promote children's rights in South Asian countries. The initial format of sharing these stories was mostly comics, cartoon strips, animated series etc. When UNICEF decided to make a gaming app targeting the kids of today, after rounds of competition, Riseup Labs, a Bangladeshi game developer were hired to develop this app.
Meena is not just one game that Riseup Lab has worked on. They are also the mind behind several commercially successful independent apps i.e. Rooftop Frenzy, Treasure Wars, BlackJack and Game Plan.
Riseup Labs is also known internationally as a provider of IT solutions including Quality Assurance (QA), Mobile App Development, Solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) Mixed Reality (MR), blockchain, web development, software development, game development and R&D services.
Riseup Labs currently has more than 150 employees working in various key positions. Ershadul Haque founded Riseup Labs in 2009. Although Riseup Labs got recognition through gaming, the company has been working with various sectors of information technology since the beginning. For photo editing services, they have developed Retouching Lab and Appliance; for gaming, they have also developed a platform.
Right now, Ershadul and his team are preparing to launch a strategic business unit focused on game development. According to the founder Ershadul, they are providing direct services to international brands for years now. "We will keep on continuing that. But the gaming unit needs to be armed for the innovations of tomorrow. That's why we are putting special focus on that," says Ershadul.