Blackjack Buddies

Mixing the best parts of the classic card game with a crossword game board. Blackjack Buddies is a completely new way to play the game of blackjack head-to-head against your friends in iMessage!


Rise was founded by a team of free-to-play and console veterans. Each has over 7 years development experience at top tier studios like Wooga, Krome, Digital Chocolate and Midway. Together they have shipped more than 40 games across Mobile, Playstation, Facebook and PC.


Ben DickensonFounder & CEO

Ben has led the development and design of twenty-three published games over the last seven years while working as a Product Lead for top tier studios, Wooga and Digital Chocolate. Over this time he has built a strong specialisation in meta-game design and free-to-play monetisation.

Philip MayesFounder & CTO

With 10 years development experience in the games industry (5 of those in mobile) Philip has worked on world renowned IP such as Star Wars, Happy Feet and Spyro the Dragon. Having shipped over 12 mobile games in 2014 alone, he brings a strong technical vision to the Rise team with a focus on delivery.

Antti HattaraAdvisor & Collaborating Creative Director

Antti made his first mobile game in 2003 for Nokia smartphones running Symbian while studying at Helsinki University of Technology. He worked 7 years leading product management at Digital Chocolate and 5 years as Head of Studio at Wooga where with his team he released one of the company’s biggest hits Jelly Splash.

Blackjack Buddies – Out Now for iOS10


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