Hind sight is 2020
Say what you will about 2020, but one thing is for sure - we won't forget it! Years from now, gathering around the table, we will tell stories of the year that banned us from traveling and locked us in our homes.
Now, on the last day of the year, we can look ahead at 2021 with hope. We have a vaccine, and we now understand the disease. Life will soon get back on track, and we will be spending the following holidays with friends and family again... What a frightening thought, right?
Well, not to worry! We were here for you throughout 2020 with fantastic game experiences, and you can be sure we will be there in 2021 to distract you from the family feuds that you know are bound to happen!
We are thankful for our brilliant teams of Whaleappers; all of you developers, artists, designers, community managers, producers, and everyone else! Without hesitation or hiccups, you all have managed to transition to the new reality of working from home. The transition went so smoothly that any fear or worry we all might have had was gone in days.
Our games and updates came out without delay because you understood how important it was for our fans and players to get them on time.
Not everything was simple for us, though. During this year, we lost our dear friend - Viktor Prokopiv. Viktor was a kind and sweet person. He was extremely talented with a keen eye for detail. We were blessed to have him with us, and we are all still blessed to have his work continue to thrive in many of our games even after he left our world.
Our games would have little meaning if it weren't for our fans and players, and we are thankful to all of you; we wouldn't exist without you. You played the games, talked to us, and helped the community grow. Getting your emails and seeing your progression through the games has pushed us day after day to do better and work harder.
Looking back at 2020, we can see how all that hard work manifested itself in more games and experiences. Earlier in the year, we saw significant updates coming to Hidden Hotel (iOS) (Android) and Hidden Resort (iOS) (Android), and we were thrilled to be able to release Hotel Blast (iOS) (Android) and Traveling Blast (iOS) (Android) early this year.
If all that was not enough, we also had another fantastic launch of Solitare: Texa Villiage, which reached #1 worldwide on its launch day! (iOS) (Android)
Many more games achieved Early Access this year, and we are working on making them even better, thanks to your feedback! We can't wait for them to launch in 2021 officially.
Throughout the year, we have come together as a company to celebrate holidays and moments of triumph. Unlike in past years, we couldn't travel and meet face to face, so we had online events instead. But, we still kept the joy and friendship going, be it in launch events or the special End-of-Year event we had just yesterday.
2020, what a year it has been!
We have grown and have learned so much. We have touched so many lives and have made an impact on the world. We are thankful for the past and excited for the future and what 2021 has in store for us! Happy New Year, everyone!