Three 12-year-old Hills Friends Sign Global Game Deal

June 17, 2024 8:42 am in by
Jacob Brumby, Ben Logan and Sam Hawkes in the ARN Murray Bridge studio. Photo: Jennie Lenman / ARN

Three 12-year-olds in the Adelaide Hills have signed a deal with UK games giant The Fantastic Factory for their original game.

Friends Jacob Brumby, Sam Hawkes and Ben Logan devised the card game ‘Swipee’ two years ago and have since sold more than 1,200 copies locally and through their website.

They have now struck a deal with The Fantastic Factory, which will result in their game being stocked on shelves in 16 countries.

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Jacob told ARN’s Craig and Katie this morning that it started in their Stirling East Primary School classroom in July 2022.

“When we were designing it back in year 5 I thought it was pretty cool and then when I showed it to my parents, as all the other boys also showed it to their parents, when they said it was one of the best games they’d ever played, I was pretty hopeful it could go somewhere eventually,” Jacob Brumby told ARN’s Craig Pitman and Katie Wright live on radio this morning.

Sam elaborated on how the trio came to collaborate.

“We were in the back of the class finished with all our work and the teacher gave us some cards to play with. Once we’d played all the games in the middle that we could think of we started creating our own rules for the new game…. and we were extremely lucky that one of Jacob’s relatives is a graphic designer and he helped us massively,” Sam said.

Ben told Craig and Katie that their game is set to go global very soon.

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“We’ve just recently signed a contract and late this year or early next year it could be hitting shelves globally so we’re really looking forward to it,” Ben said.

Follow the boy’s journey on their Swipee Facebook page.

Hear more from Sam, Jacob and Ben speaking with ARN’s Katie Wright and Craig Pitman via the audio play window below: