Pakistani startup develops World Cup video game

Published: February 18, 2011
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KARACHI: Pakistan may have lost the opportunity to host the International Cricket Council World Cup this year but it has found a way to stay in the game, literally. A Pakistani company has received the exclusive rights to develop the official game for the sporting event.

On February 15 it was announced that a local game developer, MindStorm Studios, has already developed the official game for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. The game is available at

This is the first time a Pakistani game developer has managed to get the licence, beating out leading global game development companies such as Codemasters and EA Sports to design, develop, and deliver the game.

“We are extremely excited about developing the official game for ICC’s Cricket World Cup 2011,” said CEO Mindstorm Studios Babar Ahmed. “Cricket has long been a subject closely linked to our organisation and we are thrilled to take it to the next level,” he said.

While most games are released for personal computers and gaming consoles, this year’s official ICC game will only be available in internet browsers.

The company claims that it will be the most advanced 3D browser cricket game developed to date. Allaying fears of issues due to slow internet connections, Ahmed said that the game will have an online downloadable client that will work well on even slow broadband connections.

Official licencing removes the need for re-naming of players which is generally seen in non-licenced sports games.

An avid cricket gamer, Muhammad Umar, said “There are licencing issues with some games because they do weird stuff to player names like Shoaib Akhtar is renamed Shadid Akhtari and Shahid Afridi becomes Shared Afra.”

Earlier, it was rumoured that Codemasters, the oldest British video game developers, will be releasing the official ICC cricket world cup 2011 game for personal computers, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Codemasters developed International Cricket 2010 and is a veritable behemoth in the gaming field.

Codemasters and EA Sports have traditionally dominated cricket games. However, EA’s last cricket game was in 2007 while International Cricket 2010 was only available on consoles, not personal computers.

Considering the excitement developed by the Codemasters rumour, Mindstorm Studios, the Pakistani game developers have a very impressive set of boots to fill.

Cricket T20 tournaments have made cricket a cash cow. According to a report by the  Business Standard, the brand manager of Mumbai-based Games2Win said that there are six million online gamers from India alone.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 18th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • ishaq
    Feb 18, 2011 - 10:39AM


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  • aurangzeb
    Feb 18, 2011 - 12:39PM

    good gameRecommend

  • Feb 18, 2011 - 2:20PM

    how can i paly this game Recommend

  • israr
    Feb 18, 2011 - 7:25PM

    OMER plz mail me
    that ho can i got itRecommend

  • Aamer
    Feb 18, 2011 - 9:01PM

    Feel good effect. I love itRecommend

  • Feb 18, 2011 - 10:07PM

    after too much sadness it is hope of joy for us
    Long live Pakistan Recommend

  • Waqas
    Feb 18, 2011 - 10:10PM

    Where to download the game??????when i click to play it gives me a popup to buy????for free i just play net practice??????Recommend

  • Naveed
    Feb 18, 2011 - 11:51PM
  • Naveed
    Feb 18, 2011 - 11:53PM

    Media should need to promote loud and clear so that everyone sees Recommend

  • Ali
    Feb 19, 2011 - 3:58AM

    For once in your life support the effort and “PAY TO PLAY IT!”Recommend

  • A Proud Pakistani
    Feb 19, 2011 - 11:51PM

    Buy this game guys. Support your companies please. Recommend

  • Feb 20, 2011 - 7:23PM

    this is great news. I first heard of this fine team few months back from a geek. Now it is a reality and what a game this is. Only if our people and govt. starts supporting more of our programmers. Recommend

  • PK Expat
    Feb 20, 2011 - 7:44PM

    This is so impressive! Excellent effort by the developers! I recommend that people go out and buy this game. Support our talent! Spread the word. I have heard it is a fantastic game. What a proud moment. It is very difficult to win the rights for things like this, as the other bidders are usually very powerful corporate bodies. That in itself celebrates how good this game must be. Well done guys!! Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Feb 20, 2011 - 9:52PM

    Yar is game ki requirment kya hai??/Recommend

  • Mar 15, 2011 - 8:57AM

    I shall be very thankful to you if you offer me this game to playRecommend

  • Mar 15, 2011 - 8:58AM

    karachi pakistanRecommend

  • zeeshan
    Apr 12, 2011 - 4:22PM

    anyone plz upload FULL VERSION of this game to be downloaded….. anyone who bought this game,,,,,,, please upload full setup on internet and give link……………………………… KISI KA BHALA ho jaey ga aap ki wajah say…… iss liay jo b ye khariday ,,,woh us ka setup internet par day de,… others can download it free….Recommend

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