Game On! Celebs With Their Own Mobile Gaming Apps
With a drastic rise in technology and smart phones, mobile gaming apps are at an all time high and the rich and famous have taken note. A number of these celebrities are jumping on the bandwagon and lining their pockets at the same time by releasing their very own mobile gaming app and others were ahead of the curve.
Kim Kardashian is married to one of the richest rappers in the game, but she certainly doesn’t need Kanye West’s money. The reality TV star has made a fortune alone with her gaming app, “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood.” The app was such a hit that it raked in $1.6 million in the first five days of its release. Free to download, “Hollywood” makes its money through in-app purchases. Players are encouraged to purchase “Koins,” which are used to buy clothes and change how the consumers chosen avatar looks. Many predicted that the app would pull in $200 million in its first year.
First Paris Hilton became famous off of a sex tape, then Kim Kardashian followed suit. However, that wasn’t the only time Paris got a jump start on her former BFF. Long before Kardashian got into the mobile gaming business, the Simple Life star released her own game. “Paris Hilton’s Diamond Quest” debuted in 2006, and much like “Bejeweled,” the object of the game was to rearrange Hilton’s massive diamond and jewel collection before time ran out.
When Meek Mill’s not rapping or spending time with his boo Nicki Minaj, you probably can find the Philly rapper on a motorcycle. Meek took his love for bikes and turned it into a gaming app–smart. “Bike Life” is a dirt bike themed game along the lines of “Temple Run” or “Subway Surfers.” Meek and his crew ride through the streets of Philly dodging cops and collecting coins while racing dirt bikes and ATVs. Minaj gave her stamp of approval and promoted Meek’s game on her IG page.
Nicki Minaj is following in her boyfriend Meek Mill’s footsteps and is releasing her very own app. The “Want Some More” rapper is teaming up with the same makers behind “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood.” The game will feature Minaj’s name, likeness, voice and the chance to offer her Barbz an authentic experience like no other. The untitled app is expected to hit the market next summer.
Nicki Minaj isn’t the only pop star with a mobile gaming app in the works. Glu Mobile, the makers behind Kim Kardashian’s app, also approached Britney Spears earlier this year to create a game of her own. The untitled app will feature Spears likeness, voice and creative influence. Slated to be released some time next year, the game is the first product released as part of a five-year deal between Spears and Glu Mobile.
Snoop Dogg is considered the godfather of gangster rap, and he’s also one of the first rappers to get into the mobile gaming business. “Snoop Dogg Cruisin” gave gamers the opportunity to roll down the streets of Los Angeles in a slick, hydraulic-fueled low rider. The object of the game is to bounce your way through obstacles while completing various objectives.
Outside of being known as a singer and reality TV starlet, Kandi Burress has become a businesswoman in her own right. Several years ago, Burress released her own gaming app. “Kandi Coated Spades,” available for iPhone users, was the first urban spades app on iTunes. Priced at just $1.99, the app gave players the option to go at each other online or play against the computer. The game set itself apart from other spades games on the market because it allowed players to renege and also featured deuces wild and jokers.
If it’s one thing Wu-Tang Clan fans know, it’s that the RZA loves to play chess. In 2009, the brains behind the iconic nine-member rap group released “RZA’s World,” a mobile gaming app that allowed fans to play chess against the rapping chess master himself. The app also allowed fans to interact with other members of the Staten Island collective.
Katy Perry is joining the growing list of pop stars that have their own gaming apps. Working with the same makers that Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj have partnered with, Perry’s app will feature the singer’s voice and likeness. The still untitled game, which will be released in time for the holiday season this year, will focus on Perry’s accomplishments in the entertainment industry. No word on if the app will feature her ex-husband Russell Brand.
Jason Statham is one of Hollywood’s go-to action heroes, and he’s taking his butt kicking skills to your mobile phone. Statham teamed up with gaming giant Glu Mobile for “Sniper X: Kill Confirmed.” Although the details are still scarce, the name says a lot. Statham lent his name, likeness and voice for the first-person shooter game, which will be available to download in the fall.
Do you think you know your hip hop history? Then Murs’ “Hip Hop Trivia: Starring Murs” may be right up your alley. The app allows iPhone users to flex their hip hop knowledge against other players through eight rounds of trivia fun. “I always want to do something new,” he told Hip Hop DX. “I later found that this is not the first Hip Hop trivia app, but it’s still something new and also preserves the legacy of the culture. We’re telling our history and that’s really important. Real hip-hop heads put themselves in a position to control how hip-hop is presented to future generations.”
Some celebrities pass their time behind bars working on a memoir but Wesley Snipes kept busy doing something else. While serving time for tax evasion, the Blade star partnered with a tech firm to create a spy game for iPhones. “Julius Styles: The International” focused around a hitman for hire who worked for the powerful yet seedy under-lords. The game was released with little fanfare and was plagued with bad reviews. “Julius Styles” was eventually pulled from the market.
Lil Wayne and Drake
Drake and Lil Wayne also got into the mobile gaming business, but to be fair, their “Street Fighter” inspired app was more of an interactive tool that was created to coincide with their tour last summer. “Drake Vs Lil Wayne” enabled fans to select their city, pick a side (Drake or Lil Wayne) during each night’s rap battle and button mash as if they were playing the latest Ultra Street Fighter IV video game to help their favorite rapper power up, having a real impact on their performances each night. At the end of each show, the audience chose whether Drake or Lil Wayne won the concert.