Company News: Over 45 million downloads and the largest mobile game tour in Europe — Critical Force joins ElisaViihde and OnePlus in eSports


September 3rd 2018

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Critical Force, a Finnish company based in Kajaani, joins information technology giant ElisaViihde and mobile device manufacturer OnePlus. During the second half of 2018, they will go together to Finnish eSports arenas with Critical Force’s first person shooter game Critical Ops. Despite the popularity of newer and similar games — such as Epic Games’ Fortnite and Tencent’s PUGB — Critical Ops has retained its favor and the game’s downloads went through the 45 million cap.

“We view the entry of similar kinds of competitive games to the market as a positive development”, says Veli-Pekka Piiranen, CEO of Critical Force. “This enforces our original thoughts of being right when we directed our game development towards mobile eSports and putting a lot of effort into it, in different ways.”

The upcoming OnePlus Masters tour tournaments will be held in eight different locations throughout the second half of 2018. The tour will visit the largest cities in Finland: Tampere, Jyväskylä, Kuopio, Turku, Helsinki as well as Critical Force’s hometown Kajaani in northern Finland. In addition to the physical tour, there will be a series of online tournaments. Tournament finals will be held in Helsinki in the GameXpo-event on the 2nd and the 4th of November 2018

“Even though Finland is a small market considering Critical Ops’ overall player numbers, it is incredible to get the chance for this kind of collaboration with huge success stories such as ElisaViihde and OnePlus”, says Piirainen.

Critical Force

Critical Force is a Kajaani based game studio that focuses in competitive multiplayers. The company’s flagship game for mobile is the first person shooter Critical Ops. The game has been downloaded over 45 million times worldwide. Critical Ops has become a trailblazer in electronic sports played on mobile devices.

In 2016 the gamestudio received a 4 million seed investment from Korean game publishing giant NHN Entertainment and in 2018 a 6 million dollars investment from Business Finland. Critical Force has offices in both Finland and South-Korea. In 2016, the studio received an award for the Best Finnish Developer.

Elisa Oyj

Elisa is a company that handles telecommunication, ICT, and digital services. Their primary markets are Finland and Estonia. Elisa services over 2.8 million customers with over 6.2 million phone subscriptions. Elisa has been publicly listed in Nasdaq Helsinki Large Enterprises list and it has over 190,000 stockholders.


OnePlus is a global mobile technology company aimed at challenging conventional concepts of technology. Created around the “Never Settle” mantra, OnePlus creates exquisitely designed devices with premium built quality and high-performance hardware. OnePlus thrives on cultivating strong bonds and growing together with their community of users and fans. For more information, please visit

More information (images and videos) (Critical Ops trailer)