Sca3d was born in 2009. Founders Karl Olsen, Lovisa Jorgensen, and Walter Poulsen were roommates at Umeå Institute of Design – part of Umeå University’s Arts Campus, in Umeå, Sweden. Obsessed with video games of all kinds, all three managed to get jobs working for online gambling content developers after graduation. Jorgensen and Poulsen, now married, were hired at NetEnt, while Olsen went to Betsoft. Two years later, over a roommate reunion dinner of pyttipanna, the three compared career notes, and started joking around about their own gambling games that they could create. Jorgensen’s ideas were all involving female characters, and thus Queen Cleo Takes Cairo was born. A trial version of the game – with no payouts – was quickly sketched out over the course of a weekend, and several months later, the former roommates hosted a party with friends to test a demo of their new game. It was a hit. Six months later, the company went public, with the tentative name Kalowa – soon to be Ska3d.
Jorgensen, Olsen, and Paulson used contacts they’d made through NetEnt and Betsoft to find business partners. Soon seven online casinos in Sweden – NetBet Casino, 7Bit Casino, BetAdonis Casino, Omni Slots, Casino-X, Play Grand Casino, and Royal Panda were featuring the Sca3d Games Queen Cleo takes Cairo, Mozart’s Moneymaker, and Stoner Sal. Demand increased the number of games created by Sca3d, and soon Sca3d had partners all over the European Union. The company quickly grew from its original three employees, to forty employees by 2014, to two hundred today – including its brand new office of thirty in New York City.
Sca3d received three nominations at the first ever Gaming Intelligence Awards in 2015. The company has also been nominated for awards through Global Gaming, International Gaming, Gambling Online Magazine, EGR, Leisure Report, and Totally Gaming. Jorgensen, Olsen, and Paulson continue to be Executive Creative Directors for their multimillion dollar child.