What is Naodo?
What is Naodo?
Naodo began in early 2015 as Broadsword Entertainment Group. Originally a platform for indie authors, Broadsword Entertainment Group was founded by Brian Hermansen & Blake Peel. Over time, the focus of the company shifted towards creating and distributing games. Their first product, Stormweavers, launched on Kickstarter in late 2015, raising nearly $25,000 in funding.
In December of 2015, The Key Armory, which creates keys in the shape of popular swords from pop culture, launched on Kickstarter, ultimately raising over $50,000 in funding. Since then, The Key Armory has added an additional 10 products to their lineup, with regular partnerships with popular subscription boxes and video game companies.
In early 2016, Blake Peel, one of the original founders of the company and the lead developer of Stormweavers, left Broadsword Entertainment Group to pursue other opportunities in Tennessee. At this point, Rod Villalba joined the company as the COO, handling the day to day operations of the company. Development for The Shadow of Aemar began shortly after, which expanded the company and led to the hiring of several other employees, including programmers and artists.
Throughout 2016, Broadsword Entertainment Group launched Psychiatrist the Game on Kickstarter, which later became a popular downloadable app for Apple & Android devices. In addition to Psychiatrist, the company also launched Scourge: A Game of War. The Key Armory also added additional designs to their lineup, now featuring over 40 different SKUs.
In April of 2017, the company was renamed Naodo with a focus on new forms of entertainment. Currently, Naodo has a variety of projects in development, some of which have yet to be announced formally, including apps, games, books & more.
Today, Naodo is located in the heart of Salt Lake City, Utah. Naodo has 8 employees worldwide, with plans to release the first official “Naodo” product, Unknown Caller, in the summer of 2017.