Avakin Life

An avatar creation system, social network and gaming hub, Avakin is a unique platform offering a single account shared across multiple applications.


Based in Nottingham, Lockwood is a highly successful online publishing studio specialising in social games, virtual worlds and desirable virtual items.

Join the team 

In order to build on the growing success of the ‘Avakin’ range of games we’re expanding the team – come work for us!

Avakin Life

Imagine a virtual world where you, the user, are an integral part of its evolution.

Imagine a virtual world where you can meet and interact with countless individuals who share similar interests as you.

Imagine a virtual world you can access wherever you are.

Welcome then, to Avakin Life.

Avakin Life is a free to play social app for Android, iOS & Amazon devices.

Create your avatar – Choose from hundreds of customisation options and create outfits to suit YOUR style. Socialise – Meet and chat with friends or find like-minded souls from millions of users around the world. Travel the world – From the bustle of an inner city café to the tranquillity of a floating oriental pagoda, find your ideal setting for a photo shoot, crazy party or simply hang out. Get creative – Customise your home with a great range of furniture and decorative items.

Avakin Crazy! ***** (5 Stars)

“This game is seriously good, I love how it’s so interactive and you can earn money by doing simple things. The apartment feature is great as it gives you free furniture and cheap ones as well. Social spots are good as well because every 24 hours you get a free gift. Deserves more then 5 stars!”

Awesome ***** (5 Stars)

“This is the best game ever, I have so much fun when I am playing this game, met some lovely people and it’s just awesome!”

Love it! ***** (5 Stars)

“Missed home so much and this has given me much happiness back haha! Keep the free content coming ;D”







Join us

Located in the heart of Nottingham’s Creative Quarter, we offer great career prospects and are constantly on the look out for talented, ambitious and committed individuals.

Company Benefits Include:

  • An extremely competitive monthly bonus scheme which puts 50% of the monthly incremental gain in profits into the bonus pot
  • Flexible working subject to core-hours attendance (10-4pm)
  • Staff social outings
  • Pension or Gym membership available
  • Share options available


Lockwood Publishing is a leading cross platform developer producing entertainment software for the mobile and tablet market.

The company was founded in 2009 by Halli Bjornsson and Joel Kemp to focus on content production for the Sony PlayStation Home virtual environment on PlayStation3.

PlayStation Home grew its user base to over 20 million subscribers and Lockwood became one of the premier developers for this platform, delivering game tie-in environments, promotional environments, stand-alone games and virtual items for PlayStation Home.

During the lifetime of PlayStation Home Lockwood was voted best developer, by users on PlayStation@Home, for 6 consecutive years.

Since it’s creation. Lockwood Publishing has developed 8 original games on PlayStation, iOS, Google Play, Amazon and web with millions of fans playing every month and millions of virtual items sold.

The company is now fully focused on the Free to Play business model on the mobile and tablet platforms with Avakin Life.

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Halli Bjornsson

AA Dip

Halli is the CEO of Lockwood Publishing. He has over 19 years experience working in the videogames industry, on both the development and publishing sides of the industry. Halli has worked on a broad variety games published by companies such as Sony, EA, Microsoft, Sega and others either as an artist or art director.  Halli oversees the product and business development for Lockwood Publishing.

Joel Kemp

MSc 3D Computer Aided Graphical Technology Apps. BA (Hons) Design

Joel is the Co-Founder and Company Director of Lockwood Publishing. Joel has been Lead Artist on high profile games such as MotoGP3, Curse and Battle Engine Aquilia and has extensive experience in the virtual world and mobile gaming sector.

Karl Hilton

MBA. MA Computer Visualisation & Animation Systems. BA(Hons) Architecture

Karl is a Company Director of Lockwood Publishing. Karl was one of the founders of Free Radical Design, which created the successful TimeSplitters franchise. He was the Managing Director for Crytek UK for 5 years. He joined the board of Lockwood in 2015 and is supporting studio and business development at Lockwood.


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