Not registered? Register here for FREE


Alternative content

Dominican Newspaper Ready for DR
Click for Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic Forecast

Cabarete company to challenge international giants

posted on: Sep 2 2011 15:36 by The Reporter. Viewed 5494 times.

Bookmark and Share
One small company based on a Caribbean island believe they can take on industry gaming giants such as Nintendo, Electronic Arts and Zynga.

It’s not often that you hear about a real modern day “David and Goliath”, but a tiny games development studio based in Cabarete in the Dominican Republic is aiming for a head-on collision with the Goliaths of the gaming world.

Jatzan, self-professed Japanese Ninja Coders, say they have a unique aspect that will allow them to compete successfully with behemoths such as EA.

Strog Bornstein, CEO and Sensei at Jatzan was happy to tell us more.

“Jatzan are poised to pretty much take over the gaming world as we know it,” elaborated Strog.
“While companies such as EA, PopCap, Nintendo and Zynga are bringing our tired old releases that no-one is interested in, Jatzan has lined up an arsenal of fresh games that players are literally turning cartwheels over.”

“With Monty and the Mugwumps, you get to play a strange little yellow spikey thing and rescue little kids while defeating awesomely horrible Mugwumps.  Games just do not get more fun than this!”

Bornstein seems to be correct in his valuation. Monty and the Mugwumps is a subtle mix of action, adventure and strategy. Whilst arguably better than Call of Duty, Angry Birds and Desperate Housewives, the conjoining of Obama-like humor, Kardashian decorum and Bieber maturity have created a game that appeals to all humanoid type entities.

Initially, Jatzan games will be available on the iPhone, iPad and Android platforms, although Bornstein says he is in talks with HP to purchase their now defunct WebOS and Touchpad division.

“Yes, we have contacted them about this as we at Jatzan feel that WebOS is a viable gaming platform. We could also be interested in taking on their PSG division (PC’s) that they have publically indicated they want to dispose of,” said Bornstein. “ It’s early days yet, but we hoping to get a reply to our email any day soon. We envision a whole line of “Mugwump” branded Touchpads and PC’s.

Bornstein has certainly set his sights high. If Jatzan are successful with their takeover bid of HP’s PSG and WebOS divisions, not only will they have EA, PopCap and Zynga in their sights, but Apple, Microsoft, Google, and even PC brands such as Dell and Acer could also get a taste of Jatzan’s sling.

We asked Bornstein about the other games in Jatzan’s portfolio, but he was quite understandably unwilling to give out too much information before the release dates.

“Let’s just say that in a few weeks, carbon-based lifeforms on this and other inhabitable celestial bodies will be embarrassed to admit they ever played Farmville or Angry Birds.”

It’s not often we interview someone we feel is able to cut through the BS and give an honest, down-to-earth summary of what his company is doing, but Strog Bornstein seems to be exactly that.

While Nintendo and others may not be quaking in their boots yet, it may be worth remembering that the hulking Goliath of olden times probably didn’t take a young upstart like David too seriously. But to his detriment, he saw the writing on the wall (or rather his head) too late.

EA, Nintendo and Zynga. Best of luck and RIP.

More info on Jatzan at

31 related news articles

The tourism challenge: May 17 2012

New flight from Czech Republic to Puerto Plata announced: May 3 2012

Participation in DATE 2012 jumps over 45%: Apr 16 2012

Cabarete Mayor accused of stealing funds: Feb 16 2012

Dominican tourism grew over 2011: Jan 20 2012

North Coast hotels report high occupancy: Jan 12 2012

Tourism up! says Central Bank: Dec 22 2011

Tourism Minister says Puerto Plata will rise again: Dec 8 2011

US$100 million generated from tourist taxes this year: Nov 30 2011

More tourists for January to September 2011 says Central Bank: Nov 24 2011

European tourists want more culture: Oct 20 2011

Crackdown on businesses who do not pass on tips to employees: Oct 20 2011

Tourism drop forces another hotel closure: Oct 11 2011

Europe increases flights to Puerto Plata: Sep 16 2011

20% of tourists are Canadian: Sep 15 2011

Minister highlights growth of tourism in the Dominican Republic: Sep 2 2011

48% of hotel workers out of work: Dec 23 2010

Cholera no risk to tourists, says Tourism Minister: Nov 26 2010

Tourist arrivals grow 7.7% in October: Nov 24 2010

Foreign tourism experts to be hired for Puerto Plata: Oct 7 2010

Dominican travel agents blame government for fall in tourist numbers: Sep 10 2010

Central Bank says tourist up and hotels report high occupancy: Aug 17 2010

Young Man Robbed in Cabarete: Jun 15 2010

Iceland's ash casts shadow on Dominican tourist numbers: Jun 1 2010

Dominican Republic praised by WTO for tourism policies: May 20 2010

Tourists love it here!: Apr 6 2010

Prague tourism office inaugurated by Tourism Minister: Mar 15 2010

No health risk to Dominican tourists after Haiti tragedy : Feb 19 2010

Tourist numbers continue rise in Dominican Republic: Feb 15 2010

Cabarete killer arrested: Jan 23 2010

Italian shot in Cabarete: Jan 19 2010

Share this article


Comment on this Article


Not a user? Register here

Recent Forum Messages
by enriquek25 on Nov 2 2014 17:26
Best plumber, painter, bricklayer, to fix all in Puerto Plata
829 578 2153 Hilin. Call him
by bellepp on Oct 31 2014 17:37
I advise long time ao about this arab
by bellepp on Oct 31 2014 17:35
Time give a reason. The owner of this
by bellepp on Oct 3 2014 21:25
Best plumber, painter, bricklayer, to fix all in Puerto Plata
Is this guy still around? Its now 10
by diosabella on Oct 3 2014 4:11
Recent Comments
by STEVE WILSON LOAN FIRM on Jan 26 2020 1:54

by STEVE WILSON LOAN FIRM on Jan 26 2020 1:53

by capitalfinance on May 11 2018 21:57

by capitalfinance on May 11 2018 21:55

by peter63 on Jun 13 2013 8:38
a paedophile in dominican prison.and you think he vvill