A real world
strategy running game

Race against others to control
the most territory in your local environment

Walk, jog or run
around an area to capture it



Claim new land
in the name of your empire



Invade neighbouring lands
to expand your own borders



Keep opponents from stealing
your territory by reinforcing it


Real Strategy

All the careful planning of a strategy game...

Real World

...played through physical activity in the real world.


Not just for gifted athletes - determination wins against natural ability


Pure fun - no fiddly controls, no convoluted rules

Compete Against Others

Take on your friends and neighbours

Upgrade Your Crest

Celebrate your victories and show the world what you can do


Build status

  • Concept

  • Design

  • Build

  • Test

  • Deploy

Key dates

Private Beta

iPhone - Live

Android - TBA

Public Launch

iPhone - Spring 2016

Android - TBA

Latest news


Pushing forward with our empire

It’s been a very busy but fantastic few weeks here at Run An Empire - here's the latest update, including the London Extended Beta, available roles, build improvements & so on!

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After 12 crazy days of campaigning on Crowdcube, we’ve smashed through our target and hit our over-funding ceiling. We’re ecstatic to be able to bring our new investors along on this journey with us. We’re now 180% funded and ready to hit the ground running in 2016. While we’re going through the funding completion process, […]

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Build an empire with us!

Build an empire with us

The next step in the Run An Empire journey is here and we’d love for you to be part of it. We’re getting ready to launch to everyone in the world, and to be able to do so we’re seeking investment via Crowdcube. In fact, we’ve already hit our funding target! You can invest from […]

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What people are saying

Fast Company

“Run an Empire challenges you to conquer territory and defend it from rivals, rather like the classic strategy game Risk”


“Run An Empire offers mobile gamers the opportunity to turn their local neighborhood into their own fiefdom”


“Level up your running with a new app that brings tactical gaming to the real world”



  • Why can’t I play yet?!

    We’re working as fast as we can to get the game working but we’re currently a small team with a big to-do list. We’re working around the clock, evenings and weekends. Thanks for being patient - we can’t wait to launch either.

  • Won’t people cheat by driving around?

    We have several tricks up our sleeve for telling whether or not someone is genuinely walking/ running around, or using some kind of locomotion.

  • Will you make a version for bikes?

    Possibly! If there’s enough people that say they’d want that.

  • Will other players be able to find me whilst I’m running?

    No. We only show the sum of all places you’ve affected in your runs. Plus, your run is only submitted when you’re finished, it doesn’t show your start or end point, or where you are in real time. You can also choose to run completely anonymously - we won’t share your name or likeness.

  • Will it work on wearable devices?

    We plan to make Run An Empire work with wearable devices too. This is something we’re currently exploring.

  • What’s the deal with the Android beta coming later?

    Development can take a lot of building, then testing, then changing, then more testing, then rebuilding, then even more testing… it’s literally double the person-hours to do this on two platforms at once. So it makes sense for us to make mistakes on one platform rather than two, but this way the Android release happens sooner - because it’ll race through all the lessons learned from the initial testing.

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