New Team Members Bring Wealth of Game Development Experience from Leaders in Mobile, PC, and Console Gaming
PALO ALTO, Calif. — September 25, 2014 — Kiwi, Inc., today announced the addition of veteran games industry talent to its team as part of the company’s mission to build AAA games for mobile platforms. The new additions include Vice President of Creative Eric Todd, Vice President and Executive Producer Jason Woodward, Director of Product Wes Culver, Lead Gameplay Engineer Pratik Patel and Art Director Shawn Peters. Combined, these new team members bring decades of game industry talent from marquee developers and publishers including EA, Disney Interactive/Playdom, GREE, and Zynga. The new hires follow on the heels of Kiwi closing a $15 million Series B round which is being used to develop next-gen, cross-platform, AAA titles for mobile devices. Continue reading Kiwi Adds Veteran Games Industry Talent to Support Mission to Bring AAA to Mobile
Northgate Capital Leads Investment Round with Participation from DFJ and Returning Investor Sequoia Capital in Leading Mobile Developer
PALO ALTO, Calif. – Aug. 6, 2014 – Mobile game developer Kiwi, Inc. today announced that it has closed $15 million in Series B financing, led by Northgate Capital with participation from DFJ and returning investor Sequoia Capital. The Series B brings the total amount raised by Kiwi to $21 million. Kiwi has emerged as a top developer on Google Play, and the company will use the funding to invest in its next generation of cross-platform, AAA mobile titles while continuing to improve distribution and monetization practices that affect the entire mobile ecosystem. Continue reading Kiwi Closes $15 Million in Series B Financing
SAN FRANCISCO, LONDON – July 31, 2014 – SEGA Networks, Inc. today announced the launch of Crazy Taxi™: City Rush, the newest game in the iconic Crazy Taxi franchise, for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Crazy Taxi: City Rush was designed by Kenji Kanno, creator of the original Crazy Taxi arcade phenomenon, and developed by Hardlight Studios, one of SEGA’s top in-house studios and developer of the global hits Sonic Dash and Sonic Jump Fever. The game, designed from the wheels up for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices with intuitive controls and a new world to explore, is free to download today from the App Store and coming very soon to Google Play.
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Collect, Hatch, Battle and Evolve a Mythical Menagerie of Curious Creatures
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – July 24, 2014 – Mobile social gaming leader Storm8 today launched Fantasy Forest Story – the latest free-to-play game from TeamLava, the Storm8 brand behind such casual hits as Dragon Story and Farm Story 2. The game features never-before-seen fantasy and mythology themes in the breeding simulation genre on mobile.
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New Venture-Backed Publisher Expands Global Presence via Talent, Tech, and Game Acquisition
TEL AVIV, Israel – May 23, 2014 – Today top children’s app publisher TabTale announced the acquisition of Coco Play Limited, a Hong Kong and China-based developer of educational apps and games for kids. The deal enables TabTale to establish a presence in China and reach a wider global audience. TabTale will also be joined by Coco Play’s team, and add its two million monthly active users to TabTale’s existing 25 million. TabTale raised $12 million in Series B funding in October 2013, and continues to seek expansion opportunities around the globe in order to enrich its app offerings and grow in new markets.
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Free-to-play app makes SAT and ACT prep social, accessible and fun
NEW YORK — May 1, 2014 — play2prep has tackled the chore of SAT and ACT prep by officially launching its multiplayer mobile game for iOS and Android. After an initial soft launch, the New York-based startup has released the first and only SAT and ACT test prep game played against friends. play2prep has partnered with leading educational publishers to give students access to questions just like those on the real tests, which they can use to challenge their peers. Now, preparing for these critical assessments can be as enjoyable as playing a game against friends.
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Mining Puzzle Game Takes Players Deep Within the Earth to Free Their Dwarven Pals
BOULDER, CO – May 1, 2014 – Backflip Studios today announced the mining puzzle game Dwarven Den is now available free on the iTunes App Store. In Dwarven Den, you play a group of dwarves seeking adventure and sparkly treasures buried deep within the earth. Your dwarven ancestors have been trapped in vast underground mines. Armed with only a pickaxe and a mighty beard, you’ve got to dig down deep by excavating floor after floor. Simply tap to dig through ancient civilizations, choosing your next move cautiously to avoid cave-ins and cartoon monsters. With challenging puzzles and simple controls, the app has already been deemed “What’s Hot” in its Canadian beta phase. Free with optional in-app purchases, players can download Dwarven Den today!
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AAA-turned-indie developers Moonshot Games and indie publisher gameblyr release stealth noir puzzler for iOS, Android planned for a later date
BOSTON — April 24, 2014 — Indie development studio Moonshot Games and indie game publisher gameblyr today announced the release of the highly anticipated stealth puzzle game Third Eye Crime for iOS devices. Created by AAA-turned-indie talent from Bungie with years of design expertise on titles including the Halo series, Third Eye Crime features gorgeous visuals in noir stylings and a soulful jazz score to deliver a stylistically immersive, fully independent gameplay experience. Third Eye Crime’s 120-level thriller is available for $4.99 on the App Store, or players can begin with the first 40 levels of Act One for $2.99, with Acts Two and Three available as add-ons for 99 cents each.
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