Paul Heydon

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AppOnboard Raises $15M in Series A Funding to Empower Mobile Developers With App Demos, Creative Tools and Product Insights

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#AppDemo--AppOnboard, a mobile technology platform for app developers, has announced it has raised $15 million in …

Startups

Melody; You had me at hello

There is a real story here that sets the stage for why I invested in Melody.<p>Valentine’s day 2013, Im in Hamburg, Germany for a game conference. Im …

Paul Heydon on LinkedIn: “I have resigned from LVP…

I have resigned from LVP and I will be resigning from all my LVP board roles. I wish everyone in the LVP network all the best. Im particularly proud …

Goodgame Studios going public through $320M Stillfront merger

German free-to-play outfit Goodgame Studios is going public by merging with the Stillfront Group in a deal worth €270 million ($318.5 million).<p>The …

Underworld Football Manager dev Stanga Games raises $500,000

Underworld Football Manager developer Stanga Games has raised $500,000 in funding to expand the team and invest in a new marketing push . Earlier …

Nordisk Film takes $5m ownership stake in Heroes & Generals studio

Danish developer Reto-Moto will use funds to "prepare for scale" as it ramps up work on free-to-play WW2 shooter

Ex-King staff raise $2.2 million for new Swedish studio Strange Quest

A group of former King employees have raised $2.2 million in a seed investment round to fund their new mobile games start-up Strange Quest. The …

Unity buys GAME's Multiplay Digital business for £19m

GAME has sold its Multiplay Digital business unit to Unity in a deal worth £19m.<p>Multiplay Digital handles multiplayer server game hosting for major …

Gaming

Pokémon Go developer joins unicorn club with $200m funding round

The game developer behind Pokémon Go, Niantic Labs, has raised $200m in new funding that takes it into Silicon Valley’s coveted “unicorn” club.<p>The …

Game-creation platform Kogama.com receives investment from leading entertainment group

Danish gaming studio Multiverse aims to accelerate its international growth following an investment that gives Nordic entertainment group Nordisk …

AppLovin’s acquisition by Orient Hontai is off, accepts $841 million investment instead

Everything seemed to be going well for mobile marketing firm AppLovin at the end of last year. The company agreed to be sold to private equity firm Orient Hontai for $1.4 billion in September 2016, but more than a year later the deal is no longer on the table. While AppLovin is once again …

Venture Capital

MAG Interactive plans $68m IPO

Swedish mobile games firm MAG Interactive is planning to host an initial public offering before the end of the year.<p>The company is expected to offer …

Profit

THQ Nordic acquires Biomutant developer Experiment 101

THQ Nordic has acquired <i>Biomutant</i> developer Experiment 101 for 75.3 million Swedish Krona ($8.9 million).<p>Experiment 101 was co-founded in 2015 by …

Meet The British Robotics Start-Up About To Hit The Big Time With Apple

Bristol-based start-up Reach Robotics will announce today that it’s won a crucial deal with Apple which will see the US technology giant promote its MekaMon robot in its stores and online in the run-up to Christmas. The deal represents a huge breakthrough for Reach, with Apple limiting its …

Startups

Nexon acquires High School Story developer Pixelberry Studios

Tokyo-based gaming giant Nexon is expected to announce tonight that it is acquiring Pixelberry Studios, an acclaimed game studio that created the social-mobile game High School Story, GamesBeat has learned. It’s a happy outcome for a studio that says it specializes in making “games with heart” that …

High School

EA buys Titanfall dev Respawn Entertainment for as much as $455M

Electronic Arts announced today that it's cut a deal to acquire longtime partner Respawn Entertainment (<i>Titanfall, Titanfall 2</i>) for $151 million in …

Game Development

Razer raises $528M in Hong Kong IPO

Games hardware maker has reportedly raked in HK$4.12 billion (US$528.2 million) from its initial public offering (IPO) in Hong Kong, which is …

Zynga pays $100 million for Peak Games’ casual card game studio

Zynga has acquired the mobile card game studio of Turkey’s Peak Games for $100 million in cash. The move is one of the biggest acquisitions Zynga has made under Frank Gibeau, who became CEO in March 2016. It’s also a big validation for Peak Games’ strategy of focusing on casual card games that are …

Zynga

UK messenger games start-up Mojiworks raises $2.75 million

UK start-up Mojiworks has raised £2.1 million ($2.75 million) to develop games for messaging platforms. The Guildford-based studio aims to use the …

Matchmade's platform: "We make it performance-based, so you’re not paying for empty air"

Back in August, Matchmade (the Finland-based game influencer marketing data platform) announced $1.73 million in funding.<p>That's a strong sign of …

Investors pour $25M into eSports team Cloud9

The multigame eSports team Cloud9 has raised a total of $25 million at the end of a Series A funding round to help cover franchising fees and …

Game Design

Vine’s founders are back with HQ, a live trivia game show app

“It’s a way to give people a chance to have fun, maybe win, maybe learn something new.” That’s how former Vine co-founder Rus Yusupov describes his new trivia game show app HQ, which feels like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire meets Facebook Live.<p>At 3pm and 9pm Eastern, thousands of people open up …

The New York Yankees just broke into esports

The New York Yankees made a major investment in esports, the team revealed today. They're now stakeholders in one of the most well-known North …

Nitro Games generates $3.1 million from sale of 500,000 new shares

Nitro Games has sold 500,000 in new shares for a total of $3.1 million (25 million SEK) to continue its push into self-publishing. The largest …

Chinese firm buys 20% stake in Halo 4 co-developer Certain Affinity

Chinese firm Leyou Technologies has acquired a 20 percent stake in Austin-based developer Certain Affinity for $10 million.<p>Established by a group of …

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IGN buys Humble Bundle

Humble Bundle has been acquired by IGN. Humble Bundle CEO and co-founder Jeffrey Rosen announced the sale in a blog post today, describing it as "our …

Supersolid raises $4 million as it preps to launch Home Street mobile game

Developer Supersolid raised $4 million for its casual mobile games such as Home Street, its latest hit. Index Ventures, a venture capital firm that has invested in other hit mobile studios such as King (Candy Crush Saga) and Supercell (Clash Royale), led the round.<p>“The core team at Supersolid was …

Venture Capital