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Quick link: List of $350MM of VC investments in social gaming, virtual worlds, casual MMOs, etc

Wow, there has been a ton of investment into games-related startups.

I hadn’t seen this table until today – I thought I’d share it. It shows the tremendous amount of investment that’s been thrown into the “new” games space, although I’ll note that some of the companies on this list are relatively mature. But lots of them were funded in the last year or so. Given that there are still tons of stealth companies out there, I bet that a comprehensive list would be >2x as large.

Read more about this on Jussi’s excellent games blog:

Date Company Invested Type Series Country Lead investor
Sep-08 Challenge Games
$10,0
Social games Series B USA Globespan Capital Partners
Sep-08 Big Fish Games
$83,0
Casual games Series A USA Balderton Capital
Sep-08 Hollywood Interactive
$5,0
Social games Unknown USA BlueRun Ventures
Sep-08 RobotGalaxy
$5,0
Virtual World Series B USA Bachmann Industries
Aug-08 Nonoba
1,3 €
Casual games Series A DK Mangrove Capital Partners
Aug-08 LOLapps
$4,5
Social apps Series A USA Polaris Venture Partners
Aug-08 Webcarrz
$4,0
Social games Series A USA Meakem Becker Venture Capital
Aug-08 Knowledge Adventure
$5,0
Virtual World Unknown USA Azure Capital Partners
Aug-08 Dizzywood
$1,0
Virtual World Series B USA European Founders Fund
Jul-08 Challenge Games
$4,5
Social games Series A USA Sequoia Capital
Jul-08 Zynga
$29,0
Social games Series B USA Kleiner Perkins
Jul-08 Playfish
$1,0
Social games Bridge UK Accel Partners
Jul-08 Gaia Interactive
$11,0
Casual MMO Series C USA Institutional Venture Partners
Jul-08 Six Degrees Games
$7,0
Virtual World Series A USA Prism VentureWorks& Clearstone
Jul-08 Social Gaming Network
$3,0
Social games Unknown USA Jeff Bezos Expeditions
Jul-08 Riot Games
$7,0
Casual games Unknown USA Benchmark Capital
Jul-08 8D World
$1,0
Casual MMO Series A USA Spark Capital
Jun-08 I’m in like with you
$1,5
Social games Series B USA Spark Capital
May-08 Social Gaming Network
$15,0
Social games Series A USA Greylock Partners
Apr-08 Serious Business Inc
$4,0
Social games Series A USA Lightspeed Ventures
Apr-08 Kongregate
$3,0
Casual games Series B USA Jeff Bezos Expeditions
Apr-08 Akoha
$2,0
Mixed reality social game Seed USA Multiple angels
?.2008 Playfish
$3,0
Social games Seed UK Accel Partners
?.2008 RobotGalaxy
$7,0
Virtual World Series A USA Bachmann Industries
?.2008 Hangout Industries
$6,0
Virtual World Series A USA Polaris Venture Partners &Highland Capital Partners
Q1/2008 9You
$100,0
Virtual World/Casual Games Unknown China Temasek Holdings
Q1/2008 Chapatiz
$0,5
Virtual World Seed French Angel Investors
Q1/2008 Dizzywood
$1,0
Virtual World Series A USA Shelby Bonnie
Q1/2008 EveryScape
$7,0
Mirror World Series B USA Dace Ventures
Q1/2008 Fluid Entertainment
$3,2
Virtual World Series A USA Trinity Ventures
Q1/2008 Handipoints
$0,8
Virtual World Seed USA Charles River Ventures
Q1/2008 Metaversum
several m€
Mirror World Unknown USA Balderton Capital
Q1/2008 Numedeon
$1,0
Portfolio of Virtual Worlds Series B USA BankInter’s Venture Capitol Group
Q1/2008 Sparkplay Media
$4,3
Casual MMO Series A USA Redpoint Ventures &Prism VentureWorks
Mar-08 Alamofire
$2,0
Social games Series A USA Founder’s fund
Mar-08 PopJax
$4,7
Social games Series A USA Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Feb-08 Flowplay
$3,7
Hybrid MMO / casual games Series A USA Intel Capital
Feb-08 RocketOn
$5,0
Social Games Series A USA D.E. Shaw Group
Jan-08 Zynga
$10,0
Social games Series A USA Union Square Ventures
Jan-08 Rebel Monkey
$1,0
Casual MMO Series A USA Redpoint Ventures
Dec-07 Playfirst
$16,5
Casual games Series C USA DCM
Nov-07 Apaja Online
1,7 €
Casual games Series A Finland Martinson Trigon Venture Partners
Oct-07 GameLayers
$0,5
Social games Series A USA O’Reilly Alphatech Ventures
Sep-07 Watercooler
$4,0
Social games Series A USA Canaan partners
Sep-07 RocketOn
$0,8
Social Games Seed USA Unknown
Aug-07 Kongregate
$5,0
Casual games Series A USA Greylock Partners
Aug-07 D2C
$6,0
Casual games Series A USA Rubicon Ventures
Aug-07 Conduit Labs
$5,5
Social games Series A USA Charles River Ventures &Prism VentureWorks
Jul-07 Three Rings
$3,5
Hybrid MMO / casual games Unknown USA True Ventures
Mar-07 Flowplay
$0,5
Hybrid MMO / casual games Seed USA Angels
Mar-07 Gaia Interactive
$12,0
Casual MMO Series B USA Benchmark Capital
Dec-06 Metaplace
$5,0
Casual MMO platform Series A USA Charles River Ventures
Dec-06 D2C
$1,5
Casual games Seed USA Rubicon Ventures
Jul-06 Sulake
6 €
Virtual World Series C? Finland Movida Group
?.2006 WeeWorld
$15,5
Virtual World Series B UK Accel Partners
Jan-05 Big Fish Games
$8,7
Casual games Angels USA Multiple angels, two rounds
Jan-05 Sulake
18 €
Virtual World Series B? Finland Benchmark Capital
?.2005 WeeWorld
$5,5
Virtual World Series A UK Benchmark Capital
2000 – 2004 Sulake
? €
Virtual World Seed to Series A Finland 3iElisa &Taivas  

 

 

UPDATE: There was a set of new updates on Jussi’s blog, which I’ve added here.

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