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