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Google Ventures, Khosla lead $15m round for games platform Rumble

2 Dec 2011

Silicon Valley growth investors Google Ventures and Khosla have led a $15m Series A financing round for Rumble, a new game publisher that will deliver game titles to the web, mobile and Facebook.

The firms join Rumble’s seed investors, including Rick Thompson, former CEO of Playdom, who led the initial round of funding.

Rumble will develop free-to-play games that are accessible and playable across a variety of devices and social networks that aim to offer the engagement of console games. In addition to creating its own games, Rumble will offer the world’s leading independent developers a publishing platform to create their own games, the company said in a statement.

“Every early stage company with big ambitions needs great investors and we feel blessed to have added two world class organizations to the Rumble family,” said Greg Richardson, CEO of Rumble. “We have a shared belief that the future of games is in creating experiences as engaging and entertaining as the most beloved console franchises, delivered to fit the digital lifestyle of today’s consumers.”

Vinod Khosla, founder of Khosla Ventures, said, “Rumble is bringing innovation to the gaming experience in a way that is truly going to revolutionise the category. We’re looking forward to seeing the first title released next year and believe the publishing platform is going to attract the most talented developers in the world.”

Karim Faris, a partner at Google Ventures, added, “The gaming industry is undergoing a massive online transition and Rumble has a strong vision and team to deliver a unique blend of instantly accessible, high quality games that can be played anywhere. We’re looking forward to helping them grow the business.”

Google Ventures also participated in a recent round of funding for IT automation software company Puppet Labs, which also attracted investment from Cisco, VMware and existing backers Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, True Ventures and Radar Partners.

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