Game of Thrones Ascent developer Disruptor Beam has today announced it has secured $3.2 million in Series A funding. New investors in this round included GrandBanks Capital and Midverse Studios, along with a number of angel investors. Disruptor Beam will using this funding for the continued development of its next game, Star Trek Timelines, as well as for its overall gaming platform.
Mobile messaging company Tango has announced it has signed its first six developers as part of its $25 million Global Games Fund. The program offers developers what the company calls a “one-of-a-kind” distribution model, allowing them to capitalize on Tango’s 250 million users, while also accessing the Tango SDK for in-app social features and more.
Game accelerator and investment platform Execution Labs has announced it has secured CAD $6 million in Series A funding, in a round led by Toronto-based Corus Entertainment Inc. Existing investors BDC Capital, Real Ventures and White Star Capital also participated in the round. This funding will help Execution Labs expand its presence and existing services by now offering independent game developers two different programs: the Pre-Production Accelerator and the Finishing Fund.
Midverse Studios has announced its new mobile games initiative, Invest+Publish, which looks to improve upon the expected relationship between game developers and game publishers. To do this, the company will partner with developers in long-term agreements, and invest strategically in these studios. In doing so, the company will also help game developers bring their games to the global market.
Mobile monetization company Fuse Powered has announced it has acquired mobile app development company Corona Labs, the maker of the Corona SDK. Corona’s technology allows developers to build apps across multiple platforms, including iOS, Android and Windows, using a single code-base. Fuse Powered, meanwhile, helps game and app publishers increase their revenue with two products: AdRally and FuseBoxx.
Chukong Technologies has today announced its partnerships with Chartboost, Kochava, PlayFab, Scientific Revenue and Vungle to create the Cocos Services Initiative. Cocos Services will be offered alongside the company’s Cocos2d-x game engine, giving mobile developers access to a full suite of helpful services, through a single platform. The Cocos2d-x game engine has been used by over 400,000 developers around the world, including Zynga, Big Fish and Wooga.
Pixate’s mobile design platform has officially launched to the public after its closed beta period, giving designers the ability to create native, complex mobile app prototypes visually, without writing a single line of code. The platform’s visual approach allows both novice and professional users to view and tweak application interactions, flow and animation in real time while editing on iOS and Android devices, to create an experience that fits their needs.
Oculus VR and Samsung have today announced the development of the Samsung Gear VR, a mobile virtual reality headset, powered by Oculus, for the equally new Galaxy Note 4. The headset offers a wireless experience, as users will connect the Note 4 to the headset, with the Note 4 acting as the screen, and can instantly dive into a variety of titles, including games and Oculus-built apps.
Mobile app publishing platform DWNLD has officially launched today, giving small business owners, or even large brands, a new way to create a mobile presence and engage with consumers, without the high costs normally associated with hiring an independent app developer. At launch, the platform has already been a part of more than 200 mobile apps, created for celebrities, YouTube and social media personalities, fashion bloggers, digital media companies and more.
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