手机社交游戏公司Pocket Gems宣布，在以Sequoia Captial公司为主导的最新一轮融资中获得500万美元资金，用于扩大公司运营规模。
据游戏邦了解，Pocket Gems原先是一家名为Street View Labs的游戏开发工作室，现计划在未来数月壮大公司的管理团队。
Pocket Gems的第一部作品是2009年推出的免费游戏《Tap Farm》，其后开发的4款游戏都曾进入苹果App Store的免费应用前10强榜单。
据Pocket Gems所称，包括《Tap Store》、《Tap Jungle》等在内的旗下游戏，已通过虚拟商品交易创造了数百万美元的营收，其中《Tap Zoo》自今年9月登场后，就一直稳居综合应用排行榜的前列。该公司游戏总共下载量已超过1500万次。
Pocket Gems公司CEO及联合创始人丹尼尔·特里（Daniel Terry）认为，苹果App Store的运营系统使手机游戏开发机会更加平等，为大家创造了新型手机娱乐体验。许多开发商都在涌向苹果平台，相信这个领域的游戏必将快速发展。
Sequoia Captial之前还曾向苹果、EA、谷歌、恩威迪亚（Nvidia）等大牌企业投资，这次是通过AdMob创始人Omar Hamoui、电信公司StarHub首席执行官Jeff Fluhr、前eBay成员Michael Dearing的牵线搭桥，参与Pocket Gems的融资。
Sequoia公司的合伙人Jim Goetz将加入Pocket Gems公司董事会，他认为后者的社交游戏向iPhone和Android市场进军一定能够旗开得胜。（本文为游戏邦/gamerboom.com编译，转载请注明来源：游戏邦）
Social mobile studio Pocket Gems gains growth funding of $5 million
Social mobile games specialist Pocket Gems has secured $5 million in a funding round led by Sequoia Captial.
The investment is set to fund the publisher’s expansion, with the company – which started out as Street View Labs – claiming it plans to add to its engineering team in the coming months.
Tapping up the charts
Pocket Gems launched its first title – free release Tap Farm – in 2009, with four other releases having all hit the top ten free apps list on the App Store in its wake.
The company claims its portfolio, including titles such as Tap Store and Tap Jungle, has enabled it to generate million of dollars in revenue from virtual goods, with Tap Zoo consistently ranking as one of the top grossing apps on the marketplace since it launched in September.
In total, its games have been downloaded over 15 million times.
“The App Store ecosystem has democratised mobile game development,” said Pocket Gems’ CEO and co-founder Daniel Terry.
“It gave us an opportunity to build a new type of mobile experience and put it in front of millions of people. With so many developers turning to this platform, the space is evolving very quickly, and we’re excited to be part of defining what the next generation of entertainment will look like.”
Sequoia, which has previously invested in brands such as Apple, EA, Google and Nvidia, was joined in the round by AdMob founder Omar Hamoui, Jeff Fluhr – CEO of telecommunications firm StarHub, and former eBay man Michael Dearing.
As a result of the deal, Sequoia partner Jim Goetz is set to join Pocket Gem’s board, with Goetz claiming the studio’s social gaming prestige stands it in good stead to make the most of the app market on iPhone and Android in the coming years.（source:pocketgamer）