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Google Ventures投资了iphone游戏开发者ngmoco

发布时间:2010-08-12 10:52:30 Tags:,,

据techcrunch的消息,Google旗下风险投资机构Google Ventures已经投资了iPhone/iPad游戏开发商Ngmoco。

Ngmoco已经盈利,在新一轮300万美元至500万美元的融资中,Google的投资占一部分。

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stardefense_ngmoco

Ngmoco游戏在iOS平台上颇受欢迎,包括“We Farm”,它也是iPad上最受欢迎游戏第二名。据传该公司估值超过1亿美元。今年2月,Ngmoco获第三轮融资2500万美元。

此举Google直接投资,虽然该公司已经在社交游戏战略领域发力,向Zynga投资1.5亿美元,并收购了社交游戏开发商Slide和社交支付公司Jambol。这笔投资是Google 风投机构Google Ventures的行为,该公司多次明确表示,它与Google是两个不同的实体,不会做出战略性投资。

Google CEO 埃里克·施密特(Eric Schmidt)此前曾表示,接受Google Ventures投资的公司将得到2万名Google员工的帮助。业内人士认为,近期Ngmoco开始开发大量Android游戏是可能的。目前 Ngmoco在Android平台上表现不尽如人意,以后情况预计会有所改变。

Android高质量的游戏还很少,需更成熟开发商参与该平台游戏的开发。但此举对Ngmoco成为一把双刃剑——苹果恐怕不会善待一个得到敌人Google投资的顶尖iPhone应用开发商。

另外,Ngmoco的竞争对手SGN最近也开始为Android提供游戏。而SGN刚刚在6月完成了由Google Ventures领投的新一轮融资。

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ngmoco

Google Ventures, the VC arm of the search giant, has made an investment in popular iPhone/iPad game developer ngmoco, say multiple sources. The company, which is already profitable, took the money as part of a new round of funding — probably in the $3-5 million range. ngmoco currently has some very popular games on iOS, including ‘We Farm’, which is currently the second most popular game on the iPad. The investment valued ngmoco well above $100 million, we’ve heard. This comes on top of a $25 million Series C round ngmoco closed in February.

This is not an investment being made by Google itself, which has been fleshing out its social gaming strategy with a $150 million investment in Zynga and acquisitions of Slide and social payments company Jambol. Rather, it’s being made by Google’s VC firm, which has repeatedly made it clear that it is a distinct entity from the search giant and that it doesn’t make strategic investments.

Still, it’s hard to take that entirely at face value — Google CEO Eric Schmidt previously said that companies that received funding from Google Ventures would have 20,000 Googlers there to help them. Don’t be surprised if we start seeing an abundance of Android games from ngmoco in the near future. And ngmoco has been a conspicuous underachiever on the Android platform to date. Expect that to change.

Android still has relatively few high quality games available and is ripe for a few more established developers to join the fray. But this could still prove to be a double-edged sword for ngmoco — Apple may not take kindly to having its enemy Google take a stake in one of the iPhone’s top developers.

It’s also worth pointing out that ngmoco competitor SGN, which has a number of popular titles on the iPhone including Skies of Glory, recently began offering some of its titles on Android. SGN closed a bridge round led by Eric Schmidt’s firm Tomorrow Ventures in June.(source:techcrunch/techweb)


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