In a March 31 article in the Austin American-Statesman, tech writer Lori Hawkins reported that Austin Technology Incubator (ATI) alum GameSalad, raised $6.1 million in its second round of funding from Steamboat Ventures (Disney’s investment arm); Greycroft Partners; DFJ Mercury; DFJ Frontier and ff Asset Management.
GameSalad uses the social web to allow members to design, publish and distribute original games without programming knowledge, and play with others across multiple platforms, such as the iPhone, iPad, Mac and any other Internet-connected device.
GameSalad, the largest third-party game development tool for Apple’s mobile platforms, offers its basic services for free and charges for a professional version. To date, GameSalad users have created over 4,500 games, including 30 games that have made it into the top 100 ranks of Apple’s U.S. App Store, which is quite impressive.
“We are focused on growing GameSalad into a world-class gaming company,” said CEO Steve Felter and Disney alum. “By making game creation accessible to anyone with a passion for games, we’ve empowered a new breed of game designers.”
GameSalad, who was founded in 2007 and joined ATI in 2009, raised $1.2 million from investors, including Steamboat Ventures, in its first round of funding last year.
For the full Statesman article read here.