Benchmark portfolio company Cyanogen announced an $80MM Series C round of financing earlier today. At this significant milestone for the company, I wanted to take a look at the state of Android.
PlayFab is an infrastructure company enabling game developers and publishers to get 21st century content to market. Last week, Benchmark announced our investment in PlayFab’s Series A round.
After market close today, Zynga announced that it was acquiring Benchmark portfolio company NaturalMotion for $527MM in cash and stock.
The World Cup draw is set and man, it's a tough one for the US men's national team. And for England and Italy and Uruguay. And for Spain and Netherlands and Chile. Like we expected, the draw produced several very difficult groups.
On December 6, in Salvador, Brazil, FIFA will stage the massive dog and pony show known as the World Cup draw, setting the field for next summer’s tournament. ... You can bet that there will be representatives from the football associations of at least a dozen countries holding their heads in disbelief when the dust settles and the names are all drawn December 6th.
Cyanogen, Inc. has announced its $7MM Series A financing, led by Benchmark.
Kim-Mai Cutler wrote an interesting piece in Techcrunch this week about venture financing and the games business. Greatly simplified, her main thesis is that venture capital may not be the best vehicle for financing video game companies. In general, I agree with her – for the vast majority of game companies. But not all games companies.
It is interesting to think about EA’s assets and the current state of the digital game economy in light of the challenges a new leader at EA might face.
The lack of really important football analytics contributions on display at SSAC '13, particularly compared to the great leaps forward being made in basketball, makes me wonder. Is there less here than meets the eye?
I love this conference (for my take on last year's SSAC, click here). I have zero professional connection to the world of sports business or analytics, and I rarely discover anything investable here, but I still find this two-day affair one of the most thought provoking and fascinating on my calendar.
The always-insightful Dean Takahashi wrote a long piece on The DeanBeat yesterday about the fall of OnLive. As the Series A investor in one of OnLive’s rivals, Gaikai, I was a pretty active observer of OnLive and of the cloud gaming market generally. I think Dean provides a thorough – if somewhat gentle – overview of the facts of OnLive’s collapse and his piece is totally worth reading.