StarMaker Interactive raises $4 mln in Series A funding

StarMaker Interactive, a global music entertainment platform producing mobile singing games, has raised $4 million in a Series A funding round from Qualcomm Ventures, the VC arm of Qualcomm Inc., and iGlobal Partners, which specializes in bringing American tech companies to Asia. StarMaker will use the proceeds for further growth of its Android products and international expansion.

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StarMaker Interactive, a leading global music entertainment platform producing mobile singing games, announced a $4 million Series A round of funding from Qualcomm Incorporated, acting through its venture capital investment arm, Qualcomm Ventures, and iGlobe Partners, who specializes in bringing American technology companies like Unity to Asia. StarMaker Interactive, known for its popular singing game apps including the flagship StarMaker app and The Voice: On Stage app produced as part of their global partnership with The Voice franchise, will use proceeds for further growth of the Android products and international expansion.

“Qualcomm Ventures seeks companies who are truly innovating within the mobile space, evolving legacy technologies to mobility enabled solutions,” said Patrick Eggen, director for Qualcomm Ventures. “StarMaker maximizes our technology to build complex audio processing and powerful social functionality, bringing music creation and talent discovery right into the palm of your hand.”

With a growing library featuring hundreds of songs and new tracks added every day, StarMaker Interactive is leading the mobile singing game revolution through the creation of original content using innovative gaming mechanics to discover new talent. With over 2 billion minutes of singing time logged to-date, brands and talent are now aligning with StarMaker to help reach this engaged demographic. Cassadee Pope, Season 3 winner of The Voice, officially signed on to promote her new single, “Wasting All These Tears,” to the StarMaker Interactive community. Kia Motors has also recently enlisted The Voice: On Stage app to power their interactive singing experience in The Voice Soul, which was unveiled at SEMA in Las Vegas earlier this month.

“We’ve designed StarMaker and The Voice: On Stage to meet the overwhelming demand of aspiring singers across the globe, and in the process have set a new standard in interactive music,” said Nathan Sedlander, president and co-founder of StarMaker Interactive.

“Continued international expansion and the recent launch of our Android applications made the partnerships and investments from Qualcomm and iGlobe the best choices for our company’s future.”

Through the creation of original social content using innovative gaming mechanics, the StarMaker and The Voice: On Stage apps utilize sophisticated performance scoring technology allowing its users to objectively monitor their improvement. By empowering consumers to create content using recording studio technology like genuine Auto-Tune and proprietary pitch corrections tools, users can publish their recordings and easily share via Facebook and Twitter to display their talents to the world.

About StarMaker Interactive
StarMaker Interactive, is a leading global music entertainment platform with two apps available on the iOS and Android platforms: StarMaker: Karaoke + Auto-Tune and The Voice: On Stage. Both titles are free to download, enabling consumers to sing the hottest tracks, share recordings online and battle with friends or other singers across the world. StarMaker has partnered with The Voice, American Idol, Disney, Universal Pictures and Philips Electronics to provide consumers with the most authentic and engaging music experiences. The company is headquartered in San Francisco’s Mission District.

About Qualcomm
Qualcomm is a trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the US and other countries. All Qualcomm Incorporated trademarks are used with permission. Other products or brand names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

About Cassadee Pope
As one of only two solo women in the past five years to top the Country chart with a debut release, Cassadee Pope’s FRAME BY FRAME debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums. The petite powerhouse also made an impressive ascend to the #1 spot on the iTunes Country charts with her Republic Nashville debut album and GOLD-certified lead single “Wasting All These Tears” — selling over 1.7 million total tracks to date. Cassadee stole the national spotlight when she won The Voice (season 3) as part of Team Blake (Shelton) and dominated the #1 spot on iTunes All-Genre chart with three of her performances. Since, the Florida native opened for Rascal Flatts, will soon join Dean Brody’s CROP CIRCLES & TRACTOR BEAMS Canadian tour and has big plans for a Spring/Summer 2014 tour. Cassadee received her first-ever award nomination for Artist of the Year: New Artist at the American Country Awards, and fans can vote daily at www.theacas.com/.

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