Google, Khosla, Team to Back Rumble

Rumble, the game publisher, closed a $15 million Series A round with Google Ventures, Khosla Ventures and the company’s existing seed backers, including Rick Thompson. Rumble, based in California, was formed earlier this year.

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Rumble Closes $15 Million Series A
Google Ventures and Khosla Ventures Lead Funding Round

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., Dec 01, 2011: Rumble First to Combine the Ease of Social Gaming with the Immersive Quality of Console Games across the Web, Mobile and Facebook
Rumble, a new game publisher that will deliver immersive and accessible game titles to the Web, Mobile and Facebook, today announced it has closed a Series A funding round of $15 million. The round was jointly led by Silicon Valley venture firms, Google Ventures and Khosla Ventures. The firms join Rumble’s seed investors, including Rick Thompson, former CEO of Playdom, who led the initial round of financing.
Rumble will develop free-to-play games that are instantly accessible and playable across a variety of devices and social networks, all while offering the deep engagement of console games. In addition to creating its own games, Rumble will offer the world’s leading independent developers a publishing platform that empowers them to focus on what they do best — making great games.
“Every early stage company with big ambitions needs great investors and we feel blessed to have added two world class organizations to the Rumble family,” said Greg Richardson, CEO of Rumble. “We have a shared belief that the future of games is in creating experiences as engaging and entertaining as the most beloved console franchises, delivered to fit the digital lifestyle of today’s consumers.”
Rumble, formed earlier this year, has already built one of the most experienced teams in the gaming industry. Richardson, previously CEO of Bioware/Pandemic, vice president and general manager of EA Partners and formerly of Elevation Partners, brings more than 15 years of gaming expertise to the company. The executive team, which includes Mark Spenner, David O’Connor and John Yoo, has a combined 70+ years of experience from gaming giants such as Electronic Arts, BioWare, Activision and Zynga.
“Rumble is bringing innovation to the gaming experience in a way that is truly going to revolutionize the category,” said Vinod Khosla, founder of Khosla Ventures. “We’re looking forward to seeing the first title released next year and believe the publishing platform is going to attract the most talented developers in the world.”
“The gaming industry is undergoing a massive online transition and Rumble has a strong vision and team to deliver a unique blend of instantly accessible, high quality games that can be played anywhere,” said Karim Faris, partner, Google Ventures. “We’re looking forward to helping them grow the business.”
For additional information about Rumble, please visit: http://www.rumblegames.com
For additional information about development and publishing opportunities, please email Rumble at: partners@rumblegames.com
About Rumble
Rumble was founded in 2011 with a mission to create the most engaging and fulfilling online game experiences on the planet. All of our games are free-to-play and available across your favorite devices and social networks. We are unique in our focus on the gamer audience and our exacting standards around quality gameplay. By combining the best of AAA game design with free-to-play accessibility, we believe we will change the way gamers play together.
SOURCE: Rumble