September 16, 2008, 12:00 AM

Big Fish Games reels in $83.3 million

Online gaming company Big Fish Games has raised $83.3 million in new capital from Balderton Capital, General Catalyst Partners and Salmon River Capital. Big Fish says it will use the money to expand internationally.

 

Online gaming company Big Fish Games has raised $83.3 million in new capital from Balderton Capital, General Catalyst Partners and Salmon River Capital. Big Fish says it will use the money to expand internationally.

 

"After an extensive search, we are delighted to announce our new partners," says Jeremy Lewis, president and CEO of Big Fish Games. "Together they share our vision for building a transformative entertainment company serving the international community of game developers and consumers."

Big Fish, No. 198 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide, says its 500 game developers distribute more than 1 million games each day to consumers worldwide.

 

Last year, Big Fish bought Thinglefin Inc., a developer of perpetual online games that can be played by many players. Other 2007 strides for the retailer include extending its affiliate program to charitable organizations and not-for-profit businesses, allowing them to sell casual games as a fund-raising tool, and the launch of a social networking hub on its site called My Game Space .

Big Fish, which operates BigFishGames.com, BigFishGames.de and BigFishGames.fr, reported 2007 web sales of $48 million. The company launched in 2002.

 

 

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