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Traplight secures $9 million in funding and launched Battle Legion


Finnish mobile firm Traplight Games has raised €8 million ($9 million) in a funding round. EQT Ventures led the investment with further participation from Play Ventures, Initial Capital, and Heartcore Capital to support the scale-up of their trail-blazing game Battle Legion. 


Reworks raises $4.3 million led by EQT Ventures

Helsinki-based studio Reworks has raised €4 million ($4.3) million from a round of funding led by EQT Ventures. Founded in 2018, the firm is helmed by former Sumoing staff, who have been creating apps and games together for seven years. Other investors include Play Ventures and Huuuge Games CEO Anton Gauffin.

Starberry Games in Berlin Raises €1.1 Million from ByFounders and Play Ventures

“StarBerry Games aims to build genre-leading games by identifying innovation opportunities in selected casual games genres. They plan to combine trending and interesting game mechanics with familiar game design elements, to craft unique gameplay experiences for broad audiences.”

Mainframe Industries Raises $8.3 Million For Cloud-Native Games From Andreessen Horowitz & Riot Games, Play Ventures And More.

“The Finnish-Icelandic gaming studio founded by former CCP, Remedy Entertainment, and Next Games veterans is developing an unannounced cloud-native massively multiplayer online game that is designed and built at Mainframe’s Helsinki and Reykjavik studios.”

Potato Play raises $500,000 from Play Ventures to expand operations


“Singapore-based mobile games publisher Potato Play has raised $500,000 in a pre-seed funding round to help push Asia-developed games worldwide. The round was led by Play Ventures, an early stage gaming VC fund. The money will be used specifically to grow Potato Play’s marketing and product management team, as well as expand its partnership development in South Korea, Vietnam, and China.”


Play invests in - the Break-through UGC platform for games

We at Play are excited to announce we led the investment round into in Melbourne on a mission to take UGC in games to a new level. The rock solid team and incredible service is exactly what we look for in our investments. Head over to and give it a try.

Play invests in FunCraft founded by veterans from EA and Zynga

We at Play are super excited to announce our investment into FunCraft is San Francisco on a bold mission to make ‘casual forever’ games on mobile. In a statement, Henric Suuronen, founding partner at Play Ventures, said that with casual gamers becoming more discerning than ever, the time for FunCraft and its approach to making next-generation multiplayer casual games built for longevity, is now.

Play invests in Dataseat on the mission to democratize ad-buying with their powerful in-house programmatic bidding tools.

“Dataseat, a tech startup that helps advertisers manage mobile app campaigns in-house, launched after its second fundraising round, according to materials provided to Mobile Marketer. The company raised £1.75 million ($2.3 million) from Play Ventures, and Saatchiinvest. Former Criteo CEO Eric Eichmann and CPO Jonathan Wolf participated in the funding round”

Play backs Mainframe Industries - Amazing team from CCP, Remedy and Next Games

We are proud to announce our investment in Mainframe Industries. 

“We believe that cloud gaming has the potential to expand gaming to entirely new audiences globally. We are very excited to back the Mainframe team in their quest to revolutionize MMOs and we think that their unique founder DNA is perfectly placed to capture this opportunity” says Harri Manninen, Founding Partner at Play Ventures. 

Play Ventures invests in Starform - a new studio in Seattle by former King and Z2 veterans

Play is proud to be backers of Starform – a new Seattle-based game studio that former King and Z2Live mobile game veterans started.  The studio has raised $1.25 million and announced plans to make online games across various platforms.

Learn how to pitch your Gaming start-up

We review hundreds of pitches every year and have helped dozens of start-ups raise funding. If you are a gaming start-up entrepreneur looking to secure pre-seed or seed stage venture funding, check out our guide on ‘How to properly pitch your start-up’ on SlideShare. 

Our first fund over-subscribed at $40m

We at Play Ventures are super happy and proud to announce that our debut fund was over subscribed at $40m. With these funds we wish to help to create the next billion dollar games companies in Asia, Europe and the US.

Redhill Games raises $11.4m toward first project

Play Ventures portfolio company Redhill Games announced that it has raised $11.4 million in funding in an investment round led by Makers Fund along with project financing from Kowloon Nights. Play Ventures participated in the new round as well. 

Gamejam publishes Marshmello Music Dance Game

“It’s very exciting for Gamejam to be the first game developer ever to partner with an artist well-known like Marshmello to launch an album exclusive for 24 hours within a game which has never been achieved before,” said Christian Calderon, CEO of Gamejam, in a statement. Play Ventures invested in Gamejam in May 2019. 

Helsinki Start-Up Reworks Raises $1.5m In Funding As Studio Looks To Challenge Glu Mobile’s Design Home​

A new Helsinki-based studio called Reworks has raised $1.5 million in pre-seed investment as the company looks to challenge the “customisation games” marketPlay Ventures invested originally in the Helsinki based studio in December 2018. 

Rovio - makers of Angry Birds announces investment in Play Ventures

We are very excited and humbled to announce Rovio – makers of Angry Birds – joining as an investor in Play Ventures. We all owe the awesome folks at Rovio, for making mobile gaming as big as it is now. Thank you Rovio for joining our mission to create the world’s #1 early stage gaming fund. 

MTG invests in Play Ventures

MTG Invests In Play Ventures as Part of Global Gaming Strategy

We are thrilled to welcome international entertainment powerhouse Modern Time Group (MTG) onboard as a limited partner. Play Ventures is proud to be working with MTG in backing the next generation of top gaming companies. 

Henric Suuronen of Play Ventures

henric Suuronen - Entrepreneur, Investor, Game Maker

Henric shares his investment beginnings, wins, and why he’s investing his own funds heavily into Play Ventures. Meet one of the men behind the world’s leading early stage gaming fund. 

[IN FINNISH] Kultasormet perustivat uuden rahaston - Play Ventures keräsi 30 miljoonaa euroa sijoitettavaa pelialan startupeihin

Uuden Play Ventures -pääomasijoitusrahaston perustajat Harri Manninen ja Henric Suuronen tunnetaan peliyrittäjinä, jotka ovat myyneet omat yhtiönsä menestyksellisesti Disneylle ja Kingille.

Play Ventures will invest $30 million in game startups

Play Ventures is raising a $30 million fund to invest in game startups. The company will be run by Harri Manninen of Helsinki and Henric Suuronen of Singapore, but it will invest in startups around the world.