Investments and M&A activity in the games industry continues
to increase. In 2012, acquisitions rose 23 percent to more than
$3.477 billion spent on game companies. Whether you are a startup
thinking about your capital raising needs or a more mature company
thinking about your exit, there's a lot to be learned from meeting
with the VCs and corporate developments executives who will be at
LA Games Conference. Here are some of the people you will meet:
The founders of
are start-up veterans that
have previously started, built and successfully exited businesses
themselves, making their principals ideal partners for
entrepreneurs in building valuable and enduring businesses.
They typically invest up to $750,000 per venture, with their
initial investment size ranging from $150K to $350K and usually as
a part of a larger investment syndicate.
: Playsino, Marketfish, SodaHead,
Telly, and Laffster.
was launched in 1999 by
Founding Partner Tom Unterman, and is led by Managing Partner Nate
Redmond. As the first or second institutional investor in a
company, their investments range from $100,000 to $10
PlayFirst, Live Gamer, LoopNet, and
Signia Venture Partners
is an early stage fund dedicated to helping
passionate entrepreneurs realize their vision and build impactful,
high-growth ventures. Their focus is co-founding and investing in
early stage start-ups in mobile, gaming, online video, and
Sample Portfolio: Playdom, Funzio, Rumble
Games, and Red Robot Labs.
EVP Corporate Development
& General Counsel
Kent has sourced and structured
’s relationships with Warner Bros. and
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for The Hobbit mobile and Web games, and
NBCUniversal for the Fast & Furious 6 mobile game. Kent
facilitated Kabam’s acquisitions of Gravity Bear, Fearless
Studios, WonderHill, Wild Shadow Studios, Balanced Worlds, and
Exploding Barrel Games. In addition, he assisted in raising
more than $100M in capital investments for Kabam from venture and
strategic investors including Google Ventures, SK Telecom, Pinnacle
Ventures, Warner Bros., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Canaan Partners, Intel
Capital and Redpoint Ventures.
represents a unique partnership with an
Inter-Disciplinary approach to advising the Digital Media
“Ecosystem”. Collectively, DMW Hexagon principals have
completed in excess of 250 transactions and engagements. In excess
of $7bn in growth capital raised and advised on more than $26bn of
M&A transactions. Marshall is also Siemer & Associates'
senior representative in the San Francisco Bay Area and an Advisor
to S&A’s venture capital arm, Siemer Ventures.
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