Big Run Studios Raises $5.25M in Seed Round
Announces New Game, Big Cooking Coming Soon!
OAKLAND, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Big Run Studios, an indie mobile games developer and publisher, today announced that it has raised $5.25M in seed round funding led by early stage venture capital firm, Transcend Fund who invests in ambitious and talented founders in the gaming industry. Leading interactive content and technology firm and previous investor, Galaxy Interactive also participated in the seed via its Galaxy EOS VC Fund, a partnership with EOSIO blockchain software publisher, Block.one. This is Big Run Studios’ second seed funding totaling $6.6 million raised to date.
Big Run Studios is also excited to announce that their next mobile title, Big Cooking, will be coming soon. The title features delicious art and tasty gameplay as the studio’s beloved heroine Chelsea challenges players to put their culinary skills to the test by completing recipes, impressing customers and beating the clock in this fast, smart and fun cooking competition.
“The additional investment expands our capabilities and accelerates the exciting games we’re cooking up for players,” said Andrew Bell, CEO & Co-Founder, Big Run Studios. “Our nimble and mighty team remains dedicated to bringing cutting-edge experiences for diverse casual gaming audiences.”
“We share Big Run Studios’ passion for transcending boundaries in interactive entertainment and are excited to support their efforts,” explains Shanti Bergel, Managing Director of the Transcend Fund. “Combining a focus on traditionally underserved audiences with AAA expertise enables their talented team to consistently create meaningful, fun experiences that are easy to pick up but hard to put down.”
“We believe Big Run Studios has massive opportunities ahead, which is why we’re excited to further invest in their innovation,” explains Sam Englebardt, Head of Galaxy Interactive. “They truly understand their audience and have keen instincts for developing polished, casual, competitive mobile games – making it a winning combination.”
Big Run Studios builds games on the Skillz multiplayer competitive gaming platform. They currently have four games on the App Store – Big Hearts, Big Run Solitaire, Farm Sweeper and its blockbuster hit, Blackout Blitz, is the #1 downloaded Bingo game on the App Store. For more information, follow Big Run Studios on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn.
About Big Run Studios Inc.
Big Run Studios is a fast-growing mobile games developer and publisher. Founded by game industry veterans Andrew Bell (CEO) and Buren Renick (COO), it has assembled a rockstar team of multi-discipline experts who develop high quality mobile products at an astounding rate. Big Run Studios’ Blackout Blitz, Big Run Solitaire, Big Hearts and Farm Sweeper are all out now on the App Store. The studio’s mission is to create cutting-edge mobile games for traditionally underserved audiences, which drives each design, brand, and line of code. Look for more to come in 2020 and beyond at www.bigrunstudios.com.
Transcend Fund is an early stage venture capital firm that partners with some of the most ambitious and talented founders in the game industry to collaboratively build the future of digital entertainment.
About Galaxy Interactive
Galaxy Interactive is a division of Galaxy Digital, a diversified merchant bank specializing in digital assets and blockchain technology. Led by Sam Englebardt (one of Galaxy Digital’s partners and co-founders) and Richard Kim, Galaxy Interactive manages and invests from the $325mm Galaxy EOS VC Fund (a partnership with software development company, Block.one) with a particular focus on video games, esports, digital objects, virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) and lifestyle applications that are leveraging the EOSIO blockchain protocol and other technologies to power their businesses.
Carmen Pearson Argueta
Communications Director | Big Run Studios