Former Trion, Gazillion Execs Form Mobile Game Publisher, Server Tech Company
Two online gaming execs have founded a new startup called Motiga that'll provide cloud-based server technology for mobile games. Chris Chung, formerly chief strategy officer of Trion, and his friend Rick Lambright, who was Gazillion Entertainment's chief architect, founded the Bellevue, WA-based company in August 2010, but just uncloaked this week.
Motiga calls its server tech the Motiga Infinite Context Engine, or MICE. According to the company, it's aimed to enable small teams with fewer resources to quickly develop real-time multiplayer games on mobile platforms.
The company will also act as publisher of games that use its technology, and works in some development capacities as well. Motiga is debuting free-to-play The LeftOvers, which it co-developed with indie iOS game developer Tinfoil Fez, at the Penny Arcade Expo this week.
"The fact that The LeftOvers is created by a team of three developers is a testament to the ease of use and robustness of our technology," says Lambright, who claims more than 16 years of MMO server experience.
"We've assembled an all-star team at Motiga, with a focus on ushering in the next generation of online multiplayer games across mobile devices," says Chung. "And we won't do it alone. Our new MICE technology will give mobile developers the power to produce cutting-edge multiplayer games in record time."
Motiga has raised $1.9 million dollars through angel investors that include Korean online game company Neowiz.