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  Idle Coffee Corp developer StarBerry Games raises â‚ 1.1M in funding after winning ‘Best Indie Developer’ Award
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04/02/2020
 


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Berlin, Germany, 2 April 2020 - Award-winning mobile games studio StarBerry Games has raised a seed-round of €1.1M to develop and publish casual mobile games. The round was led by byFounders with participation from Play Ventures and angel investors such as Morten Wulff, the founder of GameAnalytics. 

Berlin-based Starberry Games recently celebrated winning the ‘Best Indie Developer’ Award at the Pocket Gamer Mobile Games Awards in London. The studio’s debut title ‘Idle Coffee Corp’ has been downloaded over 7 million times and the company plans to release its next game during the second half of 2020, with support from its seed funding round.

StarBerry Game’s First Title ‘Idle Coffee Corp’

“The experience we’ve gained over the last year from launching and operating Idle Coffee Corp together with BoomBit helped us build the capabilities required for publishing a mobile free-to-play game. That combined with the investment and backing from top tier VCs like ByFounders and Play Ventures, means we’re aiming even higher with future game releases.” says Antti Hattara, CEO and Co-Founder of StarBerry Games.

The founders of StarBerry Games share a history, having worked together at Wooga for several years. Prior to that, they built careers in the industry with companies like Digital Chocolate and Krome Studios. The company, now a team of 11, is still looking to add a few more key members to the core team, including a game designer and data analyst.

StarBerry Games in Berlin. From L-R: Antti Hattara, Svend Dutz, Jeremy Kool, Vittorio Truffarelli, Brice Vandemoortele, Samir Hadi, Wajdi Azar, Daniel Friedman and Sven Schmid. Missing from the picture Christian Henschel and Vincenzo Alampi.

“Antti Hattara has assembled an excellent team with experience from some of the most prominent European game studios of the past decade. The team’s passion and proven track record boost our confidence in their ability to create games with mass appeal” said Eric Lagier, Managing Partner at byFounders.

Lagier adds, “Starberry is supported by a strong coalition of experts on the gaming scene on their board, and in our Collective. Morten Wulff from our Collective, founder and chairman of GameAnalytics, will join StarBerry’s board on behalf of byFounders.” Wulff is joined on the board by Harri Manninen, Founding Partner at Play Ventures and previously, the co-founder of game studio Rocket Pack which was acquired by Disney in 2011. 

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.

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About StarBerry Games

StarBerry Games is an award winning mobile games developer and publisher based in Berlin, Germany founded by a team of industry veterans with backgrounds from some of the most prominent game companies like Wooga, Digital Chocolate and Krome Studios. StarBerry Games aims to craft genre leading games by combining new with familiar to create unique gameplay experiences for broad audiences.

For more information visit www.StarBerry.games 

Media assets for StarBerry Games and Idle Coffee Corp can be downloaded from here.

About byFounders

byFounders is a €100m early-stage venture fund built on the foundation of some of the most accomplished founders from the Nordics and Baltics. The byFounders Collective sharing an ambition to invest in and support a new generation of founders

Through its aggregated knowledge of and expertise in virtually any industry and vertical, byFounders and its Collective are able to provide strong operational guidance and open valuable networks. Based in Copenhagen and Silicon Valley, the fund serves as a springboard for globally ambitious founders. It’s “for founders, byFounders”.

About Play Ventures

Play Ventures is the leading early stage gaming venture capital firm with offices in Singapore and Helsinki, Finland. Founded by gaming industry veterans Henric Suuronen and Harri Manninen, who have made successful exits to King and Disney respectively, Play Ventures invests globally in pre-seed and seed stage gaming startups and focuses on free-to-play mobile and PC opportunities as well as gaming services startups. 

For more information, please visit www.playventures.vc.

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Antti Hattara, CEO 

[email protected]