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Guitar Hero co-creator raises $6 million for Android controller

Guitar Hero co-creator raises $6 million for Android controller

Tue 04 Dec 2012 5:50pm GMT / 12:50pm EST / 9:50am PST
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Charles Huang believes "mobile-to-TV gaming could quickly grow to surpass the console market"

Santa Clara, CA-based Green Throttle Games has managed to raise $6 million in Series A funding led by Trinity Ventures with participation from DCM. Additionally, Ajay Chopra, general partner at Trinity Ventures, has joined the Board of the startup looking to launch an Android controller next year. The announcement stated that the funds will be used "to develop internal games, support external development, and advance software services as Green Throttle reimagines mobile gaming on big-screen TVs."

"We believe a large percentage of consumers will use their phones or tablets to play games on a TV, and mobile-to-TV gaming could quickly grow to surpass the console market," said Charles Huang, co-founder and CEO of Green Throttle Games. "By building a straightforward way to enjoy mobile games together with your friends, we hope to revolutionize how mobile games are played."

"The ability to play mobile games on a big screen TV is very attractive, and Green Throttle's leadership is well poised to bring in the kind of top quality games and industry connections that are needed to turn the Atlas controller and Green Throttle's solution into a household name. I have always surrounded myself with entrepreneurs who know how to delight their end users and Green Throttle aims to do just that," added Chopra.

In addition to the controller, Green Throttle is working on an Arena app to provide a central hub to highlight games developed both by Green Throttle, and other independent developers and publishers. Some of the development studios already working with Green Throttle include nWay, Free Range Games, Mercenary Technology and Monstrous.

4 Comments

Pier Castonguay
Programmer

189 106 0.6
You mean, copy the GameKlip that was released yesterday? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwjBWDhm9xU

Posted:A year ago

#1

Paul Johnson
Managing Director / Lead code monkey

806 1,002 1.2
This Android controller. Does it take over Android and force manufacturers to supply solid open gl drivers?

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Paul Johnson on 4th December 2012 8:13pm

Posted:A year ago

#2
"We believe a large percentage of consumers will use their phones or tablets to play games on a TV..."...what, like the WiiU?

Just finished a WiiU gaming session with a couple of friends over. Feels like we just scratched the surface of it - with most of the play on NintendoLand. Mix of tablet, controller & TV is very interesting indeed.

Posted:A year ago

#3

Dave Herod
Senior Programmer

517 734 1.4
So if I plug my tablet/phone into the TV, most likely plug it into the wall socket for power so it doesn't run out of battery, and connect a controller to play it... isn't that effectively just a games console itself?

Posted:A year ago

#4

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