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Trion announces $70 million additional funding

By Phil Elliott

Tue 23 Sep 2008 1:00pm GMT / 9:00am EDT / 6:00am PDT

US MMO publisher has now secured over $100 million since 2006

Trion World Network, the US-based MMO publisher, has announced that it has secured an additional USD 70 million in series C funding in a round led by Act II Capital, which also included investment from Time Warner, Bertelsmann and a consortium representing NBC Universal.

The investment, which adds to USD 30 million the company raised last year, gives the publisher a war chest which will help them to bring the first of its two MMO projects to market.

"This signifies a shift away from static retail products and towards games as dynamic services, which will be simulated increasingly 'in the cloud'," said Lars Buttler, Trion co-founder and CEO.

"With its industry-defining server-based games platform, worldwide publishing capabilities, an ever-growing network of AAA development studios, unrivalled partnerships in media and technology, and now significant capital in the bank, Trion is uniquely positioned to be a leader in the next cycle of electronic entertainment."

Trion is currently working on two MMOs, the first of which is a John Caneghem-led fantasy title, while the second is in partnership with the Sci Fi Channel.

Earlier this year Dundee-based Realtime Worlds announced that it had secured USD 50 million in venture capital funding to help the company launch its forthcoming MMO title APB.

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