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Bigger Games raises $6 million for casual puzzle games

Index Ventures, Play Ventures, David Helgason lend support to Istanbul-based mobile studio

Istanbul-based mobile game studio Bigger Games has announced it raised $6 million in a seed round.

The funding round was led by Index Ventures -- which has also backed companies such as Supercell, King, Roblox, and Discord -- and was also supported by Play Ventures, Unity founder David Helgason, and former King COO Stephane Kurgan. Index Ventures' Sofia Dolfe will join the Bigger Games board as a part of the company's investment.

Bigger Games was founded in 2019 by Hakan Ulvan, Yagiz Akpek, and Erkan Gurel after the three worked together at Peak Games on titles such as Toy Blast and Toon Blast.

The studio has already released multiple mobile titles including Hollo Ball, Rope Rescue, Hoop Stack, and Color Rope, and will put its new funding toward development of more games in the casual space, as well as growing its team further in the coming months from its 16 current employees.

"The Bigger Games team is made up of some of the best in the industry, having played an instrumental role in helping Peak Games reach $600m in revenue at the point of acquisition," said Dolfe.

"On the back of their experience and successes, they've already attracted great talent, and we're excited to support them as they continue to expand their studio for casual puzzle games out of Istanbul, a city that is quickly emerging as the new hub for games."

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