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Ex BioWare/Pandemic boss raises $15m for new publisher

Rumble Entertainment offering free-to-play platform for indie devs

Rumble, a new publisher created by former BioWare/Pandemic, World of Warcraft and EA2D execs has closed $15 million in series A funding from Google Ventures and Khosla Ventures.

The team, which was initially seed funded by former Playdom CEO Rick Thompson, includes Greg Richardson, former CEO of BioWare/Pandemic, Mark Spenner, who founded EA2D and John Yoo, previously lead designer for Blizzard's World of Warcraft.

The company is focusing on free-to-play titles playable across multiple social networks and mobile devices, offering a publishing platform for independent developers.

"Every early stage company with big ambitions needs great investors and we feel blessed to have added two world class organizations to the Rumble family," said Richardson, CEO of Rumble. "We have a shared belief that the future of games is in creating experiences as engaging and entertaining as the most beloved console franchises, delivered to fit the digital lifestyle of today's consumers."

Vinod Khosla, founder of Khosla Ventures added: "Rumble is bringing innovation to the gaming experience in a way that is truly going to revolutionise the category.

"We're looking forward to seeing the first title released next year and believe the publishing platform is going to attract the most talented developers in the world."

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