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Mobile start-up Mech Moca raises $5m

Bangalore-based mobile studio will be targeting India with its games

Mech Moca, a mobile games developer in Bangalore, has raised $5 million in series A funding led by Accel Partners and Shunwei Capital, along with existing investor Blume Ventures. Mech Mocha said it intends to use the money to launch new titles across the casual and mid-core categories, and specifically targeted at Indian audience. Accel, notably, is the firm that has previously invested in both Rovio and Supercell, among others.

"We are delighted to have Accel Partners and Shunwei Capital as investors in Mech Mocha. Globally Accel has a wealth of experience in the gaming space... With Shunwei, we aim to learn from the massive Chinese gaming market and introduce Chinese mobile games to the Indian audience," says Arpita Kapoor, CEO and Co-founder, Mech Mocha.

"Over the past one year, we have seen Arpita and the team at Mech Mocha produce some hugely impressive work. It is our strong belief that Mech Mocha has all it takes to become the leader in the Indian mobile gaming space. We are excited to be a part of their journey to connect with and to entertain millions of Indians," says Prayank Swaroop, Principal at Accel Partners.

"The Indian mobile gaming sector is growing at a fast pace and holds great opportunity. Mech Mocha has taken the lead in this space and we are happy to be a part of their growth journey. We hope to share our experience in China and use it create new opportunities for Mech Mocha in India," adds Tuck Lye Koh, Founding Partner & CEO, Shunwei Capital.

Mech Moca currently employs over 30 people. The studio's first game, Chhota Bheem Himalayan Game, has an audience of over 4 million players in India and has topped the charts on Google Play.

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James Brightman: James Brightman has been covering the games industry since 2003 and has been an avid gamer since the days of Atari and Intellivision. He was previously EIC and co-founder of IndustryGamers and spent several years leading GameDaily Biz at AOL prior to that.
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