News and other materials from TGF founders.

Juicy Button Games, a new independent games studio co-founded by the creators of Total Battle, Pixel Gun 3D, and Mighty Party, today emerges from stealth with the announcement of a $3 million seed round led by The Games Fund. The investment will fuel Juicy Button Games’ innovative mobile-first 4x strategy game development from its headquarters in Limassol, Cyprus.

Less than a year ago, we led the oversubscribed first round for Red Rover Interactive. Their vision, traction, and innovative approach to game design, management, and development have clearly caught the market's attention. Today, we are thrilled to announce their new, once again oversubscribed, $15 million round led by KRAFTON Inc.

The Games Fund is happy to announce that Roman Ilyutkin joined our party as an Investment Associate! It is a big step forward for TGF, further reinforcing our Cyprus team and our capability in financial and strategic analysis of new opportunities and, even better, supporting our portfolio companies in proper planning and precise execution for sustainable growth.

Welcome, Roman!

TGF invests in ROAR Games, founded by an extremely talented team based in Georgia, New York and Europe. Roar Games is developing 'Tenet of the Spark,' a third-person action title starring a boxer who gains powers through his ancestors. The game features a world-switching mechanic that allows the player to jump between modern settings and the Viking and South American settings of the boxer’s forebears.

Our portfolio company Holmgard just annouced Project L33T, a hardcore first-person PvEvP tactical extraction shooter.

Step into the shoes of an elite L.3.3.T. agency mercenary and engage in high-stakes battles against NPCs and rival players for precious loot. Risk all your gear to collect, secure, and extract Artifacts in this hostile, Anomalies-filled environment, and be prepared to lose it all if you die during the expedition.

Alena Potorskaya has joined The Games Fund as the Head of Legal and will further reinforce our Cyprus team!

For the last 3 consecutive years, Alena has been named the Top Legal Counsel in the Revera Law Group, the leading European law firm, and we are excited to bring our partnership with Alena to the next level and warmly welcome her aboard!

We are excited to announce that The Games Fund has been recognized as one of the 2023 world's top gaming VC funds by InvestGame, confirming the status for the 3rd year in a row and growing in a number of deals position and making us the most active Gaming VC fund in Eastern Europe / Cyprus.

The Games Fund is heading to Riyadh to participate in the NEOM Gaming Accelerator program. We will be happy to meet game developers, investors, and potential business partners interested in the Video Games Industry!

The Games Fund continues to support our old friends in their new venture! $3.3m for an innovative extraction shooter game. Read the full story here!

Great talk by Maria Kochmola, Alexandra Takei and Arseny Alexander on video games industry in Eastern Europe and Cyprus. How is it different from the rest of the world, why we are ultra bullish on this region and why the heck we put Cyprus and Eastern Europe in one sentence?

The Games Fund proudly supports Narwhal, a Cyprus and Eastern European gaming accelerator. This initiative is part of our commitment to fostering the gaming industry in these regions. Narwhal offers an acceleration program with $100,000 for essential operational needs like legal, HR, and talent acquisition. Our involvement in Narwhal underscores The Games Fund's dedication to nurturing emerging gaming ventures and enhancing the gaming ecosystem in these vibrant markets.

Obelisk Studio, an established AAA co-development company with a decade of experience working on household name franchises and independent games, announced today that it has secured $2 million from The Games Fund to build Displacement, an action-horror game that probes the human mind in a scenario of isolation and madness, with fierce and gory close-quarters combat.

Our portfolio company, KEK Entertainment, just released a gameplay trailer of their first game, Armor Attack - a cross-platform-native tactical shooter game. Check it out - it is fire and will be seamlessly playable on any device from PC to Mobile and Consoles.

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The Games Fund team is coming to GStar2023! We will be there from November 15-19th, looking to connect with gaming companies and investors seeking opportunities in emerging regions: Eastern and Central Europe, Cyprus, MENA, Turkey, and Central Asia.

Zakazane is a new Polish game studio full of game veterans, and it has raised a $1 million pre-seed investment.

The founders for Warsaw, Poland-based Zakazane came from bigger Eastern European game companies including CD Projekt Red (maker of Cyberpunk 2077), 11bit Studios (This War of Mine), and

Kek Entertainment has raised $8 million in funding to foster cross-platform gaming experiences across mobile devices, consoles and PCs.

This financial infusion will fuel the development of their flagship title, an unannounced vehicle shooter game merging mobile and PC/Console gamers onto a unified platform.

AI is coming to disrupt game art production whether artists like it or not. And Layer AI is the latest startup to raise $1.8 million to bring AI to game art.

Layer AI raised the round of venture capital funding from investors such as The Games Fund to create what it says is a cutting-edge AI-powered productivity tool.

The Games Fund Summit 2023 was our best event so far! 2 days of insights, 180 brilliant minds, meaningful networking, and amazing atmosphere. Our investors, portfolio founders and partners from all around the world (Turkey, Israel, Ukraine, France, USA, Andorra, UAE, Poland, Finland, Spain, Lithuania, UK, Kazakhstan to name a few!) joined us in celebrating video games!

Drake Star Partners features TGF as one of the Top gaming VC funds in 2023! See the full report for more insights.

We are happy to announce that our portfolio company Made on Earth Games raised $3.25M for the mobile 4X strategy game Everbright. TGF continues to support the company and increase our share.

The TGF team is coming to Cologne to meet with future leaders in games!

Red Rover, a new game studio with offices in Norway and England, has raised $5 million for its multiplayer survival game.

Our first investment in Turkey! Spektra Games is a young but super ambitious and talented team boasting over 40 million downloads for their car simulation games, and this is just the beginning!

The Games Fund is coming to Game Developers Conference 2023 in San Francisco! We will be happy to meet fellow investors and developers and make new friends.

We are happy to announce that InvestGame named The Games Fund among the 15 top VC Gaming Funds worldwide! Make sure to read this super insightful report to catch up with our crazy dynamic industry!

You created your perfect fundraising pitch deck, sent it to multiple VCs, and now they want to talk to you. Fantastic! So, what's happening on an average intro call with a VC, and how to prepare for it?

The Games Fund is coming to D.I.C.E Summit 2023 in Las Vegas! We will be happy to meet fellow investors and developers and make new friends. Our companies are growing, and we are open to co-investment opportunities and strategic partnerships. Want to get in touch? We would love that!

The Games Fund portfolio company Jarvi Games raised $3m for their Seed Round. We are happy to see that our early bet on Jarvi Games pays off! It is so cool to see how the company has evolved from a garage startup of dreamers to a thriving international company, attracting top talent and building the future of entertainment.

Eschatology Entertainment - AAA PC/Console developer founded by Valve and Wargaming veterans working on an unannounced AAA Souls-like FPS game. Eschatology Entertainment is a new generation of creators who dare to bring unique, unconventional experiences to players.

This week TGF Managing Partners Maria Kochmola and Ilya Eremeev would be happy to meet investors and gaming startups at Google Gaming Summit in Dubai!

Over 120 founders and investors from the Video Games Industry, finance, and banking joined us at the TGF Summit in Cyprus! We are grateful to all our friends and partners who flew from all over the world and made this magic possible!

Making mobile games is tricky, especially if you’re a smaller developer. The big game companies take on risk, but they have the tools and staff to handle it. Mad Curve is attempting to fill this niche for developers of any size.

Maria Kochmola, co-founder and Managing Partner of The Games Fund won the Forbes award in Finance and Investment nomination. Forbes 30 under 30 is a global community of bold, innovative young leaders who are changing the course and face of business and society.

The Games Fund holds a sweet 8th place in a world rating of top gaming VC funds by deals activity in Q1 2022 by!

TGF portfolio company Jarvi Games launched Vice Online in open beta in Brazil and got over 200k downloads in two weeks and counting. More countries coming soon! Vice Online is a multiplayer action sandbox game, extremely fun to play and stream.

The Games fund is happy to announce its new investment - Made on Earth Games, based in Cyprus and Uzbekistan, founded by Yuri Krasilnikov (ex VP at Belka Games) and Alexey Ilin (ex Interaktivny Mult). The company is focused on disrupting the mobile 4x strategy genre.

Thanks to the InvestGame team, for this fantastic (actually the best in class) report on gaming deals activity in 2021! Happy to see The Games Fund among the top Gaming VC funds worldwide.

TGF just announced its new investment - mobile games studio Broyalty, authors of the truly AAA mobile team-fight RPG Broyalty.

New investment by TGF! Kek Entertainment has raised $3 million in pre-seed funding to make mobile action games. Former executives at Pixonic and My.Games founded the Cyprus and Moscow company.

In this episode, Joakim Achrén and Managing Partner of TGF Ilya Eremeev discussing a really interesting story about how Ilya started as a 3D artist and ended up running an early-stage VC fund. In this episode, we also talk about VC funding for the gaming ecosystem in Eastern Europe, how the region is developing, and what Ilya has seen as drivers for success.

Analytical portal TGF holds the 9th position among Gaming VC funds by investment activity in H1 2021. See the full report here.

The Games Fund has added $17 million in funding to its game investment coffers, thanks to new support from mobile gaming companies Scopely and Com2Us.

The Games Fund launched in April and quickly exceeded its original target of $30 million. The Moscow and Los Angeles venture firm is still fundraising, but it already announced four investments and expects to close the fundraising at $50 million this fall to ensure continued investments.

The Games Fund is holding the lucky 13th position in the global gaming VC fund rating.

Games Ône measures some 15 professional venture capital firms that specialize in the sector. All were formed within a decade; there were no game-specific VC funds from 1972 to 2009. The assets under management for all 15 firms total $1.577 billion. That number will likely increase with subsequent vintages. Currently, funds are seeking to raise an additional $950 million this year.

TGF wants to be a bridge between international companies and local developers and help them integrate into the global gaming ecosystem. These four investments are typical of what we’ll see from The Games Fund.

“All of them show our strategy of investing in early-stage companies, free-to-play mobile game developers, young developers, based in Eastern Europe,” said Eremeev. “They are all different with some of them working in the casual space and others on the opposite side of the spectrum in midcore and hardcore games.”

Venture capital used to be a cottage industry, with very few investing in tomorrow's products and services. Oh, how times have changed!

While there are more startups than ever, there's also more money chasing them. In this series, we look at the new (or relatively new) VCs in the early stages: seed and Series A.

The Games Fund has raised $50 million for a new game-focused venture capital fund for early-stage investing in both the U.S. and Europe. TGF aims to work with a pool of more than 5,000 established studio and game development teams in Central and Eastern Europe. Portfolio companies will be able to use the connections of the fund’s partners to draw on this often underutilized talent to create games with global appeal.