Officials from London-based mobile game publisher Digital Bridges have announced the conclusion of a third round of funding from the company’s existing investors, Apax Partners and Argo Global Capital. The round totals a significant $18 million, and will be used to aid the company’s expansion in North American and Asia.
The company specializes in licensed mobile titles for both Java and BREW formats, with some of its more notable releases including Finding Nemo
, EA Sports Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005
, Bubble Bobble
, Crash Nitro Kart
, and The Fast And The Furious
The company will now embark on an aggressive expansion strategy over the next twelve months, with a new West Coast USA office that will become the company’s core North American operational base and key production and commercial hub. The mobile publishing market in the U.S. is becoming increasingly competitive, with companies such as JAMDAT, In-Fusio, and a host of others fighting for space in the predicted-to-boom North American market.
Digital Bridges itself has already seen rapid expansion, with a number of high profile hirings including ex-Nintendo of Europe boss David Gosen and former Capcom Europe head Shigero Ota. A recent deal to become the exclusive co-publisher and distribution partner for Electronic Arts’ mobile content also gave a boost to the company’s reputation.