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We could not be happier for our friends at Supercell. Today’s news that Softbank and GungHo have made a strategic investment in Supercell, giving them a 51% share that values the company at $3B, is an amazing story for a company that released its first two games, Clash of Clans and Hay Day, just over a year ago. We take our hats off to what Ilkka Paananen and Mikko Kodisoja, Supercell's co-founders, and their truly phenomenal team have achieved so far - and the even more exciting part is that there is a lot more to come. When we first met Ilkka and Mikko, we were immediately struck by their global ambition, clear strategy and a genuine passion for building a business with a strong culture of talented people. They deeply understood that a strong brand needs not just passionate customers, but also passionate employees. The more time we spent with them and their team, the more excited we became.
Anyone who has opened up the iOS app store over the last six months would have seen Supercell dominating the top grossing charts, and not just in western markets, also the much more mature and competitive Asian markets like China, Japan, and Korea, where free-to-play games are nothing new. For Supercell's founders Ilkka and Mikko and their team to achieve this with a game that is yet to be localised and is still just in English is nothing short of remarkable. Interestingly, we do not invest in many games developers, even though the gaming industry is in the middle of a major disruption, driven by smartphone and tablets, and also the globalisation of platforms enabling the most successful companies to compete in all markets. In fact Supercell is only our third investment in this space, out of nearly 60 investments overall. There are 1000's of great games, and no shortage of quality developers, so why have we been so cautious? And why do we think Supercell is different?
Accel Partners and Atomico Ventures Co-Lead Investment Round with Felicis Ventures Participating Espoo, Finland – 10 March, 2011 – Rovio, the creator of the Angry Birds entertainment franchise, today announced a $42m Series A investment in the company to facilitate its strategic expansion.