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Mobile games have garnered a lot of interest in recent days. Electronic Arts just bought Chillingo, the publisher of Angry Birds, for what is estimated to be as much as $20 million. DeNA recently put $27.5 million towards Incubate Fund No. 1 Limited Partnership, a venture capital fund geared towards investing in social gaming startups.
So, it should be no suprise that more money is being poured into this area.
Aurora Feint just raised $3 million, bringing the company's total funding raised to $12 million, since they were founded in 2007. Investors in the current round include Intel Capital and The9. Investors in the company's previous round, include Japan’s DeNA. The Burlingame, CA based, Aurora Feint is best known, as the makers of OpenFeint, which is a mobile social platform.
Aside from the company's signature game, also titled Aurora Feint, and its sequels, which have over 1700 reviews, with four stars, its library of games includes 3400 titles. Games on the network include: Fruit Ninja, Jaws and Monster Dash. Monster Dash currently enjoys a 4.5 star rating, with 610 players reviewing. Games on the Aurora Feint network, are made by a variety of developers, including Digital Chocolate, Hudson, Big Pixel, Half Brick, Capcom and Taito.
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