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Online Games — the Latest VC Fad?

May 8, 2007


We first invested in Turbine Entertainment about three years ago, at a time when very little attention was being paid to the games business by VCs.

The success and buzz surrounding the likes of Worlds of Warcraft Second Life and Club Penguin, among others, appears to have changed that.

Online games is, apparently, the latest VC craze. Last week I met with a few smart game entrepreneurs, and they all reported the same thing: being inundated with calls from VCs interested in playing in the space.

Which makes me cringe.  Whether it be online pet supplies, videosharing, or games, the notion of sectors getting flooded with Venture Capital seems to have become a fixture of the early stage landscape.

I’m still pretty interested in the space, but I have to say my antenna have gone up.


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  1. May 9, 2007

    I think plenty of VCs are interested because, frankly, it took vision to see the future of online gaming four years ago, it takes an idiot to not see it today with the revenues of WoW, traffic of Runescape, and press coverage of Second Life.

    But, that is very different from actually investing. There is absolutely an inundation of phone calls from VCs for anything in this space (it’s ridiculous actually), but I don’t think we are yet seeing a gross overfunding of the space.

    And I don’t expect we will until there is a massive VC-backed exit. I wrote a related post just a little bit ago:

  2. November 11, 2009

    Hi, thanks for sharing this.
    Looking forward to hear more from you.

  3. ravencrest #
    January 2, 2010

    Классные мультфильмы на Кинозоуне.

  4. November 17, 2010

    pet supplies these days are much higer in price, i think there is high demand for some pet supply stuffs these days ;:;

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