High-Tech Gründerfonds and MAZ level one invest in MobileBits GmbH
December 1, 2009
MobileBits GmbH is a German publisher and developer of games for all platforms with an AppStore. Following the iPhones example, these kinds of AppStores also emerge on other major platforms such as Google Android, Windows Mobile, Nokia Ovi or even Xbox360 Arcade. That is why MobileBits develops a multiplatform-engine called „Delta Engine“, which allows developing games for all AppStore platforms at once completely under Windows and by using the popular Microsoft .NET framework. This way game developers do not need to learn new programming languages, do not need to reprogram the games for each platform and therefore can achieve cost-savings of 50%-70% for each additional platform.
„The Delta Engine is already being used to develop our own games and will also be licensed to external developers as soon as it is ready to be released“, says Karsten Wysk, CEO of MobileBits GmbH. „We are really looking forward to making it possible for millions of Windows/.NET developers to release games for the AppStore platforms without costly and complex trainings“.
Dr. Heiko Milde, CEO of MAZ level one GmbH: „In addition to the highly attractive business model, we are particularly impressed by the management team of MobileBits GmbH. All founders have more than 10 years of experience in the games industry, they developed several award-winning games for PC/Xbox360/PS3 with their development company exDream and even won the German Development Award. It is extremely beneficial that MobileBits can take advantage of these experiences and of exDream itself as its 100%-development daughter.“
„Games is the most successful category within the already highly successful AppStores“, says Dr. Björn Momsen, investment manager of High-Tech Gründerfonds. „We are seeing a strong demand for both the games and the technology of MobileBits due to its high quality and the described cost advantages.“
MobileBits’ first game „iSKAT“ is the first multiplayer version of the highly popular German card game SKAT for the iPhone – several other titles targeting the international markets are currently being developed.
Karsten Wysk (CEO)
Tel/Fax: +49 40 33 42 95 66
Mobil: +49 151 15675107
About High-Tech Gründerfonds:
High-Tech Gründerfonds invests venture capital in young, high-opportunity technological companies implementing promising research results in an entrepreneurial manner. The start-up companies are planned to lead their R&D projects to the production of a prototype or a “proof of concepts” or market launch by means of the seed financing of up to 500k EUR. The High-Tech Gründerfonds has a fund volume of around 272m EUR. Investors of the public-private partnership are the Federal Ministry for Economics and Technology, the KfW bank group as well as the six industrial groups BASF, Deutsche Telekom, Siemens, Robert Bosch, Daimler and Carl Zeiss.
Dr. Björn Momsen
High-Tech Gründerfonds Management GmbH
53175 Bonn, Germany
Tel: +49 228 – 965685-00
Fax: +49 228 – 965685-50
About MAZ level one:
MAZ level one is a specialized venture capitalist for very young, fast growing technology companies in the field of hardware, software, micro systems technology, nanotechnology, photonics, life science and biotechnology. MAZ offers seed capital and a wide range of supporting services to companies in the north of Germany.