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Playdemic founders raise $10m for latest mobile games studio

The founders of billion-dollar Golf Clash developer Playdemic have raised $10m for their new UK mobile games studio ForthStar.

Based in Manchester, the startup is led by co-founders Paul Gouge and Alex Rigby, who also previously co-founded BattleMail and Rockpool Games. Their last studio, Playdemic, was acquired initially by Warner Bros-owned TT Games, then later by EA for $1.4 billion.

The funding comes from Griffin Gaming Partners, which has also recently invested $100m in Marvel Snap developer Second Dinner.

“Our mission is clear; to make great games that millions of people love to play, every day for years,” said ForthStar CEO and co-founder Paul Gouge. “It’s an objective we have achieved before, and one that we know we can meet again by building exceptional games that captivate millions of players and become essential daily entertainment.”

Co-founder Rigby added: “We have been fortunate enough to lead and build studios populated by some of the most accomplished and creative talent in our industry.

“With the opening of ForthStar we are able to leverage all we’ve learnt in more than two decades of mobile gaming, establishing the strongest foundation for future innovation and success.”

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