Former Rovio Execs Raises $2.35M For Seriously, A New Casual Gaming Studio

TechCrunch

Seriously, a new gaming startup from the execs who oversaw Angry Birds-maker Rovio’s game slate and licensing business, just picked up $2.35 million in seed funding. Leading the round are Los Angeles’ Upfront Ventures (the firm formerly known GRP) and Denmark’s Sunstone Capital.

The round befits the company’s cross-continental nature. One co-founder, Petri Järvilehto, is based in Helsinki and heads game development. He was Rovio’s executive vice president of games and has about two decades of history in the gaming industry, taking the lead on iconic franchises like Remedy’s Max Payne.

The other co-founder Andrew Stalbow, meanwhile, is based in Los Angeles and has deep ties to the entertainment industry there. He was Rovio’s executive vice president of strategic partnerships after serving as the senior vice president of mobile for Fox Digital Entertainment.

“We see Helsinki as the mobile gaming capital of the world and think that’s…

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