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Booyah, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup developing a “playful life companion” for the Apple iPhone/iPod touch, just scored $4.5 million in Series A financing from the iFund of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. (Om wrote about KPCB’s $100 million app funding initiative last year.) The funding […]

booyah-logoBooyah, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup developing a “playful life companion” for the Apple iPhone/iPod touch, just scored $4.5 million in Series A financing from the iFund of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. (Om wrote about KPCB’s $100 million app funding initiative last year.) The funding comes a month after Ngmoco, another iPhone game startup, launched with Kleiner Perkins backing, announced a second funding round of $10 million. No word yet on what exactly Booyah’s product will be, but the announcement hints at an MMO linked to real-world activity. (At any rate, they’re currently taking sign-ups for a private beta test.) Its three founders — CEO Keith Lee, CCO Brian Morrisroe, and CTO Sam Christiansen — are all alum of World of Warcraft creator Blizzard Entertainment, so expect a sleek, broadly appealing product designed with maximum stickiness.

  1. [...] sort of gaming experience.  Lee was one of the head developers for the Diablo III franchise.  Booyah recently announced that they have raised $4.5 million in Series A funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & [...]

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  2. [...] Holy moly. An iPhone game startup has scored $45 million in funding. Read about it on Gigaom. [...]

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  3. [...] Holy moly. An iPhone game startup has scored $45 million in funding. Read about it on Gigaom. [...]

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  4. [...] other industry figures from publishers like Electronic Arts and Blizzard Entertainment have also migrated to social gaming. “I have no doubt that traditional games will continue to [...]

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  5. [...] other industry figures from publishers like Electronic Arts and Blizzard Entertainment have also migrated to social gaming. “I have no doubt that traditional games will continue to [...]

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  6. [...] Available as a free iPhone App in the next few days, Booyah is a new social MMORPG from a well-funded start-up of the same name. But here’s the twist: Unlike all other online role playing games, you [...]

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  7. [...] which is available as a free iPhone app, is a new social MMORPG from a well-funded startup of the same name. But here’s the twist: Unlike all other online role-playing games (GigaOM [...]

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