Hummer Winblad focuses $4 million on Aria, game billing service

[qi:060] Here’s how hot the online gaming space has gotten: not only are developers and advertisers landing venture funding, now billing services for games are, too. Om just passed me word that Philadelphia-based Aria Systems just secured a four mill Series A investment from Hummer Winblad. (Prior to founding Aria, CEO Ed Sullivan developed the basic laser technology for Lasik’s vision correction surgery, hence “focus” as the appropriate word choice here.)

Aria specializes in billing for online gaming systems, including the upcoming MMORPG Hellgate London and MMO middleware provider Big World Technology, but evidently, games are just a starting point. As their PR rep Mike Maney tells us, “While their first playground is literally a playground, they have their sights set on other industries that rely on recurring billing– utilities, insurance and telco.”


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