Aurora Feint Raises Cash From Intel In The Midst Of Social Frenzy

OpenFeint on Android

The funding of mobile social companies continues with Aurora Feint, creator of the mobile social gaming network OpenFeint, picking up cash from Intel (NSDQ: INTC) Capital to close out a recent $8 million round. The Burlingame, Calif.-based company is benefiting from the cross section mobile, social and gaming heating up, as demonstrated by DeNA’s $400 million acquisition of Ngmoco and today’s announcement by Kleiner Perkins that it was creating a $250 million social fund with contributions from Facebook, Zynga and Amazon.

OpenFeint said the cash will be used to help support multiple smartphone and tablet platforms as it provides game developers services and tools for free that help them create a community of users around their game titles. Last month, Aurora Feint ported its platform from iPhone to support Android, which led to a sharp increase in momentum. Over the past year, it has added 3,400 games to its platform, and now has roughly 45 million gamers.

In previous rounds, Aurora Feint received an undisclosed amount of funding from DeNA, the big Japanese powerhouse, and in July raised money from The9. They money announced today from Intel will increase that round to $8 million. (An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Intel invested $8 million).

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