Digital Chocolate Raises $12 Million For Mobile, Social Gaming

Digital Chocolate, the mobile and social gaming firm started and led by Electronic Arts (NSDQ: ERTS) founder Trip Hawkins, has raised $12 million in a fourth round of funding led by Intel (NSDQ: INTC) Capital, with past investors Sutter Hill Ventures and Bridgescale Partners also participating. The company says that it will use the funds to further expand its social gaming reach to new platforms: Digital Chocolate already publishes games on platforms such as Apple’s App Store and Facebook.

Digital Chocolate says in its release that it has had 100 million mobile downloads to date across iPhone, Android and other platforms.

Its entry into social gaming has been more recent. The company counts Millionaire City, MMA Pro Fighter, Rollercoaster Rush and Tower Bloxx in its catalog of 100 titles.

Another title it owns is Mafia Wars, which also happens to be the name of a hugely popular game published by social games leader Zynga. This became the subject of a trademark suit filed by Digital Chocolate against Zynga last year; that suit was settled out of court a few weeks ago.

Digital Chocolate has raised $54 million to date, according to Tech Crunch.