Skype and Kazaa founders back new online gaming force

Skype and Kazaa founders back new online gaming force

By Rob Crossley

October 1st 2009 at 4:53PM

Renowned VC group Atomico Ventures become the first group to invest in online and mobile game firm Zattikka

Casual game outfit Zattikka has won a ringing vote of confidence from two prominent entrepreneurs who helped established some of biggest names on the net.

Atomico Ventures is founded by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis; two net veterans who established the likes of Skype, Joost, Joltid and Kazaa.

Next in the VC firm’s crosshairs is Zattikka, having provided the games company with its first major investment deal.

Zattikka CEO Tim Chaney revealed his delight in announcing the deal.

“These are guys that changed the way the world communicates and have a vision beyond what most of us envisage as the future,” he said.

“At this point Atomico are our only corporate investor and we are delighted to have them on our side, inside.”

Zattikka is focusing its talents on developing games for the iPhone, social networking sites, and online browsers. The firm, only last month, had announced the purchase of popular flash game site Gimme5games.

Geoffrey Prentice, partner at Atomico Ventures, spoke of the faith the firm has in Zattikka. 

“The online gaming industry offers a huge market opportunity to disruptive players,” he said, “and in Zattikka we found a strong and passionate team with excellent credentials, sound plans and structure that can make a determining difference in the sector.”