New York City and Toronto-based Bunch, a party app for mobile games, has secured US$3.85 million in funding. The capital infusion will be used to to accelerate product development and expand partnerships and integrations. Bunch is backed by LVP, Tencent, Supercell, Riot, Miniclip, Founders Fund, Betaworks and North Zone.
NEW YORK — Nov. 20, 2019 — Bunch, the party app for mobile games, has raised $3.85 million from top games companies including Supercell, Tencent, Riot Games, Miniclip and Colopl Next, bringing its total funding raised to more than $8.5 million. The strategic investment from key players in games and mobile showcases the power and potential of Bunch’s app to set the industry standard for social networking and video chat with friends in mobile games. The company will use the funding to accelerate product development and expand partnerships and integrations.
“We are very excited to have the endorsement and support of global leaders in real-time multiplayer games who are excited about our approach to making mobile games truly social and more fun,” said Selçuk Atlı, CEO and co-founder, Bunch. “Live multiplayer games are the new social networks and are increasingly how a generation of people spend time together. At Bunch, our goal is to create the easiest and most fun way to communicate with friends while playing their favorite games. All the while, helping developers bring players back more often, along with their friends.”
Alongside the new funding, Bunch has expanded its leadership team. Jonas Christiansen, who previously held senior product design roles at Facebook and Google, has joined as Head of Product. Greg Essig is also on board as Head of Business Development, bringing his history of building partnerships at mobile games streaming service, Mobcrush, and on the App Store Management team responsible for the Games category at Apple.
The Bunch app creates a frictionless experience to party up with friends on video chat; and jump together into the same game session. Bunch’s long term vision is to help people spend more face to face time together, playing their favorite games – anytime, anywhere.
“Most new players to League of Legends join the community through their friends. That’s why social is a huge part of what we do here at Riot,” said Brendan Mulligan, Senior Corporate Development Manager, Riot Games. “As we begin to offer new multiplayer titles, including mobile games, reducing friction to play together is even more important. We love that Bunch is like a LAN party in your pocket, and we think their team and execution are best in class.”
“At Supercell, we believe that the social experience has a crucial role in making games that players keep playing for years,” said Jaakko Harlas, Head of Developer Relations & Strategic Finance, Supercell. ”We are constantly looking for ways to make playing our games with friends as easy and enjoyable as possible. Bunch is the most thoughtful experience we’ve seen that tackles this problem – and we are looking forward to working together closely.”
Learn more about the newly redesigned Bunch by visiting http://bunch.live.
Players can download Bunch today by visiting the App Store or Google Play.
Bunch is the party app for friends to communicate before, during and after playing their favorite mobile games. The company offers Bunch KIT that allows game developers to bring Bunch’s rich functionality to their own games. Bunch is co-founded by Selcuk Atli, Jason Liang, and Jordan Howlett. With offices in New York City and Toronto, Bunch is backed by LVP, Tencent, Supercell, Riot, Miniclip, Founders Fund, Betaworks, North Zone and more.