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Lightfox, the Seattle-based mobile game developer behind ‘Knight’s Edge,’ raises $6M

Lightfox’s debut game, PvPvE raid arena Knight’s Edge, has a 4.8 user rating on the Apple Store. (Lightfox Games Image)

Mobile gaming company Lightfox Games raised $6 million in fresh capital to help fuel development of a new game.

CEO Ryan Hanft-Murphy confirmed the new funding but declined to provide details about investors.

Founded in 2019, Lightfox is the Seattle-based studio behind the 2021 mobile game Knight’s Edge, formerly known as Super Battle League.

“In addition to our game, Knight’s Edge, we just started working on a new game that we are really excited to bring to the world,” Hanft-Murphy said in an email to GeekWire. Lightfox plans to reveal further details about its new project this summer

Self-described as a “PvP Raid Arena” game for iOS and Android, Knight’s Edge teams players up in groups of three, then pits them against both monsters and other players’ teams in a race to be the first to complete each battle.

Lightfox employs nine people, and celebrated Knight’s Edge’s first anniversary in September.

Many of Lightfox’s founders, including Hanft-Murphy, are former employees of the Seattle gaming startup Z2, which was acquired in 2015 by King, the developer of the mobile-games juggernaut Candy Crush. King itself was subsequently acquired by Activision Blizzard in 2016, which shut Z2 down in 2019.

The mobile market is consistently the largest and most profitable sector of the video games industry. In a report from last month, analytics company Newzoo estimated mobile gaming as a $92.2 billion market, which is slightly bigger than PC and console gaming sectors together.

Lightfox previously raised $3.3 million in 2020 in a seed round that included participation from March Gaming, Hiro Capital, and Ed Fries’ 1Up Ventures.

An SEC filing for Lightfox’s latest round of funding lists March Gaming director Louis Gresham and Hiro Capital founder/partner Cherry Freeman. Both March Gaming, in Santa Monica, Calif., and Hiro Capital, in London, are venture capital funds that specifically focus on video game and metaverse technologies.

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