Big Fish Games raises $83 million venture round for downloadable games

The party is on for video game entrepreneurs. Big Fish Games just raised the bar for industry by reeling in a huge venture round by video game standards.

The Seattle-based casual downloadable games company raised $83 million in a first round of financing from Balderton Capital, General Catalyst Partners, and Salmon River Capital. That's the biggest round Dean Takahashi can remember for a game company. The deal is the largest to date in the state of Washington this year, according to the National Venture Capital Association. That's pretty impressive, given the state of the economy. But the game industry has proven resilient during the recession.

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