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Estonian startup Original games raised $ 6 million in seed funding for its first Merge Inn game.

The roundtable was led by Play Ventures.

Other participants included top video game entrepreneurs

Former Machine Zone director Arseny Lebedev and Alexander Krylov, and former Rovio CMO Ville Heijari and vice president Jarkko Rajamäki co-founded the company.

They are joined by seasoned developers with experience in both EA and Wooga.

Original Games is currently releasing its first casual puzzle game in the world. She is recruiting to expand her development team.

Putting the puzzle together

As the studio grows, Original Games aims to create innovative and inspiring content for a global audience, while creating an environment where employee skills and lives are high.

“The casual puzzle category continues to represent a big part of mobile gaming, and we believe we can offer players new ways to engage, both through innovative gameplay mechanics and intuitive social interaction,” said the CEO. Arseny Lebedev.

We believe we can offer players new ways to engage, both through innovative game mechanics and intuitive social interaction.


“Merge is the new Match-3, and there are a lot of opportunities to be seized in this category. Our first merger title is already showing tremendous traction, and we’re excited to bring it to a global audience.”

The company seeks to focus on the key pillars of frictionless and relaxing gameplay and high audiovisual production values ​​with engaging social and community elements.

“Helsinki has long been recognized as a hotbed of mobile game development,” Lebedev added.

“Original Games provides opportunities for talented gaming talent to benefit from the flexibility of remote working and a working community with highly experienced people and lifelong learning.”

“Original Games impressed us with their depth and range of experience, from casual to midcore. This studio has the holy trinity of experience, market intelligence and product vision, and we are thrilled to support them as the MAs of next-generation casual puzzle games, ”commented Henric Suuronen, founding partner of Play Ventures.


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