Icejam receives millions for game development

Jim Day
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Jason Wentzel of icejam works on a project Tuesday at the company's Charlottetown office. The mobile game development company that has offices in Toronto and P.E.I. recently obtained $3 million in funding to carry on developing its Playable Data Platform technology that uses live data streams in a mobile game environment.

Fueled by millions of dollars in funding, a Charlottetown-based mobile games company is looking to more than double its staff.

icejam has secured $3 million from Halifax-based Build Ventures, a company that focuses on early stage technology companies across the Atlantic region.

Patrick Keefe, general partner of Build Ventures, joins icejam's board of directors.

icejam issued a statement Tuesday saying funding will help develop the company's proprietary new Playable Data Platform and prepare its first game for market later this year.

He expects the company to "easily double'' the current staff of 13 in Charlottetown over the next six months, adding to its team of designers, developers and marketing personnel.

icejam has now raised a total of $3.5 million in capital funding.

Located in Charlottetown and Toronto, the game studio received $707,095 in provincial government funding last year.

icejam's Playable Data Platform integrates real-time, real-world data streams into the mobile game to enhance gameplay while solving key engagement and retention dilemmas that face the mobile games industry.

"While the traditional mobile games market is consolidating and investments are down, there remains great interest in transformative technologies that play with the boundaries of imagination and reality,'' says Stuart Duncan, founder and CEO of icejam.

Duncan pioneered free-to-play (F2P) mobile games with his previous company, Bight Games, with the likes of The Simpsons: Tapped Out, which is estimated to have generated more than $130 (US) million in revenue.



Organizations: Build Ventures

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Atlantic, Toronto US

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Recent comments

  • de udder guy
    January 27, 2016 - 13:04

    A good financial practice would be for the government money to be returned once funding has been achieved at the level they did. Note I said good financial practice and it is the PEI government. Sooooo.....enjoy spending the money, its gone baby gone.

  • guy currie
    January 27, 2016 - 11:04

    Hope this isn't another Adeptio start up case in Charlottetown. Recieves close to a million in government funding and burned through on salary then closes its doors.

  • Just Asking
    January 27, 2016 - 10:11

    How much of an equity stake does the provincial government get for it's $700,000. investment?

  • This Is Great
    January 27, 2016 - 09:37

    Isn't it just great the way gov spends our tax dollar . They make such good investments on our behalf . $707,095 Hell , that's just a drop in the bucket for us rich PEIslanders