Backyard Monsters developer raises $18 million, adds Zynga co-founder to board

Kixeye, the developer behind Facebook games like Backyard Monsters and Battle Pirates, has announced that it has received $18 million in Series C funding. In addition to the funding, the developer also announced that it has added Andrew Trader, one of the founding members of Zynga, to its board of directors.

The funding comes by way of Jafco Ventures, along with previous investors Trinity Ventures and Lightspeed Venture Partners. The money, naturally, will be used to expand Kixeye’s current operations by hiring more people to work on upcoming games. According to the developer, it has been profitable for the past eight months.

Trader, meanwhile, was formerly executive vice president of sales and business development at Zynga, but left the Facebook giant last March.

“I see a massive opportunity in front of Kixeye,” he said in a statement. “The games they build are like nothing else in the gaming space today.

“Kixeye has emerged as the leading innovator of social games for core gamers. Gamers want great games, not re-skinned versions of the same thing. I’m excited to be a part of this company, and I look forward to helping them continue their successful trajectory.”

The developer’s next game will be the recently announced war-themed strategy title War Commander.

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