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General Information

Websitez2.com
Twitter@z2
CategoryGames/Entertainment
Employees130
Founded2009
DescriptionMobile Games

Offices

Z2Live
1601 2nd Ave
Suite 800
Seattle, WA, 98101
USA

People

CEO
VP, Operations & Business Intelligence
VP, Engineering
VP, Platform
Board Member
Director, Product
Director, Human Resources & Recruitment
Board Observer

Funding

TOTAL $6.5M
FUNDING TOTAL $6.5M
Series A, 10/2008
Madrona Venture Group
$1M
Series B, 8/2009
Madrona Venture Group
$3M
Series B, 3/2011
Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ)
Madrona Venture Group
$2.5M

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Z2

Z2 (formerly Z2Live) is bringing the next generation of gaming to mobile. The company builds highly social games that leverage the Free-to-Play model. Z2 was founded in July of 2009 by Damon Danieli - a 14 year Microsoft veteran - and David Bluhm - a long time veteran of mobile content and entertainment - along with the backing of Madrona Venture Group. Lou Fasulo joined the company in its earliest stages to build-out and lead the company’s studio and publishing capabilities. Today, the company maintains dedicated studios and technology resources in Seattle, WA for building both mass-market social games along with more traditional 3D multiplayer games that fully leverage the advanced capabilities of new mobile devices.

The company’s first product, Trade Nations, has built one of the largest game communities on mobile having logged over 500 million game sessions since its launch. This highly social simulation / city builder game has garnered widespread recognition and has remained as one of the top grossing games on Apple’s AppStore since launch.

The company’s second game, MetalStorm, has widely been recognized as best in its category and became one of the top ranked and top grossing games on iTunes within 3 days of launch.

Both games lead their respective categories in terms of critical acclaim, user ratings, popularity and monetization.

Z2 also benefits from an advanced community layer that facilitates in-game, player-to-player transactions and highly social game mechanics. The Z2 community layer supports the most advanced set of community features including in-game email, text chat, voice chat, real-time multiplayer, player icons, achievements, badges and a full social graph that is integrated with Facebook and twitter.

Recent Milestones

  • Check
    Z2 added Lou Fasulo as CEO. (7/1/12)
    Posted 7/24/12 at 6:57pm
  • Dollar
    Z2 received $2.5M in Series B funding. (3/30/11)
    Posted 3/31/11 at 3:16am via sec.gov
  • Check
    Z2 — Z2Live Secures Venture Funding To Expand Distribution of its Mobile Social Games (3/21/11)
    Posted 3/21/11 at 8:02pm via z2live.com
  • Dollar
    Z2 received $3M in Series B funding. (8/1/09)
    Posted 8/12/09 at 9:04pm via techcrunch.com
  • Check
    Z2 added David Bluhm as Founder and CEO. (1/1/09)
    Posted 3/28/09 at 8:12am
  • Check
    Z2 added Blythe Dunham as Backend Spoon bender. (1/1/09)
    Posted 5/7/13 at 10:50pm
  • Dollar
    Z2 received $1M in Series A funding. (10/1/08)
    Posted 3/28/09 at 8:12am via techflash.com
  • Check
    Z2 added Damon Danieli as CTO, cofounder.
    Posted 3/28/09 at 8:12am

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Sources

  1. Madrona's mystery startup Zero260 creates iPhone app studio (techflash.com) [edit]
  2. techcrunch.com [edit]
  3. SEC (sec.gov) [edit]
  4. Z2Live Secures Venture Funding To Expand Distribution of its Mobile Social Games (z2live.com) [edit]
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