Brand new Manila-based Altitude Games secures $275K in seed funding

March 7
6:12 AM 2014

Altitude Games has obtained $275,000 in its seed financing round, TechCrunch reported.

Nix Nolledo, Level Up! Games Co-Founder Philip Cahiwat, founding team members and an unnamed angel investor backed the new game studio based in Manila. Proceeds will be used to facilitate "its creation of original intellectual property in the midcore game space" with the startup planning to unveil its first title in Singapore in May during the industry event Casual Connect Asia, the report said.

Altitude Games Chief Executive Officer Gabby Dizon said in the statement, "Southeast Asian has previously been known as a great place to outsource game development, but we're 100% focused on creating original intellectual property for mobile games. We want to combine midcore themes and casual accessibility to make games that are easy to pick up but contain deep gameplay that you can enjoy with your friends."

The friendship of the founders of Altitude goes back at least a decade. Aside from the bonds of friendship, a vast gaming experience is also one thing they have in common, having previously worked at game developers in Southeast Asia. Dizon led the business development and production operations of Boomzap Entertainment in Singapore as a senior producer. He was also the Chief Executive of Flipside Games and President of the Game Developers Association of the Philippines before getting on board one of the biggest casual game developers in Southeast Asia, the report said.

Luna Cruz, another member of the founding team at Altitude, also did a stint at Boomzap as a senior designer, spearheading the design of Awakening: The Dreamless Castle. He also helped come up with Dana Knightstone and Otherworld series. Paul Gadi, who formerly led production at Gameloft Philippines, Marc Polican who was the former lead programmer at Boomzap and Gameloft Philippines and Chester Ocampo, who previously served as the art director of Imaginary Friends Studio comprise the other founding members of the Manila-based startup, the report said.

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