30 Oct Midwest Games Raises $3 Million With Green Bay Packers, Microsoft VC
Midwest Games, a Wisconsin-based, regionally focused video game publisher launched earlier this year, has successfully secured $3 million in funding with a little help from a huge neighbor.
The successful round of funding was led by venture capital firm TitletownTech, an organization formed from a partnership between the Green Bay Packers and Microsoft. Participation came from Tundra Angels, Brightstar Wisconsin, Wisconsin Investment Partners, gaming and entertainment personality Erin Ashley Simon, and Bay Tek Entertainment owner and CEO Larry Treankler, whose properties include Skee-Ball.
Midwest Games was founded by Wisconsin native Ben Kvalo, whose experience in the gaming industry came through roles with 2K, Blizzard Entertainment, and Netflix. Kvalo traded the West Coast for a return to his home state with his own vision to support the region’s video game industry and developers by creating “its only publisher,” which is headquartered in Green Bay at TitletownTech’s offices, just a two-minute walk from the iconic Lambeau Field.
Kvalo said: “At Midwest Games, we are dedicated to bridging the gap and creating opportunities for underserved communities in the games industry. As we continue to emphasize, great games come from anywhere, and we are deeply committed to empowering regions like the Midwest.