Little known fact: OMGPOP was actually an early company backed by Paul Graham’s incubator Y Combinator.
Originally named Iminlikewithyou, it was co-founded by Charles Forman and was part of YC’s mid-2006 class. It then toiled for many years building games on its own teen-focused destination site and then on Facebook before taking its Pictionary-like game Draw Something to iOS and Android a little over a month ago.
On mobile, the game took off like wildfire, accumulating 35 million downloads and 1 billion drawings in a matter of weeks. Zynga just scooped the company up today for what we’re hearing is $180 million plus a $30 million earnout.
If that’s true, the sale is actually one of Y Combinator’s biggest exits to date just behind Heroku’s $212 million sale to Salesforce. Of course, there are many potentially bigger exits in the offing including Dropbox and Airbnb. OMGPOP had raised $16.6 million from investors including Spark Capital, Betaworks, SoftBank Capital, Baseline Ventures and Rho Capital Partners.
Here’s YC’s unofficial tally for its biggest exits. There are more but they’re smaller (please help if you know of larger ones though!):
OMGPOP (Iminlikewithyou): $210 million to Zynga today, but the price is not confirmed
[Hat tip to Sincerely chief executive, Xobni co-founder and YC alum Matt Brezina for the tip.]
OMGPOP (formerly known as iminlikewithyou) developer and publisher of multiplayer, social and mobile games. The Company started in 2006 as iminlikewithyou, a place for people to play games to meet each other and in 2009 changed its name to the shorter OMGPOP where people meet each other to play games. It launched OMGPOP.com at that time. The company has generated about 1 Billion game plays to date. It has 20+ casual multiplayer flash games on OMGPOP.com. It released 5 Facebook games to...