How Roblox avoided the gaming graveyard and grew into a $2.5B company

There are successful companies that grow fast and garner tons of press. Then there’s Roblox, a company which took at least a decade to hit its stride and has, relative to its current level of succes

GameStop Acquires Social Gaming Site Kongregate

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/kongregate.png" class="shot2" /> Video game and software retailer <a href="http://www.crunchbase.com/company/gamestop">GameStop</a> is buying

Nonoba Enters The Flash Games Arena With GameRise, A "Ning For Gaming Sites"

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/nonoba-logo-215x77.jpg" width="215" height="77" />We already had <a href="http://www.heyzap.com/">HeyZap</a>, the <a href="https://techcrunch.

Kongregate Teaches Its Users How to Make Flash Games

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/kongregate_thumb3.png" /> The content for most user generated content sites is pretty easy to make. Just shoot a photo for Flickr or record a

Mac Users Invited to Play InstantAction's "Ball" Games

InstantAction is a GarageGames project focused on bringing free high-quality games to the browser. Like Kongregate, InstantAction is highly social and quickly accessible. Both sites appeal to casual g

Kongregate Gets $3 Million From Bezos: Growing Fast and About To Unleash Its Games on Facebook

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has invested $3 million into user-generated casual gaming site Kongregate through Bezos Expeditions, his personal investment vehicle. Kongregate CEO calls it a “super a

MySpace Quietly Launches Games Site

Still number one social networking destination MySpace has entered the casual flash games market with games.myspace.com. The new site won’t win any awards for innovation, indeed it looks like a

Ijji.com: The Future Of Casual Online Gaming?

We’ve covered a variety of casual gaming sites before on TechCrunch. It’s a hot vertical, particular since the rise of the Nintendo’s Wii console proved that there was a huge willing

Freewebs Drops The "Free" And Launches It's Own Facebook Gaming Network

Freewebs is taking a step back from its personal website network and expanding into a social media portfolio company under the name Webs.com. The domain will serve as a hub for its new web properties,

Meebo's Got Game

If you’re looking for a killer app on the Internet and are unwilling to get into pornography, gaming is your best bet. So when Meebo opened their platform last month to third party developers, i

Kongregate Wants You To Quit Your Day Job (And Make Games)

Paul Preece was a British game developer. That was, until he created Desktop Tower Defense. In two months, he developed a game that’s been played over 15 million times and brought in thousands i

TechCrunch40: Jeff Clavier Launches $12 Million Venture Fund

Angel investor and startup advisor Jeff Clavier (pictured with Digg founder Kevin Rose) just announced a new $12 million early stage venture fund today at the TechCrunch40 conference. The new fund wil

Kongregate Closes $5 Million Series A For Casual Gaming

Casual gaming community Kongregate has closed a $5 million series A round led by Greylock today. This is on top of a $1 million angel round they raised from Reid Hoffman, Joe Kraus, Jeff Clavier and R

Kongregate Gets $1M, Launches User Generated Games

We covered Kongregate when they were in private beta, but they’re officially public with a new wad of cash from some big names to back them up. They’ve created a gaming community around Fl

Kongregate: a Next Generation Web Games Marketplace

Kongregate is an alpha stage online gaming site that will let users upload games they have built, charge users for premium play or features with a one click payment system and share revenues with the