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Comcast  Ventures To Invest In Video Game Businesses

Comcast Ventures To Invest In Video Game Businesses

May 27, 2011 | By Frank Cifaldi




Media giant and cable provider Comcast has merged two of its existing equity funds into Comcast Ventures, which will manage around $750 million in tech investments that include video game companies.

The merger comes after Comcast's acquisition of NBCUniversal earlier this year. Comcast Ventures combines the previous Peacock Equity Fund with Comcast Interactive Capital, with previous game-related investments in companies like Bigpoint, Trion Worlds and Vivox.

It will invest in "early to late-stage businesses that represent the next generation of entertainment, communications and digital technology," according to a statement by the company.

Amy Banse, the former head of Comcast's interactive media, is moving to San Francisco to oversee the new combined entity. According to The Wall Street Journal, Banse will "look more closely" at the video game industry in order to diversify Comcast's portfolio.

"I am proud and thrilled to serve as Comcast Ventures' Managing Director and Head of Funds," said Banse in a blog post. "It's a particularly exciting time to be in venture capital as advances in software development, social networking and mobile devices fuel rapid innovation."

More information on Comcast Ventures is available on its just-launched website.


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