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League of Legends-Esque Tablet Game Raises $8.2MM Round, Led by Riot Games Investor

Independent game studio Hammer & Chisel has raised an $8.2 million Series A to help launch Fates Forever, a multiplayer tablet game inspired by the popular free-to-play PC game League of Legends. Benchmark’s Mitch Lasky, who was the first investor in LoL developer Riot Games, led the round. Hammer & Chisel CEO Jason Citron founded social-mobile games platform OpenFeint, which was acquired by Gree in 2011 for $104 million and shut down in 2012. Fates Forever is slated to launch in early 2014.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work