GamesBeat

Big Fish Games hits 1 billion downloads of its casual games

Big Fish Games said today its users have downloaded more than 1 billion copies of its casual games from its web portal.

That’s a pretty big achievement, underscoring the growth of the market for simple but fun games which appeal to wider audiences than the traditional gaming business. The category generated an estimated $2.75 billion in worldwide revenue in 2009, according to the Casual Games Association. Seattle-based Big Fish was founded in 2002 and it claims to have the largest casual game subscription business for its catalog of more than 2,500 casual games. Those games are available on the PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Facebook, and Nintendo DS.

Jeremy Lewis, chief executive of Big Fish Games, said that the company is doubling its number of foreign-language sites, adding new games on new platforms and expanding its distribution channels. Big Fish raised $83 million in a first institutional round of funding in September, 2008, from Balderton Capital and General Catalyst Partners. Popular titles include Flux Family Secrets: The Rabbit Hole, Dream Chronicles: The Book of Air, and Golden Trails: The New Western Rush. Rivals include Electronic Arts’ Pogo.com and Real Networks’ GameHouse division.


Mobile developer or publisher? VentureBeat is studying mobile marketing automation. Fill out our 5-minute survey, and we'll share the data with you.

GamesBeat is your source for gaming news and reviews. But it's also home to the best articles from gamers, developers, and other folks outside of the traditional press. Register or log in to join our community of writers. You can even make a few bucks publishing stories here! Learn more.

You are now an esteemed member of the GamesBeat community. That means you can comment on stories or post your own to GB Unfiltered (look for the "New Post" link by mousing over your name in the red bar up top). But first, why don't you fill out your via your ?

About GamesBeat