Ohai, a company that is trying to combine casual social gaming (Facebook applications) with massive multi-player online games (World of Warcraft), has raised an undisclosed amount from August Capital and Rustic Canyon Partners.
The San Mateo company isn’t saying much more than that, except that it’s hiring engineers. For now, the most notable thing is that it is founded by some well-known names in traditional and casual game development. Company bios below:
Scott Hartsman, VP Production. Scott has led the production of MMOs that have totaled over $1B in aggregate revenue. He has been a leader in the MMO space since the early Gemstone days. Most recently, he was Executive Producer and Creative Director at Sony Online Entertainment where he led development of projects such as Everquest II and Everquest.
Don Neufeld, VP Engineering. Don is a rock star, a MMO technical genius. He was most recently Technical Director at Sony Online Entertainment, where he shipped 15 products including Everquest II and Planetside (still the only successful FPS – first person shooter – MMO.)
Blake Commagere, CTO. Blake was a pioneer and helped invent the social games category on social networks. Previously, he was a cofounder at Mogad, lead engineer at Causes (Facebook Causes), and a senior engineer at Plaxo. Blake can do finger pull ups.
Susan Wu, CEO. Former venture capitalist, serial entrepreneur.