The deal culminates a close partnership that began in 2016 when Scopely turned to PierPlay to help develop a Scrabble game to compete with with Zynga's popular Words with Friends, an off-brand word game that Hasbro has been trying to shut down since it launched in 2009.
Scopely, the Culver City-based mobile games unicorn, confirmed Wednesday it has raised an additional $200 million in Series D funding, doubling the total round to $400M. The capital comes from Advance, a private family-owned business that invests in a broad range of media and technology companies and The Chernin Group, a consumer-focused investment firm.
The Culver City mobile game unicorn, Scopely, announced Wednesday that Chief Revenue Officer Tim O'Brien has been appointed to the company's board of directors. Since he joined Scopely in 2014, the company has grown from 50 to 800 employees and reached a $1.7 billion valuation.
"My time at Scopely has been the highlight of my professional career, and I'm really proud of the tremendous growth we've achieved," O'Brien told dot.LA in an e-mail. "The business has scaled 35x over these last six years, and I continue to be energized every day to come to work and tackle new challenges with all of my Scopely partners."