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Andrew Peters spoke at ad:tech recently about virtual worlds. Here are some figures on how much money is going into Virtual World, figures as recently as Q1, 2008. Is the world moving on from Facebook?

First Quarter 2008

  • 9You (Virtual World/Casual Games) – $100 million by Temasek Holdings
  • Dizzywood (Youth World) – $1 million  by Shelby Bonnie, Charles River Ventures
  • EveryScape (Mirror World) – $7 million by Dace, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
  • Fix8 (Avatar Content) – $2 million by SK Telecom
  • Gizmoz (Avatar Creation) – $6.5 million by DoCoMo Capital, ngi group
  • iOpener (Mixed Reality) – $6 million by Triangle Venture Capital
  • Sparkplay Media (Casual MMO with Games) – $4.25 million by Redpoint, Prism Ventureworks
  • Unisfair (Virtual Events Platform) – $10 million by Norwest, Sequoia Capital

Other Investments

  • Grockit (MMO Learning Game) – $8 million by Integral Capital and Benchmark
  • Nurien Software (3D social networking) – $15 million by Northern Light, Globespan, NEA
  • PrimeSense (Gestural Interface) – $20.4 million by Led by Canaan Partners
  • Realtime Worlds (MMOG Developer) – $50 million by Maverick Capital, NEA
  • Stanford Parallel (Parallel Processing) – $6 million by Sun Microsystems, AMD, Nvidia, IBM,
  • Processing Lab for Virtual Worlds HP, and Intel Turbine (MMOG) – $40 million by Time Warner and GGV Capital