Nonoba enters the arena of flash games with GameRise, a “Ning for Gaming Sites” – TechCrunch

We already had HeyZap, the “YouTube for Flash games” and Game Curry, a search engine for Flash games. The Andreessen service does the same for social networking sites.

The Danish startup / gamer community Nonoba is tackling this by launching GameRise, a CMS supposed to facilitate the development and maintenance of custom game sites. The comparison to Ning – and by extension the plethora of similar services – comes from co-founder Oliver Pedersen but isn’t that far-fetched.

GameRise allows users, hobbyists to professional developers, to create and maintain sites offering game catalogs and social services such as chat rooms and forums, as well as the ability to customize the appearance, advertising displays. and the language of community websites. Once approved, user-managed gaming websites can be enhanced with Nonoba’s SDKs and APIs, including transactional micro-payment that allows users to manage online payment for games and premium content (with Nonoba taking a cut).

It all sounds pretty impressive, but to be fair, the examples we were given with the announcement of the new Flash development initiative didn’t really blow our minds. They all look pretty much the same except for the name, URL, and language. The idea is quite solid, the execution must be much better.

Kongerate offers a set of tools that allow users to build Flash-based gaming sites and networks as well, but does things differently. Nonoba is not much of a direct competitor and in fact some of the games that you can find on Kongerate were partly built using the Nonoba tools. We should also mention Mochi Media here, although they focus more on what happens after the Flash games are made, in terms of monetization, distribution, and analytics.

Nonoba, based in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, raised an undisclosed Series A financing with Mangrove Capital Partners in June 2008, the same year it was founded. According to the startup, the gaming community now has 4,000 games, and games powered by Nonoba’s multiplayer and payout API are played at more than 10,000 locations around the world.

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