HTML5-Centric Artillery Raises $2.5M To Make the Browser The Console


A challenging area that has seemed perpetually ahead of its time, HTML5 gaming has seen many startups come and go as Flash or native iOS and Android development have held their own. Yet the lure of having true cross-platform play keeps entrepreneurs coming.

Now some former early Facebook and early Google engineers are attacking the problem with a new startup called Artillery. They’ve raised funding from a stellar cast of investors including First Round Capital, Playdom co-founder Rick Thompson’s Signia Ventures, Chris Sacca’s Lowercase Capital, General Catalyst, Andreessen Horowitz, longtime former Googler Ben Ling, Greylock’s Ali Rosenthal, Bubba Murarka, Tim Ferriss, Crunchfund and Kevin Colleran, who was one of Facebook’s first 10 employees.

“We set out to solve the problem that real games don’t exist in the web browser,” says CEO Ankur Pansari, who was an early Facebook engineer.

Pansari says now that smart TVs increasingly come with browsers, there…

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