Some local video game craftsmen have just leveled up.
5th Plants Games is a home grown-company in Rocklin we first told you about more than a year ago. Since that time, they’ve nearly doubled in size. And now some area venture capitalists are putting up a whole lot of quarters to play along.
Just like a character in their flag-ship game “Dawn of the Dragons,” the guys at 5th Planet are on a quest to grow.
“When we started off we were a few guys garage. And then, when we met with you, we were a couple dozen guys in a little building. And now we’re a full-blown company,” said Braden Moulton.
Moulton is President and C.O.O. of 5th Planet. He says the company has never accepted investors, until now. With sales hovering right around $10 million for a while, it was time to take the next step. Enter $3 million from two Sacramento venture capital groups.
“The money is great, and it’s a big number that’s really exciting. But the real attraction to this is the people that come with it. So between the DCA and Moneta, two local investment companies, we get their knowledge we get their experience that’s already helped us level-up our business and our operations,” Moulton said.
But if 5th Planet is putting on its big-boy pants, business-wise, it’s still keeping its youthfulness. In their Rocklin office, equipped with nearly every kind of video game and board game there is, with awesome art scrawled on every wall, Moulton and his team are trying to create creativity. Their staff size is about double what it was last year, and the 70-or-so employees really seem to be enjoying their success.
Word is that 5th Planet plans on releasing two new titles this year. They will be released on a mobile platform first, which is something new for a company that in the past focused on Facebook as their main platform.