Building amazing games with original characters.
SkyVu was founded in 2007 by Ben Vu and his brother Hoa Vu in Omaha, Nebraska with the original aim of producing animated character franchises with teams in Omaha, Singapore and Vietnam.
SkyVu’s first character franchise would be based on a feature film script written by Ben Vu called Battle Bears. In 2008, Karen and James Linder visited Ben in his Dad’s basement and invited him to pitch to the Nebraska Angels. In early 2009, SkyVu got its first round of angel funding from the Nebraska Angels, led by Linseed Capital with Karen Linder joining SkyVu’s Board of Directors. Armed with fresh capital, Ben accelerated the creation of the Battle Bears feature film pitch package, which included an iPhone casual shooter game called Battle Bears. Released on Apple’s App Store on September 1, 2009 for only $0.99, Battle Bears quickly (and organically) climbed to #2 on the Top Paid charts in the United States, reached #1 in over 20 countries, and won several top game of the year awards.
Based on the success of the mobile game, SkyVu shifted its focus to producing more mobile games based on Battle Bears. In 2010, SkyVu released Battle Bears -1 which went on to climb the charts and win several industry awards. In December 2011, SkyVu released Battle Bears Royale (BBR), one of the first free-to-play real-time multiplayer shooters on the App Store. BBR marked SkyVu’s shift to free-to-play games and led to significant revenue growth.
In 2012, Ben met Paul Lee via Twitter at the annual Big Omaha conference. This led to Chicago based Lightbank leading SkyVu’s first institutional round of funding along with NextView Ventures (Boston) and Great Oaks VC (New York City). In August 2013, SkyVu was reincorporated as SkyVu Entertainment Inc., a Delaware C-corporation, with Paul Lee joining the Board of Directors and Lee Hower as an official board observer. In 2013, SkyVu released Battle Bears Gold which further solidified its lead in core multiplayer shooter games on mobile. SkyVu’s Board of Advisors include: YuChiang Cheng (founder of World Golf Tour), Tim Merel (founder of Digi-Capital), and Noah Heller (former product director of Call of Duty for Activision).
NextView Ventures (Boston)
Great Oaks VC (New York)
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Lee Hower (observer)
Noah Heller - Co-Founder & CEO at Vhoto, former Call of Duty Product Director at Activision
YuChiang Cheng - Co-Founder & CEO at WGT Media
Tim Merel - Founder & Managing Director at Digi-Capital