Emegent Game Technologies is moving research and development efforts to North Carolina from California as part of a reorganization and new round of fund raising.
Emergent, which merged with Chapel Hill-based Numerical Design Limited in 2005, also disclosed it had closed on a Series D fund-raising round of $12 million.
Cisco Systems, one of Emergent’s previous backers, participated in the new round.
Jerusalem Venture Partners and Worldview Technology Partners led the round for Emergent, which maintains its headquarters in Calabasas, Calif. Other investors included Adena Ventures, and Walker Ventures.
The merger with NDL, as Numerical Design Limited was best known, provided Emergent with NDL’s 3-D game development engine known as Embryo. John Austin, who was chief executive officer at NDL since 1999, remained with the merged companies and was chief operating officer. He recently took on a new title and responsibilities as vice president of technical and academic partners.
Emergent provides game developers with a variety of services in addition to Gamebryo.
"Emergent is driving strong sales growth around the world, and is intelligently growing its offerings to meet the needs of the game development industry," said Gadi Tirosh, general partner at Jerusalem Venture Partners, in a statement. "Emergent delivers what game developers and publishers need most: scalable, modular development solutions that allow them to minimize their financial risk while unleashing their creativity to make great games."
The reorganization includes consolidation of Emergent’s research and development efforts in Chapel Hill. Once the consolidation is complete, the Chapel Hill operation will host Gamebryo engine and metrics, server and online tools development teams.
The company also made several executive changes, including the hiring of consultant John Goodale as vice president of marketing and business development. Also, executive vice president Scott Johnson was promoted to president.
"The games market is evolving quickly, with cross-platform production scalability and online migration becoming ever-increasing challenges to game creators," said Geoffrey Selzer, Emergent’s CEO. "Aided by our world class customer service and support Emergent is evolving to successfully solve these increasingly larger problems for developers and publishers. This recent round of funding and our organizational changes will enable us to continue to deliver the most progressive development solutions available to the games industry."
The Gamebryo engine has been used to develop game titles for PlayStation, Xbox and PC platforms as well as others.