Founder of Valve’s Steam platform raises $1.25M for Sharkbite Games
Rick Ellis has his fingerprints all over modern gaming. His chief claim to gaming fame is his role as founder and lead developer of Valve Software’s Steam gaming and marketplace platform, and he was also a key player in games like Half-Life 2 and Counter-Strike. Before that he negotiated agreements to deliver game development systems for the first Xbox and GameCube consoles while working at microprocessor emulator company Applied Microsystems.
Now, Ellis, along with his wife Susan Mackey-Ellis, are back with a new gaming startup called Sharkbite Games. Founded last year in Bellevue, Wash., the young startup just raised $1.25 million in fresh funding from the likes of SWAN Venture Fund, Alliance of Angels, Puget Sound Venture Club and Seattle angel investors.