GREEN BAY, WI (Oct. 30, 2023) – TitletownTech, a venture capital firm formed out of a partnership between the Green Bay Packers and Microsoft, has invested in Midwest Games, a regionally focused video game publisher.
TitletownTech led Midwest Games’ $3M round with participation from Tundra Angels, Brightstar Wisconsin, Wisconsin Investment Partners, gaming industry veteran Erin Ashley Simon, and Bay Tek Entertainment owner and CEO, Larry Treankler, known for properties like Skee-Ball. The funds will be used to expand the Midwest Games team, fund and support independent developers, and publish games.
Founded by Wisconsin native Ben Kvalo, who held prior roles at 2K, Blizzard Entertainment, and Netflix, Midwest Games emerged from stealth earlier this year, driven by Kvalo's vision to empower game developers in the Midwest and amplify the region's presence in the video game industry. Headquartered in Green Bay, the company has taken residency at TitletownTech.
"We're thrilled to invest in Midwest Games and believe in the substantial value it brings to the games industry, the Midwest region, and our in-residence community,” said TitletownTech Partner Cordero Barkley. “We recognize the transformative potential of Ben's vision and wholeheartedly support its positive impact on the games ecosystem and beyond.”
“Our collaboration with TitletownTech, along with the backing of investors like Erin Ashley Simon and a host of local supporters, bolsters our resolve to dismantle entry barriers and extend access to a diverse spectrum of talent,” said Midwest Games Founder and CEO Ben Kvalo. “We view games as a universal language, a powerful equalizer, and through our endeavors, we are shaping a more inclusive and dynamic games ecosystem.”