Kixeye raises $18 million

The studio which proudly presents itself as a “hardcore social gaming company” has raised $18 million in a third round of funding, which will see Zynga co-founder Andrew Trader appointed to its board of directors. Prior to rebranding in April, Kixeye was known as The Casual Collective, and was founded by Paul Preece and David Scott, developers of Desktop Tower Defense. The company certainly seems to be going places: Inside Social Games notes that its workforce has grown from 3 to 60 employees in the last 18 months, and its number of monthly active users has grown 41 per cent, to 5.1 million, since the turn of the year.