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Former Hearthstone Dev Ben Brode Resurfaces with $30M from NetEase & a Deal with Marvel

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Former Hearthstone Executive Producer Ben Brode has resurfaced with a huge announcement today. Brode and Hamilton Chu (also former Hearthstone) formed Second Dinner in late 2018 but have been cagey about what they were up to...until today. The pair have revealed a $30M minority investment from NetEase and a deal with Marvel for an as-yet-unannounced mobile game. Brode declined to reveal the genre.

The best news is, of course, that Brode and Chu will finally move Second Dinner into real offices and out of Brode's garage where the company has been housed since formation. 

"I'm just excited they're out of my house," said Mrs. Brode.

We can only imagine.

“The Second Dinner team has a strong track record of delivering quality games. With the resources and creative freedom they now have, we look forward to what they will come up with next,” said NetEase VP Ethan Wang in a canned statement about the investment.

“I’ve worked with Hamilton and Ben for years, and they are exactly who we want making Marvel games,” said Jay Ong, EVP and head of Marvel Games at Marvel Entertainment, in a canned statement. “They and the team they’ve assembled at Second Dinner have made some of the greatest games in history. And now, working with the Marvel Games team and playing in the Marvel Universe. … It’s going to be Amazing! Or maybe Spectacular! Or Incredible! Or Mighty! Or quite possibly all of the above!”

The team is in active recruitment mode as well.

Read the full announcement over at VentureBeat.com.


Suzie Ford

Suzie is the former Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom