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Games outfit Playfish nets $17 million round

Maker of games for social networks gets significant B round from Accel Partners and Index Ventures.

Playfish, a leading maker of games for social networks like Facebook, said Tuesday it has closed a $17 million B funding round.

The company has released five games and four of them are on Facebook's top-10 list, Playfish said in a release.

The company, which is London, also has offices in San Francisco, Beijing and Norway. It said has 10 million users of its games, which include Bowling Buddies, Geo Challenge, Pet Society, Who has the biggest Brain and Word Challenge.

Although many games publishers have said that the recent economic downturn will affect their industry less than others, Playfish's haul is notable for being so large.