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Silicon Beach Report July 26: Neil Clark Warren Steps Down as eHarmony’s CEO

Neil Clark Warren steps down as eHarmony’s chief executive, SteelHouse Countersues rival, Scopely raises $55 million, and more.

Neil Clark Warren Steps Down as eHarmony’s CEO

Neil Clark Warren is retiring from his position as chief executive of eHarmony. He will retain his position as chairman of the dating website, reports the L.A. Business Journal. The Westwood-based company’s board of directors has appointed long-time Vice President Grant Langston as its new chief executive.

SteelHouse Countersues Rival

Digital advertising-tracking software company SteelHouse of Culver City has countersued its French rival Criteo for false advertising, among other complaints, reports Ad Exchanger. For its part, Criteo sued SteelHouse last month for allegedly engaging in click fraud and falsely representing its service to clients.

Wpromote Acquires Standing Dog

Digital marketing agency Wpromote of El Segundo has acquired agency Standing Dog of Dallas for an undisclosed amount, according to a press release. Standing Dog’s 75 employees will remain in Texas.

Scopely Raises $55M

Mobile game developer Scopely of Culver City has raised a $55 million Series B round, reports Variety. The money will be used for strategic partnerships, such as helping Hollywood studios and other entertainment companies leverage intellectual property for mobile games.

Virtual Reality Studio Kite & Lightning Raises $2.5M

Virtual reality studio Kite & Lightning has raised $2.5 million to develop virtual reality game “Bebylon Battle Royale: A Gentleman’s Game,” reports TechCrunch. The game will allow players to fight each other as virtual babies driving cars in various comical settings.

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