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Dapper Labs Raises $250M in Funding

– Dapper Labs, Inc. is a Vancouver, BC-based company behind NBA Top Shot and the Flow blockchain.
– The company raised $250M in funding.
– The round was led by Coatue, with participation from existing investors a16z, GV (formerly Google Ventures) and Version One Ventures and new investors including BOND and GIC.
– The new investment will be used to scale and support major additional brand-driven sports, entertainment and music based products coming online and being developed on the Flow blockchain.

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Boom Entertainment Raises $15M in Series A Funding

– Boom Entertainment (formerly known as Boom Sports) is a NYC-based creator of sports gaming apps.
– The company raised $15M in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Sands Capital with participation from Defy Partners, Golden Nugget Online Gaming, Rush Street Interactive, TEGNA, Bettor Capital, Velo Capital, Alpha Bridge Ventures, and Heatwave Partners.
– The new investment will be aimed at accelerating the company’s expansion into real-money gaming products.

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Sorare Raises $680M in Series B Funding; Valued at $4.3 Billion

– Sorare is a Paris, France, NFT-based fantasy football platform.
– The company raised $680m in Series B funding.
– The round was led by Softbank with participation from Atomico, Bessemer Ventures, D1 Capital, Eurazeo, IVP, Liontree and existing investors Benchmark, Accel and Headline, as well as football players Gerard Piqué, Antoine Griezmann, Rio Ferdinand and César Azpilicueta.
– The new investment will be used to accelerate growth within football while also replicating its model in other sports, expand its team by hiring across key roles, and launch marketing campaigns with partners, athletes, and media companies.

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Battlesnake, a Startup that Turns Learning Programming into an eSport, Lands $1.5 Million in Funding

– Battlesnake announced $1.5m in funding to build on the platform that has grown from a grass roots recruiting platform into a programming game and competition that attracts thousands of developers to have fun and learn new skills.
– Funding was led by Madrona Venture Group with participation from Liquid 2, Ascend, 200 OK, and notable angel investors including Jason Warner (former CTO GitHub) and Chris Aniszczyk (CTO Linux Foundation).
– Started in 2015 as a developer recruiting event in the Pacific Northwest, by 2019 the flagship Battlesnake Tournament in Victoria drew 1,500 participants and spectators.
– Realizing they were onto something Founders Brad Van Vugt, Noah Warder, and Chris Hoefgen rapidly expanded scope, building a global online presence that attracts thousands of developers and spectators monthly.

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Mobile Premier League Raises Series E Financing; Valued at $2.3 Billion

– Mobile Premier League, the Asian largest esports and skill gaming platform, raised its Series E round of financing at a pre-money valuation of $2.3b.
– The round was led by Legatum Capital with participation from existing investors Sequoia, SIG, RTP Global, Go-Ventures, Moore Strategic Ventures, Play Ventures, Base Partners, Telstra Ventures, and Founders Circle Capital.
– The new investment will be used to finance the company’s global expansion and invest in its technology.

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Toya Raises $4M in Funding

– Toya, a Tel Aviv, Israel-based female-founded gaming studio, raised $4m in funding.
– The round was led by Drive by DraftKings, with participation from Remagine Ventures and Powerhouse Capital, as well as 1Up Ventures, early Roblox investor Craig Sherman, and NFL legend Eli Manning.
– The new investment will be used to enhance the company’s current product offering, integrate new titles onto its platform and expand its hiring and partnerships efforts.

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ProbablyMonsters Raises $200M in Series A Funding

– ProbablyMonsters, Inc. is a Bellevue, Wash.-based next generation independent game company that builds and sustains a family of AAA game studios.
– The company raised $200M in series A funding round.
– The round was led by LKCM Headwater Investments, the private equity arm of Luther King Capital Management, an SEC-registered investment advisory firm with approximately $25 billion in assets under management, and their affiliates with participation from other original investors (unnamed).
– The company intends to use the funds to enhance benefits to its employees, expand its long-term resources, and accelerate its business growth and developer recruitment.

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Chalkline Raises $2.7M in Series A Funding

– Chalkline (formerly Chalkline Sports) from Nashville develops a B2B customer acquisition and retention platform for freeplay and real money games.
– Company raised $2.7m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Parlay Capital Holdings and Patrick Conroy with participation from Afshin Yazdian; Andrew Braitchouk, Group Finance Director at Sports Media Interactive; and Clay Travis of Fox Bet Live and Outkick.
– The new investment will be used to bolster product development and commercial momentum.

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Infinite Canvas raises $2.8M for a metaverse creator group modeled after esports teams

– Infinite Canvas is a talent management company and game publisher for the metaverse.
– The company raised $2.8m in pre-seed funding.
– Investors include Lightshed Venture Partners, BITKRAFT Ventures, Day One Ventures, Crossbeam and Emerson Collective.
– The company has partnered with some big names in Roblox, including RussoPlays, DeeterPlays, Sabrina and DJ Monopoli from Terabrite Games, as well as a handful of other Roblox developers, Fortnite map makers and streamers who, combined, reach more than 4.5 million subscribers.
– For the team, this nascent era of user-generated gaming content looks a lot like another now-ubiquitous creator platform once did.

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FaZe Clan Receives Investment From Cox Enterprises

– FaZe Clan, a Los Angeles, CA-based digital lifestyle and media platform rooted in gaming and youth culture, received a strategic investment from Cox Enterprises.
– The amount of the deal was not disclosed.
– The investment extend the existing partnership between Cox Enterprises and FaZe Clan.

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ForeVR Games Raises $7M in Additional Seed Financing

– ForeVR Games is a VR gaming company based in Los Angeles.
– The company raised $7M in additional seed financing.
– The round was led by Bessemer Venture Partners, with participation from Galaxy Interactive, All Star Capital, Mark Pincus and Emmett Shear.
– The new funding will be used to build out the team, develop new games, expand to additional platforms and continue to upgrade the recently-released ForeVR Bowl.

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Sightline Payments Closes $244M Funding Round at $1 Billion+ Valuation

– Sightline Payments from Las Vegas is a digital payments provider and mobile app developer for the U.S. sports betting and casino gaming markets.
– The company completed a $244m funding round valuing it at over $1b.
– The round was led by Cannae Holdings, with participation from existing investors Genting Group, Point Break Capital Management, and founding investor Walter Kortschak.
– The company intends to use the funds to expand operations and its business reach.

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Zupee Raises $30M in Series B, at Over $500M Valuation

– Zupee from India is an online skill-based gaming platform startup.
– The company closed a $30m Series B funding at over $500M valuation.
– The round was co-led by WestCap Group and Tomales Bay Capital, with participation from Matrix Partners India.
– The new investment will be used to scale efforts through expansion of product portfolio and market reach and hiring of global talent.

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Kalam Labs Raises Pre-Seed Funding Round

– Kalam Labs is a live game streaming platform at the intersection of K-12 learning and multiplayer gaming.
– The company raised a pre-seed funding round.
– Backers included Lightspeed and Y Combinator.
– The new investment will be used to accelerate the company’s product roadmap to build a “Metaverse for Science”.

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Z2 vets raise $5M to grow Seattle studio Starform and launch social games

– Seattle-based game studio Starform has raised $5m.
– The startup plans to use the money on further development for its first game, as well as starting a team to work on a second project.
– Its unannounced first project, a team-based 5v5 arena game for PC and mobile, is currently in a closed beta.
– The $5m is a seed round led by BITKRAFT Ventures, with participation from Global Founders Capital, Vgames, and Dune Ventures.
– Since its last round of funding in 2019, Starform’s team has grown to 11 people, which includes developers with experience from ArenaNet, Amazon, and Big Fish Games.
– It plans to hire more for its second internal team.

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AviaGames Raises $40M in Funding

– AviaGames is a mobile, skill-based gaming company based in Mountain View, CA.
– The company raised $40m in funding.
– The round was led by ACME Capital, Washington Harbour Partners and Powerhouse Capital, as well as previous investors Makers Fund and Galaxy Digital.
– The new investment will be used to accelerate player acquisition, develop new games on the platform, and expand its team and international presence.

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Live Tech Games Receives £2.5M Minority Investment from ITV

– Live Tech Games, a London, England-based live gaming tech startup, raised £2.5m in funding.
– ITV made the minority investment into the tech startup via the Studio 55 Ventures arm.
– The company intends to use the funds to work with ITV and the UK audience and to create new forms of entertainment direct to consumers’ mobile devices.

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Hiro Capital Leads $10m Investment in Portal Knights Creators Keen Games Upcoming Multiplayer Sandbox RPG

– Keen Games will use the $10m from Tencent and Hiro to expand game development and to publish their title, the spiritual successor to Portal Knights.
– Portal Knights sold over 3.5M copies.
– Keen Games will be equipped to retain creative and publishing independence.
– Keen Games is currently hiring multiple positions.

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Genvid Holdings Raises $113M in Series C Funding

– Genvid is a NYC-based provider of interactive livestreaming technologies and services.
– Company announced $113m Series C funding.
– The round was co-led by existing investors Valor Equity Partners and Atreides Management with participation from new investors Third Point Ventures, Cobalt Capital, LightShed Ventures, XN, and Lux Capital, existing investors Galaxy Interactive, Horizons Ventures, OCA Ventures (via OCA’s new growth equity fund), and Makers Fund and strategic partners Huya, NTT DOCOMO Ventures, and Samsung Ventures.
– The company intends to use the funds to establish Genvid Entertainment LLC, a new publishing subsidiary dedicated to producing Massive Interactive Live Events.

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Play2Pay Raises $13M in Series A Funding

– Play2Pay, a Miami FL-based mobile payments platform, raised $13M in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Telesoft Partners with participation from Harbor Spring Capital, Ralph de la Vega, Tom Glocer, Jim Perry and Kris Canekeratne.
– The company intends to use the funds to rapid expansion by accelerating product development, hiring and partner engagement.

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Bling Secures Seed Financing

– Bling, a gaming platform that enables game developers to give bitcoin rewards, announced it closed a seed round to grow its team and further develop its platform.
– The round included a strategic investment by Coinbase Ventures.
– Pre-seed investors included Wavemaker Genesis, Gumi Cryptos Capital, and Blocktower Capital.

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Singularity 6 raises $30M to fund upcoming fantasy ‘community simulation’ MMO

– LA-based game studio Singularity 6 has banked more funding as it scales itself up and readies for the launch of its debut title.
– The startup raised $30 million in a Series B bout of funding led by FunPlus Ventures with additional participation from Andreessen Horowitz, LVP, Transcend, Anthos Capital and Mitch Lasky.
– The studio has now disclosed some $49 million in funding, a sizable sum, but one that showcases how much investors are looking to rally around gaming platform plays in the wake of Roblox’s monster IPO.

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Turkey’s Dream Games Raises $155 Million, with a $1 Billion Valuation in a Series B Round Led by Index Ventures and Makers Fund

– Dream Games, a Turkey-based mobile games company, has closed a $155M Series B round co-led by Index Ventures and Makers Fund, with participation from Balderton Capital, IVP and Kora.
– The largest Series B financing in Turkey, with a valuation of $1B, comes on the heels of the massive success of Dream’s debut game Royal Match, reaching top-20 grossing games in the US, UK, and Germany in only three months.

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Tripp Raises $11M in Funding

– TRIPP is a digital psychedelic platform based in Los Angeles.
– The company raised $11m in funding round.
– The round was led by Vine Ventures and Mayfield with participation from Integrated, AlphaBridge Ventures, Beni VC, Berkeley Club, CJ Group, CTR Capital, Evolution, Robert Goldberg, Tony Greenberg, Grit VC, Incisive Ventures, Inflect Health, Iter Investments, Joanna Popper, Jim Dew, Joe Polish, JLS Fund, Lionheart Ventures, Matt Mullenweg, Mike DeLuise, Murtaza Hussain, NeoKuma, Presence Capital, PsyMed Ventures, Redbeard Ventures, Re.Mind Capital, Social Leverage, WhatIf Ventures and other individual investors.
– The company intends to use the funds to continue growing both its team and user base, further R&D, and expand its adaptive platform to support cross-platform distribution.

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Mythical Games Announces $75 Million in Series B Financing, Unlocking a New Universal Gaming Economy With Playable NFTs

– Mythical Games, a next-generation gaming technology studio creating universal gaming ecosystems around playable NFTs, led by industry veterans and former executives from Activision, Oculus, EA and Zynga and a marketplace team of experts from Stubhub and Charles Schwab, announced a $75m Series B financing led by WestCap.
– Also participating in this round are 01 Advisors and Gary Vaynerchuk’s VaynerFund, as well as existing investors including Galaxy Digital, Javelin Venture Partners, Alumni Ventures, and Struck Capital.
– This round brings the total amount raised to $120m.

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Comunix Closes $30 Million Series A Funding

– Comunix announced that it has closed $30m in Series A funding led by March Gaming to accelerate its vision of reinventing the social gaming experience and uniting people worldwide.
– New investors, including March Capital, Powerhouse Capital, Woori Investments and Altshuler Shaham, also participated in the funding round.
– Comunix’s existing investors include Mitch Garber, Kaedan Capital, Velo Partners, Shay Ben-Yitzhak, Eitan Reisel and Baladi Ventures.
– Comunix is a social gaming company with a vision for interactive gaming experiences grounded in human connection.

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Tiv Launches from Stealth with $3.5M Series Seed Round to Create the Leading Payments Platform for Gamers

– Tiv, a new payments platform dedicated to the gaming community, launches out of stealth mode and announces the close of a $3.5m series seed round of venture capital funding led by 4490 Ventures.
– Additional participants in the round include Silverton Partners and multiple prolific angel investors.
– The funding represents the first institutional capital raised after self-funding the company since inception.
– Tiv will leverage the seed capital to scale its engineering and marketing teams as the Chicago headquartered startup builds out its platform.
– The company is currently accepting waitlist users for its debut card product ahead of a public launch slated for late 2021.
– Tiv’s financial platform is built with the gaming community at its core, empowering gamers by making the time they spend doing what they love more valuable.

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