US developer Proof of Play has introduced it’s raised a $33 million seed spherical, which was led by a16z and Greenoaks.
Different participations included Anchorage Digital, Mercury, Firebase, Zynga, Alchemy plus angels equivalent to Naval Ravikant, Balaji Srinivasian and the founders of Twitch. Former Twitch CEO Emmett Shear additionally joins the board.
Co-founded by CEO Amitt Mahajan, who co-created FarmVille at Zynga and early NFT market Uncommon Bits, the group additionally boasts veterans from Epic Video games, EA, Activision and Google.
Its first sport is Pirate Nation, an Ethereum-based social turn-based RPG with deck-building parts, which has been stay in beta since December 2022 with gameplay on the Arbitrum Nova L2. You’ll be able to play a demo model right here.
In addition to constructing video games, Proof of Play additionally plans to open supply the expertise and instruments it’s utilizing to construct them.
“As one of the creators and lead developer of FarmVille, I saw first-hand what the amount of energy and storytelling players put into games they love. When the game shut down in 2020, however, over a billion hours of playtime, creativity, and investment was lost. Realizing this, I felt compelled to find a better way to make games timeless,” Mahajan commented.
“Proof of Play is committed to building fully onchain games, and the technical tools to power them, in order to facilitate autonomous worlds, ensure game longevity, and create a more immersive player experience. We’re creating multi-generational products — games that will outlast us and are owned by the communities that play them.”