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Twitch co-founder raises $24M for Web3 gaming agency Metatheory

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Web3 gaming and leisure firm Metatheory based by Twitch co-founder Kevin Lin has raised $24 million in a Series A funding spherical on Monday.

The spherical was led by crypto capital enterprise agency Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), with participation from Pantera Capital, the enterprise arm of the FTX cryptocurrency change, FTX Ventures, and different enterprise companies, in accordance to the announcement.

Metatheory was launched in November 2021 round one 12 months after Lin left Twitch, the place he wrote in a Medium article on the time that he was creating the gaming firm and in addition a blockchain sport known as DuskBreakers. Lin was quoted on this week’s announcement as saying:

“Building immersive digital experiences has always been a passion of mine, and after stepping away from Twitch to explore what’s next in the industry, I truly believe blockchain will open the door to even more possibilities and have a major impact in the gaming, storytelling and community building space.”

DuskBreakers was launched in December 2021 with the artwork designed by the previous lead illustrator at Twitch. The Ethereum-based sport carried out a “play-to-mint” mannequin for its first 10,000 nonfungible tokens (NFTs). Those trying to seize an NFT need to play an arcade-type sport to validate their entry onto a whitelist.

The DuskBreakers workforce plans to launch comics and animations to proceed its storyline, andditional NFTs and content material are within the works at Metatheory with a play-to-earn sport set for launch within the fourth quarter of 2022.

Related: How blockchain video games create total economies on prime of their gameplay: Report

Lin shouldn’t be the one Twitch co-founder with an curiosity in gaming NFTs. In December 2021 Justin Kan, one other co-founder of Twitch, launched the Fractal NFT market which focuses on blockchain gaming tokens saying that “NFTs are the future of gaming.”

Blockchain gaming is gaining curiosity from titans of the normal gaming business. Most lately, Square Enix revealed in its earnings report that it’ll broaden NFTs into extra of its video games in 2022.

Microsoft’s CEO stated the event of metaverse platforms was a key cause for the $69 billion acquisition of gaming large Activision Blizzard and Sega is trying to combine cloud expertise NFTs as a part of its new Super Game mission, which connects its totally different video games to one another.

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