If you had a few million bones lying around, would you use it to finance an MMORPG? You know, like this guy did?
All right, so none of the the entities involved in the latest round of funding for a new "cloud-native MMO" from Mainframe Industries are your average joes, but they do still have money to burn. The funding was led by Andreessen Horowitz and included Twitch co-founder and former COO Kevin Lin, King co-founder and former CEO Riccardo Zacconi, Huuuge Games founder and CEO Anton Gauffin, CCP Games CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, and former Blizzard co-founder and CEO Mike Morhaime's Dreamhaven. They join previous investors Riot Games, Play Ventures, and Sisu Game Ventures in contributing €20.3 million, or about $23 million to Mainframe, which has offices in Helsinki and Paris..
And what is a "cloud-native MMO," exactly? Mainframe's CEO and co-founder Thor Gunnarsson said it's "a persistent living world that people will call their home for years and hopefully decades." The Mainframe Industries website calls it "a persistent social world that reflects the best strands of our collective DNA as game developers, forging a fresh take on a stories genre with a game that our players will call home, whether they choose to access our world from their PC, console, or phone." Fancy.
That first round of funding in March added €7.6 million, or $8.6 million to Mainframe's coffers, so the company now has in excess of $30 million to work with. That should be enough to produce ... something ... but we likely won't hear about it for quite a while. In the meantime, let your imaginations run wild!
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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.
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