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Investment Will Usher in New Age of Innovation in Player Ownership and Virtual Collection,ringing Play-to-Earn Videogames into the Mainstream via the Mythical Platform
LOS ANGELES – Nov. 4, 2021 – Following a Series B raise of $75 million less than four months ago, Mythical Games, a next-generation gaming technology studio, today announced a $150 million Series C financing led by Andreessen Horowitz, bringing the company valuation to $1.25 billion and reflecting Mythical’s dramatic growth and success in bringing play-to-earn concepts and playable NFTs to the mainstream in 2021. The Series C funding includes participation from D1 Capital, RedBird Capital, and The Raine Group, as well as crypto exchanges Binance and FTX. The company also received support from notable entertainment brands and personalities including 32 Equity, the investment arm of the National Football League (NFL); The Chainsmokers’ Mantis VC; Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic); OneTeam Partners; and pro-sports team owners including Jonathan Kraft and The Kraft Group (New England Patriots and New England Revolution); Michael Gordon (Fenway Sports Group; Boston Red Sox and Liverpool FC); and Michael Jordan & Curtis Polk (Hornet Sports & Entertainment; Charlotte Hornets and NASCAR Cup race team 23XI Racing).
“As an early believer / investor in blockchain technology & NFTs, and as a much earlier believer in video games, I am happy to help back a company that understands not only where the world is at with gaming and tech, but where it’s headed. I’m also excited to explore the many ways in which music will play an important role in this next evolution of the games industry.”Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic.
Existing investors including Galaxy Interactive, WestCap, 01 Advisors, Javelin Partners, Struck Capital, Alumni Ventures and Signum Growth Investments invested further in the Series C as well, bringing the total raised by Mythical to over $270 million (of which $225 million was raised in 2021). Mythical Games will use the funding to continue growing its team and effectively scaling out operations as it funds future games and brings new game developers to the Mythical Platform, a full-service system to build or integrate playable NFT-based economies into their games, increasing engagement and unlocking new business models by allowing players to become stakeholders in their favorite games. The first developer partners to the platform, Creative Mobile, CCG Lab and Abstraction Games, were announced earlier this week.
Games on the Mythical Platform unlock the value of a player’s monetary and time-based efforts, or the rarity of their collection, by providing a way for them to sell their digital assets to other players for real money, in safe and secure transactions on the Mythical Marketplace.
“Players spend billions of dollars on digital assets each year, but the value of their collections has been locked away from them. Utilizing NFTs in gaming creates a whole new set of game design principles built around scarcity vs. inflationary free-to-play economies. As gamers and collectors ourselves, we believe players should have tangible assets that they earn and buy. The Mythical Platform leverages playable NFTs and blockchain technology to open the doors to the economy of any game and invite the community in; soon it will seem crazy we as players ever spent time or money on games without getting real value in return.”John Linden, co-founder and CEO of Mythical Games.
“Mythical Games played a formative role in the development of play-to-earn concepts, and has clearly established itself as a top player among gaming technology studios, attracting mainstream players with its distinctive design and quality gameplay. Co-founders John, Jamie, and Rudy have a wealth of experience in the gaming world, and have built a world-class team to support their vision. We’re thrilled to partner with them to bring NFT gaming to an even larger stage.”Arianna Simpson, General Partner with Andreessen Horowitz.
Named one of Inc.’s 2021 Best Places to Work, Mythical has grown to more than 150 employees and is continuing to hire for select roles on its game, marketing, Platform and Marketplace teams. For a listing of open positions, please visit: mythicalgames.com/careers. To learn more about the Mythical Platform partnership program, please reach out via the contact form: https://mythicalgames.com/#contact.
About Mythical Games
Acknowledged by Forbes’ Disruptive Technology Companies To Watch in 2019 and Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas 2021, Mythical is a next-generation games technology company creating a universal gaming ecosystem by leveraging blockchain technology and playable NFTs for tools that enable players, creators, artists, brands and game developers to become stakeholders and owners in new play-to-earn game economies.
Led by gaming industry veterans, the team specializes in building games around player-owned economies and has helped develop major franchises including Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Guitar Hero, DJ Hero, Marvel Strike Force and Skylanders.
The Mythical Platform is built on an EVM-compatible sidechain using a Proof of Authority consensus model that is more environmentally friendly and sustainable than the Proof of Work model. Minting NFTs and integrating the Marketplace via the Mythical Platform do not require any mining or cryptocurrency to operate, or for players to participate.