WarDucks has raised $three.eight million in investment to release a location-based augmented truth sport studio, and it has tapped Doom co-creator John Romero for lend a hand with sport design.
Dublin-based WarDucks raises the cash from EQT Ventures, with participation from Suir Valley Ventures and different traders.
Romero, the co-creator of Doom and Quake, will function an artistic guide for the corporate and he’ll actively advise WarDucks on its location-based AR sport. WarDucks has additionally employed Doug Kaufman (who labored on Civilization II and Frontierville) as its lead dressmaker. And the corporate’s narrative lead is Lawrence Schick (Elder Scrolls On-line, Dungeons & Dragons).
The investment shall be used to pressure the improvement of WarDucks’ new location-based AR sport and extend the corporate’s building group. WarDucks’ is the most recent funding to be found out by means of AI platform Motherbrain. The proprietary platform is utilized by EQT Ventures to leverage knowledge to spot and proactively touch promising start-ups.
WarDucks’ CEO Nikki Lannen, previously a senior member of Fb’s gaming group, based the corporate in 2013 with the purpose of constructing world-class content material for cellular, AR and VR platforms.
“There’s an enormous alternative in AR location-based cellular gaming, which mixes the native enchantment of actual international maps with enticing gameplay,” stated Nikki Lannen, CEO and founding father of WarDucks, in a remark. “We’re extremely joyful to be partnering with EQT Ventures as we race against the release of our location-based AR sport because the group’s in depth cellular gaming revel in shall be useful at the subsequent section of our adventure. The truth that we’ve additionally had such a lot of best gaming executives from world wide sign up for our group is testomony to the ability and imaginative and prescient of the group we’ve these days were given in position.”
“WarDucks is a robust, confirmed video games studio with an excellent group of passionate sport professionals in a position to take in this hastily rising style of cellular gaming,” stated Lars Jörnow, spouse at EQT Ventures, in a remark. “We consider that WarDucks’ subsequent identify will have interaction avid gamers far and wide the arena and develop into a well-liked franchise. The EQT Ventures group is worked up to spouse with Nikki and the group in this adventure with our in-house gaming experience.”
In December 2018, EQT Ventures had its first go out when Small Massive Video games, a Finnish cellular gaming studio, was once got by means of Zynga in a deal price $700 million. Previous to founding EQT Ventures, Lars Jörnow was once at King Virtual for 6 years the place he, amongst different issues, arrange the cellular video games group that introduced Sweet Overwhelm Saga in 2012.