Animoca Brands, one of the largest groups of investors in the universe of cryptocurrencies, has announced that it has participated in a round of financing for the study Blockade Games, responsible for producing the metaverse game Neon District, built on the Polygon blockchain (MATIC).
Total, Blockade Games revealed that approximately $ 5 million was raised that will be used for the expansion of the company through recruitment, game development, partnerships and marketing efforts. focused on community engagement and user growth.
The investment round raised the company’s valuation to USD 23 million and was led by Animoca Brands, but also featured contributions from Drew austin from Redbeard Ventures, Flamingo DAO, Galaxy Interactive, Roham Gharegozlou from Dapper Labs, Keith grossman by TIME and Meltem demirors from Coinshares.
Leading the investment round Animoca Brands is one of the most respected investment groups in the universe of crypto assets and has in its portfolio some of the most successful metaverse games on the market, such as Axie Infinity. (having even invested in Sky Mavis, developer of Axie), Star Atlas, The Sandbox, Mines of Dalarnia, Gamee, Decentraland, among others.
In addition to metaverse and play-to-earn games, Animoca is also an investor in companies that lead the blockchain industry such as Kraken, Consensys, Polygon, Flow, Hamony, Ledger, Metamask, and OpenSea.
“NFTs offer immense possibilities for game developers to engage with their community. We are delighted to increase our efforts to explore new creative ways for gamers to immerse themselves and express themselves,” he said. Ben heidorn CTO and co-founder of Blockade Games.
Neon District, metaverse and play to earn
Blockade Games is a studio focused on the production of metaverse-style games and “play to earn”, in which players are paid in cryptocurrencies for their interaction in the game. The company’s first game is Neon District.
The game is built as a cyberpunk-themed RPG set in a dystopian future in which the player is part of a rebellion fighting an authoritarian regime. Players can level up their characters by completing missions, while also having the ability to obtain different types of equipment.
The game already has a base of 100,000 players and has registered an average of 11,000 new users per month. Since the launch of its first season on the Polygon blockchain, more than 2.1 million assets have been minted in NFT. These assets are spread over 177,000 different wallets.
Originally the game was developed on the blockchain of Ethereum (ETH) in which a first version was launched, today called season 0 from which game objects can be imported to the new version that works on the Polygon blockchain.
The company has also announced new features for game players such as early access keys to Neon District version 2.0 for Neon District trophy holders. Afterwards, version 2.0 of the game will have its official public release, which should take place, according to the developers, later this year.
In addition, there will also be a set of new version 1.0 NFTs, called “End of Days”, which will be a limited edition of in-game items that will only contain weapons.
Neon District Roadmap
Blockade Games intends to make Neon District not only its first metaverse game, but one of the great games in the disputed metaverse universe and the game to win. To do this, it has already published its roadmap for next year that includes another content update called Rags of Riches.
The game’s extras will also be released, a PVP arena, in the style of Axie Infinity, and the expansion of the game’s metaverse with the creation of terrains that, as in The Sandbox or Decentraland, will have to be sold for entrepreneurs to build in-game applications. .
Additionally, Blockade Games said it wants to work with designers to launch limited-edition fashion items. The company also highlighted that it will implement a feature that will allow players to hack into their opponents.