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SuperTeam Games raised a funding round to create sports games enhanced with blockchain technology.
Griffin Gaming Partners, one of the largest gaming venture capital funds, led the round. Other investors include Powerhouse Capital alum Forte, Disney CEO Michael Eisner and MLS franchise owners Steve Kaplan and Bennett Rosenthal.
Industry veterans Jerome Collin, Mike Saperstein, Sam Sheth, and Andre Taube started the indie game studio with the goal of developing a new type of sports game enhanced by blockchain integration.
“Established sports game franchises are decades old and haven’t evolved much,” SuperTeam Games CEO Jerome Collin said in a statement. “We are working to create a new generation of fast-paced sports games where users will find a truly unique online multiplayer experience.”
Bringing what they’ve learned from their successes at Glu Mobile and decades of experience in the gaming space, they’ll use the investment to introduce new concepts to an already-played genre, the company said.
Griffin CEO Peter Levin has also joined SuperTeam Games’ board of directors.
“We seek the rare combination of innovative thinking, operational expertise and industry knowledge that typically underpins success, and we’re thrilled to have found it in SuperTeam Games’ leadership team of founders industry experts,” Levin said in a statement. “Web3 and blockchain technology brings new monetization and ownership of digital assets to gamers, which we believe is one of the most significant technical advancements in gaming history.”
SuperTeam Games’ partnership with Forte provides access to blockchain infrastructure technology. Forte’s platform seamlessly integrates blockchain technologies into games, enabling features such as embeddable token wallets, non-fungible token (NFT) minting and selling, and other services to create economies. thriving in a secure and compliant manner.
SuperTeam Games has assembled a team of over 25 developers bringing experience from Disney, Zynga, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Sega, 3DO, GLU, Konami, Wizards of the Coast and Capcom.
Their first game will launch with a closed beta this summer. “We’re very pleased with the development progress and can’t wait for sports fans to play what we’ve been working on,” Collin said.
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