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Mobile game developer Hypmasters has raised 3.25 million to build its mobile real-time strategy game World War Army.
The round was led by GEM Capital and The Games Fund (TGF) with the participation of Turkish VC Fund Ludus. About $ 2 million came from GEM Capital, 1 million from The Games Fund, and $ 250,000 from Ludus.
Hypemasters is a video game developer founded in 2019 by Boris Kalmikov (formerly Facebook and Unity). The company has 34 people. The company’s first game, World War Armies, is an ambitious competitive multiplayer RTS set during World War II.
The team hopes to redesign and adapt the classic multiplayer gameplay for mobile while preserving and enhancing the essence of the authentic RTS player-v-player experience.
This is an important moment for Hypmasters, “said Boris Kalmikov, co-founder and CEO of Hypmasters, in a statement. “Funding from new partners – GEM Capital and Ludus – along with follow-on investments from TGF will help us strengthen the team, launch World War I forces and move forward with a game.”
He added, “At the moment we also part ways with MGVC and would like to thank them for a great kickstart and for all the support they have given us during our journey. This is a new chapter in the journey of an independent global company and we feel privileged to work with a professional gaming VC. We look to the future with enthusiasm and optimism. “
World War II is currently in open beta and will be released worldwide this summer.
Earlier, the company had set up pre-seed and seed rounds from The Games Fund, MGVC and AII Corporation. The company will use the money to build a world war force as well as to complete the purchase of former investor MGVC.
“We’ve been seeing Hypmasters develop as early investors since day one and we’re happy to continue supporting Boris and the team. I am deeply in love with the Hypmasters corporate culture and values, “said Maria Kochmola, managing partner of The Games Fund. “This naturally allows them to attract investors and great talent who want to create groundbreaking games and are proud of their work. At TGF, we are big fans of the RTS genre as players and investors, and I see the explosive potential for World War I troops. “
“Hypmasters is a team that is not afraid to experiment and go its own way, does not copy other successful games, does not create unique products – these companies strive to support GEM Capital,” said Roman Gursky, GEM Capital Games and Entertainment. The leader said in a statement. “Currently, there are no popular mobile games on the market that can be called” True RTS “and we believe that in this corner, World War II can take the lead.”
In an email to GamesBeat, Kalmykov said, “In 2019, I was just thinking about starting my own story. I wanted to create, lead, and express myself that I could not be satisfied with any of the jobs I was doing. We started with small games and even small teams. However, throughout that first year, I have come to realize that I want the highmasters to focus on the games that define the industry – ambitious, unique and well-executed. Why? Because I like to play unique and good. ”
He further said, “My childhood was spent playing Warcraft, Starcraft, C&C Red Alert, Civilization, Total War etc. I really wanted to be in that group of producers. With that in mind, Hypemasters has embarked on a mission to create mythical and genre-defined games that players around the world have enjoyed for years. ”
The top three gaming companies that inspired Kalmykov are Riot Games, Supercell and Small Giant Games. The team is inspired by a number of strategy games, most notably the Company of Heroes.
The company has raised 4 million to date. The team comes from a variety of backgrounds, including Plerix, Wargaming, MyGames and Game Insight.
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