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Tatsumeeko has raised $7.5 million in seed funding to fund its cross-platform fantasy online game with blockchain technology.
The Singapore-based company is creating a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). And it uses non-fungible tokens (NFTs), which can authenticate unique digital items, to enable a new business model for gaming.
DeFiance Capital, Delphi Ventures and Bitkraft Ventures co-led the round. Other investors include Binance Labs, Animoca Brands, Dialectic, GuildFi, etc.
The game is developed by the team that pioneered the game’s initial concept, Tatsu.GG, the market leader in gamification and Discord community engagement that has captured 60 million users and 1.4 million of Discord communities. It is a variant of the chatbot.
The funds will allow Tatsumeeko to continue developing the MMORPG-lite experience which will be released on the Ethereum and Solana blockchains.
Many NFT and gaming companies rely on Discord, an online community platform with over 140 million monthly users, to interact with their user base. These community participants help games spread virally, which is necessary because most app stores don’t have blockchain games.
In 2015, the team at Tatsumeeko saw the potential to create a cross-platform gaming ecosystem, Tatsu.gg, which is now poised to evolve and breathe new life into Discord and other online social platforms.
It has a unique gaming ecosystem that the company says could help Web3 games gain mass adoption while simultaneously fostering strong communities in popular chat apps.
“The ever-increasing importance of putting community first, along with the proliferation of Web3 communities relying on Discord as the platform of choice, has brought to light issues with retention, acquisition and interaction of users,” David Lim, CEO and Creative Director of Tatsumeeko, said in a statement. “Our team is drawing on various experiences building triple-A mobile RPG titles to address these issues by building a social MMORPG with sustainable tokenomics right in Discord. At the same time, we want to add value to Web2 and Web3 games, brands and NFT projects that can integrate Tatsumeeko through their Discord and engage their communities with fun gameplay.
The team develops its game with the support of VC games and partners. Designed for a mobile user, Tatsumeeko is a role-playing game playable on Discord.
Tatsumeeko will be an MMORPG that will use Web3 and their Meekolony NFTs – however, the game will still be playable without Web3 integration. This means that players will be able to play the game with or without incorporating the Web3/NFT elements.
The team is eager to create a game that will allow players to avoid this aspect entirely, if they wish, but players who already consider themselves Web3 natives will be able to embrace the technology from the start. The team expects this to be a valuable way to eventually onboard new Web3 users down the line.
It will be available on iOS, Android and on the web. Players will battle monsters, explore the world of Lelia, build their communities, and learn about crypto and NFTs seamlessly.
The company ran tests that reached 60,000 monthly active uses and saw 4.5 million items traded.
“Delphi Ventures is proud to announce our seed investment in Tatsumeeko. Their client-agnostic approach to Discord also provides a unique opportunity for web2 and web3 gamers to have one point of contact with Tatsumeeko wherever they are. , their passion for building and evangelizing their community has won us over,” said Ryan Foo of Delphi Ventures, in a statement. “We are excited to see how Tatsumeeko matures over time and to support them in achieving of their complete vision of a fantastic MMORPG-lite to play and win that exists on Discord and mobile.”
Tatsumeeko is now ready to tap into new markets with features like main and side quests, co-op raids, dimensional invasions, PvE (player versus environment) combat, and PvP combat with in-game token rewards.
In the future, the game will expand to other social platforms such as QQ, WeChat, and Telegram, as well as targeting multiple communities on Ethereum and Solana. It plans to use an internal infrastructure to reach many more users.
In early July, Tatsumeeko will begin the initial sale of Aether Plots, special lands that will provide special utility and attributes to collectors who hold them or other players who interact with them.
In November 2021, Tatsumeeko released Meekolony Pass, a series of 10,000 genesis NFTs on Solana, which provide holders with perks, rewards, and airdrops for Tatsumeeko items. Meekolony Pass holders will be able to customize their adventurer avatars in unique ways, unlike traditional players.
Tatsumeeko’s team is comprised of veterans from triple-A entertainment companies such as Square Enix, Koei Tecmo, Tencent, Gumi, and Toei Animation. They have collectively delivered titles such as Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, Dissidia Final Fantasy, Brave Frontier, WAKFU, Attack on Titan, Sword of the Stars, and more.
The team has six senior executives and approximately 46 people, primarily in Singapore.
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